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From suspects found with guns and long knives, to others dicing their way into custody, it’s been another busy week for the City’s enforcement agencies who netted 167 suspects. Read more below:


The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Department arrested 63 suspects in the last week: 23 for drunk driving and 40 others for possession of drugs, dangerous weapons and stolen property.

In Manenberg yesterday morning, 13 August 2017, officers reacted to a ShotSpotter alert and noted a suspect running away when he saw them. They caught up with the suspect and found a 40-calibre Beretta pistol and 11 rounds of ammunition in his possession.

In Khayelitsha, a tip-off from the public led to the arrest of a 19-year-old suspect just before 08:00 on Saturday 12 August 2017 for possession of dagga. Officers recovered 26 packets, 44 parcels and a refuse bag, all filled with dagga.

‘This is the second significant dagga bust in Khayelitsha in the last two weeks. At the end of July, officers received another tip-off that led them to toilets in Town Two and a stash of dagga with an estimated street value of R30 000. I applaud those members of the public who are taking a stand against crime and illicit dealings in their communities,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading

The Strand Street Concourse was officially opened for pedestrians to use as a thoroughfare today, 14 August 2017. Built as an underground pedestrian walkway in the early 1970s, the concourse beneath Strand and Adderley Streets underwent a recent major refit. Read more below:

The Strand Street Concourse, owned by the City of Cape Town, is part of a broader network of underground walkways that serves as a critical pedestrian link between the Cape Town Station precinct and the St George’s Street, Woolworths, Old Mutual and the Golden Acre shopping malls.

The major construction work of the 1 752 m² area has now been completed. This forms part of an overall revitalisation project for the concourse.

‘The concourse allows for protected pedestrian movement across the busy Strand and Adderley Streets, with a number of exit points into the heart of the central business district. It is an integral thoroughfare to the CBD that allows pedestrians to move safely and avoid vehicular traffic. They are able to move quickly without having to take traffic lights into account to get across the busy intersection. In addition, the concourse offers protection from inclement weather conditions,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Assets and Facilities Management, Councillor Stuart Diamond. Continue reading



Wednesday 16th August 2017

HEADLINE: David Alfie Ward (UK)

MC: Stuart Taylor

SUPPORT ACT: Milo Hot Chocolate

OPEN MIC: Pius Xulu / Troy Tesla (DBN)

Thursday 17th August 2017

HEADLINE: David Alfie Ward (UK)

MC: Stuart Taylor

SUPPORT ACT: Milo Hot Chocolate

OPEN MIC: Pius Xulu / Troy Tesla (DBN)

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Residents of Bishop Lavis welcomed the opportunity to engage with the City’s representatives at the latest Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP) roadshow held yesterday, 10 August 2017. More than 200 residents made their way to the Bishop Lavis Civic Centre to access the City’s services close to home. 


The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area Central, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli, presented the ODTP to residents in Bishop Lavis and explained what it meant for them in terms of enhanced service delivery. Residents were also able to engage with the City’s representatives at the service delivery expo held yesterday.

Councillor Mamkeli was clear that, in line with the ODTP, it is time for government to go out to the people and not vice versa. He explained that the time has come for communities to hold their public representatives accountable for service delivery.

Housing was high up on the list of queries raised by residents at the expo yesterday. A large number of residents made use of the opportunity to ask about housing opportunities and add their details to the housing database. A number of residents also engaged with Metro Police in terms of how and where to report crime.

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“Innovatively executed scents intuitively chosen to complement the flavours and aromas of the food make our Sensory Dinners an encompassing experience,” says Chef Jocelyn Myers Adams.

Without wanting to give too much away, she hints at the seasonal scent of lemon and dried orange peel, the aroma of burnt coffee and the warmness of cumin and coriander.

“Of course, the scents and fragrances are carefully selected to enhance the flavour of the food. But, it is also much about how these are delivered for an explosive effect,” she says.

