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The Big Blues Meets Rock Festival 2016

Saturday 9 April, Hillcrest Quarry, Durbanville.

Dan Patlansky launches his new album Introvertigo!

Dan Patlanksy voted  no 4 of 10 Best Rock Guitarists in the World today – Total Guitar Magazine, UK. Dec 2015.

Also featuring: Blues Broers, Gerald Clark Trio, Mark Haze, Crimson House, Natasha Meister, Pebbleman,  Jesse Jordan and The Rockerfellas.

If you’re a Rocker and/or a Blues lover, get your groove on for electrifying Blues & Rock will join forces again at HILLCREST QUARRY in Durbanville on Saturday the 9th of April. Continue reading


The following speech on the draft budget was delivered by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the full Council sitting this morning. Read more below:

Good morning, goeie dag, molweni, as-salaam alaikum, shalom.

Mr Speaker,

These are difficult times for our country.

We face the possibility of a credit rating downgrade due to a lack of confidence in our National Government. Continue reading

Cape Town’s fastest growing radio station, Smile 90.4FM, had a double celebration for their 3rd birthday, firstly reaching a new milestone with an audience of 100 000 listeners and by giving 52 lucky listeners the chance of winning BIG in their ‘IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY’ competition.

The competition that ran from 7 – 24 March, got listeners calling in daily from 6am – 6pm when they heard their ‘birthday month’ called out. Those who got through first, won the chance to double their R 1000 cash prize as well as an invite to the Smile 90.4FM birthday breakfast, where they could win a brand new VW UP, worth R150 000 from McCarthy Volkswagen, Parow. Continue reading


Burn The Floor, the show that revolutionised the image of dance, returns to South Africa, its “home away from home”, for the fourth time: performing in the Opera Theatre of The South African State Theatre in Pretoria from April 27th to May 15th; the Baxter Theatre at the Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town from May 19th to June 5th; and the iZulu Theatre at the Sibaya Casino in Durban from June 8th to 19th.

The original concept of Burn The Floor grew from an electric display of ballroom and Latin dancing at Sir Elton John’s 50th birthday party in London, March 1997. There, producer Harley Medcalf discovered the ballroom dance world and its charismatic people, with their deep intensity, commitment, discipline, burning passion and total love of the ballroom art form.

Initially, Harley’s idea of a new theatrical ballroom production sent shock waves through the ballroom dancing establishment. For decades, ballroom competitions had been performed behind closed doors, as a pastime for the privileged. And well before reality television embraced it with such shows as Dancing with The Stars and Strictly Come Dancing. Continue reading

Cutting edge dance, performance and visual art will be presented over four Sessions that will take place in the Cape Town city centre, UCT’s Hiddingh campus, Delft and Khayelitsha. The ITC Sessions bring engaged work into the public sphere, infecting the city with their own exploratory and exuberant energy.

Session 1 – 29 & 30 March – Company’s Garden from 5pm (programme repeats both days)

Session 2 – 12 & 13 April – St Georges Mall from 11am (programme repeats both days)

Session 3 (Kasi-2-Kasi) – 23 April – Delft Spar, Main Road Delft South from 1pm (programme repeats in Session 4)

Session 4 – 30 April (Kasi-2-Kasi) – Khayelitsha Mall cnr Steve Biko Drive & Walter Sisulu Road from 1pm (Session 3 programme repeats)

In Session 1, the Company’s Garden will flash to life with a range of powerful and thought-provoking work that includes: Continue reading

It has been a day of sprints, duck walks and Jukskei, among others, as more than 1 000 seniors strutted their stuff in what has become a highlight on the annual events calendar to promote healthy living and active ageing. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s annual Games for Older Persons took place at the Green Point Athletics Stadium today, 30 March 2016.

As has become custom, more than 4 000 seniors registered to attend the event, which aims to promote healthy living and active ageing. More than 1 300 of them participated in a host of races and games including Jukskei, 25- and 50-metre sprints, duck walks, hula-hooping, boules, and bowl the hole. Continue reading


It has come to my attention that my name is being used in what appears to be a phishing scam.

Thus far, five separate messages have been reported to my office. Each of the e-mails has been sent from the following e-mail address: The subject line of four of the emails is ‘BRICS Bank funding’.

Please note that this e-mail address does not belong to me.

It would appear that a fake Facebook profile is being used to solicit contact details. Once the e-mail address is received, an e-mail is sent to said address asking whether the recipient would be able to use grant funds worth £450 000 (R9 739 448) from the BRICS bank to ‘explore job opportunities for our citizens’. Once they agree, they are added to a beneficiary list and asked to pay £250 (R5 415) in order to obtain a BRICS non-residential beneficiary form.

This afternoon I met with the South African Police Service (SAPS) to open a case for further investigation.

Members of the public are urged not to respond to e-mails coming from this account. I would also like to make an appeal to residents to forward these e-mails to so that we can have record of them and hand them over to the SAPS to assist in their investigation.

The City’s new micro-tunnelling machine has a number of features set to speed up the digging of underground tunnels to lay sewer pipes, as part of the R250 million Sanitation Master Plan. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department has taken delivery of a new piece of machinery set to expedite its bulk sewer upgrade programme.

The AVN 800 XC Herrenknecht micro-tunnelling machine was acquired at a cost of just over R10,6 million and comes with technology that enables safe, fast and efficient tunnelling in even the most difficult pipe jacking projects.

The machine has been used in more than 1 000 projects around the world. It is controlled with a laser navigation system that allows for precise positioning, has a built-in crusher that can reduce boulders to smaller pieces, and offers extra safety in less stable geological conditions (which is useful for tunneling operations in the sandy Cape Flats soil). Continue reading

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