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Today, I am pleased to reflect on the city’s encouraging economic results where 89 000 more Cape Town residents were employed in the fourth quarter of 2017 than during the same period in 2016. In addition, Cape Town has the lowest official unemployment rate, at 21,7%, of all the metros in South Africa.

Cape Town’s growing employment is a testament to the City’s efforts to create an enabling environment for businesses to invest and to create new jobs.

The recent Quarterly Labour Force Survey 2017 for the fourth quarter, from 1 October to 31 December 2017, shows that Cape Town’s strict unemployment rate is far below the national strict unemployment rate of 26.7%.

Cape Town’s job creation efforts continue to yield positive results as our unemployment rate is lower than all the other major cities including: eThekwini (21,9%), Tshwane (26.9%), Johannesburg (28.2%), Ekurhuleni (33.6%) and Nelson Mandela Bay (36.9%).

Cape Town’s strict unemployment rate decreased by 1.5 percentage points from the previous quarter and decreased by 2.2 percentage points on a year-on-year basis. Continue reading

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DThe Table Bay at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is home to a vibrant cast of characters, who besides being passionate about hospitality, their work and their guests, also pursue some interesting passions and hobbies in their down time.

The hotel’s Assistant Food and Beverage Manager, Heinrich La Meyer is a keen musician who is adept at playing a range of brass instruments including the trumpet, cornet, French horn, trombone and the tuba. He has honed and expended his skills since the tender age of five when he was introduced to the recorder. He attended music classes at his church and was enthralled with the array of instruments. While his sister played the clarinet, he enjoyed exploring different instruments and it was only on his 15th birthday that it became clear which one was his favorite.

“My mom asked me what instrument I would really like to play and for my 15th birthday, unlike most kids, I was surprised with a trumpet. I played in the church orchestra and I loved it, practicing daily and even taking my mouthpiece to school to do mouthpiece exercises in order to have a better diction and tone with the instrument,” he recalls. Continue reading

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Enjoy the last days of summer with free, live music concerts at the V&A Waterfront’s Amphitheatre during February and March:

SUMMER SESSIONS PRESENTED BY smart carSaturday 24 February

Date                      Saturday, 24 February

Venue                  V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre

Cost                       Free

Performer           Josh Wantie

18h15 – 18h45 (6.15pm to 6.45pm)

30 Minutes

Performer           Gangs of Ballet

19h00 – 20h00 (7pm to 8pm)

One hour

At 6.15pm on Saturday, 24 FebruaryJosh Wantie will give a free 30-minute performance showcasing his signature blend of indie, electro and synth-rooted melodies. Don’t miss Josh as he effortlessly swaps between guitar and piano while blending in electronic elements and vocal loops. At 7pm popular alternative rock band Gangs of Ballet will take to the stage for an hour-long performance to show the audience why they are an award-winning band. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town notes with concern the comments attributed to the South African Football Association (SAFA) about the cancellation of the Bayhill Premier Cup in Cape Town. This is the latest in a series of misleading comments by SAFA about the upcoming soccer season and contingency plans that have been in effect during the prevailing drought crisis.

For the record, the City has not cancelled the Bayhill tournament as we are not the event organisers. In fact, there have been multiple positive engagements with the organisers aimed at finding a way to allow this tournament to continue, and to prepare the fields required for this purpose, within the limitations set by Level 6B water restrictions.

The City recognises the importance of the tournament in the development of young soccer players. Last year the City did everything within its power to ensure that this tournament went ahead, including the trucking in of non-potable water to irrigate fields ahead of the tournament. Similar efforts were in place in preparation for the 2018 instalment of the tournament.

During a meeting this morning, the organisers indicated that they had decided to cancel the tournament for a number of reasons which they will elaborate on in due course. It is indeed a pity that the tournament has had to be cancelled, but we thank the organisers for their mature view of the drought crisis and the impact it is having on life as we know it. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town recently unveiled the MyEstate mobile housing office which will serve as a housing office on wheels to take services to residents in areas which do not currently have access to such a facility. Read more below:

The MyEstate office will fill the gap left by the closure of satellite housing offices that have been underutilised in some communities.

As part of the pilot test phase of this project, the mobile MyEstate office has been servicing the Albow Gardens complex in Brooklyn.

The old satellite housing office that occupied a ground floor unit in the Albow Gardens complex was underutilised as it was only operational on certain days of the week. A decision was taken last year to turn the office into a residential unit for tenancy occupation. It was allocated to a beneficiary (a pensioner) who had been on the housing database for 27 years.