The current menu has a decidedly autumn feel with the richness and warmness of black truffle, duck and sweet potato mousse in the cast of dishes. A reflection of Myers-Adam’s focus on locally sourced products and indigenous flavours, foraged num nums are used in a coulis to add an authentic Western Cape twist to the third course comprising crisp duck breast, sweet potato mousse, flash fried cabbage and orange powder. Continue reading

On Friday 11 August, The Baxter Theatre Centre’s production of The Fall was awarded the Fringe First at this year’s Scotsman Awards. Presented weekly and designed to encourage performers to bring new work to Edinburgh in the spirit of adventure and experiment, the Scotsman Fringe First Awards celebrate the best new writing on the Fringe.

The Fall is a vital and frank collaborative piece of workshop theatre devised by the original cast that took South Africa by storm when it premiered. Seven University of Cape Town Drama graduates share their experiences during the #RhodesMustFall, #FeesMustFall and subsequent student movements’ demonstrations in 2015 and 2016.

The highly acclaimed play is facilitated by Clare Stopford, curated by Ameera Conrad and Thando Mangcu, two members of the ensemble and the dynamic cast comprises Conrad, Mangcu, Oarabile Ditsele, Zandlie Madliwa, Sizwesandile Mnisi, Sihle Mnqwazana and Cleo Raatus.

On introducing the company and presenting the award Joyce McMillan, Scotsman’s chief theatre critic said about the Fall, “What makes this show completely exceptional – not just its energy, not just the live footage that we see of this very recent, and indeed, continuing revolution in South African higher education, and not just the fantastic musical and movement content, which is just completely mind-blowing, beautiful – but also the density and the seriousness of the political arguments which these young people are being forced to address as such an early age.” Continue reading

Nearly 30 families have signed up for a new round of the City of Cape Town’s Strengthening Families programme in Maitland and Gugulethu. The programme, which kicked off in 2013, has already reached more than 500 families in 35 suburbs. Read more below:

This week 14 families in Maitland and 14 in Gugulethu registered and attended the first sessions of the City’s Strengthening Families programme in their respective areas.

The programme is designed to improve the communication and relationships within families, and in turn contribute to social cohesion.

It forms part of the Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department’s broader substance abuse prevention programme.

‘As a caring city, we realise that to tackle social issues such as gang violence and drug abuse, we need to start at the heart of our communities. That heart is the family and we need them to be resilient in the face of these societal ills plaguing so many communities.

‘Families need help not just to communicate and understand each other better, but often also to make more informed and better choices. Poor choices are often a result of discord within families, which then spills over into communities,’ said the Mayoral Committee Member for Area North, Councillor Suzette Little.

The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area Central, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli, said he was heartened by the families who signed up for the programme. Continue reading

Liberty Promenade Generation Green Recycled Fashion Show to showcase the school-based design talent – superhero style!

Event: Liberty Promenade Generation Green Recycled Fashion Show

Date: Saturday, 19 August 2017

Time: 12h00 to 14h30

Venue: Liberty Promenade Shopping Centre, Mitchell’s Plain

Cost: Free

Cape Town, August 2017 — Superheroes of all fashions will swoop in to save the day at Liberty Promenade Shopping Centre at midday on Saturday, 19 August 2017, with one main message for the audience: “Say NO to bullying”! Continue reading

Cape Town Buskers Festival will be returning to the V&A Waterfront from 5-8 October 2017 and the call has gone out for street performing talents to audition to be on the bill.

Forming part of the annual Cape Town Fringe Festival, the Buskers Festival will bring international and local performers, singers, dancers, clowns, mimes, illusionists and more into the popular V&A Waterfront across four stages and over 80 performances for crowd-funded theatre at its best.

The Buskers Festival is calling for freelance performers who have an act of approximately 45-minutes that can be performed at least twice a day to apply. In keeping with busking traditions worldwide, the act should be self-contained with quick set up and strike times.

The Buskers Festival will provide marketing and promotion for the event as well as all staging and logistical elements, providing a nominal stipend and permit to perform at the V&A Waterfront.

The Festival is a “hatting” event, meaning that Buskers will encourage their audience to give them tips – all of which they keep.

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