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Today, 18 October 2017, the City of Cape Town and Airbnb signed the hospitality platform’s first collaboration agreement with a city in Africa. Under the agreement, Airbnb and the City will work together to promote the benefits of people-to-people tourism for Cape Town residents and their communities, and promote Cape Town across the world as a unique travel destination.

Since 2008, hosts on Airbnb have welcomed over 200 million guests in 191 countries. In Cape Town there are 17 600 active listings on Airbnb and hosts have earned a combined income of R762 million over the past 12 months.

In the past year, hosts on Airbnb in Cape Town welcomed close to 290 000 visitors, which resulted in an estimated economic boost of R2,4 billion for the city. The typical host in Cape Town earns an additional R43 400 by sharing their home for 32 nights per year.

As part of the collaboration agreement, Airbnb and the City of Cape Town will: Continue reading

Entries are still open for the second Torpedo SwimRun, which takes place on 19 November in Cape Town. Extreme open water and ice swimmer Ryan Stramrood has entered the race with fellow extreme swimmer Mark de Klerk as his teammate. Ryan has never worn a wetsuit for open water swimming before, and he does not own a pair of running shoes, but has decided to step far out of his comfort zone to take up the challenge.

The Torpedo SwimRun is a two-person team race where teams swim and run together from start to finish across Cape Town’s most iconic beaches and bays, with Llandudno, Oudekraal, Camps Bay and Clifton forming part of the 16km route.

Based on the popular overseas format, SwimRun attracts athletes from all spectrums of the sporting community, from surfers to trail runners, triathletes to paddlers – athletes with one common thread – the love of being in nature and challenging their bodies. SwimRun will see these athletes compete against each other over terrain that is both foreign and familiar to them, with short beach-to-beach swims and bursts of running, scrambling and rock-hopping.

Ryan is a well-recognized inspirational speaker, and spends significant time pushing all his audiences to remove themselves from anything that resembles a comfort zone. The mental process and toughness needed to overcome and greatly extend time in extreme cold water conditions will inform his training, but when it comes to Torpedo SwimRun, Ryan considers himself a novice:

“Torpedo SwimRun is a great opportunity to do just what I say – to my push personal boundaries and go into territory unfamiliar to me. I have never run an official race before, and participating wearing a wetsuit and running shoes will certainly be a whole new ballgame for me and my teammate Mark. With only five weeks left before the race, we are getting stuck into learning how to run and experimenting with swimming in a wetsuit and shoes! I am not used to competing with anyone but myself, so this race represents a significant number of firsts for me, and we are looking forward to it.” Continue reading


Drought crisis: consumption remains far too high

Dam storage levels are at 37,4%, with useable water at 27,4%.

Consumption remains too high, at 600 million litres of collective usage per day. This is 100 million litres above the crucial consumption target of 500 million litres per day.

The City of Cape Town activated water rationing as part of the implementation of its Critical Water Shortages Management Disaster Plan. This action intensifies the preceding months of pressure management which continues to be done in an attempt to force water consumption down to required levels.

Water usage must be reduced immediately.

The City is upgrading the Kalkfontein informal settlement, including the provision of a toilet for each household and the issuing of title deeds or security of tenure for residents. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area East, Councillor Anda Ntsodo, last week visited the Kalkfontein informal settlement near Blue Downs which is being upgraded as part of the Upgrading of Informal Settlements Programme (UISP). This upgrade includes the provision of toilets, taps, and electricity connections for each of the 833 planned serviced sites. In addition, each household will receive either a title deed or tenure certificate once the upgrade has been completed.

When title is ultimately transferred to the new owners, it empowers them to pursue economic opportunities. The sense of ownership provided by title creates a framework where residents feel better able and motivated to improve their space, and gives residents an asset they can leverage to access the formal economy.

The City, in accordance with policy, went to significant lengths to include the community in the UISP process and community members are represented on the project steering committee. Furthermore, labour sourced from surrounding communities is being used wherever possible.

‘The City of Cape Town is facing an ever-increasing demand for housing, and informal settlements are likely to remain a feature in the city for the foreseeable future. This requires us to come up with innovative ways to uplift our residents in the interim, in line with the service delivery focus of the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan.

‘As such, we are taking proactive measures to improve the lives of those on the housing database by providing a higher level of basic services to residents as they wait for their opportunity for formal housing, as well as formalising residents’ ownership of the land on which they live,’ said Councillor Ntsodo.

The upgrade is set for completion in the 2018/2019 financial year if all goes as planned.

Models will honour abused women as they take to the fashion runway at a glamour-filled picnic in Somerset West for the Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation.

The Reeva Renaissance Runway, an afternoon high tea and fashion show at beautiful Lourensford Wine Estate on Saturday November 25, “aims to bring women from all walks of life together to empower women affected by domestic violence, remember those who have lost their lives and honour those who have taken the brave step to rise above it,” said Kim Martin, CEO of the Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation.

With a dress code of “picnics and pastels”, celebrities and guests will enjoy a fashion show with models dressed in summer 2018 fashion from top local designers Craig Port, Jade Saunders, Lara Klawikowski, and Bokang Lehabe.Good Hope FM’s Ayanda Dlamini will MC the event.

