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In 2018 – 2,6 million international passengers were recorded by Cape Town International Airport (CTIA), representing a 9,6% growth from 2017, despite the drought and other challenges experienced by the region. This growth came from long-haul carriers from outside the Southern African region and the uptick bodes well for the local economy. Read more below:

Overall passenger numbers grew from 10 693 063 in 2017 to 10 777 524 in 2018, equating to an increase of 84 000 additional passengers passing through the airport, at a growth rate of 0,8%.

There was a slight decline of 1,4% in domestic passengers for the year. In the month of December 2018, international passenger numbers grew by 3,7%, while domestic passenger numbers declined by 0,8%, year-on-year.

These numbers include all traffic through the domestic and international terminals (arrivals and departures), and may include repeat travellers throughout the year.

‘The City of Cape Town is delighted at the growth in international passenger numbers for 2018. The busy peak season and tourism growth to the region is encouraging in terms of sustainability, especially following what has been a challenging time for the tourism sector. More visitors mean increased benefits for the city and its residents,’ said the City’s newly appointed Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, Alderman James Vos.

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Pic: enca.com

Pic: enca.com

The City of Cape Town will host a competition to accommodate displaced minstrel troupes following the inability of certain associations to host competitions for their troupes. Read more below:

The troupes that belong to the Cape Town Minstrels Carnival Association (CTMCA), approached the City of Cape Town for assistance. Following a meeting with some of the members of the displaced troupes yesterday, the City has agreed to work with the individual troupes to host a minstrels competition which will allow them all to compete on Sunday 20 January and Sunday 27 January 2019 at the Athlone Stadium. (Following the annual Tweede Nuwe Jaar celebration in the city centre, minstrel troupes have competitions in their communities over the following weeks. Some of these troupes have been unable to compete as the CTMCA is unable to comply with legislative requirements.)

This gesture will allow the troupes to celebrate their cultural heritage. Additionally, it will give their families and friends an opportunity to come out and support them.

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Pic: groundup.org.zaThe Rail Enforcement Unit (REU) was launched by the National Minister of Transport during October 2018, coinciding with Transport Month. Its impact on the improved safety of Metrorail commuters and rail infrastructure can be observed in numerous arrests and the recovery of stolen infrastructure. Read more below:

The REU is jointly funded by the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Government and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). The unit provides an additional 100 Law Enforcement officers to the existing security personnel in meeting Metrorail’s security challenges. These include sustained attacks on rail infrastructure and rolling stock assets, the sabotage of the urban rail network, and criminals targeting commuters and rail employees.

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The capacity of the City of Cape Town’s Graffiti Unit will be bolstered by 168 temporary workers from February to June this year. The workers will be sourced from the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) database across the city and will assist in removing illegal graffiti. Read more below:

‘Illegal graffiti is a concern and can quickly change a neighbourhood. It can create the impression that no one cares about the area, it can discourage business and it diverts funds that now have to be used to remove it, instead of being used for community programmes. Offensive or obscene graffiti can also affect residents sense of safety and security in their own communities,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

The City’s Graffiti Unit, under the auspices of Law Enforcement, will be bolstered with 168 EPWP workers from February to June this year who will be recruited from the EPWP database across the City and will be part of two teams tasked with cleaning up gang and illegal graffiti on the Cape Flats and in townships and suburbs. Continue reading

As a part of the Cape Youth @Work programme, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz, hosted a leadership training day for nearly 100 youths predominantly from Mitchells Plain, selected as interns for the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). .

The training day motivated and inspired the new interns through lectures and workshops hosted by Minister Albert Fritz, wellness expert Helen Cyster, Mitchells Plain poet Chelsea Goliath, and Ellen Pakkies actress Jill Levenberg. The day was hosted at the Seven Sister’s vineyard, established by self-made entrepreneur and CEO Vivian Kleynhans.

MEC Fritz said, “It is essential that as governments, corporates and greater civil society, that we work Better Together, pooling our expertise, to upskill our youth and increase their opportunities in life. For this reason, the Western Cape Government is driving similar initiatives to upskill our young people, including youth cafés; Mass participation, Opportunity and access; Development and growth (MOD) Centres, Early Childhood Development Centres, and after-school game changers.”

Under the leadership of MEC Albert Fritz, the Western Cape Department of Social Development remains committed to providing opportunities to young people.

