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Heaven for the sharks !
(if the sharks are at Muizenberg that is)
@Silver I'm not sure about that but I wouldn't think so, seeing that it's surfers' paradise.
By the way, did you see the pics of the whale, a few posts up?
Oh my word, I didnt see the pics of the whale before, thanks for sharing that.
Imagine that, you swimming and you see a whale right there. Lol
Groote Schuur bids farewell to exceptional nurse
After 35 years of working at Groote Schuur Hospital without having taken a single day of sick leave during her time there, an impressively dedicated nurse, Sister Colleen Grehan, has officially retired from her post as a Wound Care Specialist.
Groote Schuur Hospital announced that one of the greatest heroes or heroines to ever grace its corridors will officially be leaving the healthcare establishment.
This dedicated nurse treated hundreds of patients each month and refused to take any days off because there was no one else to do the work so she made sure she was there without fail.
“In the dressing room if I’m not there there’s nobody to do my job. So I refuse to take off sick, I’m here no matter what. I’ve had times where I had a problem with my back and I could barely walk but I was here. A couple of times I’ve had to say to somebody please drive me to work because I can’t drive, but I was here. If I could just keep going I would keep going.
“Monthly I treat between 250-270 patients. Last year I did 3097 patients in one year,” said Grehan.
It is sad to think that locals will no longer be able to receive care from this exceptional woman and amazing nurse, but as we bid farewell, we thank Grehan for her unwavering service and are sure her stellar morals and work ethic will inspire many other in her field to maintain the same level of greatness.
Get ready for a snowy weekend Western Cape
“We are expecting snow to fall from Friday late afternoon through to Saturday on the western high grounds of the province. Snow is expected on the Cederberg Mountains, all the way up to Franschhoek. There is even some expected to fall in Sutherland and Citrusdal. And on Saturday morning there will be a dusting in the Swartberg and Langeberg Mountains and even some on the Outeniqua range,” said Kate Turner, Senior Forecaster at the Cape Town Weather Service.
She predicts that there could be anything between 1 – 4cm. “It won’t be a heavy snowfall, and it will probably melt quickly,” said Turner.
Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing in some areas like the Hex River Mountains and Franschhoek. With 90% rainfall expected over most of the Western Cape on Friday and temperatures dropping to -4°C, snow is eminent.
Matroosberg Reserve has put out a snow alert for falls on Friday. If you plan on going out to catch a glimpse of the snow, they warned that admission to higher lying areas is weather permitting because safety is their priority.
You can contact them at 023 3122282 or 0731940885 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more information.
Artisanal, Limited Edition Vino on Harrington Street
Taste, buy and enjoy over 150 uniquely blended wines at an inner city wine fair
Experience some unique, independent artisan wines made in South Africa as the Publik Wine Fair comes around again this year on Sunday 23 June 2019.
WINE ON HARRINGTON
The event will take place in the space of the premium outdoor store, Just Like Papa, and offers those attending, the opportunity to taste a wide selection of limited-production wines. You’ll also be able to connect and talk to the winemakers about what makes the rapidly increasing independent wine scene in South Africa so exciting.
SMALL-BATCH ARTISAN WINES
Over 30 artisan winemakers, growers and producers will come together for this festive wine tasting afternoon. These wines are made in smaller batches and with different grape varieties, offering new flavours and styles of wine. Durif, Tannat or Tempranillo are just some of the unique wine flavours you’ll find at the event.
EXPERIENCE NEW WINES
The fair will see some respected wines also out for tasting – expect to try the likes of Alheit Vineyards, Radford Dale and Reneen Borman. This once-a-year event is a chance to engage with winemakers, discover new grape varieties and taste exceptionally unique wines all under one roof.
TICKETS TO THE PUBLIK WINE FAIR 2019
Tickets cost R200pp and can be purchased through their website.
Discover more about the venue, Just Like Papa.
UCT rated top university in SA: Find out which are the best in the world
The University of Cape Town has been named South Africa’s best university, according to global education analyst Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), which ranks the world’s top 1 000 universities
The rankings were released on Wednesday and saw three of the eight South African universities represented having improved their positions.
No South African universities were featured in the top 100.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology was named the world number-one university for a record eighth consecutive year, and was followed by Stanford and Harvard in second and third place respectively.
