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Date: Last Saturday of every month (Next one 23 February)

Time: 10am to 3pm

Venue: Silo District

For a creative market experience, don’t miss the V&A Waterfront’s new Silo Market, held on the last Saturday of every month between 10am and 3pm. The market is a new initiative that partners with the Craft and Design Institute, and offers a collection of fresh, local talent and handmade products. The market will be carefully curated to offer a limited number of unique products that are not widely available.

This week’s market will include the following new products:

Your Badge Statement founded by South African designer, Jill Barrington-Roberts. Jill focuses on producing urban shopper bags from recycled and repurposed materials. Continue reading

The cast from Ukuwa Kwenkaba, pic by Sithembele JnrThe Baxter’s Zabalaza Theatre Festival returns for its ninth edition, from 8 to 16 March, with fresh and vibrant works and a Weekend Programme for the whole family

The Baxter’s annual Zabalaza Theatre Festival returns for its ninth edition, from 8 to 16 March, with a fresh and creative line-up, showcasing some of the finest theatre and emerging artists from all over the Western Cape.

This year, the Baxter will buzz with ground-breaking works by new theatre-makers as nearly 40 theatre productions and events, featuring well over 100 artists and performers, make up the programme, which is filled with innovation, relevance and originality.

The dynamic team that make up the festival comprises the award-winning actor and director Mdu Kweyama as curator, along with artistic director Bongile Mantsai, coordinator Zoleka Helesi, administrator Jestine Sias and Monde Myataza (marketing and sales).

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The City of Cape Town’s annual Neighbourhood Watch Awards event celebrates individuals and groups within the neighbourhood watch fraternity who go above and beyond the call of duty. Read more below:

The City has opened the nominations process for the annual Neighbourhood Watch Awards.
Now in its second year, the Neighbourhood Watch Awards celebrates and acknowledges the achievements and contributions of individuals and groups who help build safer communities in Cape Town.
The nomination process will close on Friday 8 March 2019.
Nominations can be submitted for an individual or a group/team, in a number of categories, including:
· Courage in action award
· Social responsibility award
· Broken windows award
· Organisational excellence award
· Crime fighter of the year award Continue reading

Residents from the Far South are encouraged to comment on the City’s Far South Transport Plan. The plan proposes short- to long-term interventions to alleviate traffic congestion in the Far South, and to meet the current and future demand for public transport in the area. Read more below:

The plan proposes a wide range of interventions for the areas south of the Table Mountain range, among which Fish Hoek, Clovelly, Sun Valley, Sunnydale, Masiphumelele, Ocean View, Kommetjie, Scarborough, Simon’s Town, Dido Valley and Glencairn.

The proposal, if adopted, will be implemented in the short- to long-term, and the plan itself will be reviewed every five years.

It recommends, among others, scheduled bus services between popular destinations; the improvement of the Southern rail line to attract passengers; the implementation of a travel demand strategy with flexible work hours for City officials and to encourage residents to form lift clubs; the provision of local missing road links; the upgrade of park-and-ride facilities and public transport interchanges in Ocean View and Fish Hoek; the implementation of transit-oriented development with the right development at the right location; and the densification and diversification of land uses in the area. Continue reading

STATEMENT BY MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR ECONOMIC OPPPORTUNITIES AND ASSET MANAGEMENT, ALDERMAN JAMES VOS

Today, Executive Mayor Dan Plato and the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, Alderman James Vos, paid a visit to Voyage Yachts and Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing located in Paarden Island to experience first-hand what makes the local multi-billion rand boat building industry tick. Read more below:

In 2014, Cape Town and the Western Cape generated over R1 billion in export revenue from boat building. Cape Town’s boat building industry is known globally for its world-class craftsmanship, innovative and custom-made designs.

South Africa’s marine manufacturing industry is primarily based in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban. However, other areas within the Western Cape such as Knysna, George and Saldanha also make a significant contribution to the province’s dynamic boat building community.

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Time: 6pm till 10pm

Opening date: 7 February

Location: Art@Africa Gallery , Clocktower Centre- V&A Waterfront

Art@Africa is presenting the works of Maureen Quin on her upcoming exhibition Post Paris: Rediscovering Africa

Maureen Quin’s solo exhibition ‘Post Paris: Rediscovering Africa’ will be taking place at Art@Clocktower on the 6th March. By working alongside the Art@Africa team Quin’s work hopes to inspire and encourage a positive celebration of African identity.

