Cape Town Stuff!
The graduation of 20 trainee traffic officers today signalled the end of the City of Cape Town’s first ever Traffic Services learnership programme.
The group was among 33 000 individuals who initially applied for the programme in the first quarter of 2015. The City whittled down the applicants to 4 054 who met the selection criteria and who were put through a rigorous physical assessment including a 2,4 km run, sit-ups, as well as shuttle runs that had to be completed within a specific time period. Only 625 candidates were left standing after the eight day assessment.
From there, candidates had to complete a written assessment. Those who passed were finally subjected to an interview process, resulting in 22 candidates starting the 12-month FET certificate course in Road Law Enforcement. During this time, two candidates left the programme to pursue other interests.
The course also included training in how to handle a firearm, conduct roadblocks and point duty, restraining techniques and agility. Continue reading
Ronan Keating fans will need to move quickly if they do not want to miss his one night only Cape Town concert at GrandWest on 17 August 2016. Tickets to his upcoming show at the Grand Arena are being snapped up. Keating, whose previous South African tours have sold out, will be performing a range of hits including his 14 solo number one singles as well as his new material from Time of My Life.
“Cape Town fans will be the first in South Africa to see Keating live performing songs from his latest album, Time of My Life and we are expecting a capacity crowd. He moves on to Johannesburg after the show at GrandWest,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest.
Keating has achieved 40 million album sales with Boyzone, 22 million sales of his nine studio albums and 14 solo number one singles, including “When You Say Nothing At All”, “If Tomorrow Never Comes” and “Life is a Rollercoaster”. He has performed in 50 countries and has won an Ivor Novello Award for writing “Pictures of You”.
He also enjoyed great success from his acclaimed leading man performances in London’s West End musical Once and during his five years as judge on X Factor Australia. It was recently announced that he will be joining the coaching panel on The Voice Australia.
Tickets to his show are available at Computicket as well as www.bigconcerts.co.za and range in price from R405 to R750 per person.
At 10h00 this morning Two men aged 31 and 42 were rushed to Grootte Schuur Provincial Hospital by Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services in critical but stable conditions after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds in Hanover Park. The bodies of two more men aged 19 and 27 were removed from the same area by Forensic Pathology Services. Emergency Medical Services are not currently entering the Hanover Park area without a police escort.
As part of the City’s trade and investment mandate, the City provides funding and support to sector bodies in order to catalyse growth and job creation in strategic sectors of the economy.
The City supports six special purpose vehicles or sector bodies which include the Cape Information Technology Initiative (Citi), Cape Town Fashion Council (CTFC), Clotex, Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI), GreenCape, and Business Process Enabling South Africa (BPeSA WC).
In addition to the six special purpose vehicles, the City supports Wesgro and the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership for trade and investment promotion, and building and supporting partnerships.
We provide funding and strategic support to these institutions. In return they facilitate domestic and foreign direct investment into the City, assist in developing skills, and facilitate in creating jobs with a specific focus on disadvantaged groups. Continue reading
Cape Town was named #1 in the category ‘Top Cities in Africa and the Middle East’ in the Travel + Leisure 2016 World’s Best Awards, at a presentation ceremony held in New York last night (6 July 2016). Read more below:
The Mother City continues to pull out all the stops to attract domestic and international visitors, gathering awards around the globe for her magnificent beauty and tourist offerings.
Most recently, the 2015/2016 Telegraph Travel Awards chose Cape Town as the Best City in the World for the fourth year running, knocking-out Vancouver and Venice, which took second and third place respectively in the Best City category.
In Condé Nast’s highly acclaimed Reader’s Choice Awards, the Mother City also took the top honours as the number one food city in the world! Continue reading
On Thursday, 07 July 2016, The Children’s Hospital Trust will be making a very generous donation of a transport ventilator worth well over R723 000, 00 to the pediatric flying squad, a division of Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
Western Cape Minister of Health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo said that, “Working together with all sectors of society, we can help forge a stronger health system that continues to provide quality healthcare to the most vulnerable members of our communities. We are delighted by the Children’s Hospital Trust’s donation which will guarantee we are able to provide critical emergency care to young children.”
