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City of Cape Town staff are collecting thousands of dead carp in one section of Zeekoevlei. The City warns residents not to eat the fish and urges members of the public to stay clear of the area while the fish are being collected. Read more below:

It is estimated that approximately 5 000 individual fish or 6 to 7 tons of fish have died of suspected natural causes. More bodies are being discovered as the fish bloat and rise to the surface.

Fish kills, which refer to a localised die-off of fish populations, often occur at this time of the year with the change of seasons when water levels are low and temperatures are high. Fish sometimes become stressed during breeding and they may pass on infectious disease due to the grouping of large numbers of adult fish together.

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The City’s Open Data Portal is gaining momentum, with a further 11 data sets having been approved last month alone. With International Open Data Day taking place today, the City encourages more residents to get involved and make use of this innovative system. Read more below:

Through the Open Data Portal, the City of Cape Town’s data is incrementally released to the public in a useable format. It is available to all for free to enhance transparency and promote the use of the City’s data for broader social and economic benefit.

‘On International Open Data Day, the City would like to hear from any of our residents who have ideas for using open data, want to find an interesting project to contribute towards, or are currently developing online platforms which leverage off the data which has been made available by the City. As a well-run, opportunity city we are always encouraging developers to work with us in helping the global open data community to grow,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services and Compliance, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.

International Open Data Day sees residents in cities around the world gathering to write applications, liberate data, create visualisations and publish analyses using open public data. It seeks to show support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments. The City is doing just that.

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This Sunday, 6 March 2016, close to 40 000 cyclists will saddle up to take part in the world’s most scenic and biggest timed cycle race.

The City of Cape Town is honoured to be home to the Cape Town Cycle Tour which continues to attract cyclists from all over the country and around the world.

On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I would like to wish all cyclists good luck for this year’s race.

You are the heartbeat of this event.

Your athletic ability, sheer determination, and the wonderful camaraderie are the biggest drawcards of this event. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town has implemented its Stranded Whale Protocol after the carcass of a young southern right whale has come ashore just south of Melkbosstrand. Read more below:

The City was notified of the carcass this morning, 4 March 2016.

‘While such occurrences tend to draw curious onlookers, from a safety perspective we urge members of the public to please keep away to allow the agencies on site the space to remove the whale carcass.

‘In the meantime, we will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.

There is great excitement brewing for the sixth annual Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival which takes place daily, for one week only, from 12 to 18 March, where 40 productions from all over the Western Cape will be showcased.

The hugely popular development festival kicks off with the Zabalaza Weekend on Saturday, 12 and Sunday 13 when all venues and spaces in the theatre complex will pulsate with dynamic and diverse artistic activities featuring 26 productions.

The Zabalaza Main Festival features 17 productions and runs from 14 to 18 March daily with shows on at 10am,11.15am, 12.30pm, 3pm, 5pm, 6.30pm and 8pm.

The festival will boast multiple genres – from drama, poetry, hip hop, dance and musical theatre to physical theatre and theatre for children, performed in five different languages – English, Xhosa, Afrikaans, Zulu and Shona. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s Hangberg Library was officially opened today following maintenance and extensive renovations. The renovations enhance visitors’ library experience and also make the facility more accessible to people with disabilities and the elderly. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Special Projects, Alderman Belinda Walker, officially opened the Hangberg Library today, 3 March 2016. The library has been open to patrons since December 2015 following months of extensive renovations and maintenance at a cost of over R2,5 million.

The City’s libraries are identified for proactive maintenance in a five-year cycle. The major changes to the Hangberg Library will improve the visitor experience and ensure that it is now more accessible for people with disabilities.

In addition, a glass roof gives patrons a sweeping view of the Hout Bay harbour area, which draws thousands of local and international visitors annually. Continue reading

The biggest travel, outdoor and adventure event, The Cape Getaway Show, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Vans, is back at Lourensford Wine Estate and promises to be bigger and better than before.

With live music, delicious food, wine and craft beer, specials on camping, outdoor and travel gear as well as amazing holiday prizes up for grabs this is a jam packed weekend you won’t want to miss out on.

The Cape Getaway Show has special events happening each day with loads of adventures for the whole family and a few special treats for the outdoor sports fanatics. What’s more, the first 1000 people to enter the gate on Friday will receive an awesome Getaway T-shirt!

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With a national youth unemployment rate of 34,9%, the City’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate is hosting a series of career expos in the next month, bringing prospective employers to young job seekers’ doorsteps.

The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate today launched its careers expo roadshow to try and open doors for unemployed youth.

The expos are part of the City’s Transversal Youth Development Strategy, which includes personal development through life skills training, with a focus on unlocking economic opportunities.

‘Stats SA recently informed us that the national youth unemployment rate is just under 35%. There are a number of reasons for this, including lack of access to information and opportunities, young people who are simply not work-ready, and the fact that so many young people drop out of school without completing matric. We are addressing these very complicated issues on a number of fronts and the expos are about taking opportunities to our young people and opening their eyes and minds to what is out there for them if they’re prepared to work hard,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Social Development and Early Childhood Development, Councillor Suzette Little. Continue reading

MyCiTi commuters and road users should please take note of the MyCiTi route deviations and road closures to accommodate the annual Cape Town Cycle Tour that is taking place on Sunday 6 March 2016.

‘The City of Cape Town is proud to be hosting the world’s largest timed cycle race for the 39th year. On Sunday cyclists will face a challenging route of approximately 109 km around the Cape Peninsula and they will be supported by our residents along the way. As is the case with cities around the world, Cape Town is also becoming more populated and congested due to urbanisation. With the Cycle Tour taking place on our doorstep, I would like to make use of the opportunity to emphasise that cycling should be embraced not only for recreational purposes, but also as a legitimate form of transport,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading

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