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The City of Cape Town would like to advise residents and businesses in the CBD that members of the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) will be marching to the Civic Centre tomorrow, 6 May 2015, to hand over a memorandum to City officials.

The march is scheduled to start at 10:00 in Keizergracht. The group will then turn left into Tennant Street and proceed past the Cape Town Station into Christiaan Barnard Street, then turn left into Hertzog Boulevard and make their way to the Civic Centre. The group will gather outside the Civic Centre opposite the Standard Bank building.

The City’s Law Enforcement Department, together with the South African Police Service (SAPS), will be deployed along the this route.

‘The SAMWU leadership agreed to abide by the picketing rules but thus far their members have chosen to transgress these rules. We strongly condemn the violence and militancy that has displayed by SAMWU members since the strike began. All acts of vandalism and intimidation will be handled within the ambit of the law. While the union has a right to strike, non-striking members and the public at large have the right to a safe passage to work and other business. Members of the public are urged to immediately report any acts of intimidation, violence and vandalism to the SAPS,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.

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Benni McCarthy file photo by Baydu Adams

Benni McCarthy file photo by Baydu Adams

Kickoff.com has learnt that retired Bafana Bafana striker Benni McCarthy was robbed at gun-point in Melrose North earlier on Tuesday afternoon.

McCarthy landed at OR Tambo International Airport at around 11am this morning before going directly to his preferred barbershop on Corlett Drive in Melrose North in Johannesburg. (The robbery did not occur at Melrose arch, as originally stated; KickOff.com apologises for this error.)

According to a source close to the former Orlando Pirates striker, three armed criminals walked into the barbershop and requested his most valuable belongings.

The incident occured at around 1pm on Tuesday afternoon, with four suspects believed to have vacated the area in a black 3-series BMW.

“Three armed men walked into J’s Classic Barbershop, one stood at the door to hold guard, another kept the in-store customers under control while one walked straight up to Benni and requested his watch, earrings and his wedding ring,” reveals the source to this website.

Full story here:

http://www.kickoff.com/news/55117/breaking-benni-mccarthy-robbed-at-gun-point

Albert Pestana of Rhino Rugby South Africa (back row, second left) with Springbok coach, Heyneke Meyer, and players at the announcement of Rhino’s appointment as the official supplier of breakdown and scrumming equipment to the Springboks. The players are (back row, left to right): Pieter-Steph du Toit, Victor Matfield, Adriaan Strauss and Duane Vermeulen. Front row (left to right): Juan de Jongh, Siya Kolisi, Oupa Mohoje and Willie le Roux. Pic: Gallo Images.

Albert Pestana of Rhino Rugby South Africa (back row, second left) with Springbok coach, Heyneke Meyer, and players at the announcement of Rhino’s appointment as the official supplier of breakdown and scrumming equipment to the Springboks. The players are (back row, left to right): Pieter-Steph du Toit, Victor Matfield, Adriaan Strauss and Duane Vermeulen. Front row (left to right): Juan de Jongh, Siya Kolisi, Oupa Mohoje and Willie le Roux. Pic: Gallo Images.

The South African Rugby Union (SARU) on Tuesday announced that Rhino Rugby South Africa has been appointed as the official supplier of breakdown and scrumming equipment to the Springboks for the next three years.

The first set of equipment was delivered to the Springboks at their training camp in Johannesburg on Monday.

Rhino has delivered a full squad set of the Collision King breakdown training equipment and a Dictator scrum machine to the Springbok training squad. A further three sets of similar equipment will be delivered to SARU and will be based around the country for the use of the Springboks as well as other South African national teams during training camps. Continue reading

During a community meeting last night, the City of Cape Town informed residents of the approved land use rights to allow for small business opportunities, such as restaurants and guest houses, in the Langa Quarter Precinct. This milestone results from the successfully piloted approach by the City and a non-profit organisation, iKhaya le Langa, who proactively tried to widen the scope of permitted zoning scheme activities by applying for approvals on behalf of land owners in the precinct. This innovative approach will create enabling opportunities and could have far reaching implications for small business development and job creation.

Last night, 4 May 2015, the City of Cape Town informed residents of the good news that the proactive land use application was approved for the Langa Quarter Precinct.

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POPULAR GLOSSY MAGAZINE FAIRLADY, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SANTAM, LAUNCHES ITS FAIRLADY WOMEN OF THE FUTURE AWARDS – ENTRIES NOW OPEN, WITH TOP PRIZES TO BE WON.

FAIRLADY MAGAZINE’S SEARCH IS ON TO IDENTIFY SOUTH AFRICAN FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS WHO ARE SET TO BE THE WOMEN OF THE FUTURE IN BUSINESS.

FAIRLADY is looking for South African female entrepreneurs who have created successful businesses for themselves that also create opportunities for others, in the first annual FAIRLADY Women of the Future search.

Entries are now open for the competition, run in partnership with Santam, where two category winners will be announced: the FAIRLADY Woman of the Future 2015 and the FAIRLADY Rising Star 2015.

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR CORPORATE SERVICES, COUNCILLOR XANTHEA LI

The City’s extensive attempts to avert the current strike action by the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) have been ignored by the union. SAMWU has failed to respond and call off the strike action.

The City would like to reiterate that the current strike action by SAMWU, which is a minority union, is not only disappointing, but counter-productive and in extremely bad faith. Testimony to this is the fact that the union has showed no willingness to work with the City to address the outstanding grievances. Instead, they are more focused on pursuing strike action and distorting the facts in the media and to the public at large. During the extensive engagement sessions with SAMWU, a number of concessions were made on the City’s part which demonstrates that there was no basis for the strike action.

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Vodacom Blue Bulls lock RG Snyman on Tuesday was withdrawn from the Junior Springbok touring squad to Argentina due to an ankle ligament injury.

The big lock hurt his ankle during a training session in Stellenbosch and will be out of action for between two and four weeks. Loose forward Rikus Bothma, the former SA Schools captain and skipper of last year’s DHL Western Province Under-19 team, has been named as his replacement.

Snyman will continue with his rehabilitation until Friday and will return to the camp when the squad reassembles after the tour. He will undergo a fitness test on his return.

The Junior Boks fly out to South America early on Friday morning for their two-match series against the Argentina Under-20 team. The two teams will clash on 12 and 16 May in Rosario as part of their final preparations for the upcoming World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Italy.

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One of the City’s most iconic venues, the Grand Parade, is set to see a burst of glitz and glamour when the Madame Zingara Company hosts their 16th birthday tour at the venue.

The Grand Parade spans an area of 15 900 m² and is made up of the trading area and the parking area which is 7 900 m². Madame Zingara has hired approximately 4 000 m² of the parking area and the balance of the 3 900 m² will remain open space to be used by members of the public on a daily basis. The 4 000 m² section has been hired from 5 June to 3 October 2015 for the upcoming tour and will include set build-up, event days and set break-down.

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