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Make every moment a holiday at the Waterfront

Cape Town, December 2017 — The V&A Waterfront has packed an exciting line-up of festive entertainment and cheer that is sure to make visitors’ experiences ever more magical.

Visits from Santa, magical Christmas shows, leisurely experiences around the property, gift-wrapping stations and extended shopping hours for convenience will leave visitors in a festive mood, with enough gifts to pack their Christmas stockings to overflowing!

Trading hours at the V&A Waterfront will be extended from Thursday, 14 December until Saturday, 30 December, ensuring that visitors can shop to their hearts’ content until later in the evenings in preparation for Christmas Day.

Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre will open from 9am to 10pm during this time, and trade on Christmas Day is optional. Visitors who prefer a tranquil shopping experience should visit Victoria Wharf before 10am or after 7pm to avoid the festive rush.

The Waterfront’s home of craft and design, the Watershed, will have some extra-special festive cheer this year, with musical performances and festive-themed food vendors in the evenings from Friday, 15 to Wednesday, 20 December. The market will have extended trading hours, opening from 10am to 8pm from Saturday, 16 December through to Sunday, 7 January 2018. The exceptions will be Sunday, 24 December and Sunday, 31 December when it will close at 6pm. The Watershed will not be open on Christmas Day.

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One of the world’s biggest social sport and entertainment festivals, the Zando Cape Town 10s hosted its 10 year celebration media launch recently at the Salesian Football Club in Green Point.

The star studded event saw a host of celebs and sporting legends in attendance including Cape Town 10s co-founder Rob Fleck, comedian’s Siv Ngesi, Schalk Bezuidenhout, Yaaseen Barnes, DevDonDidIt and Angel Campey, as well as radio personalities Irma G, Kia Johnson, Twala, Moyin and Sibongile Mafu – who celebrated her birthday on the night. Other notable guests included Instagram sensation Nadia Jafhta and Jade Hubner who did an acoustic set and was later joined on stage for a surprise performance with Voice SA season 1 winner, Richard Stirton.

The 10th annual event will return to Hamilton Rugby Club from 2 to 3 February 2018, featuring a winning blend of the tried and tested sporting disciplines plus four exciting new sporting codes.The internationally acclaimed event and winner of the Discovery Sports Industry Award for Best Live Experience in 2016 will feature a staggering 8 different sporting codes including rugby, netball, dodgeball, beach volleyball as well as the newly introduced sports of 5 aside soccer and hockey, the ‘Run the 10s’ fun run and a unique fitness event.

Celebrating 10 years of 10s!

For media requests: contact Lisa Fortuin lisa@klprsa.com

A NIGHT OF HEADLINERS, Friday 15 December 2017. FOUR top comedians perform on our stage for ONE night only! Vittorio Leonardi (JHB), Brent Palmer, Carl Weber and Melt Sieberhagen as the MC. As usual, the line-up is subject to change. There will also be LIVE video mixing performances by SA Hip Hop DJ, DJ Azuhl! Tickets are R190 (includes a free Savanna for all and a video mix tape CD on arrival for the first 100 guests) and available from any Computicket outlet or Shoprite, Checkers stores.

Our annual New Year’s Eve (NYE) party at Cape Town Comedy Club on Sunday 31 December 2017 at The Pumphouse, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. Your ticket price includes a welcome drink on arrival, a 4-course meal and wine-pairing, and a glass of bubbly for the countdown at midnight. The show will feature comedian Kurt Schoonraad as the Host with well-known Cape Town band, Airborne. What better way to end 2017 and start 2018 with a fabulous party at Cape Town’s only dedicated comedy club – listed as 1 of the Top 10 comedy clubs in the world!   Tickets are R1.500 pp . Bookings at www.computicket.com Info: 0214188880 .

Cape Town Comedy Club will be open 7 days a week from Monday 18 December 2017 to Sunday 7 January 2018 and then as usual from Wednesday to Sunday thereafter. Bookings opening shortly at Computicket.

What’s on for the next 2 weeks:

LINEUP SUBJECT TO CHANGE!

Wednesday 13th December 2017 (Silly Season Lunch Show – SOLD OUT)

HEADLINE: Kurt Schoonraad

MC: Carl Weber

SUPPORT ACT: Lungelo Ndlovu

OPEN MIC: N/A

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On Saturday night while attending to patients in the back of their ambulance in George, EMS staff were robbed of their personal belongings. A few hours later, another crew in Site B, Khayelitsha had to drive away with the patient inside the ambulance after members of the community wanted to enter the vehicle.

Both incidents have been reported and the circumstances around the robbery in George are being investigated.

Services will continue in these areas as they have not been declared Red Zones.

Should an area be declared. Red Zone no EMS vehicle or staff will go into the area without a police escort which, will result in delayed response times and delayed emergency medical care in the area.

Both crews were unharmed but are receiving counselling. In ight of the recent jail sentence handed down to similar criminal attacks on EMS, we request members of the community to come forward with information so they can put a stop to these senseless attacks on emergency services.

Sandile Sololo’s no-nonsense attitude in dealing with smash-and-grab incidents and his breakthrough in the investigation into the shooting of a colleague saw him walk away with top honours at the City’s annual safety and security awards. Read more below:

Metro Police sergeant, Sandile Sololo, smashed the competition and grabbed the coveted ‘Officer of the Year’ prize at the City of Cape Town’s annual safety and security awards ceremony last night, 7 December 2017.

The awards are a fixture on the Safety and Security Directorate’s calendar, designed to acknowledge staff members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, often under trying circumstances.