The exhibition seeks to explore the ways in which Maureen Quin’s trip to Paris inspired her to rediscover her African roots and thereby benefiting her future work. The exhibition will showcase two of Quin’s series, Post-Paris 1988 and Interaction 2003. These series will be exhibited alongside one another to create an incredible overview of two of Quin’s most African inspired series. Her feelings towards South Africa, the soul, positivity and beauty of the inhabitants are reflected in these works.

Art@Africa hope to portray Quin’s rediscovery in conversation with themes on the positive African spirit, culture, inspiration and hope for an improved society. In a country that has been continually torn apart, Quin seeks to present the desires of the people to heal the wounds of the past and overcome suffering. The aim of the exhibition is to draw attention to the incredible inspiration Africa has on artists and present the strong link South Africans have with nature.

Please join Maureen Quin and the Art@Africa team to celebrate to inspiring works of such a marvelous artists.

On Wednesday, 20 February 2019, it was revealed that since April 2018, 12 325 wildfires across the Province have been combated by the Western Cape Government, costing government a total of R41.59 million to date. This was reported by Disaster Management and Fire Rescue Services in the Western Cape while briefing the Standing Committee on Local Government in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament.

I would like to applaud Anton Bredell, the Minister of Local Government and his Department for their ongoing support in helping municipalities not only combat the wildfires that have taken place, but also the support provided in helping restore the areas affected.

I have now written to Anton Bredell, Minister of Local Government asking what measures his Department has put in place to support municipalities in wildfire prevention strategies.

Furthermore, I would like to welcome that Provincial treasury has committed to providing R5 million to both the City of Cape to Town and the Overstrand Municipality to help with fire disasters that have taken place in the respective areas.

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Silo concert pays tribute to the era of jazz-swing

Date: Friday, 1 March 2019

Time: From 7pm

Venue: Silo District, V&A Waterfront

Cost: Free (no tickets required)

The V&A Waterfront will pay tribute to the era of swing at a free Silo District Concert on Friday, 1 March from 7pm onwards.

The concert will shine a spotlight on music from the 1930s and 1940s popularised from District Six to Sophiatown, Alexandra and across the Atlantic in America. To capture the big band sound the concert will feature two orchestras – a nine-piece and a 20-piece orchestra.

The Pebble Shakers will recreate the dancehall experience, while a dancefloor will give the audience a chance to jump, jive, jitterbug and swing. Revive the Sophiatown spirit by dressing the part with voluminous skirts or high-waisted pencil skirts, heels and gloves for women. Men can pull off the look with hats, Kofifi suits and two-toned baroques.

This morning, Executive Mayor Dan Plato was accompanied by Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Management, Alderman Grant Twigg, and Ward Councillor Franchesca Walker at a clean-up operation in Leonsdale, Elsies River.

The clean-up operation follows the Mayor’s tabling of the adjustment budget last week, which saw an additional R115 million allocated towards cleaning up our communities:

· R56 million will go towards additional cleaning of informal settlements

· R14 million is allocated for the recruitment of Expanded Public Works Programme workers who will assist with community clean-ups

· R20 million is allocated to the Area Cleaning Division in our Solid Waste Management Directorate, specifically for services in our poorer areas Continue reading

This February, the V&A Waterfront invites visitors to celebrate and enjoy art, innovation and all things creative with a series of events in a month-long campaign themed Artventure.

  • Until 17 February, #FREESPACE will continue to draw together academics, artists, performers, developers, activists and the public to present performances and participate in the ongoing debate about urban public space. For the programme and times, visit https://www.freespace.events.
  • Between 6 and 17 February, the Art Week Public Programme kicks off at Zeitz MOCAA with a wide variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Events such as panel discussions, exhibitions and children’s workshops will take place from 10am to 6pm.
  • The solo exhibition by Doktor and Misses entitled Practically Everywhere presents collectible designs and sculptures inspired by the disorder and decay of urban ecosystems. The exhibition opening will be held in store at Southern Guild on 13 February from 6pm to 9pm. It will run through to May. For more info, visit http://www.art.co.za/galleries/exhibition-page.php?nom=7034

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