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The following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the handover of keys to beneficiaries of the new Hazendal housing development

Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Benedicta van Minnen, councillors, Pastor Miriam Basson and Sheikh Waseem Abrahams, City officials, the project steering committee, and especially our beneficiaries.

Good morning, goeiedag, molweni, as-salaam alaikum, shalom.

It gives me great pleasure to be with you all today on what is always one of my favourite days.

Today we can share a special day with beneficiaries who are about to start the life they have been patiently waiting for.

There are many people who fought and died for access to the rights we have today, like the right to shelter. 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. The story is vividly brought to life by Zoleka Helesi, Mdu Kweyama, Bongile Mantsai, Thami Mbongo, Chuma Sopotela and Apollo Ntshoko. The actors each perform a key character and double up to play multiple additional characters adding to the magic of the story.

Performed in English with isiXhosa, the story takes place in a remote and impoverished village in the Karoo, where the inhabitants are struggling to survive. A young girl called Thozama ends up killing a moose. But what is the moose doing there, and how did it get there? The play was originally written as a film entitled No Fathers. Writer and director Lara tackles the disintegration of the family unit and the violation of innocence endured by so many South African children. The play cleverly and creatively combines African story-telling and magical realism. Lara explains, “The themes of the story for me were bound up in the idea that the children in the village needed some kind of magical event to free them from abuse, neglect and poverty. Something magical was needed to break the cycle of violence.”

“See it, see it, see it – and be assured you will exit the venue richly rewarded.” –Cue

Book now for the early bird special of R60 for the performances on 31 August,1 September, 3 September and 5 September. Book now to take advantage of this special price.

The new Consumer Studies classroom at Ravensmead High School is ready for action. At the official handover recently are, in the front from left: Greggorius Cloete, Chairperson of the Governing Body, Joseph Bouman, Ravensmead High School Principal, Nombeko Mlambo, SunWest Board Member. At the back from left are: Mervyn Naidoo, General Manager at GrandWest, Allison Landsberg, Deputy Principal at Ravensmead High School and Heidi Edson, Group Social Economic Development Manager Sun International.

The new Consumer Studies classroom at Ravensmead High School is ready for action. At the official handover recently are, in the front from left: Greggorius Cloete, Chairperson of the Governing Body, Joseph Bouman, Ravensmead High School Principal, Nombeko Mlambo, SunWest Board Member.
At the back from left are: Mervyn Naidoo, General Manager at GrandWest, Allison Landsberg, Deputy Principal at Ravensmead High School and Heidi Edson, Group Social Economic Development Manager Sun International.

Learners at Ravensmead High School now have access to a fully equipped Consumer Studies classroom, upgraded by GrandWest’s Social Economic Development department as part of Sun International’s nationwide Schools Renovations Programme. The new classroom has been equipped with seven stoves, as well as crockery, cooking utensils and fridges. Industrial tables and cupboards have also been installed, while other improvements were also made, including fixing the ceilings and repainting the classroom. Work at the schools was carried out by an enthusiastic team of GrandWest suppliers and service providers.

The Schools Renovation Programme is focused on upgrading hospitality classrooms at schools in underprivileged communities to properly equip learners for pursuing further studies and a career in the hospitality sector. Ravensmead High School is one of four schools to receive classroom upgrades this year.

Pic: sacricketmag.com

Pic: sacricketmag.com

Wayne Parnell claimed four major prizes including the ultimate accolade as Cape Cobras’ player of the year at the awards-ceremony of the Western Province Cricket Association on Monday at the WPCC in Claremont.

Parnell was also named the Cape Cobras Momentum One-day Player of the Year, the Ram Slam T20 Challenge player of the year and the Cape Cobras players’ player of the year.

“I have not seen Wayne play this well for many summers. It is a just reward for good, consistent performances,” said Paul Adams, the Cape Cobras coach.

Parnell ended with 16 wickets at an economy-rate of 4.83 in the Momentum One Day Cup series, slammed 437 runs at an average of 47.40 as Ram Slam T20 Challenge opener and also took eight wickets in the T20-format.

