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141 Teenagers with ambitions to pursue careers in the performing arts left GrandWest inspired, motivated and emboldened to follow their dreams after attending the recent Inspired Stages workshop, an initiative between GrandWest and Inspired Stages’ Karen Burt. The learners, from 33 different schools, were given endless opportunities to collaborate, create, discover, develop and perform in a series of workshops covering music, dance, singing, events, technical, production and other skills.

For the participating teens, every day was like a backstage pass, which included guest sessions with industry professionals, role models, celebrities and performers. Mentors and special guests at the Inspired Stages workshops included Blackbyrd, Conrad Coch and Chester Missing, Kurt Darren, Four (South African X Factor winners), Kim Kallie, Thalia Burt, Rudi Smit, Devon Marshbank, Lynn Poulsen, Neil Benjamin, Leani Ekermans, Janice Roos, Shaun Johannes, Liam Burden, Odile Lesch, DJ Ready D and Ayanda Tini, Acoustic Element and Raquel Munn. Continue reading

The Community Chest Carnival is back, with a refreshed and revitalised feel for 2016! Will you be there?

The Carnival features tastes from around the globe including traditional flavours as well as bringing back the all-time favourite classics from the most popular stalls of Carnivals gone by – Holland, India, China, Italy, and many more.

The four day family event has also been revamped with gourmet food trucks, craft beers and wine tasting to satisfy the taste buds of the Mother City’s ever-growing community of foodies.

The fun festival, attracting in excess of 80 000 people, will take place a little later than usual this year from 30 March to 2 April at the traditional venue of Maynardville Park in Wynberg, Cape Town. And it’s all to raise funds for an excellent cause – the Community Chest of the Western Cape, which provides support to more than 200 community organisations throughout the province. Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

Note to editors: Mayor De Lille visited the Dora Tamane Enrichment Centre in Khayelitsha today to raise awareness about keeping children safe during the peak diarrhoea season.

The heatwave conditions experienced in our city during the last month put us all at risk of physical illness such as diarrhoea. This is dangerous and possibly even fatal for the most vulnerable in society: our children. It is very important that we make every effort to ensure their safety, especially during February and April, which is considered the peak diarrhoea risk period.

Today I visited the Dora Tamane Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre in Khayelitsha and spent some time with the children and staff at this facility to raise awareness about the danger that our children are exposed to during this time. This facility is a bastion of excellence and truly demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to spend their formative years educated in a caring environment. Continue reading

To accommodate the State of the Nation Address and the Opening of Parliament at 19:00on Thursday 11 February 2016, the National Government has requested that the City of Cape Town effect road closures in the city, mostly in the central business district (CBD). The route has been reworked this year in order to minimise the impact on commuters.

Some of these road closures in the CBD will also be in effect on the evenings of Tuesday 9 February and Wednesday 10 February 2016, when rehearsals for the event are held from17:00 onwards.

The road closures will affect the normal flow of traffic in and around the city bowl, Newlands and the M3 and N2 city-bound lanes. As such, road users are asked to plan their routes accordingly.

A detailed breakdown of the closures/restrictions and deviations is available on the City’s website here: http://www.capetown.gov.za/en/MediaReleases/Documents/SONA2016RoadClosures.pdf

Residents are advised that extensive parking restrictions will be in effect, and that the South African Police Service has requested that access to the Company’s Garden be restricted from 09:00 on the day of the event.

MyCiTi commuters should please note that due to the road closures, Routes 103 (Oranjezicht, Gardens) and 107 (Camps Bay) will be affected – the Darling, Lower Buitenkant, Roeland and Roodehek bus stops will be closed on 11 February 2016 from 18:00 until 19:00. The Groote Kerk bus stop will be closed from 16:00 until 20:00 and commuters are advised to please make use of other bus stops in the vicinity.

The closures will have the greatest effect on road users travelling from the east side of the city towards Vredehoek and Gardens, as well as those travelling into town along the N2, Nelson Mandela Boulevard, the M3 and De Waal Drive.

Those who make use of the Golden Acre bus terminus, however, will not be affected by any road closures.

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR HEALTH, COUNCILLOR SIYABULELA MAMKELI

The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate is working closely with other relevant City departments to finalise an internal safety plan before reopening the Hanover Park Clinic.

The clinic was closed on 5 November 2015 amid an upsurge in gang violence in Hanover Park and fears for the safety of staff and clients.

During the City’s last communication on this issue, we indicated that the clinic would remain closed until the end of January, at which point we would reassess the situation. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s new recyclable exchange platform has been upgraded and is now much easier to use. This platform has already connected a number of businesses who now make use of each other’s waste products. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town has upgraded its online Integrated Waste Exchange (IWEX) service, making it smoother, sleeker, and more user-friendly.

This free online system serves as a platform to connect residents in possession of excess waste material with others who have good use for it. The new-look system, which features options such as uploading photos, encourages entities like schools, communities and businesses to exchange waste, allowing them to save on costs and reduce their waste footprint. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s Sport, Recreation and Amenities Department has committed over 80 staff members and millions of rands to provide recreation programmes for young and old. This investment forms part of the Department’s new Policy on Recreation Programmes which was adopted at the last City Council meeting. Read more below:

The importance of sport and recreational opportunities in building healthy, liveable, and inclusive communities cannot be underestimated.

For this reason, the City of Cape Town’s Sport, Recreation and Amenities Department has committed over 80 staff members and millions of rands to provide recreation programmes. Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR HUMAN SETTLEMENTS, COUNCILLOR BENEDICTA VAN MINNEN

The City of Cape Town will continue to remove illegally erected structures in parts of Masiphumelele which are protected by court interdicts. It is vital to safeguard the piece of land which has been earmarked for the Masiphumelele housing project and also the uninhabitable area known as the wetlands. Read more below:

We urge the community to work with us as the continual attempted invasions are threatening the housing development plans for erf 5131.

The beneficiaries of this housing development have been identified in line with the City’s beneficiary selection process and through a public participation process that has taken place over many years. It would not be fair, at this late stage of the development and beneficiary selection process, if the land were to be lost due to illegal occupation. Continue reading

During the month of love when many may question why they are single, women can learn a little more about How to be Single and see the lighter side of it at the Nu Metro Girl’s Night Out at GrandWest on 11 February 2016.

The movie, How to be Single, is an American romantic comedy based on the 2008 novel of the same title by Liz Tuccillo. Starring Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie and Leslie Mann, the movie is set in New York which is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match. In a world where the definitions of love are constantly evolving, the characters all have to learn how to be single and embrace it.

Nu Metro’s Girls’ Night Out starts at 19h00, with the movie beginning at 20h00. Tickets to Girls’ Night Out at Nu Metro GrandWest cost R55 per person. Bookings can be made via the call centre on 0861-CINEMA (+27 861 24 6362), online via www.numetro.co.za or at the cinema.

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