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Welcome 2 My Mind 6th July 2018 at Inside on the Greens, WynbergNyota is an 18-year-old rapper, vocalist, songwriter and composer who was born and partly raised in Ireland and now proudly based in Cape Town. Her beat is trap, boombap and jazz and she is the creator of her own genre, TRAZZ© (Trap + Jazz).

Nyota will showcase exactly why she is the rapper to watch with her concert, Welcome 2 My Mind, which will be held at Inside on the Greens in Wynberg, Cape Town, on 6th July.

 Welcome 2 My Mind is the first song on her EP called Purification Project.

 It is an introduction to my mind. It is all about the purification of your mindset after being enlightened by my previous project ‘Age of Enlightenment’ (my mixtape). So this EP is almost like a sequel. It welcomes people to new thinking and new ways of operating in society,” says Nyota.

  • Listen to the track HERE

The City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority recently commenced with the resurfacing of a 300-metre stretch of the Fish Hoek Promenade between The Galley restaurant and the lighthouse in Fish Hoek. Read more below:

The work is scheduled to take three months and should be completed by September, if all goes as planned.

The work entails the resurfacing of the main promenade and cross-paths, the installation of new benches and upgrading of the drainage at the railway subway at the end of Jaggers Walk.

Some stormwater drainage will also be improved.

The work has little impact on the traffic in the area and is being implemented in phases.

Areas where work is not actively taking place will be opened to the public to allow visitors to access the beach.

The upgrade is a long overdue repair and improvement to the run-down and tatty beachfront infrastructure that will benefit all visitors to Fish Hoek Beach and was identified by the newly created Coastal Management Branch as a project that would deliver significant benefits to the area.

‘I am excited to see the start of this project which is set to encourage the optimal use of the walkway, and which will enhance visitors’ experience of the surrounding area. Seeing that the walking surface will be improved, it will also add to the safety and enjoyment of visitors of all ages and abilities’, said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area South, Councillor Eddie Andrews.

The City of Cape Town is determined to fast-track the process of making Cape Town a home for all who live in it. Today, 22 June 2018, some 300 beneficiaries from Joe Slovo Park next to the Montague Gardens and Marconi Beam Industrial Area in Milnerton became the latest title deed recipients. Read more below:

The title deeds that were handed to residents are for the Breaking New Ground houses, which are State-subsidised homes offered for ownership to households with a monthly income below R3 500.

The beneficiaries who are already living in the houses were selected from the City’s housing database, in accordance with the City’s allocation policy.

Joe Slovo Park’s residents are facing challenges including unemployment, poverty and substance abuse. These title deeds, which confirm the beneficiaries as the rightful owners of the houses, will go a long way in helping improve their lives.

‘A title deed is more than just the piece of paper it is written on – it restores dignity, and gives the homeowner a sense of belonging and an opportunity to interact in the property market, among other things.

‘I am pleased to issue the title deeds to the beneficiaries who have been waiting for them for some time now. Home ownership marks a start of a new story for the beneficiaries. I want to urge them to look after their homes and ensure that they are well-maintained so that their properties in return can increase in value and be valuable assets that they can proudly leave behind for their loved ones,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area South, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli.

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape welcomes the sentencing of Mr J Hamid and Mr D Diedricks who were found guilty for the murder of train driver, Pieter “Piet” Botha on 11 July 2016, at the Netreg train station.

This hefty sentence of 25 years imprisonment sends a clear message, and will deter future offenders from targeting other train drivers, commuters, the rail network, or any infrastructure.

I wish to extend my deepest and sincerest condolences to the Botha family who lost their father and husband, and have since had to sit through a difficult and emotional court process. Furthermore, I call on the SAPS and their intelligence unit to continue in their efforts to stop and apprehend further attacks and attackers, respectively.

The Western Cape Government, City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa have worked together to create and subsequently sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA).

This MoA, will among others ensure that effective law enforcement services are delivered, by deploying 100 law enforcement officers and using technology including drones, across the rail network.

The DA in the WC is committed to ensuring that our residents have access to a safe and reliable rail service.

The DA in the Western Cape is pleased to note that the Provincial Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning climate change response plans, have been allocated R22.8 million over the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period.

By investing in improved climate resilience, the Western Cape economy could be 33% better-off in 2040 than if the province does not adapt to the impacts of climate change. Failure to invest adequately in adapting to climate change could result in the Western Cape’s GDP contracting by more than 17% by 2040.

I will invite the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell to the Standing Committee, to inform the Committee about the cost-effective climate change responses that are being implemented across Western Cape Government departments. Furthermore, to inform us how the messaging around the reduction of climate change risks is a province-wide and multi-sectoral responsibility.

Proactive planning and adaptive measures, rather than reactive measures that are needed.

The Western Cape is prone to the effects of climate-related hazards. Between 2003 and 2008 alone, direct damage costs associated with climate related extreme events in the Western Cape amounted to approximately R3.161 billion.

Our built environment has increasingly been exposed to the impacts of climate change. This is worsened by the fact historical land use planning did not take account of changing climates and weather patterns.

