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Today marked a momentous occasion, when approximately 5 000 beneficiaries living in Wallacedene, Wesbank, Mfuleni and Kalkfontein had the opportunity to receive their title deeds for the first time. 

The City of Cape Town is ready to issue 5 000 title deeds to beneficiaries living in Wallacedene, Wesbank, Mfuleni and Kalkfontein, which is testament to our commitment to empowering some of our most vulnerable residents as rightful property owners.

Over the past six years, the City has handed over thousands of title deeds to residents to ensure that they are confirmed as rightful property owners.

To date, nearly 4 000 beneficiaries in Wallacedene, Wesbank, Mfuleni and Kalkfontein have already received their title deeds. In addition, approximately 8 000 title deeds are in the process of being transferred to beneficiaries.

The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area North, Councillor Suzette Little, and the Mayoral Committee Member for Area East, Councillor Anda Ntsodo, handed over the title deeds to the beneficiaries today, 26 July 2017. Continue reading

Twelve of the City of Cape Town’s libraries have undergone upgrades in the last six months of the financial year, and several more are due for maintenance and renovation in the next few months. While this necessitates the closure of these libraries as work gets under way, the results are creative spaces that inspire and encourage learning. Read more below:

A number of City libraries are due for mini-makeovers in the next year as part of the Library and Information Services Department’s renovations and maintenance programme.

During the past six months, 12 of the City’s libraries have been closed to allow for essential upgrades and renovation. The 12 libraries that have been completed are Delft South, Tokai, Masakhane, Moses Mabhida, Mfuleni, Kloof Street, Blouberg Strand, Tafelsig, Gugulethu, Bishop Lavis, Southfield and Eikendal.

The latest library to reopen after a near R4 million upgrade was the Eikendal Library. The library space was doubled; electrical wiring, telephones, an alarm system, and IT networks were upgraded; floor and roof coverings were replaced; and the building was given a fresh coat of paint. Ablution facilities were also upgraded, with the addition of toilets for people with disabilities.

‘The upgrade of Eikendal Library was in direct response to the popularity of this library and the immense demand for library services in this community. The City’s goal is to provide world-class facilities to all our communities and it starts with maintaining the ones we have. Libraries offer a space where people can keep their minds active. The fact that any person – young or old, rich or poor, employed or unemployed – can walk into a library and find information to educate and enrich themselves makes these facilities an essential part of community life,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading

Sanlam Cape Town Marathon to host the ultimate IAAF Gold Label city road race

Cape Town, 26 July 2017 – The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is on track to host the first IAAF gold label city marathon in Africa. The 42.2-km road race has made huge strides since it was relaunched in 2014, quickly establishing its place as one of only a select few marathons in the world to achieve IAAF gold label status.

Last year’s winners, Britain’s Tish Jones and Ethiopia’s Asefa Mengstu Negewo, have confirmed that they will be back to compete in this world-class running event. Negewo broke the record for the fastest performance for a standard marathon on South African soil in last year’s race.

The route this year has been slightly modified to make it even faster, by eliminating several turns, thereby giving both local and international athletes the chance to chase record times. Pacers, introduced last year, will again play an integral role in enabling runners to achieve record-breaking times.

“We have a race for every fitness level and look forward to record-breaking participation this year,” says Janet Welham (Race Director). The races for the weekend festival include the 12-km and 22-km Sanlam Cape Town Peace Trail Runs, the Sanlam Cape Town 10km Peace Run and the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon (42.2-km). Over 9 000 entries for the marathon have already been received, so runners are encouraged to enter to avoid disappointment as the capacity target is set at 10 000. Continue reading

New York comedian, Wil Sylvince will be the Headline Act at our club from Wednesday 26 to Sunday 30 July 2017. He will then be heading to Johannesburg (in August) to open for Trevor Noah in his new show, Trevor Noah Live. In 2015, he also opened for Trevor in NationWILD and has also appeared at the Comedy Central International Comedy Festival.

UK based comedian Mark Palmer will be back in SA for a run as MC at CTCC from Wednesday 25 to Sunday 29 October 2017.

  • MID WEEK MADNESS with limited R50 early bird tickets to our Wednesday & Thursday night shows at Computicket, on selected shows only.
  • Due to popular demand, Half Price Sundays are back: R60pp for selected shows only.
  • Happy Hour: 6-7pm …always tons of specials.
  • Winter Menu Special now on.
  • Cape Town Comedy Club is open 5 days a week. Comedy nightly from 8.30pm, dinner from 6pm.

LINEUP SUBJECT TO CHANGE!

Wednesday 26th July 2017

HEADLINE: Wil Sylvince (US)

MC: Stuart Taylor

SUPPORT ACT: Lungelo Ndlovu

OPEN MIC: Lindy Johnson

Thursday 27th July 2017 Continue reading

As anticipated, tickets to outrageous English comedian Michael McIntyre’s show at GrandWest on 19 January 2018 are almost sold out. Buoyed by demand, an extra show has been added on 18 January 2018.

