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The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee today, 15 March 2016, recommended that Council approve the amended Informal Trading Plan for Subcouncil 16. If approved, the number of informal trading opportunities will be increased from 430 to 599. Read more below:

The Good Hope Subcouncil (Subcouncil 16) is made up of Ward 77, which is the CBD, and immediate surrounding areas. Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER: TRANSPORT FOR CAPE TOWN, COUNCILLOR BRETT HERRON

Mayoral Committee adopts development strategy to address apartheid spatial planning and transport inefficiencies

The City of Cape Town anticipates that by the year 2032, Cape Town may need an additional 500 000 new dwelling units; retail space of 1 000 000 m²; office space of 3 500 000 m²; and industrial development comprising 4 500 000 m² to deal with the projected population growth. The location and nature of these future developments will have a significant impact on the millions of people who will be living and working in the city.  Continue reading

Tuesday, 15 March 2016:  Smile 90.4FM celebrates a year under the leadership of Lois O’Brien as MD of Cape Town’s fastest growing radio station.

During her tenure, the station has seen a substantial increase in sales, listener growth of 100%+ year-on-year, plus a huge rise in social engagement (over 56% of the station’s audience engages with them on Facebook), listener loyalty and traffic online, mainly due to the great station on-air product, together with a huge increase in Marketing and Events.

In light of these achievements we wanted to delve deeper into what drives this strong woman. Continue reading

The Community Chest Carnival is back, featuring food from around the world. Plus the new addition of gourmet food trucks to satisfy the taste buds of Cape Town’s foodie community.

To top this, the ever popular Vineyard Oval Market will be relocating for the four-day duration of the Carnival, bringing with them a selection of their regular stalls as well as their loyal customer base, according to market organiser Antonio Mullins.

“We are showing our commitment to Community Chest Carnival through the support from our regular vendors and encouraging our customers to follow us too,” he said.

John Robinson will be bringing his Charming Spitbraai truck, a regular at the Vineyard Oval Market. It’ll be his second year at the event. Also a regular at other Cape Town events, he serves his lamb spitbraai wraps and pita breads, chicken, lamb chops, boerewors, and crowd-pleasing burgers. Continue reading

On at Cape Town Comedy Club …

The home of Cape Town comedy is back with another jam-packed week of comedy. Featuring South Africa’s top comedians, Cape Town Comedy Club is the best place to catch comedy in the Western Cape!

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Wednesday 16th March 2016

HEADLINE: Conrad Koch
MC: Dugald Pieterse
SUPPORT: Stuart Cairns
OPEN MIC: Kurt Langeveld

Thursday 17th March 2016

HEADLINE: Conrad Koch
MC: Dugald Pieterse
SUPPORT: Stuart Cairns
OPEN MIC: Kurt Langeveld

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Alistair Izobell Productions is proud to announce his very personal show entitled “The Man behind the Music” 1st and 2nd April 2016 at the Baxter Theatre

Entertainment veteran Alistair Izobell is a household name, not only in Cape Town and South Africa, but on stages across the globe. His career spans some three decades and includes iconic roles in District Six, Kat and the Kings – both David Kramer / Taliep Petersen productions – as well as his own productions including, Kaapse Stoep Stories, Music Alla Kaap, Motown Memories, Radio Classics, Slick Swing, Now that’s Music and Remembering the Lux.

This versatile singer, songwriter, producer and iconic Capetonian, will delight audiences for two nights only and will take them on a musical journey that taps into his life, and love of his community and family. Songs performed are his original compositions as well as songs by those who have inspired him.

That all he knows – “music is what I would like to be remembered for, it’s part of my being and I have been blessed to share my talent” says Alistair.

The show is about his musical experiences, what he has been able to offer and share with our new emerging talent. Alistair’s greatest joy has been to share his enormous musical wealth and talent and nurture young aspiring artists which include: Robin Peters, Nur Abrahams, Andrea Anthony, Kashiefa Blaauw and new sensation busker Mornay Holland. Trevino Isaacs and his band will support this stellar cast. Continue reading

An estimated 50 000 excited spectators flocked to the Green Point Fan Walk on Saturday, 12 March, eager to be a part of the Mother City’s biggest party. The Cape Town Carnival once again blew fans away with a procession that included floats like Traffic Hazard, Township Angel and Heart of the City, and over 2 000 incredible performers.

As the 1.2km Cape Town Carnival corridor came alive with music and colour, VIPs such as Premier Helen Zille, Mayor Patricia de Lille, along with Cape Town Carnival brand ambassadors, Siv Ngesi and Liezel van der Westhuizen were in the center of the action.

Jay Douwes, CEO of Cape Town Carnival, said: “After the success of last year, we were aiming to make this year’s Carnival bigger and better. A goal we achieved with flying colours. Anticipation was high and there were more spectators than ever before, testament that the city loves this event as much as we do. It was a beautiful Cape evening and the Fan Walk was the perfect setting to celebrate both our diversity and unity.”

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A driving licence applicant has been arrested after trying to buy his way through his test. R

A driving licence applicant is facing charges of bribery and corruption after trying to convince a City of Cape Town official to help him get his licence. On Tuesday 8 March 2016, the applicant offered his licensing examiner R2 000 for a pass at the New Ottery Driving Licence Testing Centre. The examiner raised the alarm and the applicant was soon arrested. The cash was handed over to the South African Police Service as evidence.

‘Reports of bribery and corruption are common in South Africa and this is not the first instance where someone has tried to effectively buy their licence. It still continues to shock me how brazen some people are. I am very proud of the examiner for the way he handled this case,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading

The City’s clean-up of its job seeker’s database has involved placing nearly 170 000 calls and sending 300 000 bulk SMSs to reach dormant job seekers. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town has been hard at work refreshing its Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) job seeker’s database. This includes tracking down individuals who have not updated their details in more than a year as they are required to do.

Currently, just more than 400 000 individuals are registered on the City’s EPWP database. The clean-up is being done in phases and the last phase involved calling 168 189 job seekers and sending out bulk SMSs to more than 300 000 job seekers to ensure maximum reach.

The findings are outlined below: Continue reading

Mayor , MEC Donald Grant & SANRAL Regional Director Kobus van der Walt SOD turning  R 300 interchange

Mayor , MEC Donald Grant & SANRAL Regional Director Kobus van der Walt SOD turning R 300 interchange

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE BY MAYOR PATRICIA DE LILLE, MEC DONALD GRANT AND SANRAL WESTERN CAPE

Today the City of Cape Town and its partners, the Western Cape Government Department of Transport and Public Works and the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) turned the first sod in the new R60 million R300/Bottelary interchange in Kuils Rriver.

This new connection will go a long way towards alleviating pressure on two of the city’s most important arterials, the R300 and Bottelary Road.

Cape Town is the most congested city in the country as a result of increased investment and more people moving to Cape Town in search of opportunities. Continue reading

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