Issue 516 | 1 April 2022
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President Cyril Ramaphosa led the celebration of South Africa Day at the Expo 2020 Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday, 28 March 2022.
The President’s Working Visit honoured an invitation by the host of the Expo 2020 Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

President Ramaphosa was accompanied by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor; Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza; Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan; Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Bonginkosi Nzimande; and the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Ebrahim Patel.

Expo 2020 Dubai has for the past six months since its premiere introduced participating countries, corporations, non-governmental organisations and educational institutions to a region of 3.2 billion people with an estimate accumulated gross domestic product of US$6.5 trillion.

The hosts have retained the title Expo 2020 Dubai after the event, which was originally scheduled for 2020, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Expo 2020 is the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region. Expo 2020 Dubai commenced in October 2021, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the UAE.

South Africa is among 192 countries that have established national pavilions at this global showcase of human ingenuity and innovation, national cultures and solutions to challenges confronting humanity.

Held under the theme “Connecting Minds and Creating the Future via Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity”, South Africa’s participation in the Expo invites visitors to “Think Opportunity. Think South Africa”.

At the South African pavilion at the Expo 2020 Dubai, visitors have immersed themselves in South African innovation, culture and ingenuity.

Trade and investment opportunities, world-class technology, creative arts, tourism, sports and unique cultural diversity and tolerance have been proudly highlighted by SMMEs, youth and women-led organisations, established  businesses with an international footprint and emerging innovators in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The South African pavilion at the Expo 2020 Dubai has hosted visitors physically and virtually, where 103 companies exhibited. 

On Monday, 28 March 2022, President Ramaphosa addressed the South African Dubai 2020 Expo National Day Celebration at the Al Wasl Plaza in Dubai.

The President toured the pavilions of South Africa, the UAE and the African Union.

Following the tours, President Ramaphosa held an interaction with the Multichoice SMME Accelerator Activation, which showcases leading-edge small enterprises from South Africa in health tech, fin tech, the green economy, edtech and creative industries.

The Accelerator Activation offers SMMEs the opportunity to unlock growth capital and market opportunities from investors across the UAE, and to leverage relationships from the Dubai Expo and trade stakeholders.

In the evening, the President addressed an Investment Opportunities in South Africa Dinner with the aim of bolstering South Africa’s five-year domestic and international investment drive with a target of R1,2 trillion. 

President Ramaphosa’s Working Visit strengthened bilateral and economic cooperation between South Africa and the UAE.

The UAE is South Africa’s main trading partner within the Gulf Cooperation Council and is still growing as a lucrative export market for South African products and services.

South Africa’s top 10 imports from the UAE were valued at R17.3 billion out of a total of R19.6 billion in 2020.

South Africa’s exports to the UAE totalled R24,9 billion in 2020, with the top 10 products accounting for R16,7 billion.



President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated all the tech start-ups that participated in the MultiChoice Accelerator Programme during the South Africa Day celebrations at the Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The programme, which is a collaboration with the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic), Galelo Africa and Companies Creating Change (C3), forms part of the MultiChoice Innovation Fund (MIF) and supports the growth and development of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in South Africa.

It also aims to connect them with global investors to unlock business opportunities that will enrich their lives, the communities they function in and the South African economy at large.
The President said that up-and-coming South African entrepreneurs, who were chosen to pitch to investors out of an initial 168 applicants countrywide, were the cream of the crop with diverse portfolios ranging from health-tech, to green-tech, mobility-tech, edu-tech, fintech and gaming.
“You are truly trailblazers and are flying our flag high here at Dubai Expo 2020. What is most energising about this programme is that you are showing the world that South Africa has a vibrant start-up culture, as well as advanced innovation ecosystems.
“Innovation in science and tech is key to our country’s industrialisation, especially in the post-COVID-19 recovery period,” the President said.

The President said that this opened up new pathways for skills development, employment and self-employment, and prepared more of the country’s citizens, especially young citizens, for the new world of work.

He said that the MultiChoice Group was a South African company with a solid reputation for innovation and disruption in the country, on the continent and across the world.

