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The Draft Budget for the 2016/17 to 2018/19 financial year for the City of Cape Town’s Human Settlements Directorate proposes more than R333 million spend on the provision of services to Council-unit backyard dwellers and the upgrade of informal settlements across the metro. The approval of the Draft Budget as well as community consultation are required for the final identification of the projects. Read more below:

For the first year (2016/17), it is proposed that the Human Settlements Directorate will spend approximately R134 million on backyarder and informal settlement upgrade projects across the city, including in 8ste Laan (Valhalla Park) Kalkfontein (Kuils River) and Sweet Homes (Philippi). Continue reading

Vivacious South African divas celebrate pre-Mother’s Day with a dazzling musical showcase

An ensemble of vivacious South African divas are set to shine at GrandWest in a dazzling musical showcase of hip swaying hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s to mark Mother’s Day in May 2016. The glittering show, Soul Sisters Mother’s Day Celebration, takes place in spectacular style at the Grand Arena, GrandWest on 7 May 2016.

In the lineup is Cape Town’s larger than life cabaret trio, 3 Tons of Fun. The ladies are set to enthrall the audience with a mix of love songs, showstoppers from the disco era, and well known loved pop, African, and dance music. Their high energy, fun filled cabaret show attracts full houses wherever it goes.


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Also performing in the Soul Sisters Mother’s Day Celebration are Judith Sephuma, Can Skylark, Vicky Sampson, Jody Williams, Maddy Abrahams and Salome Johansen, all of whom are talented female artists that have become household names due to their contribution to music in South Africa. They will be supported by a professional 12 piece band, Top Dog.

We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting these enigmatic ladies for a special pre Mother’s Day show this year. The Soul Sisters pre Mother’s Day Celebration promises a fun filled and captivating show featuring some of South Africa’s most celebrated female artists,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest.

Tickets to Soul Sisters pre Mother’s Day Celebration are available at Computicket and cost from R165 to R250 per person. Like GrandWest on Facebook GrandWestCasinoAndEntertainmentWorld and follow us on Twitter @GrandwestSA.

Due to popular demand, we are pleased to announce… MID WEEK MADNESS with limited R50 early bird tickets to our Wednesday& Thursday night shows.

Now available at all Computicket outlets and Shoprite/Checkers stores!

  • Half Price Sundays: R60pp for selected shows only
  • Happy Hour: 6-7pm andone hour after the show:
  • To hire venue for exclusive use, contact for more info.

Cape Town Comedy Club is open five days a week, WednesdaySunday. Comedy nightly from 8.30pm, doors open 6pm.

On for the next week at Cape Town Comedy Club …

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An enforcement operation in Eerste River resulted in a number of arrests, including on charges of riotous behaviour as spectators turned on City staff.

The City of Cape Town’s enforcement agencies and the South African Police Service (SAPS) had their hands full during an integrated operation in Eerste River on Sunday 24 April 2016. Officers swooped on an illegal drag-racing event at a notorious hotspot in the area and found about 2 000 spectators and 100 vehicles on site.

They arrested 26 suspects for drunk driving and five others for various offences, including malicious damage to property and riotous behaviour when spectators started stoning the Traffic Services tow-truck. Officers also suspended 30 vehicles and issued 315 fines including 54 to unlicensed drivers, 35 for unlicensed motor vehicles and 172 for speeding offences. Continue reading

Ajax Cape Town can confirm the acquisition of Kenyan midfielder Victor Ali Abondo from Kenyan Premier League outfit, Gor Mahia on a two (2) year deal.

The 26-year-old midfielder enjoyed a successful training stint with the club earlier this year, which prompted head coach Roger De Sa to make Abondo’s stay in Cape Town permanent. Depending on the approval of his work permit, Abondo could still make his debut appearance in the current season.

