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It all started 25 years ago, when co-founders of Zip Zap Circus School, Brent van Rensburg and Laurence Estève, hung a trapeze bar in a tree at Zimasa Primary School in Langa. Their goal at the time was simple and noble: to inspire and empower ordinary kids and to create a sense of team. Little did they know, they were just at the beginning of an incredible journey of helping kids ‘dare to dream’ and learn to make those dreams a reality.

With the strong vision and passion of its co-founders, Zip Zap embarked on its first tour around South Africa in 1994, which was closely followed by its first international tour to Denmark in 1996. Zip Zap finally settled into its first home in 1998 and opened its doors to youth from all walks of life and completely free of charge.

Over the years, as their humble project in Langa expanded to a reputable school with nine programmes reaching over 1,400 kids, the heart of their mission has remained unchanged. As a pioneer of the growing social circus movement, Zip Zap has earned wide recognition for wielding circus arts pedagogy as a powerful tool for social transformation and for its contributions to building a new culture of peaceful coexistence in South Africa. Continue reading


The City of Cape Town encourages households, government departments, and businesses to join us in switching off the lights tomorrow evening, 25 March 2017, as we commemorate Earth Hour.

Every year we join millions around the world in renewing our commitment to enhanced resource efficiency by switching off the lights in our own buildings in celebrating Earth Hour between 20:30 and 21:30.

The City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, and I will also be signing a pro-renewable energy petition which theWorld Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) has drawn up, calling on Eskom to go ahead with the Independent Power Producer’s procurement and connections. This is in line with the City’s commitment to the diversification of our energy mix, among others. The City therefore supports the WWF’s call to transition to renewable resources in generating electricity supply. Continue reading

Capetonian to participate in this year’s Paris Marathon

Cape Town, 23 March 2017 –  Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, together with Sanlam and ASICS, has announced the winner of the 2017 all-expenses paid trip to this year’s Paris Marathon. Aaron Adams, 21 and hailing from Cape Town, will set off for Paris this April to take part in one of the world’s leading races.

Having first discovered his passion for running in 2010, and after many years of track and field, Adams chose last year’s Sanlam Cape Town Marathon as his debut marathon.

“Participating in last year’s Sanlam Cape Town Marathon was a phenomenal experience,” says Adams. Whilst his race may not have gone exactly to plan, he is determined to participate again this year. “I experienced quite a bit of pain and cramping and there were several moments during the race when I questioned why I signed up. But, ultimately, it was worth every single moment of discomfort. To be able to cross that finish line left me with a feeling and sense of accomplishment I will never forget.” Continue reading

Councillor Anda Ntsodo, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area East, yesterday 22 March 2017 joined front-line service delivery staff to bring services to our residents of Mfuleni and to explain the City’s new way of working, called the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP). At its heart, this plan aims to transform the work of this organisation in order to transform lives. Read more below:


Approximately 300 residents attended the official opening of this ODTP roadshow at the Mfuleni Community Hall, while about 600 residents passed through the expo where City staff were ready to assist with all manner of services. A total of 10 City departments attended the service delivery expo. Continue reading

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 11: Dave Mazany inside the Hexagon during EFC 55 at Grand West Casino on November 11, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Anton Geyser/EFC Worldwide/Gallo Images)

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – NOVEMBER 11: Dave Mazany inside the Hexagon during EFC 55 at Grand West Casino on November 11, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Anton Geyser/EFC Worldwide/Gallo Images)

Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC), the biggest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion on the African continent, returns to GrandWest in April 2017 with another full fight card to keep fans on the edge of their seats. The date is set for 8 April 2017 when the champion, Nevada`s Dave Mazany, will defend his EFC title against local favourite and former champion Don Madge in the Grand Arena.

Mazany is a natural showman who boasts a strong wrestling background. Not only is he undefeated in the EFC but he has also dominated opponents in other wrestling events.  His challenger, Madge is a Muay Thai specialist and a recognized athlete in the EFC. He has captured the championship before. The United Kingdom’s Karl Etherington, an experienced heavyweight, travels to Cape Town for his EFC debut and is scheduled to fight against veteran fighter and former EFC champion, Ruan Potts. In addition to these feature fights, fans will also get to see 10 more exciting bouts between some of the best MMA athletes from around the globe. The preliminary fights will start at 17h45 and the main card fights will commence at 21h00. The full fight card and more details are available at

EFC recently signed a multiple year broadcast agreement with the SABC. As a result, all EFC fights will now take place on Saturday nights instead of Fridays. The ten annual live event broadcast will feature all five main card bouts and will be aired live between 21h00 and midnight on SABC 3.

