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The DHL Stormers have been bolstered by the return of key players from duties in the HSBC Sevens World Series and in Japan.

Stalwarts Schalk Burger and Eben Etzebeth joined up with the team last week after returning from stints in Japan, along with Damian de Allende who has been sidelined with an ankle injury.

Juan de Jongh and Cheslin Kolbe were also back at training this week after completing their duties for the Springbok Sevens in the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Kolbe and De Jongh starred for the BlitzBokke in Wellington and Sydney, with the quicksilver Kolbe named in the Dream Team for the Australian leg of the Series. Continue reading

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This from supersport.com:

South African rugby received a massive setback on Tuesday as Springbok flyhalf Handre Pollard was ruled out of the entire Vodacom Super Rugby tournament and the June tests against Ireland.

Pollard tore cruciate knee ligaments at training at Loftus Versfeld in a freak accident where there wasn’t a player nearby him.

The Bok flyhalf was just beginning his recovery after a shoulder injury and would have been reassessed in a fortnight’s time to return to play, but a simple passing exercise without contact turned into a nightmare for coach Nollis Marais.

Marais has already lost Deon Stegmann to injury and is waiting on news on fellow loose forward Lappies Labuschagne, who tore ligaments in his ankle in training in the team’s pre-season camp in Zimbabwe.

But the news on Pollard – the regular vice-captain of the team – is a devastating blow for the Pretoria team’s hopes in this year’s competition.

“It was bad luck, nothing more,” coach Marais sighed, “We were doing a normal drill with passing and he had just began to make contact with the tackle bags in his recovery yesterday as part of his rehab. We did a non-contact session and he was looking like his old self, cutting the line and looking like a Springbok again.

Full story here:

http://www.supersport.com/rugby/super-rugby/news/160209/Pollard_out_of_Super_Rugby

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Juan de Jongh and Cheslin Kolbe returned to the DHL Stormers Vodacom Super Rugby franchises on Tuesday following appearances for the Springbok Sevens side in the first four rounds of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

De Jongh and Kolbe, as well as Ryno Benjamin of the Toyota Cheetahs, joined the Springbok Sevens squad at the beginning of the season as part of an agreement between SA Rugby and the local franchises.

The Cape duo of De Jongh and Kolbe starred in all four World Series tournaments for the Springbok Sevens, while a calf injury restricted Benjamin’s appearances to just two events.

The trio, as well as some other local franchise stars, are expected to join the Springbok Sevens group again at the end of the World Series for an Olympic Games training camp. Rugby Sevens will make its debut at the Rio Olympic Games in August. Continue reading

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unnamedImage of Kevin Hart taken off Lip Sync Battle US season 2, credit: Spike TV

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Johannesburg, 9 February 2016: Viacom-owned youth entertainment channel MTV (DStv channel 130) it to produce a local version of Viacom’s global hit entertainment show, Lip Sync Battle Africa, it was revealed today on MTV’s social media platforms on Twitter, Facebook & online by US host LL Cool J. Continue reading

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Tailored BBC news content for the smartphone and social media generation is now available with the new African-designed pilot: BBC Drop, which can be tried from today – here [BBC.com/drop].

This responsive website is the result of a unique collaboration between digital innovators in Kenya and the BBC. BBC Drop is specially created to work well on smartphones and was designed in Nairobi last year. The idea was born out of a development studio (aka ‘hackathon’) held by the BBC World Service and BBC digital innovations team, Connected Studio. Teams of African tech experts were invited to think of new ways to reach young Africans through social and digital media (details here) and this selected idea can now be tried and rated by the potential audience themselves on the BBC Taster site.

Dmitry Shishkin, Digital Development Editor for BBC World Service, adds: “This latest innovation highlights the BBC’s strong commitment to serving young digital audiences in Africa – both editorially and technically. Digital revolution in Africa offers media companies great opportunities to grow the reach of their journalism and I am very happy that an African tech start-up is playing a key role in it”.

How does it look?

How does it work?

BBC Drop asks the user for a few favourite topics, or social media preferences, and then continues to learn what they like and dislike from what they swipe on screen. There is also the option of an even more personal news feed which incorporates the user’s own social feeds. The end result is users getting to see content specifically tailored to them and the stuff they are not interested in being filtered out.

