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The recruitment, training and employment of nearly 400 rental stock monitors is meant to help improve the standard of living in City rental units as these monitors become the eyes and ears of their communities. 

The City of Cape Town has launched a new programme aimed at uplifting rental stock areas and addressing socio-economic challenges by empowering female tenants.

In the last month, 380 women have been recruited in nine rental stock areas with the assistance of local ward councillors. Candidates had to be legal rental stock tenants, older than 21, and upstanding members of their community who are willing to participate for the duration of the programme. Continue reading

Three young entrepreneurs out-pitched dozens of other contenders to claim the top spots in the City of Cape Town’s first youth entrepreneurial challenge. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town and the Seed Academy last night announced the three winners of the first #YouthStartCT Entrepreneurial Challenge.

The competition started in March when young people were encouraged to pitch their business ideas for a chance to participate in the challenge. Since mid-April, 100 would-be entrepreneurs have been put through their paces by the Seed Academy to hone their business development skills.

A number of play-off rounds followed, whittling the group down to 26, then 12, and eventually the three winners who were announced last night. Continue reading

Extensions to the City’s Seawinds Clinic are part of the just over R63,5 million that City Health has spent in the last five years on capital projects. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate today officially opened its new dedicated anti-retroviral (ARV) wing at the Seawinds Clinic.

The Seawinds Clinic first started operating as a satellite clinic in October 1993, servicing the communities of Seawinds, Montague Village, Capricorn and Hillview. The growing population necessitated the need for an expansion of the facility and services in 2003.

In 2011, a further need for expansion was identified – specifically the need to render an ARV service. Planning started in 2011, with construction getting under way in earnest in 2013. A few months ago and just over R8 million later, the project was completed. Continue reading

Democratic Alliance press release by
Lorraine Botha MPP
Western Cape Spokesperson on Community Development
DA Constituency Head Cederberg and Bergrivier
 
1 June 2016
Release: immediately
 
The DA in the Western Cape is alarmed that Easy Pay and Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), both subsidiaries of Net1, will continue to disburse social grants to millions of beneficiaries despite reports of unlawful deductions taking place under their tenure, which has led to an R 800m loss to SASSA of which a mere R1,5m has been recovered.
                                                                           
In my capacity as the Chairperson of the Standing committee on Community Development in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament (WCPP), I will call a joint committee meeting, along with the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) where SASSA must explain the impact of the R 800m loss in grant money. I will also call on the entity to report on all matters relating to its financial management. 

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The City of Cape Town’s sewer inspection programme is progressing across the city in its mission to identify illegal connections by inspecting properties and City infrastructure one block at a time. This is to ensure functionality and compliance with the stormwater and wastewater by-laws. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s sewer inspectorate is making steady progress with its stormwater ingress programme. This programme is an essential component of the strategy to prevent sewage overflows and pollution, especially during winter where the rains can expose vulnerabilities. Continue reading

CITY OF CAPE TOWN

1 JUNE 2016

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

Note to editors: the following speech will be delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the 2016 inaugural #YouthStartCT awards ceremony that will be held at the Cape Town City Hall at 17:00 today

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

I could think of no better way to kick off Youth Month than all of us gathering for this wonderful occasion.

We have some of the best young entrepreneurial minds with us today.

We are here to celebrate the big dreams of the top 12 and the top three winners of the inaugural #YouthStartCT Challenge.

We also celebrate the very bright futures which lie ahead for all of them, because everyone here tonight is a winner.

As the City of Cape Town, we know that an investment in the youth is an investment into actively building and creating the kind of society that we want to live in. Continue reading

Radio station travels across the province to undertake youth focused projects

Cape Town, 31 May 2016: Heart FM will shut down its Green Point broadcast studio for 16 days to undertake youth focused projects across the province in honour of Youth Month. The 16 Days for Youth initiative* journey,  which kicks off on the 1st of June 2016 in Vredenburg, will see the radio station broadcast remotely from various locations across the province – with the aim of clothing, feeding, fixing, painting and lending a helping hand to those in need along the way.

The initiative is a spin off from the station’s #HeartBeats4Youth campaign which started out as motivational talks by celebrities at various schools four years ago. It has since morphed into a 16 day drive to do good within communities with youth focused activities. The aim for 16 Days For Youth is to mobilise communities and raise awareness of what is desperately needed. The frame work of the initiative allows for members of the public to get involved by donating and joining the Heart FM team on the journey.

Heart FM MD Renee Redelinghuys explains the rationale behind the campaign. “The youth of today face enormous difficulties – living conditions, disease, violence and even attending school in some instances. We are not out to solve all these issues but what we are doing is lending a helping hand where we can. We also ask that our Heart Family come on board in assisting us to leave a lasting legacy.” Continue reading

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.

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