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September 19, 2019

Blood bank a boost for Khayelitsha hospital

Cape Town – The Khayelitsha District Hospital (KDH) has become the fifth hospital to receive a blood bank through a partnership between the Western Cape government and the Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS).

The blood bank will operate for 24 hours and will result in rapid availability of cross-matched blood to the hospital and other surrounding hospitals, where the demand is always high, particularly in trauma wards.

Gregory Bellairs, chief executive of Western Cape Blood Service, said this was the first blood bank they had opened in more than 20 years.

“This has enabled us to bring the blood supply closer to the patients of this and surrounding hospitals, [...]

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July 26, 2019

Local film ‘Moffie’ to make world premiere at 76th Venice Film Festival

Local film ‘Moffie’ to make world premiere at 76th Venice Film Festival

Local film “Moffie”, will have its world premiere in the official selection of the 76th Venice Film Festival which starts on August 28, 2019.

“Moffie”  was made in association with Hermanus’ Cape Town-based Penzance Films with the support of the Department of Trade and Industry South Africa.

This is the second film by Hermanus and only the fourth South African film to receive an official invitation to Venice in the 76 years of the festival. Hermanus’ previous film The Endless River (2015) was the first South African film to compete for the Golden [...]

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July 24, 2019

Local artist on her hair artwork that went viral

She’s always loved hair and treated every head she worked on as a blank canvas to create magic when she was a hairdresser.

As far as Lebohang Motaung is concerned, hair is the single most versatile part of the human body as it can be changed, coloured and styled to communicate your personality – or how you feel – to the rest of the world.

And now she’s turned it into a visual wonderwork too. Lebohang recently shot into the spotlight when one of her art pieces went viral on social media. The talented 27-year-old used real hair on three canvases that were linked via braids in a striking piece titled Formation.

The work shows the relationship between a hairdresser [...]

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July 23, 2019

#EveryDropCounts: Cape dam levels rise with province at 49%, City at 63%

Cape Town – The average dam level in the Western Cape continues to increase as extreme weather moves in across the province this week.

The latest average level for dams across the province is 49.6% (2018: 50%). The City of Cape Town’s dams have reached an average level of 63.8% full (2018: 56%).

The MEC for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell, says citizens across the province can expect a few days of very bad weather as the winter will arrive in full force this week.

“The Western Cape Disaster Management Centre has been alerted by the South African Weather Service that adverse weather conditions are expected from [...]

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