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Tickets for the Currie Cup semifinal between DHL Western Province and the Xerox Golden Lions at DHL Newlands on Saturday go on sale on Tuesday.

Tickets for the play-off match, which kicks off at 17h00 on Saturday, will be available from or any Computicket outlet from 12h00 on Tuesday.

Season tickets are valid and gates will open at 13h45, with DHL Western Province U19 hosting Toyota Free State Cheetahs U19 in a semifinal curtain-raiser, which kicks off at 14h30.

DHL Western Province U19 won 11 of their 12 matches in the league phase of the competition to claim top position heading into the semifinal, which will be their first appearance at DHL Newlands this year.

Ticket prices start at just R40 for standing room and R60 for the cheapest seats, up to R150 for Category One seats.

DHL Western Province secured home advantage in the semifinal with a 31-20 victory against the tabletopping Cell C Sharks in their final league fixture in Durban.

The team showed great character to fight back in the second half to break their hosts’ 10-game winning streak and claim second place on the standings.

It was the seventh win for Head Coach John Dobson’s team, in a campaign which saw them beat every other team in the competition at least once.

The clash with the Xerox Golden Lions will be the first Currie Cup semifinal at DHL Newlands since 2014, when DHL Western Province went on to lift the famous old cup for a record 33rd time.

DHL Newlands Currie Cup semifinal ticket prices:

Category One: R150
Category Two: R100
Category Three: R80
Category Four: R60
Category Five (standing): R40


Wednesday 18th October 2017

HEADLINE: Mojak Lehako (JHB)

MC: Dalin Oliver

SUPPORT ACT: Yaaseen Barnes

OPEN MIC: Liam Bento

GUEST ACT: Stuart Taylor

Thursday 19th October 2017

HEADLINE: Mojak Lehako (JHB)

MC: Dalin Oliver

SUPPORT ACT: Yaaseen Barnes

OPEN MIC: Liam Bento

GUEST ACT: Stuart Taylor

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The City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority will next week commence with the construction of new and improved roads, non-motorised facilities, traffic calming measures, and a new bridge over the Sir Lowry’s River which will benefit and add to the safety of the residents of Sun City, Sir Lowry’s Pass Village and Mission Grounds. The R55 million project will take place over approximately 24 months. Read more below:

Residents of Sun City, Sir Lowry’s Pass Village, and Mission Grounds in the Helderberg region had the opportunity to attend a public open day at the Sun City Community Centre where they could view the final project plans and the artist’s impressions for a R55 million upgrade project.

This comes as the City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) is gearing up to commence with a project which will drive the construction of new and improved roads, non-motorised facilities, and traffic calming measures as well as a new bridge over the Sir Lowry’s River. Continue reading


In recent days, we have witnessed extreme weather episodes in parts of the country that have left a trail of devastation. Elsewhere, hurricanes, earthquakes, runaway wildfires and volcanic eruptions have made headlines in the last few weeks.

The drought in large parts of South Africa, the Western Cape and Cape Town is well documented. Indications are that these extreme weather events are likely to become more commonplace as a result of climate change.

Against this backdrop, the message and efforts aligned to International Disaster Risk Reduction Day today become even more important. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction uses the day on 13 October to highlight initiatives that promote disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness. The theme this year is ‘Home Safe Home’ and focuses on the contribution that communities can make in safeguarding themselves, their homes, and their livelihoods in the event of natural disasters.

The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre conducts ongoing education and awareness drives regarding potential disasters as part of its mandate. In the last financial year, this included: Continue reading

30 November 2017 to 13 January 2018

Baxter Theatre

Popular Comedian Marc Lottering’s most beloved character, Aunty Merle Abrahams from Belgravia Road in Athlone, sashays onto the stage in the musical-comedy AUNTY MERLE, THE MUSICAL.

High Drama unfolds as Merle’s daughter Abigail (Tarryn Lamb) announces her engagement to Alan (Stephen Jubber).  As Merle puts it: “he’s a good-looking white chap!”

But it’s never smooth-sailing in the world of Musicals.  Abigail’s twisted and corrupt ex, Denver Paulse, (Loukmaan Adams), who holds a dodgy top job with the SABC, is determined to get her back.  If not, he threatens to reveal a very dark secret which is bound to tear the lovers apart.

And what of Merle’s son Carl (Roberto Kyle), who spends so many hours with his Varsity friend Siya (Sizwesandile Mnisi). The Boys are obsessed with Beyonce. Merle’s neighbour Soraya Samsodien(Carmen Maarman) certainly has some thoughts of her own around this.

And then there’s Lydia Majola (Tankiso Mamabolo) from Khayelitsha.  She has been on a 20 year journey with Merle, employed as Merle’s Helper.  But how can Mrs Majola focus on cleaning a house when she has just discovered that her Husband’s a Blesser?  In addition, Mrs Majola’s feisty daughter Nambitha (Zandile Madliwa), fresh from Oxford University, has a venomous political apple to peel with Abigail.

Can Aunty Merle get everyone to live happily ever after, and still pull off the Wedding of the Year?

The role of Merle’s long suffering husband Dennis is played by veteran Royston Stoffels, Alan’s parents, Claire and David White are played by Kate Normington and Adrian Galley.

Best friends of Abigail and Alan are played by Anray Amansure (who plays Liezel) and Daniel Richards (plays Jakes). Continue reading

Lights, camera, action is the order of the day in the Mother City as was highlighted at the opening of the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival last night. The filming industry is exceeding expectations, with the City of Cape Town issuing around 7 000 permits each year for the last two years. 


The current boom in the filming industry has the potential to create additional economic opportunities for entrepreneurs and SMMEs. The trend has clearly been sustained over multiple years and looks set to follow the same pattern during this financial year (2017/18). Cape Town’s variety of locations, competitive film tariffs, and production costs underpin the city’s attractiveness as a filming destination.

