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Residents in Heideveld may be surprised to see a team of women fixing potholes and doing maintenance work on footways and stormwater pipes in their suburb. This all-female roads repair team is the fourth to be appointed by the City of Cape Town and is part of the Women at Work Programme that has been nominated for the fourth annual Women in Construction Awards in the category for the most innovative women’s programme. Read more below:

The all-female roads repair team is based at the Transport for Cape Town (TCT) depot in Heideveld and has been appointed as part of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) within TCT to repair and do maintenance work on roads, footways and stormwater infrastructure in Heideveld, Manenberg, Tambo Village, Athlone, Surrey Estate and the areas adjacent to Jakes Gerwel Drive. Continue reading


‘Nothing short of magnificent’
– Tracey Saunders, Cape Times.

‘Die produksie is lewendig genoeg om doodsbene te laat rittel’
– Mariana Malan, Die Burger

‘The text is brimming with mirth’
– Robyn Cohen, Argus

Delivered with passion and commitment by Oarabile Ditsele and Sizwesandile Mnisi, this ever-relevant play directed by Fleur du Cap winner Mdu Kweyama, is an absolute theatrical delight and a must see. The extended performances of Woza Albert runs from 12 – 23 April in the Masambe Theatre. Book your tickets now!


TIP-ex is a dynamic and powerful three-hander which stars Hannie with Melissa Johannisen and Maxine Caesar. The central theme for the play focuses on gender issues, and in particular, corrective rape – still prevalent in some South African communities today. The narrative is about a woman, Katie (played by Hannie), who takes the audience back to her teenage years when she first started to realise that she was attracted to persons of the same sex. When she mentions this to her conservative family for the first time, outrage breaks out and everything changes. As still often happens today, she is sent to confirmation classes to ‘fix’ the problem.

Tickets for the previews are only R60, and can be booked here (12 April) and here (13 April).

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The DA in the Western Cape shares Metrorail Commuters’ impatience with delays and disruptions in the Cape Town Metro. Our people deserve a much better service than what is currently provided. 
I will write to the Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters, in my capacity as Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Transport and Public Works in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, and call upon her to assist Metrorail Western Cape to alleviate the damages caused by the fire. Minister Peters must intervene as Metrorail is a PRASA entity and is thus a national mandate.

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At 06h44 Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services Responded to Stock Road Railway Station in Philippi East Where an unknown individual died gruesomely when he or she was struck by a train. Emergency Services are currently unable to identify the age and sex of the deceased due to the condition of the body as a result of the severe impact.

The City of Cape Town’s partner, the Shark Spotters, has been recognised for their valuable contribution to enhancing the safety of all visitors to in-shore areas. This includes their implementation of the effective shark exclusion net, public education programmes, and cutting-edge research. The City has commended the team for their accolade.

The City of Cape Town-funded Shark Spotters Programme has been awarded the Gold – Innovation Award in the Best for Beach Tourism Category at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2016, held on Thursday 7 April 2016.

The Best for Beach Tourism Category, sponsored by BulkSMS, is awarded to a tourism business, organisation or initiative providing or contributing to responsible holidays in beach settings. Continue reading

V&A Waterfront goes head-to-head with European destinations

Cape Town, 8 April 2016 – Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront took pride of place as the only South African, and only one of three nominated destinations in the world, at the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) ‘Tourism for Tomorrow’ Destination Awards held at the 16th WTTC Global Summit in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday, 7 April.

With Parkstad Limburg in the Netherlands emerging the frontrunner, David Green, CEO of the V&A Waterfront said this was nonetheless a defining moment for the business: “The fact that we were nominated by an organisation the stature of the WTTC, alongside destinations such as Parkstad Limburg and Swiss Parks Network in Switzerland is testament to the fact that our offering is comparable with the best in the world.

“While the V&A Waterfront is fortunate to boast many attractions, that alone is not enough to distinguish ourselves as an international tourist destination. It requires a holistic, sustainable vision for development, protection of historical assets and an inclusive approach that is as welcoming of locals as it is of visitors. These key strengths have enabled the Waterfront to hold its own on a global tourism platform. Continue reading

This incredible work has been commissioned (part of the Suidoosterfees 2016) to celebrate the life and work of the late Professor Jakes Gerwel ( the former chairman of Media24, former rector of the University of Western Cape and the director general of former President Nelson Mandela’s cabinet). Kristalvlakte will serve as a creative and literary monument honoring Jakes Gerwel’s memory.

From the shreds of the constant drug war, dealer Priscilla is trying to keep her family and life together. The community is bleeding due to the interference of political orders, gang bosses and religious leaders. Sometimes there are waves of peace, as in any good war. But war is like love – it will always find a way out. And while life goes on Priscilla’s drug dealings will survive in the backstreets of time.

Amy Jephta’s epic theater piece, has a star-studded cast: Ilse Klink, Brendon Daniels Roysten Stoffels Bianca Flanders, Tarryn Wyngaard, Dean Smith, Gantane Kusch, Daniel Richards, Dean Desk, Riaan Staggering and Antonio Fischer. It tells the story of a community much larger than the individual characters. Continue reading


Note to editors: the following is an extract from a speech delivered by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at briefing with a delegation from the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, from Turkey. The delegation was led by the Deputy Mayor of Izmir, in the absence of Mayor Aziz Kocaoğlu following the death of his mother. Continue reading

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