Sergeant Sololo has been instrumental in a number of arrests in and around the Langa area. In June 2017, he commanded successful operations with the Langa South African Police Service to find and arrest the suspect who attacked and shot his colleague, Constable Mini. On 10 September 2017, Sgt Sololo followed up on information received involving smash-and-grab suspects. During an ensuing shootout, two suspects were killed and five others arrested. The firearm stolen during the attack on Constable Mini was also recovered. Continue reading

The Baxter Theatre Centre’s proudly Cape Town festive season line-up is set to rock the Mother City with three exciting shows to choose from – by some the country’s top artists – and leading up to the hugely popular New Year’s Eve party which takes place after the performances on the last day of 2017.

Marc Lottering’s highly anticipated Aunty Merle The Musical kicks off the summer fun as one of SA’s favourite comedians brings his beloved character from Belgravia Road, Athlone, to life in the brand new musical with a cast of 14 actors accompanied by an eight-piece band. Jonathan Rubain’s Cape Jazz is Lekke! celebrates Cape-style jazz with some of the finest local musicians and television soapie-star Chantal Stanfield’s one-woman hit show From Koe’siestes to Kneidlach completes the Baxter’s summer programme.

All three productions will culminate with the New Year’s Eve bash in the foyer after the performances and early booking is advised. The shows will start later on the night to coincide with the countdown as some of the stars help the audience to usher in 2018. Ticket prices include the performance of choice, entrance to the party, a complimentary glass of bubbly or orange juice, a spectacular balloon drop and a live band, Chasing Time SA, playing all the perennial dance and sing-along favourites to ring in the New Year.

Marc Lottering has written and stars in the full-scale musical which features his hilarious and darling character, Aunty Merle, even larger-than-life than ever before, along with a star-studded cast, directed by the multi-award-winning Lara Foot with Alistair Izobell as musical director. The original music for the production is written by Tarryn Lamb and Lottering, guaranteed to be one of the highlights of the festive season. Continue reading

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

Today I visited the Potsdam Wastewater Treatment Works where the City of Cape Town is making treated wastewater available to businesses dependent on water.

By using treated water, businesses are reducing their use and reliance on drinking water. This is one of many ways in which the City and businesses are adapting to water scarcity and stretching drinking water supplies for essential use.

Treated effluent is the final product from the treatment of sewers which meets the general authorisation standard for discharge into the rivers for irrigation. It is further filtered and pumped into the network for further use. This network is separate from the potable water reticulation network which supplies drinking water.

Although many residents and businesses have done well to reduce their consumption of water, we are still not saving enough water to avoid Day Zero. If dam levels reach 13,5% the City will be forced to turn off most taps and residents will have to collect water daily from collection sites across the city.

The City remains steadfast in its commitment to creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive and to doing everything we can to bring additional sources of water on stream.

The City is using and reusing every drop of water we can. Treated wastewater is made available to businesses. The City is also using treated wastewater to clear stormwater drains and unblock sewer pipelines as well as at parks and at some Fire and Rescue Service facilities. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town is proud to announce that it has sustained its national scale rating from the credit agency Moody’s, at Aaa. This means that the City has again demonstrated the strongest creditworthiness relative to other South African cities. Read more below:

Moody’s has issued its final credit opinion on the City, with a rating of Aaa. Good opinions are crucial for prudent financial planning as the better the rating, the lower the interest charged on debt.

‘On 28 November 2017, Moody’s Investors Service placed the long-term global scale ratings of 12 South African regional and local governments and three government-related entities under review for downgrade, including City of Cape Town’s. Our sustained Aaa National Scale Rating is a remarkable achievement given the drought that has led to unprecedented expenses for the City.

‘Moody’s notes that the City’s financial position is supported by the administration’s prudent financial policies and its relatively large and diversified economic base. These good opinions do not happen on their own. This is as a result of a lot of hard work by our dedicated City officials and financial teams. Good governance and sound financial management are incredibly important, especially during a time of crisis,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Finance, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.

As in previous financial years, the City received an unqualified audit report for the financial year ending 30 June 2016.

As per the Moody’s opinion, this rating reflects the City’s ‘consistently robust budgetary performance, strong liquidity position and debt levels that are lower than the median of other metropolitan cities’, albeit expected to moderately increase in the medium-term.

Cape Town is abuzz with sevens rugby action this week in the build-up to the highly-anticipated third instalment of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens, the second tournament on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. If you’re attending the event, make sure you know all the ins and outs of what will be happening on Saturday and Sunday.

Is it really sold out?

Yes, all tickets for the event sold out in record time.

Where can I park?

The best place to park would be in the CBD (south of Buitengracht Street), which is (free after 13h00 on Saturday and all day Sunday).

Off-street parking is available at numerous parking garages in the CBD, such as at the CTICC, Ryk Tulbagh Square, Fountain Hotel, Picbel Parkade, Mandela Rhodes and Plein Park.

After you have parked your car, supporters can:

  • Use the free event shuttle to the Stadium from the Civic Centre (between 08h00 and 22h15) or Thibaut Square station in Hans Strijdom Avenue (between 09h00 and 22h15). See the MyCiTi Events Shuttle sections below for more information.
  • Or use the Fan Walk from Waterkant, over the bridge to Somerset Rd and the Stadium.
  • On Sunday, between 10h30 and 14h00 in front of the Salesian Institute on Somerset Road along the Fan Walk, there will be a pop-up Street Store (www.thestreetstore.org), where members of the public can donate clothes for the homeless to enjoy a dignified “shopping” experience for free. This is part of World Street Store Day, a South African initiative.

Please note: There will be NO public parking available at Cape Town Stadium and exiting from other parking facilities close to the venue will take a lot of time at the end of play on each day. 

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