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Cape Town 15 September – Asefa Negewo made history in 2016 when he won the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon in the fastest time ever recorded on South African soil, crossing the line in 2:08.41. The Ethiopian is back to defend his title, but will be facing some incredibly tough opposition.

On Friday 15 September, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon presented their elite men and women’s fields to the media, and deep fields they are indeed with five athletes having dipped 2:10 and two having gone under 2:09; and four women breaking 2:30.

It is not the defending men’s champion who boasts the fastest time in the field, but rather Kenya’s Laban Mutai who has come within a whisker of cracking the 2:08 barrier. Mutai ran 2:08.01 when he finished fourth in the Rhein Energie Marathon in Cologne in 2012. Mutai can lay claim to four sub 2:10’s in his career (2:08.01 – Cologne, 2012; 2:08.03 – Linz, 2014; 2:09.55 – Valencia, 2015; 2:09.16 – Ljubljana, 2016). Of the eight marathons he has competed in, Mutai has been on top of the podium four times and knows what it takes to fight for the win.

Negewo’s win in 2016 was his best marathon performance to date. In marathon terms, he is a bit of novice having competed in only three marathons including his remarkable win in 2016. But knowing the route should give him an advantage over most of the other contenders.

Throw in the mix Duncan Maiyo of Kenya and Seboka Nigusse of Ethiopia and you have a race that will deliver fireworks. Nigusse is the next fastest in the field with a 2:09.14 PB run in Amsterdam in 2015, while Maiyo’s best of 2:09.25 came in 2016 at Eindhoven. Continue reading

The call for applications for the Baxter’s Zabalaza Theatre Festival has been extended to 29 September at 5pm. Theatre-makers, directors, script writers, community groups and theatre companies are encouraged to apply to participate festival before the new deadline.

The eighth annual Zabalaza Theatre Festival will take place from 9 to 16 March 2018. It is widely regarded as one of the premier development platforms in the country and has received great acclaim over the years. Launched in 2011 with a new name, managing team and vision the format and programme is designed to showcase new and upcoming talent that may otherwise not be seen on professional stages. The full name, Zabalaza Intsika eBaxter Theatre loosely translated, means two things: striving towards being a pillar of the Baxter Theatre Centre and striving towards success.

Since its inception the festival has grown exponentially as the organisers pay special attention to innovation and expanding the programme. Previous Best Production winners are Uhlazo by Loyiso Damoyi (2011), Worst of Both Worlds by Bulelani Mabutyana (2012), Skierlik by Phillip Dikotla (2013), The Champion by Khayalethu Anthony in 2014, Paul Noko’s Fruit in 2015, TIP-ex by Lauren Hannie in 2016, and Boy Ntulikazi by Thobani Nzuza in 2017. These productions went on to be staged at various festivals and events in the Western Cape. Skierlik received two Fleur du Cap nominations and Khayalethu Anthony won the Fleur du Cap award for Best Performance in a review, cabaret or one-person show for The Champion.  Continue reading

Following two weeks of captivating performances at the quarter final events of the 2017 GrandWest Open Mic Jazz singing competition, the top contenders have been whittled down to 12. They will compete for a place in the grand finale at the semi final event taking place at the Market Hall, GrandWest on 18 September 2017. The top 12 in the 2017 GrandWest Open Mic Jazz singing competition are Caitlin Farmer, Courtneigh Davids, Gugu Duma, Kirsten Williams, Kyle Petersen, Lauren Hendricks, Liso Gewabe, Naledi Masilo, Ruby Truter, Sisanda Myataza, Vicky Rose and Zolani Bongo.

They will perform on stage before a live audience, accompanied by a band. The judges will be look at vocal technique, song interpretation, stage presence and audience response in order to pick the six finalists who will perform in the grand finale on 20 September 2017 at the Market Hall, GrandWest. The stakes are high, with prizes worth over R130,000 for the first, second and third place winners.

