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Cape Town officials battle effects of severe weather

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The City of Cape Town‘s Disaster Management says technicians are still working to restore electricity in a number of areas across the Cape Metro affected by heavy downpours and flooding.

Trees have been uprooted and power lines damaged in areas including Langa, Parow Valley, Mfuleni and Constantia.

Officials have cleared most roadways and unblocked drains.

The highest recorded rainfall in the City was in Kirstenbosch at 72 millimetres.

The City’s Charlotte Powell says they are still assessing the extent of the damage.

“At this stage, roadways have been cleared and trees have been removed. Community day centres in Ravensmead and Belhar have been flooded and have been referred to nearby communities, electricity has not yet been restored in some areas and technicians are on site.”

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‘Arrogant’ Mamelodi Sundowns stay on course for treble

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“Arrogant” Mamelodi Sundowns stayed on course for a treble by overcoming hosts Cape Town City 2-1 on Sunday in a South African FA Cup quarter-final.

Percy Tau and Hlompho Kekana scored within eight minutes during the second half at Cape Town Stadium before Bradley Ralani halved the deficit to set up a tense climax.

Sundowns will be away to Maritzburg United in the semi-finals while Kaizer Chiefs host Free State Stars.

“We want to win the South African league and cup double and the CAF Champions League this year,” Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane said before the quarter-final.

“I would rather say that than appear to be lacking confidence and ambition. Many may view us as being arrogant — but we have won trebles before.”

After eliminating Cape Town City, Mosimane added: “Experience counted for a lot today in a tough, close, exciting cup tie.

“While delighted to be in the semi-finals, we need to be more clinical. The boys should have scored several goals during the first half and the woodwork foiled us twice.”

Cape Town coach Benni McCarthy, part of the 2004 UEFA Champions League-winning Porto squad managed by Jose Mourinho, said he was hurting but proud.

“No coach wants to lose at this stage of the competition, but I can only salute the efforts of my players. They did not lie down when two goals behind.

“Our only failing was finishing and if you do not take your chances against a team stacked with stars like Sundowns, defeat is inevitable.”

On Saturday, Chiefs edged Baroka 1-0, Maritzburg defeated Bloemfontein Celtic 2-1 and Free State eliminated second-division outfit Ubuntu Cape Town 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

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Banyana Banyana face Sweden in maiden game in Cape Town

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The South African national women’s football team is excited about the friendly international match against Sweden at the Cape Town Stadium on Sunday.

It’s a big year for Banyana Banyana who won the 2017 Cosafa Cup and who are the No.: 1 ranked team in Africa and the match against Sweden will be good preparation in their attempts to qualify for the 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations and the 2019 Soccer World Cup.

The team is hard at work after the December holidays.

2017 was a great year for South African women’s football under interim coach, Desiree Ellis, but even bigger challenges and competitions lie ahead.

Banyana Banyana Captain, Janine Van Wyk says: “Preparation for the game against Sweden on Sunday is going really well. We’ve been well together after a long break that we had in December holidays and working towards our goal is obviously, qualifying for the world cup.”

Sweden, who are ranked 10th in the world and 5th in Europe, will be a tough nut to crack, but with players like Thembi Kgatlana, who was voted Cosafa player of the tournament in their ranks, anything is possible.

Kgatlana says, “It’s a good preparation for us because we ended the year on a good note, winning Cosafa Player of the Tournament and the team won the Cosafa Cup.”

It will be Banyana Banyana’s first-ever match in the Mother City and the players are hoping fans will take the opportunity to come and support the team.

Banyana Banyana midfielder Leandra Smeda says, “We very excited to play Sweden in Cape Town, my home city. It’s the first time we are playing in the Mother City. So, hopefully, a lot of supporters will come out to support us.”

Entrance to the Cape Town Stadium will be free on Sunday, but fans will have to acquire a ticket from Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers, Checkers Hyper, OK Furniture or U Save stores.

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Cape Town attracts an estimated 50 000 revellers

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Cape Town has had a perfectly-timed sign of better things in the New Year, with much-needed rain falling on the final night of 2017, when the city suffered its worst drought for a century.

The downpour did nothing to dampen New Year celebrations for an estimated 50 000 revellers at the country’s most visited tourist destination, the V&A Waterfront.

Partygoers ‘soaked’ up the whole atmosphere, including the rain and a kaleidoscopic fireworks display at midnight.

“Awesome, although it’s raining the atmosphere is amazing, the people are amazing and I’m really having a good year so thanks for having us in Cape Town whoop,” says a partygoer.

Another partygoer says, “We are enjoying it, and next year coming, I want to wish all the people in South Africa as we move from 2017 so we as friends and a nation stand together.”

 

 

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ANC MP killed, three injured in Paarl accident

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African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP) has on Wednesday lost her life, while other three were seriously injured when their car was involved in a collision in Paarl. The three injured MP’s are Nomalungelo Gina (ANC), Ian Ollis (DA) and Cynthia Majeke from the (UDM), are all receiving care at the Paarl Medi-Clinic.
Source: The New Age

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