 

What is the best thing about BBC Drop?   Continue reading

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141 Teenagers with ambitions to pursue careers in the performing arts left GrandWest inspired, motivated and emboldened to follow their dreams after attending the recent Inspired Stages workshop, an initiative between GrandWest and Inspired Stages’ Karen Burt. The learners, from 33 different schools, were given endless opportunities to collaborate, create, discover, develop and perform in a series of workshops covering music, dance, singing, events, technical, production and other skills.

For the participating teens, every day was like a backstage pass, which included guest sessions with industry professionals, role models, celebrities and performers. Mentors and special guests at the Inspired Stages workshops included Blackbyrd, Conrad Coch and Chester Missing, Kurt Darren, Four (South African X Factor winners), Kim Kallie, Thalia Burt, Rudi Smit, Devon Marshbank, Lynn Poulsen, Neil Benjamin, Leani Ekermans, Janice Roos, Shaun Johannes, Liam Burden, Odile Lesch, DJ Ready D and Ayanda Tini, Acoustic Element and Raquel Munn. Continue reading

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The Community Chest Carnival is back, with a refreshed and revitalised feel for 2016! Will you be there?

The Carnival features tastes from around the globe including traditional flavours as well as bringing back the all-time favourite classics from the most popular stalls of Carnivals gone by – Holland, India, China, Italy, and many more.

The four day family event has also been revamped with gourmet food trucks, craft beers and wine tasting to satisfy the taste buds of the Mother City’s ever-growing community of foodies.

The fun festival, attracting in excess of 80 000 people, will take place a little later than usual this year from 30 March to 2 April at the traditional venue of Maynardville Park in Wynberg, Cape Town. And it’s all to raise funds for an excellent cause – the Community Chest of the Western Cape, which provides support to more than 200 community organisations throughout the province. Continue reading

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

Note to editors: Mayor De Lille visited the Dora Tamane Enrichment Centre in Khayelitsha today to raise awareness about keeping children safe during the peak diarrhoea season.

The heatwave conditions experienced in our city during the last month put us all at risk of physical illness such as diarrhoea. This is dangerous and possibly even fatal for the most vulnerable in society: our children. It is very important that we make every effort to ensure their safety, especially during February and April, which is considered the peak diarrhoea risk period.

Today I visited the Dora Tamane Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre in Khayelitsha and spent some time with the children and staff at this facility to raise awareness about the danger that our children are exposed to during this time. This facility is a bastion of excellence and truly demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to spend their formative years educated in a caring environment. Continue reading

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To accommodate the State of the Nation Address and the Opening of Parliament at 19:00on Thursday 11 February 2016, the National Government has requested that the City of Cape Town effect road closures in the city, mostly in the central business district (CBD). The route has been reworked this year in order to minimise the impact on commuters.

Some of these road closures in the CBD will also be in effect on the evenings of Tuesday 9 February and Wednesday 10 February 2016, when rehearsals for the event are held from17:00 onwards.

The road closures will affect the normal flow of traffic in and around the city bowl, Newlands and the M3 and N2 city-bound lanes. As such, road users are asked to plan their routes accordingly.

A detailed breakdown of the closures/restrictions and deviations is available on the City’s website here: http://www.capetown.gov.za/en/MediaReleases/Documents/SONA2016RoadClosures.pdf

Residents are advised that extensive parking restrictions will be in effect, and that the South African Police Service has requested that access to the Company’s Garden be restricted from 09:00 on the day of the event.

MyCiTi commuters should please note that due to the road closures, Routes 103 (Oranjezicht, Gardens) and 107 (Camps Bay) will be affected – the Darling, Lower Buitenkant, Roeland and Roodehek bus stops will be closed on 11 February 2016 from 18:00 until 19:00. The Groote Kerk bus stop will be closed from 16:00 until 20:00 and commuters are advised to please make use of other bus stops in the vicinity.

The closures will have the greatest effect on road users travelling from the east side of the city towards Vredehoek and Gardens, as well as those travelling into town along the N2, Nelson Mandela Boulevard, the M3 and De Waal Drive.

Those who make use of the Golden Acre bus terminus, however, will not be affected by any road closures.

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR HEALTH, COUNCILLOR SIYABULELA MAMKELI

The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate is working closely with other relevant City departments to finalise an internal safety plan before reopening the Hanover Park Clinic.

The clinic was closed on 5 November 2015 amid an upsurge in gang violence in Hanover Park and fears for the safety of staff and clients.

During the City’s last communication on this issue, we indicated that the clinic would remain closed until the end of January, at which point we would reassess the situation. Continue reading

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