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An adult female hang glider is suspended from a cliff 150 meters to the left of Platteklip Gorge since 11:30 this morning. Exactly how she got into her predicament is yet unknown, but she appears to be in good health without any serious injuries. Several rescue unit from Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical services are currently absailing down from a higher position to reach the patient who appears to have become entagled in her own base jumping gear.

 

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The Omuramba MyCiTi station in Racecourse Road in Table View turned into a maternity ward for a few minutes on Monday 14 March 2016, when MyCiTi personnel assisted a pregnant commuter to deliver a healthy baby boy. Read more below:

The hero on the day was Xolani Stofile, a MyCiTi station manager (pictured above) with first-aid experience, who was visiting personnel at the Omuramba station. Continue reading

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British Airways’ Top Chocolate Destinations in the UK and Europe

Easter is the time to indulge your inner Willie Wonka, which is something that simply can’t be done by half measures. So if you’re planning some sweet indulgence you can’t go far wrong by visiting some of the great chocolate capitals of the world.

British Airways’ route network serves more than 200 cities in 75 countries, so it has some idea of where the Oompa-Loompas make the best chocolate. Here are its top five suggestions for the sweet-toothed traveller.

  1. Birmingham, United Kingdom

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When one thinks of 1996, what pops into your head? Bafana Bafana winning the Africa Cup of Nations, SA’s Constitution being signed into law or the birth of South Africa’s top gospel phenomenon,MTN Joyous Celebration? For gospel music lovers, MTN Joyous Celebration looms significantly large as any other 1996 highlights.

No one at that time could have anticipated that the very first note sung on that initial show would mark the beginning of twenty years of wonder, spiritual upliftment and revival.  It was a shift in the history of gospel music, not only in South Africa but on the African continent as well.

It marked the beginning of memories that would carry individual fans and families across the threshold of life, love and healing. Over the past two decades, MTN Joyous Celebration became a place where talent was honed and refined, from singers to backstage crew. Different venues and regions in the country and beyond fell in love with the brand and praise and worship became part and parcel of South Africa’s musical landscape; from theaters to halls and now stadiums. Continue reading

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Two backline changes for DHL Stormers

There are two backline changes in the DHL Stormers team to face the Brumbies at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

Nic Groom will make his first start of the 2016 Vodacom Super Rugby season at scrumhalf, with Jano Vermaak sitting out due to a neck injury, and he is joined in the starting line-up by wing Kobus van Wyk who is returning from an ankle injury.

Experienced scrumhalf Louis Schreuder and young speedster Leolin Zas are the two changes to the replacements bench as Head Coach Robbie Fleck opts for continuity in his forward pack.

Fleck would like to see his team build on the positive signs that they have shown early in the season when they face what is a tough Brumbies side.

“I have been encouraged by the positive intent our players have shown so far, and this is another great opportunity to test ourselves against a strong team.

“We are developing as a team, and hope to take another step forward in what will be another great battle at DHL Newlands,” he said.

Tickets for the game against the Brumbies at DHL Newlands, which kicks off at 19h15 on Saturday, March 19 are available from Computicket, the iamastormer.com website and the stadium box office.

After consultation with City of Cape Town Health Officials and in line with legislation, no smoking of any kind will be allowed in the stadium which has been declared a non-smoking facility.

Previously the stadium featured four designated smoking areas in the corners of the ground, with smoking in the stands prohibited, but this is no longer allowed and all forms of smoking (including e-cigarettes) in any part of the stadium now in contravention of the stadium rules.

DHL Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Juan de Jongh (co-captain), 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Schalk Burger, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 23 Leolin Zas.

Referee: Jaco Peyper

 

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The Easter holidays are jam packed with “egg-citing” things to do with children at GrandWest. Puppet shows, Easter Bunny appearances, face painting, balloon twisting, magic shows, and arts and crafts workshops and a grand scale Easter egg hunt are just some of the activities children can look forward to between 19 March 2016 and 3 April 2016.

Activities for children take place at the Cape Village from 12h00 to 16h00 daily. On Easter Sunday, 27 March 2016, the festivities reach fever pitch with an Easter egg hunt from 12h00 to 15h00. Children between five and ten years of age are invited to register between 11h00 and 12h00 in order to show off their sleuthing skills and join the fast paced scramble for chocolate treats in the Henrik Boom’s Garden. The Easter egg hunt includes a host of fun filled activities such as pom pom painting, colouring in, biscuit decorating, Easter puppet making and chocolate play dough sculpting.

As always there is a choice of family friendly entertainment at GrandWest throughout the holidays including ice skating at The Ice Station, games at The Magic Company and the play area at Spur.

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The South African rugby fraternity has thrown its weight behind the Anti-Racism Week with all Vodacom Super Rugby teams in action locally this weekend and will wear yellow armbands to show their support for the campaign.

The initiative stems from the sporadic and unfortunate incidents of racism in South Africa, with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation joining forces with 80 civil society organisations to form the Anti-Racism Network of South Africa (ARNSA).

“We’ve been approached by ARNSA to participate in the Anti-Racism Week, which started on 14 March and will culminate on Human Rights Day on 21 March. As a sport who prides itself on having the power to unite our nation, we’ve gladly accepted,” said SA Rugby President, Mr Oregan Hoskins. Continue reading

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This from ewn.co.za:

Mentor says she has proof that Zuma was in the same house when the Guptas offered her a ministerial job.

CAPE TOWN – Former African National Congress (ANC) MP Vytjie Mentor has dropped another Gupta bomb.

She took to Facebook this morning saying she has proof that President Jacob Zuma was in the same house when the Gupta family offered her a job.

Full story here:

http://ewn.co.za/2016/03/17/Vytjie-Mentor

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This form news24.com:

MEDIA STATEMENT STATEMENT BY DEPUTY MINISTER OF FINANCE MR. MCEBISI JONAS (MP)

1. I have decided to respond to and clarify certain questions that have been in the public domain recently. I do so in accordance with my conscience, my political values and the best traditions of my organisation, the ANC, of which I have been a member since my early teens.

2. I regard our Constitution as being sacrosanct and it embraces the values that South Africans struggled for, and what we live by. I was appointed Deputy Minister in terms of the Constitution by the President of the Republic. Any practice that conflicts with the prescripts of the constitution must be challenged in the interest of our democracy and the accountability we have to our people. The ANC that we have been and continue to be proud members of, has offered us the opportunity to serve our country, an honour that I do not take for granted. My historical commitment to the liberation of our people has not waned.

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Full story here:

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/full-text-mcebisi-jonas-statement-20160316

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