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SPEECH BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR HUMAN SETTLEMENTS, COUNCILLOR BENEDICTA VAN MINNEN

Note to editors: the following is an extract from a speech delivered by Councillor Van Minnen at Affordable Housing Africa today, 18 July 2016.

Over the past 10 years, the City has been developing a vision for responsible, inclusive development in all urban centres around the metro. However, it has become clear that one method of delivery of affordable housing will not meet the demand in Cape Town and that innovative, City-enabled but partner-driven solutions are the way forward. Continue reading

Action from the final between Ajax Cape Town (red) and Old Mutual (green) during day 3 of the 2016 Engen Knockout Challenge at Parow Park, Cape Town on the 17 July 2016 ©Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Action from the final between Ajax Cape Town (red) and Old Mutual (green) during day 3 of the 2016 Engen Knockout Challenge at Parow Park, Cape Town on the 17 July 2016 ©Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Old Mutual Academy beat the reigning Engen Champ of Champs title holders, Ajax Cape Town 1-0 in a tense final in front of a packed Parow Park on Sunday 17 July 2016.

The final was a tactical battle between Ajax and Old Mutual with each team looking to exploit any opportunity afforded them to gain an advantage over their opponent. The end-to-end action kept the fans on the edge of their seats until Azhar Abrahams of Old Mutual poked the ball over the goal-line in a packed Ajax penalty area.

Muted celebrations followed as the referee sought the advice of his assistants before signalling to the centre-spot to award the goal. The Mutual fans erupted off their seats, as the players rushed to celebrate in front of family and friends.

Sixteen of the best u/17 youth teams in the Cape Town contested the 2016 Engen Knockout Challenge providing a number of surprises throughout the three days of competition.

Old Mutual beat host club Vasco da Gama 3-1 in the first semi-final and in the other semi-final between Ajax and Glendene United the game went to a penalty shootout after finishing in a one-all draw. Continue reading

The Grand Arena, GrandWest proudly hosts six of the Cape’s finest choirs for the third annual A-Choired Taste on 13 August 2016. The choirs performing at this year’s highly anticipated A-Choired Taste showcase are the University of the Western Cape’s Creative Arts Choir, the Libertas Choir, the Cape Town Youth Choir, the Bloemhof Accelerando Choir, the Tygerberg Children’s Choir and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Choir, from Port Elizabeth.

These internationally renowned choirs will perform individually and collectively under one roof, making A-Choired Taste a superlative treat for choral classics enthusiasts. Attracting thousands of people in the past two years, A-Choired Taste has become recognised as one of the choice events on Cape Town’s cultural calendar.

“For many years, the Cape has been home to some of South Africa’s best choirs that have performed and competed internationally and have been placed under the best in the world time and again. We are pleased to play host to the event for the third time this year,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest.

The show starts at 18h00 but the doors to the Grand Arena will open early at 17h00. Tickets are available at Computicket, ranging in price from R195 per person. The dress code is jacket and tie.

Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the City of Cape Town’s transport authority, will resurface the Ottery Road off-ramp onto the M5 southbound carriageway on Sunday 17 July 2016, weather permitting.

In order to accommodate the roadworks, the off-ramp onto the M5 southbound will be closed to traffic between 07:00 and 18:00. Road users are advised to please make use of alternative routes to get access to the M5 southbound.

TCT apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Road users are advised to contact the Transport Information Centre for more information on 0800 65 64 63 or to follow @Transport4CT on Twitter.

After a grueling tour schedule including festival appearances alongside Iron Maiden, Garbage, Slayer and Iggy Pop, Prime Circle is set to showcase their Deluxe Edition of Let the Night In. Gauteng fans will be rocked with two picnic style concerts at the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens on 13 August and the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens on 14 August 2016.

SANBI and Hilltop Live in association with TUKS FM Presents: Prime Circle – To the Roots. A two stop Botanical Gardens tour showing the band have not forgotten where they came from. These two shows are set to welcome back Prime Circle to South Africa and ushers in the outdoor shows that come with the changing of the Seasons. Multi award-winning band, Prime Circle continuously proves that after 15 years in the game, they are as relevant in the world of rock, as they have ever been. Continue reading

At 11h00 this morning, three teenage boys suffered gun shot injuries outside 80 Netreg Road in Bonteheuwel. Two were taken to Groote Schuur Hospital in critical conditions while the third boy fled the scene having sustained less severe injuries.

DA Press Release:

14 July 2016
Release: immediate

This afternoon close to a hundred metered taxi cars, allegedly from the Western Cape Metered Taxi Council, blocked several streets in Cape Town CBD. This was an illegal protest action, where an Uber driver had to escape from attacks and had to abandon his vehicle badly damaged.

I call for all relevant parties to remain calm as violence will not satisfy any concerns, and refrain from illegal protest action. The right to protest is enshrined in our constitution, but it must remain within the law, with permission, and not turn violent.

Metered taxi drivers are facing tough competition, but they must meet this competition with innovation not violence. We are also very supportive of the Uber innovation, they must however work within legislation and regulations and we must apply the law equally to all operators.

The DA are supportive of all on-demand transport services, to supplement public transport, creating jobs and growing our economy.

GrandWest calls on adventure seekers to enjoy thrilling rides and ice inspired fun at Snow World at a reduced price before the snowy wonderland closes on 31 July 2016. From 18 July 2016 until then, guests can purchase one Snow and Ice Rider Pass for R120 and receive two complimentary ice skating tickets for The Ice Station.

The normal price is R210. The Snow and Ice Rider Pass, for use at Snow World, includes snow tubing in the Snow Box, two ice slides, as well as access to the Animals of the Ice Age Exhibition and Snow Play areas. The two complimentary ice skating vouchers can be used at The Ice Station on Fridays from 18h00 to 20h30 and on Saturdays from 12h00 to 14h30 until 31 July 2016.

Snow World at Sun Exhibits is where dreams of snowboarding, ice tobogganing and playing in the snow can come true. It features a dramatic, 40 metre long indoor snow slope set within the icy cold Snow Box. At 15 metres wide, the snow slope offers beginner lanes for novices and a more radical rail and jump section for more competent riders. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town has noticed how frequently its residents turn to its website for information on convenient recycling options and has taken steps to support and enable this interest. With its new recycling web portal, the City is now making it that much easier for residents to practise responsible waste management. Read more below:

When members of the public search the City’s website for information on recycling, the most popular information requested includes:

· whether the City will collect recyclables, in other words, whether they are part of a City-sponsored kerbside recyclable collection programme

· the location of their closest drop-off site or buy-back centre for my recyclables

· the particulars of the recycling collectors in their area

The City has therefore developed the recycling web portal which pre-empts the most common questions asked and information requested and guides residents to the information that they seek.

Residents are advised to follow these steps when using the web portal:

Step 1: Upon visiting the following link, users will be guided on how to navigate the portal. Users will be invited to check to see whether their home falls within one of the areas serviced by the City-sponsored kerbside recycling collection service Think Twice by typing in their address. Continue reading

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