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More than 60 000 tickets to the 2016 HSBC Cape Town Sevens, to be held on 10 and 11 December, were snapped up by the public on the first day of sales, SA Rugby said on Friday.

Computicket confirmed that 60 703 tickets had been sold by 17h00 on Friday. Sales opened at 09h00 through their website, ticket offices and at Shoprite and Checkers outlets with rugby fans rushing to snap up tickets. Almost 23 000 tickets were sold for Saturday’s action with Sunday sales topping 38 000.

SA Rugby on Friday thanked the rugby-loving public for the support shown so far and again advised that Computicket is the only official ticket service provider for online sales and through their outlets at Checkers and at Shoprite. Tickets are priced at R150 and R250 for a full day’s rugby action.

“It is awesome to see the support from the public and one can almost feel the excitement already,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby.

“There are still tickets available, but they are selling fast so we’d like to urge fans to buy now to avoid disappointment.

“We are aware of aware of other outlets selling tickets at higher prices, but SA Rugby can’t guarantee the validity of those tickets.” Continue reading

Five fast talking local comedians are in the mix for the next Hanover Street Comedy Sundowners at GrandWest. Unleashing their special brand of humour on 7 August 2016 are Carl Weber, Rob van Vuuren, Yaaseen Barnes, Tsitsi Chiumya and Nkosinathi Maki.

Weber has enthralled comedy fans at Hanover Street on many occasions and is set to have his audience in stitches of laughter yet again. He has been honing his comedic skills on Cape Town’s comedy circuit since 2010. In 2011 he won both Phat Joe’s Cape Town’s Next Comic sponsored by Heart FM, as well as the Graca Comedy Showdown, which also won him a spot in the coveted Nando’s Comedy Festival, where he shared a stage with international comics.

Van Vuuren also needs little introduction having been immersed in the comedy scene for over a decade. An established comedian and actor, he is well known for his role as Twakkie in the SABC2 comedy series, The Most Amazing Show. He has also appeared in numerous stage productions and received various award nominations for his roles. Continue reading

This is an extract from the address delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the sod-turning ceremony for the Dido Valley Housing Project which took place earlier today, 26 July 2016. It will house 600 families, 100 of whom are land restitution claimants who were forcibly removed from Simon’s Town and moved to Gugulethu in 1965.

We are here to celebrate a new chapter in the history of Dido Valley.

It has taken us way too long to get here.

The commitment was made more than 20 years ago, and we are finally at this juncture where progress is no longer is possible, but will soon be visible.

I want to thank the Red Hill Development Forum for their years of perseverance and for never giving up hope for a better life for their families and fellow community members. Continue reading

Come and celebrate Café Roux`s 10th birthday with them with an exciting line up for the month of August! Francois van Coke, Arno Carstens, Majozi, Gavin Edwards (runner-up of The Voice SA), Josie Field, Jennifer Eaves, The Little Kings and many more! Here are the details:

Wed 3 August: Stand Up Sessions: Siv Ngesi, Tracy Klass, Yaseen Barnes, Dalin Oliver
Venue: Café Roux, The Farm Village, Noordhoek.
Address: 270 Chapman`s Peak Drive.
Tickets: R120.00
Time: Dinner from 19h00. Show from 20h30.
Bookings: go to www.caferouxsessions.co.za or book at www.webtickets.co.za
Contact for enquiries: info@caferoux.co.za / 021 789 2538
Proudly sponsored by: The Wolftrap Wine.

Comedy. Headliner Siv Ngesi is one of SA’s most dynamic actors and comedians and with good reason. He immersed in several different spheres of the performing arts at one time, showcasing his talents across a number of platforms. He was voted Mail & Guardian’s most influential young South African. Age 9, Siv toured Asia with Les Miserables in the coveted role of Gavroshe. Since then landing roles in films such as World Unseen, Zeenon Z3 , Schweitzer , Invictus and Long Walk To Freedom. In 2014 Siv captivated audiences with his smile and dance moves in the 7th Season of Strictly Come Dancing. Siv performs to expats all around the world and with his very South African flavour of humour , he makes many want to book a ticket back home to SA . Continue reading

The acquisition of state-of-the art ‘sound cameras’ will amplify City Health’s ability to prosecute noise nuisance cases. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Environmental Health Department has spent nearly R180 000 on the acquisition of two ‘sound cameras’ to help investigate noise complaints.