Join us in raising funds for the Tygerberg Hospital Department of Radiation Oncology. This is a private fundraiser organised by a group called Life is Precious

The fundraiser will be held on Saturday 01 April from 5pm until 11pm at the Oakland’s High School Hall, Corner Racecourse and Chukker Road, Lansdowne.

The fundraiser boasts Born of June band entertaining the crowd with their alternative tunes followed by an indoor picnic and Jumanji movie screening. Ticket price includes live entertainment, a snack pack (popcorn, juice and sweets), and the movie and family friendly games. There will also be food and desserts for sale for everyone to enjoy while relaxing.

Life is Precious came to life after our very successful first Comedy Fundraiser evening where we raised over R20, 000 for the Groote Schuur Hospital Haematology Department.  Our mission is to help the sick, destitute and anyone in need. The inspiration behind Life is Precious is Ferida Dawray, meaning precious. She was a woman of strength and faith who lived her life putting others first. Ferida passed away within a year after being diagnosed with a very rare cancer.  Taking the baton from her, her daughter and organiser Hajirah Dawray hosts annual fundraisers in her honour. Life is Precious is about hope and giving comfort and support to those facing challenges and the families that support them.

Join us for a day of fun, relaxation and treats in support of this worthy cause.

For more information please contact Hajirah on 072 662 9300 or Naveed Ahmed on 074 683 2446!


City Health is literally going door to door to increase testing rates for tuberculosis (TB) in a bid to drive down the number of people affected. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Health Department is intensifying its outreach campaigns during TB Awareness Month in a bid to test more people for TB. This includes a door-to-door campaign to educate the public about TB and the importance of regular testing for high-risk individuals.

Recently, Statistics South Africa revealed that TB killed more than 33 000 people in 2015 and that it has remained the leading cause of death for many South Africans in the past three years. Nationally, the TB incidence rate is 520 per 100 000 of the population. However, the Eastern Cape (692), KwaZulu-Natal (685) and Western Cape (681) buck the trend. Continue reading

GrandWest’s new Sun Park plays host to the first Night Nation Run© to ever be held on the African continent on 13 May 2017. The international event, touted as a ‘musical voyage’, will take participants on a vibrant five kilometre tour of Cape Town’s streets, with live music, multiple stages, lights and laser shows. Suitable for all fitness levels, the race invites participants to run, walk, skip or dance their way along the route to the accompanying sounds of high energy electronic dance music.

Participants will get ready for the jamming jog ahead with a pre party at Sun Park before heading off along the illuminated route. The race ends at the Sun Park where an exhilarating main stage experience awaits. The after party featuring a host of electronic dance music DJs will continue until 22h30. Entrants are encouraged to wear neon gear to get them into the spirit of the event which has attracted over one million people around the world.

Tickets cost R595 to participate, include a Night Nation T shirt and are available to purchase at

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee on Monday 20 March 2017 recommended that Council adopt the draft Travel Demand Management Strategy (TDMS) when it meets next week. The strategy proposes practical solutions to alleviate the traffic congestion on Cape Town’s road network. Read more below:

‘The draft Travel Demand Management Strategy was issued for public participation in October last year when we asked residents and interested parties to comment on the City’s proposals on how to change motorists’ travel behaviour. We have received overwhelming support from residents who have also made valuable contributions in terms of how we can all pull together to reduce the number of private vehicles on our roads,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

The City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority is spending R750 million on road infrastructure projects over a period of five years to address congestion in Kommetjie, Kuils River and Blaauwberg. However, building new roads alone will not solve this challenge in the long-term. Experience the world over has proven that new road capacity is usually taken up within a matter of months and that construction cannot stay ahead of the growing demand due to rapid urbanisation. Continue reading


The City of Cape Town today, 22 March 2017, joins South Africa and the rest of the world in observing World Water Day. This year it is of particular significance as the metro faces one of the worst droughts in more than a century. Read more below:

As we commemorate World Water Day, with its theme ‘wastewater’, it is apparent that we are at a tipping point where our behaviour and way that we view all water sources must start changing – not only because of a drought but as a long-term goal of becoming a more water-sensitive city.

During this time of drought, the total volume of water saved since January 2016 (since the start of Level 2 restrictions) to February 2017 is equivalent to the volume of the Wemmershoek Dam. By the end of May 2017 we therefore hope to have saved the equivalent volume of the larger Berg River Dam. Continue reading

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