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This joint initiative, which includes a R450 000 cash injection from the City, is aimed at luring illegal street racers onto the safety of the Killarney track.

The City of Cape Town and the Western Province Motor Club have teamed up for a weekly event at the Killarney race track, aimed at curbing illegal street racing.

The Robot Racing event allows car enthusiasts to race against each other on a track instead of the street. The start of the race is signalled by a traffic light turning from red to green, hence the name Robot Racing, and first person over the line wins. All cars undergo a basic safety check before being permitted onto the track to reduce the possibility of incidents involving the drivers. Continue reading

Invisible

“Just people – but are often not recognized for who they are but as the scum of the earth.” The homeless. Street People. We pretend not to see them, look directly past them – never at them. Sometimes we pretend they don’t exist and the smell is just horrible “dammit, they could at least have a wash!”. Then we meet Kathleen Marion Jacobs. Suddenly things didn’t make sense to her, nothing was too clear, then she started running. Far away from normal, her everyday life, it suddenly seemed strange to her. Away from all that was familiar to her. Family, friends, the school where she was a history teacher and the children who laughed at her. Katie is a famous “Bergie” on Greenmarket Square, full of story tales.

Everyone knows her and she knows everyone, a smile and a chuckle will cost you nothing, but if it’s a life lesson, it costs R5.00! Katie’s story is not unique. It happens all the time, but what makes her story being on the street so special? Was it the forced removal of District Six in 1966 as a child? Or was it the fact that the Cape Flats was a noose around her neck, not able to breathe? Or was it her love of history? Or perhaps because her own history happened – that she had not foreseen? But she’s here now, with history and all. “You know me, but you do not see my soul!”

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KRISTALVLAKTE on at the Fugard Theatre – 29th April to 7th May 2016

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’.

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR ENERGY, ENVIRONMENTAL AND SPATIAL PLANNING, COUNCILLOR JOHAN VAN DER MERWE

This Earth Day (22 April 2016), I would like to draw the attention of Capetonians to the innate wealth we have inherited to live in a city of such natural wonder. We are blessed with a variety of plant and animal species right here on the doorstep of our city.

Cape Town is a biodiversity hotspot without parallel. Our city has on display approximately 3 000 plant species, constituting 19 different vegetation types with six of these vegetation varieties and more than 200 plant species flourishing within the urban confines of our city boundary.

Having said this, I urge residents to join the City in taking responsibility for our natural surroundings. Let’s be accountable to one another and get back to the basics of keeping our immediate surroundings clean, healthy, and vibrant. Plant a non-invasive tree or shrub or undertake a mini clean-up at your local park, your neighbourhood greenbelt or your nearest beach. Continue reading

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

Note to editors: the following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the naming ceremony of the Colin Eglin Sea Point Library earlier today, 21 April 2016.

Member of Parliament, James Selfe; City Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Special Projects, Alderman Belinda Walker; aldermen and councillors; wife of the late Colin Eglin, Mrs Raili Eglin; Mr Eglin’s daughter, Susan Martin, and grandson, Adam; former Members of Parliament; friends and former colleagues of Mr Eglin; members of the media; and all guests. Continue reading

Cape Town, 20 April 2016- Having cemented its position as one of the continent’s most prestigious races, organisers of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon will aim to take another step forward this year in their attempt to close the gap on the world’s biggest road running events.

Set to be held for the third time since its relaunch in 2014, the annual 42km race takes place in the picturesque Mother City on 18 September 2016, and proudly retains IAAF Silver Label status.

As the only standard marathon race in Africa to be awarded Silver Label status, after receiving worthy recognition from the global governing body for athletics following the 2014 and 2015 events, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon will continue to target Gold Label recognition.

Says race ambassador and former Olympic silver medallist Elana Meyer: “We are very pleased with the progress we have made over the last two years, and we are satisfied that we made further advances by hosting another successful event last year. We have a vision and will continue to focus on that by making the required adjustments to ensure we are delivering a world-class event across the board. This will assist in ensuring South African runners have access to a world-class running event organised by globally accredited standards, while offering incentives and mentoring for local runners.” Continue reading

Dr Victor and the Rasta Rebels and celebrated local artists unite for Rocking the City.

Some of South Africa’s legendary artists including Dr Victor and the Rasta Rebels, The Rockets, PJ Powers, Nur Abrahams, Garth Taylor and Edith Plaatjies collaborate for a vibrant showcase of proudly South African music in Rocking the City, to be staged at the Grand Arena, GrandWest on 26 April 2016.

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A musical celebration of a heart-rending part of our culture and history. A glimpse into a world that has for some been forgotten. “Home” is a musical fantasy conversation between disparate souls – family members, friends, strangers who lived in the former District Six. In one way or another we are all committed to this place – our homes – homes that the government would not allow us to live in. Was it perhaps the only time and place where the real “rainbow nation” was? “Sometimes a thought like that could cross your mind … ” Come, let’s go Home!

Home – Directed by – Alistair Izobell – Musical with Donveno Prince
Wednesday April 27-19h00 ▪ Saturday April 30-11h00
Price R80, R100, R150, R200 Computicket Location: Artscape Opera House

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The Consumer Studies classrooms at four Cape Town high schools have been upgraded with the help of GrandWest as part of Sun International’s nationwide Schools Renovations Programme. Facilitated by GrandWest’s Corporate Social Investment Department, the upgraded classrooms at Goodwood College, JG Meiring High, Ravensmead High and Sinethemba High in Philippi are now ready for action.

According to Heidi Edson, Group Socio Economic Development Manager at GrandWest, the classrooms have been equipped with seven stoves each, as well as crockery, cooking utensils and fridges. Industrial tables and cupboards were installed, while various aesthetic improvements were also made, including fixing the ceilings and repainting the classrooms. Work at the schools was carried out by an enthusiastic team of GrandWest suppliers and service providers. Continue reading

Early indications are that there has been a further decline year on year in the number of babies born to mothers under the age of 18. 

The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate is enthused by early indications that the teenage pregnancy rate appears to have declined even further year on year.

While the data for 2015 has not been finalised yet, indications are that there has been a drop in the number of teenage births compared with the previous year. Of the 69 908 live births recorded in 2015, 2 704 were to mothers under the age of 18. This accounted for 3,87% of all births, as outlined below.

‘This is very good news indeed and I want to applaud our young women and men who are taking responsibility for their sexual health. We need to stop clinging to the belief that young children will listen to us when we tell them to abstain. Ideally, yes, but the fact is that many are having sex and so it is our responsibility to make sure that they do so responsibly. Looking at the figures, it is clear that more and more young people are taking that responsibility, but also that the interventions are hitting the mark,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Health, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli. Continue reading

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