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Pic: baxter.co.za

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After an absence of more than 30 years Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and his band will be returning to The Baxter at 8pm on 26 October for a one-night-only celebration.

Not only will Sipho be performing all of his seminal hits, his bigger commitment is to usher in the next generation of hitmakers – all one on stage, all for one night only.

As one of South Africa’s stateliest musical treasures who loves his country as much as he does performing live, Sipho promises Cape Town a show well worth the wait.

“If you weren’t there, at The Baxter, 30 years ago, now it’s your turn,” Sipho teases. “We’ll be doing some riveting performances with some discovered talent from Music Exchange 2018 (MEX18) too.”

The night will come alight with guest performances from Siphokasi Jonas and the Cape Town treasure and legacy artist Tony Cedras, the Elsie’s River born accordion, harmonica, keyboard and guitar player. “Cape Town has not been able to appreciate its own,” Sipho says. “A big part of my show is about acknowledging and celebrating artists that come out of the Cape. I think it is very important that we get to appreciate it all, while it’s here.”

“I have been privileged to have known someone like Tony for so long, “Sipho adds. “Siphokasi Jonas is an amazing poet. She’s going places. She’s a true inspiration to us all.”

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The Western Cape Cabinet has today resolved to send a set of urgent demands to Police Minister Bheki Cele on the crisis of police under-resourcing in the Western Cape, where the police to population ratio is on average one third lower than the rest of the country. The greatest crisis is experienced at stations in precincts with the highest crime rate.

As a provincial government we have stretched our Constitutional powers of oversight to their limits, and supported SAPS through successful community partnerships in crime prevention where we have a constitutional mandate to act.

This includes the establishment of the O Regan/Pikoli Commission and the implementation of its recommendations by us, the promulgation of the Community Safety Act (which defined our oversight functions) and the creation of the Western Cape Ombudsman.

More recently, our initiatives have focused on specialised support to Neighbourhood Watches, Community Policing Forums, funding for School Resource Officers, strategic safety partnerships with the religious fraternity and various programmes aimed at our youth.

In addition, we have committed resources to supporting the police in trying to secure safety on our rail network through the establishment of a Rail Enforcement Unit, jointly funded by the Province, City and Prasa.

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DATE:     The V&A Waterfront participation in the festival runs from Wednesday 10 to Sunday 14 October

10 to 13th – The market at Workshop 17

12th to 13th – the exhibition in the marquee at North Wharf

13th to 14th – Amphitheatre screenings for the public

The Cape Town International Film Festival will screen free family-friendly films at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October from 1:30pm. For further details, visit www.waterfront.co.za.

The City of Cape Town recently conducted a comprehensive review of the MyCiTi bus service. As a result, a number of changes will take effect on 27 October 2018 when we will introduce routes to new destinations as well as more direct routes with fewer transfers, and 29 new bus stops. Read more below:

‘Our transport planners recently conducted a review of the MyCiTi service and the passenger demand on the MyCiTi routes. We also undertook customer surveys to determine how we could attract even more commuters to the service. The outcome of the review and the survey informed us of where we needed to tweak the service to respond to our commuters’ needs, and to better match the service with the passenger demand,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

The MyCiTi buses currently cover on average 1 456 506 km per month. With the changes and extension of routes, the City will add another 150 000 km to the service.

‘By adding another 150 000 km to the service each month, we will bring the MyCiTi service closer to more commuters and to where there is a demand. For example, we will extend popular routes in the inner city, Table View, Atlantis, and Century City with 29 new bus stops. In addition to these, we will also introduce new routes, and more direct routes with fewer transfers,’ said Councillor Herron.

As from Saturday 27 October 2018, there will be changes to some routes, including new route numbers. New bus stops will be introduced where routes have been extended to meet the passenger demand, and some underutilised stops will no longer be served. Also, some of the routes will be replaced with new direct routes to popular destinations.

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Pic: sahistory.org.za

Pic: sahistory.org.za

Today, 08 October 2018, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) and Robben Island Management appeared before the Western Cape Provincial Parliament’s Standing Committee on Economic Opportunities, Tourism, and Agriculture to brief the committee on the implementation of the recommendations made in the investigative report issued by SAMSA on the Robben Island ferry incident which occurred on 15 September 2017.

