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A rape suspect was one of dozens arrested by the City’s enforcement agencies in recent days. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Department arrested an alleged gang member in Manenberg for rape on Saturday 30 July 2016 – just hours after the alleged incident.

Officers attached to the Gang and Drug Task Team were on patrol in Scheldt Walk when they were approached by community members who informed them that the suspect had raped a woman at gunpoint earlier that morning. Officers arrested the suspect after the victim identified him.

Later, the same unit executed a search warrant at a house in Aletta court after receiving a tip-off about drug sales from the premises. They arrested the 23-year-old son of a local gang leader for possession of drugs after finding a 20-litre paint container filled with dagga on the premises. Continue reading

Buoyed by the favourable response from guests at Jackson Hall, GrandWest in July 2016, Cape Town jazz performer and producer of the GrandWest Open Mic Jazz Singing Competition, Bev Scott-Brown, is back to perform in August 2016.

Scott-Brown and her band will perform live at Jackson Hall every Friday and Saturday night in August 2016. The musical trio, comprising Scott-Brown, Andrew Ford on piano and Wesley Rustin on double bass, will once again showcase a soul uplifting jazz selection as well as light pop favourites from 21h00.

Scott-Brown is known on the Cape Town music scene as a vocalist for the Jonny Cooper Orchestra, Blaze band, as well as her own band, Spotlight. She produces the annual GrandWest Open Mic Jazz Singing Competition which kicks off in August 2016. Hopefuls can audition for the jazz singing competition at Jackson Hall on Wednesdays nights, from 17 August 2016 until 7 September 2016. Auditions will take place from 20h00 and there is no cost to enter the competition.

In celebration of WOMEN’S MONTH, Cape Town Comedy Club brings you a line-up of MOSTLY ladies and a FEW gents … 8th to 14th August 2016, we bring you Some of South Africa’s top female comedians, all week!  From Cape Town we have Shimmy Isaacs, Tracy Klass, Mel Jones and from Johannesburg, Monique Nortjé and Claudine Ullman. During the week, we will also have a few gents on stage to fill in the gaps.  On Monday 8 August, DJ Shane is on the decks straight after the show as the next day is a public holiday – Women’s Day (Tuesday 9 August – club closed).

A NIGHT OF HEADLINERS, Friday 19 August 2016. Prepare yourself for a real treat as FOUR of South Africa’s top comedians perform on our stage for ONE night only! Tracy Klass, Carl Weber, Conrad Koch (with Chester Missing) as well as Rob van Vuuren as the MC.  Free Savanna on arrival and DJ plays after the show till late!

  • Our Winter Meal & Cocktail Specials run until the end of the month…
  • Mid Week Madness continues with limited R50 early bird tickets at Computicket to our Wednesday & Thursdaynight shows.

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Grade eight learners from Khayelitsha and Kensington enjoying a morning of snowy adventure at Snow World, Grand West on 30 July 2016.

Grade eight learners from Khayelitsha and Kensington enjoying a morning of snowy adventure at Snow World, Grand West on 30 July 2016.

A group of grade eight learners from Khayelitsha and Kensington enjoyed a morning of snowy adventure at Snow World, GrandWest on 30 July 2016. The outing, organised by GrandWest’s Social Economic Development Department and SHAWCO (the University of Cape Town Students’ Health and Welfare Centres Organisation), was a rare opportunity for the youngsters to escape their realities and have unprecedented fun.

They spent the morning romping in the snow and ice tobogganing, which was a first for all of them. After their icy escapades, the learners, who are from Khayelitsha and Kensington and are part of SHAWCO’s 14 volunteer driven Education projects, were treated to lunch at Burger King, courtesy of GrandWest.

Today, 1 August 2016, Western Cape Minister for Community Safety, Dan Plato; City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia De Lille; and the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith briefed the media on possible legal action to challenge the constitutionality of the White Paper on Policing which recommends the creation of a single police force. Read more below:

The Civilian Secretariat for Police has circulated a White Paper on Policing and requested comments from all spheres of government. Comments and input from both local and provincial government have in large part been ignored. White Papers pave the way for legislation and for this reason we would like to publically place on record our objections to the impact that particular aspects will have on our spheres of government. Continue reading

More than 60 000 tickets to the 2016 HSBC Cape Town Sevens, to be held on 10 and 11 December, were snapped up by the public on the first day of sales, SA Rugby said on Friday.