The aim of the project is to ensure the safe and effective emergency transport of critically ill babies and children under the age of 13. From 1 November 2015 to 31 January 2016, 289 transfers were performed by just one vehicle within the flying squad’s fleet. Reducing pediatric and neonatal deaths is a very high priority for the Western Province. Critically ill children and babies often require transportation by EMS whether from home to hospital or between medical facilities and this would not be possible without the specialized equipment such as a transport ventilator so kindly donated by the Children’s Hospital Trust. Continue reading
Consumer Studies learners from four Cape Town based high schools got to spend a week in the busy kitchens at GrandWest where they were exposed to the diverse aspects of working behind the scenes in the fast paced hospitality industry. The learners were from Goodwood College, JG Meiring High, Ravensmead High and Sinethemba High.
The initiative, A Day in the Life of a Chef, was organised by GrandWest’s Social Economic Development Department as an extension to its Consumer Studies upliftment programme which has seen the Consumer Studies classrooms at the four schools upgraded to ensure better learning environments for the learners. The upgrade project included equipping the classrooms with seven stoves each, as well as crockery, cooking utensils and fridges. Industrial tables and cupboards were installed, while various aesthetic improvements were also made, including fixing the ceilings and repainting the classrooms. Continue reading
Note to editors: the following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at a lunch that she hosted for the City’s all-women road repair teams today at the Civic Centre Banqueting Hall.
Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town (TCT), Councillor Brett Herron; TCT Commissioner, Melissa Whitehead; TCT officials; my special guests; all of the women from the road repair teams; and members of the media.
It gives me great pleasure to be with you all today as we honour 24 women who have made this city proud. Continue reading
In the seven years since its inception, CY Market has grown into one of the hottest events on Cape Town’s cultural calendar with a unique focus on empowering local woman and giving NPOs the opportunity to help the community.
The market is the brainchild of four female entrepreneurs. “We believe in inspiring women to dream and create, pouring their inner beauty into creations that speak of style, passion, quality and the extraordinary,” says Ansomari Schoeman, co-founder of the event.
For this year’s theme, Lapslap Moi, exhibitors are encouraged to create something that is uniquely personal and illustrates all “the pretty in their lives.”
Exhibitors are hand-picked each year, with new exhibitors added yearly to the roster, while old favourites return, bringing loyal customers with them. Continue reading
Back in Cape Town in July by overwhelming public demand is platinum selling singer and songwriter, Tevin Campbell. GrandWest will welcome Campbell to its stage for one show on 22 July 2016. This show, like his previous concerts in South Africa in 2013, is expected to sell out quickly.
“What a coup to have Tevin Campbell performing on our stage in July 2016. His fans were quick off the mark to purchase tickets to his previous South African shows, leaving many disappointed at having missed out. Here is another chance to see this talented artist live in Cape Town,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest.
Fans can expect to hear many of Campbell’s popular hits as well as new material such as his latest single, “Safer”, released earlier this year. During his career, Campbell has been mentored by some of the world’s legendary artists including Quincy Jones and Prince. He has also worked with some of the industry’s top writers and producers including Babyface, Al B. Sure, Narada Michael Walden, Wyclef and Sean “Diddy” Combs.
Stand a chance to win a set of tickets to Tevin’s show in Cape Town here:
Jones took a special interest in Campbell’s talent and was featured on “Tomorrow (A Better You, Better Me)”, which hit number one on the R&B charts in June 1990. Later that year, he appeared in Prince’s Graffiti Bridge film singing “Round and Round” which became a gold single. In the summer of 1991, he featured on the soundtrack to Boyz in the Hood singing “Just Ask Me To”, which went on to become a top ten R&B hit. All of this set the stage for his debut album, 1991s T.E.V.I.N., which went platinum and included two R&B chart toppers, “Tell Me What You Want Me to Do” and “Alone with You”, as well as the R&B top five hit “Goodbye”. I’m Ready, released two years later, went double platinum and featured three R&B chart hits, “Can We Talk”, “I’m Ready” and “Always in My Heart”. Campbell’s compilation album The Best of Campbell was an international success, reaching multi platinum status in Africa, Japan and the UK. Continue reading