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More than 50 unlicensed drivers were caught at a single roadblock over the weekend – as big a cause for concern as the 161 motorists caught driving under the influence. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service issued fines to 53 unlicensed drivers at a roadblock in Mitchells Plain on Friday 20 October 2017. This was one of numerous roadblocks held in the last week.

In addition, officers arrested 22 motorists – 20 for driving under the influence of alcohol, one for reckless and negligent driving, and one for failing to stop when instructed to do so.

Similar roadblocks in Manenberg, Parow, Delft, Fish Hoek and Durbanville netted 119 suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless and negligent driving, assault and riotous behaviour, and possession of a stolen vehicle.

‘The statistics prove week after week that we are sitting with a massive problem. Whether it is drunk driving or driving without a valid licence, it’s clear that many road users simply have no regard for their own safety or that of others. Apart from the fact that their actions have the potential to kill someone, even just a minor collision can have dire consequences for anyone found behind the wheel of a car when they aren’t fit to drive. Continue reading


Economic growth, coupled with job creation, is vital for building sustainable cities. As much as it is our responsibility to ensure that we create an enabling environment that attracts investment and skills, we also want to broaden access to these opportunities to those residents who are currently excluded from the labour market but who are desperate to earn a decent living.

A few months ago we announced our intention to commence an initiative that would make job opportunities more accessible to those who are currently unemployed. We have done a lot of work and preparations over the past five months or so in making this possible.

Today I am pleased to announce that as from Tuesday next week – that is 31 October 2017 – the City will be offering registered job seekers free MyCiTi bus rides to support them in their efforts to find employment.

Many people are giving up looking for work because it is too expensive for them to travel between their homes and other locations where they may apply for a job opportunity. Thus the initiative to offer free MyCiTi rides for registered job seekers is aimed at removing one of the main obstacles to carving a way out of poverty. Continue reading

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Cape Town – The Western Province Rugby Union (WPRU) looks set to move to the Cape Town Stadium and leave Newlands behind.

According to Netwerk24, an official agreement has notbeen signed, but WPRFU president Thelo Wakefield said it was a ‘business decision’ to be finalised in the near future.

Despite the news, both the Stormers and Western Province are expected to remain at Newlands next year, and Wakefield could not confirm if the move will be made as early as 2019.

“I know there are emotions involved, but in the end that does not pay the bills. It is inevitable that we move … If our vision is to be the leading union in the world, we must also have world-class facilities,” he said.

The Cape Town Stadium was built to stage matches at the 2010 Soccer World Cup and will play host the South African leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series on December 9-10, 2017.


Melanie Sellar is a 27 year old Emergency Care Technician who was born in Cape Town and grew up in the small Overberg town of Genadendal. She joined Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in 2008 through a learnership programme. Melanie completed her qualification as a Basic Life Supporter (BLS) in 2009 and followed this up with a qualification in Intermediate Life Support (ILS). At the end of 2014 she qualified as an Emergency Care Technician and today she can be found saving lives from Du Noon to Bonteheuwel.

Melanie fell in love with emergency services as a child while she admired her father who is a Rescue Technician. All she ever wanted to do was be like him and fly to mountain calls in helicopters and extricate people from accident wrecks amongst others.

As for challenges that come with this profession…Melanie says there are a few too many to mention and being a female in a previously male dominated working environment is something she deals with regularly. Being rather short of stature with child like features…it’s not always a breeze she says.

Melanie  often has to deal with patients and crowds, families and bystanders who mistake her for a student until she starts with treatment. Her fears include entering areas with high crime rates. Areas she knows her colleagues experienced life threatening situations and especially when on night shift. Continue reading


Note to editors: the following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the City and its partners’ Energy, Water and Waste Forum at the Cape Town International Convention Centre today, 19 October 2017.

Good morning, goeie dag, molweni, as-salaam alaikum, shalom.

It is a privilege to address such a large group of business leaders at a crucial stage of actions needed to navigate our way through an unprecedented drought crisis.

You are the men and women who contribute to driving our economy and who create and sustain jobs. For that I applaud you.

For some time now, we have been positioning Cape Town as a forward-looking, globally competitive business city. Our city is a great place to live, work, visit, play and invest in.

In recent times our economic growth has outperformed the national average. That is due to the creativity and resilience of our business leaders, and due to the enabling environment and infrastructure supported by the city government. Continue reading

The City is launching five new MyCiTi bus stops, improved timetables, and direct and express routes to create an even more efficient service. This roll-out is fittingly being done during October, which is Transport Month. The changes are set to meet the increase in passenger demand and help cut travel time. Commuters will also have an opportunity to enjoy a free-ride day on 29 October 2017. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority is making strides in ensuring that Cape Town has an efficient public transport system. By providing improved and more frequent transport services, the City is enhancing access to opportunities, in line with our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan.

Five new stops will be launched in Atlantis on 28 October 2017 as follows:
· Atlantis Cemetery, which will serve Routes 235, 234, 234a and 243
· Swift, which will serve Routes 237 and 242
· Marigold, serving Routes 232, 232a and 241
· Avondale, serving Routes 232, 232a and 241
· Grosvenor North, serving Route 233

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The legendary, highly successful Broadway musical, The Full Monty, springs to life at the Roxy Revue Bar, GrandWest in November 2017 in celebration of the film adaption’s 20th anniversary. The production, starring a talented South African cast, is based on the hit musical by playwright and screenwriter, Terence McNally. It is the humorous and oftentimes touching story of six out of work and out of shape men who have families to support and bills to pay.

