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Vuka Ukhanye 2019 awakens dynamism through inclusivity, processes and people

Cape Town, 07 December 2018 – The Cape Town Carnival theme for 2019 was the result of brainstorming sessions between participating groups, organisers and artists from more than 50 neighbourhoods across Cape Town. “VUKA UKHANYE: Arise and Shine!” was the bold statement that culminated from these creative and fun workshops.

And that’s just where the collective creativity begins. “We’re a family at the Cape Town Carnival, and we work together as much as possible in the creative processes that lead up to the annual event that takes place on 16 March next year,” says Brad Baard, creative director of the Cape Town Carnival.

The 2019 theme incorporates everything that the Carnival family feels truly depicts “VUKA UKHANYE: Arise and Shine!” Baard says, “The parade is a vivid journey of awakening, from sunrise and literally waking up in the morning, to symbolically waking up your own power.”

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Residents and motorists are advised to take note of the temporary road restrictions and closures in effect around the Cape Town Stadium precinct to accommodate the upcoming HSBC Rugby 7s tournament this weekend. 

All roads will lead to the Cape Town Stadium on 8 – 9 December 2018 for the Cape Town leg of the HSBC Rugby 7s.

Temporary road restrictions and closures will be implemented which will have an impact on traffic flow.

‘The City has put together a comprehensive transport plan to accommodate the thousands of fans who are encouraged to make use of the free MyCiTi shuttle service to the stadium to alleviate the pressure on the roads. The City’s enforcement units will be out in force to maintain law and order on the roads. Motorists are urged to exercise patience and caution and plan their trips accordingly,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

‘After months of planning and preparation, the Cape Town Stadium team is ready to welcome the players as well as fans from near and far. Fans are urged to enjoy the setting of our world-class stadium. A team of 150 cleaning and waste removal staff will be deployed per day to cater for the cleanliness and waste removal requirements over the tournament period. Additionally, the stadium will primarily rely on its on-site generators for electricity and will use City electricity as a backup to minimise the impact of load-shedding,’ said Lesley de Reuck, CEO: Cape Town Stadium.

The list of road closures and transport plan is available here:

DATE:                    15 – 30 December 2018

TIME:                    11h00 (Show), 12h00 – 14h00 (Meet & Greet)

VENUE:                Amphitheatre (show) & Lamp Side Court (meet and greet)

COST:                    Free

Kids can look forward to interactive sing-along songs in this magical musical production, featuring life-size puppets. There’s fun for the whole family at the V&A Waterfront, with performances every day at 11pm at the Amphitheatre. A meet and greet with Peppa Pig and friends will take place from 12pm and 2pm at Lamp Side Court. For further information visit

As testament to the creative imagination of some of Cape Town’s youngest budding artists, more than 500 submissions were received in the second annual Festive Lights Art Challenge. Read more below:

The Art Challenge, which is aimed at children aged 6-12 years of age, incorporates some of the artworks that were featured on stage as part of the backdrop. The theme for the City’s festive lights event this year was ‘City of inspiration’.

In the year that marks what would have been the late Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, South Africans are encouraged to reflect on his life and legacy. The City also calls on Capetonians to be #BeInspiring and help shape our common destiny.

‘Nelson Mandela loved children and believed their education was of utmost importance. He also believed that children should be able to express themselves. Art is a great tool for expanding a child’s imagination and we need to encourage this among all young people,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith, as he welcomed some of the young artists and declared the Art Exhibition open.

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Note to editors: Audio notes of Springbok Sevens players, Werner Kok and Branco du Preez (Afrikaans and English) on the forthcoming HSBC Cape Town Sevens can be downloaded here.

The players in the Springbok Sevens team took full responsibility for the hiccup in Dubai, where an individualistic approach in the opening matches of last week’s tournament led to the less than perfect start to the season for the Blitzboks.

That is the opinion of Springbok Sevens strongman Werner Kok as the team prepare for the HSBC Cape Town Sevens, to be played in the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday and Sunday.

“It felt like we played for ourselves and not the team in those opening matches,” said Kok.

“We lacked a team effort, but once we sorted that out and found the team structure again, things went well, especially in the matches against Scotland and Fiji. So we need to start from that base here in Cape Town.”

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Public participation recommended for overlay zone to protect Bo-Kaap heritage

This morning, 4 December 2018, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee resolved to support the designation of the Bo-Kaap as a Heritage Protection Overlay Zone (HPOZ), and made the recommendation that Council approve a public participation process for the proposal at its next meeting.

The City is committed to preserving and celebrating the rich and diverse cultures and heritage of our communities, and I feel privileged today to share in the Mayoral Committee’s decision to initiate the process to provide the Bo-Kaap with the heritage protection that it deserves.

