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South Africa’s comedic ventriloquist Conrad Koch heads to the Baxter Theatre with his latest comedy show, Puppet Guy for two performances only on 23 & 24 September at 8.15pm.

Following the success of comedy acts such as Puppet Asylum, The Chester Missing Roadshow, and Missing, Puppet Guyshowcases the guy behind the puppets with a unique take on ventriloquism. In his newest comedy production Koch takes his artistry to a completely new level of performance. Audiences will be introduced to a host of new characters in an inventive, creative and interactive way, bringing you the funniest and latest material in this hilarious new show.

Conrad gets back to the silly side of ventriloquism, talking to himself and the variety of odd puppet people that live in his head. In this production he discovers that his puppets have all gone missing. These characters have formed such an integral part of his persona, that now he needs to find a way of creating new puppets out of interesting objects surrounding him. Continue reading

Substantial restoration work to the Old Granary building at 11 Buitenkant Street in Cape Town central is underway. The City-appointed contractor is being guided by a restoration architect to enhance this culturally significant building which is more than 200 years old. Read more below:

The rehabilitation and restoration work on this early 19th century City-owned gem is earmarked for completion by early to mid-2017, if all goes according to plan.

‘The building has been vacant for over 20 years and is in need of restoration and rehabilitation. The vision is to restore the building externally while sensitively rehabilitating its interior spaces for use by the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation as a Peace Centre, offices, an archive and a museum. The City’s Environmental Resource Management and Property Management departments are residing over the restoration work. Continue reading

DHL Western Province coach John Dobson has made a number of changes to his team to face the Toyota Free State Cheetahs at DHL Newlands on Friday.

Following their bye week and training camp in Hermanus, DHL Western Province will be looking for their first win of the Currie Cup Premier Division campaign in a match that kicks off at 17h10.

There are two new faces amongst the outside backs with Jaco Taute coming in at fullback and Kobus van Wyk replacing the injured Khanyo Ngcukana on the right wing, whilst Olympic Bronze medallist Cheslin Kolbe has returned from Rio and will provide cover on the replacements bench.

In midfield Huw Jones shifts to inside centre in place of Dan du Plessis who is out with a shoulder injury, with Johnny Kotze coming into the starting line-up at outside centre.

Flyhalf Brandon Thomson will make his first Currie Cup start for DHL Western Province to form a halfback partnership with Jano Vermaak, with Robert du Preez and Godlen Masimla on the replacements bench. Continue reading

17th August, 2016adidas South Africa and Ajax Cape Town Football Club launch the club’s new home and away jersey for the upcoming 2016/2017 season.
The home jersey maintains the classic style of previous years, which has become iconic and true to the club’s tradition while paying tribute to the rich history.  The simple in design yet striking in look Ajax home jersey retains its customary red chested middle with white side trimmings, finished by a classy v-neck collar in red which match the sleeve cuffs and three-stripe branding at the flanks.
“We are pleased to introduce yet another iconic jersey for the upcoming 2016/2017 season,” commented adidas South Africa Head of Football, Adrian De Souza. ‘We believe that the jersey will be well received by the players and assist them in improving their form for 2016/2017 season”
The away jersey is a powerful black and the off-blue tone sleeves feature aqua trim to match the adidas three stripe branding on the shoulders.
“Ajax is proud to see the maintenance of its iconic red and white design of the home jersey. At the same time, we believe that adidas has surpassed expectations in being the difference and in creating a striking away kit that we are all excited about. Our players and fans alike will no doubt be moved by the updated yet iconic home jersey and bold way kits.” said Milo Boer, PRO at Ajax Cape Town. Continue reading

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

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