I welcome the recommendations adopted by Robben Island to its ferry services following the incident, and I am pleased to see that the Island’s management has taken the matter so seriously. I welcome, most notably, the following adoptions:

That all Robben Island passenger vessels from now on will communicate with Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) on current weather and swell data going forward;
That passenger lists will now be available on every vessel leaving Nelson Mandela Gateway and the island;
That ‘mystery shoppers’ have been appointed to monitor safety briefings on the vessels;
That Robben Island Museum and TNPA have agreed on a reporting protocol, notified of all departures and passenger numbers per trip;
That two harbour masters have been appointed to monitor weather and carry out audits; and
That regular training and drills have been conducted with staff members on life raft deployment and evacuation.

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Dam levels rose only slightly by 0,3% over the last week to 76,2 % of storage capacity.

The average water consumption for the past week increased from 520 million litres per day to 546 million litres per day.

Level 5 water restrictions and tariffs are in place and were lowered from Level 6 as an interim measure to provide some relief to residents. For now, Cape Town must do its very best to remain in the lower 500 million litre per day usage band until another limit is imposed by the National Department of Water and Sanitation. This is likely to happen in December.

The permitted usage under Level 5 restrictions is 70 litres per person per day.

Level 5 restriction don’ts

· No watering/irrigation with municipal water is allowed. Nurseries or customers involved in agricultural activities, or those with gardens of historical significance, may apply for exemption

· No topping up (manual or automatic) of swimming pools with municipal drinking water is allowed

· No washing of vehicles, including cars, taxis, trailers, caravans or boats allowed with municipal drinking water

· No washing or hosing down of hard surfaces with municipal water

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

Today I had the pleasure of spending part of my morning with female employees of the MyCiTi bus service to learn more about the work they do on a day-to-day basis.

To mark Transport Month, I visited the Tollgate Depot in Woodstock where I met female MyCiTi bus drivers, mechanics, regulators and despatchers.

The success of the MyCiTi service over the years is a result of the dedication of these women and their colleagues who ensure that thousands of commuters have safe and reliable journeys on our roads on a daily basis.

Today we celebrate these women who are excelling in the transport industry, a sector traditionally dominated by men.

Currently, MyCiTi has 52 female bus drivers working on its routes across the city, 12 female dispatch operators at its depots as well as two female technicians.

A lot of work is being done to encourage women to take up careers in the so-called ‘male-dominated’ industry.

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LINEUP SUBJECT TO CHANGE!

 

Thursday 04th October 2018

HEADLINE: Ndumiso Lindi (JHB)

MC: Martin Davis (UK)

SUPPORT ACT: Troy Tesla (ZIM)

OPEN MIC: Ntobeko Ximba

GUEST ACT: Prins

Friday 05th October 2018

HEADLINE: KG

MC: Martin Davis (UK)

SUPPORT ACT: Troy Tesla (ZIM)

OPEN MIC: Ntobeko Ximba

Saturday 06th October 2018

HEADLINE: Ndumiso Lindi (JHB)

MC: Martin Davis (UK)

SUPPORT ACT: Troy Tesla (ZIM)

OPEN MIC: Ntobeko Ximba

Sunday 07th October 2018

HEADLINE: Ndumiso Lindi (JHB)

MC: Martin Davis (UK)

SUPPORT ACT: Troy Tesla (ZIM)

OPEN MIC: Ntobeko Ximba

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Sign up for a day of family fun

An exciting new open-water timed swim will be launched on Saturday 13 October, when swimmers take to the Waterfront Canal for a mile and half-mile timed swim, with a day of family fun at the new Battery Park, in the V&A Waterfront’s Canal District.

Theodore Yach, well-known open water swimmer who has just completed his 108th Robben Island crossing is one of the ambassadors supporting the swim, Yach said, “The Waterfront Rotary Canal Swim is an event for the whole family in a beautiful, unique, and safe environment.”

This multiple family fun day event will see “waves of swimmers” take to the canal in the morning for a one mile timed accredited event, along with a half-mile swim. In the afternoon corporates from the V&A precinct will pit their creative design skills against strong competition, to participate in an “Anything that Floats” event. There will be adequate teams of water safety officials at the event.

Michelle Weber, is passionate about open-water swimming, she competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics in the women’s marathon 10km event. She is also supporting the Waterfront Rotary Swim as an ambassador, she said, “The Waterfront Rotary Canal Swim is a one-mile race held in the V&A Waterfront Canals. It’s the first time a race like this is being held. My favourite thing about open water events is that it’s such fun for families to come together and enjoy the racing, food vendors, and atmosphere.

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