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The City of Cape Town’s partner, the Shark Spotters, has been recognised for their valuable contribution to enhancing the safety of all visitors to in-shore areas. This includes their implementation of the effective shark exclusion net, public education programmes, and cutting-edge research. The City has commended the team for their accolade.

The City of Cape Town-funded Shark Spotters Programme has been awarded the Gold – Innovation Award in the Best for Beach Tourism Category at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2016, held on Thursday 7 April 2016.

The Best for Beach Tourism Category, sponsored by BulkSMS, is awarded to a tourism business, organisation or initiative providing or contributing to responsible holidays in beach settings. Continue reading

V&A Waterfront goes head-to-head with European destinations

Cape Town, 8 April 2016 – Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront took pride of place as the only South African, and only one of three nominated destinations in the world, at the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) ‘Tourism for Tomorrow’ Destination Awards held at the 16th WTTC Global Summit in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday, 7 April.

With Parkstad Limburg in the Netherlands emerging the frontrunner, David Green, CEO of the V&A Waterfront said this was nonetheless a defining moment for the business: “The fact that we were nominated by an organisation the stature of the WTTC, alongside destinations such as Parkstad Limburg and Swiss Parks Network in Switzerland is testament to the fact that our offering is comparable with the best in the world.

“While the V&A Waterfront is fortunate to boast many attractions, that alone is not enough to distinguish ourselves as an international tourist destination. It requires a holistic, sustainable vision for development, protection of historical assets and an inclusive approach that is as welcoming of locals as it is of visitors. These key strengths have enabled the Waterfront to hold its own on a global tourism platform. Continue reading

This incredible work has been commissioned (part of the Suidoosterfees 2016) to celebrate the life and work of the late Professor Jakes Gerwel ( the former chairman of Media24, former rector of the University of Western Cape and the director general of former President Nelson Mandela’s cabinet). Kristalvlakte will serve as a creative and literary monument honoring Jakes Gerwel’s memory.

From the shreds of the constant drug war, dealer Priscilla is trying to keep her family and life together. The community is bleeding due to the interference of political orders, gang bosses and religious leaders. Sometimes there are waves of peace, as in any good war. But war is like love – it will always find a way out. And while life goes on Priscilla’s drug dealings will survive in the backstreets of time.

Amy Jephta’s epic theater piece, has a star-studded cast: Ilse Klink, Brendon Daniels Roysten Stoffels Bianca Flanders, Tarryn Wyngaard, Dean Smith, Gantane Kusch, Daniel Richards, Dean Desk, Riaan Staggering and Antonio Fischer. It tells the story of a community much larger than the individual characters. Continue reading

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

Note to editors: the following is an extract from a speech delivered by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at briefing with a delegation from the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, from Turkey. The delegation was led by the Deputy Mayor of Izmir, in the absence of Mayor Aziz Kocaoğlu following the death of his mother. Continue reading

Four suspects linked to firearm confiscations have joined more than 100 others behind bars after running into the long arm of the City’s law enforcement agencies in recent days. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Gang and Drug Task Team (GDTT) and Stabilisation Unit confiscated four illegal firearms in one day – three of them in Manenberg.

On Thursday 7 April 2016, the GDTT arrested a 32-year-old suspect with a .38 special revolver and four rounds of ammunition in Hanover Park. The same team later arrested a 26-year-old for possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition in Manenberg. Five other suspects were arrested in Manenberg on Thursday for possession of narcotics. Officers confiscated various quantities of dagga and mandrax.

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“Just people – but are often not recognized for who they are but as the scum of the earth.” The homeless. Street People. We pretend not to see them, look directly past them – never at them. Sometimes we pretend they don’t exist and the smell is just horrible “dammit, they could at least have a wash!”. Then we meet Kathleen Marion Jacobs. Suddenly things didn’t make sense to her, nothing was too clear, then she started running. Far away from normal, her everyday life, it suddenly seemed strange to her. Away from all that was familiar to her. Family, friends, the school where she was a history teacher and the children who laughed at her. Katie is a famous “Bergie” on Greenmarket Square, full of story tales.

Everyone knows her and she knows everyone, a smile and a chuckle will cost you nothing, but if it’s a life lesson, it costs R5.00! Katie’s story is not unique. It happens all the time, but what makes her story being on the street so special? Was it the forced removal of District Six in 1966 as a child? Or was it the fact that the Cape Flats was a noose around her neck, not able to breathe? Or was it her love of history? Or perhaps because her own history happened – that she had not foreseen? But she’s here now, with history and all. “You know me, but you do not see my soul!” Continue reading

One month into a public appeal to raise the last R10 million for the R100 million-plus expansion and upgrade of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and the R1 million mark has just been surpassed. The project will see significantly improved intensive care services delivered to critically ill and injured children from in South Africa and the rest of the African continent. Capacity will also be greatly increased, addressing the desperate need for more beds to treat some of the country’s sickest little patients.

With the lion share of the funding already secured for the building of this life-saving unit, the Children’s Hospital Trust – the official fundraisers for the Red Cross Children’s Hospital – have made an emotive appeal to the public to help them raise the final R10 million to complete the building. R1 243 715 million of this target has now been reached, so there is still a way to go to reach the final target of R10m by the end of June. Continue reading

Cape Town residents have proved that when it comes to the crunch, they will do what it takes to save water. Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) has been a valuable resource in both creating employment and supplementing services. The latest partnership, this time with the City’s Water and Sanitation Department, sees EPWP workers assisting with enforcement of water restrictions. Despite the recent rains, adherence to water restrictions remains important. Read more below:

The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg, would like to thank and congratulate Cape Town residents for pulling together in this time of water need as a look at figures over the past three months reveals efforts that are truly heartening. Residents have succeeded in saving 10% on their consumption and should be proud of this fact. Continue reading

A final Goldin opportunity awaits two young South African actors between 20 and 30 years old as the Baxter calls for applications for auditions for the 2016 Brett Goldin Bursary

The Baxter Theatre Centre is calling for applications from young South African actors, from anywhere in the country, between the ages of 20 and 30, who wish to audition for the Brett Goldin Bursary for 2016. This marks the tenth anniversary and final year that the bursary will be made available. The closing date is 5pm on Friday, 29 April and no late applications will be accepted.

Auditions will take place at the Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town on 18 and 19 May with finals on 20 May, when the winners will be announced at a special function on the same day.

All applications should only be sent to Nicolette Moses at Baxter Theatre Centre, Main Road, Rondebosch, 7700, via email to nicolette.moses@uct.ac.za or fax her on 021 650 5260. Continue reading

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