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Cape Town is one of the world’s most awarded travel destinations. Many of our residents find employment and training opportunities in this sector, and the direct and indirect contribution to the local economy is significant.

As the tourism industry has evolved and technology has improved, travelers have adopted new ways of planning their trips. Online booking platforms have become widely adopted in the travel sector, facilitating easier access to new markets for hosts, more options for guests, and improved convenience for all.

However, as with most disruptive innovations, there are potentially unintended consequences and undesirable outcomes that need to be managed. The City of Cape Town is committed to delivering inclusive economic growth to its residents, while remaining a globally competitive business city in line with the commitments in our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan.

It is with this in mind that the City is looking at how to guide the evolution of the sharing economy in a way that supports our commitments, beginning with short term letting platforms. We have studied approaches from leading Cities around the world, all of which hold some valuable lessons, but don’t find themselves in the developing economy context as we do.

The City has therefore decided to launch a research survey platform that will allow representatives from all sectors in society to present their view on short-term letting platforms in an attempt to design our approach to this sharing economy phenomenon that will work within our context to enable the realisation of inclusive economic growth and enhance our global reputation. The surveys seek to elicit a balanced response based on analytical data, while also providing an outlet for qualitative reasoning representative of all stakeholders. The user groups we have identified to participate in this survey are residents, property marketers, hoteliers/guest houses, short-term letting hosts, and guests.  Continue reading

26 September 2017

The Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning is considering imposing a partial ban on the dumping of organic waste in landfill sites within 5 years, with the consideration of a complete ban within the next 10 years across the Province.

This was revealed today, to the Standing Committee on Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament.

I will be writing to the Western Cape Minister of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell, to determine whether it is possible for his Department to create entirely separate landfill sites for the province to safely, and effectively dispose of organic waste without the threat of environmental contamination.

Organic waste is generated from the slaughter and processing of livestock, namely beef, sheep, poultry, pigs, ostriches and other game. When this type of dumping goes unchecked, hazardous waste material can find its way into water sources or delicate ecosystems, contaminating the surrounds and threatening the vitality of the Western Cape’s environment. Continue reading

Drifting, control and speed will delight motoring enthusiasts once again at the Drift City Motor Show on Sunday, 24 September 2017, at the Grand Parade. In its second year, this show is expected to attract thousands of spectators on the day. The event will kick up a lot of smoke as some of Cape Town’s best drivers compete to drift onto the podium. Read more below:

Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success and indications are that this year will be even bigger and better with Cape Town’s best drivers going head to head on an improved technical professional track. There will be only one champion on the day.

‘The City of Cape Town’s support for the show is about creating opportunities where motoring enthusiasts can compete in a controlled, safe and spectator-friendly environment. As a proud sponsor of this event, the City provides services as well as free usage of the Grand Parade. By providing a large space to cater for non-traditional forms of motorsport entertainment, we ensure a safer environment for drifting fanatics and patrons. The City would like to invite all Capetonians and visitors to attend this popular event,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services,’ Alderman Jean-Pierre Smith.

Following on the successful events during the World Cup 2010™, the City has deliberately sought to partner with event organisers in order to continue utilising the Grand Parade as a leading venue.

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Chantal Jax Venter & Eugene Mathews have joined forces to create Jax & Gina; a stand-up comedy show with a difference!

Talking about their individual experiences as members of the LGBTIQA+ community, their hilarious take on life, love & everything else in between will have you laughing from the moment they start Jax & Gina!

Chantal & Eugene have been sharing the comedy stage for the past two years & in that time they have found themselves performing at a roast, a sleepover, a comedy competition, more than one gay club, a biker bar and the majority of Cape Town’s stand-up comedy circuit. These experiences have lead to Eugene & Chantal putting their heads together to write their debut two-hander: Jax & Gina.


The Springbok Experience in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town will celebrate National Heritage Day – and the rugby museum’s fourth birthday – by handing out 200 boerewors rolls on Monday, 25 September.

As Heritage Day falls on Sunday, 24 September, the next day is a public holiday, and what better way to spend this free time than visiting one of Cape Town’s foremost tourist attractions.

The first 200 people who purchase tickets on Monday, 25 September, will each receive a free boerewors roll. As part of the celebrations, South African rugby personalities, such as former Springboks and current referees, will also visit the Springbok Experience on the day, between 11h00 and 12h30.

There will also be exciting giveaways during the day, where visitors to the museum can win SA Rugby Annuals, official rugby law books and other items.

Another exciting addition to the offering at the Springbok Experience, is free birthday entry for local citizens. Simply visit the museum with your South African ID on the day of your birthday, and you will be granted free access. Should your birthday fall on a day when the Springbok Experience is closed, free access will be granted on the day after your birthday.

In a first for the GrandWest Open Mic Jazz singing competition, now in its ninth year, the seven finalists were all girls. Following a spectacular show of vocal talent at the final event on Wednesday, 20 September 2017, it was Ruby Truter from Belhar, who emerged victorious from the top seven. She took home a prize package worth over R93 000.

Included in the package is R35 000 in cash from GrandWest, a demo recording with Nuthouse Studios, career mentoring with Bev Scott-Brown from Spotlight Music, vocal training lessons with Kim Kallie Performance Academy, a Beta-87C Microphone from Wild & Marr, a live performance at The Crypt, accommodation on the Love Jazz Cruise 2018, a live performance Jazz on the Rocks 2018, two tickets to Cape Music Exchange Conference 2018, a professional portfolio from Steven Booth Photography and a two night stay at the Grand Hotel, GrandWest.
The runner up, Sisanda Myataza from University Estate, won prizes worth over R22 000, and the third place performer Naledi Masilo from Observatory received prizes valued at more than R14 000. Their prizes included cash, vocal training, career mentorship, a microphone each, tickets to Cape Music Exchange Conference 2018 and a two night stay at Golden Valley in Worcester.