Key findings for South Africa included:
Based on eight ranked universities, South Africa is the 29th-most-represented university location in the world
University of Cape Town is South Africa’s most-improved university and has risen two places
Universities in South Africa perform best on Citations Per Faculty in terms of average rank
University of Cape Town has the highest marks in terms of Employer Reputation
University of Cape Town is most recognised for Academic Reputation
University of Johannesburg has the strongest Faculty Student Ratio
Rhodes University has the highest International Student Ratio
University of The Witwatersrand has the largest International Faculty Ratio
Stellenbosch University has the most productive Faculty, as measured by Citations Per Faculty
Top 5 SA Universities:
Global highlights include:
The UK’s top institution – and Europe’s – is the University of Oxford, which has risen to fourth. Its compatriot competitor, the University of Cambridge, has dropped to seventh
Due to a collapse in employer recognition and increasing class sizes, the United Kingdom’s 84 universities experienced their third-worst performance on record
Continental Europe’s best university is ETH Zurich, which has risen to sixth – its highest-ever rank
Asia’s top two universities are both Singaporean once again: the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University both rank 11th
Latin America’s highest-ranked university is the Universidad de Buenos Aires, which, placing 74th, is the continental leader for the fifth consecutive year
Author: ANA Newswire
Button down th.e hatches, Capetonians, bad weather is on the way - and it fascinates me how quickly the weather changes.
This was at 12:45, taken from my back garden
Also at 12:45 but taken from the front garden. One can always see the weather moving in from the sea.
Moving inland. The white area between the horizon and the dark clouds is a bank of bad-weather clouds.
The wind was howling earlier and I would have loved to go down to the beach, or even sit outside on the deck as I love the wind, but it terrifies my little doggy. She definitely doesn't have Capetonian blood! She won't leave my side during bad weather so I've put her bed by my feet.
Rain is pelting down now ... oh, I just love the Cape Town winters!! I'm safe and warm and vaping @Sickboy77's coffee custard, Asylum Hysteria, which I'm enjoying tremendously! It's the perfect vape for this kind of weather! Review coming up today.
Stay safe, guys 'n gals!
Whew!!!! That was some weather we had last night!! Haven't experienced that for years. Hard wind; hard rain ... horizontal rain! At one point I wondered whether the windows would hold.
My heart went out to the homeless - both human and animal - and the people living in shacks. How could a flimsy shack hold up in those circumstances?
power was out along parts of the R27, windy...
Oh really? I thought that we might lose power so I had all my battery-operated lamps ready, but we were OK.
Mosque asks for all prayer calls to be by-law exempt
The Zeenatul Islam Masjid has been the centre of much debate after a noise complaint was laid against the sound of its Athaan (call to prayer), and is now appealing to the City of Cape Town to remove all calls to prayer from its noise by-laws. This will include calls to prayer at churches, for example, and not mosques exclusively.
“The City of Cape Town reported to the mosque’s committee during the meeting that its own scientific test showed that the sound level of the Athaan fell within the accepted decibel measure as set out by the bylaw. The second test was a “reasonable person” test that led City of Cape Town officials to find that the Athaan is “noise nuisance”. This “reasonable person” test, in our view, is completely subjective and changing the terms of reference of the complaint amounts to a shifting the goal posts by the City of Cape Town,” the mosque said in a statement.
“The mosque committee is aware of similar complaints against other mosques and places of worship in the City of Cape Town. Zeenatul Islam Masjid is one of the oldest mosques in Cape Town and marks its 100th anniversary this year. It has become part of the fabric of District 6. The mosque committee understands the seriousness of this challenge and the implications should this complaint succeed – not just for Zeenatul Masjid but for all faith communities in our city. We call on the City of Cape Town to heed the overwhelming public support for the Athaan and to dismiss the complaint.”
Water flowing to the Voelvlei Dam -
June 22 at 11:19 AM
Water flowing to the Voelvlei Dam on 1 July.
Full to almost overflowing!!
Giant edible mushroom found in tokai forest.
Inside the Lichtenstein Castle
[N.B. The Lichtenstein website has copyrighted all photos and I don't know if the photos in Cape Town etc. are also copyrighted. Follow the above link to see the pics, which are certainly worthwhile seeing! @KZOR and the rest of the CT gang, what a venue this would be for a vape meet!!!]
Perched upon the Karbonkelberg Mountain in Hout Bay, the Litchtenstein Castle is something out of a fairytale – with a guarding dragon statue, a tower, high, arched windows, and a ballroom fit for royalty.
