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To ensure a safer environment for passengers on the Golden Arrow Bus Service (GABS), the City’s Law Enforcement Department has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with GABS that will pave the way for Law Enforcement officers to do duty on buses. This on board enforcement will add value to the service and ensure the safety of passengers. Read more below;

The appointment of 20 Law Enforcement officers was made possible by the City’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). Apart from ensuring the safety of passengers on GABS buses, officers will also be responsible for the enforcement of relevant by-laws such as Traffic and Parking By-laws. The MOA signed by the City will see parties working closely in the interest of the safety of passengers.

‘The memorandum will allow the City to work closely with GABS and will give passengers added value and peace of mind in knowing that there will be a law enforcement presence on buses. Officers will liaise closely with passengers so that they can gather information about possible criminal activity, plan accordingly and act swiftly where necessary. In this regard the City would like to request passengers to assist officers in informing them of any anti-social behaviour, or other activities that could cause a disturbance on buses,’ said the Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

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The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape welcomes a commitment by the Department of the Premier to launch 321 public Wi-Fi Hotspots in the province over the next financial year.

In a reply to a Parliamentary Question in the Provincial Legislature, Premier Winde confirmed that 103 hotpots had already been installed at schools across the province over the 2017/18 financial year, as part of a project which was launched in 2016 with the aim of providing universal internet access.

MPP Ricardo Mackenzie says: “I am excited on behalf of the 244 schools across the City of Cape Town Metro and 77 schools in the Overberg, West Coast, Cape Winelands, as well as Eden and Central Karoo areas who will soon have access to the internet at free public WiFi zones which helps decrease the digital divide in our province. The roll-out will specifically prioritise disadvantaged areas such as Guguletu, Nyanga, Bishop Lavis & Philippi”.

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This year marks 20 years since South Africa`s first true superstar, Gé Korsten, fell silent forever. Frans Swart is bringing this legend back to life in a tribute production to celebrate his extraordinary life, career and phenomenal talent, called Gé Sing: Hoor My Lied!

This elegant production takes place in the Grand Arena, GrandWest on Saturday, 28 September 2019. Top artists such as André Schwartz, Louis Loock, Arina de Witt, Jannie Moolman and the PJ Twins from The Voice will pay tribute to the great singer, reinterpreting his music in a fresh way, backed up by a full orchestra. There will be impressive audio-visual material projected against a giant screen showing highlights of Korsten as an artist, father and man.

“Gé Korsten is truly a South African legend,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest. “This is going to be an excellent production. Anyone who loved Gé Korsten and his music should not miss this.”

Tickets are available from Computicket starting from R150 each. Doors open at 19h00 and the show starts at 20h00.

In an effort to fight the ongoing scourge of demonic acts of violence against Women and Children in South Africa, Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez joined hands with P♀WA and JOKO to discuss the causes and solutions to this epidemic.

The #EndDomesticSilence is a gender-based violence campaign launched by Unilever (JOKO) and People Opposed to Women Abuse (POWA) partnership.

The Department of Social Development holds a zero-tolerance approach to any and all forms of violence against women and children.

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The City is calling on unemployed graduates who possess qualifications in Information and Technology; Cost and Management Accounting and Environmental Health to apply for the Infrastructure Skills Development Grant (ISDG) programme, a National Treasury funded training programme which offers graduates with a three-year internship opportunity at the City of Cape Town. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town is offering unemployed graduates with an opportunity to receive a three-year long internship as part of the 2020 intake for the Infrastructure Skills Development Grant (ISDG) training programme.

The closing date for applications is next week Friday, 13 September 2019. All qualifying National Diploma; BTech or B.Degree graduates are welcome to apply.

The City will only consider applications from unemployed South African citizens who are in possession of either a National Diploma; BTech or B.Degree in Cost and Management Accounting; Environmental Health or Information Systems and Technology.

The programme exposes graduates to operations within the municipal environment. Various City of Cape Town departments provide the interns with the necessary practical experience. These include the Water and Sanitation; Solid Waste; Transport; Human Settlements; Information Science and Technology and Finance departments. Their structured training plans are aligned with the respective statutory professional registration requirements (i.e. ECSA, SACNASP, SACQSP, PLATO, SACPLAN, SACPCMP, etc.) of each field to provide the desired learning outcomes.

