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The Maynardville Open-Air Theatre is the setting for another season of Shakespeare this month. This production of ‘Othello’ coincides with the theatre’s 60th anniversary. 

The City of Cape Town’s open-air theatre inside Maynardville Park is the stage for the annual Artscape Shakespeare in the Park production, with the play ‘Othello’ being featured for 2016.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the venue as well as the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 1616. Throughout 2016, theatre companies across the globe will pay tribute to William Shakespeare’s lasting legacy as the world’s preeminent playwright.

‘We are delighted to partner with the Artscape again to bring this timeless masterpiece to Maynardville. The setting under the stars provides a memorable experience for theatre lovers of all ages,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Special Projects, Alderman Belinda Walker. Continue reading

Less Than 1 week to SA’s Most EPIC Sport and Lifestyle Event

(February 2016) Brace yourself, The takealot.com Cape Town 10s is a drop kick away! Taking place on 5 & 6 February 2016at Hamilton’s Rugby Club in Green Point, this year’s event is going to be the most epic event the Mother City has ever witnessed!

There are loads of new additions to this year’s takealot.com Cape Town 10s tournament; beach volleyball has been introduced which includes the Flying Fish Pro Beach Volleyball Series. There is the ‘Live The 10s Rugby Village’ which provides the opportunity for spectators and players alike to stay on-sight at the tournament. There will be loads of spot prizes and exciting activations, celebs galore and a great entertainment line-up inside Africa’s biggest beer tent. There will be free Wi-Fi available at the event so be sure to post your favourite moments of the day on the social media platforms; don’t forget to tag #takealot10s on your posts. Over 25 000 people attended the  last event – if you you’re looking for the most exhilarating weekend of your life,  you’ll need to pre-book tickets right away to avoid FOMO and a 500 metre line at the gate! Continue reading

During the City of Cape Town’s Urban Sustainability Internship Programme awards ceremony which was held on Friday 29 January 2016 at the Two Oceans Aquarium, six interns were honoured for their outstanding contributions. Read more below:

The City’s Urban Sustainability Internship Programme offers interns the opportunity to enhance, reinforce and strengthen their academic knowledge and practical skills, making them more marketable for job opportunities because of their work experience.

‘The past 10 years of investment is testament to the City’s commitment to creating opportunities for young professionals and empowering them, through skills development, to promote and contribute to our environmental sustainability. The programme has proven its success and effectiveness in producing exceptional young professionals over the past decade. Continue reading

The City will simulate an emergency exercise in Simon’s Town to test the response of various agencies to a rail disaster. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre is coordinating a safety exercise at the Simon’s Town railway station on Tuesday 2 February 2016, simulating a rail disaster.

The exercise is being done in collaboration with various other agencies including the City Fire and Rescue Service, Metrorail, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, Transnet, the South African Police Service, the South African National Defence Force, the National Sea Rescue Institute, Emergency Medical Services and Forenic Pathology Services.

The scenario will involve a train colliding with a diesel tanker en route to the Simon’s Town Naval Base, causing the train to catch alight. A hazardous spill will also form part of the scenario. Members of the public – pet owners in particular – are advised that smoke grenades and thunder flashes will be used. Continue reading

The City Hall Clock is once again running on time after several glitches and subsequent repairs to this half-scale replica of Big Ben in London. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town undertook emergency repairs on the iconic City Hall clock after it stopped working in November 2013, and had been operated manually for short periods of time up until the fault was addressed and repaired.

‘Restoration and repairs have been completed on the City Hall clock and it is once again in full working order,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Garreth Bloor.

The clock in the turret is modelled on London’s Big Ben and is exactly half the size. It strikes the hours and chimes the Westminster Quarters.

‘A few contractors were called in to assess the problems, and it was decided that we needed to find a more specialised subcontractor who has the experience and a better understanding of historical clock mechanisms,’ explained Councillor Bloor. Continue reading

Building kits are currently being issued to the 24 families who lost their homes during yesterday’s fire. The City of Cape Town, with the help of supporting organisations, has been making every effort to expedite the process to ensure that the families who have been affected by fires in Imizamo Yethu are able to rebuild their lives, through the issuing of building kits and the provision of humanitarian relief. Read more below:

Most recently, 27 families were affected by a fire that took place near the reservoir in Dontse Yahke, Hout Bay yesterday, 1 February 2016.

Currently 24 enhanced emergency kits are being issued to the families whose structures were completely damaged. Three relocation kits have been issued to the families whose structures were partially affected.

All of the timber poles that are handed out as part of these kits have been treated with fire-retardant paint prior to being issued.

The enhanced emergency kit includes nails, poles, galvanised corrugated steel roof sheets, a door with a lockset or padlock, and a window. The City of Cape Town is the only metro in the country that assists residents affected by fires and floods in this manner. Continue reading

Golden Arrow Bus Services is pleased to announce the appointment of Derick Meyer as its new General Manager.

Meyer joined the company in 1981 and has since occupied a number of management positions, specialising in scheduling and operations, including his most recent as Manager of our subsidiary company, Table Bay Rapid Transit.

According to Chairman of the Golden Arrow Board Yunis Shaik, Meyer comes with a wealth of experience and a unique range of institutional knowledge. “On behalf of the Board of Directors I would like to extend a warm welcome to Derick Meyer as he steps into the post of General Manager. We have full confidence in his ability to make this position his own and wish him well in his new position,” says Shaik.

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