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The City of Cape Town’s enforcement and rescue services have had a taste of things to come following the mid-December long weekend. Read more below:

With the first long weekend for the festive season a thing of the past, the City has highlighted several enforcement and safety challenges that need to be addressed.

Maximum deployment levels were maintained on the roads, recreational areas and shopping hubs.

With temperatures soaring on Sunday and Monday, thousands of people headed outdoors.

‘The long weekend was a dry run for the peak festive season period, when the number of people heading to recreational areas and other places of entertainment is likely to increase exponentially. While there were no major incidents from a City perspective, we are seeing recurring themes around drunk driving, speeding and drinking on the beaches. Many of our biggest headaches are linked to behaviour, and it is an unfortunate reality that we will not create truly safe spaces until we address the problematic behaviour,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

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Today, at the I am Passion Youth Café in Mitchells Plain, the Minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz, briefed 78 young people on Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) internship opportunities offered by the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD). For pictures, please click here.

The internships are facilitated through the Western Cape DSD Youth at Work Program which aims to upskill young people. Additional funding was received for this through the recent budget adjustments. Included in this increase is the allocation of R1.45 million for youth programmes which prioritise job and employment preparation interventions.

MEC Fritz said, “As government we are committed to creating opportunities for youth. Young people have a responsibility to use the opportunities available to advance themselves. Our internships will run for 4 months, and are intended to improve employability and give our interns exposure to the world of work. The successful candidates will be placed throughout the various DSD programmes in the Western Cape, including Youth Cafés.”

MEC Fritz added, “All of the candidates have already been interviewed and I look forward to my Department contacting the successful candidates. I wish each young person who showed up to the challenge of applying every success in their future.”

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Following on from previous years, the Cape Town Summer Market will once again cater for visitors of all ages. The market offers a range of fun activities that will keep young and old entertained. Read more below:

The Cape Town Summer Market will take place from 19 – 23 December 2018 in the Company’s Garden and will be open to the public between 18:00 and 23:00 on each day.

‘The zones that cater for a broad range of interests and ages have proven to be very popular and will be a feature again this year. This format works well for a family-oriented event. This year sees many new additions including a revamped kids’ zone with carnival-style rides and fun area, more food trucks and even a ladies’ spa and wellness zone that will give families the opportunity to relax and enjoy quality time together,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area North, Alderman Grant Twigg.

Last year a local talent competition, designed to make the market memorable and get the crowds involved, was added to the event. This competition gives our up-and-coming talent the platform to perform and celebrates the uniqueness and diversity of Cape Town’s people and culture. One of our home-grown talents will walk away with R30 000 worth of prizes.

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Comedy, music and dance dominate the Baxter’s 2018 festive season line-up culminating with the highly popular New Year’s Eve Bash

This Summer, comedy, music and dance dominate the Baxter Theatre Centre’s festive season line-up, as top local comedians and emerging talent heat up its stages, culminating in one of Cape Town’s most popular and exciting New Year’s Eve parties.

Set to be a highlight on the Mother City’s December and January calendar, comedy shows present different perspectives on the funnier side of life in South Africa. After two sold-out seasons and four Fleur du Cap nominations, comedic genius Marc Lottering continues to with his beloved character, in Aunty Merle, the Musical. Firm favourite Nik Rabinowitz finds the humour in lessons learnt during Cape Town’s recent water crisis in Dry White and the RAW (Real Art World) Festival will showcase 180 different acts in the Golden Arrow Studio.

Following two hugely successful sold-out seasons at the Baxter Theatre and four Fleur du Cap nominations later, Marc Lottering’s hit show, Aunty Merle the Musical, triumphantly returns to the Baxter Theatre stage, with a few new cast members and some fresh plot twists as the drama unfolds in this fun masterpiece described by many as the quintessential South African musical.

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Date: Last Saturday of every month (Next one 29 December)

Time: 10am to 3pm

Venue: Silo District

For a unique creative market experience, don’t miss the V&A Waterfront’s new Silo Market, held on the last Saturday of every month between 10am and 3pm. The market is a new initiative that partners with the Craft and Design Institute, to offer talented young start-up companies a platform to trial innovative products. The creative new retail offering will also include a range of young up-and-coming performers to complete the fun experience. The market will be carefully curated to offer a limited number of unique products that are not widely available.

