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A 19-year-old woman’s reunification with her family was the cherry on top of a campaign this festive season that saw hundreds of people relocated off the streets. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Street People Programme relocated 253 individuals during a festive season initiative in partnership with various central improvement districts (CIDs).

The City’s Reintegration Unit teamed up with CIDs in Central Cape Town, Green Point, Bellville, Muizenberg, Somerset West, Strand and Gordon’s Bay to offer assistance to street people in those areas, but also to reduce the number of people migrating to the streets.

The festive season generally sees an increase in people migrating to the streets whether for potential economic gain or because of family and other social reasons. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town is eradicating the backlog which exists with title deed transfers linked to older housing projects at a rapid pace. More than half of the approximately 25 000 historic title deeds which were identified for transfer in 2012 have been completed. The City will now be intensifying its efforts to address the remaining 10 000 transfers. Read more below:

These transfers pertain to older housing projects and what makes this process so difficult is that each case has to be addressed individually. It could also involve a combination of factors that have prevented beneficiaries from receiving title deeds, such as unsigned sale agreements or untraceable beneficiaries.

‘Our efforts to finalise the transfer of historic title deeds are, of course, over and above the transfer of deeds pertaining to recent or current housing projects. Continue reading

Ajax Cape Town has regrettably been forced to withdraw from participation in this year’s CAF Confederation Cup. We have been unable to secure the safety of our players for a trip to Angola despite multiple efforts to get all arrangements in place.

We are bitterly disappointed that our players, who were looking forward to representing their country in continental competition, are now denied the opportunity of a lifetime but we are forced to put their welfare ahead of their dreams. Ajax Cape Town has been attempting for weeks to seek clarity from the Angolan Football Federation as regards the internal travel arrangements for the match against Sagrada Esperanca in Dundo on Saturday, February 13.

It is the responsibility of Angola to ensure internal travel but they have been unwilling, despite our numerous requests by e-mail and fax, to give us details of our internal flights. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town is a proud host and supporter of a number of events, and February kicks off a smorgasbord of entertainment which includes fashion, music and sport. These events not only provide economic spin-offs but are catalysts for outstanding visitor experiences. Read more below:

Cape Town has developed a strong track record as an events destination and continues to attract a range of events.

‘The direct economic impact through visitor and organiser spend is estimated at over hundreds of millions of rands. Our support of many of the events is part of our strategy to attract even more events to the city and to position Cape Town as the events capital of Africa.

‘Larger events attract international participants and visitors who often stay beyond the event. The ripple effect of the economic injection is felt at other attractions, within the hospitality industry and even at smaller events,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Garreth Bloor. Continue reading

Cape Town, 04 February 2016: More than a million babies are born in South Africa every year and one in seven of those are born premature with many not making it past their first 28 days of life. Babies who would have died a few decades ago survive today due to specialist care received in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) worldwide. While there are many factors associated with premature birth, in many cases the exact cause is unknown meaning any pregnant woman might be at risk.

Heart FM has once again put their hearts into the cause and partnered with Newborns Groote Schuur Trust, Cape Argus and Pick ‘n Pay to raise much needed funds for the ‘Little by Little’ campaign aimed at expanding and upgrading the Groote Schuur Neonatal Unit.

The Neonatal Unit is only one of two tertiary units in the Western Cape capable of providing the highly specialised care that these tiny babies so desperately need, and was the first tertiary unit in the country to be awarded Baby Friendly Status by the WHO.

From humble beginnings, the Neonatal unit now cares for upwards of 75 babies at any one time in a space constrained environment. Life saving neonatal care is very costly and a successful campaign with Heart FM, Pick n Pay and the Cape Argus in 2010/11 helped equip the unit with desperately needed incubators which are still saving lives today. Continue reading

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It’s match day for the Urban Warriors once again as we travel to Orlando Stadium to take on Soweto giants, Orlando Pirates for the third time this season.