As in the movie which captivated audiences in 1997, the cast of the stage show are desperate to make some money. After noticing a group of male strippers making substantial amounts of cash, they come up with a bold and crazy plan to go “the full monty” for one night only. The men think they have nothing to lose but their clothes, but they do not realise how their plan will leave them exposed both physically and emotionally.

The Full Monty is a pop rock comedy full of heart. It is about overcoming gender prejudices, insecurities and fears of inadequacy as the men eventually find strength in each other. It is also about the women in their lives who love them and cheer them on.

Laura Bosman directs an award winning cast in this heartwarming musical that will keep audiences wondering right until the end if the six lovable misfits will really go all the way. Musical direction is provided by the talented Barend van der Westhuizen.

The Full Monty can be seen at the Roxy Revue Bar, GrandWest, from 10 to 25 November 2017. Performances are Wednesdays to Saturdays at 19h30. Tickets are R130 each and can be booked at The show contains some strong language and adult themes and is not recommended for children 13 years of age or younger.

Cape Town, 19 October 2017Heart FM is set to host one of the biggest music festivals in the Western Cape on 10 February 2018 at the Newlands Cricket Stadium. The Heart Cape Town Music Festival will see 22 top South African acts on one stage including hip hop superstar AKA and the legendary Mango Groove to name but a few.

The family friendly event aims to attract a diverse audience with music spanning across genre’s to appeal to both the young and young at heart.  Heart FM Managing Director Renee Redelinghuys explains. “Putting on this multi-million rand event for the people of Cape Town is our way of saying thank you for making us the biggest radio station in the Western Cape*.”

Festival Directors Denver Apollus and Marlo Paulse are confident that the Heart Cape Town Music Festival will be an event second to none. Apollus adds, “We are mindful of the challenges previous concerts at Newlands Cricket Ground has faced and we are applying a different model in the site layout for the event.  Asked about the event, Paulse believes it is something unique to offer Heart FM’s listeners. “Apart from the affordability we see the Heart Cape Town Music Festival as an opportunity to bring Cape Town to life all on one stage.”

Confirmed artists to perform on the day include: Jimmy Nevis, Youngsta CPT, Mark Alex, Prime Circle, Craig Lucas, AKA, Casper Nyovest, Sketchy Bongo, Tresor, Dr Victor and the Rasta Rebels, Mango Groove, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Nasty C, Emo Adams, Sasha Lee, Alistair Izobell , Salome, Kurt Darren, Chad Saaiman, Jarrad Ricketts and Airborne.

Tickets for the event are priced between R70 and R150 and can be purchased via computicket


Today, 18 October 2017, the City of Cape Town and Airbnb signed the hospitality platform’s first collaboration agreement with a city in Africa. Under the agreement, Airbnb and the City will work together to promote the benefits of people-to-people tourism for Cape Town residents and their communities, and promote Cape Town across the world as a unique travel destination.

Since 2008, hosts on Airbnb have welcomed over 200 million guests in 191 countries. In Cape Town there are 17 600 active listings on Airbnb and hosts have earned a combined income of R762 million over the past 12 months.

In the past year, hosts on Airbnb in Cape Town welcomed close to 290 000 visitors, which resulted in an estimated economic boost of R2,4 billion for the city. The typical host in Cape Town earns an additional R43 400 by sharing their home for 32 nights per year.

As part of the collaboration agreement, Airbnb and the City of Cape Town will: Continue reading

Entries are still open for the second Torpedo SwimRun, which takes place on 19 November in Cape Town. Extreme open water and ice swimmer Ryan Stramrood has entered the race with fellow extreme swimmer Mark de Klerk as his teammate. Ryan has never worn a wetsuit for open water swimming before, and he does not own a pair of running shoes, but has decided to step far out of his comfort zone to take up the challenge.

The Torpedo SwimRun is a two-person team race where teams swim and run together from start to finish across Cape Town’s most iconic beaches and bays, with Llandudno, Oudekraal, Camps Bay and Clifton forming part of the 16km route.

Based on the popular overseas format, SwimRun attracts athletes from all spectrums of the sporting community, from surfers to trail runners, triathletes to paddlers – athletes with one common thread – the love of being in nature and challenging their bodies. SwimRun will see these athletes compete against each other over terrain that is both foreign and familiar to them, with short beach-to-beach swims and bursts of running, scrambling and rock-hopping.

Ryan is a well-recognized inspirational speaker, and spends significant time pushing all his audiences to remove themselves from anything that resembles a comfort zone. The mental process and toughness needed to overcome and greatly extend time in extreme cold water conditions will inform his training, but when it comes to Torpedo SwimRun, Ryan considers himself a novice:

“Torpedo SwimRun is a great opportunity to do just what I say – to my push personal boundaries and go into territory unfamiliar to me. I have never run an official race before, and participating wearing a wetsuit and running shoes will certainly be a whole new ballgame for me and my teammate Mark. With only five weeks left before the race, we are getting stuck into learning how to run and experimenting with swimming in a wetsuit and shoes! I am not used to competing with anyone but myself, so this race represents a significant number of firsts for me, and we are looking forward to it.” Continue reading

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