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Each year the City of Cape Town’s Parks Department has to make a difficult choice between mowed parks and verges, or a glorious display of newly blossomed spring flowers. The choice is never easy. Read more below:

The City’s Parks Department has to choose between neat, mowed parks and verges, or a glorious display of newly blossomed spring flowers every year.

‘This is the choice which the City is faced with at this time of year,’ said the City of Cape Town’s newly appointed Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services, Councillor Anda Ntsodo.

The annual spring flowers are making their appearance in various public open spaces and open tracts of land within the city. This sometimes causes contention on whether the areas should be mowed, or whether the wild flowers should be left undisturbed for the enjoyment of residents. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town and the international conservation organisation The Nature Conservancy (TNC) have formally agreed to a water fund for Cape Town which aims to safeguard water supplies and biodiversity while supporting local livelihoods. It will be a first for South Africa. Read more below:

The Cape Town Water Fund will be based on the successful Global Water Fund model which seeks to introduce a public-private partnership and innovative financing to conserve watersheds and water resources in Africa – a continent where water is a valuable and scarce resource.

It is hoped that the Cape Town Water Fund, in collaboration with partners in the National Government, the Western Cape Government, Cape Nature and the Dassenberg Coastal Catchment Partnership, will ultimately secure water quality and quantity for the town of Atlantis through improving the ecological infrastructure. Continue reading

Argentinian-born singer, composer and keyboard player Muriel Marco is set to dazzle Cape Town audiences Sunday 28 August at The Masque Theatre in Muizenberg.

Known for her Jazz and World musical styles, Marco is ready to impress her Cape Town fans with her latest offering: Muriel Marco – No Direction (ND) Project.

Having performed as part of international group Tucan Tucan, as well as releasing her very own music, the Muriel Marco – ND Project sees Muriel composing and playing music with no boundaries regarding genre and instrumentation.

Marco, says she is excited to take to the stage.

I’m thrilled to bring this dream to fruition because it is a musical project that I have envisioned for many years. A true reflection of my musical journey,” admits Marco.
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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER: TRANSPORT FOR CAPE TOWN, COUNCILLOR BRETT HERRON

The City of Cape Town today, 16 August 2016, in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) defended the judgment of the Western Cape High Court that prevents the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) from tolling sections of the N1 and N2 freeways in Cape Town.

SANRAL appealed against the judgment in the Winelands tolling matter that was handed down by Justices Ashley Binns-Ward and Nolwazi Boqwana of the Western Cape High Court on 30 September 2015. The judgment reviewed and set aside the approvals that would enable SANRAL to burden Western Cape road users with R62 billion of tolling costs.

The Winelands tolling case has been dragging on for too long already and was argued before Judges Navsa, Cachalla, Wallis, Petse and Mocumie of the SCA in Bloemfontein earlier today. Continue reading

Nearly a decade since its premiere and 15 top South African awards later, Lara Foot’s Karoo Moose returns to the stage with the original cast, who reprise their respective roles, having earned respect and acclaim in their own right over the years.

Following its unprecedented success  at the National Arts Festival recently, the multi-award-winning production now comes to the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio from 31 August to 24 September 7.00pm nightly.

Acclaimed playwright, director and producer, Foot was named the 2016 Featured Artist at the 43rd National Arts Festival this year, leading the charge on the Main programme, 80% of which was made up of work written, directed, curated or headlined by women. Continue reading

Over the past month, bird lovers have travelled great distances to be able to tick the rufous-tailed scrub robin off their must-see bird list. The bird was first spotted in the Zeekoevlei at the False Bay Nature Reserve last month. This small scrub robin does not usually occur any closer to South Africa than Kenya, but found the habitat provided at the City’s reserve to its liking. Read more below:

To date, more than 900 birders have flocked to view the rufous-tailed scrub robin spotted by Peter Steyn and André Demblon on 17 July. A month later this rare bird, which has never been recorded in South Africa before, continues to be the centre of attention, drawing twitchers from all over the country to the City’s False Bay Nature Reserve. It is likely that the bird arrived around May and will depart around September. The False Bay Nature Reserve is one of the City’s three identified Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas, is a site of global significance for bird conservation, and is the City’s only Ramsar site (a wetland of international importance). Continue reading

Premium Sports Bar in Westridge, Mitchell’s Plain will host multi-award winning comedian, ‘My Cousin’, Barry Hilton, for one night only. Performing live at the Premium Comedy Night on Tuesday, 30 August 2016, this will be the first time that Barry will deliver his hilarious, unique and extremely animated anecdotes to a Mitchell’s Plain audience.

Barry will take to the stage alongside Khanyiso Kenqa and Schalk Bezuidenhout at the Premium Comedy Night, which has become well-known on the club comedy scene. Premium Sports Bar has since been recognised as a top comedy venue, and the purpose of the Comedy Night is to not only showcase local and international talent but also to promote Mitchells Plain as a place that is alive with talent, possibilities and potential.

Having been in the comedy business for more than 30 years, no crowd is too big or small for this fun loving South African comedic icon. His unique comedy style speaks to people from all age groups and backgrounds. Most people can relate to his humour and charm because his content is never vulgar, malicious or mean; it’s always light-hearted, honest and funny.

Premium Sports Bar also offers amazing bar specials and the best pizza in town. Purchase your tickets at the venue before-hand at R50, or at the door on the night for R60. For ticket bookings, contact 072 399 3338.

On at Cape Town Comedy Club …

LINEUP SUBJECT TO CHANGE!

Wednesday 17th August 2016 (GUINNESS WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT)

HEADLINE: Carl Joshua Ncube (ZIM)
MC: Dave Levinsohn (JHB)
SUPPORT ACT: Yaaseen Barnes

GUEST ACT: Lunga Tshuka

Thursday 18th August 2016

HEADLINE: Conrad Koch / Chester Missing
MC: Dave Levinsohn (JHB)
SUPPORT ACT: Yaaseen Barnes

GUEST ACT: Lunga Tshuka

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Performers:       Judith Sephuma ft. Camillo Lombard

Date:                    Thursday, 18 August 2016

Time:                   Doors open at 7pm; performances start at 7.30pm

Venue:                Chavonnes Battery, Silo District, V&A Waterfront

Tickets:               R175 per person, available from www.quicket.co.za

Contact:              V&A Info Centre on 021 408 7600 or info@waterfront.co.za

South African Music Award winner Judith Sephuma takes the stage this coming Thursday, 18 August, at the Chavonnes Battery Museum, for an intimate performance featuring jazz pianist Camillo Lombard.

The final performance in the V&A Waterfront’s Acoustics Underground performance series, presented in association with Kfm, these acclaimed musical giants of the jazz genre require little introduction, and with Sephuma’s spectacular vocal range and Lombard’s keyboard genius, the audience can expect pure musical magic on the night. Continue reading

SA Schools coach Lance Sendin has made six changes to his side for the second round of matches in the U19 International Series at Bishops in Cape Town on Tuesday, while his SA Schools A counterpart Sean Erasmus made wholesale changes to his team, with only four players retaining their places in the starting line-up.

The SA Schools team will face France at 16h00 on Tuesday, while the SA Schools A team takes on England at 14h30. In the other clash Wales and Italy will go head-to-head at 13h00.

Sendin made six changes to the starting team that defeated Wales 23-17 at City Park Stadium on Friday, with the three changes in the backline seeing Manuel Rass getting a run at outside centre, Muller du Plessis starting on the left wing and Richman Gora running out at scrumhalf. They replace Wandisile Simelane, Sihle Njezula and Rewan Kruger respectively. Continue reading

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