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Following on from last year’s format for the Cape Town Summer Market, the City of Cape Town has ticked all the boxes to ensure that this year’s market builds on the successes of the previous year. Once again, the central theme is fun activities that will keep young and old well entertained for the evening. Read more below:

The Cape Town Summer Market will take place over a seven-day period from 17 – 23 December 2017. It will be open to the public between 17:00 and 23:00 on each day.

The zones set up last year proved to be very popular and will feature again this year. This setup caters for a broad range of interests and goes beyond just selling trinkets; it’s about growing a culture of entrepreneurship and creativity.

‘I am pleased that we have found a winning formula for this family event. The various entertainment zones catering for young and old are guaranteed to keep all well entertained for the week. There will be a play zone, a kid’s zone, a sports zone and a music zone that will give families the opportunity to enjoy quality time together in a safe space. The addition of tinkering tables in the kid’s zone will allow for adventures in creativity, with activities focused on exploration and experimentation,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

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(14 December 2017) Africa’s Richest race day, The Sun Met celebrated with G.H.Mumm returns to Kenilworth Racecourse on Saturday 27 January 2018, with a stellar line-up of entertainment.

Over and above rubbing shoulders with the who’s who of the horse racing, fashion and entertainment industries, all styled ahead of the field in their best afro-chic attire, this social highlight also brings race day goers a dazzling entertainment line-up featuring some of South Africa’s finest radio and club DJ’s as well as the award-winning band, Mi Casa.

The official after party will bring race day goers live performances by DJ Kent, DJ Zinhle, Euphonik and Mi Casa in the official Sun Met celebrated with G.H.Mumm after party marquee.

All ticket holders will be able to join the official after party as general access tickets automatically grant access into the after party marquee. Other entertainment on offer in the after party marquee will include DJs, a fashion show showcasing local and international fashion, as well as the esteemed Best Dressed competition.

The public arena will host a variety of premium culinary experiences, bar facilities, and entertainment, with the Sun Met celebrated with G.H.Mumm. also offering horseracing enthusiasts the opportunity to see South Africa’s finest thoroughbreds compete in 13 nail-biting races, and a stake of R5 million in the main Sun Met celebrated with G.H. Mumm race.

Once again, this calendar highlight guarantees the finest in Africa’s rich horse-racing heritage, style, fashion, and entertainment at the height of the Mother City’s summer season. The Sun Met celebrated with G.H. Mumm will once again draw the country’s most high profile personalities to Kenilworth race course to experience the thrill and splendour of Africa’s richest race day.

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The City added some spice to this year’s Camp Cape Town event, which gives more than 100 teenagers the opportunity to experience the outdoors. The group of 120 young people, aged 15 and 16, were drawn from across the city to test their culinary skills at this year’s Camp Cape Town master chef competition. 

The fifth annual Camp Cape Town kicked off on Monday 11 December at Zandvlei Resort, where 120 excited teens participated in a variety of outdoor activities during the week-long camp.

One of the highlights was the much anticipated master chef competition where participants showed off their cooking skills in a potjiekos competition.

The annual camp aims to develop leadership skills through participation in a range of team-building activities.

‘A goal of the camp is to develops life skills with a focus on learning through participation instead of lectures. These teenagers have been identified as role-models in their communities and we want to equip them to activate positive recreation programmes for other youth in their areas. The camp gives young people from various areas and backgrounds the opportunity to come together for a fun-filled week and I have no doubt that many friendships have been forged,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

The camp is aimed at youth who participate in the City’s recreation hub programmes on a regular basis.

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The City of Cape Town has breathed new life into the large amount of data it has on hand through the Open Data Portal. Since its launch in 2015, the Open Data Portal has grown in popularity as a source of raw data that is used to develop applications, among a number of other uses. Read more below:

The City’s Open Data Portal was launched with 29 datasets. As at the end of last month, this number has increased to 106 datasets available free of charge to members of the public in a useable format. There have been more than 54 000 downloads off the portal since February 2015 which equates to, on average, 1 500 downloads per month.

