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Following its success at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK) earlier this year, Bauke Snyman’s Swerfgoed, performed in Afrikaans and directed by Tinarie van Wyk Loots, returns to the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio stage, from 5 to 22 September at 7.30pm, with Saturday matinees at 3pm.

This comes a year after the play was selected (out of 15 finalists) for full development at the 2017 Teksmark (Text Market) at the Baxter and then premiered at the 2018 Klein Karoo National Arts Festival where it won three Kanna Awards for Best Debut Text (Snyman), Best Supporting Actress (Nicole Holm) and Best Supporting Actor (Richard September).

The acclaimed and award-winning actress Tinarie van Wyk Loots makes her directorial debut with a dynamic cast (most who play multiple characters) led by Anna-Mart van der Merwe and Andrew Laubscher alongside Holm and September and design is by Jemma Kahn.

Van Wyk Loots has been seen at the Baxter in productions such as Amadeus, Doubt and The Tempest. She also performed in Hemelruim, Faan se Trein, Kringe in ‘n Bos , Women Beware Women (2007), Buried Child, Antony and Cleopatra, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lovborg’s Women, Lot, Babbel, Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey and Die Kersieboord.

“Swerfgoed’s time is now. It is a cautionary tale,” says Tinarie. “How water has become a tool, an excuse for violence and how it brings out the best and the worst in human beings. The play is also very entertaining. ”

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Dillyn Leyds will lead DHL Western Province as they get their Currie Cup title defence underway against Toyota Free State Cheetahs at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

The versatile Leyds will be on the left wing – the same position he played in the final in Durban last year – for the clash with the Bloemfontein side which kicks off at 17h15 at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

SP Marais is at fullback, with JJ Engelbrecht on the right wing and Sergeal Petersen set to make his DHL Western Province debut should he come off the replacements bench.

In the midfield, Sevens Springbok Ruhan Nel links up with Dan Kriel, with Dan du Plessis among the replacements.

Josh Stander will partner the experienced Jano Vermaak at halfback, with Herschel Jantjies providing scrumhalf cover.

Sikhumbuzo Notshe has returned from the Springbok camp to take his place in the loose trio alongside Kobus van Dyk and Juarno Augustus.

In the second row Salmaan Moerat will partner JD Schickerling, with Ernst van Rhyn set to provide an impact in the second half.

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The Western Cape Government welcomes the progress made in implementing the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry recommendations.

The Province is marking the 4-year anniversary since the conclusion of the Commission’s work on 25 August 2014, resulting in recommendations for improving police inefficiency, and repairing the breakdown in relations between the SAPS and the community of Khayelitsha.

Premier Helen Zille said the fight for increased safety in Khayelitsha was continuing.

“Our commitment to the people of Khayelitsha – and to seeing their safety concerns addressed – is just as strong as when we took the fight to have the Commission established all the way to the Constitutional Court. While we don’t have the operational mandate over policing – which lies with national government – we are prepared to push the boundaries of our oversight mandate to its constitutional limits,” said Premier Zille.

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Auditions for GrandWest’s illustrious Open Mic Jazz singing competition are happening again, every Wednesday evening from 29 August 2018 until 19 September 2018 from 20h00 at Jackson Hall, GrandWest.

The competition, now in its tenth year, provides a platform for up and coming ‘non-professional’ singers to show off their talent to the public. GrandWest invites all jazz singers who are not making a living from singing, who have not released an album and who do not sing full time, to enter this fantastic competition.

To enter, simply check the GrandWest website page for the Open Mic Jazz (OMJ) repertoire sheet ( and choose a song you would like to sing. Then come to the audition and fill in a registration form. The competition works on a first come first serve basis and there can be only 30 auditions for each session, so be sure to arrive early. The Open Mic Jazz singing competition is free to enter.

“We have found such incredibly talented jazz singers at our Open Mic Jazz singing competition, we cannot wait to see who takes part this year,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest. “We encourage anyone who loves to sing jazz, to try out. There are some amazing prizes up for grabs worth more than R200 000. The winner will walk off with R40 000 in cash as well as a lot of other prizes. We always suggest that hopefuls do not to leave their audition too late, as our later date auditions can get very busy,” says Matthys.

“We are also delighted to announce that the 19-piece Lady Day Big Band will be playing at the finals, this level band will certainly add to the ‘wow’ factor,” says Matthys.

Dam levels have improved slightly over the last week and have passed the 60% mark for the first time since 2016.

For the past week, dam levels increased by 1,3% to 60,1% of storage capacity.

The average water consumption for the past week rose from 519 million to 527 million litres per day.

