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Public participation recommended for overlay zone to protect Bo-Kaap heritage

This morning, 4 December 2018, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee resolved to support the designation of the Bo-Kaap as a Heritage Protection Overlay Zone (HPOZ), and made the recommendation that Council approve a public participation process for the proposal at its next meeting.

The City is committed to preserving and celebrating the rich and diverse cultures and heritage of our communities, and I feel privileged today to share in the Mayoral Committee’s decision to initiate the process to provide the Bo-Kaap with the heritage protection that it deserves.

The Bo-Kaap is one of our most iconic areas with its rich history and unique architecture. Many Bo-Kaap families have been living there for generations, and have contributed significantly to our cultural heritage. The City recognises that this heritage should be protected. We therefore recommended to Council today that the City undertake a public participation process about the proposal that the Bo-Kaap be included in a Heritage Protection Overlay as a mechanism for the protection of the area’s unique historical landscape and heritage. Council will pronounce on this recommendation at its next meeting on 13 December.

It is regrettable that this matter has been delayed for so long since Councillor Dave Bryant first proposed an HPOZ for the Bo-Kaap via a motion to Subcouncil 16 in 2013.

At the time, the City’s then Heritage Department embarked on a public participation process with local civic bodies and residents, and the HPOZ was advertised in late 2015.

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This summer season, communities in Mitchells Plain and surrounds can look forward to its very own, locally-based community radio station. YOH Radio – the brainchild of radio veteran, Gavin Arends – has partnered with the Cape Flats YMCA (CF YMCA) with one goal in mind: uplift the communities of Mitchell’s Plain and the wider Cape Flats, and through facilitated action, improve their overall life experiences.

According to, Mr. Arends, a child of the ‘Plain, “Creating a radio station in my home town, has been a driving passion for a long time. And, in addition to the goals we have of playing a part in fulfilling the aspirations of individuals and their communities, this radio station will also do its bit to contribute to the local economy of this area.”

Arends says that while there were many challenges that were weathered, YOH Radio will hopefully have its license soon. He says, “We are optimistic and excited to explore what can be achieved, through this partnership.”

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The green-and-gold National Youth Wind Orchestra, made up of our country’s leading young musicians from across the nation, is coming to Cape Town for their annual Summer Course in December. Their concerts are set to delight audiences in Cape Town and Langebaan on 13 and 14 December.

Over half a century of commitment to young musicians has made the South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation the leader of the youth orchestral movement in the country. 2018 has seen a series of courses designed to empower young South Africans with musical knowledge and imagination, and instill in them a love of music and a dedication to the highest standards of performance. Other skills learned through playing in an orchestra help to develop the whole person, and will see each graduate of the programme equipped with soft skills, expanded networks and musical discipline for their futures.

Since the start of the National Youth Wind Orchestra in 2005, world-renowned wind band experts have worked with the top young South African musicians hailing from all parts of the country to attain the high standard we see today. The National Youth Wind Orchestra course aims to nurture and develop young wind and percussion players, and provide a platform young musicians to perform the crème de la crème of wind band music in a professional environment. In South Africa, where church and field band groups have been a long standing tradition in many communities, it is an ideal opportunity to fully expand on the vast amount of talent we have, and pave pathways to professional careers for our young musicians.

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  • From Saturday 1 December 2018, water restrictions and the associated tariffs will be lowered from Level 5 to Level 3 recovery restrictions, which includes increasing the daily usage from 70 litres per person per day to 105 litres per person per day; or from 500 million litres to 650 million litres of collective usage per day
  • Tariffs will also be lowered to Level 3. If for example residents use less than 6 000 litres per month (Step 1) they can expect to pay 35,5% less
  • This decision follows on from the National Department of Water and Sanitation’s latest water assessment
  • Restrictions remain on a fairly strict recovery level as a precaution to deal with rainfall uncertainty in 2019 and 2020
  • We encourage Cape Town’s water ambassadors to maintain their water-wise approach during the recovery phase and as the metro moves towards becoming a more water-sensitive city in the near future
  • The 40% restriction on water usage applicable to businesses has been removed but the sector is strongly encouraged to continue implementing and investigating the further efficient use of water in their operations

The City of Cape Town’s water users can expect a considerable reduction in the cost of water to be reflected in their municipal invoices from next month. This is due to the lowering of water restrictions from Level 5 to Level 3 recovery restrictions from Saturday1 December 2018.

