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Cape Town, South Africa – 20 June 20, 2018: As preparations continue for the first Wikimania conference in sub-Saharan Africa in Cape Town (18-22 July), a key focus will be on increasing more regional contribution to the world’s largest free, collaboratively-built online encyclopedia.

The 14th annual Wikimania 2018 conference, the annual gathering of volunteers from around the world to celebrate Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects, is expected to bring together over 500 volunteers from around the world to discuss and share ideas around the future of Wikipedia and free knowledge globally.

Wikimedia sites are read approximately 15 billion times a month globally, however only a small portion of volunteer Wikipedia editors come from Asia, Africa, and Latin America combined.

Anyone can edit Wikipedia in any of its almost 300 different language versions including Swahili, Hausa, Amharic, Arabic and Afrikaans versions.
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The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape supports, in principle, the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill (B23-2015). This was the view expressed yesterday, 19 June 2018, when the Provincial Standing Committee on Local Government at the Western Cape Provincial Parliament considered the negotiating mandate on this Bill.

I have, however, expressed concerns over fairness, equality and justice.

Although we support the principle of the Bill because of its recognition and acknowledgement of the Khoi-San communities, it fell short in addressing major concerns the committee had which if not addressed, may render the Bill inconsistent with the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.

Furthermore, the Bill provides that Khoi-San leaders should annually reapply for their powers, to the Premier and the National Minister of Local Government. This exercise is at variance with the norm, as other traditional leaders do not have to reapply for their powers.

This cannot be, and in addition to this, we also reject the marginalisation and discrimination of the Khoi-San leadership, which limits them to two leadership positions, as opposed to four granted to their counterparts. This has a potential to reverse the programme of social cohesion in our beautiful country.

The DA in the Western Cape is committed to ensuring that the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill is concluded fairly and with due regard to the Constitution of South Africa.

We remain the only political party which advances fairness, equality and justice within the domain of traditional leadership in South Africa.

The City of Cape Town has accelerated the roll-out of its Water Leaks Project to indigent properties. The project focuses on areas which have the highest indigent property leakage rate in the metro. This is part of the City’s drought action to ensure that water losses are kept as low as possible and at the same time to assist those who are unable to afford to fix leaks on their properties. Read more below:

Thus far the City’s contractors have investigated around 10 000 of the 30 000 identified indigent properties. Once leaks are detected, the team returns to complete the necessary repairs free of charge.

As part of its ongoing water demand reduction efforts, the City has increased its leak detection work including the capacity of its leak detection teams to attend to private properties, especially in previously disadvantaged areas across the metro. In general, leaks on private properties are the responsibility of the owner of the property but many residents do not have the means to pay for fixing leaks.

Investigations have revealed a very high level of private leaks on a number of properties situated in vulnerable communities.

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Pic: SA Rugby

Pic: SA Rugby

Siya Kolisi and his Springbok team mates visited the iconic Robben Island in Table Bay, north of the Cape Town city centre, on Wednesday, a #LoveRugby initiative.

The Boks enjoyed lunch at the V&A Waterfront before embarking on a ferry for the half hour trip from Table Bay Harbour to the island.

Rassie Erasmus, his management and players were given and extensive tour of the famous World Heritage Site by Mr Itumeleng Makwela, a former inmate, which included a visit to the prison cell of the late Mr Nelson Mandela, where he was held as a political prisoner for 18 years.

Kolisi described he visit to Robben Island as an inspirational and emotional occasion.

“It was very inspiring and humbling to listen to the story of Mr Mandela and his fellow political prisoners. As a group, we felt very privileged to have made the journey across to Robben Island,” said Kolisi.

Ms Morongoa Ramaboa, spokesperson for the Robben Island Museum, said it was an honour to welcome the Springboks: “For us, the museum is a representation of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity. The Boks are our icons of inspiration and we hope they will be triumphant on Saturday.”

The Boks were also accompanied by Ms Zelda la Grange, the former long-serving private secretary of Madiba.

There were two other activations earlier on Wednesday. Damian de Allende, Akker van der Merwe and Schalk Brits popped into SA Rugb’s award-winning rugby museum at the V&A Waterfront, the Springbok Experience, for a brief meet and greet session.

And eight Boks – Pieter-Steph du Toit, Lukhanyo Am, Makazole Mapimpi, Bongi Mbonambi, Oupa Mohoje, Marvin Orie, Robert du Preez and Willie le Roux – attended a signing session at Canal Walk, organised by team sponsor MTN, where a couple of hundred supporters came out to the popular shopping centre to get autographs and selfies with their favourite players.


The festive musical production Satin to Sequins – More than a Minstrel, directed by the award-winning Alistair Izobell, will light up the Baxter Concert Hall stage for three weeks only, from the 28th June 2018.

Written and produced by Oddball Concepts, the production aims to entertain audiences while hoping to de-stigmatise the perceptions and culture of the Cape Town minstrels. The stellar cast is made up of Carmen Maarman (Aunty Merle The Musical, District Six-The Musical), Carlo Daniels (Kat and the Kings, District Six Kanalla), Austin Rose, Tashreeq De Villiers, Shadley Schroeder and Ashtevahn Mintoor, accompanied by a live band.