The City of Cape Town is encouraged by the milestone that has been reached and thanks its water users for continuing to use as little water as possible in an effort to preserve the water that is in our dams. This remains a priority effort to ensure that we build a buffer against the summer months ahead.

The City of Cape Town has identified several vacant City-owned sites and derelict buildings in Parow that currently attract anti-social behaviour. The City proposes investment in these underutilised sites which will result in the provision of affordable rental units for families with a monthly household income of up to R15 000. Read more below:

The City has identified unused parking lots, run-down City-owned buildings, and undeveloped City-owned sites in Parow that are proposed to be developed for affordable housing opportunities.

The City-owned sites that have been identified for development are grouped into four sub-precincts, and are broadly speaking located in the vicinity of the railway stations in Parow, Tygerberg, Elsies River, and Avondale.

The sites are either derelict, underused, or undeveloped. Given the proximity to the railway stations and the easy access to public transport services, these sites are considered to be ideally located for the development of affordable rental units (otherwise known as social housing) for families with a monthly household income of between R1 500 and R15 000.

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In response to the worst drought in the city’s history, the City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department is expediting the roll-out of pressure management technology to various parts of the water supply network. We thank residents for their cooperation in reducing water consumption thus far, and regret any inconvenience this will cause. Read more below:
Pressure management testing will be taking place in the following areas, and could result in low pressure or supply interruptions:

  • Bellville Park and Upper Oakdale: Tuesday and Wednesday, 21 and 22 August 2018, between10:00 and 16:00
  • Oakdale, Blomtuin, Bellair and Eikenbosch: Thursday 23 August from 18:00 to 00:00, and Friday 25 August 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00

Not only does pressure management generally lower consumption by reducing the rate at which water flows to properties, it also reduces leaks and pipe bursts by better ensuring that pressure remains within levels that the pipework can tolerate, and reduces the rate of loss from leaks and bursts.

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There are six changes to the DHL Western Province U19 team to face Leopards U19 in Potchefstroom on Saturday.

Following their comfortable win against EP Elephants U19 at Boland Landbou near Paarl last week, DHL Western Province U19 coach Nazeem Adams has made four changes in the forwards and two among the backs for the encounter, which kicks off at 11h00 at the Fanie du Toit Sportsgrounds on Saturday.

In the backline wing Christian Ambadiang and outside centre David Kriel are back in the starting line-up, with scrumhalf Lucky Dlepu, flyhalf Chris Schreuder and outside back Aydon Topley on the replacements bench.

In the forward pack flank Marcel Theunissen, lock Herman le Roux and props Hugo Pienaar and Dian Bleuler all make their return for the trip to Potchefstroom.

Adams said that his team is determined to show that they can perform away from home in Potchefstroom.

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The City of Cape Town is making a lot of progress in Pelican Park and this morning, as part of the Mayoral Pop-Up Office initiative, I visited the area along with Cllr Gerry Gordon and Council Chief Whip, Cllr Shaun August.

Over the last few months we have worked to improve communication with residents by taking local government to communities through the Mayoral Pop-Up Office.

This to ensure that our residents have a platform where they can share their concerns about service delivery, as well as their ideas on how the City can improve services to the community.

Through this innovative concept, we are also able to provide Capetonians with information on services and give updates on projects in their communities.

We started our day with a visit to the Tehillah Educare Centre in Seawinds where we donated a geyser to the facility and visited beneficiaries of the Pelican Park housing development.

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16 August 2018

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape welcomes the South African Post Office’s (SAPO) plan to roll out mobile units for SASSA beneficiaries to access their grant payments. I am, however, concerned about the safety of grant beneficiaries at mobile units given the prominence of cash-in-transit crime in South Africa which could make grant beneficiaries targets of crime.

The DA calls on SASSA and SAPO to ensure that a clear collaborative security plan is in place to protect both officials and beneficiaries from attack. This concern follows the brazen theft of an entire SASSA ATM in Port Elizabeth.

The Minister in the Presidency for the National Planning Commission for Policy and Evaluation, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s announcement that the SAPO will launch a series of mobile units comes after a controversial announcement that SASSA will be migrating beneficiary payments from cash-based Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) to predominately card based SAPO services.

On Tuesday 28 August, SASSA will brief the Standing Committee on Community Development on the progress made by the SASSA in building its own capacity to ensure an effective migration. I will ask SASSA to communicate a clear plan to beneficiaries on where and when the units will be rolled out, and outline a plan as to how these units will be secured.

I further call on beneficiaries to attend this Standing Committee and participate in holding the SASSA to account.

We will continue to ensure that SASSA adheres to its own values, and that all beneficiaries, who are so dependent on their grants, are treated with dignity and respect.

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