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

This is an extract from the address delivered by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the sod-turning event for the Manenberg infill housing project which took place earlier today, 20 July 2016, at The Downs development in Manenberg. It will house 587 families. Read more below:

Good morning, goeie môre, molweni, as-salaam alaikum, shalom.

We are here together to celebrate a milestone today.

We are delivering on a promise we made in our Integrated Development Plan in 2011 when we emphasised our committed to making the Manenberg infill housing project a reality.

We immediately identified Manenberg as an area in desperate need of urban upgrading and in need of regeneration.

We were led by our commitment to redress. Continue reading

Veteran entertainer, Stan Mars brings singers Jimmy Nevis and Lady Noir as well as popular local DJs to the stage at Hanover Street, GrandWest for a mid winter warm up party this Friday, 22 July 2016. On the decks for the Bisquit Cognac inspired event are DJs Willy, Dale May, Ron X Rated, Grant Lesch and Naz Titus. The doors will open at 21h00 and entrance is R60.

Nevis, who is born and raised in Cape Town, has carved a niche for himself in recent years, with the release of his debut album, Subliminal, in 2012 with David Gresham Records. Music fans will recognise songs from his album, “In love with you” and “Balloon” which have enjoyed airplay on local radio stations. He continues to perform live for his growing base of fans, sharing the stage with well known South African bands and artists.

The Safety and Security Directorate today honoured 214 employees with more than 5 500 years of service between them. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Safety and Security Directorate hosted its annual long-service awards ceremony today, 19 July 2016, paying tribute to 214 employees across its six departments who have been with the City for 20 years or longer.

The award recipients who work in Cape Town Traffic Services, Disaster Risk Management, Metro Police, Fire and Rescue Service, 107 Public Emergency Contact Centre, and Law Enforcement have a total of 5 515 years of service between them. Two of the recipients have been in local government for 44 years apiece, as indicated in the breakdown below: Continue reading

Based on the book by Jonny Steinberg

Adapted by Isango Ensemble, directed by Mark Dornford-May

Baxter Flipside

10 to 20 August 2016

A Man of Good Hope, based on the book by Johnny Steinberg and adapted by Isango Ensemble, comes to the Baxter Flipside for a short season from 10 to 20 August at 7.30pm nightly, before jetting off to London for its UK premier at The Young Vic.

The production premiered at the District Six Museum in Cape Town earlier this year and ran for three weeks of sold out performances. Continue reading

Pop-opera sensation Selim Kagee, who has wowed audiences across SA and abroad with his warm classical voice since the release of his debut album (Cry For Love) with EMI Music in 2012, is preparing an exciting new concert to be staged at Artscape Theatre from29 – 30th October 2016 in Cape Town.

This once-off musical experience gives audiences a taste of Kagee’s suave, romantic style and brand of music which has made him so popular, as he presents some of the worlds most beautiful songs with a hint of India in it’s instrumentation, creating a unique fusion of East meets West.

Fans can expect to hear re-imagined renditions of evergreen songs such as “WonderfulTonight”, “Surrender”, “O Sole Mio”, “Can’t Help Falling In Love” as well as the title track of his debut album – “Cry For Love”.

With one of the country’s top musical directors, Raymond Verster, at the helm, the concert features the Hugo Lambrechts Orchestra conducted by Riaan van Wyk, with a live band and choir. They are joined by Donné de Kock on lead violin, Babu Parker on bansuri flute, Akash Srikewal on sitar and Vishen Kemraj on tabla adding a unique exoticness to the concert. Continue reading

Just before 01h00 this morning, 18 July , a Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Service paramedic crew was ambushed, assaulted and robbed in the Happy Valley informal settlement in Blackheath. Four men carrying knives and broken bottles forced their way into an EMS ambulance as the crew was busy loading a patient.

The attackers demanded the crew’s personal valuables including wallets, mobile phones and handbags after which they stabbed the female paramedic with a broken bottle. The other paramedic was threatened with a knife, but fortunately not harmed. Further to this the attackers damaged the EMS Ambulance by ripping the mobile data terminal from the vehicles’ dashboard, effectively rendering the vehicle out of service for several weeks.

The crew received medical attention and were offered trauma counseling after the attack. Fortunately they were not seriously injured, but they are currently off-duty and the area is an emergency medical resource poorer. This attack will not diminish our commitment to continue providing emergency medical care, but the public should note that the safety of our emergency care workers throughout the department is our first priority.

An attack on an EMS ambulance and crew, is an attack on your own community.

A father and son – driving a Maserati and a Ferrari – were caught for illegal street racing, joining 150 other suspects behind bars this past weekend.

The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Services arrested 116 suspects during operations this past weekend. Most of the arrests were for drunk driving, but officers also collared 24 motorists for reckless and negligent driving. This included a father and son who were caught engaging in an illegal street race along Klipfontein Road in a Maserati and a Ferrari.

Officers also had to intervene in a road rage incident in Blue Downs involving a group of tow truck drivers and members of the public. The driver of a VW Polo sustained serious injuries after allegedly being assaulted by three tow truckers.

The Metro Police Department had its fair share of public commotion when officers apprehended two suspects for the possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition in Macassar on Friday, 15 July 2016. While officers were making the arrests, members of the public helped one of the suspects to escape. They also stoned the officers’ vehicles. Officers managed to arrest one suspect and confiscated a 9 mm firearm and 33 rounds of ammunition (eight x 9 mm rounds and 25 x .38 special revolver rounds). Continue reading

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

The following speech was delivered today, 18 July 2016, by Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the Beaconvale Frail Care Centre in Mitchells Plain where she handed over wheelchairs, mattresses, solar water heaters and other goods donated to the centre.

Mayoral Committee Member for Social Development and Early Childhood Development, Councillor Suzette Little;

Councillors; Continue reading

Staff from the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) volunteered their time and resources to help micro-farmers at the urban farming group Abalimi Bezekhaya on International Mandela Day.

The CTICC has had a long-standing relationship with the non-profit organisation that aims to combat poverty by empowering farmers to grow food sustainably, using organic methods, in community gardens to generate an income. Continue reading

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