GrandWest congratulates the 12 semi finalists and urges the community to support them as they give it their all for a place in the finals. The semi final event, where the six finalists will be named, is open to the public. The show will start at 20h00 and entrance is free. Doors open at 18h00.

For the first time, the competition will produce a show featuring top past winners and current GrandWest Open Mic Jazz singing competition winners. The 90-minute show will be held on 6 and 7 October 2017. Tickets cost R125 each and will be available at Computicket.

For more information on the competition, contact Morita Bester at GrandWest on 021 505 7526.

The fight against child abuse in the Western Cape was boosted this week, with the formation of the Child Protection Collaborative (CPC), on Tuesday, 12 September.

The formation of the CPC follows an event hosted by the Community Chest of the Western Cape in June, at which NGOs and civil society groups met to discuss a solution to the problem. The CPC’s main aim is to address the shocking rate of child murders perpetuated in the Western Cape.

While violence against women and children is endemic in South Africa, the collaborative will focus on the issue of child murders.

It seeks to bring entities together to build greater cohesion and synergy in communities to strengthen child protection programmes. It will also advocate for the whole child protection system, which is clearly in disarray, to be re-evaluated and overhauled for efficacy, and efficiency.

“When the CPC met on Tuesday this week, we began by acknowledging that we all shared responsibility in the failure to protect our children. This has led to the loss of over 60 young lives since the beginning of 2017,” said Joan Daries, project manager at the Community Chest.

As part of its mandate to address violence against children, the CPC presented its draft charter to an assembly of NGOs and stakeholders in the child protection and social development sectors.

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The City of Cape Town’s Naming and Nomination Committee has recommended to the Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, that the City undertakes a public participation process around the proposal to create a heroes’ wall at the Green Point Athletics Stadium in honour of athletes who have achieved Olympic hero status. Read more below:

The Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille, last year proposed that the Green Point Athletics Stadium be renamed after Wayde van Niekerk in honour of him winning an Olympic gold medal and setting a new 400 m world record at the Olympic Games in Rio in August 2016.

The proposal was recently discussed by the Premier, Mayor De Lille, and the Chairperson of the City’s Naming and Nomination Committee, Councillor Brett Herron. It was agreed that the City would not proceed with the proposed renaming, but rather ask the public for comment about a proposal to erect a heroes’ wall at the Green Point Athletics Stadium to honour all of those athletes who have achieved Olympic hero status. Continue reading

Displaying image004.jpgThe City of Cape Town’s libraries are linking young people, especially those in matric, to career possibilities and opportunities. Many libraries offer expos, career sessions, unemployment workshops and networking opportunities. Read more below:

City libraries are rich resources of information on careers available to learners, matriculants, or even those who are looking for a change of pace.

‘Our libraries offer more than just books and other materials about the myriad career options available. We provide career exhibitions, outline the best way to job-hunt, and host workshops on CV preparation. For example, later this month there is a youth unemployment workshop at the Parow Library as well as youth networking events at the Tafelsig and Weltevreden Libraries. While these may seem like simple steps, they lead to greater possibilities,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading

The 13th annual Baxter Dance Festival is back to wow audiences with over 64 new pieces by 73 choreographers over a period of 8 days. Headlining this year’s festival is the commissioned work by choreographer, dancer and teacher Themba Mbuli of the acclaimed Sold! and Adagio for a hacked life.

This year opens with two performances by the acclaimed Moving Into Dance Mophatong from Johannesburg on Thursday 5 October and Friday 6 October 2017 at 8pm. As one of the first mixed-race dance companies, Moving into Dance (MID) has become a leading Contemporary African dance company, at the forefront of Afrofusion and Edudance styles. MID has become internationally recognised as a significant developmental organisation and professional dance company with international acclaim.

Among the list of dance companies showcasing their work at the Baxter Dance Festival this year are companies such as Cape Dance Company, Dance For All, Eoan group School of Performing Arts, JazzArt Dance Theatre, the Kirvan Fortuin Company, La Rosa, New World Dance Theatre and Taare, each with their unique style and fresh take on the art of dance.

