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DA leader Helen Zille speaks at a rally in Hout Bay on Thursday morning. Picture: Armand Hough

DA leader Helen Zille speaks at a rally in Hout Bay on Thursday morning. Picture: Armand Hough

Cape Town – DA leader Helen Zille says she will declare an inter-governmental dispute with the national fisheries and public works departments for “ignoring the plight of harbours in the Western Cape”.

Zille was speaking at a rally in Hout Bay on Thursday morning where about 400 of her supporters joined her.

“For more than four years, the national department of fisheries and public works have ignored our plight here in the Western Cape,” she said.

Zille said she had already consulted lawyers and will seek one of the Western Cape’s 12 harbours to use as a study. She said if the dispute falls on deaf ears they will approach the courts.

“It’s been tragic for the people of Hout Bay. They have lost their fishing rights and problems keep on getting bigger.

Full story here: 

http://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/zille-to-declare-dispute-over-plight-of-harbours-1.1677539#.U0_FbfmSzKE

Old Mutual’s More than Yourself campaign aims to raise R400 000 to buy school shoes for underprivileged children

Seven of South Africa’s best-known media personalities will be running the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon on April 19 as ambassadors of Old Mutual’s More Than Yourself campaign.

The campaign aims to raise R400 000 to supply more than 3 000 pairs of school shoes to underprivileged children through the Put Foot Foundation.

Top Billing presenter Simba Mhere will join Kaya FM presenters Mosibodi Whitehead and Sotho Lenkoe, digital producer Jason von Berg, Heart 104.9FM’s Aden Thomas, Jacaranda FM’s Janina Oberholzer and Damon Beard of East Coast Radio.

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The Western Cape Government and the City of Cape Town will announce a multi-million Rand broadband development for Elsies River.

The Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Alan Winde; the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Alderman Demetri Qually; and the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Social Development and Early Childhood Development, Councillor Suzette Little, will brief the media on what the new facility will offer residents of Elsies River.

The two coastal sides both host South African Vodacom Super Rugby derbies on Saturday afternoon as the Vodacom Bulls crossed the Tasman Sea for their third tour match.

The Cell C Sharks will get a rare opportunity to host a 15h00 game at Growthpoint Kings Park when they take on the Toyota Cheetahs in a match between the best and worst defenders in the competition.

Thereafter the Lions will be aiming for only their second ever victory over the DHL Stormers when these two teams square off at DHL Newlands at 17h05.

Earlier on Saturday, the Vodacom Bulls face the Waratahs in Sydney, where they will be aiming to keep alive a winning streak which stretches back to 2005.

Waratahs v Vodacom Bulls

Victor Matfield is the only “survivor” in the Vodacom Bulls’ team from the last time they lost to the Waratahs – which was in the Vodacom Super Rugby semi-final of 2005.

On Saturday, when they face each other in Sydney, it will be 3,256 days since the last Waratahs win.

Yes, it’s been almost nine years since the team from New South Wales have beaten the side from Pretoria. Those eight matches include three successful visits to Sydney for the three-time champions.

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LUNA PAIGE INTRODUCES NEW ALBUM “BORDERS & BEYOND” ON NATIONAL TOUR FROM 3 MAY – 1 JUNE 2014.

Luna will be performing at the following cities during the tour: Cape Town, Durbanville, Stellenbosch, Port Elizabeth, Pietermaritzburg, Potchefstroom, Pretoria, Rosebank, Nelspruit, Durban, Swartland, Tulbagh. (scroll down for details for relevant gig guides/ high res images available on request.)

Luna is celebrating the release of her 5th album in the month of May. This CD is a collection of songs Luna wrote and composed over a period of 5 years since the release of her third album “Wonderful life”. Since the release of “Wonderful life” Luna introduced her first Afrikaans music production to the music industry and released her first Afrikaans CD and live DVD, “Storielied”. “Wonderful life” and “Storielied” took Luna on interesting journeys across SA as well as performances in the Netherlands, where she will be performing again in June 2014.

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All it takes is a flash. Lightning strikes the ground, creating temperatures of more than 3,000 degrees. The sand around the lightning strike fuses together, and fulgurite is formed. What are fulgurites?

From news-hound.us:

The word – based on the Latin world for thunderbolt – refers to a hollow glass tube formed when lightning strikes soil, silica, sand or even rock. These amazing structures – sometimes referred to as “petrified lightning” or “lightning stones” – don’t look like the transparent glass in your windows or kitchen cabinets. Instead they are complex structures that resemble a cross between a vegetable root and some of the more crystalline minerals such as mica.

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