“The MultiChoice Accelerator complements government’s efforts to harness the power of the digital economy and the 4IR.

“I am told the pitches to international investors and venture capitalists have been a great success. A number of small businesses here today have in fact been supported with commitments that can provide the capital to fuel these businesses and translate the ideas into jobs and economic output.

“No doubt, the over 40 business leads that have been generated will result in tangible outcomes for your respective businesses,” the President said.

He said that this activation was one of Team SA’s legacy projects at Dubai Expo 2020, and stood as an example of the benefits of public-private sector collaboration and partnership.

Drawing on the expertise and experience in cross-border operations of firms like MultiChoice and Standard Bank and companies like Pepsico, which have committed to help grow small businesses, the President said that start-ups would gain the know-how of operating across borderless markets and on commercialisation across multiple e-commerce platforms.

He reiterated that government had always said that disruption and innovation were one of the drivers of economic growth, not least of all because of the immense opportunities this presented for entrepreneurship and self-employment.

“I want to appreciate the work of, and also encourage large firms to do more to strengthen our budding tech start-ups ecosystem, and to support its expansion.

“This programme is an inspiration. It is our wish and expectation that it is expanded, so we see more platforms, applications and start-ups mushrooming back home,” he said.

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Black industrialists, multinationals, government agencies and small businesses have all dipped into their pockets to contribute towards the country’s economic development.


Contributing towards President Cyril Ramaphosa’s vision of attracting R1.2 trillion over five years, the businesses on Thursday, 24 March 2022, at the fourth SA Investment Conference cumulatively pledged R332 billion in investments.

The investments ranged from mining, manufacturing and ICT, among others.

Wrapping up investment pledges on Thursday, first was Chinese company Hangda.

It announced that the company would be investing R300 million in a steel manufacturing plant in Thaba Nchu, in the Free State.

Next was Highveld Robusteel, a black industrialist, with an R800-million investment in a steel and magnesium manufacturing plant in Mpumalanga.

Nyanza Light Metals, another black industrialist, announced it was investing R5 billion in titanium dioxide pigment manufacturing in the Richard’s Bay Industrial Zone in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).

SA Steel Mills unveiled a R300-million steel production plant in Gauteng.

Scaw Metals Group committed R2 billion toward its steel manufacturing plant in Gauteng.

Alfeco & Veer Aluminium, Veer Steel Mills invested R3.5 billion in a steel manufacturing plant also in Gauteng.

From the United Arab Emirates, Velocity Ventures vowed to plough R470 million in an aluminium and steel plant in Gauteng.

Other manufacturing

Rayal, a Chinese company, committed R280 million to a porcelain tile manufacturing plant in Gauteng.

LVSA group, a black industrialist group, unveiled a R204-million investment in a valve manufacturing initiative in KZN.

Defy, a Durban-based company of Turkish-based Arçelik, made a R317-million pledge towards its goods manufacturing plant in KZN.

Irish company Ardagh, in partnership with Consol, will invest R1.5 billion in a new glass container production facility in Gauteng.

Huhtamaki, from Finland, pledged R150 million for the expansion of its manufacturing plant in KZN.

Isanti Glass, another black industrialist, will plough R496 million in a glass manufacturing plant in Gauteng.

Sweden’s Tetra Pak committed R500 million towards the expansion of a manufacturing plant in KZN.

United States multinational Proctor & Gamble’s R450 million will see the company expand its diaper plant in Gauteng.

Business process, ICT and digital services

In this regard, United Kingdom-based Sigma Connected said it would inject R267 million in the global business services sector in the Western Cape.

Teraco Data Environments committed a further R1.1 billion towards the construction of a data centre in Gauteng and power generation for its facilities across the country.

Pakistani e-commerce service Airlift unveiled a R300-million investment in Gauteng and the Western Cape.

New e-hailing service Didi is investing R1.2 billion in the South African market.

With a R1.1 billion investment, TymeBank continues its investment growth.

