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The City of Cape Town can confirm that the invasive polyphagous shot hole Borer beetle (PSHB) has been sighted in Somerset West. The City is in the process of appointing an experienced invasive plant removal team to remove the infected trees. Read more below:

The PSBH infestation was discovered in Oldenland Road in Somerset West by passionate gardeners and environmentalists who noted that a London plane tree in their garden was ailing and exhibited signs of a PSHB beetle invasion.

The City’s Invasive Species Unit was contacted last month and a student with a Master’s of Science degree (MSc) from Stellenbosch University who is currently working on the PSHB beetle for his thesis, collected samples from the infested sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) and London plane trees in Oldenland Road for laboratory analyses.

On 3 April 2019 after extensive DNA testing the results of the positive PSHB identification were released in a statement by academic experts from the Stellenbosch University’s Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology and the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute at the University of Pretoria.

The City can as such confirm that a limited number of trees in Oldenland Road in Somerset West, namely London planes and sweetgums, are infested with shot hole borer beetles.

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Dam levels declined 1,2% for the week of 1-7 April 2019

Dams that supply Cape Town have declined by 1,2% over the past week to 49,1% (2018: 21,5%) of storage capacity. 

Cape Town’s collective water consumption for the past week increased by 11 million litres to 609 million litres per day of collective consumption.

Water users are encouraged to stay the course and use water wisely. Compared with historic data for the same time of the year, dam levels were at 21,5% of storage capacity in 2018 and at 25,6% of storage capacity in 2017.

Please see the following links for information on:

Please visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for all water-related information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Triple Pulitzer Prize winner, Edward Albee’s acclaimed and provocative play, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, comes to the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio, from 24 April to 18 May, at 7.30pm nightly, with Saturday matinees at 3pm.

Fleur du Cap Best New Director award-winner Mdu Kweyama (Reza de Wet’s Missing, Woza Albert!), takes the reigns as director, featuring a stellar cast headlined by Lionel Newton and Jennifer Steyn, with Paul Savage and Sihle Mnqwazana.

Newton (The Miser, The Well Being) tackles the complex role of middle-aged architect, Martin, with Steyn (The Inconvenience of Wings, A Doll’s House), in the role of stay-at-home wife, Stevie. Sihle Mnqwazana (The Fall, Black Dog/Inj’ emnyama), plays the gay son, Billy, with Paul Savage (Kaapse Stories, Kat and the Kings) as Martin’s best friend, Ross.

The powerful four-hander won the 2002 Tony Award for Best Play, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play and was also a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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Pic: belugahospitality

Pic: belugahospitality

Cape Town Stadium, one of the Mother City’s iconic treasures, has been shortlisted for the Event of the Year Award during the United Kingdom-based Stadium Business Summit. The award recognises the event host venue and I think it is fantastic that we are being considered for this prestigious international accolade.

The awards are the only awards for the industry and presented each year during The Stadium Business Summit.

The awards were launched to:

· Recognise achievement, innovation, fresh thinking in the world of stadium-, arena- and sports venue management

· Raise industry standards and encourage greater professionalism

· Drive awareness of the stadium-, arena- and sports venue sector

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The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, Alderman James Vos and the Western Cape Economic Opportunities MEC Beverly Schafer today, 4 April 2019, went on a site visit to the Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) to touch base on future upgrades. Read more below:

The visit comes off the back of the Cape Town International Airport receiving the Best Airport in Africa Award at the 2019 Skytrax World Airports Awards last week. This year marks the fourth year running that CTIA has won this prestigious award.

‘I would like to congratulate the Chief Executive Officer of the airport, Deon Cloete, and his team on their fine achievement for the fourth year in a row. You have developed a winning formula that is being recognised globally for service excellence in the industry,’ said Alderman Vos.

The objective of today’s visit was to gain first-hand knowledge about what the highly anticipated airport upgrade project entails. The walkabout included a tour of the facility and a meeting with key staff members.

‘Airport City contributed R4,7 billion to South Africa’s economy. It made a R2 billion contribution to the Income of South African and Cape Town workers and supported 43 608 direct an, indirect jobs in South Africa,’ said Alderman James Vos.

