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Today, I am pleased to share the City of Cape Town’s vision and commitment to move ahead with our work of redressing the imbalances of the past.

The City has turned a corner in its approach to affordable housing and to reversing the legacy of apartheid spatial planning and forced removals which saw the majority of the Capetonians of colour moved to settlements away from the inner-city, excluding them from economic opportunities. Apartheid also created a fragmented and unsustainable city, especially for the poor.

The inner-city has become unaffordable to working-class residents due to increased land prices. As a result, residents and especially poorer residents are spending as much as 40% of their income on travelling costs.

One of the key commitments in our second term of office is to drive greater integration and to bring parity of services through the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP) and the new five-year Integrated Development Plan (IDP). Continue reading

Take a journey of culinary exploration at GrandWest over the Heritage Day weekend. Paying homage to the diversity of tastes and flavours that make up South African cuisine, the Taste the World Heritage Day experience at GrandWest will feature dishes inspired by Mediterranean, Asian, Western and African cuisines.

The experiential food meander will also include entertainment representing various cultures to add to the adventure. The experience starts in Jackson Hall, GrandWest with registration at 12h00. Guests will then tour six restaurants where they will enjoy taste menus. Wine pairing will also be staged at some of the restaurants. The participating restaurants are Beijing Orchid, Bukhara, Cape Town Fish Market, Casa Bella, Quarterdeck Restaurant and The Hussar Grill where guests will be enticed with a selection of dishes, from satisfying pastas, sushi and spicy Cape Malay pumpkin fritters, to tapas styled eats, sliders, curry and Malva pudding.

“Buoyed by the tremendous response to our Taste the World Heritage Day experience in 2016, we are treating food enthusiasts to another meander of the exciting cuisines that have influenced South African cuisine. Guests can explore different dishes and enjoy spectacular cultural entertainment,” says GrandWest’s PR and Promotions Manager, Elouise Matthys.

Taste the World Heritage Day at GrandWest takes place on 23 September 2017. Registration will commence at 12h00 at Jackson Hall. Limited tickets are available to preserve the interactive nature of the event. Tickets can be purchased at the GrandWest Cash Desk for R200 per person.

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee has approved the creation of 43 temporary and eight permanent positions to ensure a timeous roll-out of the City’s emergency water augmentation projects. Read more below:

The approval of new positions aims to address the staff requirements for water resilience projects such as desalination (marine-, barge- and land-based), water reclamation, spring water and aquifer extraction.

The City is designing and developing a set of criteria to bring the necessary and required skills on board. All applicants will be subjected to the same criteria and human resources processes as prescribed by law.

In terms of the roll-out the City’s emergency water augmentation projects, approximately 20 tenders will be finalised and issued for the various required schemes over the next few weeks and months.

‘We are committed to ensuring that Cape Town gets through this tough time with these short-term emergency supply schemes as well as getting consumption down to 500 million litres of water per day. Every bit of experience that we build up now will stand us in good stead as we try to adapt to prolonged drought conditions as part of our New Normal approach to the unpredictability of climatic conditions,’ said the City’s  Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg. Continue reading

Dam storage levels are currently at 37,2%, with useable water at 27,2%. Collective consumption is at 614 million litres of water per day. This is 114 million litres above the target of 500 million litres. The City is pulling out all stops to go after the water abusers who seemingly have no issue with paying a high tariff for using a lot of water. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town has installed more than 50 water management devices on the properties of water users who are not able to justify excessive usage and also those who seemingly do not mind paying more for water based on their high usage.

‘These water users who have failed to change their behaviour are the ones keeping us above 600 million litres of usage per day and firmly above our essential target of 500 million litres per day. As they are not heeding our calls, we will continue to roll out interventions to force them to lower their consumption.

‘The stubborn excessive users are also under the spotlight as part of our new Level 5 water restrictions. The commercial sector, where water usage has not declined, must bring consumption down by 20% year-on-year immediately or face penalties as per the same month of the previous year. We are also looking at fining domestic users who are constantly using more than 20 000 litres per month. Households who are, on average, between four and seven people who use 87 litres per person per day will not be affected by potential usage fines as they should be using well below 20 000 litres per month if they are sticking to the 87 litres. Continue reading


It is with great excitement that the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Government, and GreenCape welcome the notice to designate Atlantis a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies.

The notice to designate a total land area of 124,5 hectares of land in Atlantis as an SEZ was published in a Government Gazette on Friday 8 September 2017.

The land area of the SEZ is situated in the Atlantis industrial area, north of Cape Town.

Members of the public can now submit their comments or objections to the notice within 30 days from the date of publication on 8 September 2017. Continue reading

Audiences are in for a three-week theatre spree when the Cape Town Fringe Festival opens on 21 September.

The Festival, which has spread into thirteen venues across Cape Town, is preparing to launch with a diverse programme of theatre, dance, comedy, illusion, music and family fare. Says Cape Town Fringe manager Zikhona Monaheng, “It’s a programme rich with stories, many of them very personal stories, but collectively they echo the hearts and minds of most South Africans right now.”

Exploring slices of life from the perspectives of prisoners, gangsters, grandmothers, teenagers, and rabbits, artists are evolving new realities, venting frustration, reflecting on loss and performing our collective catharsis with a programme that is also significantly Capetonian in subject matter.