Special economic zones (SEZs)

The three black industrialists based at the Dube Trade Port in Durban – LM Diapers & Lil Masters, Smartway SA and Synergy Blenders – will respectively invest R75 million, R139 million and R94 million.

Also making significant investments were African Quartz with R1.5 billion, Anchora Enterprises with R1.8 billion, and Cape Ocean Terminals with R2 billion. All three are based at the Saldana Bay SEZ.

Based at the Atlantis SEZ, marine and industrial refrigeration systems company, Everflo, will be investing R65 million in green energy and cooling microsystems.

Swartland Experience Quality will invest R106 million in a polystyrene manufacturing plant.

SMME investment

The Small Enterprise Finance Agency revealed a R2.3-billion funding budget for SMMEs. The National Empowerment Fund unveiled a R2.5-billion funding kitty. The Industrial Development Corporation said it had R20.1 billion in finance to fund companies, black industrialists and SMMEs.

Government said it had R6 billion in its coffers for incentive support programmes. The International Trade Administration Commission said it had set aside R427 million to unlock investment in manufacturing facilities and infrastructure.

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The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, has congratulated Mr Zane Dangor on being appointed Director-General (DG) of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).
Mr Dangor takes up the position of DG today, 1 April 2022.

Mr Dangor has served as a Special Adviser to the current and former Ministers of International Relations and Cooperation.  Before joining DIRCO, he served as the Interim Representative of the United Nations Population Fund to the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

Prior to that post, Mr Dangor served as the DG of the Department of Social Development, having also been a Deputy DG, where he worked for over 12 years.

Mr Dangor has extensive experience in the field of human rights, having specialised in transitional justice issues. He has worked on human rights and development both nationally and internationally in a variety of civil-society organisations. For over a decade, he was the Executive Director of the Development Resource Centre.

He holds two Master’s degrees – a Master’s in International Law and a Master’s in Public and Development Management, both from the University of the Witwatersrand. He is also widely published in the area of international relations.
The Minister wishes Mr Dangor well in his new position and has no doubt that he will hit the ground running as he has been part of the department and is familiar with the challenges the department faces.

Ranking top among the issues that Minister Pandor said she hoped Mr Dangor would prioritise is for the department to receive a clean audit  – something which has eluded the department for a number of years.

“I wish Mr Dangor well as the DG of the DIRCO,” Minister Pandor has said.


As South Africa seeks to be regarded as a key investment destination of choice on the continent, Cabinet approved the publication of the Country Investment Strategy (CIS) for public comment.
“The strategy seeks to position the country as a key African investment destination of choice by leveraging quality foreign and domestic direct investments,” a Cabinet statement said on Friday, 25 March 2022.

The strategy is anchored on the country’s priority investment and economic development sectors such as:

  • finance, insurance, real estate and business services
  • transport and logistics
  • manufacturing
  • mining and quarrying
  • electricity, gas and water
  • agriculture and agro-processing.

“It provides investment mechanisms to attract small, medium and micro enterprises into the economic growth drive. The strategy also taps into a number of multilateral, regional and bilateral agreements, which South Africa has signed.

“The strategy is aligned to the goals of the National Development Plan, Economic Recovery and Reconstruction Plan, Re-imagined Industrial Strategy and the recently adopted National Infrastructure Plan 2050,” Cabinet said.

The nine provinces and their eight respective metropolitan key economies are central in driving the strategy, which will be a living document that will constantly be adaptable to the changing economic environment.

Cabinet also approved the One-Stop Border Post (OSBP) Policy and its implementation strategy.

“The policy seeks to harmonise the movement of people and goods between South Africa’s land ports of entry and its neighbouring countries. It gives effect to the One-Stop Border Framework that was adopted by Cabinet in 2018.

“The application of the policy will alleviate current congestions at our land ports of entry for cross-border travellers and traders. These interventions are also key in the country’s efforts in driving the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement,” Cabinet said.

"Once fully operationalised with relevant legislation and infrastructure upgrades, we envisage that the processing of goods, vehicles and people will be done in a seamless and faster manner."

