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Pic: Ashley Vlotman Gallo.

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Brakpan and Vereeniging will be playing for one of the three remaining places in the 2016 Gold Cup when they clash in the Valke premier final at Barnard Stadium in Kempton Park on Saturday (kick-off 15h00).

The match is just one of a host of Semi-final and Cup Final clashes around the country as leagues reach a climax ahead of the Gold Cup play-offs on 20 and 27 August, which will decide the final two spots on offer in SA Rugby’s three-nation championship for non-university clubs.

The likes of Vaal Reefs (Leopards), College Rovers (KZN), Centurion (Blue Bulls), Raiders (Golden Lions), Wesbank (Boland) and East London Police (Border) are already confirmed for the play-offs, which will feature a maximum of eight teams who will be seeded according to the final rankings of the 2015 Community Cup – as the Gold Cup was known then. The format is straight knockout, with the two surviving teams taking their places in Pools A and D of the Gold Cup proper. Continue reading

Popular all girl band, BlackByrd is in the stellar lineup of artists set to light up the stage for the all female concert, Divas Unite, in celebration of Women’s Day on 9 August 2016 at GrandWest. Also on the bill for the evening are Zoë Modiga, Thembeka Mnguni, Rouchelle Liedemann, Magdalene Minnaar, Lynelle Kenned, Adelia Douw, Judy Page, Donné de Kock, Bev Scott-Brown and Kim Kallie.

Elouise Matthys, PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest, says that BlackByrd, one of South Africa’s foremost all girl bands, promises to be a highlight of the show. “Fans will get to hear some of their familiar hits as well as new material from their recently released second album, Home,” she says.

Award winning BlackByrd comprises Cape Town based songwriter, lead singer and guitarist, Tarryn Lamb, her cousin Tamsyn Maker who plays rhythm guitar and sings backup vocals and Axene Chaberski-Loubser, the second lead singer and lead guitarist. Chaberski-Loubser, the band’s most recent member, was the youngest ever SAMA winner at just sixteen, with her solo debut album 16. Each of the members brings different talents and personality to the trio, making for a dynamic cocktail and great audience appeal. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town will host a 24-hour hackathon in Khayelitsha as part of this year’s SA Innovation Summit. The marathon event will challenge teams to identify and solve the most pressing needs of communities. Read more below:

This year the collaboration between the City of Cape Town and the SA Innovation Summit (SAIS) features a high-impact hackathon with lasting results.

A 24-hour Smart Communities Hackathon will take place in Khayelitsha from 19 – 20 August 2016 and give a voice to the wider region to identify and solve their most important community needs.

The main event of the 2016 Innovation Summit will take place in Ekurhuleni from 21 – 24 September, with a number of lead-up events taking place in Cape Town from 17 – 20 August 2016.

This year’s co-creation programme will kick off with a full-day workshop at the V&A Waterfront on 17 August 2016, focusing on issues around growing the opportunities that the City offers and building smart techno-driven communities. Continue reading

The first batch of 150 cellphones impounded from motorists in terms of the Traffic By-law were donated to neighbourhood watch members today, 2 August 2016. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Safety and Security Directorate today donated 150 cellphones to members of neighbourhood watch organisations from across the metropole.

The cellphones had been impounded from motorists in terms of Section 38 of the Traffic By-law, which prohibits the use of a communication device while driving. As the devices were never collected by the owners, they became City property in terms of the Impoundment Policy which means they can be disposed of in a manner deemed fit by the Directorate.

‘We have impounded thousands of phones since this section of the By-law came into effect in 2012. What we didn’t realise at the time was how much red tape we would have to cut through to clear personal data from phones that were never claimed. We initially planned to auction the devices, but then last year we had a brainwave to donate the phones to non-governmental and community organisations instead who could put them to good use,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading

A rape suspect was one of dozens arrested by the City’s enforcement agencies in recent days. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Department arrested an alleged gang member in Manenberg for rape on Saturday 30 July 2016 – just hours after the alleged incident.

