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Early indications are that there has been a further decline year on year in the number of babies born to mothers under the age of 18.
The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate is enthused by early indications that the teenage pregnancy rate appears to have declined even further year on year.
While the data for 2015 has not been finalised yet, indications are that there has been a drop in the number of teenage births compared with the previous year. Of the 69 908 live births recorded in 2015, 2 704 were to mothers under the age of 18. This accounted for 3,87% of all births, as outlined below.
‘This is very good news indeed and I want to applaud our young women and men who are taking responsibility for their sexual health. We need to stop clinging to the belief that young children will listen to us when we tell them to abstain. Ideally, yes, but the fact is that many are having sex and so it is our responsibility to make sure that they do so responsibly. Looking at the figures, it is clear that more and more young people are taking that responsibility, but also that the interventions are hitting the mark,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Health, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli. Continue reading
SPEECH BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE
Note to editors: the following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the key handover ceremony to beneficiaries of the Heideveld housing development today, 19 April 2016.
Mayoral Committee Members, councillors, Heideveld housing development beneficiaries, Heideveld housing development Project Steering Committee, City of Cape Town staff, members of the media, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.
Good afternoon, goeie middag, molweni, as-salaam alaikum, shalom.
It is a privilege to be here and share in this moment with you today.
It has been a priority of this administration to provide for the housing needs of Cape Town’s steadily growing and increasingly urbanised population. Continue reading
An ensemble of vivacious South African divas are set to shine at GrandWest in a dazzling musical showcase of hip swaying hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s to mark Mother’s Day in May 2016. The glittering show, Soul Sisters Mother’s Day Celebration, takes place in spectacular style at the Grand Arena, GrandWest on 7 May 2016.
In the lineup is Cape Town’s larger than life cabaret trio, 3 Tons of Fun. The ladies are set to enthrall the audience with a mix of love songs, showstoppers from the disco era, and well known loved pop, African, and dance music. Their high energy, fun filled cabaret show attracts full houses wherever it goes.
Also performing in the Soul Sisters Mother’s Day Celebration are Judith Sephuma, Can Skylark, Vicky Sampson, Jody Williams, Maddy Abrahams and Salome Johansen, all of whom are talented female artists that have become household names due to their contribution to music in South Africa. They will be supported by a professional 12 piece band, Top Dog. Continue reading
Some of South Africa’s legendary artists including Dr Victor and the Rasta Rebels, The Rockets, PJ Powers, Nur Abrahams, Garth Taylor and Edith Plaatjies collaborate for a vibrant showcase of proudly South African music in Rocking the City, to be staged at the Grand Arena, GrandWest on 26 April 2016.
All celebrated artists in their own right, each bring their own special brand of music and style to the show. Victor Khojane, leading man of Dr Victor and the Rasta Rebels has been crafting and creating an uplifting, up tempo sound that has earned this singer, musician, songwriter and producer an enviable reputation on the South African music scene and many devoted fans all over the world. One of the busiest live musician groups in the country, they have opened for a host of international stars such as Paul Simon, Gloria Estefan, Tina Turner and Janet Jackson. Continue reading
As part of our commitment to being a well-run city, the City of Cape Town has prioritised prudent financial management as this leads to increased financial stability which attracts business and investment and in turn creates jobs.
We have put various controls in place to ensure that service delivery and good governance practices are accelerated across the organisation.
This has resulted in Cape Town achieving 12 unqualified audits and our third clean audit in the 2014/15 financial year, while international ratings agency Moody’s also recently commended the City of Cape Town’s ‘solid financial management’. Continue reading
Mother’s Day will be celebrated in gourmet style at the luxurious Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel in Sea Point on Sunday, 8 May 2016 from 12pm with a special buffet menu to treat Moms, devised by Executive chef, Craig Carmichael.
The culinary experience at the hotel’s #add Restaurant & Pool will open with stir-fried squid with rocket and orange salad, marinated fish and sweet pimentos and papaya and cabbage coleslaw for starters. Decadent mains, meanwhile, will include roasted suckling pig, vegetable ratatouille, potato dauphinoise and green beans with toasted almonds.
To complete the celebratory day, delicious desserts include classic favourites such as cream brule, mini chocolate mousse and tropical fruit salad. Continue reading
Last night I met with the real leaders of Dunoon, including the elected ANC ward councillor, Councillor Lubabalo Makeleni.
This meeting follows the high level of violence which has occurred in the area since Sunday evening. Major roads have been blocked with burning tyres, public infrastructure has been vandalised, shops belonging to foreigners have been looted, and people’s lives are being threatened.
Collectively, we condemn what these EFF thugs and gangsters are doing. It is increasing the suffering of all the people of Dunoon. Children are being prevented from going to school, and parents are being prevented from going to work to provide for their families.
We call on the Economic Freedom Fighters not to start their campaign with violence and destruction. They cannot try to gain votes at the expense of the poor through the destruction of public and private property. Continue reading
This incredible work has been commissioned (part of the Suidoosterfees 2016) to celebrate the life and work of the late Professor Jakes Gerwel ( the former chairman of Media24, former rector of the University of Western Cape and the director general of former President Nelson Mandela’s cabinet). Kristalvlakte will serve as a creative and literary monument honoring Jakes Gerwel’s memory.
From the shreds of the constant drug war, dealer Priscilla is trying to keep her family and life together. The community is bleeding due to the interference of political orders, gang bosses and religious leaders. Sometimes there are waves of peace, as in any good war. But war is like love – it will always find a way out. And while life goes on Priscilla’s drug dealings will survive in the backstreets of time.
From the talented pen of Amy Jephta, under mentorship of Tertius Kapp, Kristalvlakte was born. This topical theatre piece is an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s ‘Mother Courage und ihre Kinder’. Continue reading
The construction of the Delft Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre of Excellence is under way. This is the last of three such projects to be undertaken for the current 2015/16 financial year. Read more below.
Today, 18 April 2016, the City of Cape Town marked the official start of construction of the Delft ECD Centre of Excellence with a sod-turning ceremony.
The R12 million construction project is anticipated to be completed in February 2017 and it is envisioned to accommodate approximately 160 children in Phase 1, which can be extended to 400 in Phase 2 should the need arise. The facility on the corner of Cork Tree and Sapele Road, Delft will also boast its own food garden which will supply the centre with a variety of fresh produce. The centre will have a toy library as well as an educational outdoor play area. Continue reading
Note to editors: Today, 18 April 2016, the City of Cape Town’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, was joined by representatives from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology to sign the City’s Inclusive City anti-racism pledge.
Today we were pleased to host the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) Dean of Students, Cora Motale, and the Student Representative Council President, Sibusiso Thwala.
We welcome their commitment and thank them for reaffirming their support for the Inclusive City Campaign and joining us in the fight against racism. Continue reading