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The Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Barbara Creecy, officially opened the ninth People and Parks Conference on 31 March 2022.
The conference is hosted by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development.

The People and Parks Conference is a biennial event, which focusses on the interface between communities and conservation. Due to the various levels of national alert lockdowns to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the last conference was held in 2018 in Limpopo.

The ninth People and Parks Conference will be held in Gauteng from 31 March 2022 to 2 April 2022 under the theme: “Banking on Conservation Areas for Rural Development and Economic Recovery”.

The conference will draw attention to how communities can play a greater role not only in protected areas in South Africa, but also in a growing wildlife economy – one of three pillars of the Biodiversity Economy.

This year, the conference aims to provide space for informed policy dialogue among stakeholders on policy options to enhance community benefits, participation, governance, and strengthen access to land by all land users, including women and youth.

It will also provide an opportunity for advocacy and resource mobilisation in support of national and provincial initiatives geared towards the enhanced implementation of the People and Parks Programme in South Africa and unlock complicated land claims within conservation space.

In line with the country’s post-COVID recovery plan and the negative impact the pandemic has had on rural and local communities, the conference will look to mainstream conservation areas for rural development and economic recovery, particularly in the tourism sector.



World renowned healthcare technology scientist, Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong, says South Africa can be the continent’s hub for innovation in health technology.

He was addressing the South African Investment Conference, held in Johannesburg.

“It is a very interesting time in humanity. For the first time, there’s been this convergence of technology where one can leapfrog. That will allow a country like South Africa … truly to become the lynchpin for all of Africa for healthcare. But not just healthcare [also] communication, infrastructure, bio materials and to address climate change,” he said.

Dr Soon-Shiong announced that a R150-million cancer radiation machine that he says can revolutionise cancer treatment will be brought to the country.

“While we’re all focussing on COVID-19, it is very clear that cancer is the silent endemic of the entire continent. This machine, there’s only three of its kind in Los Angeles. I’ve seen patients where literally one beam has changed the course of pancreatic cancer.

“So I said why should this machine be limited only to the United States? So, I spoke to the CEO of the company and I got a commitment from him that the next machine that will be available in the inventory will be transported to South Africa. We will pay for that machine and that machine will arrive and I think that could be the cancer centre not only of South Africa, but for Africa,” he said.

Turning to the capacity that South Africa has, Dr Soon-Shiong said that the country had the human capital and talent to take the country forward.

“Business is about people. People don’t realise that some of the most innovative scientists, technologists, human capital exists in South Africa. They don’t realise that the CAT scan was invented here, that the [first] human heart transplant was done here.

“People underestimate the human capital that we have here and the idea of being able to grow that capital with today’s technology is a great opportunity,” he said.

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67 Blankets founder and philanthropist Carolyn Steyn was honoured by the French Embassy with the award of the “Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mérite”.
Carolyn Steyn is a force of good in South Africa. Her work has inspired thousands of South Africans and touched the lives of millions more.

Steyn is a prominent figure in the worlds of philanthropy, art, music and media in South Africa. With an early career as an actress and decades of experience in the world of radio, she has become a household name and voice, with a dedication to various cultural or charitable organisations.

Many know her for her work with 67 Blankets and the “KnitWits” of South Africa.

It all started in 2014 when Zelda la Grange, long time Personal Assistant to former President Nelson Mandela, presented her friend Carolyn Steyn with the challenge of making 67 blankets by 18 July for Nelson Mandela Day.

Carolyn accepted the challenge and encouraged her nearest and dearest to help make the challenge happen. She encouraged them all to help her make the blankets to give to those less fortunate. It worked and before the big day, Carolyn revealed that together, they had knitted and collected over 6 000 blankets.

On Wednesday, 30 March 2022, the Ambassador of France to South Africa, Aurélien Lechevallier, bestowed upon Steyn the award of Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mérite (Knight of the French National Order of Merit) on behalf of President Emmanuel Macron at the French Residence in Pretoria.

