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Note to editors: the following is an excerpt from a Council speech delivered today, 29 May 2019, by Alderman Purchase during the tabling of the City of Cape Town’s Budget Council for the 2019/2020 financial year.

City’s Transport budget prioritises congestion, public transport and facilities

All Capetonians arrange their lives around traffic, be it the thousands of commuters who rely on public transport to get to work, the motorists who travel in private vehicles to their destinations or the businesses who need our road network to move their goods and services to grow our economy.

The budget I present to Council this morning addresses the Transport Directorate’s main priority namely, to improve transport across Cape Town so that all of us can spend less time and money on commuting.

Traffic and peak-hour congestion is an ever present factor we can hardly avoid. It has a direct impact on our quality of life. It determines how much time we spend commuting and most often we lose hours on congested roads when we could have been at home with our families.

It is also a fact that our inefficient transport system has the worst impact on low-income households who live far away from work opportunities. They spend the longest hours commuting and up to 43% of their monthly income is spent on transport costs alone.

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7de Laan stars Zane Meas and Christo Davids present Van Wyk – The Storyteller of Riverlea, the story of Chris van Wyk, at the Baxter Flipside for a limited season from 12 to 29 June.

Two award-winning South African stage and television stars Zane Meas and Christo Davids, once again team up to present Van Wyk – The Storyteller of Riverlea, which comes to the Baxter Flipside for a limited season, from 12 to 29 June at 7.30pm nightly. This follows its sold-out success at the Market Theatre earlier this year.

Created and performed by Meas, directed by Christo Davids, The Storyteller of Riverlea explores the life of renowned South African author Chris Van Wyk – his influence as a poet and a writer and as a political activist, as well as his family life and his battle with cancer. This production pays homage to his humour, political values and his storytelling abilities, all of which have touched the lives of everyone that he encountered and those who have read his works.

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The funding forms part of the Neighbourhood Watch support programme that has seen more than 25 000 individuals trained since its launch in 2008. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Neighbourhood Watch Support Programme is in the home straight of yet another successful financial year.

The programme was first launched in 2008, to help establish, train and accredit Neighbourhood Watches (NWs), in association with the Western Cape Department of Community Safety.

Since then, 209 organisations have been successfully accredited and more than 25 000 Neighbourhood Watch members have undergone training in the Broken Windows theory and other community policing principles.

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Grand Arena, Cape Town 27th July 2019

Marmalade Productions are proud to bring Tevin Campbell back to South Africa after sold out performances in 2013 and 2016. Marmalade are celebrating 10 years in the entertainment industry and want to thank their loyal supporters by hosting another superb concert. Marmalade Productions have hosted sold out shows for 10 years including over 50 events, 19 concerts at GrandWest, events in all 9 provinces with over 250 000 thousand fans entertained. “We want to celebrate our 10 years in style” said Godfrey Vollenhoven CEO of Marmalade Productions. “The show will be celebration of our hard work a commitment to great events which we intend doing for a long time to come!” 10 Entertainers on stage backed by 10 of the best musicians for 1 night in Cape Town. Tevin will also be performing at Emerald Casino in Vanderbijlpark on 26th July and on 2nd August in Pretoria at Sun Arena Time Square Casino. Continue reading


The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Department has had another successful drug bust today, 27 May 2019.

The Drug and Gang Task Team, in conjunction with the Police’s Intelligence Unit, executed a search warrant at a complex in Kuils River.

They confiscated dagga with a street value of approximately R150 000 and arrested four suspects, aged between 19 and 36, who were detained at the Mfuleni Police Station.

Officers also confiscated three scales, 13 smart phones and just over R10 000 in cash.

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The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department will be conducting pressure management operations in a number of areas across the metro as indicated in the table below. 

Residents are advised to please take note of the date and time as per the following schedule:

Date Time Affected suburbs
Tuesday 28 May 2019 10:00 – 14:00 Beaconvale, Parow Valley, Cravenby and Florida
Wednesday 29 May 2019and; Thursday 30 May 2019 20:00 – 00:00

20:00 – 00:00


Table View, Parklands, Flamingo Vlei, Bloubergrandt, Westriding and Sunridge
Thursday 30 May 2019 19:00 – 00:00 Eikenbosch and Bellville

All taps should be kept closed during this period to prevent any water loss and/or damage when the water supply is restored. Residents are kindly requested to store water in clean, sealed containers for use during this period if required.

The City apologises for any inconvenience that may be caused.


Just like popcorn goes hand in hand with watching movies, what can possibly be a better fit than enjoying the tastiest pizzas when doing some “LOL”ing while being entertained by some of the funniest live comedy acts?

Well, that is exactly what you can expect from June (Sunday nights only) when you head to the number one choice of the best and funniest in the business at the popular Cape Town Comedy Club – the Mother City’s only dedicated stand-up comedy venue and voted as 1 of the Top 10 Comedy Clubs in the World (2016), as well as being awarded the Best Comedy Venue accolade this year.

Situated at the beautiful historic Pumphouse in the heart of the V&A Waterfront, pizzas ranging from R95 to R125 will now be available every Sunday at Cape Town Comedy Club – even on a gluten free base if required.

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They were among 118 suspects arrested by the City’s Traffic and Metro Police Departments for various offences during special operations in the last week. Read more below:

During an operation in the Athlone and Mitchells Plain area last night, the Ghost Squad arrested seven drivers for reckless and negligent driving and three for driving under the influence of alcohol. Three of those arrested were also charged with participating in an illegal street race.

Officers also issued fines to five unlicensed drivers, one for failing to wear a seatbelt, two unlicensed vehicles and two fines for disobeying red traffic lights.

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We’re excited to celebrate the amazingly talented Donvino Prins in the third rendition of his infamous Saxy Vibes at the Grand Arena. Come and join Donvino and friends as he celebrates 20 years in music!

Other artists making appearances on the night include Salome, Jarrad Ricketts, PJ Powers, Amy Jones, Andrew Young, Jonathan Rubain and DJ Uncle Cal!

We at have 2 sets of tickets to to give away, one set each to 2 lucky people!

All you have to do is answer the easy question below and enter!

Be sure to check your email on Thursday 23 May after 2pm so make sure you enter with an email address you check regularly :)

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The Rail Enforcement Unit (REU) arrested nine suspects and inspected 147 hot spot areas and scrapyards the past week. Furthermore, the Metrorail Protection Services made nine arrests and ensured that 25 suspects remain in custody. Read more below:

Metrorail Protection Services arrested nine suspects this week and ensured that 25 offenders were denied bail. The teams also searched 1 042 individuals and patrolled 842 trains. Up to 29 illegally erected structures were dismantled and 49 street people removed from PRASA-owned property.

Furthermore, the REU conducted eight operations and 1 520 stop-and-search operations last week; inspected 147 hot spot areas and scrapyards; and conducted 74 patrols at stations. Two suspects were arrested in Delft and Ravensmead in terms of the Criminal Matters Amendment Act for tampering and malicious damage to essential infrastructure; and another seven suspects were arrested in Bishop Lavis, Lentegeur, Langa, Claremont, Kraaifontein and Kensington for the possession of suspected stolen property, dangerous weapons, and drugs. Continue reading

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