The thousands of permits issued by City of Cape Town were for various film shoots, with the bulk being issued for the following filming categories:

  2016/17 2015/16
Production category Number of permits issued Number of permits issued
Micro-shoot 2 678 2 678
Commercials 1 811 2 184
Stills photography 1 729 1 703
Feature film 314 228
Television series 177 167
Short film 123 42

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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 12: Alice Kgosana and Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille at the renaming of De Waal Drive to Philip Kgosana Drive South Africa. (Photo by Carl Fourie)

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – OCTOBER 12: Alice Kgosana and Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille at the renaming of De Waal Drive to Philip Kgosana Drive South Africa. (Photo by Carl Fourie)


The following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the unveiling of Philip Kgosana Drive today, following a Council resolution earlier this year to rename De Waal drive after the struggle leader.

It really is an honour for me to be here with all of you today to celebrate a gentle giant, Philip Kgosana, who would have celebrated his 81st birthday today.

Philip spent some of his youth days in Langa and as a student at the University of Cape Town, he rose to prominence in politics here in Cape Town as the regional secretary of the Pan-Africanist Congress. For these reasons, he is very much a son of Cape Town.

He was a humble man, a servant of this country who sacrificed a lot in his life for what he believed in: the liberation of the people of South Africa from an oppressive apartheid regime. Continue reading

Springboks Dillyn Leyds and Wilco Louw both return for DHL Western Province in their final league game of the Currie Cup against the Cell C Sharks in Durban on Saturday.

Both players featured for the Springboks against the All Blacks in an epic Test match at DHL Newlands last week, but are back in the blue and white hoops this week as DHL Western Province look to secure a semifinal place.

Louw is at tighthead prop, alongside Bongi Mbonambi and JC Janse van Rensburg in the front row, while Leyds features on the wing, with Ruhan Nel moving to inside centre to partner Huw Jones in midfield.

The only other change to the starting line-up sees Jaco Coetzee on the flank for the coastal derby, which kicks off at 15h00 on Saturday at Growthpoint Kings Park.

DHL Western Province Head Coach John Dobson said that his team will be going all out to secure a play-off place.

“We know that we need to raise our game as a team this weekend and the players will be going flat out to deliver the result.

“It will be a major challenge to go to Durban, but one that we have embraced as a team,” he said.

DHL Western Province: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Ruhan Nel, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Jaco Coetzee, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Jan de Klerk, 19 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 20 Justin Phillips, 21 Werner Kok, 22 EW Viljoen.

It’s OCTOBER MADNESS at Cape Town Comedy Club with limited R60 early bird tickets from Computicket all month (excludes special events).

A NIGHT OF HEADLINERS  on Friday 13 October 2017. FOUR top comedians perform on our stage for ONE night only! Martin Evans, Conrad Koch (Chester Missing), KG and Kurt Schoonraad as the MC. As usual, the line-up is subject to change.  From October, we have the pleasure of introducing LIVE video mixing performed by SA Hip Hop DJ, DJ Azuhl!  Tickets are R190 (includes a free Savanna for all and a video mix tape CD on arrival for the first 100 guests) and available from any Computicket outlet or Shoprite, Checkers stores.

TRENDING COMICS IS COMING TO TOWN and social media will never be the same again! In its debut South African showing, Trending Comics will feature a stellar line up of our very own comic superheroes in Schalk Bezuidenhout, Robby Collins, Loyiso Madinga and Neil Green embarking on a nationwide tour that will touch down in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg at the end of October and beginning of November. As if that wasn’t enough firepower comedy in one ensemble, there will be different heavyweight comedians to host the shows in each city and we are excited to confirm them as the following; Kurt Schoonraad (Cape Town), Carvin Goldstone (Durban), and Donovan Goliath (Johannesburg). 20/21 October in Cape Town.

A NIGHT OF HEADLINERS on Friday 17 November 2017. Prepare yourself for a real treat as FOUR top comedians perform on our stage for ONE night only! Dana Alexander (Canada), Piet Potgieter, Dylan Skews and Martin Davis (UK) as the MC. As usual, the line-up is subject to change.  There will also be LIVE video mixing performances by SA Hip Hop DJ, DJ Azuhl! Tickets are R190 (includes a free Savanna for all and a video mix tape CD on arrival for the first 100 guests) and available from any Computicket outlet or Shoprite, Checkers stores. Continue reading

The Roxy Revue Bar, GrandWest, renowned for delivering authentic local entertainment, welcomes Cape Town based saxophonist, Don Vino Prins to its stage in October 2017. The well known musician will present Don Vino’s #saxyvibes,through which he tells of his personal journey as a saxophonist, from 23 to 28 October 2017.

Prins’s passion for the saxophone was ignited at the tender age of 15. He has since performed with renowned local and international artists and has entrenched himself in the South African performing arts industry as collaborator, philanthropist, businessman and solo artist. In recent months, he has performed several sold out shows and released his single “Worried”. Keen to engage more intimately with his loyal fans, he has created Don Vino’s #saxyvibes which is rooted in his personal story. As Prins does not restrict himself to a specific genre of music, the repertoire includes a diversity of genres from Jazz and Gospel to R&B to Afrikaans. The production also profiles students he has taught in the brass section and features the powerful vocals of Elwira Standili.

“Don Vino’s #saxyvibes is trendy, current and offers fans an opportunity for an up close and personal encounter with one of Cape Town’s talented musicians,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest.

Don Vino’s #saxyvibes, a two hour show, will be staged at 19h00 between 23 and 28 October 2017. Tickets cost R150 at Computicket.

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