The National Order of Merit, as awarded by the French President, recognises services and contributions rendered to France, and was created in 1963 by President Charles de Gaulle. Foreigners who have distinguished themselves by their merits in relation to France may be awarded a distinction in the National Order of Merit on the proposal of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and within the limits of specific quotas fixed by decree for a period of three years.

The award comes in recognition of Steyn’s outstanding contribution to the deepening of cultural ties between France and South Africa.

“This is a special award, to a very close friend of France. Within seconds of speaking to Carolyn Steyn about France, you can sense her undeniable love and passion for our country and its people. This is a very deep connection that we share,” said Ambassador Lechevallier.

“The President of the French Republic awards this honour to French citizens and foreign nationals for distinguished achievements such as acts of devotion, bravery, generosity, real merit or a measurable commitment to serving others”.

– Sources: French Embassy and



The World Bank has issued the world’s first wildlife conservation bond, raising US$150 million to help efforts to increase the endangered black rhino population in South Africa, the bank said in a statement on Thursday, 24 March 2022.
The five-year "rhino bond’' will pay investors returns based on the rate of growth of black rhino populations at South Africa’s Addo Elephant National Park and the Great Fish River Nature Reserve, the bank said.

After five years, investors would get a return of between 3.7% and 9.2% if the population increases. They would get no return if there is no change in the black rhino population, it added.

Black rhinos are two-horned species of the endangered rhino family and are found only in Africa. Between the 1970s and 1990s, their population fell by 96% to below 2 500 due to poaching to meet demand for their horns in China and the Middle East, according to Save The Rhino International, a London-based non-profit organisation.

Later, large-scale conservation efforts were taken up, which led to their increase to between 5 000 and 5 500, according to Save The Rhino’s website.

South Africa accounts for approximately half of the total black rhino population on the continent, World Wildlife Fund, a global non-governmental organisation says.

“The pay-for-success financial structure protects an endangered species and strengthens South Africa’s conservation efforts by leveraging the World Bank’s infrastructure and track record in capital markets,” World Bank Group President David Malpass said in the statement.

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On 25 March 2022, the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation opened an exciting and thought-provoking permanent exhibition, entitled “Truth To Power: Desmond Tutu and the Churches in the Struggle Against Apartheid”.

Curated in partnership with the Apartheid Museum, this state-of-the-art exhibition celebrates the life and legacy of Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu. It is housed at the historic Old Granary building, the home of the foundation and the Tutu IP Trust and will be a welcome addition to Cape Town’s popular cultural heritage precinct.

The exhibition forms part of the foundation’s Knowledge Legacy Programme and supports its mission of ensuring that the uncompromised bravery and values of its founders are celebrated, communicated and curated for posterity.

Despite the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate’s profound impact on South Africa and the world, there has been no single permanent exhibit solely dedicated to Archbishop Tutu. The exhibition begins to acknowledge his massive contribution and serves as a basis for addressing the distinct deficit in school and university curricula of material about the multi-faceted life and legacy of this global icon.

More importantly, the exhibition aims to be more than just an ode to the past or a monument to the Arch. It will be a place where people, young and old, are challenged and inspired to take up the baton of courageous and ethical leadership and emulate the unwavering values that the Archbishop demonstrated throughout his life.

“We need to have the courage to speak out against injustice, just as the Arch did. In South Africa, we are seeing deeply troubling trends, such as the resurgence of xenophobia, attacks on whistle-blowers, as well as a relentless assault on our democracy due to rampant corruption. We are also living in unprecedented times where a pandemic has exposed the deep inequalities that continue to plague our global landscape,” said Foundation Chairperson, Niclas Kjellström-Matseke.

“Our young democracy has not had the chance to fully heal. Healing is not an act of turning a blind eye to the issues, but acknowledging and confronting them in a constructive and peaceful manner. Healing requires introspection, it requires us to learn from the past so that we do not end up making the same mistakes. Learning is part of healing and that is part of what this exhibition hopes to do,” he added.

