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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

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

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

The Baxter Theatre Centre seeks to appoint twelve (15) Ushers in the Front of House department on an ad-hoc basis for appointment commencing 3 May 2016. The successful candidates will assist the Front of House staff to provide excellent customer service to the Baxter’s patrons and ensure public safety.

Requirements:

  • A matric certificate or equivalent qualification.
  • A friendly disposition coupled with sound interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Fluency in English and at least one other official language.
  • The ability to work well under pressure, both as part of a team and independently.
  • Alertness and the ability to think quickly in an emergency situation.
  • A strong sense of customer service.
  • The flexibility to work according to the Baxter Theatres operational hours.

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Pic: capegrace.com

Pic: capegrace.com

If all goes according to plan, residents and visitors to Cape Town will soon be able to make use of tuk-tuk vehicles to travel short distances within the city and surrounding suburbs. Read more below:

The tender for the provision of tuk-tuk public transport services was issued on Friday 15 April 2016 by Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority.

‘We want to use this tender process to appoint public transport operators who will operate 80 tuk-tuk vehicles across eight areas in Cape Town and the far south. The tuk-tuk vehicles are intended for those wanting to travel short distances of 3 km or less to local destinations. The people who will make use of the tuk-tuk vehicles are those who do not necessarily want to make use of a metered taxi service, but also do not want to walk 2 or 3 km to their destination,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.

The eight initial areas where the tuk-tuk vehicles will be allowed to operate are as follows: Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY, ALDERMAN JP SMITH

I am perturbed by the increase in the number of attacks on City of Cape Town firefighters and infrastructure in the last six months.

We witnessed one of the most blatant instances when residents of Siqalo attacked firefighters responding to an incident in November last year. The delay resulted in 15 structures being destroyed by fire instead of the four that were alight when the Fire and Rescue Service teams arrived.

What appeared to be an isolated incident at the time has subsequently escalated into an untenable situation. Between 1 January and 4 April 2016, we recorded at least 17 incidents in Klipheuwel, Khayelitsha, Retreat, Vrygrond, Dunoon, Elsies River, Manenberg and Nyanga where Fire and Rescue vehicles were stoned, forcing staff to retreat from the areas in question and robbing residents of a potentially lifesaving service. Continue reading

Our bus does two trips per day:

  1. To fetch school children for the lessons that are facilitated in the Garden. We refer to these groups as “guided”.
  2. To fetch young children from Educare Centres as well as senior citizens. We call this the “self-guided” groups because we only provide the transport – they go into the Garden on  their own.

The transport that we offer senior citizen groups is so popular that we are normally fully booked by midyear and need to start a waiting list for the following year from  that point on. Jackie, our admin assistant, takes the bookings and can be contacted at 021 799 8670 or j.loni@sanbi.org.za   Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER: TRANSPORT FOR CAPE TOWN: COUNCILLOR BRETT HERRON

The City of Cape Town will deploy additional buses on the N2 Express route between Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha and Cape Town to assist commuters who may be affected by the expected delays of Metrorail trains tomorrow, 18 April 2016. The Golden Arrow Bus Service will also deploy additional buses on routes across the city to prevent commuters from being stranded. 

Firstly I want to condemn the violence and the destruction of Metrorail infrastructure and carriages that took place on Thursday evening, 14 April 2016, and the early evening of Friday, 15 April 2016, at the Kraaifontein staging yard and the Cape Town and Woodstock stations.

We cannot ignore the fact that Metrorail is in a state of crisis.

The sabotage of the service by illegal strikers and the longstanding issues with Metrorail’s infrastructure – among which defective signal systems and point detection, as well as electrical malfunction – must be addressed as a matter of urgency. Continue reading

Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron on Friday was satisfied with the progress made by his provisional Junior Springbok training squad since they assembled in camp two weeks ago and feels there are several positives to build on as they prepare for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Manchester from 7 to 25 June.

The training squad has been hard at work at training to familiarise themselves with the structures and systems put in place by Theron and his coaching team for the international showpiece, and they capped this off with a contact session against the Western Province Rugby Institute in Stellenboschon Friday morning.

The innovation showed on attack combined with their solid defensive effort by the players impressed Theron, who said: “It was pleasing to see the players’ skill levels on attack and the way they put their bodies on the line on defence, so there are several positives we can build on as our preparation intensifies for the World Championship. The handling skills, in particular, were really impressive, and it was pleasing to see how the players mixed things up on attack. Continue reading

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