The units will be used in conjunction with existing sound level meters to measure the level of noise caused. Apart from the sound level meter and the camera, all of the other components were locally engineered to complete the device. City Health is not aware of similar equipment being used anywhere else in South Africa.

Until now, court cases involving noise nuisance complaints have relied on decibel readings from sound level meters as evidence to substantiate the complaints. The sound cameras will allow the capture of audio and photographic data which will be presented as evidence in addition to the decibel readings. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s Human Settlements Directorate has named the recently built community residential units (CRUs) in Langa in honour of the late Hamilton Naki, who lived in the area and contributed to medical history. Both the construction of the CRU project and the naming of the residential complex demonstrates the City’s commitment to redress and the value of community engagement to acknowledge our local unsung heroes. Read more below:

Today, 28 July 2016, the newly built community residential units (CRUs) in Langa were officially named Hamilton Naki Square after a local resident who made medical history.

The late Hamilton Naki was part of Dr Christiaan Barnard’s team during the first human heart transplant at the Groote Schuur Hospital in 1967. Despite his limited formal education, he was posthumously awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Cape Town (UCT) for his role in the first heart transplant. Continue reading

Booking is now open for the limited return season of Alistair Izobell’s Remembering the Lux, following its sold out success last year, at the Baxter Theatre from 25 August to 17 September.

Back by popular demand, the undisputed highlight of the festive season pays tribute to the iconic Luxurama Theatre, one of Cape Town’s grand old dames of cinema and entertainment. Written and directed by Izobell and Baxter CEO and artistic director Lara Foot, Remembering the Lux will once again bring to life and celebrate the history of the legendary Luxurama.

The media raved about the production. The Cape Times said, “It’s not often that an audience gives a spontaneous standing ovation during a performance, but that was what happened on the opening night of Remembering the Lux. It’s surprising that the audience sat down again, such is the energy and magical exuberance of the production.”

It went further, saying, “Even if you don’t remember The Lux, you certainly won’t forget this for the longest time” and “This is a production that needs to be seen at least twice.” Die Burger was equally encouraging: “There are many reasons to go and see Remembering the Lux … go and see it a second time.” Cape Argus described it as “ … feel-good and slick, but with soul” and Call off the Search simply said, “Unmissable.” Continue reading

At midday today, Western Cape Government Health Forensic Pathology Services Responded to Kuilsriver Railway Station, direction Blackheath, where an adult male died gruesomely when he was struck by a train. Emergency Services are currently unable to specify the age of the deceased due to the mangled condition of the body as a result of the severe impact.

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER: TRANSPORT FOR CAPE TOWN, COUNCILLOR BRETT HERRON

In March 2016, the City of Cape Town’s Council adopted a new approach to integrated spatial and transport planning to accelerate our efforts to eradicate the legacy of apartheid spatial planning and to assist us in building a more equitable and inclusive city.

The policy document called the Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Strategic Framework serves as the City of Cape Town’s long-term development strategy. It prescribes how new developments across Cape Town should happen and how existing public infrastructure should be transformed to deal with apartheid spatial inequality, the high cost of public transport, and urbanisation while also stimulating economic growth. Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

Like many other cities in the world, we continue to experience rapid urbanisation as more and more people move to Cape Town in search of opportunities.

This presents numerous opportunities.

These opportunities require a fresh, innovative approach. We can no longer do the same things and expect different results.

To deal with the legacy of apartheid spatial planning and redress the injustices of the past, we need to reimagine Cape Town in order to create a city that works more efficiently and effectively, for all our residents.

As part of our strategic objective to build an opportunity city, our Integrated Development Plan (IDP) sets various objectives such as leveraging the City of Cape Town’s assets to drive economic and social development and stimulate job creation. Continue reading

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