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Golden Arrow Bus Services (Pty) Ltd

Golden Arrow has carried the burden of rising fuel costs which has increased by 30% over the past year and is projected to escalate by a further 6% next month.

Regrettably the company is no longer in a position to absorb these cost escalations and in line with the special conditions of its interim contract with the Western Cape Provincial Department of Transport will therefore be adjusting fares in the coming months.

GABS continues to implement strategies to address rising costs through effective cash management, stringent cost controls and a process of quality management.

However, the extent to which these cost increases can be effectively absorbed has proved insufficient and a significant under recovery will still be prevalent even after the proposed increase is implemented. This fare adjustment is therefore an unfortunate but unavoidable last resort.

Golden Arrow is acutely aware of the effect that increased fares has on its passengers and would like to assure them once again that this increase is unavoidable given the prevailing  economic climate.

Golden Arrow will release more information with regards to when the fares adjustment will come into effect shortly so that passengers are fully aware of how they will be affected.

We are grateful for the ongoing support of our passengers and would like to once again assure them of our unwavering commitment to providing affordable world-class scheduled passenger bus services.

Grand Arena Saturday 28th July 2018

Marmalade Productions is proud to present Divas 2018 featuring international award-winning superwoman, Karyn White. Karyn will be supported by the cream of South African female talent, soon to be revealed… watch the press for details.

She possesses one of the most memorable, distinctive voices ever heard in popular music. She’s an accomplished singer/songwriter who etched herself into music history with her smash hit song, the female anthem, “Superwoman”. That song made international waves, selling over a million units, being certified Gold and named the Billboard R&B Song of the Year in 1989. She IS a super woman. She’s Karyn White. 

Established in 2011, Karyn opened the doors with Karyn White Enterprises Inc. (KWE) a dynamic multi-platform media company offering diverse and uplifting entertainment across the broad media landscapes of music, television and film. White released her long-awaited album “Carpe Diem” on her own label and distributed through Light Year/EMI.  

Currently, White’s new movie and soundtrack, Gale &The Storm, is a story loosely based on Karyn’s life and manager Jay King, legendary music producer & founder of Grammy award winning group “Club Nouveau”. The movie’s synopsis revolves around a revolutionary music producer who links up with a legendary soul singer and tries to convince her to sing again. White executive produced, co-wrote and starred in the film.  

White also executive produced, co-wrote and recorded 8 songs on the soundtrack for “Gale & the Storm”. The soundtrack is a brilliant fusion of cosmic funk, soul, rock and R&B. White recorded the songs in a record breaking 2.5 days while filming the movie in a 7-day period. White delivers an array of fiery and soulful melodies while belting out every note and inflection with power White will take the listener back to the good ole days of 70’s & 80’s.  Continue reading

Cape Town, 31 May 2018: As Youth Month kicks off, Heart FM will be paying homage to the youth of the Western Cape with its 16 Days For Youth initiative to uplift and lend a hand in communities where help is most needed. The initiative started in 2016 undertaking youth focussed projects cross province, taking the microphone to the heart of communities, giving them a voice and making a difference while doing so.

 Come June the 1st, Heart FM will once again close the doors of its Greenpoint on air studio and swop it for its mobile outside broadcast vehicle, travelling the length and breadth of the province. The radio stations entire line up will take to the road to bring change. This year a greater focus will be placed on feeding as many people as possible, in the light of the recent cost of living increases and food scarcity in many of the towns.

The journey this year kicks off in Kraaifontein and will see teams travel to Lavender Hill, Bridgetown, Paternoster, Langebaan, Mooreesburg, Darling, Montana, Maitland, Kleinmond, Hermanus, Greyton, Genadendal and Bishop Lavis. Projects will include and are not limited to feeding, clothing, fixing, painting and construction. The initiative will also revisit some of its inaugural projects to report on progress and expansion.

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N2 Express service may be disrupted from 1 June 2018

The City of Cape Town regrets to inform MyCiTi commuters from Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha that the N2 Express service may be disrupted as from Friday, 1 June 2018. Read more below:

The N2 Express Joint Venture (JV) Vehicle Operating Company is responsible for operating the MyCiTi buses between Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha and the Civic Centre station.

The JV shareholders include the Golden Arrow Bus Service (GABS) and two minibus-taxi associations, namely Codeta in Khayelitsha and the Route 6 Taxi Association in Mitchells Plain. The N2 Express JV has been operating the four MyCiTi routes – the D01, D02, D03, and D04 routes – between the Metro South-east and the Cape Town city centre since July 2014.

The majority of JV shareholders agreed to extend the operating contract with the City, and therefore the N2 Express service will continue. Codeta, however, has refused to support the extension of the operating contract, and there is a possibility that the service may be disrupted as from tomorrow, Friday 1 June 2018.

The City will carefully monitor the routes and keep commuters informed as best we can.

‘The City has, for the past three months, hosted several meetings with the JV and the shareholders in an effort to resolve their concerns. Many of these concerns are for the JV to resolve, and we are convinced that with commitment from the JV shareholders, together with the assistance of the City, these issues can be resolved.