Computicket confirmed that 60 703 tickets had been sold by 17h00 on Friday. Sales opened at 09h00 through their website, ticket offices and at Shoprite and Checkers outlets with rugby fans rushing to snap up tickets. Almost 23 000 tickets were sold for Saturday’s action with Sunday sales topping 38 000.

SA Rugby on Friday thanked the rugby-loving public for the support shown so far and again advised that Computicket is the only official ticket service provider for online sales and through their outlets at Checkers and at Shoprite. Tickets are priced at R150 and R250 for a full day’s rugby action.

“It is awesome to see the support from the public and one can almost feel the excitement already,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby.

“There are still tickets available, but they are selling fast so we’d like to urge fans to buy now to avoid disappointment.

“We are aware of aware of other outlets selling tickets at higher prices, but SA Rugby can’t guarantee the validity of those tickets.” Continue reading

Five fast talking local comedians are in the mix for the next Hanover Street Comedy Sundowners at GrandWest. Unleashing their special brand of humour on 7 August 2016 are Carl Weber, Rob van Vuuren, Yaaseen Barnes, Tsitsi Chiumya and Nkosinathi Maki.

Weber has enthralled comedy fans at Hanover Street on many occasions and is set to have his audience in stitches of laughter yet again. He has been honing his comedic skills on Cape Town’s comedy circuit since 2010. In 2011 he won both Phat Joe’s Cape Town’s Next Comic sponsored by Heart FM, as well as the Graca Comedy Showdown, which also won him a spot in the coveted Nando’s Comedy Festival, where he shared a stage with international comics.

Van Vuuren also needs little introduction having been immersed in the comedy scene for over a decade. An established comedian and actor, he is well known for his role as Twakkie in the SABC2 comedy series, The Most Amazing Show. He has also appeared in numerous stage productions and received various award nominations for his roles. Continue reading

This is an extract from the address delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the sod-turning ceremony for the Dido Valley Housing Project which took place earlier today, 26 July 2016. It will house 600 families, 100 of whom are land restitution claimants who were forcibly removed from Simon’s Town and moved to Gugulethu in 1965.

We are here to celebrate a new chapter in the history of Dido Valley.

It has taken us way too long to get here.

The commitment was made more than 20 years ago, and we are finally at this juncture where progress is no longer is possible, but will soon be visible.

I want to thank the Red Hill Development Forum for their years of perseverance and for never giving up hope for a better life for their families and fellow community members. Continue reading

Come and celebrate Café Roux`s 10th birthday with them with an exciting line up for the month of August! Francois van Coke, Arno Carstens, Majozi, Gavin Edwards (runner-up of The Voice SA), Josie Field, Jennifer Eaves, The Little Kings and many more! Here are the details:

Wed 3 August: Stand Up Sessions: Siv Ngesi, Tracy Klass, Yaseen Barnes, Dalin Oliver
Venue: Café Roux, The Farm Village, Noordhoek.
Address: 270 Chapman`s Peak Drive.
Tickets: R120.00
Time: Dinner from 19h00. Show from 20h30.
Bookings: go to or book at
Contact for enquiries: / 021 789 2538
Proudly sponsored by: The Wolftrap Wine.

Comedy. Headliner Siv Ngesi is one of SA’s most dynamic actors and comedians and with good reason. He immersed in several different spheres of the performing arts at one time, showcasing his talents across a number of platforms. He was voted Mail & Guardian’s most influential young South African. Age 9, Siv toured Asia with Les Miserables in the coveted role of Gavroshe. Since then landing roles in films such as World Unseen, Zeenon Z3 , Schweitzer , Invictus and Long Walk To Freedom. In 2014 Siv captivated audiences with his smile and dance moves in the 7th Season of Strictly Come Dancing. Siv performs to expats all around the world and with his very South African flavour of humour , he makes many want to book a ticket back home to SA . Continue reading

The acquisition of state-of-the art ‘sound cameras’ will amplify City Health’s ability to prosecute noise nuisance cases. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Environmental Health Department has spent nearly R180 000 on the acquisition of two ‘sound cameras’ to help investigate noise complaints.

The units will be used in conjunction with existing sound level meters to measure the level of noise caused. Apart from the sound level meter and the camera, all of the other components were locally engineered to complete the device. City Health is not aware of similar equipment being used anywhere else in South Africa.

Until now, court cases involving noise nuisance complaints have relied on decibel readings from sound level meters as evidence to substantiate the complaints. The sound cameras will allow the capture of audio and photographic data which will be presented as evidence in addition to the decibel readings. Continue reading

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