The Bo-Kaap is one of our most iconic areas with its rich history and unique architecture. Many Bo-Kaap families have been living there for generations, and have contributed significantly to our cultural heritage. The City recognises that this heritage should be protected. We therefore recommended to Council today that the City undertake a public participation process about the proposal that the Bo-Kaap be included in a Heritage Protection Overlay as a mechanism for the protection of the area’s unique historical landscape and heritage. Council will pronounce on this recommendation at its next meeting on 13 December.

It is regrettable that this matter has been delayed for so long since Councillor Dave Bryant first proposed an HPOZ for the Bo-Kaap via a motion to Subcouncil 16 in 2013.

At the time, the City’s then Heritage Department embarked on a public participation process with local civic bodies and residents, and the HPOZ was advertised in late 2015.

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This summer season, communities in Mitchells Plain and surrounds can look forward to its very own, locally-based community radio station. YOH Radio – the brainchild of radio veteran, Gavin Arends – has partnered with the Cape Flats YMCA (CF YMCA) with one goal in mind: uplift the communities of Mitchell’s Plain and the wider Cape Flats, and through facilitated action, improve their overall life experiences.

According to, Mr. Arends, a child of the ‘Plain, “Creating a radio station in my home town, has been a driving passion for a long time. And, in addition to the goals we have of playing a part in fulfilling the aspirations of individuals and their communities, this radio station will also do its bit to contribute to the local economy of this area.”

Arends says that while there were many challenges that were weathered, YOH Radio will hopefully have its license soon. He says, “We are optimistic and excited to explore what can be achieved, through this partnership.”

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The green-and-gold National Youth Wind Orchestra, made up of our country’s leading young musicians from across the nation, is coming to Cape Town for their annual Summer Course in December. Their concerts are set to delight audiences in Cape Town and Langebaan on 13 and 14 December.

Over half a century of commitment to young musicians has made the South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation the leader of the youth orchestral movement in the country. 2018 has seen a series of courses designed to empower young South Africans with musical knowledge and imagination, and instill in them a love of music and a dedication to the highest standards of performance. Other skills learned through playing in an orchestra help to develop the whole person, and will see each graduate of the programme equipped with soft skills, expanded networks and musical discipline for their futures.

Since the start of the National Youth Wind Orchestra in 2005, world-renowned wind band experts have worked with the top young South African musicians hailing from all parts of the country to attain the high standard we see today. The National Youth Wind Orchestra course aims to nurture and develop young wind and percussion players, and provide a platform young musicians to perform the crème de la crème of wind band music in a professional environment. In South Africa, where church and field band groups have been a long standing tradition in many communities, it is an ideal opportunity to fully expand on the vast amount of talent we have, and pave pathways to professional careers for our young musicians.

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  • From Saturday 1 December 2018, water restrictions and the associated tariffs will be lowered from Level 5 to Level 3 recovery restrictions, which includes increasing the daily usage from 70 litres per person per day to 105 litres per person per day; or from 500 million litres to 650 million litres of collective usage per day
  • Tariffs will also be lowered to Level 3. If for example residents use less than 6 000 litres per month (Step 1) they can expect to pay 35,5% less
  • This decision follows on from the National Department of Water and Sanitation’s latest water assessment
  • Restrictions remain on a fairly strict recovery level as a precaution to deal with rainfall uncertainty in 2019 and 2020
  • We encourage Cape Town’s water ambassadors to maintain their water-wise approach during the recovery phase and as the metro moves towards becoming a more water-sensitive city in the near future
  • The 40% restriction on water usage applicable to businesses has been removed but the sector is strongly encouraged to continue implementing and investigating the further efficient use of water in their operations

The City of Cape Town’s water users can expect a considerable reduction in the cost of water to be reflected in their municipal invoices from next month. This is due to the lowering of water restrictions from Level 5 to Level 3 recovery restrictions from Saturday1 December 2018.

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Over the festive season, beachgoers can expect shark spotters to be on duty at eight City beaches from 12 December 2018 to 7 January 2019. The shark exclusion net is already being deployed at Fish Hoek beach on a daily basis (weather permitting) as the presence of sharks along our False Bay coastline is more prevalent during warmer months.

With the public expected to flock to our coastline over the festive season, the City of Cape Town would like to remind beachgoers to adhere to the warnings that will be issued by the shark spotters on duty to ensure that everyone has a safe, enjoyable beach experience.

The shark spotters will be on duty at eight beaches from 12 December 2018 to 7 January 2019 including Muizenberg, St James/Kalk Bay, Caves in Kogel Bay, Glencairn, Clovelly, Monwabisi and The Hoek in Noordhoek. Their operating times will be as follows:


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