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Just over R20 million has been set aside to install three more synthetic pitches in the new financial year to help counter the impact of the drought on sports fields and affected sporting codes.

The City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department will kick off construction of three more synthetic soccer pitches in the coming months. The facilities will be installed in Ocean View, Seawinds, and NY116 in Gugulethu at an overall cost of just over R20 million.

To date, the City has already invested more than R100 million in 29 synthetic pitches across Cape Town. There are 19 full-sized pitches and 10 five-a-side facilities in the following areas:

Full-sized: Hout Bay, Lwandle, Site C Sports Complex, Manenberg, Blue Downs, Nomzamo, Imizamo Yethu, Westridge, Nyanga, Scottsdene, Gugulethu, Langa, Valhalla Park Recreation Hub, Kewtown, Steenberg, Heideveld, Crossroads, Atlantis, and Hanover Park.

Five-a-side: Portlands Indoor Centre, Langa Sports Complex, Witsand Sports Complex, Ocean View Sports Complex, Grassy Park Sport and Recreation Centre,
Elukhanisweni Sport and Recreation Centre, Lwandle sports field, Bishop Lavis sports grounds, Uitsig sports grounds, and the Valhalla Park Recreation Hub.

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

It is with shock and great sorrow that we mourn Philippi East councillor, Xolile Gwangxu, who was shot and killed while leaving his office last night.

It is understood that a lone man walked up to Councillor Gwangxu and shot him. He died on the scene.

I am devastated by this tragedy as Councillor Gwangxu was a dedicated, hard-working servant to his community. He served with distinction, with the matters of the community always close to his heart. This is a tremendous loss to the City of Cape Town. We have been robbed of a great community leader.

He served as a councillor for eight years.

We will do all we can and work with the authorities to ensure that the perpetrator is brought to book and faces the full might of the law.

The City is offering a reward of R50 000 for any information that leads to the arrest and successful conviction of the person responsible for this horrific crime.

Last night we also received the news of Ward 37 (Nyanga) councillor, Templeton Mgxekeni, who passed away in hospital after being critically ill for the past few months.

Councillor Templeton served as a councillor for 13 years in various terms of office. We extend our condolences to the ANC for their loss.

These are two great losses for the City and the communities they served.

We extend our deepest condolences to their families and friends. They are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time of bereavement.

Multiple award winning comedian, Deep Fried Man, will unleash his musical hilarity at the next edition of the Hanover Street Comedy Sundowners at GrandWest on 2 July 2017. His material is witty, relevant and combined with hilarious songs which he customises to suit the audience. Armed with his guitar and special brand of humour, Deep Fried Man,has had audiences across the country in fits of laughter since he burst onto the comedy scene in 2010.

He has performed in various comedy shows including the Heavyweight Comedy Jam, the Tshwane Comedy Fiesta, the University of Johannesburg’s Rag’s One Night Stand, Loads of Laughs, It’s No Joke, Jew Must Be Joking and Blacks Only Comedy. He was the supporting act for Trevor Noah’s one man show Scratch That and has performed in his own one man shows Deeply Fried in 2011 and the more satirical White Whine in 2012. His debut one man show Deeply Fried won a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the 2011 Grahamstown National Arts festival.

Also on the bill for the comedy showcase are Yaaseen Barnes and Ambrose Uren. Carl Weber, a regular at the Hanover Street Comedy Sundowners, is the host for the evening.

The doors will open at 17h00 and the show will start at 18h00. The cost to enter is R60 per person, strictly for over 18s. Contact 082 588 6662 to book.

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE DEPUTY MAYOR, ALDERMAN IAN NEILSON

I am pleased to announce that Mongezi Menye has been appointed as the City of Cape Town’s Ombudsman. He replaces Mbulelo Baba who recently retired.

The Office of the Ombudsman represents a cornerstone of our democracy in general and of the customer-centric approach outlined by our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan. It is a neutral office that investigates and facilitates any complaints lodged by the residents of Cape Town about alleged maladministration, injustice, and poor service delivery by the City.

This Office must provide a timely and effective assessment and investigation of complaints.

Menye, who has taken up the position already, holds a law degree and numerous certificates in forensic and investigative auditing. He is currently studying towards a masters of philosophy in conflict management at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. During his studies and work experience he has gained valuable experience related to negotiations, mediation, adjudication, forensic investigations, governance, and strategic management.

As an administration, we are fully committed to supporting his office and to doing our very best to ensure that we provide top levels of service to our residents and implement corrective action immediately where required to do so.

