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Save the Pedestals, a unique, international, artistic collaboration between the Baxter Theatre Centre, Handspring Puppet Company and Halle Puppet Theatre, makes its African debut at the Baxter Flipside, for four performances only, from 28 to 30 March, at 8pm, with a matinee on Saturday, 30 March at 4pm. This follows its hugely successful world premiere in Halle, Germany, last year.

The acclaimed South African creative team behind the production have combined their collective skills to bring to life the narrative, which is based on writer Ivan Vladislavić’s short story, under the direction of choreographer and director, Robin Orlyn and featuring puppets by the Tony-Award-winning Handspring Puppet Company, led by Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones.

The cast of five is made up of puppeteers Mmakgosi Tsogang Kgabi (Botswana and SA), Lambert Mousseka Ntumba (DRC) and Franziska Rattay, Ivana Sajevic, and Nico Parisius (from Halle Puppet Theatre company). Torsten Mass is responsible for the idea, concept and co-ordination, dramaturgy and play development is by Francesca Spinazzi and Andreas Hillger, with German translation by Thomas Brückner.

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The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Management, Alderman Grant Twigg hosted Mr Wolfgang Kubicke, the Vice-President of the German Parliament, in Khayelitsha last week. The City’s partnership with the German government dates back to 2005. The German government targets its funding to previously disadvantaged areas and it encourages a whole of society approach to make a difference in the life of the beneficiary community. Read more below:

The City’s partnership with the German government was made possible through the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) programme that aims to improve the quality of life of the most vulnerable residents.

Since the inception of the programme, the City has received a total investment of €15,5 million, or approximately R255,2 million. Additionally, the City has invested R154,2 million in public facilities and infrastructure in the precincts of Harare and Kuyasa as part of the contribution to this partnership.

‘Our visit to Khayelitsha was to see first-hand how these communities have benefited from the investment. It also showed us that the whole of society approach based on the concept of prevention, cohesion, detection and knowledge management does in fact benefit the community, when compared to a piece-meal, fragmented approach to a challenge,’ said Alderman Twigg. Continue reading

With a clear focus on meeting and exceeding its transformation objectives, Western Province Rugby has revised its coaching and team management structures.

These revisions will ensure that Western Province Rugby will make the best strategic use of their coaching resources while simultaneously establishing a clear succession plan in developing its coaching talent for the future.

“The simple objective of the revised structures are to ensure that we utilise our current resources in the most optimal way, developing and securing world-class coaching talent that aligns with our transformation goals,” said Western Province Rugby Group CEO, Paul Zacks.

With Director of Rugby Gert Smal set to leave at the end of March in order to take up a new opportunity with Toyota Verblitz in Japan, his roles and responsibilities will be collectively handled by the CEO, the Senior Professional Head Coach and the High Performance Manager.

The changes to the DHL Stormers management in 2019 have seen Riefaat Jappie (Strength and Conditioning Coach), Norman Laker (Defence Coach), and Dawie Snyman (Assistant Coach – Backs) come into the set-up. They join Head Coach Robbie Fleck, Russell Winter (Assistant Coach – Forwards), Human Kriek (Technical Analyst) and Team Manager Chippie Solomon in the DHL Stormers management for the 2019 Vodacom Super Rugby campaign.

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Date Every second Friday, until 19 April

Time 4pm to 8pm

Venue Battery Park– Canal District, V&A Waterfront

Battery Park at the V&A Waterfront was a hive of activity at the first Sunset Series which took place on Friday, 22 February. Continuing every second Friday until 19 April, come and watch live music against a backdrop of the setting sun on the bridge of the Battery Park Canal. From 4pm to 8pm, visitors can enjoy free live concerts which will feature a guest DJ who will perform for the first two hours, followed by a live music performance. Popular actor and musician Mzukisi Ntantiso aka Def Eff will MC the event.

The rest of the park which includes; a grass area for picnics or a soccer game, basketball court, skatepark and Stand-up Paddling will be open for everyone to enjoy. For refreshments; Balmoral Supermarket, Shift Espresso Bar and Trail and Tar are available.