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30 May 2018

Release: immediately

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape condemns in the strongest terms possible the suspected arson attacks that took place between Southfield and Ottery stations, today, 30 May 2018, and on Tuesday, 22 May 2018, when a train arrived at Retreat station on fire.

Today’s alleged attack resulted in the death of one individual and left 4 injured. I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to the bereaved family of the deceased and wish a speedy recovery to those who were injured.

I call on the National Minister, Blade Nzimande, to account for these attacks by informing South Africans of what is being done to make public transport safer for commuters to use, whilst also prioritising the protection of PRASA’s assets.

The DA-led Western Cape government has already, through a Memorandum of Agreement, contributed R16 million, as the safety of all commuters is a priority for this caring government. PRASA is a SOE, and thus the responsibility of the ANC-led national government, yet we have contributed 100 additional law enforcement officers to ensure commuter safety and protection of infrastructure.

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

I’m deeply disturbed by the spate of land invasions which at times has been accompanied by violence and destruction of property around Cape Town.

I also want to place it on record that the City of Cape Town will not tolerate land invasions in the city and law enforcement agencies will not hesitate to act against those who incite violence.

Land invasions are illegal and pose fire, health and flood risks to our communities.

The seriousness of the matter requires all of us to pull together to find solutions that will be beneficial to residents.

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After a sold-out season at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Studio, the newest Pieter-Dirk Uys show will be presented at the Fugard Theatre in August 2018.

Sometimes politics repeats itself, not only taking history and turning it into farce, but taking farce and turning into the fake news which is now called entertainment. Pieter-Dirk Uys is sorting out 40 years of distress, disguise and disgust: from apartheid to tripartite, from amandla to Nkandla. Wigs, glasses, wagging fingers, toyi-toyis, red berets, trump cards of madness, icons and aikonas. From Bezuidenhouts, Raubenheimers and Ramaphosas to Altzheimers.

At a time when a casual greeting or embrace can be seen as racist or harassment, the advice is simple: when in doubt say darling. If you can’t remember their names, just say darling. If you get lost along the road to somewhere, simply ask for Darling. He did it, and now Pieter-Dirk Uys also lives in Darling.

Join him and many darlings in this minefield of hashtags and hatespeech, on an exciting walk to the edge of the next cliff, when the end of the world seems nigh. It used to be called a sunset but here’s a secret: the sun will also rise tomorrow, darling.

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Every person across the country must take responsibility and ensure that all children are kept safe.

This was the clarion call from the Western Cape Department of Social Development, the SAPS, and organisations, such as Child Welfare Stellenbosch, Pink Ladies, Valley Development Project and Identi Mass, who all today (29 May 2018), addressed the Provincial Standing Committee on Community Development in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament about programmes relating to child protection.

In light of Child Protection Week, it was pleasing to note the passion that all entities have for the safekeeping and development of children. I also welcome the roll out of the Department’s Eye-on-the-Child programme in Oudtshoorn, along with the implementation of its Isibindi programme in Houtbay, Imizamo Yethu, Philippi, Mitchells Plain, St Helena Bay, Hopefield, Saldanha Bay and Grabouw.

These programmes, which are community based and focusses on prevention and early intervention for vulnerable children, by among others assessing and referring children for health, trauma, education and material assistance, clearly demonstrates the caring nature of the DA-led Western Cape Government.

I call on Minister Albert Fritz and his Department to continue supporting the more than two-thousand (2000) organisations, so that the further improvement in the lives of children can be achieved. Furthermore, to ensure the expansion of these and other interventions, so that the various community needs can be addressed.

As the DA in the Western Cape, we commend all volunteers in organisations, for their unwavering commitment in relentlessly working to keep our children safe.

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR PATRICIA DE LILLE

Today I visited the innovative Zoe Incubation Academy in Delft where young Capetonians are being trained at the first community-based call centre in the Cape Town.

The City is supporting a pilot project that is currently training 42 unemployed youths and placing them with businesses in the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector. The City of Cape Town is looking at further supporting the project based on the outcomes of this pilot. The incubation academy is creating a steady pipeline of highly skilled individuals who can be placed in any call centre across the city.

The BPO sector is one of the fastest growing and biggest job creators in Cape Town. The BPO industry creates 51 300 jobs in the Western Cape, with most of these opportunities located in the city.

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STATEMENT BY MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY; AND SOCIAL SERVICES, ALDERMAN JP SMITH

The City of Cape Town has requested the South African Police Service (SAPS) to establish a priority committee on protest action amidst an alarming spike in protest action in the city in recent months.

During a meeting with SAPS and members of the provincial cabinet last week, SAPS indicated that there had been 145 protest actions in the first four and a half months of this year compared to 84 during the same period in 2017. This represents a 73% increase in protest incidents that have grown progressively more violent.

The City’s own statistics corroborate the trend. To discourage people from settling on land that is not suitable for human habitation, the Anti-land Invasion Unit removes, on average, 15 000 illegal structures and/or pegs per annum. However, in the first four months of 2018, that figure is standing at over 26 000.

The City will continue to take a zero-tolerance approach to attempted land grabs across the metro.

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