The 2017 Baxter Dance Festival consists of the Main Programme which will include invited and commissioned works, as well as work by recognized professional choreographers and companies and runs for the entire festival. The Off-Main Programme, on Saturday, 7 October, will showcase the work by up-and-coming choreographers (including student work), and the Fringe Programme on Saturday, 15 October, will include work by youth groups, dance schools, school groups, traditional dance groups and others. Continue reading

Temporary road closures will be in place in parts of Cape Town over the coming days to accommodate the Cape Town Marathon, which takes place onSunday 17 September 2017, and its setup.

A detailed breakdown of the roads that will be closed or restricted, including detours that will be in place, is available here:

Road signs advising of restrictions and closures will be in place for the days leading up to the race on Sunday.

Delays can be expected for the duration of the event and motorists and cyclists are advised to avoid using roads leading to or along the race routes where possible. Motorists and spectators are requested to comply with the instructions of traffic officers and race marshals and spectators should be wary of traffic and not stand in the roadway.

Members of the public are encouraged to use the MyCiTi shuttle service between the Civic Centre Station and Stadium Station on the day of the event. It will operate at a five-minute frequency between 04:45 and 06:30 and a 20-minute frequency between 08:30 and 14:00.

A number of MyCiTi routes and stops will be affected by the road closures for the Cape Town Marathon. Please visit the MyCiTi website for more details:

Today the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area Central, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli, welcomed tourists and visitors at the Cape Town International Airport, specifically to engage with them about the current drought crisis that Cape Town is experiencing and how critical our water-saving efforts are at this stage. All visitors were reminded to stick to the usage limit of 87 litres per person per day. Read more below:

As part of the City of Cape Town’s efforts to raise awareness about the drought crisis among all tourists and visitors to Cape Town, Councillor Mamkeli visited the Cape Town International Airport today, 14 September 2017. He spread the message that all water users need to assist in building water reserves, especially in light of the harsh summer that is expected.

‘We welcome each and every tourist who is currently visiting or planning to visit Cape Town over the next few months and believe that all will have a memorable time in this beautiful city. We trust that our visitors will have the city’s best interests at heart and will become water ambassadors themselves.

‘Saving water has become the New Normal here in Cape Town. Every drop of water counts. We appeal to all visitors to appreciate the seriousness of the current drought crisis and to be mindful of their water usage while exploring all the beauty that this city has to offer,’ said Councillor Mamkeli.

Today’s airport visit is in addition to a whole host of other engagements with the tourism sector and tourists themselves, for example through advertisements at the airport and in in-flight magazines, engagements with FEDHASA to ensure they spread the message to hotels and guesthouses, and distribution of information at public transport interchanges, among others. Continue reading

The Commando Hall in Westlake was a hive of activity yesterday during a service delivery expo hosted by the Mayoral Committee Member for Area South, Councillor Eddie Andrews, and various City departments. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s latest Organisational Development and Transformation Plan expo took place at the Commando Hall in Westlake yesterday, 12 September 2017. This forms part of the City’s roadshows to bring important services directly to the community and to engage with residents about issues affecting them.

In addition to speaking to residents at the expo, Councillor Andrews did a walkabout in the area to raise awareness about the need to save water. He joined a water conservation officer in demonstrating the use of waterless car-wash products to a local business.

‘It was heart-warming to see that so many residents attended the expo. The interaction with officials helps to give City departments a better understanding of the needs of the community and will ultimately improve service delivery to our residents. I would like to encourage residents who could not attend the expo to be part of future engagements. Active participation by our residents will help the City to build an organisation that is more customer-focused,’ said Councillor Andrews.

More than 200 residents registered for the first time on the City’s housing database, while other residents were assisted with housing database queries. The City’s Fire and Rescue Service presented some community members at the roadshow with certificates for their participation in a two-day fire awareness safety course. Continue reading

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