Just three months after his sad passing, the exhibition will remind us of Tutu’s courage to speak out against injustice, his bold activism and his attempt to bring healing and reconciliation to a divided society. It brings together well-researched text, powerful photographs, film footage, as well as documents and other artefacts related to significant moments in his life.

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Two South Africans are setting off on an epic charity cycling trip – travelling from Japan to the Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. Why? To deliver the whistle for the first game and, along the way, raise funds for charity!
South African adventure cyclists Ron Rutland and Adam Nunn are already on their way to Auckland in New Zealand to deliver the whistle for the opening match of the Rugby World Cup 2021, playing in 2022 and to raise money for charity.

A quirky but worthy tradition has grown around the Rugby World Cup for over a decade, adding a bit of South African ‘'gees'’ and generosity to this fabled competition. For the past three tournaments, one man on a bike – not a celeb or local politician – has delivered the whistle for the first game!

That man is South African adventurer Ron Rutland, who is setting off in March 2022 with fellow Mzansi explorer Adam Nunn on his latest charity fundraising bicycle trip for the World Cup – from Japan to the Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

While Ron is a veteran of several rides to previous Rugby World Cups, having cycled from Cape Town to London in 2015 and London to Tokyo in 2019, it’s Adam’s first outing. Adam recalls being inspired to join in after being part of the production crew that covered Ron’s 2019 ride from London to Tokyo.

Of all the reasons one can have for cycling thousands of kilometres through 15 countries, doing good seems like the perfect justification.

Ron and Adam are hoping to raise at least US$200,000 by “selling” each of the 20 000 kilometres they plan to ride at US$10, in aid of ChildFund Rugby – the official charity of the Rugby World Cup. ChildFund Rugby uses rugby to help young people practise the skills they need to keep safe in a rapidly changing environment and supports global efforts to achieve gender equality and end all forms of violence against children. The charity’s work currently consists of programmes in Cambodia, Laos, Fiji and Vietnam, and support for projects delivered by partner organisations throughout Asia, Africa and the Americas.

But aside from the strenuous ride, raising money in all those countries is a logistical and financial remittance challenge in itself. Happily, Ron and Adam found a partner that can match their cross-continental ambition in GivenGain.

The GivenGain Foundation is a non-profit fundraising platform founded by South African brothers Johannes and Jaco van Eeden. A truly global platform unlike any other, it allows any registered charity in any country to raise money from donations in any currency anywhere in the world. And that’s perfect if you’re planning a fundraising adventure on the scale of Ron and Adam’s Race to the Rugby World Cup.

Sources: GivenGain and www.goodthingsguy




Green Point Urban Park is easily one of Cape Town’s most popular spots, going so far as to maintain a five-star ranking on TripAdvisor.


The Mayor of Cape Town recently visited Green Point Urban Park and was excited to see new features that are sure to add to its tally of design awards as well impressed by the 5-star Trip Advisor rating!

Geordin Hill-Lewis says that this city-owned property, which the Strategic Assets Department manages, welcomed 90 670 people in the peak holiday period between mid-December and mid-January.

“Before the pandemic, the venue welcomed approximately one million annual visitors. It is easily one of Cape Town’s most popular spots, going so far as to maintain a five-star ranking on TripAdvisor.”

It’s no wonder that this prized asset is the recipient of a whopping 11 South African Landscaping Institute and Landscape Irrigation Association Awards of Excellence. The park boasts an outdoor labyrinth that’s perfect for curious minds, bicycle tracks, a gym, several picnic areas, a biodiversity garden packed with flora and fauna from all over the Western Cape, and is a prime choice for a variety of events. The cherry on top is that it is free to enter this historical common space and enjoy these facilities.

In the coming months, the city will add to these highlights with the construction of a dome and new landscaping features.

“My goal for this space is for it to become Cape Town’s own iconic Central Park and continue to be enjoyed by people from all walks of life, be they nature-lovers, families, fitness fanatics or all three.”