Ndiviwe Mdabuka made Orlando Pirates pay for their mistakes as Ajax ended Orlando Pirates’ MTN8 campaign early with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Orlando Stadium earlier this season.

Roger De Sa’s men however went down 2-1 to an Orlando Pirates side who displayed renewed confidence at Cape Town Stadium, but the Urban Warriors put in a monumental effort as they pushed hard for the full 90 minutes.

Captain Travis Graham is back into the squad following his one match suspension, stating that the team performed well in his absence, but need to continue picking up maximum points.

“I really wanted to be part of the team, but there was nothing I could do about having four yellow cards. The guys did really well to get the result against Arrows. It’s important for us to pick up as many points as possible to get to the 30 point mark as quickly as possible,” commented Graham.

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The Maynardville Open-Air Theatre is the setting for another season of Shakespeare this month. This production of ‘Othello’ coincides with the theatre’s 60th anniversary. 

The City of Cape Town’s open-air theatre inside Maynardville Park is the stage for the annual Artscape Shakespeare in the Park production, with the play ‘Othello’ being featured for 2016.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the venue as well as the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 1616. Throughout 2016, theatre companies across the globe will pay tribute to William Shakespeare’s lasting legacy as the world’s preeminent playwright.

‘We are delighted to partner with the Artscape again to bring this timeless masterpiece to Maynardville. The setting under the stars provides a memorable experience for theatre lovers of all ages,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Special Projects, Alderman Belinda Walker. Continue reading

Less Than 1 week to SA’s Most EPIC Sport and Lifestyle Event

(February 2016) Brace yourself, The Cape Town 10s is a drop kick away! Taking place on 5 & 6 February 2016at Hamilton’s Rugby Club in Green Point, this year’s event is going to be the most epic event the Mother City has ever witnessed!

There are loads of new additions to this year’s Cape Town 10s tournament; beach volleyball has been introduced which includes the Flying Fish Pro Beach Volleyball Series. There is the ‘Live The 10s Rugby Village’ which provides the opportunity for spectators and players alike to stay on-sight at the tournament. There will be loads of spot prizes and exciting activations, celebs galore and a great entertainment line-up inside Africa’s biggest beer tent. There will be free Wi-Fi available at the event so be sure to post your favourite moments of the day on the social media platforms; don’t forget to tag #takealot10s on your posts. Over 25 000 people attended the  last event – if you you’re looking for the most exhilarating weekend of your life,  you’ll need to pre-book tickets right away to avoid FOMO and a 500 metre line at the gate! Continue reading

During the City of Cape Town’s Urban Sustainability Internship Programme awards ceremony which was held on Friday 29 January 2016 at the Two Oceans Aquarium, six interns were honoured for their outstanding contributions. Read more below:

The City’s Urban Sustainability Internship Programme offers interns the opportunity to enhance, reinforce and strengthen their academic knowledge and practical skills, making them more marketable for job opportunities because of their work experience.

‘The past 10 years of investment is testament to the City’s commitment to creating opportunities for young professionals and empowering them, through skills development, to promote and contribute to our environmental sustainability. The programme has proven its success and effectiveness in producing exceptional young professionals over the past decade. Continue reading

The City will simulate an emergency exercise in Simon’s Town to test the response of various agencies to a rail disaster. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre is coordinating a safety exercise at the Simon’s Town railway station on Tuesday 2 February 2016, simulating a rail disaster.

The exercise is being done in collaboration with various other agencies including the City Fire and Rescue Service, Metrorail, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, Transnet, the South African Police Service, the South African National Defence Force, the National Sea Rescue Institute, Emergency Medical Services and Forenic Pathology Services.

The scenario will involve a train colliding with a diesel tanker en route to the Simon’s Town Naval Base, causing the train to catch alight. A hazardous spill will also form part of the scenario. Members of the public – pet owners in particular – are advised that smoke grenades and thunder flashes will be used. Continue reading

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