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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

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


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


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

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

20 February 2018

Release: immediately

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape welcomes the various water saving initiatives that have been undertaken by the Mass participation; Opportunity and access; Development and growth (MOD) centres, museums and libraries, under the Provincial Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport.

I commend the Minister Marais and her Department for ensuring that these initiatives are being implemented. I, do however call upon the Minister to continue these efforts in reducing water consumption and also to engage with privately owned sport facilities to reduce their water usage. Moreover, I call upon residents to continue using less than 50 litres a day to ensure that we #DefeatDayZero.

In a response to my parliamentary question, Minister Anroux Marais highlighted that MOD centres have created awareness campaigns for learners and introduced water reduction measures. Metro and non-metro libraries have introduced hand sanitisers in bathrooms, switched off urinals, introduced the use of grey water to flush toilets, kept public bathrooms locked to prevent children playing with water, removed the handle off outside taps, fixed leaking pipes and switched off geysers.

Museums have provided bottled drinking water to staff, collected rain water for irrigation and cleaning, reused water from dehumidifiers, planted water wise plants and introduced boreholes for ablution.

The DA in the Western Cape remains committed to water saving initiatives, in order to #DefeatDayZero.

To accommodate the State of the Nation Address and the opening of Parliament on Friday 16 February 2018, the National Government and the South African Police Service (SAPS) have requested that extended road closures be effected in the city.

Roads, mostly in the CBD, will be closed from 06:00 to midnight on Friday 16 February 2018 to accommodate the State of the Nation Address.

The road closures will affect the normal flow of traffic in and around the city bowl, Newlands, and the M3 and N2 city-bound lanes. As such, road users are asked to plan their routes accordingly.

Road users are also alerted to the closure of the M3 and N2 at 17:45 on Friday. The M5 will be the best option as an alternative route.

A detailed breakdown of the closures/restrictions and deviations is available on the City’s website:


Day Zero, the day we may have to queue for water, has moved out to 4 June 2018 due to the continued decline in agricultural usage, and also as a result of Capetonians reducing their water usage in cooperation with the City of Cape Town’s efforts to bring down consumption.

Team Cape Town, we are getting there. We now need to see how low we can go to ensure that we stretch our water supplies as far as possible into the winter months by reaching the 450 million litre per day collective consumption target which equates to 50 litres per person per day.

Over the past week, consumption has been lowered to 526 million litres per day. This is the first time that the weekly average usage has remained under 550 million litres due to the City’s pressure management interventions and the efforts by our residents to use as little water as possible.

Importantly, dam levels are at only 24,9% compared to 36,1% last year and 43,3% in 2016. Though the dam levels are much lower than a year ago, we have more information and more control over the system that supplies water to the city. Our continued interactions with the National Department of Water and Sanitation have led to much improved data-sharing and analysis, allowing for more reliable modelling and dramatically improved control over dam levels

A year ago, the average water demand was 830 million litres per day and the weekly change in dam levels was 1,9%. Continue reading

Zando Cape Town 10s lives up to its REP!

(Cape Town, February 2018) Africa’s biggest and most popular rugby 10s and social sport & entertainment festival, the Zando Cape Town 10s, celebrated its 10th anniversary on 2 & 3 February at Hamilton Rugby Club in Green Point. Over 20 000 fans streamed through the gates over the two days to witness more than 350 teams participating in seven different sporting codes including rugby, netball, beach volleyball, soccer, hockey, dodgeball at Fittest in Cape Town.

Thousands of participants and spectators were treated to an action-packed weekend of sport and entertainment, whilst rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest rugby legends and celebs. These included the likes of Jean de Villiers, Danie Gerber, Chad le Clos, Siya Kolisi, Herschelle Gibbs, Siv Ngesi, Schalk Bezuidenhout, Francois Van Coke, Carl Wastie, Irma G, Zoe Brown and Sibongile Mafu and others. Continue reading

Date: Wednesday 14 Feb – Sunday 18 Feb

Time: Wednesday 19h00 – 23h00

Thursday to Sunday 16h00 – 23h00

Duration: Wednesday 4hrs and Thursday to Sunday 7hrs

Venue: Silo District (inside three specially adapted shipping containers)

Film and video buffs should not miss the Investec Cape Town Art Fair After Hours Hub at the V&A Waterfront’s Silo District, hosted on Wednesday 14 February between 7pm and 11pm, and on Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 February from 4pm to 11pm.

The event will showcase a programme of video art and film screenings curated by Analogue Eye, a not for profit project that embraces video art by emerging and established artists.

Visitors can expect to view a selection of South African and Italian video art works exploring mythologies, ideologies and histories between safe and unsafe harbours.

Visitors can also expect ambient entertainment, and treats at restaurants in the District – The Yard, Si and Ouibar. Screenings will take place in special shipping containers positioned in the Silo District.

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