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BERLIN, March 2, 2016 – A glittering collection of the world’s greatest sports stars have been nominated for the 2016 Laureus World Sports Awards, following a ballot by the world’s media.

The contest for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award promises to be the hottest ever. Nominees include three-time Laureus winner Usain Bolt, tennis No.1 Novak Djokovic, triple Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi. They are joined by first time Nominees Stephen Curry, star of NBA’s Golden State Warriors, and golf’s world No.1 Jordan Spieth.

After a sparkling 2015 in which she won three Grand Slams, US tennis legendSerena Williams is again nominated for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award – her record tenth Laureus Nomination.

In another strong category, the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team is nominated for the second straight year for the Laureus World Team of the Year Award, along with Rugby World Cup champions the All Blacks, Champions League winners FC Barcelona, NBA champions Golden State Warriors, the Great Britain Davis Cup Team and the US Women’s Football Team, who won their third World Cup. Continue reading

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The City’s Disaster Risk Management Volunteer Unit has been given a boost following the donation of seven new trailers which will be used to strengthen its firefighting efforts. 

A year since the devastating South Peninsula fires in March 2015, the City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Volunteer Unit today took receipt of seven new fire skid units – a donation made possible by the generosity of residents and corporates who donated funds to a radio-thon spearheaded by Primedia Broadcasting in the aftermath of the fires. The volunteer unit received just over R400 000 of the funds raised and used this donation to acquire the fire skid units. Continue reading

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BERLIN, March 2, 2016 – South Africa’s remarkable and versatile Paralympic athlete Pieter du Preez has been nominated for the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award, following his outstanding performances in 2015.

Du Preez won double gold medals in the time trial and road race In the H1 class at the Para-Cycling World Championships and finished the season No.1 in the world rankings. In wheelchair competition, the 35-year-old broke the 10,000 metres T51 world record and set new African records in the 200, 1,500 and 10,000 metres. He is the 2015 world No.1 at 800, 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 metres. Back in 2013, he famously became the first quadriplegic to complete an ironman triathlon.
He said: “It is one of the biggest honours in my life and I am extremely humbled to be nominated for a Laureus World Sports Award. I am very proud to represent not only my country, South Africa, but also quadriplegics and tetraplegics all over the world.” Continue reading

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City Health has urged spaza shops to put their customers first and abide by the laws governing them, especially around hygiene and the quality of produce changing hands. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate calls on the public to report health-related concerns about services and goods acquired from businesses and retailers, including spaza shops.

Today the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Health, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli, visited a number of spaza shops in Manenberg to ensure compliance and raise awareness about the regulations and legislation that shop owners have to abide by. City Health has in the past received reports of unhygienic conditions and concerns have been raised about the sale of expired goods. Continue reading

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Note to editors: A Stats Pack of the SA Women’s Select is attached for use.

SA Select Women’s coach Renfred Dazel said on Wednesday his team hoped to register a strong start to the Las Vegas Invitational, which kicks off on Thursday, as they look to build momentum and confidence early on in the tournament.

The team will face a mixed international team, Stars Rugby 2, in their opening match on Thursday and will close off the day’s play against the Brazil Women’s 7s.

They will conclude the pool stages on Friday against the USA Select 7s. The Bowl and Cup quarter-finals will begin later in the day, while the Shield, Bowl and Plate sections of the competition will be completed on Saturday. The Cup semi-finals and final, meanwhile, will be contested on Sunday. Continue reading

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London, March 2nd 2016. For the first time, the BBC’s international news services are to use chat apps to bring their hard hitting storytelling to even more people around the globe.
As BBC World News marks 25 years of TV news broadcasting, the channel’s international current affairs programme Our World will use Viber to tell the story of a kidnapping that took place in Mexico, publishing posts via a BBC public channel within the app. It will be delivered to Viber users across a week, replicating the timeline of the original events as told by the victims. This will then be tied in with the television broadcast of the half hour documentary Our World: Kidnapped in Mexico.

For their audiences on the continent and beyond, BBC Africa will be using WhatsApp to tell the story of young people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who are using new online ways to get their voices heard and bring change to their country. Across five days clips will be shared from its documentary ‘Young, Angry and Connected’. Continue reading

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HARVEST OF HOPE, INKOSI ECO LODGE AND ABALIMI BEZEKHAYA PARTNER WITH GREEN MONDAY SOUTH AFRICA TO NOW PROVIDE ORGANICALLY-GROWN VEGGIES IN NORTHERN SUBURBS

CAPE TOWN, SA: Abalimi Bezekhaya has partnered with Green Monday South Africa, a new initiative launched by Humane Society International (HSI) that aims to improve animal welfare, human health and environmental sustainability. Green Monday encourages consumers to leave meat, dairy and eggs off their plates for one day a week, and replace it with delicious plant-based alternatives.

To help the Northern Suburbs take part in this fun and delicious movement, Harvest of Hope (HoH) will now also be offering fresh, organically-grown veggies to consumers living in the Durbanville and De Tyger areas once a week (on Tuesdays). Harvest of Hope already provides this popular service to a variety of other suburbs in Cape Town. Veggie lovers in the Northern Suburbs can now order and collect their fresh weekly greens at iNkosi Eco Lodge, who has also joined the Green Monday movement. Continue reading

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