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Cape Town was named #1 in the category ‘Top Cities in Africa and the Middle East’ in the Travel + Leisure 2016 World’s Best Awards, at a presentation ceremony held in New York last night (6 July 2016). Read more below:

The Mother City continues to pull out all the stops to attract domestic and international visitors, gathering awards around the globe for her magnificent beauty and tourist offerings.

Most recently, the 2015/2016 Telegraph Travel Awards chose Cape Town as the Best City in the World for the fourth year running, knocking-out Vancouver and Venice, which took second and third place respectively in the Best City category.

In Condé Nast’s highly acclaimed Reader’s Choice Awards, the Mother City also took the top honours as the number one food city in the world! Continue reading

On Thursday, 07 July 2016, The Children’s Hospital Trust will be making a very generous donation of a transport ventilator worth well over R723 000, 00 to the pediatric flying squad, a division of Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Western Cape Minister of Health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo said that, “Working together with all sectors of society, we can help forge a stronger health system that continues to provide quality healthcare to the most vulnerable members of our communities. We are delighted by the Children’s Hospital Trust’s donation which will guarantee we are able to provide critical emergency care to young children.”

The aim of the project is to ensure the safe and effective emergency transport of critically ill babies and children under the age of 13. From 1 November 2015 to 31 January 2016, 289 transfers were performed by just one vehicle within the flying squad’s fleet. Reducing pediatric and neonatal deaths is a very high priority for the Western Province. Critically ill children and babies often require transportation by EMS whether from home to hospital or between medical facilities and this would not be possible without the specialized equipment such as a transport ventilator so kindly donated by the Children’s Hospital Trust. Continue reading

Consumer Studies learners from four Cape Town based high schools got to spend a week in the busy kitchens at GrandWest where they were exposed to the diverse aspects of working behind the scenes in the fast paced hospitality industry. The learners were from Goodwood College, JG Meiring High, Ravensmead High and Sinethemba High.

The initiative, A Day in the Life of a Chef, was organised by GrandWest’s Social Economic Development Department as an extension to its Consumer Studies upliftment programme which has seen the Consumer Studies classrooms at the four schools upgraded to ensure better learning environments for the learners. The upgrade project included equipping the classrooms with seven stoves each, as well as crockery, cooking utensils and fridges. Industrial tables and cupboards were installed, while various aesthetic improvements were also made, including fixing the ceilings and repainting the classrooms. Continue reading


Note to editors: the following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at a lunch that she hosted for the City’s all-women road repair teams today at the Civic Centre Banqueting Hall.

Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town (TCT), Councillor Brett Herron; TCT Commissioner, Melissa Whitehead; TCT officials; my special guests; all of the women from the road repair teams; and members of the media.

Good afternoon.

It gives me great pleasure to be with you all today as we honour 24 women who have made this city proud. Continue reading

In the seven years since its inception, CY Market has grown into one of the hottest events on Cape Town’s cultural calendar with a unique focus on empowering local woman and giving NPOs the opportunity to help the community.

The market is the brainchild of four female entrepreneurs. “We believe in inspiring women to dream and create, pouring their inner beauty into creations that speak of style, passion, quality and the extraordinary,” says Ansomari Schoeman, co-founder of the event.

For this year’s theme, Lapslap Moi, exhibitors are encouraged to create something that is uniquely personal and illustrates all “the pretty in their lives.”

Exhibitors are hand-picked each year, with new exhibitors added yearly to the roster, while old favourites return, bringing loyal customers with them. Continue reading

Back in Cape Town in July by overwhelming public demand is platinum selling singer and songwriter, Tevin Campbell. GrandWest will welcome Campbell to its stage for one show on 22 July 2016. This show, like his previous concerts in South Africa in 2013, is expected to sell out quickly.
“What a coup to have Tevin Campbell performing on our stage in July 2016. His fans were quick off the mark to purchase tickets to his previous South African shows, leaving many disappointed at having missed out. Here is another chance to see this talented artist live in Cape Town,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest.

Fans can expect to hear many of Campbell’s popular hits as well as new material such as his latest single, “Safer”, released earlier this year. During his career, Campbell has been mentored by some of the world’s legendary artists including Quincy Jones and Prince. He has also worked with some of the industry’s top writers and producers including Babyface, Al B. Sure, Narada Michael Walden, Wyclef and Sean “Diddy” Combs.

