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The City of Cape Town’s Manenberg infill housing project, at a cost of approximately R123 million, is set to start during May 2016. For years, an all-female project steering committee has been playing an intricate role behind the scenes to ensure that this project, in one of the most volatile areas in the metro, can become a reality.

Construction of the 587 subsidised units is expected to commence soon and it is foreseen to take approximately three years to completion. Continue reading

At 12h30 today, a 30 year old man suffered severe seizures while hiking up Table Mountain. Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services airlifted him by AMS helicopter to Grootte Schuur Hospital in a critical condition.

Saxes, trumpets, all that jazz and more in entertaining evening with Cape Horns

Hosted by respected saxophonist Don Vino, Cape Horns promises a relaxed and entertaining evening of music, offering something for everyone with an exciting array of sounds. The concert will take place for two nights only at the Baxter Theatre on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 May at 8pm.

From Gospel to Jazz, Big Band to Pop, and celebrating the much-loved but often forgotten Lang-arm, it’s guaranteed to get the audience dancing. Cape Horns presents some of Cape Town’s most notable brass music stars, while providing a platform for the next generation of talent.

Trumpeter Ian Smith of VJR fame and director of the acclaimed Delft Big Band joins the line up with saxophonist Heinrich Isaacs, who is known for his Gospel jazz expertise; and fellow saxophonist Didier Richards, a popular performer with the South African Navy Band and who has played with the likes of the legendary Pacific Express.

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The malicious damage to community facilities during protest action has reached unacceptable proportions. While the City counts the cost to continually fix these much-needed facilities, we cannot put a price tag on the loss experienced by residents in these communities. 


In the past three years, the vandalism of three City of Cape Town community facilities due to protest action has added up to over R12 million. This money could have been better spent on providing additional recreational facilities, spray parks, smart parks, or synthetic soccer pitches in communities where these facilities are sorely needed.  Continue reading

A group of 27 youth cadets are set to benefit from a number of opportunities provided by the City, including driving lessons and bursaries. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Volunteer Youth Cadet Programme is delivering dividends to a group of young people in its ranks.

As part of the programme’s exit strategy, 27 cadets who have already matriculated or are completing Grade 12 this year have been identified to undergo learner driver training. The Metro Police Department is also facilitating access to other training interventions and potential bursaries for the group, in partnership with the City’s Human Resources Training and Development Section. Continue reading

Applications have re-opened for temporary lifeguard positions at City of Cape Town’s beaches. Applications close on 2 November 2015.
Those who have applied for the previous lifeguard positions advertised with reference number SR 27/15 and SR 28/15 need not reapply.
The department is making every effort to ensure its amenities are ready for the upcoming season – with a special focus on beaches.
One of the City’s critical requirements for the safety of Cape Town’s residents is to have trained and competent lifeguards available at our beaches during the peak summer season. The City would like to encourage people who meet the criteria to apply timeously, so as not to lose out on this employment opportunity.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for appointment as staff on a seasonal contract basis to the positions of Seasonal Beach Lifeguard and Seasonal Senior Beach Lifeguard.

The application process is rigorous, prospective lifeguard candidates undergo further training and testing. Each lifeguard has to meet requirements according to the qualifying standard as per the Lifesaving South Africa certificate. Lifeguards must also comply with the below requirements: Continue reading


Today, 28 April 2016, the City of Cape Town Council voted in favour of a motion which defends our Constitution.

Section 2 of our Constitution reads:

‘This Constitution is the supreme law of the Republic; law or conduct inconsistent with it is invalid, and the obligations imposed by it must be fulfilled’.

While it is the duty of each and every South African to defend the Constitution and for each of us to work together to build on the sacrifices made before us, this responsibility is heightened for those who have the honour of working as public servants.

According to the Constitution in Section 83, the President ‘must uphold, defend and respect the Constitution as the supreme law of the Republic’. On 31 March 2016, the Constitutional Court ruled that President Jacob Zuma failed in that very important duty. Continue reading

This from

Lloyd Burnard – Sport24

Cape Town – It has been a week in which transformation, or the lack thereof, has hogged South African headlines once more.

Everybody has an opinion, yet those opinions don’t always line up when what is a largely sensitive topic of discussion surfaces.

There are concerns over what can and can’t be said, what is politically correct and what is not, and the more that the topic is discussed the murkier the mechanisms of achieving the end goal become.

Even the end goal itself is unclear.

Are we striving to have every national side become accurately representative of the demographics of the country, without any exception or leniency?

Or is the end goal of transformation to ensure that every sports playing person in South Africa is given an equal opportunity to get to the top of his or her game, at which point the best will be chosen?

It appears that transformation is seeking to achieve both of those things, but identifying the best vehicle to facilitate a move towards those goals has been problematic.

At the April 19 portfolio committee meeting between SA Rugby and the Department of Sport and Recreation, SA Rugby provided feedback on their transformation progress in 2015.

According to their presentation, Western Province was the best performing of the 14 unions in terms of meeting transformation requirements.

What is their secret?

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DHL Stormers co-captains Juan de Jongh and Frans Malherbe both return for the Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Waratahs at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

De Jongh takes his place at outside centre after missing the 40-22 victory over the Reds last week with concussion, and will partner Damian de Allende in midfield, while Malherbe returns at tighthead prop after being ruled out last week due to illness.

The only other changes to the starting line-up are rotational switches to the forward pack as Schalk Burger takes his place at No.8 with Nizaam Carr shifting to the flank and Siya Kolisi moving to the replacements bench, whilst in the front row JC Janse van Rensburg starts at loosehead prop.

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that his team are intent on raising the bar once again at DHL Newlands.

“We are determined to keep on progressing along the path we have embarked on this season, and the Waratahs will provide another serious challenge this weekend.

“The team has really bought into what we are trying to do, and I am excited to see what they can produce in front of our faithful fans on Saturday,” he said.

DHL Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh (co-captain), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Schalk Burger, 7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Rynhardt Elstadt, 3 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Brandon Thomson, 23 Huw Jones.

Referee: Mike Fraser

28 April 2016
Release: Immediately
The DA-led Western Cape Government (WCG) has spent R56 387 047 on fighting substance abuse in the Western Cape, during the 2015/16 financial year.
I will write to the Minister of Social Development in the Western Cape, Albert Fritz, to inquire about the extent to which the WCG’s alcohol game changer will impact on the funding of existing programmes associated with substance abuse.

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