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Flat fast course, beautiful route and world-class organisation of Sanlam Cape Town Marathon are major drawcards

Johannesburg, 4 April 2019 – Africa’s only IAAF Gold Label-status marathon officially kicked off preparations for this year’s springtime event with a press conference this afternoon in Sandton. This inaugural Joburg launch marks the significance of an event witnessing growing support from the country’s northern provinces.

Ninety percent of the marathon’s total entries for last year were South African runners, of which just under half fell outside the host province of the Western Cape. International interest in the marathon is also exceptionally high, with more than 82 countries having been represented at the 2018 event.

“Its route undoubtedly is what’s attracting people, and its low altitude coupled with a flat and fast course offer a record-breaking opportunity for professional and novice runners alike,” says race ambassador and Olympian Elana van Zyl-Meyer.

Held on the weekend of 15 September, when Cape Town normally experiences cool, clear, wind-free weather, the 42.2km marathon is the pinnacle of a series of running events that attract major interest. This year’s weekend festival of running kicks off on Saturday 14 September with the 22km and 12km Peace Trail Runs and a 5km Peace Run. On Sunday 15 September the iconic 42.2km city marathon takes place, and for those who aren’t quite ready to undertake a full marathon, there’s the option of a 10km Peace Run.

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The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department will be conducting pressure management operations in a number of areas across the metro as indicated in the table below.

Residents are advised to please take note of the date and time as per the following schedule:

Date and time Affected suburbs
Tuesday 2 April 2019: 10:00 to 14:00 Gugulethu and Nyanga
Tuesday 2 April 2019: 19:00 to 00:00 Oakdale, Blomtuin, Bellair and Eikenbosch
Wednesday 3 April 2019: 10:00 to 15:00 and;

Thursday 4 April 2019: 19:00 to 00:00

Table View, Parklands, Flamingo Vlei, Bloubergrandt, Westriding and Sunridge
Wednesday 3 April 2019: 20:00 to 00:00 Epping 1 Industrial
Wednesday 3 April 2019: 19:00 to 00:00 Protea Valley
Thursday 4 April 2019: 19:00 to 00:00 Welgedacht

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The annual Cape Town Games for Older Persons event has drawn a crowd of thousands from across the metropole for a day of fun, healthy competition and camaraderie. Read more below:

High resolution photographs are available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gzp1jj9sxhdr09k/AAAlw-UnpjjEXMHUhsOAmzIba?dl=0

The City of Cape Town today, 1 April 2019, provided a platform for senior citizens to showcase their talents on the track and on the field at the annual Games for Older Persons.

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It’s ready, set and go for construction of City’s R94 million Gugulethu Infill housing project

The sod-turning ceremony which happened today, 1 April 2019, celebrated the start of construction for the Gugulethu Infill housing project on Erf 8448, which will provide 570 qualifying beneficiaries with State-subsidised homes. Approximately R94 million will be invested in this housing project, which will empower some of Cape Town’s most vulnerable residents as first-time property owners and create employment opportunities for the local community while construction is under way.

The City of Cape Town’s Human Settlements Directorate has commenced with the construction of 570 State-subsidised Breaking New Ground (BNG) homes as part of the Gugulethu Infill housing project.

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Left to right Tournament Director - Mr PJ Williams and Score Brand Manager Dean Teubes LR (2)Erica Park Sports Ground, Belhar, Cape Town – Wednesday 17 to Monday, 22 April 2019

Score, one of South Africa’s most popular energy drinks and ardent supporter for the past three years of Cape Town’s Bayhill Premier Cup youth soccer tournament, has stepped up its involvement as associate sponsor.

The Bayhill Premier Cup’s 30th Anniversary Powered by Score Energy Drink, takes place over the Easter Weekend at Erica Park in Belhar on Wednesday 17 to 22 April 2019.

Now in its 30th year, the Bayhill Premier Cup involving 32 teams from around the country including all top under 19 PSL teams the likes of Pirates, Kaizer chiefs, Supersport United and Bidvest Wits, is Africa’s largest youth development soccer tournament. Numerous soccer legends have risen through its ranks including Benni McCarthy and Steven Pienaar.

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