The City of Cape Town’s Marine and Environmental Law Enforcement Unit has racked up their first arrests and the recovery of poached marine life for the new year. The unit, which was established in 2013, continues to fight illegal marine resource extraction along the City’s 300 km coastline. Read more below:

‘Marine resources are under threat and our local economy and the environment cannot afford this abuse. It is critical for us to have effective ways of fighting the illegal poaching of sea life and this unit has proven its metal since it was established,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

The specialised Marine and Environmental Law Enforcement Unit was established in 2013 and its focus has been marine and coastal law enforcement, including inshore boat patrols.

The unit’s most recent success was this morning, Thursday, when officers were conducting waterborne operations, their land based colleagues acted on a tip off and cornered six suspects on the rocks in a secluded part of the Kalk Bay shoreline.

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Adam Lennox (left) and Tevin Musara (right) Photograph by Henk OetsThe 2018 Standard Bank Ovation Award-winning play, Sainthood, which interrogates all-boys school culture, written and directed by Tiisetso Mashifane wa Noni, comes to the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio, from 6 to 27 February, at 7.30pm with Saturday matinees at 3pm.

Moulded out of pure curiosity on the part of the writer/director who began writing the play after listening to the stories of some of her male friends – former ‘saints’ boys. As a former ‘saints’ girl herself, she had a perfectly good idea what she was dealing with and while some of the experiences were delightful, others were completely petrifying. This dichotomy gave rise to the birth of this essential and vibrant work.

Tiisetso explains, “Adolescence is such an important developmental stage in one’s life and we spend most of it at school and more-often-than-not, we brush it off as something fleeting, when it can be so defining to one’s early adult character.”

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Cape Town Comedy Club is open 5 days a week. Comedy nightly from 8.30pm, dinner from 6pm.

On this week at Cape Town Comedy Club …

The home of Cape Town comedy is back with another jam-packed week of comedy. Featuring South Africa’s top comedians, Cape Town Comedy Club is the best place to catch comedy in the Western Cape! The club is also currently listed as 1 of the TOP 10 BEST COMEDY CLUBS in the world!

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Wednesday 09th January 2019

HEADLINE: Sne Dladla
MC: Rob van Vuuren
SUPPORT ACT: Darren Amos
OPEN MIC: Esti Strydom

Thursday 10th January 2019

HEADLINE: Sne Dladla
MC: Rob van Vuuren
SUPPORT ACT: Darren Amos
OPEN MIC: Esti Strydom

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Residents and motorists are advised to please take note of the temporary road closures that will be in place in the city centre and surrounds to accommodate the upcoming minstrel events.

Cape Malay Choirs Parade

The Cape Malay Choirs Parade will take place from Sunday 30 December 2018 to Monday 31 December 2018. Affected roads will be closed from 18:00 on Sunday to 04:00 on Monday.

There will be no access for buses and taxis in Adderley Street, and parking restrictions will apply to affected roads.

A detailed breakdown of the roads that will be closed is available here:

http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre%20Assets/Malay%20choir%20Road%20closures.pdf

Cape Town Street Parade (Tweede Nuwe Jaar)

The Cape Town Street Parade (Tweede Nuwe Jaar) is scheduled for Wednesday 2 January 2019. Affected roads will be closed from 06:00 to 22:30.

A detailed breakdown of the roads that will be closed is available here: http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre%20Assets/Road%20Closures%20Management%20Plan.pdf

Residents and motorists are urged to plan their trips accordingly.

Pic: ewn.co.za

Pic: ewn.co.za

The City of Cape Town was today informed that the Cape Cultural Carnival Events Committee (CCCEC) and the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival Association (CTMCA) have withdrawn their case in the Western Cape High Court which was set to resume tomorrow, 28 December 2018.

The organisations lodged an urgent application on 16 December 2018, with the City of Cape Town and the Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association (KKKA) as the main respondents. The CCCEC/CTMCA sought relief with regard to the use of the Athlone Stadium following the City’s decision to decline their event permit applications for competitions and road marches.

The KKKA applications for the Tweede Nuwejaar Road March and their annual competitions at the Athlone Stadium were assessed and deemed compliant. The KKKA is the event organiser for the annual road march and was also granted an event permit for the Athlone Stadium. During discussions in chambers, the judge requested that the two minstrel bodies conclude a Memorandum of Agreement by 24 December 2018 detailing how both associations could be accommodated at the Athlone Stadium, which would then become an order of court. The minstrel associations failed to reach an agreement and the matter was postponed to Friday, 28 December 2018. However, today the CCCEC/CTMCA withdrew their urgent application. Continue reading

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