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Auditions for the 2016 GrandWest Open Mic Jazz singing competition will soon be drawing to a close. The last auditions will take place at Jackson Hall, GrandWest from 20h00 on Wednesday 31 August 2016 and 7 September 2016. Registration for the auditions starts at 19h00 and there is no cost to enter.

Staged annually by GrandWest and Heart FM, the GrandWest Open Mic Jazz singing competition has become a credible platform for showcasing and acknowledging up and coming jazz singing talent. It is open to all emerging jazz vocalists over the age of 18. Professional singers – those already deriving their primary income from performing – are not permitted to enter the competition. Auditions are limited to 30 entrants per night, and there is no cost to enter.

Participants will be accompanied by an accomplished band. The judges will focus on vocal technique, song interpretation, stage presence and audience response. The entrants are encouraged to bring their friends, family and fans to cheer and support them. With the chance to shine on stage comes the chance of winning spectacular prizes.

For more information on the competition, contact Morita Bester on 021 505 7526.

With a little over 100 days to go before the very popular HSBC Cape Town Sevens kicks off in the Mother City on 10 December, SA Rugby has confirmed that less than 6,000 tickets – all for the first day of action – are still available to the public.

All tickets for the second day (Sunday 11 December) have been sold, but only 5,530 tickets at R150 and 79 seats at R250 are left for the opening day (Saturday 10 December) and supporters are urged to buy those tickets before they sell out.

All-inclusive hospitality packages, starting at R2,995 per person per day (excluding VAT), are still available for both days from SA Rugby through Mingon van Rooyen at, and fans travelling from abroad can get ticket and travel packages from SA Rugby Travel (

Megapro has supporters’ packages available and they can be purchased for Saturday only (R1,895 per person, excluding VAT), Sunday only (R2,295 per person, excluding VAT) or Weekend Package (R3,700 per person, excluding VAT) – email John ( for more information.

SA Rugby reiterated that they were aware of other

The City of Cape Town notes with concern that yet another maintenance team, this time a contractor, has been robbed at gunpoint while attending to an overflowing sewer. The incident occurred on Monday 22 August 2016 on the property of the Boundary Primary School in Taaibos Road, Bonteheuwel.

After being called out to deal with an overflowing sewer, the contractor arrived on site to commence overpumping (whereby the blockage is isolated from the network so it can be cleared), but as soon as they began setting up equipment, they were accosted and their valuables and equipment stolen. As a result of the robbery, the repairs and clean-up operations have been delayed until the area is safe.

‘Between the recent attacks on firefighters, the targeting of our clinics by criminals, and now this incident, we feel a renewed call for vigilance and assistance from residents is warranted,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Alderman Ernest Sonnenberg. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town asks residents to send close-up photos depicting the finer details of the Rondebosch Fountain which was left in pieces following a motor vehicle collision in 2015. 

Last year, a car collided with the well-known historic fountain which stood at the intersection of Main and Belmont Roads, Rondebosch. The 125-year-old fountain was left in pieces. The smaller bits of the fountain were removed by the City to a place of safe-keeping. The larger remaining pieces of the monument were subsequently stolen from the site.

The fountain is made of cast-iron and was donated to the municipality by George Pigot Moodie in 1891 as an animal watering facility. Continue reading

Those living in the Joe Slovo housing scheme who have heeded the City’s call to sign formal lease agreements will have their debt written off. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town took over the management of the 705 Joe Slovo Park units in June 2013 and has since been engaging with the Joe Slovo Committee to formalise their occupancy, but to no avail. Despite attempts to enter into formal lease agreements with the City, the residents repeatedly refused to do so.

Lease agreements not only enable the City to work in a more financially sustainable and formal manner, but are also a prerequisite for the City to attend to normal repairs and maintenance requests from tenants.

The now defunct Thubelisha Homes was responsible for the construction of these flats with funding received from National Government. The City did not oversee the development, nor was it involved in the construction. It took over the tenancy management of the units in 2013. Many occupants, however, live rent-free and refuse to enter into formal lease agreements with the City. The City has, however, continued to attend to repairs and maintenance of a health and safety nature. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s Council approved a Freight Management Strategy to ensure that freight transport within Cape Town is safe, efficient and serves the needs of the economy without compromising the access and mobility of other road users, and that freight operators comply with weight regulations. Read more below:

‘Our local and regional economy is firmly vested in global trade and depends largely on road-based transport of cargo to and from the port, airport and between cities and towns. However, as much as the City is responsible for the provision of an efficient and reliable road network, we cannot ignore the impact of road-based freight on Cape Town’s roads and the urban environment. Counting among the effects are carbon emissions, congestion and road accidents. Furthermore, the City spends approximately R1 billion per annum on road maintenance,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading

Women’s Day on 9 August 2016 saw a bevy of talented female artists perform at the Grand Arena, Grand West in the second Divas Unite concert with a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales to be donated to two Western Cape based women’s charities; The Saartjie Baartman Centre and Project Flamingo. Cheques for R25 000 each have been presented to the organizations on behalf of GrandWest and Divas Unite.

The Saartjie Baartman Centre in Manenberg offers support to victims of crime with emphasis on abused women and children. Project Flamingo works to extend healthcare services to facilitate more timely detection and treatment of cancer.

At the handover at the Saartjie Baartman Centre are from left The Voice finalist Thembeka Mnguni, Director of the Saartjie Baartman Centre Shaheema McLeod, Group Social Economic Development Manager at Sun International Heidi Edson and Expresso presenter, Katlego Maboe.


The Stellenbosch Slow Market will present its first annual Pink Mardi Gras Market on Saturday, 03 September, where everything fabulously pink will be celebrated.

Visitors can look forward to a variety of products and activities, and are encouraged to dress up in the spirit of the theme in order to win some top prizes.

Pink wine and sparkling wine, smoothies, cakes and other delights such as candy floss and frozen yogurt, as well as pink flowers, balloons, apples and other delicious food inspired by the theme are just some of the items that will be available on the day. The pink balloons will be on sale in order to raise funds for the children’s charity, Force4Good.

Well known media personality Grant Hinds, cookbook author Hein Scholtz, Special Projects Manager of Independent Media Charl Reineke (also editor of The Pink Tongue), as well as others will be judging visitors wearing the best pink outfits on the day in order to award them with a variety of great prizes. The more outrageous, the better! Continue reading

The short-term work opportunity scheme has consistently outperformed annual targets set – with just shy of 200 000 jobs created since 2010 and a number of national awards in the bag.

The City of Cape Town continues to lead the way in the implementation of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) – a national government initiative aimed at giving unemployed South Africans a hand up through temporary jobs to earn some form of income, but also to acquire skills that could make them more employable.

In the previous financial year, the City surpassed its target of creating 42 500 work opportunities ending on 45 875. This is in line with a trend that dates back to 2011, as outlined below: Continue reading

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