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It is said that we shape our cities, and thereafter our cities shape us.

This morning I was briefed on the outcome of the City’s appointed Bid Evaluation Committee evaluation of the first stage of a bid evaluation process. The outcome of this innovative and ground-breaking approach to partnering with the private sector to achieve public infrastructure is enormously exciting and has the potential to radically transform Cape Town’s spatial reality within the next decade or so.

I have been informed that Mitchell Du Plessis Projects (Pty) Ltd, trading as Mitchell Du Plessis Associates (MDA), is the qualifying bidder for the development of the Foreshore Freeway Precinct.

With this announcement we are undertaking the momentous task of reshaping an iconic but underutilised precinct on the northern edge of the Cape Town central business district (CBD).

MDA’s proposal entails, among others, the completion of the unfinished sections of the freeways – these are the connections to and from Helen Suzman Boulevard; and the connections to and from the N1 and the N2 freeways. Continue reading

The appointed Bid Evaluation Committee, having now completed the Stage 1 bid evaluation process, has announced that the qualifying bidder in respect of the Request for Proposals for the Development of the Foreshore Freeway Precinct is Mitchell Du Plessis Projects (Pty) Ltd, trading as Mitchell Du Plessis Associates (MDA). The City has notified the bidders of the outcome of the evaluation process earlier today, 12 February 2018. Read more below:

The City’s appointed Bid Evaluation Committee (BEC) has now concluded the first stage of the bid evaluation process for the Development of the Foreshore Freeway Precinct.

Seven proposals were received from the private sector by the submission date of 9 February 2017. After an initial screening for responsiveness, six proposals were exhibited in the Civic Centre in March last year. The public was invited to express a preference as stipulated in terms of the proposal call. These six proposals have subsequently been evaluated by a multi-disciplinary BEC who considered the proposals against a list of evaluation criteria prescribed in the Request for Proposal (RFP)documents.

The deliberations of the BEC throughout the evaluation process were observed by external independent auditors. The Stage 1 evaluation process has now been concluded and the BEC has announced that Mitchell Du Plessis Associates (MDA is the qualifying bidder for the development of the Foreshore Freeway Precinct). Continue reading


The City of Cape Town, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), and the Western Cape Government this morning agreed to establish a dedicated enforcement unit to focus on the safety and security of Metrorail commuters and infrastructure. Read more below:

An urgent rail summit was convened and attended by the City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA), the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works, PRASA, rail experts and business leaders in Woodstock earlier this morning, 9 February 2018.

Details about how the dedicated enforcement unit will be funded, established and managed will be addressed in a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between PRASA, the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works.

It is foreseen that the MOA will be finalised and signed within the next few weeks.

The cost to establish and operate the unit for a period of 12 months is estimated at R45 million. Continue reading

Derek Gripper returns from an eight city tour of North America to play a single night at Maynardville on 25 February 2018. His unique translations of West African music have earned him high praise in all corners of the music world. With invitations to Mali to perform with kora virtuoso Toumani Diabate and offers to perform yearly concerts with classical guitar legend John Williams, and almost monthly tours of North America, Europe and Asia, both solo and in collaboration with musicians such as North Indian slide guitar master Debashish Battacharya.

Derek’s most recent recording, Libraries on Fire was followed by a recording of the solo violin works of Bach, interpreted according to West African traditions and creating a rich conversation between classical traditions East and West, North and South.

After recording nine albums of original material, Derek spent Gripper untold hours of painstaking work to transcribe note-for-note the complex compositions of Malian kora virtuoso Toumani Diabate and find a way of playing them on classical six-string guitar. The results appeared on his 2012 album, One Night on Earth, marking a meeting point of the written tradition of Western classical music and the oral tradition of the West African griots, and catapulting Derek onto the world stage. His follow up album, Libraries on Fire in 2015 won a Songlines Award for Best Album from Africa and the Middle East and was followed by a Carnegie Hall debut in 2015. Derek is one of South Africa’s top international touring artists, even more remarkable because he does this as a solo musician, playing venues like The Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Centre, Kennedy Centre, Royal Concert Glasgow, Shakespeare’s Globe, some of the world’s top music festivals in Sweden, UK, and the USA. Continue reading

Release: Immediate

After careful consideration, the DA-led Western Cape government has decided that it is in the best interests of our residents to continue with Premier Helen Zille’s State of The Province Address as scheduled, despite the State of the Nation Address’ postponement.

This is a particularly trying time for the Western Cape Province and its people as we grapple with the worst drought since 1906. It is imperative that our State of the Province Address go ahead as planned, where the Premier will share vital and instrumental information pertaining to the drought.

We owe this to the people of the Western Cape, and we cannot be held hostage by ANC factionalism, which places the party above the interest of law abiding South Africans, or by a president who is unable to differentiate between his personal interest and that of his Oath to the people of our country.

As an efficient DA-led Western Cape, we owe it to the citizens of this province, that we place their interest before our party issues. The State of the Province is now, more than ever, of vital importance to our people.

