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PS: The statement below is an extract from a speech delivered today, 13 October 2015, by Alderman Smith at an event to commemorate International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction. This year’s theme is ‘Knowledge for Life’ which focuses on partnerships between the various spheres of government and indigenous groups to share information on ways to reduce the risk of disasters. The Khoi San, Chobona Tashawe Kingdom, and the Bo-Kaap Heritage Society shared some of their stories at the event.

In order to deal with disasters in South Africa, the Government in January 2003 promulgated the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002. The Act calls for the active participation of all stakeholders – including the private sector, non-governmental organisations, technical experts, communities, traditional leaders and volunteers – in disaster risk management planning and operations.

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The two-day TLC Next Great Presenter boot camp is underway. Here are the Top 12 semi-finalists.  

Left to right: Star Khulu, Felix Earnest Otieno Mududa, Tendai Karonga, Lisa Fiandeiro, Kylie Eriksen, Adenike O. Adebayo, Tracy Bonolo Mgolodela, Mpiwa Bagwasi, Bahumi Madisakwane, David Mbeha, Anray Amansure, Crystal Kayaro Emonde. Judges will now have the difficult task of narrowing down the Top 12 semi-finalists to Top 3 finalists.

Johannesburg, 13 October 2015: Pan-African music and youth culture authority MTV Base (DStv channel 322) has been invited to become the first music TV channel on the continent to be a curator on Apple Music. Bringing African flava to the popular music platform, MTV Base joins an exclusive selection of international tastemakers and style leaders.
Starting October 2015, MTV Base will curate a range of themed playlists inspired by music that resonates on the continent today, giving music fans an exclusive MTV Base music experience, and allowing them to discover and stream music handpicked by Africa’s music authority.
The playlists will feature tracks by African and international artists across multiple genres including Hip Hop, R&B, pop, and more, spotlighting the giants of African contemporary music.

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The City’s Health Directorate is prioritising the nutritional needs of young children, to reduce the risk of health burdens later in life.

The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate is working in conjunction with a number of partners to reduce the incidence of malnutrition – specifically in young children.

Over a six-month period between April and September 2014, 1 455 children under the age of five presenting at primary healthcare facilities were found to be underweight. Of these, 67% were younger than two. During the same period, 198 children presented with severe acute malnutrition – 62% of them under the age of two.

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South African entertainer, Can Skylark, is taking undiscovered artists under her wing with the launch of her new music skills initiative, entitled The Motive. Founded by Skylark, The Motive is an opportunity for up and coming talented musicians to learn and experience what it takes to become a well rounded entertainer within the music industry.

Part of The Motive’s mandate is to produce new up and coming artists and develop skills to place South Africa on the world’s entertainment platform. Through a series of hands-on workshops, involving songwriting, branding and marketing, etiquette, studio recording and live performance, The Motive will allow access for undiscovered talented youth the opportunity to learn, explore and re-kindle the spirit of music from industry professionals.

Four promising acts have successfully auditioned and completed the course and will showcase their talents at the The Motive Launch, taking place at the Boston Collective Arts Theatre in Belville on 20, 21 and 22 November. The aptly named “Motivees” performing at the launch include Cilino, Keziah Judah, Jayed and Bryan Daniels, with performances by Can Skylark, to end off the memorable, intimate affair. Continue reading

This summer the Mother City is going to rock as Alistair Izobell and the Baxter Theatre Centre pay tribute to the iconic Luxurama Theatre, one of Cape Town’s grand old dames of cinema and entertainment, with a brand new show Remembering the Lux, from 03 December 2015 to 09 January 2016.

Written and directed by Izobell and Baxter CEO and artistic director Lara Foot, Remembering the Lux is set to be the undisputed highlight of the festive season. They have teamed up to bring to life and celebrate its history through stories and classic hit songs in this first-ever homage to the legendary Luxurama.

Izobell has assembled a stellar ensemble featuring himself, Terry Fortune, Terry Hector, Loukmaan Adams, Niesha Abrahams, Leslie Kleinsmith, Giempie Vardien, Nur Abrahams and Felicity Keran, accompanied by a 5-piece live band. Most of them have, at some point in their own careers, performed at The Lux (as it was and still is referred to today).

The cast will share anecdotes as they sing familiar and perennially popular songs, such as Where the Boys Are, Il Mondo, Spanish Eyes, Stay Beside Me, Puppy Love, My Life and Delilah, to mention just a few – guaranteed to get audiences singing along and dancing in their seats.

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Female Hip Hop Producer and DJ, Roxxi recently collaborated with Reason, Nadia Nakai and Yung Swiss on one of the hottest tracks of October 2015, “Like Whoo”.

Roxxi’s new track was featured for the first time on South African radio stations on the Fresh @ 5 radio show on 5FM on Thursday, 1 October 2015.  Since its debut it has been receiving some major attention.

#LikeWhoo has been creating a commotion on twitter and according to Trendsmap was trending last week.

“We would go into a description about the bars, the instrumental and who had the best verse, but with a song title like this, we wouldn’t be doing you justice if we didn’t let the curiosity eat you up until you listened to it yourself.” –

The track was made available on Slikour’s website ( for free download last week and reached nearly 2000 downloads. To listen and download the track visit iTunes:

For more information please follow Roxxi:

Facebook: /roxxiofficial

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Joao Fonseca – best known to most of his fans as J’Something – is better recognised for his catchy tunes and hypotonic moves as the lead singer of award-winning South African band Mi Casa. However, visitors to the Good Food & Wine Show in Durban at the end of the month, will be able to catch J’Something cooking up a storm in both the Celebrity Chefs Theatre (Friday, October 30 at 12.50) and the kitchen (Saturday, October 31 at 12.20). He will also be doing a Q&A session at the SABC3 stand at the show on the Friday at 15.00.
J’s food philosophy is simple: “It’s not necessarily about the cost, the complexity or the look but what’s in your heart when you are making the dish,” he says.

He has also become very involved with his own nutrition and has learnt to find a balance between good food and good health; his goal is to make food that is delicious yet healthy.


Q: What will you be cooking at the show in Durban?
J: It’s a surprise, but trust me it will be delicious and simple. It will be down to earth and – more than anything else – my demo will be the most fun out of all of them.

Q: Where did you love of cooking come from?

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Road resurfacing started along certain sections of the M3 and M5 freeways this morning, 13 October 2015. The roadworks will have an impact on traffic flow for a period of four weeks until the resurfacing has been completed. Read more below:

Transport for Cape Town, the City of Cape Town’s transport authority, has commenced with the resurfacing of the road surface along two sections of the M5 and M3 freeways. The work will be scheduled in such a way as to limit the impact on traffic flow as far as possible.

Work on the M5
The resurfacing work on the M5 has already started and is scheduled to be completed by Friday 6 November 2015, weather permitting.

The affected stretches of the M5 freeway are as follows:

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