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Rehane Abrahams’s bold and provocative one-hander Womb of Fire, directed by Sara Matchett, comes to the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio for a short season, from 18 April to 5 May at 8.15pm.

Nominated for three awards at the recent Stellenbosch University Woordfees in the categories for Best Play, Best Director and Best Performer, the play has gained acclaim since its premier at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2017. Earlier this year it was staged at the International Theatre Festival of Kerala in India.

Cue Media at the National Arts Festival said, “Womb of Fire explores the female body in its embodiment of power and agency. There is no better performer to encapsulate this than Abrahams – the precision of her movements and the authority of her voice combine to envelope the audience in a display of powerful femininity.” Cape Argus described it as “a deeply moving exploration of three women that presents them not only as victims, but sheds light into who they were beneath the vulnerability.”

The play intricately weaves together the lives and journeys of three dynamic and complex women in history and Hindu mythology. It takes from the ancient Sanskrit epic, the Mahabharata, as well as the little-known struggles of two women from the founding years of the Cape Colony in 17th century South Africa. Continue reading

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Annual national wage negotiations commenced at the South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBAC) National Bargaining Forum on 22 January 2018.

Unfortunately, after three rounds of negotiations, a deadlock ensued on 16 March 2018 and a 30-day cooling-off period was entered into. This allows all parties additional time to reach an agreement to avert possible strike action.

Golden Arrow would therefore like to inform its passengers that unless an agreement is concluded by 16 April 2018 it is likely that a 48 hour notice of pending strike action will be issued. This means that a national bus industry strike could commence on 18 April 2018.

Unfortunately these negotiations take place in a national bargaining forum and as such Golden Arrow cannot avert potential strike action at company level.

We remain hopeful that a resolution will be reached and will endeavour to keep our passengers and stakeholders informed through all channels available to us.


The City of Cape Town needs to correct the misleading information regarding the library that is being operated by Mr John Nicholson from a garage in Lavender Hill that has been publicised in the media and is circulating on social media platforms. Read more below:

I can confirm that the City’s Development Management Department did not give an instruction, nor serve a notice on the property owner, Mr John Nicholson, to shut down the library that he has been operating from his garage in Lavender Hill.

Officials from the City’s Development Management Department investigated this claim since it was brought to our attention by the Daily Voice on Wednesday 4 April 2018. We indicated in a written response to the Daily Voice that the allegation of an administrative penalty was not determined. Thus, the allegation of a R30 000 ‘penalty’ being imposed by the City is not true.

Herewith the facts: Continue reading

V&A Waterfront launches free GPS audio tour of historic property

Cape Town, 5 April 2018 — Today the V&A Waterfront is one of Africa’s most popular destinations, with more than 24 million visitors each year – more than even the Pyramids of Giza[1]! But, just a few decades ago, South Africa’s oldest working harbour was an uninviting, industrial port nicknamed the ‘Tavern of the Seas’ by local sailors that held little attraction for visitors, and was largely removed from the daily lives of Capetonians.

How did the V&A Waterfront transform into one of the continent’s most visited destinations? How were the strong bonds between the city and its port broken? And how has the V&A Waterfront worked to rebuild them, creating new ways for everyone to rediscover Cape Town’s connection with the sea?

Seeking to answer some of visitors’ most frequently asked questions, and educate visitors on the V&A Waterfront’s extensive heritage, the V&A Waterfront has launched a free audio walking tour covering some of its best-known attractions that is sure to delight history buffs, trivia hours, and every other visitor too!

“The heritage of the V&A Waterfront is woven into the very fabric of the property, with most buildings and structures around us having important historical significance. This history – which is an integral part of the history of Cape Town – can often be forgotten in the rush of modern life. We worked hard to develop a meaningful, educational, interesting audio tour for our visitors to ensure that anyone interested in this history, can explore it at their leisure,” said David Green, CEO of the V&A Waterfront.

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It was a proud and nostalgic moment for Mr Jassiem and Mrs Asiela Francis when they recently received the title deed to number 76 Chiapinni Street, Schotschekloof (Bo-Kaap). The couple have been long-standing tenants for the past 24 years and were very excited to take ownership of the property. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town owns 62 residential units in Schotschekloof, Bo-Kaap which were built between 1992 and 1993. The Francis’s property is one unit in a row-type dwelling that consists of six units. These units were sold to persons on the housing waiting list by way of a deed of sale on a delayed transfer basis, which means the property was sold on a long-term loan basis.