Live Acts

Friday, 08 March

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Dates             Thursday, 7 March and Friday, 8 March

                       Wednesday, 13 March and Thursday, 14 March

Final               Friday, 15 March at 6pm

Between Thursday 7 and Friday 15 March, 10 Peninsula High Schools will go head-to-head in the 2019 High School Band Slam at the V&A Waterfront’s Amphitheatre from 6pm.

The audience can expect to hear a wide range of music genres and instruments including drums, pianos, guitars and saxophones.

The shortlist of schools includes Rustenburg Girls’ High, Parklands College, Bergvliet High, Belhar High, Wynberg Girls High, Parel Vallei High, Norman Henshilwood High, Bishops College, Bridgetown High and Elsies River High.

The top three bands will stand a chance of winning a musical consultation and equipment for their school to the value of R20 000 from Mars Music. An additional R5 000 V&A Waterfront gift voucher will be awarded to the school that demonstrates they have the best crowd participation and support.

Each school band will be a scored by a panel of industry experts according to three categories. Musicality includes song arrangements, technical proficiency, artistic ability, originality and interpretation. For presentations the judges will look at performance attitude, stage dominance, confidence and rapport.  For patronage, schools will need to show they have support, crowd participation, school spirit and enthusiasm.

BAND SLAM: Rustenburg Girls’ High School, Parklands College

Date                     Thursday, 7 March 2019

Venue                  Amphitheatre V&A Waterfront

Cost                      Free

Duration              One hour

School                  Rustenburg Girls’ High School

18h00 – 18h30

School                  Parklands College

18h45 – 19h15
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The Cape Town Carnival’s main workshop in Maitland is where the magic happens, and on 28 February the Carnival was proud to host media, sponsors and other influencers for a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to pull off an event of this magnitude.

The Carnival workshop is an epicentre of creativity where this year’s theme, VUKA UKHANYE: Arise and Shine!, is being brought to life through floats, costume and puppetry. Interpreting the call to action to be all we can be, this year’s floats will include a Monster, to represent conquering your fears, and a giant illuminated marionette ‘Vukani’ in a glorious parade of performers illustrating how we can shake off limiting beliefs. “It’s incredible to see the voyage from the creative workshops where the concept is developed to the final creations,” says Professor Rachel Jafta, chairperson of the Cape Town Carnival Trust.

“The culture of our city is unique and vital. It’s in how people treat each other, how we show up, respect and regard each other, how we interact, how we see each other. It’s part of the fabric of our society,” says Brad Baard, Creative Director of the Cape Town Carnival. “This spirit or character comes through in this year’s theme of waking up to our personal power and to our collective power.”

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Amidst recent reports of the Momo challenge circulating on the internet; the Minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz, is calling on parents to teach their children how to use the internet safely.

The Momo challenge is reportedly digitally-spread, via WhatsApp, and is similar to the Tide Pod Challenge. It allegedly seeks to teach children how to harm themselves and others. Children are reportedly contacted via WhatsApp whilst watching YouTube videos on Fortnight and Peppa Pig.

It should be noted that YouTube Kids has however not received any evidence of this challenge, nor has any content been found on YouTube Kids.

Regardless, the Momo challenge highlights an increasing need within this digital age for parents to educate their children on how to use the internet safely to prevent being targeted.

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Enjoy summer with free, live music concerts at the V&A Waterfront’s Amphitheatre for the month of March.


Date Saturday, 02 March

Venue V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre

Cost Free

Performer Peter Ndlala

Time 19h00

At 7pm on Saturday, 2 March, musician Peter Ndlala will be entertaining the crowd with a combination of afro-jazz at the V&A Waterfront’s Amphitheatre. Peter started his musical journey with the Music Action for People’s Progress jazz ensemble and performed at the Guinness Jazz Festival in 1992. He has since performed with renowned artists such as Judith Sephuma, Lira, R&B singer Rashaan Patterson and the late HHP to name a few.


Date Saturday, 09 March

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Cape Town is in the midst of yet another burst of creativity and colour, hosting both the Design Indaba and the Annual Pride Week Festival.

The curtain falls on the 24th edition of the Design Indaba at Artscape today. The three-day event, which includes a conference, exhibitions, film festival and musical performances, has attracted approximately 20 000 local and international visitors.

This creative festival, which celebrates the country’s innovative minds, provides a platform for emerging artists and showcases Cape Town as a leading global design city.

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