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(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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Pieter-Steph du Toit and Jano Vermaak will both earn their first Vodacom Super Rugby caps for the DHL Stormers in the clash with the Vodacom Bulls at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

Lock Du Toit and scrumhalf Vermaak take their place in the starting line-up for the blockbuster opening match, while experienced prop JC Janse van Rensburg is also in line to make his Vodacom Super Rugby debut for the DHL Stormers should he take the field from the replacements bench.

Joining Janse van Rensburg amongst the replacements are promising youngsters JD Schickerling and Leolin Zas who will make their Vodacom Super Rugby debut should they get the opportunity.

Juan de Jongh will lead the team from inside centre, with his fellow co-captain Frans Malherbe set to make an impact off the replacements bench as he works his way back from an ankle injury.

De Jongh will link up with Johnny Kotze in midfield, with Robert du Preez earning his second Vodacom Super Rugby cap, and his first at flyhalf.

In the loose trio stalwart Schalk Burger is joined by No.8 Nizaam Carr and Sikhumbuzo Notshe in the first match of his final season with the DHL Stormers, with Siya Kolisi starting on the bench having recently returned to full training following a calf strain. Continue reading

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Cape Town – One woman was shot dead and another wounded in Dunoon when police allegedly opened fire on a taxi carrying Nando’s staff home on Wednesday night.

Nando’s chief executive officer Geoff Whyte on Thursday expressed his shock at the shooting of two staff from the franchise’s Sunningdale store late Wednesday night. He said he was told they were shot by police.

Police spokeswoman Constable Noloyiso Rwexana on Thursday morning confirmed that cases of murder and attempted murder were under investigation but would give no further details, referring reporters to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid).

The woman who died, Phumeza Fudumele, was a mother of two children. It is understood her colleague was shot in the leg and is undergoing treatment in hospital.

Whyte said his company was investigating the shooting. “We are looking into it with urgency. The police told us officers opened fire on the taxi carrying the people home,” he said from London on Thursday morning.

“Apparently, the police believed the taxi was one that was involved in a robbery at an automatic teller machine earlier in the day. We have no confirmation except what the police told us, so we are investigating further,” Whyte said. “We are also doing what we can to support the families of the two victims and to get to the bottom of this incident.”

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Jimmy Nevis (2 and 3 March) and Taxi Violence (4 March) will be performing at Café Roux in Noordhoek next week. Here are the details for consideration for gig guides. If interested in interviews with the artists or media accreditation for the show, please let me know. (Note: Media tickets limited, will go to first requests.)

Wed 2 March /Thurs 3 March – Jimmy Nevis.

Venue: Café Roux, The Farm Village, Noordhoek.

Address: 270 Chapman`s Peak Drive.

Tickets: R150.00

Time: Dinner from 19h00. Show from 20h30.

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