Although he did not claim the SuperSport series player of the year award, he did average 48.14 with the bat and captured 23 wickets in five matches, including three consecutive five-wicket hauls. He claimed 12 wickets in the penultimate match of the season against the Sunfoil Dolphins, and ripped through the visitors with 7-51 in the first innings. Continue reading

Comedy heavyweight, Nik Rabinowitz headlines at the Hanover Street Comedy Sundowners at GrandWest on Sunday, 5 June 2016. Comedy fans can look forward to an evening of side-splitting laughter as Rabinowitz puts his spin on South Africa’s often laughable political landscape and current affairs.

Rabinowitz who refers to himself as the “world’s leading Xhosa-speaking Jewish comedian” has been a staple on the local comedy scene for years. He performs to packed venues countrywide, has co-authored a book, The Youngsters, and performed as an opening act at the Toronto South African Film Festival in 2014.

He is also known for his radio show The Week that Wasn’t which aired on Talk Radio 702 and Cape Talk, and has successfully produced a string of one man shows. In 2010 he starred in Bafunny Bafunny, which toured South Africa as well as the United Kingdom where the show sold out the Royal Albert Hall.

Joining Rabinowitz at the Hanover Street Comedy Sundowners are Tracy Klass as host, Angel Campey, Liam Bento and Kenwyn Davids. The doors will open at 17h00 and the festivities will kick off at 18h00. The cost to enter is R55 per person, strictly for over 18s. Contact 082 588 6662 to book.

The donation of a small motorised boat, a Superduck UE, to the City of Cape Town will assist the Environmental Resource Management Department to undertake extensive offshore water quality monitoring around its three marine outfalls in Hout Bay, Table Bay and Camps Bay as well as perform inshore law enforcement patrols and coordinate coastal emergency response. Read more below: Continue reading

A drunk driver is the latest suspect to send City officers on a Hollywood-style chase, but ended up behind bars with dozens of others. Read more below:

A City of Cape Town Metro Police officer was forced to take drastic action during a chase to arrest a drunk driver on Sunday 29 May 2016.

The driver refused to stop at a vehicle check point in Montana and sped off, disobeying road signs along the way. Officers gave chase and attempted to block his vehicle in Klipfontein Road. The driver, however, charged straight for the officers, forcing one of them to aim at the tyres and open fire. The suspect’s vehicle then collided with another vehicle and he was eventually arrested on charges of drunk driving, reckless and negligent driving, fleeing from lawful custody and resisting arrest. Continue reading

A smart park with a price-tag of just over R 4,8 million is set to change the recreational landscape for the community of Nomzamo in Strand. Read more below:

Meaningful community engagement is key to the development of a smart park in order to collectively decide on the nature and form of the envisaged facilities. Smart park facilities are designed to be multi-functional and it is extremely important to receive input from the communities who will be using these recreational spaces.

Residents in Nomzamo were upbeat at being included in discussions around the facilities to be included in the new smart park in their area. It was decided to have four distinct sections: a passive area, a play area, an active area, and an area for leisurely movement. Continue reading

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

The following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the 2016 Mayoral Awards held at the Cape Town Stadium last night, 28 May 2016.

Good evening, goeie naand, molweni, as salaam alaikum, shalom.

We take great pride in the determination and commitment of our staff.

The City of Cape Town is not some lifeless and cold concept.

It is a living, breathing organisation brought to life by the work of 27 000 people. Continue reading

Smile 90.4FM and The Haven Night Shelter thanks listeners for raising 50 000+ beds more than the original target of 9040 beds

On Monday, 23 May 2016 the Smile Breakfast presenters, Bobby Brown and Lindy Hibbard took on the challenge to raise 9040 beds for The Haven Night Shelter PBO by Friday, 27 May 2016.  To do this, they needed each listener to participate in the challenge to donate R12 to help a less fortunate person to participate in The Haven’s rehabilitation program.  The Haven Night Shelter which has 15 shelters throughout the Western Cape provides their residents with a rehabilitation program to integrate them back into their communities, providing each with food, shelter and the necessary social services required. Continue reading

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