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The City of Cape Town’s latest intake of swimming pool lifeguards are being put through their paces to ensure that they are well prepared ahead of the upcoming school holidays and summer season. The Sport, Recreation and Amenities (SRA) Department places emphasis on the safety of pool users and wants to ensure that municipal swimming pools have a sufficient number of well-trained and qualified lifeguards on duty. Read more below:

The SRA Department is making every effort to ensure that its amenities are ready for the upcoming holidays. Suitable lifeguard candidates will fill more than 200 temporary lifeguard positions available at the City’s 35 public swimming pools. Continue reading

Wild flower splendour, history and heritage will once again delight visitors next weekend as the City of Cape Town joins the Mamre community to host the popular annual Wild Flower Show. The show, now in its 15th year, showcases the town’s wild flowers and provides an economic injection into the community. Read more below:

The Mamre Wild Flower Show takes place next weekend, from 16 – 18 September 2016, in a large marquee next to the historical mill and surrounded by seven declared national monuments known as Die Werf.

‘We are proud to host this wild flower show, which not only creates economic opportunities for the local residents, but showcases the area’s floral splendour in the marquee filled with wild flowers from the region and hills surrounding Mamre.

‘In addition, this area is rich in heritage and history, and visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about this part of our province,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Eddie Andrews. Continue reading

To mark this year’s International Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day, which takes place on Friday 9 September 2016, the City today hosted a workshop for women from different areas focusing on the dangers and consequences of consuming alcohol during pregnancy. Read more below.

The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate has partnered with women in rental stock units to fight the scourge of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome is a widespread and persistent problem in South Africa and has devastating effects. Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy and have several negative consequences for our communities. While it is incurable and the damage is permanent, FAS is entirely preventable. Continue reading

The third annual My Child Has Cancer Trust Comedy Fundraiser is happening on the 23rd of September and it’s Punchlines Comedy’s biggest production yet!

Featuring ten of Cape Town’s funniest up-and-coming stand-up comedians, this show promises to be a night of big laughs and all for the fantastic organisation that the MCHCT is.

This year the hosting duties will be handled by radio/tv personality; the 1st Lady of Kensington Eugene Mathews. Joining him will be the Class Clowns (and three quarters of Project Comedy Live). Lunga Tshuka, Justin Ray & Ambrose Uren.

Comics Choice award winner Yaaseen Barnes and one half of The Plot Hole Westley Cockrell are back for the second year in a row as well as Phil de Lange who has played at all the MCHCT Comedy Fundraisers thus far.
Nelson de Gouveia joins the MCHCT Comedy Fundraiser festivities for the first time as well as Obed Plaatjes.

Last year’s host, The Bloem Boykie Carl Weber, returns to close off this special night of laughter.

Tickets are R100 each and are available at

For further details check out the facebook event:

A seven year old girl tragically passed away after she was run over by a truck in Symphony Way, Delft at 14:30 this afternoon. She was on her way home from school when the unfortunate incident occurred. The little girl along with both her parents were loaded onto the back of the same truck and rushed to Tygerberg Hospital where she was declared dead by paramedics at the Northern Division Ambulance base. Parents are urged to teach their children how to cross a busy street as early as possible.

Jack Mantis.

Venue: Café Roux, The Farm Village, Noordhoek.

Address: 270 Chapman`s Peak Drive.

Tickets:  R100.00

Time: Dinner from 19h00. Show from 20h30.

Bookings: go to or book at

Contact for enquiries: / 021 789 2538

With a history steeped in music and a lifetime spent gaining insight and wisdom the world over, Mantis brings something truly generous to his performances – a sense of common humanity and togetherness. The brotherhood between band members and the sincere heart expressed through their music is tangible. It is undeniable that their vision is to create a conscious shift through their music and to hold a space within which meaningful shared experiences can take place. For those lucky enough to share in it, JMB leads those who share in their music on an unforgettable journey . While the band is still based in Europe, his wanderlust has inevitably led Mantis back home to South Africa where he intends to pick up where he once left off many moons ago. Continue reading

The Crazy Store Table Mountain Challenge (or TMC as it is affectionately known in the trail running community) takes place next Saturday, 10 September 2016.

A Cape Town institution, and eagerly anticipated race each year, The Crazy Store Table Mountain Challenge is an iconic and exhilarating race which offers trails of indigenous forest, mountain streams, slopes of fynbos and many spectacular views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Participants have a host of racing options from the 44km individual or team trail, 23km Lite trail to the 7km Family Fun Run.

“Race organisers have also included a kiddies dash and the introduction of the first ever TMC Schools Challenge” says Kevin Lennett of The Crazy Store.

“While trail running is not an official school racing discipline, more and more youth are drawn to the challenges and excitement offered by trail runs.”

This event – which kicks off at the Jan van Riebeeck Sports Fields – supports team entries for certain classes with team sizes ranging from 2 – 3 participants per team. All entries in the 44km and 23km events receive a Crazy Store branded First Ascent performance t-shirt and cap valued at R500, for each runner.

Entrants in the school and family races will each receive a Crazy Store branded First Ascent performance cap valued at R100.

Entries can be made online at

On Monday, 5 September, the Western Cape Government Health, Emergency Medical Services College of Emergency Care received a very generous donation from the MTN SA Foundation in the form of a multi-media centre.

The centre, comprehensively equipped with 44 computer terminals, two projectors, two interactive white boards, a computer server, laptop and printer, all worth well over R860 000 was graciously received by the Western Cape MEC for Health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo and several other senior EMS officials as well as internal and external stakeholders of both the MTN SA Foundation and Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services.

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Last week I joined leaders from 30 of the world’s major cities to call on G20 leaders to act faster in tackling climate change.

Before the G20 leaders met in the Chinese city of Hangzhou, the call was to put pressure on the major nations of the world to deliver on the promises of the Paris Agreement, agreed in December 2015 and signed by 180 countries.

The joint letter observes that global greenhouse gas emissions need to peak by 2020 in order to limit the global temperature increase to 1,5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels – a key goal of the Paris Agreement.

The letter asserts that such progress represents ‘one of the greatest political, economic and practical challenges’ for leaders at every level, but reassures the G20 heads of state that they ‘have great allies in this task: we, the mayors of the megacities of the world’. Continue reading

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