Built in 1998, the structure is a replica of the original Gothic Schloss Lichtenstein Castle in southern Germany and although it was once a residence, the castle now functions as an event venue for hire.
The castle’s exterior would not look out of place in a scene of a Disney or Harry Potter movie, and the interior is similar, filled with lavish décor, chandeliers, banquet tables, and medieval-looking flags of crests. Adding to the medieval theme are guards that stand in and around the castle.
With four lavish bedrooms and a honeymoon suite, it can be rented out as a villa for guests to live out their dreams of being a King or Queen and be transported to the past.
The castle can also hired out as a wedding venue or a venue for corporate functions, private events and film and photography shoots.
Each bedroom is equipped with furniture well suited to the theme of the castle. With a bed frame designed to be a miniature castle, guests are bound to sleep like a princess or prince.
Bathrooms are equipped with a bathtub for those wanting to unwind like the nobles did. The bathrooms tie in to the colour schemes and styles of the suites.
Other features of the castle include a ballroom with elegant chandeliers and a black and white theme. The high ceilings in each room – from the dining to family area create a feeling of grandness.
A focus on attention to detail can be seen in the ceilings of many rooms and add elegance and luxury to the setting.
A cosy fire place is provided for guests to huddle up on a larger-than-life couch surrounded by dark wood finishings.
Chemicals found in Cape fish
Published by capeetc on June 26, 2019
Many stories have emerged lately detailing what we really consume when we eat fish, and a paper written by academics from the Department of Chemistry at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) states that fish caught by commercial fisherman are loaded with all sorts of chemicals.
The paper took a look at the fish caught by small-scale fishermen in Hout Bay, and found that many species were contaminated by painkillers, disinfectants, industrial chemicals, and antibiotics. The species tested include the Cape bream, bonita, snoek, and panga. All were obtained from catches in 2017.
The fish were all tested for various chemical compounds in their gills, intestines and livers, proving just how deep into the food chain pollution has seeped.
Anti-inflammatories including Diclofenac and Acetaminophen, the antiepileptic drug Carbamazepine, the disinfectant Triclosanthe, and antibiotic Sulfamethoxazole were among the pharmaceutical compounds found in the fish.
“Overall, diclofenac had the highest concentration out of all the pharmaceutical compounds,” the report reads.
The report also states that each compound has a different acute and chronic risk associated with it, and the presence of these pharmaceutical compounds in fish can be attributed to untreated sewerage flowing into the oceans. Stormwater may be a probable source of pesticides and industrial chemical pollution.
Oh. My. Vape. And Panga is my favourite fish!!
Beware of the ‘tap tap’ hijacking method
Nearly 50 hijacking incidents take place every day across South Africa, according to SAPS statistics, with Cape Town experiencing as many as six a day.
The majority of these incidents happen close to a place of residence and Cape Town’s ADT Fidelity says knowing what to look out for could save your life and your possessions.
One method being used frequently by criminals in the Cape Town area to hijack victims is the ‘tap tap’ method. With this method, a driver behind you – who is often a female driver, to lower your defence or catch you off guard – will lightly bump the back of your car. Many targeted drivers will then feel the urge to leave their cars and assess the damage – this is when they fall prey to hijacking. Instead, motorists who find this happening to them should drive to a busy place near by to assess their car’s damage.
Fidelity ADT partnered with the National Hijack Prevention Academy to share a few tips on how you can prevent hijacking or be as safe as you possibly can:
1. If you find yourself in a situation where you believe you are being followed on your way home, slow down and switch on your indicator two or three houses early. This could cause the criminals to lose interest or be forced to pass you
2. Always leave your keys in your car should you need to manually open your gate, except in the case of having a small child in the car
3. Only stop if you can see the back wheels of the car in front of you, this allows for more maneuverability
4. Don’t fall for the ‘tap tap’ method
5. Don’t be fooled into thinking you are safer if you stay in a security complex, stay alert and cautious.
What to do if you are successfully hijacked
1. Do not antagonize the hijackers, show you are not a threat and remain calm
2. Lift your arms to show you are not a threat and that you are unarmed
3. Don’t switch your car off and get out slowly
4. Avoid direct eye contact but try to take in what the criminals are wearing and what they sound like, and protect your head with your arms.
Fake police on the rise in Cape Town
Unsuspecting victims are being lured by criminals in cleverly-disguised vehicles made to look like police cars, and Capetonians are warned to be more cautious than ever as police have noticed a spike in imposter cops.
