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image007Domestic violence, gangsterism and drug abuse are the main themes of the critically acclaimed hit musical, Danger in the Dark, and the support of the City of Cape Town’s Arts and Culture Branch has made it possible for the production to reach more audiences. Read more below:

David Kramer’s Danger in the Dark, a reworking of the hit musical Poison, which he and the legendary late Taliep Petersen wrote in the 1990s and which was produced by Renaye Kramer, is currently on at the Baxter Theatre for a limited season until 2 November. It plays daily at 7.30pm with Saturday matinees at 2pm.

‘The City has partnered with the Baxter Theatre to bring the production to the stage as we are invested in supporting South African theatre works aimed at connecting with real-life issues that impact on many of Cape Town’s communities.

‘Our communities are plagued by gangs, domestic violence and drug abuse which makes the timing of this production perfect and necessary. It’s a production which resonates with us all, as these are the very issues the City is working hard to address,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.

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The City of Cape Town, in partnership with the Cape Town Environmental Education Trust (CTEET), BirdLife South Africa (BLSA) and the Cape Bird Club (CBC), will host a festival and family fun walk on Saturday, 19 October 2019, at the False Bay Nature Reserve. Entry is R5 per person. Read more below:

The City invites all residents, especially the communities surrounding the False Bay Nature Reserve (FBNR), to come and enjoy a family day celebrating some of Cape Town’s best wetlands and the diverse birdlife they support. This will be an opportunity for residents to spend the day outdoors discovering a nature reserve right on their doorstep.

The FBNR is regarded as the most significant natural asset in the Cape Flats District and in 2015 was declared a Ramsar Site, which is a wetland of international importance.

‘Our False Bay Nature Reserve is an important multipurpose open space that should be enjoyed by all Capetonians. Through this event, we hope to encourage greater use of the area and create awareness about the importance of the reserve and the birds, animals and plants that it supports. Protecting our natural resources is a team effort. The City, working together with partners such as CTEET, BLSA and CBC, actively conserves these areas as part of our commitment to being a caring city, but we ask communities to support our conservation efforts in return’, said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt.

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The overall value of the funding for various events and competitions, approved by the City’s Special Events Committee, will be just under R6 million. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town has approved the disbursement of the R4,572 million in cash funding to support the upcoming minstrel events.

Additional support of R1,3 million for City services and the waiver of costs for City-owned venues will form part of the package of support for the associations. The contribution to minstrel events for the City’s 2019/20 financial year will thus total R5,872 million.

The funding will support six associations to host events, including Tweede Nuwe Jaar, other minstrel competitions and the Malay choir competitions.

After deliberations at the Special Events Committee (SpevCo) meeting, the City proposed financial support to each association as follows: Continue reading

Nearly a year ago, the City of Cape Town, in partnership with Milnerton Estates and Garden Cities developers, commenced with the dualling of Sandown Road and Malibongwe Drive up to the Potsdam interchange. Read more below:

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The project is making good progress and is scheduled to be completed by July 2020, if all goes as planned.

The developer, Milnerton Estates, is funding the bulk of the costs for the construction for the dualling of Sandown Road and Malibongwe Drive, as well as the upgrade of the Potsdam interchange.

Garden Cities, another developer, is undertaking the bulk of the funding for the dualling of Sandown Road from Sunningdale Drive to Parklands Main Road.

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The City of Cape Town notes the ongoing misreporting around the fireworks issue.

On Friday 11 October 2019, we announced that the City will not have designated sites this year for Diwali, Guy Fawkes and New Year’s Eve.

We further indicated that while there have for years been calls to ban fireworks outright, the City does not have the power to do so.

That this translated into a ‘ban’ on fireworks is disappointing, but not surprising.

While many have welcomed the decision to not have the designated sites, individuals within the Hindu community have expressed their dissatisfaction about the impact this will have on Diwali later this month.

The fact is that organised fireworks displays can still be applied for, because the City has not imposed a ban on fireworks – we have simply decided not to have designated City sites this year.