Tackling some pretty hectic issues, the theatre component of the Fringe, the biggest section of the programme, sees the Imbawula Theatre Company take on the effects of the absent father in THE CHAMPION, and Rhodes University’s Drama Department exploring issues of loss, recollection and closure in the award-winning BAYEPHI. Dryfsands’ THE ALCHEMY OF WORDS captures the enigmatic poet, Arnold Rimbaud’s world through puppetry, film and music; Jean-Pierre Lesch scripts #Other_Coloured_Story for the cast of DIRTY LAUNDRY EN VUIL WASGOED; and Mpapa Simo Majola uses physical and lyrical vignettes and disconnected monologues to convey his confusion over life and death in THE FUNERAL. Continue reading

Three of South Africa’s best known R&B performers, Loyiso Bala, Danny K and Lloyd Cele, are in the mix for the much anticipated Divos Cape Town 2017 show at GrandWest on 23 September 2017. Award winning Garth Taylor also takes to the stage, performing some of his classic soul favourites as well as some new and exciting material.

In true Divos style, the musical showcase brings together the talents of established artists and emerging performers to deliver an electrifying show which will appeal to diverse music tastes. Divos Cape Town 2017 introduces emerging R&B act, Supreme 3, as well as all new R&B and soul super group, SoulCut 3.
SoulCut 3 comprises multitalented Nur Abrahams, Fagrie Isaacs of boy band, The Boyz, fame and Ty Platinum who was the lead singer of Cape Town R&B band, Blackcurrant.

Arguably one of the country’s best saxophonists, Donveno Prins, steps into the limelight as he launches his solo career at Divos Cape Town 2017, while Mujahid George enthrals the audience with his sultry voice and dynamic stage presence. The artists will be supported by Camillo Lombard and his band.
“Divos shows are always a sell out success and with three of the country’s top male vocalists on the bill, this year’s showcase promises to be another runaway success,” says Elouise Matthys, PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest.

Tickets are priced from R195 to R395 per person and are available at Computicket. The show will start at 20h00 and takes place in the Grand Arena.

The City continues to bring financial relief to vulnerable residents through its indigent grants and urges all eligible residents across the metro to apply for the grants available to them. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town makes provision for a social package of rebates and free basic services to indigent residents and pensioners each year. This is one of the ways in which the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan strives to create a city in which the most vulnerable residents are accommodated and cared for.

The indigent grant forms part of the City’s Credit Control and Debt Collection Policy and was designed to assist struggling individuals, pensioners, businesses, people with disabilities, sports clubs, and non-profit organisations to continue to receive their basic City services such as water and refuse collection. Continue reading

With September being Heritage Month, the City encourages residents to visit the various City facilities which celebrate our cultural heritage and diversity. The options range from the country’s only museum dedicated to pass laws to a vibrant African arts and culture hub. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town owns and maintains a number of dedicated arts and culture facilities which accommodate museums, arts-and-crafts centres, and spaces for the performing arts.

‘September is the month to explore the colourful fabric of Cape Town’s heritage and diverse cultural tapestry. We encourage residents to visit our various facilities this month to learn more about this city and its history,’ said the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

Many people are unaware that the City is mandated to provide and preserve cultural facilities. These facilities fall into two main categories: those run directly by the City and others leased out to third parties. Continue reading

The Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) will hold its first South African conference during the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon week, on 14 and 15 September.

Key stakeholders from around the world will participate in the conference, which will give African and South African road-race organisers, local governments, municipalities and federations the opportunity to listen and learn from experts in the field of road races and trail events. Creating economic appeal, sports tourism, marketing the event and adhering to international standards will all be addressed by leaders in the field.

AIMS is a member-based organisation of more than 400 of the world’s leading distance races in over 100 countries and territories. It endeavours to cultivate and promote distance running throughout the world, and works with the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) on all topics relating to international road races, while also sharing knowledge and expertise within the association. Its aim in Africa is to forge stronger relationships with races, structures and governments on the continent.

Local conference delegates will be able to engage and network with organisations from around the world while sharing in the latest findings from the organisers of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, Africa’s first IAAF Gold Label marathon.

Janet Welham, race director of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, says, “There are many criteria to having a successful race, and this conference will cover key aspects of putting together a spectacular event, and showcase Africa as the top destination to compete in. The conference will provide us with the opportunity to share our knowledge and lessons learnt around the challenges facing African races, to elevate and gain recognition of Africa’s events worldwide.”

AIMS president Paco Borao will open the conference, and will be joined by Aleck Skhosana, Athletics South Africa (ASA) president, Alessio Punzi, IAAF Road-Running Manager, Anroux Marais, Western Cape Government Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, and Dr Laurine Platzky, Western Cape Government Deputy Director and many other highly esteemed presenters.

The conference will provide delegates with the opportunity to witness first-hand how the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon has become an iconic city marathon by enabling them to be a part of all planned activities over the course of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon week and weekend. “All delegates are invited to our expo at the V&A Waterfront on 15 and 16 September, and they will also have free entry to the 4.2km fun run on 16 September, and the 10 km Peace Run or the marathon on 17 September,” says Welham.

Africa is my home, this is my race. It’s Cape Town, must run it!

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