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The Pollen Report


The Pollen Report provides allergy sufferers with a day-to-day guide on pollen levels for Cape Town specifically, as well as for other major cities in South Africa.  It gives practical information on the types of pollen in the air and alerts allergy sufferers, particularly asthmatics, when to stay indoors and curtail their activities.  Information is presented by Dr Jonny Peters, Head of the Division of Allergology and Clinical Immunology at UCT.


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Celebrate Hope this Mandela Month with FUTURELIFE and the Nelson Mandela Foundation

“It’s all about the future of our children, and about their chances in life. Children are so honest, uncomplicated, and full of love. If we can bring opportunity to children, we can help them realise their true potential. Children are our future.” – Nelson Mandela


During July, FUTURELIFE will be celebrating Mandela Month with the goal of providing a million meals for vulnerable children. To help deliver on this ambitious plan, FUTURELIFE has partnered with the Nelson Mandela Foundation Early Childhood Development Programme and is inviting all South Africans to join them in this much-needed initiative.

Did you know that…

  • 4.6 million children will go to bed hungry tonight.
  • 27% of all children under the age of 5 years are nutritionally stunted.
  • 76% of children under the age of 4 do not have access to pre-schools.


That’s why FUTURELIFE has partnered with The Nelson Mandela Foundation as part of their mission to distribute over 5 million highly nutritious meals for vulnerable children and to build a pre-school. FUTURELIFE Smart Food has been formulated with Moducare, a daily immune supplement and contain 50% of your daily requirements for all 19 vitamins and minerals.


FUTURELIFE Smart Food is also high in energy, Protein, Omega-3 and fibre. FUTURELIFE has created a unique SMART FOOD Mandela pack that is available at all retailers and online at www.futurelife.com.


To find out how you can contribute, tune in to Smile Breakfast with Bobby and Lindy, look for the special FUTURELIFE Mandela pack in store, or click here.

Smile 90.4FM proudly supports FUTURELIFE and The Nelson Mandela Foundation this Mandela Month.


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Le Petit Chef is in Cape Town

DinnerTimeStoriesSA | Le Petit Chef Southern Africa is a mind blowing, innovative, unique, internationally acclaimed, gastronomic experience full of ‘Never Before Seen In CPT’ tabletop projected fun and surprises.

The unparalleled 3D gastronomic experience is open to Cape Town diners at The Capital 15 on Orange for the first time, from 17 March 2022.

“Here, next to the globe’s most famous tabletop, I assemble a culinary world wonder…” declares Le Petit Chef.

Immerse yourself in a 3D, high definition, projected extravaganza that allows you to travel through the big, exciting and flavourful world of the intrepid explorer Marco Polo! Before your very eyes and nose, Le Petit Chef will manufacture world wonders to share his gourmet adventure, designed from his experiences along the Silk Route of Asia.

Le Petit Chef : In The Footsteps of Marco Polo is accompanied by an awe-inspiring and mouth-watering six course dinner, infused with the essence of each country passed through.

Your authentic culinary journey begins as you traverse the Asian continent through the desert sands of Arabia, the dripping colours of India, the peaks of the Himalayas, the heavy mists of China, returning to the point of origin in the romantic cobbled streets Marseilles, France.

Cape Town shows include live Arabian belly and fire dancing, with Bollywood and Chinese LED, which will transport you to each Silk Route country sans passport.

Le Petit Chef as an individual, and as an event, understands the power of those things small, so, while the gourmet dining theatre hosts 64 seats per show, the entertainment remains top-notch, and your tastebuds are titillated as ever before, rest assured that your health and safety remains a priority.

Click here to book!

“I’m proud of my mommy”: Our young listeners pulled on our heartstrings today

The Ryan O’Connor Breakfast show is Cape Town’s favourite destination for families travelling to school in the mornings. We love all our youngsters and the parents who are part of the show every day. We gave parents the opportunity to tell us why they’re proud of their kids on the show recently and today we asked the kids to tell us why they’re proud of mom & dad.

Province declares funding dispute on public servant wage increases

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Premier Alan Winde says the province will approach the courts if its request, to receive the R1,1 billion in funding that is due to the province, falls on deaf ears.


Winde and Finance MEC Mireille Wenger announced yesterday that the province has declared an inter-governmental-dispute to receive this funding.


Winde explains the national government expects provinces to cover the cost of the higher wages for civil servants.


He says this is a centrally negotiated and agreed-to public-sector wage bill, which was implemented after the Western Cape Provincial Parliament approved the annual budget, leading to unprecedented in-year budget cuts.


Provincial governments are the people intensive sphere of government. We rely on our nurses, teachers, social workers to deliver basic services to millions of citizens every day and with a growing population, and to respond to overwhelming pressure on our services. And while National Treasury has committed to partially cover the wage liability in education and health, the shortfall amounts to a staggering R1,1 billion.