The Open Data Portal seeks to promote the use of the City’s data for broader social and economic benefit. It has been used as a source for events such as hackathons, data quests and data challenges. At these events, stakeholders come together to apply their skills to the different ways in which data can be used. A number of ideas are generated at these forums and some develop into applications or products.

The City is aware of the following applications that have been developed using data from the Open Data Portal:

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Wheel fanatics of all ages, from children and teenagers to outgoing adults, on bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, scooters and BMXs, will love the pump track at Sun Park, GrandWest this holiday season.

The pump track is a modular track set-up for all things with wheels. It has turns, slanting edges and jumps to negotiate on your wheels, as you make your way around the track. RADTRAX, the organisers of this anything-on-wheels odyssey, have combined three of their pump tracks to create one epically long track, the longest in the world.

“We are super excited to host this pump track,” says Elouise Matthys, PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest. “It’s the longest one in the world and the first time it’s at GrandWest. This installation is especially for wheel-fanatics. It’s fun, safe and an excellent way to entertain kids of all ages this holiday. Adults who like a bit of adrenalin can also join in on the fun. If you have children who love to skate, bike, scooter or rollerblade, they will love this.”

The pump track offers something for everyone, all skills level, all ages and all wheel friendly. There will also be covered chill-out domes for parents to have much-needed refreshments and fashion savvy RAD-X gear on sale.

The longest pump track in the world will be on at Sun Park, GrandWest from 21 December 2017 to 20 January 2018. It is open every day from 10h00 to 19h00, except on 25 December 2017 and 1 January 2018. Tickets start at R85 per person inclusive of rental equipment and are available at the door.


This Friday, everybody heading to Cape Town International Airport is encouraged to replace 5kg of their baggage allowance for 5l of water.

The flight route between Johannesburg and Cape Town is one of the busiest in the world, with over 4.4 million passengers flying it every year. Many passengers don’t use their full baggage allowance (ranging from 23 to 32 kilograms, depending on the airline).

Business travellers often only take carry-on luggage, and even some holidaymakers pack light in order to do shopping down in the Cape.

When arriving in Cape Town, passengers can either collect their guilt-free water from home to use during their stay, or they can opt to leave it at the collection point at Cape Town International Airport. The social experiment is inspired by the current drought heavily affecting Cape Town – one of South Africa’s major tourist destinations.

Keshin Govender, Head of Communications for Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa, says the severity of the crisis inspired them to do something. “Every year, Gautengers go to Cape Town for their holidays. If you consider that the daily per person water allocation is 87 litres, this places tremendous additional strain on the city.”

During the one-day activation at OR Tambo and Cape Town International airports, travellers can participate by having their luggage weighed at the Siemens AirDrop stand, located in the check-in hall opposite the self-service check-in counters (directly next to ACSA Info Desk at OR Tambo). Any travellers whose luggage is five (or more) kilos under the weight limit will be able to ‘exchange’ their unused kilograms for litres of water that will be delivered to Cape Town on their behalf.

“By simply exchanging unused luggage kilos for water, we hope to ‘airlift’ around 5 000 litres of drinking water to the city in a matter of hours. It is this kind of ingenuity that has made us a global leader in intelligent water management,” says Govender.

The AirDrop collection stand on the Cape Town side will be in the arrivals area, opposite Woolworths. Uncollected water will be donated to Gift of the Givers.

Cape Town’s annual Shakespeare under the stars has delighted audiences for 62 years but 2018 will take the theatre tradition into a new era with an expanded classical experience called the Maynardville Open-Air Festival.

Showcasing a season of symphony, Shakespeare, ballet, comedy and more, the Festival weaves elements of Shakespeare into a selection of shows from 18 January – 3 March 2018.

The Maynardville Theatre Trust has partnered with Liquid Match productions, and is supported by Artscape, to bring the new Festival to life and sees well-known companies and producers contributing work to the line-up.

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra will present the Symphonic Shakespeare concerts (18-20 January) followed by Cape Town City Ballet with Les Sylphides and The Firebird (24-28 January). The Cape Town Comedy Club will present Jesters in the Park (with a nod to the Bard); a high profile stand-up comedy lineup hosted by Rob van Vuuren from 31 January till the 3 February.