‘The hand-over of title deeds is an equally proud moment for the City. We have committed to bringing about redress by transferring ownership of properties to tenants who were denied property ownership previously. I would like to wish Mr and Mrs Francis all the best in what is now their very own home,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Assets and Facilities Management, Councillor Stuart Diamond.

The City’s commitment to excellence in service delivery is one of the key priorities in the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP) that is enabling this administration to become more customer-focused. The ownership of property is one of the basic requirements in terms of service delivery.

‘We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that more residents receive their title deeds. Our commitment is to build an inclusive city where everyone has a sense of place and belonging. We encourage our new property owners to take care of this life-long asset,’ said Ward Councillor Brandon Golding.

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Despite the negative effect the fuel price increase, which was implemented on Wednesday 4th April 2018, will have on its operational costs, Golden Arrow will not for now, implement an increase in fare prices.

Fuel constitutes one of the main costs of our business and rising fuel costs, unfortunately have a negative impact on our ability to keep fare prices down. The cost of diesel has increased by at least 65c per litre on the 4thof April and it is projected that this trend will continue for the foreseeable future. While Golden Arrow will do everything possible to absorb these increases, it may become necessary in the coming months to review current fare prices.

Golden Arrow would, however, like to assure passengers and stakeholders that an adjustment will not be implemented unless completely unavoidable and only after due process has been followed. Any such change in fares will be timeously communicated by the company.

The City of Cape Town will be upgrading water infrastructure in Scotts Estate, Hout Bay on Tuesday 5 April 2018 and therefore there will be a planned shutdown this evening which will result in supply disruptions in the area during this period. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department is performing infrastructure upgrades and maintenance across the metro in its effort to provide a reliable water supply service to the residents of Cape Town. The City wants to ensure that residents are aware of the work being done in their area. The planned work in Hout Bay will be done to upgrade the high-pressure feed to Bavianskloof and the long-term pressure management in the lower lying areas. This work will assist with the City’s ongoing water-saving efforts.

The work is scheduled to take place this evening, Thursday 5 April 2018, from 22:00 to 04:00 and will affect Andrews Road and the high-lying areas above this road; the Baviaanskloof area and Military Heights next to Chapmans Peak (the areas within the red line in the map below).

At all times careful consideration will be given to ensure minimal disruption to the water supply in the affected areas.

Please keep all taps closed to avoid water loss or flooding when supply is restored. Supply might be restored sooner than expected.

You are advised to store water for essential purposes only during this time. Do not store an excessive amount of municipal water.

The City regrets any inconvenience caused.


The City’s next general valuation (GV)is under way. The GV assessment is based on market prices and is not speculative. Read more below:

The GV roll assesses approximately 870 000 registered properties in Cape Town and is conducted for the purpose of billing fair rates to each property owner.

The City does not make a profit on rates. We determine how much is needed for shared services for all who live in Cape Town.

The value of an individual property is not the basis for the amount of rates income that is collected by the City as a whole. The main factor is the City’s budget. As an example, if we require R6 billion of rates income to ensure that our City operates efficiently and sufficiently, the valuation roll serves as the basis on which we calculate the rate-in-the-rand or the applicable property tax rate. We also calculate what rebates should be made to the vulnerable in our society and see how we can apply the rates in the most affordable manner for our ratepayers.

We also do not raise more than what is needed from rates. That is why you will find that the rate-in-the-rand can decrease after a new general valuation roll is implemented.

What is the money used for? Continue reading

Tomorrow, Premier Helen Zille will officially welcome the world’s largest operating wooden hulled tall ship – Tenacious – as it sails into Cape Town from the Falkland Islands.

Tenacious is purpose-built to be sailed by a mixed ability crew – both able-bodied and sailors with disability. The voyage is managed by the Jubilee Sailing Trust, which envisions the voyage as an opportunity “to unlock human potential and break down barriers between people of different circumstances – especially between people living with disability and the able-bodied”.

The ship was built 16 years ago by the Jubilee Sailing Trust in Southampton (United Kingdom) by 1500 volunteers, approximately half of whom were living with some form of disability.
Tenacious has features not seen on other vessels, including: six wheelchair lifts between the decks; deck ribs and a speaking compass for the vision impaired; vibrating alarm pads under the bunks for the hearing impaired; and the ability to helm her with the traditional wheel or a joystick in the case of limited user mobility. Continue reading

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