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Divas Cape Town 2017 One Night Only! GrandWest 6th May 2017

Marmalade Productions is proud to present Divas Cape Town 2017 featuring: International dance diva, Sybil, SA stars, Jamali, Salome, Vuvu Kumalo, G&T, Fancy Galada and Nuraan Boltman.

All the artists featured on the line-up have all performed in successful shows around the country over many years. These diverse spectacular Divas together on one grand stage in May. Our successful brand Divas has hosted thousands of people and our new show will not disappoint. Marmalade Productions will elevate the brand and bring you the best entertainment in one packed show.

Sybil achieved worldwide crossover hits with her cover versions of Dionne Warwick’s hits “Don’t Make Me Over” and “Walk on by”, which were released in 1989 and 1990, respectively. The former became Sybil’s biggest hit in the USA, peaking at #20, and was a #1 hit in New Zealand. “Walk on by” is still, to date, the highest charting position for this Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic in the UK, peaking at #6. Sybil’s second self-titled album became her biggest-selling album in the USA.

Jamali first won over South Africa’s hearts on Popstar’s 2003-2004 reality television show. With platinum album sales, sold out concerts and top music awards under their belt, Jamali has never looked back. Their first self-titled album, hit platinum sales and set Jamali on the road to success. Their three time’s SAMA (South African Music Awards) nominated second album, ‘Yours Fatally’ was a huge hit with their fans. They won the coveted SAMA for Best South African Pop Act 2009 for their 3rd album, ‘3rd Base’.

Salome, born and bred Capetonian recorded her first single in 2007 with DJ Keith called “I Don’t want to Know”, which became a big hit on local radio and in 2009 recorded another great hit with DJ Keith called “What I do best”, this song hit Cape Town by storm and became a number 1 hit on the charts. Salome has also toured internationally with Madame Zingara and recorded her debut album in 2011. She is currently in studio recording her new album, which will be released later this year.

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A group of children aged six to 15 years old from Marsh Memorial safe haven enjoyed a morning of laughter and icy fun with GrandWest staff volunteers at The Ice Station, GrandWest on 12 April 2017. The outing, a staff initiative organised by GrandWest’s Social Economic Development Department and assisted by volunteer staff from GrandWest was a rare opportunity for the children to unleash their creativity with a Snowman Building competition and enjoy unprecedented Easter fun.

Eight teams on the day competed to build snowmen, with each team consisting of three youths and two GrandWest volunteer staff. Judging took place at 11h30 and prizes for first, second and third place were awarded in the form of Easter chocolate goodies. Each child that participated received a goodie bag with gloves, a scarf and a beanie for winter. After their icy escapades, the children were treated to lunch at Burger King, courtesy of GrandWest.

Previously known as an orphanage, Marsh Memorial, established in 1901 by Reverend T Marsh, is now is a safe haven for any child between the ages of 5-18 years old, who is in need of a place of safety.  Marsh Memorial is able to house 60 children where their basic needs are seen to with the support of trained childcare workers.

As many as 140 teenagers, with ambitions to pursue careers in the performing arts, left GrandWest inspired, motivated and emboldened to follow their dreams after attending the recent Inspired Stages workshop, an initiative between GrandWest and Inspired Stages’ Karen Burt.

The learners, from over 15 schools, were given endless opportunities to collaborate, create, discover, develop and perform in a series of workshops covering music, dance, singing, events, technical, production and other skills.

For the participating teens, every day was like a backstage pass, which included guest sessions with industry professionals, role models, celebrities and performers. Mentors and special guests at the Inspired Stages workshop included Lee Piedt, Bev Scott Brown, Kim Kallie, Robin Pieters, Marvin Levendal, Tyler Spelman, Acoustic Element, and Wiunston Siljeur.

“Catering for teens with an interest in any aspect of the performing arts industry, Inspired Stages aims to ignite the passion and empower attitudes of the next generation, on and off the stage. Our recent workshops have shown that the performing arts can help develop teens’ self belief, self worth and self respect through the stages of performance and life. The feedback we have received from this year’s participants has once again been overwhelmingly positive,” says Burt. Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

Note to editors: the following speech will be delivered by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the Cape Town Climate Change Coalition meeting this evening, 18 April 2017.

Members of the Cape Town Climate Change Coalition, ladies and gentlemen.

Good evening, goeie naand, molweni, as-salaam alaikum, shalom.

It is a great pleasure to join like-minded people and organisations who are committed to responding to climate change in our city.

The impact of climate change has the ability to compound existing challenges in urban environments.

For this reason, the City of Cape Town is overlaying all our decisions that we make on a daily basis with the impacts of climate change.

We cannot plan anything without factoring in the impact of climate change. Continue reading

Event:                           Ideas World Cup Cape Town

Date & Time:                Friday, 21 April 2017 from 13:00 – 18:00

Venue:                         Amphitheatre, V&A Waterfront

Ticket Price:                  Free

On 21 April 2017, Ideas World Cup Cape Town will host the most invigorating and interactive brainstorming experience the city has ever seen! We’ve invited innovators, disruptors, expert facilitators and neuroscience experts to help you tap into your creative potential and access all the great ideas you have inside your brain – all with the aim of finding solutions to 5 societal and environmental challenges facing our city.