The Shakespeare for 2018 is The Taming of the Shrew; a fitting return to the first ever Shakespeare presented at Maynardville, but this time reinvented and re-energised by Tara Notcutt, and produced by Siv Ngesi and The Pink Couch. Notcutt’s all-female cast and pop treatment of the comedy is bound to shake up the stage between 7 February-3 March. Continue reading

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the passing of Professor Richard van der Ross, a Freeman of the City of Cape Town.

He passed away this morning at the age of 96.

Professor Van der Ross was awarded the Freedom of the City, the highest civic honour, on 5 September 1988.

The Freedom of the City recognises the extraordinary contributions or acts of service to our city and its residents. These include upholding the rights of others, serving their community above themselves, and contributing to nation-building through outstanding service and achievements.

Professor Van der Ross was a recipient of the Freedom of the City along with other great giants including former President Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, and Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada.

Van der Ross was a great son of Cape Town who made an immense contribution to the city as a teacher and activist during Apartheid, the first editor of the Cape Herald, and the rector of the University of the Western Cape. Most recently in 2016, he released his book, ‘In Our Own Skins: A Political History of the Coloured People’.

This is a great loss to the city and we extend our heartfelt condolences to his two children, Ben van der Ross and Freda Brock, and his seven grandchildren, family and friends.

They are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Cape Town, December 13, 2017 – The use of around 45 000 single-use plastic water bottles was avoided, and 15 000 litres of drinking water was produced from non-potable water, during the recent Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Cape Town.

The Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), the around the world yacht race that takes place every three years, used Cape Town as one of its stopover ports, and the race village, located at the V&A Waterfront between 24 November and 10 December, showcased the race, the sailors and the yachts, to local and international visitors.

With sustainability and plastic-free oceans as one of its core messages, the VOR approached Bluewater, a world leader in innovative water purification solutions, to assist with providing clean drinking water without impacting Cape Town’s water supply, as well as to prevent the use of thousands of single-use plastic water bottles during the 17-day period.

Bluewater’s solution was to set up four hydration stations at the race village, and in partnership with the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town city authorities, 11th Hour Racing and Consol, Bluewater exchanged around 45000 plastic bottles for Consol glass ones, and provided free drinking water to the VOR village by cleaning non-potable water, thereby saving 15 000 litres of Cape Town municipal water from being used during the stopover. Continue reading

Golden Arrow Bus Services will regrettably be increasing its passenger fares by an average of 7% as of 25 December 2017. Pensioner fares and most off peak fares will not increase.

This adjustment has largely been necessitated by soaring fuel costs and has only been considered after all other cost absorption measures have been explored and exhausted.

Over the last 12 months the diesel price has increased by 12%, while the nationally determined wages increased by 9%. These two cost items make up approximately 74% of Golden Arrow’s total costs. This is further compounded by the cumulative shortfall in funds from the Division of Revenue Act (DORA) subsidy allocation, which has not been in line with the contracted escalation rate.

Despite this we have continued with our fleet recapitalization and over the last twelve calendar months, 65 buses have been added to the fleet at a cost of approximately R140 million. This programme will continue in 2018.

A decision to increase bus fares is never taken lightly or without careful consideration, but in this case it is simply unavoidable. We have however done everything possible to minimise the impact on our passengers by keeping the increase as low as possible and by excluding pensioner fares and most off peak fares.

The impending fare increase was also discussed with all our passenger forums at an end of year meeting held on 11 November and there was a general acceptance of the rationale outlined by the Company.

Passengers can postpone paying the increased fares until 07 January 2018 in the case of 10-ride clipcards (which are valid for 14 days) bought on Sunday 24 December 2017 and until 30 January 2018 in the case of monthly clipcards (valid for 37 days) bought on the same date.

Golden Arrow continues to strive to provide the highest quality service possible to its passengers, and despite the increase, bus travel remains a viable public transport alternative to travelling by private vehicle.

A schedule with details of selected fares is attached, alternatively the new fares can be obtained from Golden Arrow’s call centre on 0800 65 64 63.

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