The Kenyan playmaker helped Gor Mahia to the 2015 Kenyan Premier League with his creativity and eye for goal, however, Abondo won the Kenyan Premier League on two other occasions with Sony Sugar and Tusker respectively. Abondo becomes the fifth addition to Ajax Cape Town’s squad for the new Absa Premiership season, after Erick Chipeta put pen to paper a fortnight ago, while the club has also promoted three teenagers Masilake Phohlongo, Darren Johnson and Sirgio Kammies from the club’s prestigious youth academy. The technical team’s preparation for the 2016/17 PSL season is progressing well with further signings to be announced soon. Continue reading

Cape Town would like to rectify a recent article that appeared on the Kickoff website suggesting that Anssi Jaakkola was set to leave the club at the end of the current Absa Premiership season.

Jaakkola has been a rock in the goals for the Urban Warriors in the past three seasons, earning himself nominations for the Absa Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season in two consecutive years, while staking his claim for yet another nomination this season after producing many stellar performances between the posts. The Finnish shot stopper played an instrumental role in Ajax Cape Town’s unbelievable achievement of reaching the 2015 Nedbank Cup final as well as winning the MTN8 trophy in spectacular fashion. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town hopes to complete the construction of 1 005 serviced sites for its Gugulethu/Nyanga Infill Housing Project soon, which will make way for the construction of subsidised housing units as part of the City’s commitment to enabling redress. Read more below:

The Gugulethu/Nyanga housing project comprises the development of two large vacant sites along Govan Mbeki (Lansdowne) Road. The installation of civil engineering services is expected to be completed by mid-May 2016. Erf 8448 in Gugulethu will yield 571 housing opportunities, while Erf 2849 Mau Mau in Nyanga will yield 434 housing opportunities.

‘This has been a challenging project with many delays that were caused by intense community dynamics. It is therefore quite a feat that we are nearing this milestone. I thank all of our partners and stakeholders, as well as the community, for working with us so that we could make progress possible. Continue reading

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SA Rugby on Saturday marked World Book Day with the announcement that it would open its seventh Boks for Books library, in the Nelson Mandela Bay region, on 23 June as its Corporate Social Investment (CSI) project continues to make a difference in peoples’ lives throughout the country.

The new library will mark the second of its kind in the Eastern Cape, with the other being at the Gcobani Higher Primary School in the Mdantsane Township, nestled between East London and King William’s Town.

SA Rugby’s Boks for Books initiative involves supplying fully-stocked mobile or refurbished libraries to previously disadvantaged schools within South Africa. The programme was born of a desire to make a different contribution to South African society. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg, took to the streets today to deliver the first of 5 000 home-composting containers that the City is providing free of charge to interested residents. The residents who the councillor visited were excited at the prospects for their gardens.

Councillor Sonnenberg celebrated Earth Day today, 22 April 2016, by delivering home-composting units to homeowners who successfully applied for them earlier this month.

The first delivery of the day was made to Mrs Agnes Mayi, a Khayelitsha resident and grandmother of two young orphans. Agnes is unemployed and feeds her grandchildren with vegetables that she grows in her garden, so quality compost is crucial to create a nutrient-rich ground in which they can grow. The peels and offcuts from the mielies, potatoes, tomatoes, green beans, cabbage and spinach that she plants provide the same scraps that go back into the compost to grow more vegetables. Up until now, she has been using a bucket but has struggled with leaks and cracks. Continue reading

This joint initiative, which includes a R450 000 cash injection from the City, is aimed at luring illegal street racers onto the safety of the Killarney track.

The City of Cape Town and the Western Province Motor Club have teamed up for a weekly event at the Killarney race track, aimed at curbing illegal street racing.

The Robot Racing event allows car enthusiasts to race against each other on a track instead of the street. The start of the race is signalled by a traffic light turning from red to green, hence the name Robot Racing, and first person over the line wins. All cars undergo a basic safety check before being permitted onto the track to reduce the possibility of incidents involving the drivers. Continue reading

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