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After extensive discussion and deliberation, it has been decided that the 2014 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, planned for 13 – 15 October 2014 in Cape Town, will be suspended.

The Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates is currently considering the possibility of relocating the summit to an alternative venue.

The primary reason for the relocation is the fact that the South African Government refuses to issue a visa for His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.

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The Springbok Sevens have named uncapped Xerox Golden Lions centre Ruhan Nel in their 12-man squad for the opening tournament of the HSBC Sevens World Series tournament at the Gold Coast, which takes place on 11 and 12 October in Australia.

Nel is one of four changes to the squad that won the Commonwealth Gold medal in Glasgow in their last outing in July.

Regular captain Kyle Brown is still recovering from shoulder surgery and will therefore miss the season kick-off at the Gold Coast. Veteran forward Frankie Horne will lead the Springbok Sevens in his 60th consecutive World Series tournament.

Cornal Hendricks and Warren Whitely were not considered as they are on Springbok duty, while Mark Richards has Absa Currie Cup commitments at the Xerox Golden Lions.

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unnamed (2)Aubrey Sekhabi’s high-octane, gripping thriller Silent Voice, featuring a stellar cast, will have audiences riveted to their seats this October

Straight from its success at the 2014 Edinburgh Assembly Fringe Festival, Aubrey Sekhabi’s high- octane, action-packed thriller Silent Voice comes to the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio for a short season from 13 October to 1 November at 8.15pm nightly with a matinee on 18 October at 2pm.

Nominated for five Naledi Awards earlier this year (Best Production of a Play, Best Director, Best Ensemble/Cutting Edge, Best Score/Arrangement/Adaptation and Best Lighting Design), the play has been performed to great acclaim at the South African State Theatre, the Market Theatre and most recently the Edinburgh Assembly Fringe Festival.

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The City of Cape Town is delighted to announce that the finishing touches are being done on the Hanover Park backyarder programme. This is the biggest programme of its kind so far, and in addition to teaching the City valuable lessons for future projects, has made a marked difference to the lives of this previously marginalised section of the community. Read more below:

As a caring city, committed to redress, we are determined to meet the housing needs of as many qualifying residents as possible. However, we are conscious that it will take some time before all applicants receive their own house in light of the high levels of demand, limited appropriate land, and finite funding.

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The Absa Currie Cup First Division semifinals on Friday will have a Groundhog Day feel for the participating teams as both matches will mark repeats of the final pool games played last week.

The Down Touch Griffons meet the SWD Eagles in Welkom in the first semifinal on Friday, which will be followed by the clash between the Leopards and Valke in Potchefstroom.

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Dillyn Leyds has been named at fullback for DHL Western Province’s Absa Currie Cup meeting with the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday (kick-off 14h00).

DHL WP coach Allister Coetzee has made five changes to his starting line-up this week – from the starting XV that defeated the Pumas in Nelspruit last Friday – with four of them enforced.

Leyds replaces Cheslin Kolbe (back injury) in the No.15 jersey, Pat Howard comes in for SA Sevens winger Justin Geduld (on national Sevens duty) and Manuel Carizza and Rynhardt Elstadt form a new-look lock duo in the absence of the injured Ruan Botha (ankle) and Jean Kleyn (AC Joint).

Powerhouse Elstadt will make his first start of the 2014 Absa Currie Cup season, having sat out for the past three weeks because of suspension, and his return is a major boost in the absence of Kleyn and Botha.

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The City of Cape Town’s efforts to change lives through its human settlements programmes have been recognised by the South African Housing Foundation (SAHF). The City’s CRU refurbishment programme received the Community Development Project of the Year Award, while the Pelican Park development was named the Best Integrated Housing Project at the annual SAHF Housing Awards Ceremony. Read more below:

The City has received the 2014 Community Development Project of the Year Award in recognition of its Community Residential Unit (CRU) Refurbishment Programme – a community development programme developed by City to change the lives of its tenants in CRUs.

‘The way in which the City has contributed to a meaningful network of public-private partnerships, including the emphasis on the transfer of skills and community empowerment, has been one of the most recognised and admirable aspects of the programme. We are so proud of our Human Settlements Directorate for attaining this prestigious award and for the milestones which they have achieved over the past year in increasing the delivery of housing opportunities as a means of enabling redress,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli.

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Less than five weeks until 2014 People’s Race

Runners still wanting to participate in the 10km, 21km or 42km races on 2 November during the Nike Soweto Marathon are now able to register until midnight on the 12th October 2014.  The registration date originally scheduled for Wednesday 1 October was moved out to allow athletes more time given the influx of requests in the last week of September.

“We felt that it was important to make sure all athletes had an opportunity to enter the Nike Soweto Marathon, as such we carefully monitored online and manual registrations during the last week of September and took the decision to extend the registration date,”  commented 2014 Race Director and Soweto Marathon Trust CEO Banele Sindani.

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