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Over the festive season, beachgoers can expect shark spotters to be on duty at eight City beaches from 12 December 2018 to 7 January 2019. The shark exclusion net is already being deployed at Fish Hoek beach on a daily basis (weather permitting) as the presence of sharks along our False Bay coastline is more prevalent during warmer months.

With the public expected to flock to our coastline over the festive season, the City of Cape Town would like to remind beachgoers to adhere to the warnings that will be issued by the shark spotters on duty to ensure that everyone has a safe, enjoyable beach experience.

The shark spotters will be on duty at eight beaches from 12 December 2018 to 7 January 2019 including Muizenberg, St James/Kalk Bay, Caves in Kogel Bay, Glencairn, Clovelly, Monwabisi and The Hoek in Noordhoek. Their operating times will be as follows:


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It’s all systems go for the annual festive lights switch-on event which officially kicks off the summer season in Cape Town. Safety is a top priority once again this year and residents are asked to take note of and abide by the security measures that have been put in place. Read more below:

The festive lights switch-on event is a long-standing tradition in the metro and this year marks the 49th edition of this institution in Cape Town.

The City of Cape Town has pulled out all the stops to ensure that families can come out in their numbers to have fun in a safe environment. The event starts with a free concert from 16:00 on Sunday 2 December 2018 on the Grand Parade, and features a line-up of top local artists.

‘Residents and visitors are advised that all weapons, alcohol, drugs and other illegal substances must be left at home. Security measures have been beefed up to create a secure environment in which young and old can enjoy themselves. There will be a substantial increase in the number of law enforcement staff in attendance who will work to keep everyone safe, monitor anti-social behaviour, and manage access control,’ said the City’s Executive Director for Safety and Security, Richard Bosman.

Over the years, the festive lights switch-on has always been punted as a family-focused event. However, there has been an increase in the number of young people attending who are unaccompanied by parents or guardians and who choose to loiter in the CBD after the event and engage in anti-social behaviour.

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DATE:                    16 – 30 December 2018

TIME:                    11h00 (Show), 12h00 – 14h00 (Meet & Greet)

VENUE:                Amphitheatre (show) & Lamp Side Court (meet and greet)

Cost:                    Free

Kids can look forward to interactive sing-along songs in this magical musical production, featuring life-size puppets. There’s fun for the whole family at the V&A Waterfront, with performances every day at 11pm at the Amphitheatre. A meet and greet with Peppa Pig and friends will take place from 12pm and 2pm at Lamp Side Court. For further information visit

At the 27th annual General Council meeting of the Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) held at DHL Newlands on Monday, November 26, the General Council voted Zelt Marais in as the new WPRFU President.

With outgoing President Thelo Wakefield stepping down after completing a second term, the former Deputy President Marais was chosen by the clubs to replace him.

Wakefield’s tenure as WPRFU President ran from 2012 until 2018, which is the maximum term of office.

“It has been a pleasure to serve the WPRFU for the last 28 years and especially the last six years as President. I have given my all for this Union and will cherish the memories made during my term of office,” he said.

Marais has served as a WPRFU Executive Committee member for 12 years and was Deputy President of the Union for the last two years.

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A last-gasp opportunity has opened up for fans to get their hands on HSBC Cape Town Sevens tickets with a limited number available on general sale through Computicket (website and outlets) from 10h00 this morning (Friday, 23 November 2018).

More than 102 000 tickets for the event have been snapped up, with tickets successfully offered to every individual who registered for the new loyalty programme. However, not all loyalty registrants exercised their rights, while there has been a return of tickets from commercial partners and other stakeholders.

It means there are just less than 2 000 tickets available for Sunday’s action and 7 000 for Saturday’s play. They will be on sale from 10h00 at prices ranging from R195 to R325.

Tickets can be accessed on Computicket’s website ( or their app, as well as at outlets at Shoprite or Checkers stores nationwide.

Eighty-year-old Janap Baartjies was among the homeowners from Beacon Valley in Mitchells Plain who were overjoyed to receive the title deeds to their homes for the first time. These handovers are a testament to the City of Cape Town’s commitment to empowering some of our most vulnerable residents as rightful property owners. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town is in the process of handing over historical title deeds to residents which legally confirms that they are the rightful property owners of their homes and the land on which it is built.

On Wednesday 21 November, Councillor Zahid Badroodien, Mayoral Committee Member for Area South, along with Ward Councillor Solomon Philander and Ward 79 committee members, visited property owners at their homes in Beacon Valley to hand over over the title deeds.

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