How might we ensure Cape Town’s water security?

How can we ease traffic congestion?

In what ways might we prevent fires in informal settlements?

In what ways might we provide affordable housing in the CBD and surrounding suburbs?

How can we build our city’s capacity for social entrepreneurship?  Continue reading

During a very busy Easter weekend that left three people dead and an estimated 600 others displaced as a result of fires, the City’s firefighters also had to contend with yet another hostile reception. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town has noted with disappointment the latest incident of firefighters being attacked in the line of duty.

This past Easter weekend, the City’s Fire and Rescue Service responded to eight informal settlement fires that claimed the lives of two men and an infant and destroyed approximately 200 structures, leaving 600 people displaced. The incidents were recorded in Hout Bay, Mfuleni, Crossroads, Wallacedene, Vrygrond, Gugulethu, the New Rest informal settlement, and Lwandle. Residents were less than welcoming in Vrygrond, where sections of the community pelted firefighters with stones, damaging a fire truck. This is the second incident in the area in just over a week. Earlier this month, a fire truck was damaged and a firefighter hit when an unruly crowd stoned staff and vehicles attending to a fire.

‘Attacks on firefighters are becoming far too commonplace. If people aren’t stoning the fire trucks, they threaten or harass the firefighters trying to get to the frontline or even cut their hoses. It’s unbelievable that the very people the firefighters are trying to protect are causing delays, effectively resulting in a much higher cost both to the affected community and the City. Residents need to realise that we are not the enemy and this type of behaviour could rob them of a potential lifesaving service,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading

Dam levels have declined to 24,1% (storage levels), which is 1% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at 14,1%. Consumption over the past week is 685 million litres per day, which is 15 million litres under the collective usage target of 700 million litres per day. Read more below:

It is incredibly encouraging to see that collective water consumption has dropped to below the target for the first time since water restrictions were implemented, but the good news comes with the warning to keep on saving water.

‘Although we thank those consumers who continue to save water, we run the very real risk of consumers making a decision to use more water, especially with the bit of rain that we’ve had recently.

‘We cannot emphasise strongly enough how critical it is that we do not relax our water-saving efforts over the next year at least. One winter of average rainfall will not get us out of this predicament. In addition, hot weather is expected again this week and this will have an impact on water use. We really cannot afford for consumption to increase at this stage. To give our residents an idea of the seriousness of the situation, we will be lowering the consumption target to 600 million litres soon,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg. Continue reading

  • Half Price Sundays are back: R60pp for selected shows only
  • MID WEEK MADNESS with limited R50 early bird tickets to our Wednesday & Thursday night shows at Computicket, on selected shows only.
  • Happy Hour: 6-7pm – great specials every week
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Cape Town Comedy Club is open 5 days a week. Comedy nightly from 8.30pm, dinner from 6pm.

What’s on this week …

LINEUP SUBJECT TO CHANGE!

Wednesday 19th April 2017

HEADLINE: Sne Dladla

MC: Stuart Taylor
SUPPORT ACT: Angel Campey

OPEN MIC: Justin-Ray Stoffels

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JOINT MEDIA RELEASE BY THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN AND WESTERN CAPE GOVERNMENT

The City of Cape Town will commence with a public participation process about the proposal to commemorate the life and work of the late President Nelson Mandela with a statue and exhibition at City Hall. Read more below:

The proposed project – the installation of a statue of the late President Mandela and a permanent exhibition at the City Hall – forms part of the National Liberation Heritage Route, an initiative of the National Heritage Council and the National Department of Tourism.

‘The purpose of the public participation process is to engage with our residents about the intended memorialisation of Madiba at City Hall. The adoption of the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan, or ODTP, in August last year means the City strives to be more proactive and customer-centric. We want to work more closely with our residents, and an important aspect of strengthening the relationship between the City and Capetonians is for our residents to participate in matters that affect them and which they feel strongly about. I thus urge residents to please let us know their thoughts about this project,’ said the Chairperson of the City’s Naming and Nomination Committee, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading

The City is doing all it can to boost the economy of Atlantis, including the release of unused land to the market, investment incentives, and plans to declare the area a Special Economic Zone. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Council last month approved the sale of 29 City-owned properties in Atlantis. The release of these large open tracts of commercial property to the market and the recent commercial investment of over R1 billion are catalysts for much-needed economic growth in the region.

‘Additionally, we are working to have Atlantis declared a Special Economic Zone (SEZ), with a particular focus on green technology manufacturing. I am pleased to say that the target date for the official designation of SEZ is set for the last quarter of this year. Once the area is declared a SEZ, it will further increase the attractiveness of Atlantis as a place to invest in green technology manufacturing as green technology investors will receive even more benefits, such as a 15% tax break,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area North, Councillor Suzette Little.

One of the City’s strategic priorities over the next five years is to position Cape Town as a forward-looking globally competitive business city. In order for us to achieve and maintain this status, we need to improve the attractiveness of our city as an investment destination. Continue reading

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