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Our make up blogger went to check out the latest Alistair Izobell production called Huistoe and this is what she had to say…

I had the pleasure of seeing Huistoe at the Artscape Opera house last night for baydu.co.za and what an experience it was!

Directed by Alistair Izobell, Huistoe truly is a musical celebration of a huge part of our culture and history that has been completely forgotten sadly. This show allows us to remember our family members who once lived in the former District Six and let’s us appreciate District Six for what it once was.

I can’t even begin to imagine how lost people must have felt being forced out of their homes for no reason, forced to start all over somewhere else, forced to leave your memories behind…although I have heard all about it from my mom who went through it.

Government officials gave four primary reasons for the removals. In accordance with apartheid philosophy, it stated that interracial interaction bred conflict, necessitating the separation of the races. They deemed District Six a slum, fit only for clearance, not rehabilitation. They also portrayed the area as crime-ridden and dangerous. They claimed that the district was a vice den, full of immoral activities like gambling, drinking, and prostitution. Though these were the official reasons, most residents believed that the government sought the land because of its proximity to the City Centre, Table Mountain and the harbour.

If you have not seen the show as yet, you still have a chance to catch the last show taking place this coming Saturday, 30 April 2016 at 11:00 and ticket prices range from R80.00 to R100.00. The show is only an hour long so I’m sure you can squeeze it into your Saturday morning routine, you won’t be sorry.

Hope you found this post interesting.

Till next time,

xxx

The following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at an equipment handover ceremony to the 2015 Neighbourhood Watch of the Year – the Ikamva Peacemakers of Samora Machel.

It is a great pleasure for me to be here today with the real heroes of Samora Machel.

It is always to humbling to watch ordinary residents come to the rescue of the community by joining forces and doing incredible things.

As a Capetonian, I couldn’t be more proud of the Ikamva Peacemakers. Continue reading

During this summer season, the City of Cape Town’s Wasp Control Team has been working relentlessly to deal with the increasing demand for the removal of invasive wasps nests city-wide. The team has received almost 1 000 more reports than last year. During the current season, over 2 500 wasp nests have already been removed. As the wasp season draws to an end, residents are encouraged to still report sightings of wasps and their nests, which will assist the team with future planning and action. 

As part of the City of Cape Town’s Invasive Species Programme, the Wasp Control Team is making every effort to attend to the increasing number of reports for removals as wasp season comes to an end. Continue reading

The Rainbow Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre is one of two ECD centres built for the City in Masiphumelele by private donors. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town today took ownership of an early childhood development centre in Masiphumelele, built by the Newlands Rotary Club.

The Rainbow ECD Centre is one of two that have been built by private donors in Masiphumelele – at a total cost of R6 million. The first was constructed by the Masiphumelele Corporation (Masicorp) at a cost of R2 million and is already operational, catering to the development needs of 100 children. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town notes the newspaper report on the written parliamentary reply by the National Minister of Human Settlements which has confirmed that the City handed over the most title deeds of any metro during the 2014/15 financial year. This has largely been as a result of sound management, foresight and great grassroots action by the City and its partners to eradicate the backlog which exists with title deed transfers.

More than half of the approximately 25 000 historic title deeds which were identified for transfer in 2012 have been completed. The City of Cape Town is now focusing on the remaining 10 000 transfers.

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. Continue reading

The Draft Budget for the 2016/17 to 2018/19 financial year for the City of Cape Town’s Human Settlements Directorate proposes more than R333 million spend on the provision of services to Council-unit backyard dwellers and the upgrade of informal settlements across the metro. The approval of the Draft Budget as well as community consultation are required for the final identification of the projects. Read more below:

For the first year (2016/17), it is proposed that the Human Settlements Directorate will spend approximately R134 million on backyarder and informal settlement upgrade projects across the city, including in 8ste Laan (Valhalla Park) Kalkfontein (Kuils River) and Sweet Homes (Philippi). Continue reading

Vivacious South African divas celebrate pre-Mother’s Day with a dazzling musical showcase

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.

Question:

What is the name of the show at Grand Arena on May the 7th?  

Enter below with your answer. Each winner wins 2 tickets to the show at Grand Arena on 7 May 2016. Closing date is Thursday 5 May at 2pm. Winners will be notified via email and need to respond with details within 24 hours. Failing this we will choose another random name from the entries. baydu.co.za will not be held responsible for cancellations. We are also not liable for anything that may happen at a venue including injuries. Please enter with an email address you check regularly!

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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.

We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting these enigmatic ladies for a special pre Mother’s Day show this year. The Soul Sisters pre Mother’s Day Celebration promises a fun filled and captivating show featuring some of South Africa’s most celebrated female artists,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest.

Tickets to Soul Sisters pre Mother’s Day Celebration are available at Computicket and cost from R165 to R250 per person. Like GrandWest on Facebook GrandWestCasinoAndEntertainmentWorld and follow us on Twitter @GrandwestSA.

Due to popular demand, we are pleased to announce… MID WEEK MADNESS with limited R50 early bird tickets to our Wednesday& Thursday night shows.

Now available at all Computicket outlets and Shoprite/Checkers stores!

http://online.computicket.com/web/festival/cape_town_comedy_club_2015/26297277

  • Half Price Sundays: R60pp for selected shows only
  • Happy Hour: 6-7pm andone hour after the show:
  • To hire venue for exclusive use, contact events@capetowncomedy.com for more info.

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

On for the next week at Cape Town Comedy Club …

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An enforcement operation in Eerste River resulted in a number of arrests, including on charges of riotous behaviour as spectators turned on City staff.

The City of Cape Town’s enforcement agencies and the South African Police Service (SAPS) had their hands full during an integrated operation in Eerste River on Sunday 24 April 2016. Officers swooped on an illegal drag-racing event at a notorious hotspot in the area and found about 2 000 spectators and 100 vehicles on site.

They arrested 26 suspects for drunk driving and five others for various offences, including malicious damage to property and riotous behaviour when spectators started stoning the Traffic Services tow-truck. Officers also suspended 30 vehicles and issued 315 fines including 54 to unlicensed drivers, 35 for unlicensed motor vehicles and 172 for speeding offences. Continue reading

Ajax Cape Town can confirm the acquisition of Kenyan midfielder Victor Ali Abondo from Kenyan Premier League outfit, Gor Mahia on a two (2) year deal.

The 26-year-old midfielder enjoyed a successful training stint with the club earlier this year, which prompted head coach Roger De Sa to make Abondo’s stay in Cape Town permanent. Depending on the approval of his work permit, Abondo could still make his debut appearance in the current season.

The Kenyan playmaker helped Gor Mahia to the 2015 Kenyan Premier League with his creativity and eye for goal, however, Abondo won the Kenyan Premier League on two other occasions with Sony Sugar and Tusker respectively. Abondo becomes the fifth addition to Ajax Cape Town’s squad for the new Absa Premiership season, after Erick Chipeta put pen to paper a fortnight ago, while the club has also promoted three teenagers Masilake Phohlongo, Darren Johnson and Sirgio Kammies from the club’s prestigious youth academy. The technical team’s preparation for the 2016/17 PSL season is progressing well with further signings to be announced soon. Continue reading

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