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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

As of today, the City of Cape Town’s dam levels stand at 34,2%, down from 35,1% last week.

The City’s water dashboard is available here: www.capetown.gov.za/dayzerodashboard

The City’s water dashboard this week has revealed the following:

· Consumption has once again increased to dangerous levels, from an average of 611 million litres per day last week to an average of 628 million litres per day this week, while the daily demand spiked to 694 million litres yesterday. This means that many people have relaxed their water-saving efforts or, worse still, are ignoring the restriction measures. This puts us at risk of reaching Day Zero much sooner

· According to the latest consumption levels, only 37% of residents are using less than 87 litres per person per day. This has decreased from 40% of residents last week

· In terms of the City’s progress with our first-phase seven augmentation projects, these are at 50% completion

· These factors have moved Day Zero forward to 18 May 2018

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  • Siya Kolisi named the 2017 Players Player of the Year at first-ever awards by rugby players for rugby players

Sandton, 12 December 2017 – Professional South African rugby players honoured and acknowledged their peers at the star-studded inaugural BrightRock Players Choice Awards held at the Sandton Convention Centre tonight. Siya Kolisi was named the 2017 Players’ Player of the Year, following in the footsteps of past rugby legends who have received this much-prized accolade.

The other winners named on the night were: Malcom Marx as Defender of the Year; Rosko Specman as Backline Player of the Year; Siya Kolisi as Forward of the Year, Steven Kitshoff as Best off the Bench; and Makazole Mapimpi, who received the LoveChange Award for the player that has made great strides in his rugby career over the past year. These players were voted the winners by rugby players from the fourteen professional rugby unions in South Africa. Each winning player received R10 000 to pledge to the charity of his choice.

Francois Venter walked away with the Fans’ Choice Award, the only award voted for by the public, and R50 000 for his chosen charity. He teamed up with celebrity partner, Bouwer Bosch, to campaign for the award on the BrightRock Players Choice Awards Facebook page. The R50 000 prize money won by Venter will be donated to Liefde Wen in aid of rugby development in rural Transkei.

The players were not only involved with the nomination and voting process for the seven award categories, but also in shaping the vibrant and somewhat unconventional awards evening format. The event, the first-ever awards for professional rugby players by professional rugby players, was designed by the players themselves to precisely match their needs and wants when it comes to recognising excellence on the rugby field. Provider of needs-matched life insurance, BrightRock, and MyPlayers, the South African rugby players’ organisation, hosted the evening. Continue reading

The deployment of the proof-of-concept Neighbourhood Safety Team on the streets of Delft this festive season means an extra 86 dedicated law enforcement personnel for the area. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s first Neighbourhood Safety Team (NST) has been deployed in Delft today, 11 December 2017.

The City has identified the 10 policing precincts with the highest crime rates to roll out the NST initiative and it is envisioned that between 90 and 120 personnel will be deployed in each precinct over this term of office. The aim is to expand the existing enforcement interventions while also enhancing the City’s social investments through social development projects. Delft is the first of these 10 police precincts where this initiative will be deployed and will serve as the proof of concept test case before the initiative is expanded.

Over the years, the City has explored various interventions to address crime in the most vulnerable communities. These include the Stabilisation Unit, School Resource Officers, Neighbourhood Safety Officers, Gang and Drug Task Team and a violence interruption intervention.

The NST initiative combines all of these into an integrated intervention that will be sustained for at least three years. This is in line with the City’s goal of creating safe communities as part of the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan. It will be supported by various social development programmes such as the Women for Change and Strengthening Families programmes; an integrated task team in each police sector called a Focus Table; as well as social workers being deployed by the Western Cape Department of Social Development. Continue reading

Make every moment a holiday at the Waterfront

Cape Town, December 2017 — The V&A Waterfront has packed an exciting line-up of festive entertainment and cheer that is sure to make visitors’ experiences ever more magical.

Visits from Santa, magical Christmas shows, leisurely experiences around the property, gift-wrapping stations and extended shopping hours for convenience will leave visitors in a festive mood, with enough gifts to pack their Christmas stockings to overflowing!

Trading hours at the V&A Waterfront will be extended from Thursday, 14 December until Saturday, 30 December, ensuring that visitors can shop to their hearts’ content until later in the evenings in preparation for Christmas Day.

Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre will open from 9am to 10pm during this time, and trade on Christmas Day is optional. Visitors who prefer a tranquil shopping experience should visit Victoria Wharf before 10am or after 7pm to avoid the festive rush.

The Waterfront’s home of craft and design, the Watershed, will have some extra-special festive cheer this year, with musical performances and festive-themed food vendors in the evenings from Friday, 15 to Wednesday, 20 December. The market will have extended trading hours, opening from 10am to 8pm from Saturday, 16 December through to Sunday, 7 January 2018. The exceptions will be Sunday, 24 December and Sunday, 31 December when it will close at 6pm. The Watershed will not be open on Christmas Day.

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One of the world’s biggest social sport and entertainment festivals, the Zando Cape Town 10s hosted its 10 year celebration media launch recently at the Salesian Football Club in Green Point.

The star studded event saw a host of celebs and sporting legends in attendance including Cape Town 10s co-founder Rob Fleck, comedian’s Siv Ngesi, Schalk Bezuidenhout, Yaaseen Barnes, DevDonDidIt and Angel Campey, as well as radio personalities Irma G, Kia Johnson, Twala, Moyin and Sibongile Mafu – who celebrated her birthday on the night. Other notable guests included Instagram sensation Nadia Jafhta and Jade Hubner who did an acoustic set and was later joined on stage for a surprise performance with Voice SA season 1 winner, Richard Stirton.