Studies show that urban parks make numerous positive contributions to city spaces, including boosting individual mental and physical health, property values and reducing air pollution. This footprint, in particular, increases Cape Town’s appeal as a world-class destination ideal for tourists and investors looking to land in the city.

“I encourage everyone enjoying these last weeks of warmer weather to take advantage of this beautiful location.”

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“Indemnity”, a South African thriller focussing on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), is getting praise internationally; the film hits local screens in May 2022.
A seemingly average man with a lethal set of skills finds himself on the run in Indemnity, a subversive, edge-of-your-seat local action film, produced in South Africa, but on a level that South Africa’s never seen before!

The film, which had its overseas premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Canada last year and already released in the United States earlier this year, premiered in South Africa at the 10th annual kykNET Silwerskermfees, where the film received 12 nominations. The film will release in South Africa on 13 May 2022.

The praises from international media poured in after its international release earlier this year:

“A great deal of fun”. – The New York Times

“A stylish, high-stakes thriller laced with eroticism and subterfuge”. – Los Angeles Times

“Beefed up with punchy action and suitably incendiary special effects”. – Screen International

“Travis Taute’s debut feature impresses with its slick, nimble action sequences”. – Variety.

South African best-selling author, film critic and award-winning lecturer, Leon van Nierop, thoroughly enjoyed the film and said the following: “It is the bravest, best and most balanced South African action film ever to be made.”

South African writer-director Travis Taute’s debut feature Indemnity tells the story of Theo Abrahams (Jarrid Geduld), an ex-fireman suffering from severe PTSD who, unable to return to work, turns to alcohol.

Becoming increasingly frustrated and volatile, Theo’s world is rocked when his journalist wife Angela (Nicole Fortuin) is murdered – and he is the prime suspect. He soon finds himself on the run from the police for a murder he is positive he didn’t commit. But was he framed? Or did one of his violent nightmares cause him to do something he didn’t mean to do?

Indemnity is an intense and impressive film which moves from one thrilling action set to the next as Theo literally fights for his life. Geduld gives a terrific performance, making Theo believably flawed and human.

“I wanted to make an action film, and I was very fortunate that my producers bought into that vision and ambition,” explains Taute. “However, I wanted to combine that with a film that had a heart that was driven by a character. A story about a man who has this trauma and then weaves in the action sequences to his emotional journey.”

Indemnity was produced by Gambit Films, in association with M-Net Films, Marche Media, National Film and Video Foundation and the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition.

It is locally distributed by Filmfinity Pty (Ltd.) and will be released in South African cinemas on 13 May 2022.

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Netflix has pledged over R900 million to contribute to the South African creative industry between 2022-2023.
The announcement was made at the fourth Annual South African Investment Conference. This substantial commitment will cover four productions, one international and three local, which will be filmed in South Africa over this year and next.

These productions, which are just some of the many shows the company is creating in South Africa with local production partners like Film Afrika, Gambit Films, Quizzical Pictures and Burnt Onion, will significantly boost the South African film and TV industry. They will also enable local stories to be developed and showcased on Netflix’s global service available to 222 million members in over 190 countries, creating numerous job opportunities and bolstering the local economy in the process.

South Africa: a go-to location in film

South Africa is fast becoming a top global location for Netflix productions, with the country viewed as a go-to location with a robust and talented film industry filled with local creatives to bring international stories to life.

One of the major titles being filmed in partnership with Film Afrika is Project Panda – the working title of an international title One Piece – the live-action series adaptation of the immensely successful manga/anime.

According to Shola Sanni, Netflix’s Director of Public Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa, “Netflix is committed to South Africa for the long term and we’re investing in talent both in front of and behind the camera. Since our launch in 2016, we’ve been working with South African creators and distributors to bring high-quality stories that showcase the best of South Africa’s creativity and talent to a global audience – and this is only just the beginning.”

Over the last five years, Netflix has invested over R2 billion in South African productions, creating over 1 900 jobs in the process. As at December 2020, more than 80 South African films and television series were available on Netflix, and members have been delighted by the ability to experience South African storytelling and culture. In 2021, Netflix estimated that for every local view of a South African title on Netflix, there were 26 views by households outside of South Africa.