The City of Cape Town’s enforcement and rescue services are bracing for a busy weekend as the festive season goes into full swing. With the long weekend ahead and temperatures soaring, the City reminds residents to keep safety top of mind at all times. Read more below:

With schools officially closed and many businesses following suit from today, officials are expecting increased activity on a number of fronts, including at long-distance public transport interchanges, shopping malls and the beaches.

The City has a festive season operational plan that covers all of these priority areas and more.

On the roads, the Cape Town Traffic Service is launching Operation Exodus today, 14 December 2018, to ensure vehicle and driver fitness particularly for long-distance public transport vehicles. Each year, thousands of people travel to other parts of the country to spend the holidays with their families. Operation Exodus offers free safety checks to public transport operators to ensure that their vehicles are in sound condition before hitting the road. The campaign runs until Christmas Eve.

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· There is no charge for the registration of solar PV systems. A fee will only be applied for failure to register the system

· No solar PV ‘tax’ is in the pipeline

· The registration will tell the City of Cape Town where a system is connected so that staff and contractors are not electrocuted when working on the network

· Draft national legislation indicates that formal registration of SSEG systems will become mandatory

The City would like to clear up some of the confusion that has become apparent in light of the City’s reminder that solar PV systems need to be registered with the municipality.

No charge for registration

It must be stressed that the City does not charge for the registration of solar PV systems. The R6 425,90 service fee will only be applied in cases where residents fail to register their system with the City. Residents should note, however, that there may be costs associated with ensuring that the system is either compliant or off-grid.

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Irene Kabongo, a professional nurse, was on her way home after a job interview when she boarded the MyCiTi bus at Woodbridge Island on Thursday evening, 13 December 2018. Her skills as a professional nurse came in handy when she assisted a pregnant MyCiTi passenger to give birth to a healthy baby girl at the MyCiTi station in Milnerton shortly before 20:00 last night. Read more below:

‘I sat down next to a pregnant woman who told me she was not feeling well at all. She was on her way to Somerset Hospital as she was having contractions. I asked her about the sequence of the contractions and realised that she was going to give birth very soon. So I phoned the emergency number in the bus and then we got off at Milnerton station,’ said Kabongo, a mother herself.

Once at the station, Kabongo made the 33-year old pregnant woman comfortable on a blanket.

Anele Damgazele, a security guard on duty at the station, assisted.

‘The baby wanted to come, I could see the head and told the guard to go fetch the emergency kit quick for scissors and bandages. I always walk with my gloves, so I put them on. Then she pushed and the baby was out and I cut the umbilical cord. I’m proud and happy that the knowledge I have saved a life,’ said Kabongo.

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The DHL Stormers will head into the 2019 Vodacom Super Rugby season with a new apparel sponsor in BLK.

BLK have joined the Western Province Rugby sponsorship fold, in an initial two-year deal that will see them produce both the DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province jerseys going forward, bringing with them a proven track record in making quality sports apparel.

Created in 2011, BLK produces innovative, quality player tested apparel and accessories. It is the relentless pursuit of perfection during both design and production which has enabled BLK to evolve and build a reputation as the toughest and most durable sporting brand on the planet.

The all-new 2019 BLK home DHL Stormers jersey features a modern twist on the traditional blue and white hoops, a silhouette of the iconic Table Mountain on the back, #WeStandTogether text on the inner collar and encapsulates both the DHL Stormers’ traditions and the beauty of Cape Town. It will be a great addition to any game-day merchandise collection.

The away jersey is a markedly different black design with a yellow trim and a new-age take on the traditional hoops in the form of soundwaves which symbolise the thunder of the storm and the noise made by the DHL Newlands Faithful.

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Refuse collection services will continue as per normal on the following public holidays:

· Monday 17 December 2018

· Tuesday 25 December 2018

· Wednesday 26 December 2018

· Tuesday 1 January 2019

The City encourages residents to please have refuse bins out by 06:00 on scheduled refuse days and not to wait for the refuse vehicle to arrive before taking out their refuse bins.

Drop-off facilities

All drop-off facilities will operate daily as per normal advertised summer times which are:

· Monday 17 December 2018: all drop-off sites will operate from 08:00 to 17:00

· Monday 24 December 2018: all drop-off sites will operate from 08:00 to 16:30. Drop-offs that are located at disposal facilities, such as Athlone, Bellville, Coastal Park, Kraaifontein and Swartklip will be operating from 08:00 to 17:00 Continue reading

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