In a number of cases which took place this week, criminals utilised vehicles made to look exactly like police cars to commit various crimes across the city.
Police opened a case following a particular incident which occurred in Athlone where a truck was flagged down by a Nissan double cab marked as a police vehicle. Although the driver was unharmed, the suspects escaped with R3-million-worth of cigarettes.
Members of the squad that responded to the incident said that the cab had a cloned number plate and has not yet been located. There is uncertainty among squad members as to whether the occupants of the Nissan were fake or real cops.
In another incident which took place on Monday this week, police arrested a suspect in possession of an Uzi machine gun, and searched a car that crashed near to where he was apprehended. Upon searching the vehicle police discovered a blue police light. Another two suspects escaped apprehension and appeared to have been on the way to carry out a robbery at the time.
Institute for Security Studies (ISS) researcher Johan Burger told IOL bogus police pose a genuine threat and advised motorists to go to a mall or a garage in order to escape if approached by these fraudsters.
Burger also suggested staying away from deserted roads, as fake police officers often frequent these areas in between other criminal activities.
“This type of crime comes in three forms. First is fully-clothed police officers openly committing robberies, hijacking and bribes; second, people impersonating police officers who have all the markings and equipment of being real police officers; and third, those driving in private cars pretending to be cops,” said Burger.
The spike in police officer impersonators has also been worsened by real cops who have been allegedly linked to robberies, hijacking and most commonly bribing motorists.
this is so sad
I agree! The Law should be amended that any person convicted of committing a crime while impersonating a police officer should get a mandatory life imprisonment without the option of parole.
CBD store to open in Cape Town
"The opening of the Goodleaf store on Buitenkant Street, Cape Town will have many pro-cannabis residents rejoicing, as the store plans to include legal cannabidiol (CBD) products ...
As the founder of eco-conscious brands Earthchild and Earthaddict, Katz is a veteran of South Africa’s retail industry.
“The physical location and the online stock a selection of leading international brands, such as top-selling US brand, Cura Select, reflecting its premium positioning in the rapidly growing CBD sector. It will soon complement this unique offering with its own range of CBD products under the Goodleaf brand,” Katz says.
Southern Sun Pharma has also announced the acquisition of South Africa’s preeminent emerging local online retailer, Africanpure.
Founded in 2018, Africanpure focuses on the rapid growth of medicinal cannabis products out of Africa by offering quality, competitively-priced and locally-produced CBD products.
SANDF TO BE DEPLOYED TO CT IN ANTI-CRIME OPERATION
Police Minister Bheki Cele's spokesperson confirmed this to Eyewitness News on Thursday night.
Cape teens land plane safely in Cairo
"An aircraft that was assembled and flown by local teens safely touched down in Cairo, Egypt yesterday. The teenagers took off on June 12 in their self-assembled Sling-4 – an aircraft that uses ordinary motor fuel and was built in only three weeks.
Teen pilot, author and motivational speaker Megan Werner (17) from Krugersdorp, Johannesburg, sparked by her passion to inspire, founded U-Dream Global Foundation to uplift, empower, equip, and transform the lives of youth throughout Africa and the world.
“The Challenge has enabled us to take a lot of teenagers from different backgrounds to teach and equip them with life skills that they can take with them into the future,” Megan said before the team embarked on their voyage. “Throughout Africa, we are hoping to do similar, impacting thousands of lives of the youth that are the future of the continent.”
Following final inspections and flight certifications, Megan and various teen co-pilots flew the light aircraft from Cape Town to Cairo, chartering a course across Africa to visit towns and cities in Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea to Egypt and a return trip that will include Uganda, Rwanda and Zambia.
Werner told the BBC she is pleased by the big accomplishment.
“I’m so honoured to have made a difference around the continent at the places we’ve stopped. The purpose of the initiative is to show Africa that anything is possible if you set your mind to it,” she said after the team landed in Cairo.
The teens built the aircraft in three weeks under the guidance of The Airplane Factory, U-Dream mentors and team leaders from Denel Aviation.
Werner, who hails from Krugersdorp, told BBC the voyage was not all smooth sailing and they encountered some difficulty along the way. They struggled to obtain fuel in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa and two of the team members had to fly alone for two hours of the last leg of the trip between Addis Ababa and Cairo.
“Driaan van den Heever and I flew alone for 10 hours, without the support aircraft, so it was two teenagers, all by ourselves with no support,” she said."