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Spring brings brighter days and the desire to explore lighter dishes, with seafood lending well to the season. Harnessing its location on the edge of the ocean, The Table Bay promises its guests the freshest fish and seafood while remaining true to its commitment to protect overexploited sea species.

“Seemingly ordinary fish can be extraordinary. The secret lies in the preparation. Guests are promised innovative options and the assurance that their choice to eat seafood responsibly is not compromised,” says The Table Bay’s Executive Chef, Keshan Rambarun.

The Table Bay embraces Sun International’s sustainable seafood promise and has committed to serving green listed seafood at its Camissa Brasserie. All fish and seafood products on its ever evolving menu are sourced from sustainable suppliers approved by the Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI).

“As an environmentally conscious hotel, we have taken to heart our responsibility to use scarce and precious resources mindfully. This includes fish and seafood. We recognize that are oceans are being ravaged by unsustainable harvesting and that fish stocks must be protected to ensure that natural marine ecosystems are balanced. As such, we have committed wholeheartedly to Sun International’s group wide sustainable seafood strategy which is formalised by a Sustainability Seafood Policy,” explains Rambarun.

For September, to hail the start of spring, Rambarun has included SASSI Squid Ink Pasta on the Camissa Brasserie menu.

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The exciting “Maak My Famous” showcase starring Emo Adams, Tarryn Lamb and the Top 10 Finalists from the hit kykNET TV show, takes place on Saturday, 14 September at the Grand Arena, GrandWest.

Special guest performances include Early B, Alistair Izobell, Nur, Charlton Daniels and the ‘Maak My Famous’ band. The TV show has taken the country by storm and this is your chance to see all the stars live on stage.

“This local music sensation is going to be one of the best shows this year,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest. “If you are a fan of local music this show is not to be missed.”

There will be a matinee and an evening show on Saturday, 14 September 2019. The afternoon show starts at 14h00 and the evening show starts at 20h00. Doors open an hour before each show starts. Tickets are available from Computicket, starting at R120.

Date Friday, 30 August 2019

Time 17h00 to 21h00

Venue V&A Waterfront

Location Silo, Pierhead, Alfred Mall and Nobel Square

Watershed participation in the event will be confirmed at a later date.

Head down to the V&A Waterfront for the third instalment of Good Night Fridays between 5pm and 9pm. Wrap up warm and meander from the Silo District to Pierhead, Alfred Mall and Nobel Square for a fun, mid-winter evening of entertainment and good food. Experience everything from dancers to buskers, DJs, musicians, food and drinks tastings and exhibitions. Shops and restaurants will remain open. For a list of restaurant specials and the detailed entertainment line-up, please visit www.waterfront.co.za.

Silo District

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STATEMENT BY MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR COMMUNITY SERVICES AND HEALTH, COUNCILLOR ZAHID BADROODIEN

Barely two months into the new financial year, the City of Cape Town’s Community Services and Health Directorate is already faced with fresh challenges around vandalism and theft at community facilities.

In one of the latest incidents at the Mayenzeke Clinic in Khayelitsha on Tuesday 6 August 2019, staff arrived at work to find that the facility had been burgled.

After breaking-in, the suspects proceeded to break down doors to 10 rooms in the clinic, cut padlocks on drawers and cupboards, broke the glass window in the reception area and pulled down the shelving, leaving patient folders in complete disarray.

Among the items stolen were computers, an ECG machine and nutritional products.

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR HUMAN SETTLEMENTS, COUNCILLOR MALUSI BOOI

Earlier this week, the Planning Appeals Advisory Committee supported a decision by the Municipal Planning Tribunal to approve the rezoning application for the Salt River Market site after dismissing the two appeals that were lodged. This allows for a mixed-use development on the site and will include 216 social housing units in addition to business and retail space. Read more below:

Today, 18 August 2019, I am standing on the site where the development will take place as a tangible demonstration of the commitment by the City of Cape Town’s administrative and political leadership to help drive the development of more affordable and social housing opportunities in Cape Town’s urban centres.

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Spatial development approval and then the drawing up and approval of buildings plans are the next steps. These processes happen in parallel and include the detailed design of the development, funding applications, the process to release the land and the procurement of the contractor, among others.

The application for the rezoning of the site was approved by the Municipal Planning Tribunal in April 2019. The appeals period expired in June 2019. Two appeals were lodged. The appeals report was referred to the Planning Appeals Advisory Committee for a decision and the appeals were rejected on 13 August 2019 on the basis of not being relevant to the zoning aspects.

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