“We are thrilled to confirm that McIntyre will be performing two shows at the Grand Arena in January 2018. This is great news for his broad base of fans in the Western Cape. We expect the second show to sell fast as well,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest.

McIntyre is venturing to South Africa as part of his Big World Tour. The shows at GrandWest are two of only three performances he will do while in the country. This is not the first time he has visited South Africa. In fact, he holds the record for the biggest selling comedy shows in the country, as well as in Norway.

In the United Kingdom, McIntyre has performed three arena tours selling over 1.5 million tickets, including a record 28 times at London`s 16 000 capacity O2 Arena where he was awarded the keys to the venue along with Prince, Take That and One Direction. Around the world, he has previously sold out arenas in New Zealand, Australia and Dubai. Also an actor and presenter, he currently presents his own television show Michael McIntyre`s Big Show on BBC One. The last series averaged over 6.5 million viewers and recently received two British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards nominations.

Tickets to his Big World Tour shows at GrandWest are available at Computicket and range in price from R475 to R775 per person.

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR TRANSPORT AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, COUNCILLOR BRETT HERRON

The City of Cape Town will commence with its very first inner-city transitional housing project once Council has approved the proposal later this week. The development will be located in Salt River, less than 5 km from the Cape Town central business district.

The City’s Mayoral Committee this afternoon, 25 July 2017, recommended to Council that the Pickwick site, located on the corner of Pickwick and Copperfield Roads in Salt River, be developed for transitional or semi-permanent housing.

One of the City’s social housing partners will commence with the proposed development once Council has approved the proposal at its Council meeting on Thursday, 27 July 2017.

The development of the Pickwick site represents a new approach in terms of how the City intends to tackle the urgent demand for housing by those families who are displaced or evicted from their homes due to rapid development, among others.

When the Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) was established in January this year, we said that the City has turned a corner in our approach to affordable housing. Continue reading

WARNING TO ALL WATER USERS IN CAPE TOWN

The City of Cape Town warns all of its water users that failure to reduce consumption spells disaster for everyone. Water usage has shot up to 643 million litres per day. This is 143 million litres above our target of 500 million litres of collective water use per day. Read more below:

Our latest consumption levels are extremely worrying as many people believe that they can go back to normal behaviour due to recent rains. These recent rains are not nearly enough as we are still in a drought crisis. The drought conditions are the New Normal for Cape Town as a water-scarce region. To adapt to the New Normal, we have to change our behaviour drastically to save water while we still have water to be saved.

Too many people are not listening to the City’s warnings and appeals to reduce their consumption. The rainfall has made a very small impact on our dam levels. The fact that we are still 143 million litres over our 500 million litre target per day means that those who are not reducing consumption are playing with everyone’s future in Cape Town.

The lower than average rainfall, coupled with unacceptably high consumption, will hurt us all as there are still far too many stubborn people who are not doing enough to save water so that we can build up of reserves for a terribly harsh 2017/18 summer. Continue reading

Several motorists got a rude awakening during early morning random breath testing stops by the City’s Traffic Service. Read more below:

City of Cape Town traffic officers netted eight motorists for drunk driving in Muizenberg, Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town early yesterday morning, 23 July 2017.

The arrests formed part of the random breath testing project currently under way. One of those arrested had a reading of 0,64 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood, which is nearly three times the legal limit.

‘I need to impress upon members of the public that the effects of the night before linger far longer than many might imagine. If you’ve had a hard night of drinking, rather steer clear of driving for a while longer to avoid the situation that these motorists were caught in. In the morning, some drivers are still affected by the significant alcohol consumed the night before. It is also worth noting that roadblocks are no longer middle-of-the-night occurrences, but happen around the clock and you can be caught at any time. So, if you’ve been drinking, don’t drive for at least 12 to 24 hours afterwards,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading

On the 22nd two groups of community leaders in Imizamo Yethu met to negotiate a peace deal to restore calm in the area so that the City of Cape Town’s super-blocking project could proceed.

The two groups include a small group of community leaders who were against the super-blocking and the majority of the leaders who are in support of the project and who have been working with the City to ensure that the project can progress.

The two groups of leaders met along with City political leaders, City officials, and senior members of the South African Police Service at the Hout Bay Fire Station.

The two community leader groups came to an agreement in which the one group was updated about the super-blocking project and they agreed to engage the community at large to put an end to the violence so that the project can continue. Continue reading

Over 200 staff members from the City’s Disaster Risk Management, Fire and Rescue Services, Law Enforcement, Traffic Services and Metro Police Departments have all been in the City’s employ for between 20 and 45 years. Today they were acknowledged for their extensive contribution. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Safety and Security Directorate today paid tribute to more than 200 staff members who have all reached long service milestones. The 212 officers and staff who were given long-service awards today have between them given 5 481 years of service.

The staff members from the City’s enforcement and rescue services have been in the City’s employ for between 20 and 45 years – the bulk of them employed by the Fire and Rescue Service, Law Enforcement, Traffic and Coordination Services. A full list of recipients is available here. Continue reading

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