Commenting on the 2017 competition, Elouise Matthys, PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest, says: “This year’s GrandWest Open Mic Jazz singing competition has indeed been one of the most exciting in its nine year history. The calibre of entrants was exceptionally high, making competition stiff. While we certainly enjoyed tremendous performances by male participants, the top seven girls really shone.

“As expected, the finale was dazzling, with all of the finalists giving it their all. Our judging panel had an especially tough task deciding on the top three. We extend heartfelt congratulations to our top three and thank all of our competitors for making the competition such a wonderful and captivating success.”

GrandWest and Heart 104.9FM have presented the Open Mic Jazz singing competition for the past nine years to give emerging jazz entertainers a platform to showcase their talent. For all contestants it is a great opportunity to shine on stage before a live audience and assess themselves against other performers.


The City of Cape Town will be installing water management devices on the properties of all excessive water users, irrespective of the reason for the high usage, as has been the case to date. This new measure is part of the City’s efforts to immediately drive down consumption to 500 million litres per day of collective usage. It also signals the severity of the situation.

The winter rainfall season, the lowest on record, is now effectively over. While the City brings online new non-surface water options to supplement surface water from dams, the single most important action that still needs to be prioritised is reducing consumption.

There are currently more than 50 000 identified excessive usage properties across the metro. High users are regarded as those generally using more than 20 000 litres per month and this is also in line with the new Level 5 restrictions which will penalise those using more than this volume. The City will aim to install approximately 2 000 water management devices per week over the short-term. This comprises high users in the indigent and non-indigent categories. The processes guiding indigent persons will be followed. The City will start at the highest users and move downwards according to consumption records for those properties.

Where excessive usage cannot be justified, water management devices are already being installed. Existing excessive users have been engaged with already and new identified excessive users will receive warning letters as has been the practice.

All devices installed on high user connections will be set at 350 litres per day. Continue reading

Two top South African artists have been confirmed as supporting acts for award winning band, Bastille, at their upcoming concert at GrandWest. Opening for Bastille at the one night only concert at the Grand Arena on 4 October 2017 are Matthew Mole and Opposite the Other.

“With less than a month to go until this much anticipated concert, the countdown has certainly begun. We look forward to welcoming top South African talent to our stage alongside Bastille. It promises to be a super show,” says GrandWest’s PR and Promotions Manager, Elouise Matthys, adding that there are limited tickets still available.

Mole has carved a niche for himself on the local music scene since 2012. His second album Run reached number one on iTunes South Africa as well as Gold Sales Status. The album’s first single “Run” was a hit with fans, achieving Platinum Status. Mole also travels the country to perform for fans at festivals such as 5FMs Cape Town Live Loud, 947s Joburg Day and East Coast Radio’s Durban Day. Mole’s music continues to make the Top 40 charts on South African radio including the likes of 5FM, 94.7 Highveld Stereo, KFM and East Coast Radio amongst others. Continue reading

DHL Western Province captain Chris van Zyl will earn his 50th cap in the Currie Cup encounter with the Tafel Lager Griquas at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

Van Zyl leads a side that has been bolstered by the return of a number of players from Springbok duty for the clash which kicks off at 17h15 at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

Fullback Dillyn Leyds, inside centre Damian de Allende and tighthead prop Wilco Louw all come into the starting line-up.

Leyds will link up at the back with wings Seabelo Senatla and Werner Kok, with Ruhan Nel providing cover on the replacements bench.

De Allende forms a midfield partnership with Huw Jones, who shifts to outside centre with EW Viljoen ruled out through injury.

In the absence of Jano Vermaak who is being rested, Dewaldt Duvenage links up with Damian Willemse at halfback with Justin Phillips and Rob du Preez set to make an impact in the second half.

The only two changes to the forward pack come in the front row as Louw returns and Chad Solomon makes his first start of the Currie Cup campaign.

There are two further additions to the replacements bench, with hooker Dean Muir and loose forward Johan du Toit both getting an opportunity to make their Currie Cup debut for DHL Western Province.

DHL Western Province Head Coach John Dobson said that his team is looking forward to playing at DHL Newlands again.

“We know that we have to raise our standards significantly and the players are excited to play at DHL Newlands again. Continue reading

Cape Town Fringe lands in the Mother City

After months of rehearsing, building stages, scenes, podiums and props, the runway has been prepared and the 2017 Cape Town Fringe Festival has landed.

From 21 September to 8 October, thirteen Cape Town venues will host over one hundred productions, leaving audiences across the Mother City spoiled for choice (see which shows are first on the line-up below).

Reflecting on the evolving format of the Cape Town Fringe, executive producer, Ashraf Johaardien has this to say, ‘Cape Town is a complex space and any festival which aspires to be a true reflection of the Mother City needs to reflect that complexity.  This year’s decentralised model of a performance circuit taking theatre to where people live and work responds to both the sprawling geography and complicated history of the City.’

The remodeled Fringe has partnered with a number of Cape Town venues, drawing on their local expertise and knowledge of their communities to build a programme relevant to their audiences.

A born and bred Capetonian, Johaardien has deep roots in the city. He speaks of the contradictions we face ‘not only in Cape Town, but also as a nation navigating the slings and arrows of outrageous life in this country …’, as being part of what defines us. Continue reading

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