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The following is an extract from a speech delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the Matrix Clinic graduation of 140 clients held at the Kensington Civic Centre today.

On 26 June 2012, almost exactly four years ago today, I made a commitment.

We were launching the first phase of our Substance Abuse Campaign called ‘Don’t Start, Be Smart’.

I said that this campaign would be part of a gift of a better life for our youth.

On that day, I said that we are serious about saving our youth.

We had just identified substance abuse as a priority area in our Integrated Development Plan because of the high incidence of drug and alcohol abuse in Cape Town. Continue reading

From left to right: Eddie Cyster Director of Heatherdale Children’s Home,  Heidi Edson Group Social Economic Development Manager Sun International, Lunga Singama Heart FM presenter) and Avril Cupido Director Early Years Services.

From left to right: Eddie Cyster Director of Heatherdale Children’s Home, Heidi Edson Group Social Economic Development Manager Sun International, Lunga Singama Heart FM presenter) and Avril Cupido Director Early Years Services.

GrandWest enthusiastically pledged its support for Heart FMs 16 Days of Youth campaign which saw the radio station shutting down its broadcast studio in Green Point to undertake youth focused projects across the Western Cape.

The 16 Days for Youth journey started in Vredenburg on 1 June 2016 and ended on 16 June 2016, Youth Day. During the journey, Heart FM broadcast remotely from various locations and were part of various community projects to uplift young people in need. The initiative is a spin-off from the station’s #HeartBeats4Youth campaign which started out with motivational talks by celebrities at various schools four years ago. It has since evolved into a 16 day drive to contribute to youth upliftment in the province.

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With more than 100 arrests over a four-month period and over 3 000 incidents detected, the City’s CCTV system is proving its worth and will see nearly R12 million spent on further expansion in the next 12 months. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Strategic Surveillance Unit is set to install additional CCTV cameras to the tune of nearly R12 million in the new financial year.

The Safety and Security Directorate has set aside approximately R7,4 million for 10 new cameras in areas like Goodwood, Silvertown, Bridgetown and Gatesville. A number of ward councillors (26) have also made ward allocation funding totalling R4,45 million available for cameras in their respective areas. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department has been congratulated on its water management in the recently finalised 2014 First Order Assessment by the National Government. The City would like to take this opportunity to remind residents of the importance of using water sparingly. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town is pleased to report that we have received a No Drop score of 95% in the National Department of Water and Sanitation’s 2014 First Order Assessment. This report assesses current usage patterns, the City’s water planning, and the City’s expertise and monitoring programmes in terms of whether they support the sustainable use of water.

The No Drop Programme was developed within a similar framework to the Blue Drop and Green Drop assessments, and aims to encourage progress in water use efficiency and preventing water losses.

The following points are extracts from the report:

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The Cape Cobras, one of South Africa’s most decorated franchises since its inception and a powerhouse, will kick off their campaign for the coveted domestic triple-crown with a Sunfoil Series clash against the bizhub Highveld Lions from 6th October at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium.

The Cobras squad has been strengthened by the return to form by a rejuvenated Wayne Parnell. Six of their stalwarts will be on tour with South Africa A, which gives the Cape Champions ample opportunity to bolster their self-confidence ahead of a packed domestic 2016/2017-season.

The Cobras have also signed two of the most talented young South African cricketers, Zubayr Hamza and Jason Smith, for their professional squad.

Hamza slammed 833 runs in the Sunfoil Three-Day Cup in 2015/2016, while Smith celebrated his first appearance for the Cape Cobras in a Momentum One Day Cup-match with a composed half-century. Continue reading

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

The following is an extract from a speech by the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron, at the Foreshore Freeway Precinct today, 21 June 2016:

As Mayor De Lille stated in her speech, the prospectus for the development of the Foreshore Freeway Precinct will be a public document.

The public and interested parties will have access to the document, as well as to an informative video about the current challenges and the City’s expectations for the development of the Foreshore Freeway Precinct. Continue reading

The following is an extract from a speech delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the Foreshore Freeway Precinct today, 21 June 2016. The unfinished highways on the western, central and eastern side of the Foreshore Freeway Precinct have been part of the Cape Town city landscape for nearly five decades now. They are the theme of many urban legends – we have all heard imaginative stories about how they came about and why they were built, seemingly leading to nowhere.

In the 1970s, at the time when engineers designed the freeways and embarked on the ambitious roads project, the traffic flowing into and out of the city was not nearly at the level that we are experiencing today. The project was subsequently abandoned, mainly due to a lack of funds and the fact that the volume of traffic was too low to warrant any further investment.

Now, about 50 years later, these skeleton-like structures still stand unfinished and unused, in the midst of horrific traffic congestion. Continue reading

5FM’s premiere outdoor event Joburg Live Loud is back this September! And because each year the station wants to go bigger and better, they’ve decided to reward their Cape Town listeners by heading to the Mother City for the first everCape Town Live Loud.

Both music festivals promise to be all kinds of amazing with an incredible 100% South African line-up. Joburg is up first as 5FM returns to Marks Park in Emmarentia on Saturday, 10 September while Cape Town gets their turn on Heritage Day,Saturday, 24 September at Kenilworth Race Course.

Last year Joburg Live Loud was an astounding success with more than 11 000 living loud music lovers in attendance thanks to the stellar line-up of award-winning artists. And this year it’s no different.

Live acts performing at Joburg Live Loud this year includes the full caliber of 5FM DJs like DJ Fresh, Euphonik, and Roger Goode and proudly South African acts like the 5FM Ultimix resident and award-winning Black Coffee, Emtee,  AKA and Locnville. The party starts at 10:00 and ends at 21:00 with early bird tickets at R195, available until 30 June  and  regular ticket prices are R350 with kids under the age of 12 getting in for R100. Group bookings of 10 or more will be given a 10% discount. Tickets are available from Computicket as well as Checkers and Shoprite stores. Continue reading

22nd and 23rd July at Baxter Theatre Concert Hall.

This is the 10th instalment of the Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival. 22 South African artists will perform completely acoustically in an unplugged, intimate, concert-style setting, stripped down to the essence of the songs. The evening is set to be an experience of the finest musical storytelling from the personal journeys of some of South Africa’s best songwriters and musicians.

The event organiser Gavin Minter from Real Wired Music says that he is very excited about this year`s performers.  “If you remember bands like Z-Astaire, Ella Mental, The Usual, Delta Blue, Sweatband, HAMMAK, Springbok Nude Girls, Just Jinjer, Zen What, and SA’s most renowned guitar duo Steve Newman and Tony Cox, then this year`s festival is going to be a treat for you. We will feature all the singers from the mentioned bands, plus a few more exceptionally talented artists have been added to this year`s Winter instalment of the Cape Town Folk n Acoustic Music Festival.” Continue reading

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

The following is an extract from a speech by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the official handover of 100 title deeds to beneficiaries who have been living in Council-owned rental houses in Nomzamo.

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

Today is a demonstration of the impact that can be made on people’s lives through partnership and collaboration. Continue reading

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