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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 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


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

A young woman was taken off the streets during an operation in Bellville – one of a number of interventions by City enforcement agencies this weekend that resulted in 113 arrests. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Vice Squad rescued a 24-year-old woman in the Bellville CBD during an operation on Saturday 18 June 2016. The woman, originally from Johannesburg, told officers she had been forced into prostitution after being lured to Cape Town with the promise of employment.

‘The young woman has been taken to a safe house and we have handed the case over to the Hawks for further investigation, so we can’t say anything more about the matter. Sadly, her story is not unique and is yet another cautionary tale to young people to double-check any offers of employment, especially if you’re from another town or city. Also make sure that your family knows your whereabouts at all times, for safety’s sake,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading

Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the City of Cape Town’s transport authority, has commenced with the upgrade of a section of Spine Road, one of the busiest roads in Khayelitsha where we will, among others, install mole barriers to prevent Cape dune moles from ruining the road. Read more below:

This project is valued at approximately R28,2 million and entails the upgrading of Spine Road between the intersections with Mew Way and Alpine Street.

‘Spine Road is one of the busiest main routes linking Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain. About 11 130 vehicles use this section of Spine Road on a daily basis. The road surface has deteriorated over the years due to the volume of traffic, the presence of greywater, and the activities of the Cape dune mole rat. Furthermore, a significant number of pedestrians walk to their destinations along this route, but there are currently no pedestrian facilities or street lighting. The purpose of this project is to address these shortcomings in providing the residents from Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain with a much improved road and with facilities that will improve the safety of the most vulnerable road users – notably pedestrians and cyclists,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading

Transport for Cape Town, the City of Cape Town’s transport authority, has installed two card vending machines – one at the MyCiTi station in Adderley Street and another at Century City Gate. Apart from conducting their business at the kiosks, commuters at these two locations now have the option of using the card vending machine to buy a myconnect card, or load money or Mover Points on their myconnect cards. Read more below:

The card vending machines (CVMs) were installed last week and started operating as of yesterday, 18 June 2016.

‘These two machines, or virtual kiosks, are part of a pilot project during which Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority, wants to establish the functionality and efficiency of the CVMs. We will roll out a further eight machines to other MyCiTi stations and locations across the city once the pilot period has expired – pending the outcome of this testing phase and the progress made,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading

Islamic Television (ITV) Networks will host a four hour live pledge on Sunday 26 June to raise the final funds needed to build a bigger and better paediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

Starting at 09h30 and ending at 14h00, the live pledge on DSTV’s channel 347 will encourage viewers to help the Children’s Hospital Trust raise the final R10 million needed for the R100 million-plus upgrade and expansion of the unit. It will be presented by Moulana Zakariya Philander and will feature guests from the Children’s Hospital Trust and prominent leaders from the community.

With a dire shortage of paediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds in Africa, a R100 million-plus expansion and upgrade of the Paediatric ICU (PICU) at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital will significantly improve intensive care services delivered to critically ill and injured children. Capacity will also be greatly increased, addressing the desperate need for more beds to treat some of the country’s sickest little patients. Continue reading

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