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Kimberley-born Boipelo Mooketsi regards herself as a storyteller. The dynamic young presenter who joined 5FM this month is also a public speaker, MC and AFDA graduate. She started her radio career at campus radio before moving on to a regional radio station. She hopes to effortlessly work across all broadcast platforms, with a large focus on television. Boipelo has previously worked with award-winning production house Diprente Films as a writer and production intern and currently works as a production assistant on SABC 2’s Muvhango in addition to her work at the station. You can listen to Boipelo weekends on 5 Weekend Nights, 10:00 -01:00.

Tells us about your very first show at 5FM? 

Boipelo: “Fifteen minutes before my show, the system decided to crash. As a newbie who was basically still training, my heart stopped for a second. But instinct quickly kicked in, I called our technical producer, who guided me through, and we sorted it out. I laughed about it after but as it was happening, I wanted to scream. Funnily enough, I look back and I appreciate the moment so much because the “worst” happened and I got out of it more knowledgeable. It kind of felt like a baptism. By the time it was time for my show, everything went well, and it was smooth sailing from there on. Overall, my experience at 5FM has been amazing. Everyone who I’ve met thus far has been welcoming, willing to lend a helping hand and offer free radio advice.” 

If you could join any past or current music group, which would you want to join?

Boipelo: “It would definitely have to be Jamali, Destiny’s Child or Danity Kane. I actually have a slight obsession with girl groups, what an iconic era of music!” 

If you had to describe yourself as an animal, which one would it be?

Boipelo: “Definitely a dolphin. Totes!!  I say that because they’re so intelligent and sociable and those are two of my strongest traits. 

What unwritten rule would you make mandatory if you could?

Boipelo: “Pineapple does NOT belong on a pizza! 

If you could completely get rid of one month out of the year, which month would it be and why?

Boipelo: “November! What an unnecessary month, it always feels so long. It’s genuinely just that month that’s in the way of December and nice times. 

26 April 2021

As of 1pm on 26 April, the Western Cape has 2027 active COVID-19 infections, with a total of 283 398 people having been infected with COVID-19 to date and 269 661 recoveries. A total of 53 507 out of the 53 820 vaccines received to date as part of the Sisonke trial, had been administered by 5pm on 25 April.

Total confirmed number of people ever infected with COVID-19 in WC283 398
Total recoveries269 661
Vaccines administered 53 507
Total deaths11 601
Total active cases (currently infected patients)2027
Tests conducted1 520 361
Hospitalisations720, of which 149 are in high care or ICU
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Members of the public are reminded, as part of the comment period on the City of Cape Town’s draft Budget (2021/22), that they have the opportunity to submit their comments on the proposed revised approach to domestic metering, which encourages residents to manage their own water usage and will see the roll-out of the latest conventional metering technology. The public participation period ends on 3 May 2021. Read more below:

The Water and Sanitation Department is proposing that, from July 2021, the City no longer installs new water management device meters (WMDs), and that WMDs currently in service be replaced by the conventional meters with the latest metering technology as they reach the end of their expected lifespan.

As a result, the City’s approach to managing water usage in indigent households will also change.

It is proposed that usage limits that have been programmed into WMDs throughout the city will be systematically removed from 1 July 2021.

In place of volume-restricted WMDs at registered indigent properties, the City is proposing an alternative water management approach, where customers take responsibility for using less than a maximum limit set by the City.

This approach forms part of proposed changes to the Tariff Policy as per the 2021/22 Tabled Budget.

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Award-winning Singer and Songwriter Kelly Khumalo is basking in all the grace and goodness of what is a great year for her, with the recent nominations at the Crown Gospel Awards for her song Esiphambanweni featuring Dr Hlengiwe Mhlaba. The beautiful, emotive song was nominated for Song of The Year. She is also charting at number 1 on Metro FM’s Top 40 chart show for her single Empini.