The 10th annual event will return to Hamilton Rugby Club from 2 to 3 February 2018, featuring a winning blend of the tried and tested sporting disciplines plus four exciting new sporting codes.The internationally acclaimed event and winner of the Discovery Sports Industry Award for Best Live Experience in 2016 will feature a staggering 8 different sporting codes including rugby, netball, dodgeball, beach volleyball as well as the newly introduced sports of 5 aside soccer and hockey, the ‘Run the 10s’ fun run and a unique fitness event.

Celebrating 10 years of 10s!

For media requests: contact Lisa Fortuin lisa@klprsa.com

A NIGHT OF HEADLINERS, Friday 15 December 2017. FOUR top comedians perform on our stage for ONE night only! Vittorio Leonardi (JHB), Brent Palmer, Carl Weber and Melt Sieberhagen as the MC. As usual, the line-up is subject to change. There will also be LIVE video mixing performances by SA Hip Hop DJ, DJ Azuhl! Tickets are R190 (includes a free Savanna for all and a video mix tape CD on arrival for the first 100 guests) and available from any Computicket outlet or Shoprite, Checkers stores.

Our annual New Year’s Eve (NYE) party at Cape Town Comedy Club on Sunday 31 December 2017 at The Pumphouse, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. Your ticket price includes a welcome drink on arrival, a 4-course meal and wine-pairing, and a glass of bubbly for the countdown at midnight. The show will feature comedian Kurt Schoonraad as the Host with well-known Cape Town band, Airborne. What better way to end 2017 and start 2018 with a fabulous party at Cape Town’s only dedicated comedy club – listed as 1 of the Top 10 comedy clubs in the world!   Tickets are R1.500 pp . Bookings at www.computicket.com Info: 0214188880 .

Cape Town Comedy Club will be open 7 days a week from Monday 18 December 2017 to Sunday 7 January 2018 and then as usual from Wednesday to Sunday thereafter. Bookings opening shortly at Computicket.

What’s on for the next 2 weeks:

LINEUP SUBJECT TO CHANGE!

Wednesday 13th December 2017 (Silly Season Lunch Show – SOLD OUT)

HEADLINE: Kurt Schoonraad

MC: Carl Weber

SUPPORT ACT: Lungelo Ndlovu

OPEN MIC: N/A

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On Saturday night while attending to patients in the back of their ambulance in George, EMS staff were robbed of their personal belongings. A few hours later, another crew in Site B, Khayelitsha had to drive away with the patient inside the ambulance after members of the community wanted to enter the vehicle.

Both incidents have been reported and the circumstances around the robbery in George are being investigated.

Services will continue in these areas as they have not been declared Red Zones.

Should an area be declared. Red Zone no EMS vehicle or staff will go into the area without a police escort which, will result in delayed response times and delayed emergency medical care in the area.

Both crews were unharmed but are receiving counselling. In ight of the recent jail sentence handed down to similar criminal attacks on EMS, we request members of the community to come forward with information so they can put a stop to these senseless attacks on emergency services.

Sandile Sololo’s no-nonsense attitude in dealing with smash-and-grab incidents and his breakthrough in the investigation into the shooting of a colleague saw him walk away with top honours at the City’s annual safety and security awards. Read more below:

Metro Police sergeant, Sandile Sololo, smashed the competition and grabbed the coveted ‘Officer of the Year’ prize at the City of Cape Town’s annual safety and security awards ceremony last night, 7 December 2017.

The awards are a fixture on the Safety and Security Directorate’s calendar, designed to acknowledge staff members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, often under trying circumstances.

Sergeant Sololo has been instrumental in a number of arrests in and around the Langa area. In June 2017, he commanded successful operations with the Langa South African Police Service to find and arrest the suspect who attacked and shot his colleague, Constable Mini. On 10 September 2017, Sgt Sololo followed up on information received involving smash-and-grab suspects. During an ensuing shootout, two suspects were killed and five others arrested. The firearm stolen during the attack on Constable Mini was also recovered. Continue reading

The Baxter Theatre Centre’s proudly Cape Town festive season line-up is set to rock the Mother City with three exciting shows to choose from – by some the country’s top artists – and leading up to the hugely popular New Year’s Eve party which takes place after the performances on the last day of 2017.

Marc Lottering’s highly anticipated Aunty Merle The Musical kicks off the summer fun as one of SA’s favourite comedians brings his beloved character from Belgravia Road, Athlone, to life in the brand new musical with a cast of 14 actors accompanied by an eight-piece band. Jonathan Rubain’s Cape Jazz is Lekke! celebrates Cape-style jazz with some of the finest local musicians and television soapie-star Chantal Stanfield’s one-woman hit show From Koe’siestes to Kneidlach completes the Baxter’s summer programme.

All three productions will culminate with the New Year’s Eve bash in the foyer after the performances and early booking is advised. The shows will start later on the night to coincide with the countdown as some of the stars help the audience to usher in 2018. Ticket prices include the performance of choice, entrance to the party, a complimentary glass of bubbly or orange juice, a spectacular balloon drop and a live band, Chasing Time SA, playing all the perennial dance and sing-along favourites to ring in the New Year.

Marc Lottering has written and stars in the full-scale musical which features his hilarious and darling character, Aunty Merle, even larger-than-life than ever before, along with a star-studded cast, directed by the multi-award-winning Lara Foot with Alistair Izobell as musical director. The original music for the production is written by Tarryn Lamb and Lottering, guaranteed to be one of the highlights of the festive season. Continue reading

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