The MyEstate mobile office operates from the parking area adjacent to the clinic and library in Brooklyn, which augments the one-stop centralised service. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town regrets to inform customers that a technical challenge will result in more residents receiving estimated accounts for the month of January. Read more below:

As of 1 January 2018, the City moved from a third party electronic platform to an in-house electronic interface system for the uploading of monthly water meter readings. Since this move, there have been technical challenges with uploading meter readings to the new system. As a result, some customers will receive estimated bills although their meter was read. Customers across the City will be affected.

Where residents receive estimated bills, the City recommends that they settle the account as they would normally. If the estimate is higher than the actual usage then their account will be adjusted appropriately the next time the actual meter reading is captured. In cases where estimated consumption far exceeds actual consumption, and residents are unable to afford the bill, they can approach the City’s call centre or their closest walk-in centre to request an investigation. Debt management will be suspended until the investigation is resolved.

Please note that estimated bills are currently based on consumption for the same period in the previous year. For example, a meter estimate for January 2018 is based on the actual usage of January 2017. This method is used to account for seasonal variation in water consumption. The City is however working to adapt the estimation method to account for changing consumption patterns due to the current water shortage. From 1 March 2018, estimated accounts will be based on average consumption at the property for the previous three months.   Continue reading

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Two of the five Eastern Cape policemen who were killed during a brazen attack on the Ngcobo police station were shot execution style and their bodies dumped on the side of the road by the fleeing gang.

National Police Commissioner, General Khehla Sithole, said in a statement on Wednesday that an off-duty soldier was also among those killed as the suspects fled from the police station, bringing to six the number of people killed the attack.

“An unknown group of armed suspects entered the police station in the early hours of this morning and without warning, randomly opened fire on the members on duty.  Three members were killed instantly in the Community Service Centre. An off-duty soldier was also shot dead as the suspects were fleeing,” said General Sithole

He said the fleeing suspects made off with a police van taking two other members. “The bodies of both these members with gunshot wounds were later found along the roadside, six kilometers from the police station,” he said.

General Sithole said that according to preliminary investigations, it appears that members were shot execution style.

“I am appalled and deeply saddened by the cold and callous attack on our colleagues this morning,” said General Sitole.

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The 47th edition of the South African Rugby Annual is now on sale at all major bookstore and online platforms.

The unrivalled ‘bible’ of the game – widely considered to be the finest rugby publication of its kind in the world – continues to definitively chronicle the unfolding history of South Africa’s national sport and the 2018 edition contains more records, amazing facts, milestones and memorable moments than ever before.

“The SA Rugby Annual, as always, is the official historical record of another memorable season in South African rugby, covering everything from schoolboy rugby to the Springboks and everything else in-between,” says SA Rugby CEO, Jurie Roux.

“It’s an indispensable tool for everyone working in the game, from administrators to agents to brand managers, sponsors and the media. It’s also the perfect gift for rugby fans of all ages.

In keeping with a long-standing tradition, the latest edition once again features the SA Rugby Player of the Year on the cover, Emirates Lions and Springbok hooker Malcolm Marx, following in the footsteps of Pieter-Steph du Toit, Lood de Jager, Duane Vermeulen, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana and Schalk Burger who have graced the cover in recent years. Continue reading

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… with special guests Evita Bezuidenhout, Jenny Morris & Lizz Meiring.

The Darling Trust, a charitable organisation – founded by South African icon Pieter-Dirk Uys – is set to host a spectacular black tie dinner and auction that will take place at Evita se Perron in Darling on Friday, May 4 at 19:00.

The evening will be hosted by Evita Bezuidenhout with the dinner menu designed by one of South Africa’s most loved celebrity chefs – the Giggling Gourmet herself, Jenny Morris. An auction with once-in-a-lifetime lots will be the highlight of the night and live music by the acclaimed cabaret duo Godfrey Johnson and Nicholas McDiarmid will entertain guests throughout the dinner. Actress and comedian Lizz Meiring will be the event’s MC for the evening.

Says trustee and organiser Hentie van der Merwe: “This will be the first in what we hope becomes a bi-annual event, so we are all set to make this the benchmark by which all future auction dinners will be measured.

“I am super excited to have been invited to oversee the dinner menu,” says Morris, “and I am planning a sumptuous banquet, using all local produce from the area, that will delight and satisfy the guests’ appetites.”

Morris also plans to add a touch of humour to the menu and is already testing a dessert she calls ‘Zuma’s Mess’. Continue reading

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