Local skateboarders took to the air to perform rad tricks at today’s sod-turning celebration, which officially got the wheels turning on the construction of the Woodstock skateboard park. Read more below:

In approximately four months, skateboarders will be hanging out and honing their skills at a new park in Woodstock that boasts four ramps.

The construction of the new skateboard park kicked off today, Wednesday 7 February 2018.

The site is situated on the eastern side of the Woodstock Town Hall Park, along Victoria Road, between Plein and Aberdeen Streets.

During today’s sod-turning event, local skateboarders celebrated and demonstrated their support of the project by showing off their skills.

The proposal for this park emerged during discussions with the local community and the skateboarding fraternity about the revitalisation of the Woodstock Town Hall precinct, as part of the World Design Capital co-design ward project in 2014. Councillor Brett Herron, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, was the ward councillor at the time. Continue reading

As from today, 7 February 2018, long queues at the City of Cape Town’s motor vehicle renewal (MVR) and licensing office in the Civic Centre could be a thing of the past. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town has from today, 7 February 2018, implemented the first ticket queuing system in the  motor vehicle renewal and licensing section of the Civic Centre. The new ticketing system operates similarly to the systems at other service providers.

Customers  making their way to the facility will no longer have to queue like they used to do previously. Each customer will be issued a ticket with a number.

Customers can then relax at the coffee shop outside on the Concourse Level and wait for their number to be announced on the display board, advising them to which counter they may proceed.

An SMS service is also being planned for those customers who would like to receive an SMS advising them of their turn, and will give them the option to enter their cellphone number on the terminal that issues the ticket number to make use of this facility.

‘This initiative is a step in the right direction to improve our customers’ experience at our licensing facility. This is one of many steps we have taken over the last years to improve efficiency and turnaround time, including making credit card payments possible. While we are confident that this new system will help to ease the long queues, some teething problems could be expected. If this is the case, we ask our customers for their patience and understanding. My only request is that customers also watch the display boards for their number so as not to cause undue delays to others who are awaiting  their turn,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Finance, Councillor Johann van der Merwe. Continue reading

Release: Immediate

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape welcomes the release of between 7-10 million cubic metres of water from the Groenland Water Users Association (GWUA) in Grabouw and Elgin.

Due to rain which fell in the area, there was a small surplus of water which a group of deciduous fruit growers belonging to the GWUA graciously released from their private dams into the Palmiet River, which supplies Cape Town’s Steenbras Dam.

The release should begin at 11:00 today. This is indeed an exemplary act in our time of crisis, and one which the DA in the Western Cape deeply appreciates. Continue reading

Gather your girlfriends and head down to Nu Metro at GrandWest on 7 February 2018, to watch the special, ladies only, pre-screening of the much-anticipated Fifty Shades Freed at 20h00.

“I can’t think of anything more fun than watching a good chick flick with your best girlfriends,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest. “Girls’ Night Out movie nights have been so popular in the past, because we all know that girls are the most fun.”

This is the first Girl’s Night Out, ladies only, movie of the year and it is bound to be the most popular as there is so much hype around the movie. Fifty Shades Freed is the third and final installment in the hugely successful Fifty Shades series based on the provocative, best-selling books that took the world by storm. The film stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in the lead roles alongside big-screen sex symbol Kim Basinger. It is directed by James Foley.

As we also love our men, the 17h30 pre-screening of this movie on 7 February 2018 is open to everyone over 16 years old. The movie officially opens two days later.

“Tickets to the ladies only show at 20h00 as well as to the over 16’s 17h30 show are selling out fast, so book now to avoid disappointment,” said Matthys.

The Girls’ Night Out, for ladies only, prescreening of Fifty Shades Freed is at 20h00 on 7 February 2018. The 17h30 prescreening on 7 February is open to everyone over 16 years old. Tickets are available from at R75 per seat.

Calendar release: GrandWest / The Illusionists Direct from Broadway   / 7 to 11 February 2018


After record breaking runs in New York, London and Asia, The Illusionists Direct from Broadway will be in South Africa for the first time at the Grand Arena, GrandWest for a limited season.

“This mind-bending show of magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder must not be missed,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest. “The actors put on an amazing show of grand illusion, they levitate, do mindreading, perform amazing escapes and even disappear. I highly recommend this excellent, block-buster show,” she said. “Kids and adults will love it.”

The show has shattered box office records across the globe, dazzling audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. Performed by eight of the world’s most exceptional illusionists, notably including the Grand Illusionist, Darcy Oak. Darcy was launched to stardom on Britain’s Got Talent and has also appeared on America’s Got Talent. This funky, young magician transports audiences with his charm, sleight of hand and logic-defying illusions. He has taken the rich heritage of the magic culture and put a fresh and modern twist on it.

“This is such a popular show, tickets are selling fast,” says Matthys. “Be sure to get yours soon to avoid disappointment.”

The Illusionists Direct from Broadway will be on at the Grand Arena, GrandWest from 7 to 11 February 2018. Tickets cost between R250 and R500, and are on sale now from Computicket.

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