…a piece of theatre that rivets its audience…
– Cape Argus

High drama at its best.”
– Cape Argus

This is a riveting, must-see show boasting an engaging mixture of poignancy and humour.
– Cape Times

…I can see why it won mutiple Naledi Theatre Awards…
– Cape Times

Paul Slabolepszy is n meesterstorieverteller…
– Die Burger

…een van die sterkste en mees emosioneel gelaaide onthullings en ontknopings in ons toneelkuns.
– Danie Botha, LitNet

The relevance of this story is remarkable. The effect of past injustices, the intricacies of individuals faced with difficult circumstances and the universal quest for the truth are all issues we grapple with on a day to day basis.”
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In respect of the Western Cape’s worst drought for over 100 years, Growth Events, owners of the Cape Town Flower Show, announces that the 2017 show will be deferred until October 2018.

Show Director, Karey Evett explains:  “We believe we should bow to the industry’s challenges in these difficult times.  The Cape Town Flower Show celebrates the Cape’s floral kingdom and supports the landscaping, horticultural and green industries and it is imperative that we demonstrate due responsibility.  We think it’s critical that the landscaping industry has time to adapt to the crisis and to use their creativity in garden design that would not put any strain on our water reserves.  Also, we want to match our 2016 inaugural show with a similarly successful and abundant show, because it’s important not to dilute the show’s appeal to participants and visitors.”

The four-day show will take place at GrandWest in October 2018.  Group Technical Events and Entertainment Manager at GrandWest, Gavin Taylor says:  “We echo and support the message given by the Cape Town Flower Show.  Our pride in hosting this show is matched by our commitment to being water-wise and sustainable in all our operations and we salute the show for its decision to defer the event until 2018.”

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

The following speech was delivered by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, on a road show to investors across the city to promote the City’s inaugural green bond.

This is an exciting time for the City of Cape Town as we issue on inaugural green bond of R1 billion.

The City has over the past five years become the trademark for good governance through our track record of clean, corruption-free government and prudent financial management.

In term of our successes during the first term of office between 2011 and 2016 where we committed to building a caring, opportunity, inclusive, safe and well-run city, we can share the following:

We have completed 99% of the projects contained in our Integrated Development Plan (2011 – 2016). Continue reading

Marmalade Productions & Alistair Izobell Productions Grand Arena

Featuring: Dawnay, MarcAlex, The Boyz, Da Ballies & Essential

Marmalade Productions & Alistair Izobell Productions present yet another music spectacular show this winter. This time Rocking the City 2017 will take you on a trip down memory lane and remind you of the good times. Both established music promoters, both brands giving value to their audience, both creating opportunities for young and upcoming stars and giving our legends a fresh platform. They have produced spectacular shows over the years which include: Divas, Divos and Duets, Music Alla Kaap and have included major international artists and the best South African music on their line ups. Between the two companies, over 200 000 fans have experienced their brand of success.

Rocking the City 2017 will feature: Dawnay, MarcAlex, The Boyz, Da Ballies & Essential. The best Cape Town musicians will support this stellar line-up.

Dawnay: In a career that has spanned over thirty years, Dawnay is a respected artist, a much-loved live performer, songwriter, singer, producer and musician – with the rare combination of drums and vocals remaining his first passion. His first single, “U Touch Me” achieved massive success and paved the way for many follow-up singles – “High … Oops Baby”, “You’re my World”, the solid groove club anthem, “The Real Thing”, “My Baby Tonight” and “Coon Carnival”. He has opened for many international stars and received many accolades including a SAMA nomination for Best Pop Album. Continue reading

Qualifying and identified residents for the Belhar social housing project can soon look forward to a safe and stable roof over their heads. This first phase of this innovative project, which commenced in 2015, comprises of 629 units built at a cost of R207 million.

Thus far, 336 units have already been handed over, with the remaining 293 to be handed over this month. A further 2300 units are planned for the current financial year.

I welcome the fact that the Provincial Department of Human Settlements is implementing the Better Living Model as part of this project, which aims to address the past spatial planning of certain citizens to the outskirts of the city who remain far removed from employment opportunities to this day. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town is seeking additional social housing partners to expedite the provision of affordable housing opportunities on well-located land across the city. Read more below:

‘The development and availability of affordable rental accommodation, in central areas of the city in particular, must play a key role in the future development of Cape Town. Furthermore, providing affordable housing opportunities closer to where people work or close to public transport is non-negotiable. This way we will create a more integrated and inclusive city where residents have equal access to opportunities. This approach will also assist us in addressing the legacy of apartheid spatial planning and improving densification and mixed land-use,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

The City currently has partnership agreements with five social housing companies to develop and manage affordable rental housing stock for lower- and middle-income residents. Continue reading

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