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DHL Stormers, Cell C Sharks, Emirates Lions register back-to-back victories

Vodacom Bulls end six-match losing run

It was a pleasant weekend for South Africa’s Vodacom Super Rugby franchises with four of the five teams in action winning their respective matches in a rewarding second round.

The Emirates Lions delivered a solid performance all around to earn a famous 36-32 victory against the Chiefs on tour, which marked their first win in Hamilton since the competition’s inception. The victory also marked back-to-back wins for the Johannesburg team in the 2016 edition of the Vodacom Super Rugby competition and their fourth consecutive overseas victory in the tournament.

In Pretoria the Vodacom Bulls registered a rewarding 45-25 victory against the Rebels at Loftus Versfeld as they outscored the visitors six tries to four. While coach Nollis Marais and his team will be disappointed about allowing their tries bonus point to slip away after leading 42-3 in the second half, the win was significant as it ended a six-match losing streak for the side. Continue reading

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  • Senatla grabs five and Habana opens World Series try tally
  • SA, NZ, Kenya, and Australia into last eight

Springbok Sevens speedster Seabelo Senatla scored five times and Springbok wing Bryan Habana opened his HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tally as the South Africans got their Las Vegas Sevens campaign off to an impressive start on Saturday morning (SA time).

The Blitzboks have a good track record in the desert city and have won the Las Vegas Sevens title three times in the past five years. On Saturday they opened their bid for another title with a 33-7 victory over Canada. That win was followed by an even better performance against Wales, a 36-7 victory after the Welsh had scored inside the first minute of play.

Their results on Saturday mean that South Africa, New Zealand, Kenya and Australia have all secured their places in the last eight of the competition.

Leading World Series try scorer Senatla dotted down twice against Canada and then netted a hat-trick against Wales to stretch his season total to 30. Continue reading

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The City’s Open Data Portal is gaining momentum, with a further 11 data sets having been approved last month alone. With International Open Data Day taking place today, the City encourages more residents to get involved and make use of this innovative system. Read more below:

Through the Open Data Portal, the City of Cape Town’s data is incrementally released to the public in a useable format. It is available to all for free to enhance transparency and promote the use of the City’s data for broader social and economic benefit.

‘On International Open Data Day, the City would like to hear from any of our residents who have ideas for using open data, want to find an interesting project to contribute towards, or are currently developing online platforms which leverage off the data which has been made available by the City. As a well-run, opportunity city we are always encouraging developers to work with us in helping the global open data community to grow,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services and Compliance, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.

International Open Data Day sees residents in cities around the world gathering to write applications, liberate data, create visualisations and publish analyses using open public data. It seeks to show support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments. The City is doing just that.

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

This Sunday, 6 March 2016, close to 40 000 cyclists will saddle up to take part in the world’s most scenic and biggest timed cycle race.

The City of Cape Town is honoured to be home to the Cape Town Cycle Tour which continues to attract cyclists from all over the country and around the world.

On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I would like to wish all cyclists good luck for this year’s race.

You are the heartbeat of this event.

Your athletic ability, sheer determination, and the wonderful camaraderie are the biggest drawcards of this event. Continue reading

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Pretoria, 03 March 2016- The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) public service radio station, IKwekwezi FM meaning ‘The Star’ has been shining for 33 years. During this time, the station used the tagline; ‘Lapho Sikhona Kunokukhanya’.

In celebrating this incredible milestone, the radio station has embarked on a new, brand campaign tagged: ‘Kukhanya Bha’ meaning ‘wherever we are, it shines bright’. The new slogan highlights not only the presence of light but also the ability to shine.

This brand campaign further entrenches the heritage of IKwekwezi FM, as a progressive brand showcasing the Ndebele culture. The campaign celebrates the history of the station and captures the imagination of the ever-evolving listener, who is exposed to the world of technology, trends and other culture, who desires to remain, rooted in their heritage. Continue reading

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The Springbok Sevens are very aware of the threat posed by their three pool opponents for this weekend’s Las Vegas Sevens, which kicks off early on Saturday morning (SA time).

The South Africans will be looking to bounce back to winning ways after coming unstuck in their last two knock-out matches at the Sydney Sevens in Australia, where they finished in fourth place despite injuries to several squad members.

Las Vegas has been a happy hunting ground for the Springbok Sevens recently, with the team winning the USA title no fewer than three times in the past five years.

However, for this edition, the Springbok Sevens find themselves in a tough pool consisting of hosts, USA, the strong and physical Canada and tenacious Wales. The first two teams on the log qualify for the Cup quarter-finals after the teams have played three round-robin matches. Continue reading

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The SA Select Women’s team on Thursday recorded a strong start to the Las Vegas Invitational as they progressed through the first day of the tournament unbeaten with victories against Stars Rugby 2 and Brazil.

The team displayed good skills on attack and produced a solid defensive effort, which earned them a total of 58 points, while they conceded only five points.

SA Select captain Lorinda Brown and her team kicked off the tournament with a superb 46-0 victory against the mixed international team, Stars Rugby 2, to achieve their objective of building momentum and confidence early on. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town has implemented its Stranded Whale Protocol after the carcass of a young southern right whale has come ashore just south of Melkbosstrand. Read more below:

The City was notified of the carcass this morning, 4 March 2016.

‘While such occurrences tend to draw curious onlookers, from a safety perspective we urge members of the public to please keep away to allow the agencies on site the space to remove the whale carcass.

‘In the meantime, we will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.

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