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The City of Cape Town today, 20 November 2018, signed an urban wastewater management loan to the value of approximately R1,3 billion with the German government-owned KfW Development Bank. The loan, which was offered at a highly subsidised fixed interest rate of 8.107%, will be used to finance the expansion and refurbishment of some of the City’s 25 wastewater treatment plants over the next few years. Read more below:

This unsecured loan is payable over 15 years to spread the related costs over the lifetime of the wastewater projects to limit any undue burden on the ratepayer. All costs associated with taking up the loan have been considered in terms of affordability in advance.

Earmarked wastewater treatment plant projects include: Zandvliet, Cape Flats, Bellville, Macassar, Potsdam, Melkbosstrand, Mitchells Plain, Borchard’s Quarry, Hout Bay, Scottsdene, Wildevoevlei and Gordon’s Bay.

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DATE: 02 – 08 January 2019

TIME: 17h00 (every afternoon)

VENUE: Amphitheatre

Cost: Free

There’s fun for the whole family at the Waterfront this festive season where Zip Zap Circus School will be entertaining young and old with free performances every afternoon at 5pm, 2 to 8 January 2019.

Professional performers and youngsters in training from the non-profit organisation will be showing off their incredible talent at the Amphitheatre in an action-packed show suitable for the whole family. Watch Zip Zappers juggling, jumping, climbing and high energy comedy acrobatics that will leave you with a taste of what spectators can look forward to. For more information, visit WWW.Waterfront.co.za.

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The City of Cape Town has a policy in place which prohibits staff from asking for Christmas boxes. Residents can give a voluntary donation, but solicitation is prohibited. Read more below:

Residents of Cape Town are reminded that City policy forbids Solild Waste personnel from soliciting Christmas boxes or any other kind of donation.

Over the past few years, we have received reports of residents being asked, sometimes aggressively, for Christmas boxes or donations. There have also been reports of threats directed towards residents that their refuse will not be collected if the demand for a Christmas box is not met.

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Springbok Women’s assistant coach Lungisa Kama said they are determined to finish their European Tour on a high note when they meet Italy in Prato on Sunday in the last of their four matches.

The team arrived in Italy on Sunday after going down 17-5 against Spain in Villajoyosa on Saturday.

This match followed their tour opener against the UK Armed Forces in Richmond, which they won 31-12, and a Test against Wales in Cardiff in which they suffered a 19-5 defeat.

“The players are still disappointed about the defeat against Spain, but they working very hard at training for our final tour match against Italy,” said Kama.

“Everyone has settled in well in Italy, although the conditions are different. Spain was a little warmer, but it is not too much of an adjustment for us, as these conditions are similar to that which we experienced in the lead-up to our opening two matches.”

Kama expected a demanding Test against Italy at the Enrico Chersoni Stadium, saying they boast a balanced side with quality players.

“Italy have a lot of experience, especially since they play in the Six Nations competition,” said Kama.

“And they have a good pack of forwards with skilful backs. So it is going to be a good test for us. That said, this is our final match on tour and we are determined to finish up on a high note.”

Kama added: “We learnt hard lessons about the importance of converting our opportunities into points in our last two matches, so that is one of the key areas for us this week.”

The match will kick off at 15h30 SA Time (14h30 local time).

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Cape Town, 20 November 2018 – “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the beautiful ones. It’s time to wake up, raak wys, awaken and be the light!” This is the passionate message of Cape Town Carnival 2019 “VUKA UKHANYE: Arise and Shine!” It is time to shake off limiting habits and ideas, unlock our power and potential, and be all we can be. It’s a jolt of energy and a celebration of human potential, an uplifting call to create and own our future.

Cape Town Carnival takes places on 16 March 2019. This annual platform for artistic and cultural expression is now approaching its tenth year, with increasing boldness and confidence in the messages it conveys.

Collaborative brainstorming sessions between participating community members, organisers and artists from more than 50 neighbourhoods’ across Cape Town generate and identify the creative content for the Cape Town Carnival. “We move from darkness and the unconscious, tethered to history, from struggle towards freedom,” says the brainstorm team of Cape Town Carnival 2019. “Carnival group leaders and crew have recognised the challenge and opportunity in this year’s theme and embraced its potential to convey powerful messages to participants and audiences,” says creative director Brad Baard.

Next year’s theme, VUKA UKHANYE: Arise and Shine!, has stimulated an array of responses and ideas that will find their way into the annual spectacular through dance, costume, performance and illuminated sculptural floats, from “Facing your Fears” to “Cellphone Zombies”, social activism, becoming freedom fighters in our communities and escaping the “Mad Machine”.

“Vuka Ukhanye is a call for critical engagement, a call to step up, using the creative space of carnival arts and the carnivalesque to generate thought, response and action through spectacle and play,” says consultative curator Khanyisile Mbongwa.

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The Black Ties, one of South Africa’s premier cover bands, will be performing at Sun Exhibits, GrandWest on 14 December 2018. As one of their themed live performances, this The Black Ties Experience: Sounds like Summer will be all about the sounds and songs of the summer season.

The Black Ties, made up of the incredibly talented Chad Saaiman, Lloyd Jansen and Keeno Lee, are known for their vocal ability, harmony, wittiness and humour. They will share the stage with a four-piece band and guest stars who will add new dimensions and sounds to the experience.

“This talented band is going from strength to strength,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest. “They recently had two very successful shows at our Roxy Revue Bar venue and their new show will be taking place in the considerably larger Sun Exhibits venue,” she says. “We always enjoy hosting these gifted musicians at GrandWest.”

Tickets are available from Computicket at R150 each. The show starts at 20h00, with doors opening an hour earlier.

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City’s new mobile X-ray service improves patient care

The City of Cape Town’s Health Department is taking more services to more communities with the introduction of a new computerised mobile X-ray vehicle. The state-of-the-art unit was unveiled last week. Read more below:

The City’s X-ray service has come a long way from its one fixed room at the Chapel Street Clinic and four mobile vans at a time when X-rays were used as a screening tool for Tuberculosis (TB).

The new mobile X-ray unit is fully computerised and hard copies of images can be printed if required. The computerized X-ray machines are loaded with high-tech features that produce high-quality images in a short time.

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Outrageously funny, wild-haired comedian, Schalk Bezuidenhout returns to The Boardwalk with his latest one man production, Snorseun, on 23 November 2018. Born and bred in an Afrikaans family in Kemptom Park, Gauteng, Bezuidenhout has made a name for himself at home and in Europe since he began plying his trade – telling jokes in English – in 2011.

Bezuidenhout is known for telling it like it is without reservation – and for his colourful choice of jerseys and wild curly hair. On stage, he is fun and energetic, with a style of comedy that appeals to all races and creeds. He has come a long way since his early days of comedy, performing at comedy venues and festivals across the country, alongside some of the biggest names in South African comedy.

For his latest show, Snorseun, he goes back to his Afrikaans roots. Don’t miss Bezuidenhout live on stage at The Boardwalk Amphitheatre at 20h00 on 23 November 2018. Tickets are R120 at Computicket.

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