Furthermore, increased intensity of precipitation events already overwhelm stormwater and sewerage networks, and higher peak flows during storm events will threaten flood defences and drainage-systems, causing flooding in both urban and rural areas.

The DA in the WC remains committed promoting a resilient, sustainable, quality and inclusive living environment in support of human well-being.

Today Mayco recommended an important amendment to the City’s Cash Management and Investment Policy sending a strong message that the City of Cape Town is serious about the sustainability of our city in every aspect.

Mayco approved an amendment to the policy in line with the City’s decision to divest from fossil fuel assets and companies in favour of greener and cleaner investments to further our vision of a sustainable future.

The amendment states that the City is not permitted to invest in instruments which consist of assets and activities whose value is realised through the release of unmitigated high levels of carbon dioxide.

On 27 July 2017, Council resolved that the Climate Change Policy be adopted and that policies be amended to support this initiative.

In keeping with legislative and operational requirements, the investment committee has the responsibility to ensure that the City’s Cash Management and Investment Policy is compliant with latest statutes and operational developments.

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Hilariously funny and touchingly honest

With a “Steam Punk” aesthetic

Award-winning Broadway Musical premiers in South Africa

at the Artscape Arena, Cape Town

4th – 14th July 2018


Media Release

Brief history of Urinetown

Cast List

For immediate Release

In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20 year drought has led to a government-endorsed ban on private toilets. Citizens are forced to use public loos, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for the basic need to wee!

But what happens when one person decides enough is enough!

Hilariously funny and touchingly honest the award-winning musical Urinetown premieres in South Africa at the Artscape Arena, Cape Town from 4 to14 July 2018 – thankfully not before Cape Town’s very own Day Zero!

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Cape Town, 19 June 2018 – This year’s IAAF Gold Label-status Sanlam Cape Town Marathon offers runners a new and stunningly picturesque 42.2km race that takes centre stage on Sunday 23 September 2018. The weekend festival of running has just passed its 100-day countdown mark.

The race begins at one of Cape Town’s biggest tourist attractions, the V&A Waterfront. A flat, fast start along the Atlantic Seaboard, the route follows the seafronts of trendy Mouille Point and Sea Point, with the crashing waves off the Sea Point promenade to the right. It then takes a turn against the backdrop of charming Signal Hill, before heading into Cape Town’s city centre, weaving through an eclectic mix of modern skyscrapers and historical buildings, to the sound of rallying supporters, passing landmarks including Long Street, the Mount Nelson Hotel, the South African National Gallery, the South African Holocaust Museum, St Mary’s Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament, the City Gardens, City Hall, District Six and the Castle of Good Hope.

The race then heads out towards the quirky suburbs of Woodstock, Observatory and Mowbray, then through the leafy streets of Rondebosch and Newlands, always under the gaze of majestic Table Mountain. This section of the route passes iconic Groote Schuur Hospital, the University of Cape Town, the President’s Cape Town residence and Newlands Cricket Ground, and several historic schools, including Rustenburg Girls’ High, Westerford High, San Souci Girls’ High, Groote Schuur High, Rondebosch Boys’ and Bishops Diocesan College, before reaching the open space of Rondebosch Common.

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Cape Town, South Africa – 20 June 20, 2018: As preparations continue for the first Wikimania conference in sub-Saharan Africa in Cape Town (18-22 July), a key focus will be on increasing more regional contribution to the world’s largest free, collaboratively-built online encyclopedia.

The 14th annual Wikimania 2018 conference, the annual gathering of volunteers from around the world to celebrate Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects, is expected to bring together over 500 volunteers from around the world to discuss and share ideas around the future of Wikipedia and free knowledge globally.

Wikimedia sites are read approximately 15 billion times a month globally, however only a small portion of volunteer Wikipedia editors come from Asia, Africa, and Latin America combined.

Anyone can edit Wikipedia in any of its almost 300 different language versions including Swahili, Hausa, Amharic, Arabic and Afrikaans versions.
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The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape supports, in principle, the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill (B23-2015). This was the view expressed yesterday, 19 June 2018, when the Provincial Standing Committee on Local Government at the Western Cape Provincial Parliament considered the negotiating mandate on this Bill.

I have, however, expressed concerns over fairness, equality and justice.

Although we support the principle of the Bill because of its recognition and acknowledgement of the Khoi-San communities, it fell short in addressing major concerns the committee had which if not addressed, may render the Bill inconsistent with the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.

Furthermore, the Bill provides that Khoi-San leaders should annually reapply for their powers, to the Premier and the National Minister of Local Government. This exercise is at variance with the norm, as other traditional leaders do not have to reapply for their powers.

This cannot be, and in addition to this, we also reject the marginalisation and discrimination of the Khoi-San leadership, which limits them to two leadership positions, as opposed to four granted to their counterparts. This has a potential to reverse the programme of social cohesion in our beautiful country.

The DA in the Western Cape is committed to ensuring that the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill is concluded fairly and with due regard to the Constitution of South Africa.

We remain the only political party which advances fairness, equality and justice within the domain of traditional leadership in South Africa.

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