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Cape Town, 21 March 2018 –  As part of its ongoing sustainable training and development programmes, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) puts on a series of masterclasses each year.  These free masterclasses are an ideal opportunity for anyone with an interest in music (of any genre), to learn from professional performers – to better their own shows or simply just to get up close and personal with some of the festival’s artists.

The CTIJF Masterclasses have always been well subscribed and in 2018 the organisers expect no different, with a stellar line-up of music masters who have agreed to share their stories and present their musical mind-food.

This year’s talented stars include; the British queen of soul, contemporary R&B song-writing, Corinne Bailey Rae (UK), who has secured multiple Top Ten UK and US albums and a stack of Grammy and MOBO Awards; The multi-award winning ‘hot’, jazz pianist, electronic musician, and writer, Vijay Iyer (USA) and vocalist, upright bassist, composer cum arranger, Miles Mosley (USA), who will stand and deliver on Friday 23rd March.

On Saturday 24th March, ‘The Godfather of Indian Jazz’, Mr Louiz Banks (India), will offer his Indi pop, progressive jazz and Indo jazz fusion knowledge up for discussion; Trumpeter Nicholas Payton (USA), whose music fuses his hometown New Orleans sound with modern jazz, hip hop, mixtape and spoken-word, will delve into what makes his music happen and; best known as the father of Ethio-jazz, Mulatu Astatke (Ethiopia), who is recognised for his unique blend of traditional Ethiopian music, Western jazz and Latin rhythms, will round out the Masterclass offering for 2018. Continue reading


Earlier today I received a memorandum from the Social Justice Coalition, Reclaim the City, the District Six Working Committee, and others.

I have had numerous engagements with those who are fighting for better housing and the redress of our historical spatial injustice. My most recent engagement was with Reclaim the City about two weeks ago when they arrived at my home at 05:00 in the morning to protest, and to engage with me on housing matters. I sat down with them in my street and we spoke. I remain willing to engage with any organisation in an effort to address what I regard as one of our greatest challenges – our housing deficit.

During that engagement I reiterated our commitment to a more equitable geographical distribution of emergency or transitional housing options; using well-located City-owned land to address the housing deficit; to improve the locality of housing opportunities; and to address the policy vacuum on inclusionary housing so that our planning regime is more predictable and provides clarity on the role of the private developer to contribute to the deficit of affordable housing.

I repeated what I have said before: that where people live matters. Continue reading

This is our final fund-raiser to set in motion making Heal The Hood Project (HTHP) self-sustainable, by setting it up as a national membership driven organisation. I am writing to 500 people I know to invite 10 of their friends to donate 10 US $ or more each to secure Heal The Hood Projects sustaibility and expansion. Donations can be done via the GoFundMe link below or the banking details in the attached HTHP Brochure.
This year we will expand Heal The Hood Project (HTHP) throughout the Western Cape and visit 100 schools over 3 months. We are expecting to reach 100 000 young people directly with our presentation, which consists of a motivational talk, performance and meeting with those interested in establishing HTHP at their schools. Our intention is to share information and activities that will encourage self-worth, self-confidence and respect for self and others.
Here is the link of our GoFundMe Campaign
WE ARE THE CHANGE WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR. Lets expand firstly in the Western Cape, then Nationally and then the SADC region.
Thank You
Emile Jansen

Residents and motorists are advised to please take note of the temporary road closures that will be in place in the city centre and surrounds to accommodate the upcoming free concert on Greenmarket Square on Tuesday 20 March 2018, starting at 16:30.

The much anticipated free concert is a community event that draws thousands of residents and visitors from all walks of life who are united in their love for jazz.

A detailed breakdown of the roads that will be closed is available here:

Some roads in the vicinity of the Cape Town International Convention Centre will be closed from 19 March to allow for the setup of the jazz festival infrastructure.

A detailed breakdown of the closures for the CTIJF that will take place next weekend from 23-24 March 2018, is available here:

This will affect the normal flow of traffic in and around the city bowl. As such, road users are asked to plan their routes accordingly.

In response to the worst drought in the city’s history, the City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department is expediting the roll-out of pressure management technology to various parts of the water supply network. By creating more automated pressure zones, the City is able to adjust water pressure remotely and work more efficiently. Read more below:

The first planned works in this regard will take place in the Dunoon Zone which is bounded by Malibongwe Drive to the north, Koeberg Road to the west and the N7 to the east. Some 5 250 households will be affected.

The work is scheduled to take place on Monday, 19 February 2018, from 20:00 to 02:00. Other areas will be informed of supply disruptions in due course.

Not only does pressure management generally lower consumption by reducing the rate at which water flows to properties, it also reduces leaks and pipe bursts by better ensuring that pressure remains within levels that the pipework can tolerate, and reduces the rate of loss from leaks and bursts which do occur.

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Bring your family to GrandWest from 28 March 2018 to 7 April 2018 to experience the first, fun-filled Funderland Festival. A unique expo designed especially to entertain kids.

No matter what your child is interested in, Funderland will cater for it with 28 themed fun zones, stage shows by one of South Africa’s best illusionists, comedy, live music, dancing, circus acts and even the freestyling soccer trickster, Kyle Rinquest, who combines amazing soccer stunts with hilarious comedy.

Funderland is committed to developing local talent and budding young stars are encouraged to enter the talent competition. Along with this competition there will also be the national Mzansi talent search by the award-winning producer Gabi Le Roux who has produced over 50 albums for some of SA’s biggest stars. This national search aims to nurture home-grown talent, further the dreams of local performers and use a nationwide platform to showcase our valuable SA talent.

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The City of Cape Town is commencing with the dualling of Kommetjie Road and Ou Kaapse Weg in Noordhoek in the Far South. The construction of the new lanes will affect traffic flow in the area, and commuters are advised to take this into account as the City is exploring solutions to alleviate the impact on road users. Read more below:

Preparations are underway for the construction of additional lanes along Kommetjie Road from the intersection with Ou Kaapse Weg to Capri Drive; and for the construction of additional lanes along Ou Kaapse Weg from the intersection with Noordhoek Main Road to the Glencairn Expressway.

The existing lanes along Kommetjie Road and Ou Kaapse Weg will be temporarily narrowed to create additional space on the shoulders of the roads where the new lanes will be built.

‘The capacity of Kommetjie Road and Ou Kaapse Weg will remain the same while we are constructing the new lanes. Road users will still have the same number of lanes available for commuting. However, these lanes will be narrower and as a result the traffic will move slower along these sections. Similarly, commuters should expect longer waiting times at the intersections of Ou Kaapse Weg and Buller Louw Boulevard, at Kommetjie Road and Ou Kaapse Weg, and at Kommetjie Road and Capri Drive. I also want to caution motorists to be aware of cyclists and pedestrians,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

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With the warmer months drawing to a close, the City’s Fire and Rescue Service has noticed a drop in the number of wildfires compared to previous years, but structural fires remain a concern. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service is cautiously optimistic about closing out the warmer months with significantly fewer wildfires.

The period between November and April usually sees an increase in the number of vegetation fires. For the past three years, Cape Town’s firefighters have been kept on their toes attending to thousands of wildfires, including at least one major incident that spanned several days.

There have been no major veld fires this year (up to the end of February) which has contributed to the drop in the number of incidents, as outlined below: Continue reading

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