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Laura Wolvaardt has dominated at this year's International Cricket Council (ICC) Women's World Cup, where she has been a mainstay at the top of the order for the Proteas. 
Her stellar form has seen Wolvaardt move to the top of the ICC women's batting rankings with 740 points.

By 29 March 2022, in New Zealand, she had scored 433 runs with a top score of 90 and five fifties in seven innings at an average of 61.85.

Beth Mooney of Australia, who Wolvaardt displaced in the top position, is now second on 726 points, while another Australian, Meg Lanning, is third on 718 points.

While there was no movement in the bowling rankings, the Proteas have three players in the Top 10.

Quick bowler Shabnim Ismael is ranked the third best bowler in the world, with Marizanne Kapp in sixth and Ayabonga Kaka in seventh.

Wolvaardt needs just 23 runs to claim the record of most runs scored at a single edition of the prestigious tournament.

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Caitlin Rooskrantz has proved she’s one of the finest gymnasts in the world.
She wowed at the 2019 World Championships when she became the first female South African artistic gymnast to qualify for the Olympics since 2004, and now 20-year-old Caitlin Rooskrantz has bagged gold at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Cairo.

Taking on uneven bars, Caitlin gave a stellar performance that saw her become favourite to take first prize.

Caitlin gave a stellar performance on the uneven bars going from third position in the qualifying round to first, Ilse Roets Pelser, head of coach of Gymnastics South Africa, says.

“The pressure at an international competition is always a little more but it was nice to see South African girls in the top eight consistently and at the top of Africa,” Pelser adds.

“Our top gymnasts are showing they can hold their own among high-quality competitors. Our next target will be the African Championship taking place in Cairo, followed by the World Challenge Cup in Varna, Bulgaria.”

The former Parktown High School for Girls pupil has beaten gymnasts from Sweden, Chile, Israel, Norway, Azerbaijan and even Olympic medallist Oksana Chusovitina from Uzbekistan.

Seventeen at the time, she became an instant star after qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at the World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.

Her score of 49,466 out of a possible 50 sealed her ticket to Japan – even after a fall on the beam.

This year, the 2022 Commonwealth Games beckon so she faces a busy few years. Her mom, Veda (52), couldn’t be prouder of her talented daughter, whom she enrolled in gymnastics lessons when Caitlin was six.

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South African swimming sensation, teenager Matt Sates, continued his rise up the rankings with victory in the 500-yard freestyle event at the NCAA Championships in Atlanta, Georgia.
Still just 18, the Tokyo Olympian timed 4min 08.73sec in the prelims before rocketing to victory in the final in a meeting record 4:06.61 as he fought back in the second half of the race to down a field that included defending champion Jake Magahey and Kieran Smith.

In Tokyo last year, finishing 14th in the 200 IM and 32nd in the 100 butterfly and afterwards the Pietermaritzburg teen said he believed international swimmers had an advantage at NCAAs.

“It is definitely cool (having swimmers from all over the world at this meet). Coming from a different country, I see it as a big advantage actually. Coming here, not having the main focus being NCAA, having that be worlds, it makes the pressure less for this meet. But that makes us a little more calm when we race. I think that shows in the finals.”

Olympic 800-m and 1500-m gold medallist Bobby Finke didn’t reach the final, which shows the company Sates was keeping – and went on to beat!

“It was a good swim. The title at NCAAs has been a goal for the last month, since I got to Georgia,” Sates said. “I am getting used to yards and the 500. I still have a lot to learn and improve and I am happy with the swim. That was my fourth 500 (ever), my second final.

“This final was supposed to be a 300 then 200 (strategy) but I actually miscounted. So, I did it 150, so a little bit to learn. My strategy is to finish hard,” he said.

In November, Matt (Matthew) won the overall title of the FINA World Cup in Kazan, Russia, pocketing a cool US$100,000 prize money, which he said “changed my life”.

– Source: TeamSA and

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