Her new album The Voice of Africa (TVOA) was co-written and produced by Mondli Ngcobo, who is also a featured talent on Ngathwala Ngaye. Kelly has been recording and performing her music for almost two decades with a string of successful albums over the years. This year, she released her debut season of her reality show Life With Kelly on Showmax. 

Stream/download The Voice of Africa by Kelly Khumalo on all digital streaming platforms.

adidas and Carbon are rapidly producing 3D-printed face shields during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Carbon is currently producing more than 18,000 face shields a week, after shifting all manufacturing at its California facilities last month to focus on developing medical supplies for first responders and healthcare professionals.

Since 2017, adidas and Carbon have used open source collaboration to create high-performance, 3D-printed footwear, and together they’re redirecting their efforts to aid in the global health crisis.

3D-printed lattice structures can dramatically reduce material usage, speed print times, and improve comfort and performance for both patients and healthcare workers.

adidas is supporting Carbon’s efforts to donate the face shields to U.S. healthcare organisations, first responders and underserved communities that have the greatest need and don’t have access to adequate supply.

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The DHL Stormers have teamed up with various artists and local celebrities to record a tribute video of Johnny Clegg’s ‘The Crossing’. Recorded and filmed in their bye week at the beginning of March, the video has been released on the DHL Stormers’ social media channels and can be viewed here: Johnny Clegg’s The Crossing | DHL Stormers & Friends.

The DHL Stormers squad used ‘The Crossing’ as a team song for the 2020 Vodacom Super Rugby competition, singing it in the changeroom after games, before the current season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The song was chosen by team management as Johnny Clegg was a nation-builder who crossed over different communities, much like the Springboks did by winning the Rugby World Cup in 2019. Their goal in the DHL Stormers’ 2020 Vodacom Super Rugby campaign was to build on that concept of unity and ‘The Crossing’ epitomised that spirit of uniting people and moving forward to a new world.

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Golden Arrow, like many other companies, has struggled to source a sustainable supply of face masks for our drivers and other frontline staff. Instead of giving up or purchasing potentially sub-standard masks one of our buyers and our incredible Trim Shop team have come to the rescue in creating and producing our own supply of quality re-usable masks in-house.

The Trim Shop is responsible mainly for ensuring that our bus seats are repaired and re-upholstered on a daily basis. Their ingenuity has seen the development and perfecting of a prototype mask, which is now being produced in-house by the trimmers.

For now we will be producing 2 500 masks to distribute to staff and then, depending on availability of materials and other factors, we may produce on an even larger scale.

It has not been easy sourcing materials but a specific spun material has been selected for breathability and comfort. This initiative is a fantastic example of the resourcefulness of our staff and the ability to work as a team during even the most difficult of times.

The City of Cape Town has received numerous questions about its preparedness to deal with any potential cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

COVID-19 is part of a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals. The virus is spread mainly from person-to-person (coughing, sneezing, touching affected surfaces). An infection may present with fever, coughing and shortness of breath with at least 80% of the cases being mild in nature. Residents with underlying co-morbidities such as diabetes, heart and lung conditions are at increased risk of contracting the infection.

It is important to note that South Africa’s response to the Coronavirus outbreak is being led by the National Department of Health (NDoH), with support from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), World Health Organisation, Centre for Disease Control, and other partners.

The City of Cape Town is one of the partners involved in the response – under direction from the National Health Department and the Western Cape Health Department.

City Health fulfills a complementary primary health function through its network of more than 100 clinics, as well as an environmental health function.

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The City of Cape Town continues to disconnect services of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). The disconnections should not affect the operation of the trains and thus commuters.

This is as a result of PRASA repeatedly failing to pay municipal rates and services debts of approximately R114 million to the City, of which R98 million is the arrears amount.

Eskom recently disconnected some of PRASA’S train operations for non-payment of debt to the value of only R6,5 million leaving passengers stranded and no trains operating.

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