Fictional character Mr Biggs and The Woodstock Darlings first entertained crowds in 2014 with a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to run a minstrel troupe.

This 2018 reworked version will also show the human side to the minstrel, so often misconstrued by many. After all, there is more to the guy in the satin suit – he also pays taxes and he also struggles with love and loyalty.

This musical spectacle brings audiences the festive season vibe in winter, with original songs performed by authentic, seasoned minstrels and musicians who are all well respected in their particular troupes.

Moeshfieka Botha, media commentator, watched it in 2014. “We want to belong. We want to know that those around us, understand us and our goals, and respect our love for the common cause. And when you watch SATIN TO SEQUINS you feel just that … because THE CAST FEELS IT, and therefore PORTRAYS it!”

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In response to the worst drought in the city’s history, the City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department is expediting the roll-out of pressure management technology to various parts of the water supply network. We thank residents for their cooperation in reducing water consumption thus far, and regret any inconvenience this will cause.

Planned maintenance is to take place in the Monte Vista zone which will result in a temporary water disruption for residents of Monte Vista and Edgemead. The zone is bounded by Langkloof Road to the north, La Sage Road to the west, Plattekloof Road to the east and the N1 freeway to the south.

The work is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 14 June 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00. Other areas will be informed of supply disruptions in due course.

We have identified 25 areas across the city that could benefit from this technology over the coming months, and contractors have been brought in to speed up the programme.

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As the auspicious holy month of Ramadaan comes to an end, the City of Cape Town would like to wish members of the Muslim community a blessed Eid al-Fitr.

As we mark the end of Ramadaan, we have to reflect on the wonderful acts of generosity displayed by our Muslim brothers and sisters.

Throughout the year, and even more so at this time of the year, we witness how the Muslim community displays the values of a caring City through their acts of charity and helping those most vulnerable in society.

I extend our deep appreciation for these efforts and the vital role that residents play in helping us build a caring City.

May your lives be filled with a sense of peace, pride and deep spiritual renewal during this period.

I wish you a wonderful day as you enjoy the festivities with your loved ones.

May the blessings of the Almighty Allah be with you on this special day. Eid Mubarak.

I also send my heartfelt sympathies to the families of the two people who were killed in the senseless attack at a Malmesbury mosque in the early hours of this morning.

Date Sunday 17 June

Time 10am to 3pm

Venue Silo District, V&A Waterfront

Cost Free

The difference between men and boys might be the price of their toys but this Father’s Day boys of all ages will be enthralled by the car show at the V&A Waterfront’s Silo District on Sunday, 17 June between 10am and 3pm. Dad’s will be able to live their dream as they settle behind the wheel of cars such as Porsche, McLaren, Aston Martin, Maserati, racing cars off the Killarney race track and many more. The entire family will be entertained by various events planned during the day.

Back Sifiso Lupuzi, Lonwabo Xatasi, Front Nomakrestu Xakathugaga, Luvo Tamba, Zoleka Mpotsha, Siphiso Mbopha in o Whom it May Concern, pic by Jnr Sithembele_smallThe Baxter’s Zabalaza Theatre Festival is calling for applications from theatre-makers, directors, script writers, community groups and theatre companies to participate in the 2019 Zabalaza Theatre Festival and the deadline for applications is 5pm on 31 July 2018.

The ninth annual festival will take place from 8 to 16 March 2018 and will once again commence with the exciting Zabalaza Weekend on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 March.

Productions which are selected from applications received for 2019 will first be auditioned and will then be invited to participate in the Zabalaza mini-festivals, which are earlier this time around, planned for the last two weeks of November, when the final selection for the 2019 line-up will be made. The auditions, however, will take place from July to October this year, so artists are urged to apply early.

The festival organisers are looking for one or two-handers, children’s theatre productions, puppetry, musical theatre, drama, comedy, physical theatre and storytelling.

Zabalaza Festival curator, Mdu Kweyama said “we would strongly encourage women writers and directors to apply as the festival provides the perfect platform for young, upcoming theatre-makers to share their stories with a wider audience.”

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Bring you kids to see all the Cartoon Network heroes they love, like Ben 10, The Amazing World of Gumball, Adventure Time and The Powerpuff Girls, performing in an interactive stage production at GrandWest.

Cartoon Network Live! is on during the June/July 2018 school holidays, at the Grand Arena, GrandWest. It will be great entertainment for kids aged 5 and over as Kelvin Gizmo, scientist extraordinaire, takes the audience into the world of Cartoon Network, which is under threat of Zarr, the evil robot. Travel through the Land of Ooo, the city of Townsville and Elmore and meet their famous inhabitants. Hopefully, with the help of all the heroes and the audience, Kevin Gizmo will be able to stop Zarr and his evil plans.

“This is the first time the Cartoon Network Live! show is in South Africa,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest. “We are looking forward to hosting these wonderful heroes at GrandWest.”

Cartoon Network Live! is on from 26 June 2018 to 1 July 2018 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest. Tickets are priced from R75 and are available from Computicket. Check the Computicket website,, for show times.

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