November 25 marks United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Children. Violence against women continues to be a global pandemic and is a human rights violation. Statistics South Africa reports the highest number of domestic violence cases in the world. Women recovering from abuse, need the opportunity to build and redevelop their self-esteem and rediscover themselves as women, to once again feel confident enough to call the world their runway,” Martin said.

The Foundation has chosen 16 women (the same number as the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, which starts on November 25) from local shelters and safe houses who will experience a life-changing weekend retreat with coaching and a “mental, physical and emotional make-over”. This will take place on the weekend of November 18.

Award-winning singer-songwriter and TV actress, Tarryn Lamb, who recently performed her debut solo concert in Cape Town to a sold out audience, will perform some of this new material at the Reeva Renaissance picnic. Continue reading


Despite impressions having been created by media reports over the weekend and today that the City’s emergency augmentation programme has been ‘cancelled’, this is not true. It has emanated from allegations by a company who never submitted a formal tender to the City of Cape Town. While the City is approaching the resolution of this drought crisis with utmost urgency, it may not deviate from legislated processes. Considering proposals outside of formal Supply Chain Management regulations would amount to entertaining unsolicited bids. Read more below:

Contrary to allegations emerging over the weekend, the City of Cape Town’s augmentation programme is progressing with urgency.

The first tender batch which was issued comprised small-scale temporary containerised desalination plants (with a combined yield of approximately 15 million litres per day) in Hout Bay, Granger Bay and Dido Valley.

Tenders received were, however, non-responsive. The tenders are being re-advertised and these initiatives have not been cancelled.

The augmentation programme consists of more than the first tenders. The City is pursuing a mix of alternative water resources (desalination, groundwater and water reclamation) together with aggressively reducing consumption to ensure that existing surface water can sustain us through to winter 2018. Continue reading


Cape Town is continually affirming its place as the events capital of Africa by securing key international and local events over the next 12 months. Eight of these signature events are set to contribute more than R3 billion to the local economy and create more than 20 000 temporary jobs.

While some of the jobs related to major events are temporary, they afford people the opportunity gain experience and acquire skills for permanent employment.

This success is thanks to the City of Cape Town’s commitment to building an opportunity city that creates an enabling environment for inclusive economic growth and job creation.

We have many of the key event organisers here with us today who work all year round to ensure that they bring us bigger and better offerings each year.

I want to thank all event organisers for working with the City and for your commitment to keeping us at the number one spot as the event location of choice. Thank you for your contributions to job creation and our economy.

In 2012, the City launched its Integrated Events Strategy and set out to become the events capital of Africa.

We have delivered on our commitment and we proudly hold a dynamic annual events calendar with established internationally renowned events and many new events coming to our city each year. Continue reading

Organisers of the fourth Cape Town Fringe, held over eighteen days in September and October, are reportedly “delighted” with the success of this year’s event, which was marked by ‘new beginnings that auger well for the future’, according to the Fringe’s Executive Producer, Ashraf Johaardien. “We went in some new directions this year with a conscious move to increase access to the Festival, and to broaden its impact,” he said.

“Disruption is never the easy route. We wanted to shake things up and navigate new pathways for the theatre community in Cape Town. It meant that there were many learning curves and this is really just the beginning of a new journey for us and the wider industry.”

The Cape Town Fringe was previously housed at the Cape Town City Hall with some satellite partners elsewhere in the city. This year saw the event expand to include venues in Khayelitsha, Philippi, Delft, Nyanga, Observatory, Rondebosch and Retreat, while keeping a scaled-down presence in the Central City.

“The evolution just made sense,” says Cape Town Fringe CEO Tony Lankester, “We wanted to travel to the hearts of our communities and audiences, giving them the opportunity to experience the Fringe in their own neighbourhood.” Continue reading

Six of South Africa’s celebrated Afrikaans artists come together for Ek Lief Afrikaans at the Grand Arena, GrandWest on 21 October 2017. With some of the biggest Afrikaans hits buoyed by a live orchestra and dancers, Ek Lief Afrikaans promises an audio visual feast for music lovers. Collaborating for the showcase are Juanita du Plessis, Kurt Darren, Wicus van der Merwe, boy band Adam, Robbie Wessels and Franja du Plessis.

With all the passion and spirit that characterises Afrikaans pop, these artists will perform altogether, in duets and individually in a vibrant show that will have the audience swaying and singing along.

“See some of your favourite Afrikaans artists live on stage, hear all your favourite hits and celebrate everything that makes Afrikaans music great at GrandWest. We are thrilled to have six of the very best collaborating on our stage this season,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest.

Tickets, priced from R149 per person, are available at Computicket but they are selling fast.


Today, 16 October 2017, the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) which will see the two spheres of government entering a process to give the City assignment functions with regard to human settlements.

This means that the City also will be directly accountable for the management of the funds, with the Western Cape Government retaining an oversight role.

This will lead to more effective planning and the establishment of a more responsive pipeline of projects.

This development is in line with the objectives of the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP) to enhance service delivery and become more a proactive and customer-centric administration.

The City was granted Level 1 and 2 accreditation of Human Settlements delegations and functions from the Western Cape Government during March 2011.

This enables the City to manage and administer all human settlement programmes which it has been accredited to perform – a responsibility that previously fell under the purview of the Western Cape Government Department of Human Settlements. Continue reading

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