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Date: Friday, 1 November (weather dependent)

Time: 19h00

Venue: Silo District

Cost: Free

Award winning singer and song writer Amanda Black and her band will set the mood with Afro-Soul at 7pm on Friday, 1 November at the Silo District. Opening the show is singer, songwriter and producer Wandile Mbambeni from Johannesburg. Wandile has performed at Rocking the Daisies and the Richmond Hill Music Festival.


The Wayne McKay & Friends Music & Comedy Show will be held at Westridge Civic Centre on Friday 18 October 2019.

Back with a bang! Wayne McKay returns to Mitchell’s Plain this October to showcase a night of comedy, elegance and musical talent within The Mother City.

Showcasing a number of artists on the bill that includes SAMA award nominee Jarrad Ricketts, Diva VuVu Khumalo, comedian Rezah Forbes, Keanu Harker and many more. Former Publisher and now Corporate Speaker Wayne McKay is expected to set the tone by delivering a pure comedic magic as MC for the evening.

A portion of the ticket sales to this  year’s Wayne McKay & Friends Music & Comedy Show  will be donated to Hannah’s Place of Safety in Mitchell`s Plain. Hannah’s provide emergency services foster care for children who are taken from their home due to violence and abuse .

McKay is excited to take to the stage 18th October – seeing as his main aim is to give back.

Tickets for this much-anticipated show can be purchased at either or  Shoprite retail stores countrywide. Tickets are priced at R120.00 each.


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The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department will be performing a zero pressure test on the water infrastructure in the Plattekloof area. Read more below:

The work will result in the disruption of the water supply on Tuesday 1 October 2019 from 20:00 until 02:00.

Residents are kindly requested to store water in clean, sealed containers for use during this period.

It is advisable to keep all taps closed during this period to prevent any water loss and/or damage when the water supply is restored.

This work forms part of the City’s Water Demand Management Plan and will significantly reduce the occurrence of pipe bursts and subsequent water losses.

The City apologises for any inconvenience that may be caused.


It gives me great pleasure today to oversee the renaming of Keizersgracht to its historic name of Hanover Street. We are taking this restorative step following a successful public participation process and approval by full council.

The name change is taking place on Heritage Day and we hope that this symbolic act of restoring the historic name of Hanover Street will help ease some of the pain for those who were forcefully removed from the area all those years ago and help them to remember the good memories that many will have of living there. Festivities today included a march to the site, where I was able to address the community and unveil the new street board.

It is clear that the community of District Six had a desire for the original name to be reinstated. The request was made by the District Six Working Committee in June 2019, and we put a call out for a public participation process to allow the whole of Cape Town to submit their comments and views.

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From 23 to 29 September 2019 day access to all CapeNature reserves will be free. CapeNature has made this decision in order to celebrate the significance of our tourism and heritage. September is both Tourism Month and Heritage Month in South Africa.

During Access Week free day access will only apply at the reserve gate and will not be granted when booking through our call centre. The waiver of the access fee pertains to general access (the conservation fee), day hiking and all other day activities, including mountain biking (with your own bike) or picnicking. Normal conservation fees apply for accommodation and camping bookings, while fees are not discounted on concessions that are run by outside suppliers on our reserves.

The following terms and conditions apply:

• The conservation fee will be waived for visitors to any CapeNature reserve that is open to the public between 23 and 29 September 2019.
• Free day access will only apply at the reserve gate. No free access fee will apply when booking through the call centre/online bookings and excludes accommodation bookings (normal rates and access fees apply with any
accommodation booking).
• Free access fee will pertain to general access (conservation fee) and hiking, mountain biking and picnicking. The waiver will NOT apply to the Whale Trail or concessions (including canopy tours, bouldering, horse riding etc.)
• Zero (R0) rated permits need to be given to everyone accessing the reserve during this time, as per usual standard procedure to ensure that all access numbers and activity numbers are recorded.
• Access to Protected Areas during the CapeNature Access Week will be conducted during regular reserve hours and applies to entries at CapeNature reserve gates.

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