Stand a chance to win a set of tickets to Tevin’s show in Cape Town here:

Win a set of tickets to see Tevin Campbell in Cape Town on 22 July!

Jones took a special interest in Campbell’s talent and was featured on “Tomorrow (A Better You, Better Me)”, which hit number one on the R&B charts in June 1990. Later that year, he appeared in Prince’s Graffiti Bridge film singing “Round and Round” which became a gold single. In the summer of 1991, he featured on the soundtrack to Boyz in the Hood singing “Just Ask Me To”, which went on to become a top ten R&B hit. All of this set the stage for his debut album, 1991s T.E.V.I.N., which went platinum and included two R&B chart toppers, “Tell Me What You Want Me to Do” and “Alone with You”, as well as the R&B top five hit “Goodbye”. I’m Ready, released two years later, went double platinum and featured three R&B chart hits, “Can We Talk”, “I’m Ready” and “Always in My Heart”. Campbell’s compilation album The Best of Campbell was an international success, reaching multi platinum status in Africa, Japan and the UK. Continue reading

A spate of penguin fatalities has occurred in Simon’s Town over the past two weeks. The City of Cape Town has identified the predator by installing trap cameras in the area. The images confirmed the presence of a large caracal. The City is collaborating with our partners to protect the endangered African penguins along the Simon’s Town coastline, while at the same time managing this sensitive ecosystem with the utmost care. Read more below:

The recent penguin fatalities occurred during four separate events in the area south of Links Crescent, close to Froggy Pond in Simon’s Town.

The City of Cape Town, together with Table Mountain National Park (TMNP), has investigated the incidents to try and identify the predator/s. Initial evidence suggested the presence of one or more caracals in the area and as such, the City installed trap cameras to confirm this assumption. Images of the predator were finally captured on camera, confirming the presence of a large caracal. Continue reading

Marmalade Productions present Tevin Campbell back in South Africa!

Multi Grammy nominated artist Tevin Campbell to return to South Africa for 3 shows in July 2016

“The Return of Tevin Campbell” 

Cape Town – GrandWest –  22 July 2016

Johannesburg – Carnival City – 23 & 24 July 2016

Marmalade Productions are proud to bring Tevin Campbell back to South Africa after sold out performances in 2013.

Tevin Campbell by Divos konsert foto Peter Abrahams

Tevin Campbell by Divos konsert foto Peter Abrahams

Tevin Campbell was born in Dallas, Texas on November 12, 1976. At the age of 12, he became one of the youngest solo artists to ever be signed to a major record label. Quincy Jones took a special interest in Tevin’s talent and he appeared on Jones’ LP Back on the Block and was featured on “Tomorrow (A Better You, Better Me),” which hit number one on the R&B charts in June 1990. Later that year, he appeared in Prince’s Graffiti Bridge film singing “Round and Round,” which Prince wrote for him and which became a gold single. Next, in the summer of 1991, he appeared on the soundtrack to Boyz in the Hood singing “Just Ask Me To,” a Top Ten R&B hit. All of this set the stage for his debut album, 1991’s T.E.V.I.N., which went platinum and spawned two R&B chart-toppers, “Tell Me What You Want Me to Do” and “Alone with You,” as well as the R&B Top Five hit “Goodbye.” I’m Ready, released two years later, did even better, going double platinum and featuring three R&B chart hits — the number one “Can We Talk,” “I’m Ready,” which went Top Five, and “Always in My Heart,” which reached the Top Ten. Campbell’s compilation album “The Best of Campbell” was a huge international success, reaching multi-platinum status in Africa, Japan and the UK. Campbell has worked with some of the industry’s top writers and producers including Prince, Babyface, Al B. Sure, Narada Michael Walden, Wyclef and Sean “Diddy” Combs.

COMPETITION HERE! Continue reading


Opening act: Jono Grayson

Dates:                   Wednesday 27 July

Times:                  Doors open at 18h30

Performances start at 19h30

Venue:                 Chavonnes Battery Museum, Silo District


Cost:                     Tickets R175 per person

Contact:               V&A Info Centre on 021 408 7600 or

The Chavonnes Battery Museum in the V&A Waterfront’s Silo District is going to rock on Wednesday, 27 July when smoking hot rockers Arno Carstens and François van Coke team up for a one night only acoustic performance. Continue reading

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