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The Springbok Sevens suffered a disappointing 21-14 defeat against England in the opening match of the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens on Friday and Blitzboks coach Neil Powell afterwards admitted his frustrations with the South African effort.

“We knew England would be a tough nut on the last match of the day as they always have massive support,” said Powell. “They came at us from the start and to be honest, we were caught napping. We are not happy with this start that is for sure.”

The South Africans were slow out of the blocks and conceded two early tries in the opening minutes of their pool B clash, with Phil Burgess and Dan Norton scoring off South African mistakes. Burgess shrugged off a tackle and from the following restart, Norton capitalised when the South Africans missed the ball from the kick-off. Continue reading

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER: TRANSPORT FOR CAPE TOWN, COUNCILLOR BRETT HERRON

Protesters participating in the EFF march to the Civic Centre this afternoon, 8 April 2016, illegally occupied four 18-metre MyCiTi buses, forcing the drivers to transport them back to Dunoon. Read more below:

The conduct of some of the protesters participating in the EFF march to the Civic Centre this afternoon is unacceptable. A group of protesters prevented the MyCiTi buses from turning around at the Civic Centre station, delaying the service while law-abiding commuters in the station building were waiting in lengthy queues to board the buses to go home for the weekend.

Some of these protesters eventually forced their way onto four 18-metre buses, intimidating the bus drivers and demanding to be transported back to Dunoon. Continue reading

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The talented singer and songwriter releases her first EP

8 April 2016, Johannesburg – The gifted and alluring Cara Frew, is set to release her first EP, Come Close to Me, featuring tracks Dive, Closer, Skin Deep and Weightless, and will be available for download on iTunes on the 22nd of April 2016.

Cara worked on this four-track EP in Los Angeles with Daniel Heath. His writing and production credits include Blue Jeans and Young and Beautiful for Lana Del Rey, as well as music for Maleficent and 50 Shades of Grey soundtracks. All four tracks were co-written with Stefan Skarbek, who worked closely with the legendary Amy Winehouse until her passing.

The EP is one of Cara’s most personal as she incorporates her strong Lana Del Ray influence into deep grooves, electronic elements and her signature slow, atmospheric sound. It features darkly shaded synths that cascade into lush walls of sound and her clean vocals resonate a bruised beauty. The music video for Dive has been released https://bit.ly/1Wmuisi and Weightless is set to follow in the next few weeks. Continue reading

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South Africa’s multi-award winning gospel group, MTN Joyous Celebration kicked off its 20th anniversary festivities with a bang this Easter at Carnival City staging 3 sold out performances.

To hail this milestone, MTN Joyous Celebration has partnered with yet another proudly South African brand, Translux. The three-year-partnership will see the gospel group travel in their own dedicated Translux coach when on tour.

“It’s been four years since MTN Joyous Celebration graced the Mother city and in response to the overwhelming demand, our Cape Town fans can look forward to a spiritually exhilarating two day run on their doorstep on the 26th and 27th April,” says co-founder Mthunzi Namba.

The Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth will for the first time play host to SA’s uplifting gospel ensemble on the 30th April at 17h00. Continue reading

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Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools is a series of 12 matches, which feature the highest profile and most traditional interschool rugby rivalries, from South Africa’s top rugby schools which are broadcast live on SuperSport from April to August.

Schoolboy rugby has served as one of the cornerstones of domestic rugby dating back more than a century, and true to its slogan “Honouring Heritage. Playing for the Future”, Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools is about History, Heritage and Tradition. The series, now in its third year, is expected to grow even stronger.

The Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools stories are further captured in 12 Preview shows, which preview all the games and provide historical overviews of these traditional schools and highlight other academic, cultural and sporting achievements.

Preview & Repeat Show Times below: Continue reading

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WeChat has joined forces with AgriSA to help the drought relief and ease the burden of the worst drought in South Africa’s history (since records began in 1904).

For every first R50 you donate, WeChat will give you R50 back into your wallet. WeChat hopes this will encourage people to jump onboard – and make subsequent donations.

You can download the WeChat app from www.wechatsa.co.za or on the Play Store and Apple iStore.

Once downloaded, all you need to do is hit the “+” button and select Scan QR Code. Next, you simply hover over the code (above). From there, you’re taken to AgriSA’s Official WeChat account. Follow the prompts to earn your rebate. Continue reading

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Cravings for fresh and innovative seafood dishes are satisfied in style at the newly refurbished Cape Town Fish Market at GrandWest. The restaurant has undergone a remodeling as part of the revitalization of the complex’s restaurant and retail offering.

The restaurant has undergone a metamorphosis, with the vibrant interior echoing elements of Cape Town’s picturesque landscapes and the bygone days of small fishing harbours. Under new management and with the new look and feel comes renewed focus on dynamic service and professionalism to deliver an enhanced dining experience for guests.

“Cape Town Fish Market wanted to harness elements of Cape Town’s natural surrounds and capture the essence of the sea while telling a story of times gone by. The new interior is crisp cotemporary while remaining true to Cape Town Fish Market’s laidback and friendly spirit. Customers will certainly get a sense that they are close to the ocean and with this comes the promise of the freshest fish and seafood,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest. Continue reading

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Note to editors: An audio file with comments from SA Select Women’s Sevens coach, Renfred Dazel, is available for download here. Also attached is a picture of the team with the Hong Kong Women’s Sevens Invitational Cup.

The SA Select Women’s Sevens team scored a historic 14-7 win over France in the final of the Hong Kong Women’s Sevens Invitational Cup in the Hong Kong Stadium on Friday. The Cup final win is a first ever a South African team at the famous venue, something coach Renfred Dazel was very pleased about.

“This was a very important and significant win for us. It is the first time that a South African team has won any title here and hopefully this is a good omen for the men come Sunday,” Dazel said.

He added: “I joked to Neil Powell (Springbok Sevens coach) that we have now warmed the pitch for them, so I hope they do well.” Continue reading

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