Winde says this will have a direct impact on critical service delivery like schools, clinics, hospitals and roads network.


“From the start of this process it was evident we could not afford this wage deal and all warning signs of the irrationality of the agreement were seemingly ignored. This is an issue that affects all provinces and every government department. What is desperately needed is prudent fiscal consolidation, management, and discipline. This appears to be lacking in national government” said Premier Winde.

“Our highest priority is protecting our citizens from the eventual impact of this nonsensical approach to managing the country’s finances. We will do everything we can to keep providing the best possible services for our residents even in the face of this calamity.”


MEC Wenger stated that, “Our national budget process has completely collapsed. There is no certainty over the next three years of the MTEF, and now, there is no certainty in the current financial year, with cuts being made in an unprecedented way, in-year. The failings of the national budget process mean that we aren’t budgeting for three years, we aren’t even budgeting for one year anymore. We are working on pay-as-you-go budgeting.”


She says through this action the province is trying to avoid dramatic reductions in service delivery spending in order to cater for the wage liability.


We have tried to engage with national government to avoid this situation, to no avail. And for this reason, we have taken the difficult but necessary step of declaring an intergovernmental dispute.


The intergovernmental dispute is against the national government, represented by the Minister of Finance, Minister Godongwana, and the Minister for Public Service and Administration, Minister Kievit in terms of sections 41 and 42 of the Intergovernmental Relations Framework Act, which “provides a framework for the establishment of intergovernmental forums and mechanisms to facilitate the settlement of intergovernmental disputes.”




Tramway FC under 14 champs hoping to get to the Gothia Cup

Tramway FC is a dynamic community-based soccer club situated in Southfield, competing in the CTTFA district. Coach Harold “Potz” Johnson started a girls soccer team with the club because his daughter wanted to play soccer. Seven years later they now have three girls teams and one ladies team, with approximately 42 girls and ladies who play competitive football.

He’s hoping to get the under 14 girls team to Sweden to compete in the Gothia Cup – the largest youth football tournament in the world. There are 900 teams from 13 countries participating and Harold is appealing to the community for any assistance to get there.

If you’d like to get in touch with Harold and assist with funds to get his team to Sweden call call 071 852 0885 or email potz9@icloud.com.

Missing mentally-challenged teen from Hermanus sought

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The teen has been missing for the past week. Image supplied by SAPS.



In the Overberg region, Hermanus Police are calling on the public for assistance to locate a missing 14-year-old mentally-challenged boy.


Sebelo Dipholo disappeared last week Tuesday. He was last seen by his mother at 5am that morning, when she had left their home.


At the time of his disappearance, he was clothed in a striped hoodie and blue jeans. Police spokesperson Wesley Twigg is urging those who may have information to alert authorities:


“Anyone who can assist with the investigation or know the whereabouts of Sebelo is kindly requested to contact Detective Sergeant Mtholo on 082 522 1023 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111,” says Twigg.


READ MORE: Brackenfell cops search for missing mentally-challenged woman

Western Cape Government tackling high crime in Delft

Western Cape MEC for Community Safety, Reagan Allen, on a safety patrol in a Cape Town Community. PHOTO: Facebook/Minister Reagan Allen



The Western Cape Community Safety and Policing Department launched the Delft Area-Based Team, which aims to quell the high rates of crime in the region.


The launch of the group follows the release of the national Second Quarter Crime Statistics – which saw Delft as the murder capital for that quarter.


The number of cases reported in Delft, between July and September this year, also saw the region in the national top 10 for rape, carjacking as well as robberies at residential premises. Meanwhile, provincially, it further ranked in the top five for assault with grievous assault, robbery with aggravating circumstances and kidnapping among others.


READ ALSO: Western Cape Second Quarter Crime Stats


With that in mind, the Community Safety Department launched its Area-Based Team (ABT) – to form part of the Western Cape Government’s Violence Prevention Unit. This ABT will consist of government and non-government stakeholders, who will be sharing information amongst each other, to tackle violence and crime in the area.


“Our Western Cape safety plan makes it clear that both law enforcement and violence prevention is required if we are to address crimes in our communities.” – Reagan Allen, MEC for Community Safety and Police Oversight


The Community Safety and Police Oversight Department says that Philippi, Mitchells Plain, Atlantis, West Coast, Grabouw, Kraaifontein and Thembalethu are among the other regions that have ABTs in various stages of development.


The Delft Community Policing Forum says it welcomes the ABT, as all parties need to work together, as violence in the community is everyone’s concern.


“We are keen to work with all organisations [and] government structures, to bring crime down, especially now in the 16 Days of Activism [for No Violence Against Women and Children.” – Soeraya Davids, Delft Community Policing Forum