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Kenny Solomon from Mitchell’s Plain has become the first South African to attain the coveted chess title of grandmaster.

In October 2012, GroundUp ran an interview with Solomon. At that time he had become a grandmaster-elect but still needed to jump through some technical hoops to become a full-fledged grandmaster.

On Sunday, the popular Chessbase website reported that by winning the 2014 Africa Chess Championship which ended a few days ago, he attained the grandmaster title. Solomon scored 7/9 and won the tournament on tie-break from Egyptian grandmaster, Ahmed Adly.

The Chessbase article carries an interview with Solomon, who is quoted saying, “Eventually, I hope I can help in developing the chess scene in South Africa in some way, perhaps by being involved in a training centre. There are many chess players in South Africa and it does have its own chess culture. However, most tournaments are not FIDE-rated. In junior tournaments, emphasis is mainly on qualification to international junior events. South Africa needs more FIDE-rated events.


Cape Town Comedy Club is open five days a week, WednesdaySunday. Comedy nightly from 8.30pm, doors open 6pm.

  • Happy hour is from 6-7pm andone hour after the show
  • Daily Specials – also available for take-away
  • To hire venue for exclusive use, contact for more info.

On for the next 2 weeks at Cape Town Comedy Club …


Wednesday 02nd March 2016

HEADLINE: Hannes Brümmer (JHB)
MC: Carl Weber
OPEN MIC: Simmi Areff (JHB)

Thursday 03rd March 2016


Friday 04th March 2016

HEADLINE: Hannes Brümmer (JHB)
MC: Chris Forrest (JHB)
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The City of Cape Town has issued 128 building and relocation kits to families who lost their homes during the Imizamo Yethu fire which occurred over the weekend. It has affected approximately 700 residents. Read more below:

Humanitarian relief, such as hot meals, blankets and food parcels, is still being provided.

The enhanced emergency kit includes nails, poles, galvanised corrugated steel roof sheets, a door with a lockset or padlock, and a window. The City is the only metro in the country that assists residents affected by fires and floods in this manner.

All of the timber poles that are handed out as part of these kits have been treated with fire-retardant paint prior to being issued.

Various City departments have been working tirelessly to help the families of Imizamo Yethu rebuild their lives. Continue reading

(Cape Town, 29 February 2016) The 7th annual Cape Town Carnival will explode onto the Green Point Fan Walk on Saturday, 12 March 2016 with a dazzling procession of floats, hip-shaking dancers, and foot-stomping bands. The event will radiate glitz and unity as hundreds of dancers, community performance groups, celebrities and dignitaries come together to celebrate. This year the theme is “street life” and is taking inspiration from the endless dynamics and energy of Cape Town’s streets.

Getting to the Cape Town Carnival with public transport will be easy as MyCiti will offer extra busses on each of the following routes in addition to the standard schedules.

  • Three trips departing from the Cape Town Stadium station every hour to Cape Town Station – at 22:30, 23:30 and 00:30 please note the normal MyCiti charges with myconnect apply.

Spectators are encouraged to visit the MyCiti website at, for further details on the available public transport options.

Carnival-goers will have the freedom of the city streets from 15h00 and can enjoy the variety of food, crafts and special kids’ activities on offer along the Fan Walk. The streets will be closed for final preparations at 18h00before the magic begins with an explosion of fireworks at 19h00.

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Optimist Greg Bertish to embark on 24hour endurance fundraiser on 4 & 5 March at the V&A for the Children’s Hospital Trust

Greg Bertish – being the optimist that he is – believes that he can conquer all odds in a tiny 8 foot by 3.5 foot dinghy, aptly named ‘The Optimist’, to inspire and promote positive belief in children while raising funds for the Children’s Hospital Trust. The Optimist (Opi) is a single-handed sailing dinghy intended for use by children up to the age of 15. Continue reading


The following is an extract from a speech delivered by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the launch of Phase 2 of the Inclusive City Campaign at the Civic Centre today, 29 February 2016.

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

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A group of burglary suspects couldn’t break out of trouble when they drove into a City of Cape Town Traffic Services roadblock in Bothasig on Friday 26 February 2016.

Officers stopped them after noticing that their van had no number plates. A search of the vehicle revealed an array of housebreaking tools including balaclavas, gloves and battery-operated grinders. It has since been determined that two of the five suspects have criminal records for housebreaking and other crimes.

The City’s Traffic Service arrested 29 motorists for drunk driving in Bothasig and 11 others during an operation focusing on illegal street racing in Eerste River on Sunday 28 February 2016. One of them had a breath-alcohol content of 1,71 mg per 1 000 ml, which is seven times the legal limit. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town is spending approximately R34,5 million on upgrading a section of Sir Lowry’s Pass Village Road in Somerset West. The project is nearly half way, with the eastbound carriageway currently under construction. Read more below:

‘The past few years have seen a number of new developments alongside Sir Lowry’s Pass Village Road, bringing with them a significant increase in traffic between the new residential areas and the Somerset West central business district. The current road requires a complete reconstruction – partly because it has reached the end of its life cycle, and partly due to the steady increase in the number of vehicles travelling along this section every day,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.

Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority, commenced with the project in September last year and the completion date is set for early 2017, if all goes according to plan.

‘The project is nearly half way. Motorists driving past will notice the extensive road excavations on the eastbound-side where stormwater infrastructure is being installed. The layerworks for the new road are also progressing well,’ said Councillor Herron. Continue reading


The City condemns in the strongest possible terms the petrol bombing of 16 City housing units in its Sir Lowry’s Pass Village Incremental Development Area (IDA). Read more below:

The units, all of which have been earmarked for vulnerable beneficiaries, have been damaged beyond repair. In addition, a further approximately 100 units were damaged when the doors were kicked in and the windows broken.

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The hottest gaming event in South Africa is on its way to the Mother City! Capetonians will soon be able to immerse themselves in the best and latest video games, technology and geek culture at the GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World. rAge Cape Town will build on the 13-year history of awesome rAge events, with its own unique feel so gamers can get their geek on in true Cape Town style.

What can Capetonians expect? Michael James, rAge Senior Project Manager, says, “Our aim is to deliver a rAge experience to Cape Town on a smaller scale at first, but eventually nurturing it into something enchanting in its own right. We don’t know what it’s going to look like and we don’t know who’s going to be there, but we do want it to be so impressive that even the Johannesburg crowd, who’ve grown so accustomed to rAge rolling around every year, will also want to attend.”

rAge Johannesburg attracted 35 000 people over three days this year and, as with all rAge events, rAge Cape Town will bring together developers, manufacturers, avid gamers and fans, with attendees getting first access to the latest games, comic books, digital lifestyle gear, collectible card games, trends and more. Visitors can also join the wildly popular NAG LAN in Cape Town, where over 500 gamers will spend an exhilarating 52 hours enjoying a truly epic gaming experience.

For 2016, rAge ticket prices for both Cape Town and Johannesburg will remain the same as 2015. What self-respecting Capetonian geek wouldn’t love to find a rAge expo weekend ticket or NAG LAN ticket in their Christmas stocking!


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