Officers attached to the Gang and Drug Task Team were on patrol in Scheldt Walk when they were approached by community members who informed them that the suspect had raped a woman at gunpoint earlier that morning. Officers arrested the suspect after the victim identified him.

Later, the same unit executed a search warrant at a house in Aletta court after receiving a tip-off about drug sales from the premises. They arrested the 23-year-old son of a local gang leader for possession of drugs after finding a 20-litre paint container filled with dagga on the premises. Continue reading

Buoyed by the favourable response from guests at Jackson Hall, GrandWest in July 2016, Cape Town jazz performer and producer of the GrandWest Open Mic Jazz Singing Competition, Bev Scott-Brown, is back to perform in August 2016.

Scott-Brown and her band will perform live at Jackson Hall every Friday and Saturday night in August 2016. The musical trio, comprising Scott-Brown, Andrew Ford on piano and Wesley Rustin on double bass, will once again showcase a soul uplifting jazz selection as well as light pop favourites from 21h00.

Scott-Brown is known on the Cape Town music scene as a vocalist for the Jonny Cooper Orchestra, Blaze band, as well as her own band, Spotlight. She produces the annual GrandWest Open Mic Jazz Singing Competition which kicks off in August 2016. Hopefuls can audition for the jazz singing competition at Jackson Hall on Wednesdays nights, from 17 August 2016 until 7 September 2016. Auditions will take place from 20h00 and there is no cost to enter the competition.

In celebration of WOMEN’S MONTH, Cape Town Comedy Club brings you a line-up of MOSTLY ladies and a FEW gents … 8th to 14th August 2016, we bring you Some of South Africa’s top female comedians, all week!  From Cape Town we have Shimmy Isaacs, Tracy Klass, Mel Jones and from Johannesburg, Monique Nortjé and Claudine Ullman. During the week, we will also have a few gents on stage to fill in the gaps.  On Monday 8 August, DJ Shane is on the decks straight after the show as the next day is a public holiday – Women’s Day (Tuesday 9 August – club closed).

A NIGHT OF HEADLINERS, Friday 19 August 2016. Prepare yourself for a real treat as FOUR of South Africa’s top comedians perform on our stage for ONE night only! Tracy Klass, Carl Weber, Conrad Koch (with Chester Missing) as well as Rob van Vuuren as the MC.  Free Savanna on arrival and DJ plays after the show till late!

  • Our Winter Meal & Cocktail Specials run until the end of the month…
  • Mid Week Madness continues with limited R50 early bird tickets at Computicket to our Wednesday & Thursdaynight shows.

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Grade eight learners from Khayelitsha and Kensington enjoying a morning of snowy adventure at Snow World, Grand West on 30 July 2016.

Grade eight learners from Khayelitsha and Kensington enjoying a morning of snowy adventure at Snow World, Grand West on 30 July 2016.

A group of grade eight learners from Khayelitsha and Kensington enjoyed a morning of snowy adventure at Snow World, GrandWest on 30 July 2016. The outing, organised by GrandWest’s Social Economic Development Department and SHAWCO (the University of Cape Town Students’ Health and Welfare Centres Organisation), was a rare opportunity for the youngsters to escape their realities and have unprecedented fun.

They spent the morning romping in the snow and ice tobogganing, which was a first for all of them. After their icy escapades, the learners, who are from Khayelitsha and Kensington and are part of SHAWCO’s 14 volunteer driven Education projects, were treated to lunch at Burger King, courtesy of GrandWest.

Today, 1 August 2016, Western Cape Minister for Community Safety, Dan Plato; City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia De Lille; and the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith briefed the media on possible legal action to challenge the constitutionality of the White Paper on Policing which recommends the creation of a single police force. Read more below:

The Civilian Secretariat for Police has circulated a White Paper on Policing and requested comments from all spheres of government. Comments and input from both local and provincial government have in large part been ignored. White Papers pave the way for legislation and for this reason we would like to publically place on record our objections to the impact that particular aspects will have on our spheres of government. Continue reading

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