Cape Town is one of the best-value business tourism and travel destinations for international visitors. Over the last year the city hosted 51 international association meetings, attracting over 26 000 delegates. The 30 bids secured over this last year has an estimated economic impact of more than R1.2 billion. Read more below:
It was a great pleasure to speak at the 4th Annual Tourism, Hotel Investment and Networking Conference (THINC) this morning.
My mission and vision for my directorate is to ensure we provide the environment that supports growth, so that we can attract investment which will lead to more jobs for the people of Cape Town.
Wesgro, one of the City funded Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs), specifically focuses on promoting the City of Cape Town as the destination of choice for meetings, incentive travel offered by international businesses, conferences and events (MICE).
I am proud of the successes achieved by the Bureau and I am thrilled to confirm that our City will play host to many more MICE events in the coming year, especially the World Ophthalmology, Spaceops and the HIV Research for Prevention Conferences. These conventions will bring in almost 17 000 delegates with yet more positive knock-on benefits for our city.
Amid controversy over the Boks not passing by certain areas in Port Elizabeth such as the Northern Areas and certain spots in Uitenhage, the tour was seen by what could’ve been hundreds of thousands. The Bok trophy tour started in Pretoria and Jozi where after they moved to Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth. The final leg of the tour continues today in Cape Town. There were reports of tyres being set alight in the Northern Areas after residents were upset because the tour did not include them after waiting for hours. SA Rugby has apologised on its Facebook page reasoning the high traffic volumes and running way behind schedule. According to my watch they were probably running around 3 hours late, which is unavoidable with congestion and what looked like a logistical nightmare for the team on the ground literally running alongside the 4 or so buses. I also noted that the players were notably burnt out and looked extremely exhausted and they probably cannot wait to finally be with their families and sleep in their own beds after more than two months.
We were on the media bus and had a birds eye view of what was transpiring and it blew my mind how many people came out on a fairly ominous day with 50% chance of rain, to see their heroes. Unbelievable scenes as roads were blocked and thousands upon thousands lining the streets to see the Rugby World Cup winners!
All in all a lovely day and experiencing such euphoria was unbelievable.
Here’s to the 2023 trophy tour!
Following their impressive win over England at the Rugby World Cup final last week, South Africa’s national rugby team, the Springboks, have embarked on a national trophy tour to celebrate with the country.
Cape Town is the final leg of the Victory Tour, where the team will celebrate with thousands of supporters in some parts of the metro.
The City of Cape Town, in conjunction with the South African Rugby Union (SARU), has been working hard over the last week to put together a celebration to honour the team as well as the millions of fans who have been cheering for them during the tournament.
‘As the City of Cape Town and citizens of this beautiful country, we are proud of the hard work this team has put in and which has culminated in them being crowned World Champions.
‘We are ready to welcome them to Cape Town for a gees-filled victory parade and I want to call on all of Cape Town to come out and show their support for our Bokke. We want to show our gratitude to them for bringing home the cup and making all of South Africa so proud of them. We are also thrilled that, as a cherry on top, Cape Town will be the home of the Webb Ellis Cup for the next four years,’ said Executive Mayor Dan Plato.
The victory parade will kick off with a mini concert at City Hall and Grand Parade on Monday 11 November 2019 at 11:00 before the team takes the Webb Ellis Cup on a tour of the CBD, Langa, Belhar and Elsies River.
While waiting for their heroes, fans gathering on the Grand Parade will be entertained by special performances from Early B, Fancy Galada, the SA Navy Band and other local entertainers.
The fifth and final leg of the Springboks’ RWC Trophy Tour will take place in Cape Town on Monday.
The route plan for Cape Town is as follows (all time approximate):
10h30: Tour starts at City Hall and bus departs along Darling Street
Left onto Adderley Street
Right onto Wale Street
Left onto Long Street
Right onto Buitensingel
Right onto Loop Street
Right onto Strand Street
Left onto Adderley Street
Right onto Hertzog Boulevard onto Nelson Mandela Boulevard
13h00: Second leg via N2 to Langa, Belhar and Elsies River
13h30: Take Bhunga Avenue offramp
Right onto Washington Drive towards Jakes Gerwel and right towards N2
14h30: Depart for Belhar via N2 and R300 onto Stellenbosch Arterial
Right onto Symphony Way into Robert Sobukwe
15h15: Left onto De la Rey Street through Ravensmead
Left onto Francie van Zijl Drive towards Uitsig and Elsies River
Left onto Jakes Gerwel onto the N2 and back to the hotel (arrival approximately 17h00)
The third and fourth legs of the Springboks’ RWC Trophy Tour will take place in East London on Saturday and Port Elizabeth on Sunday, with the final leg scheduled for Cape Town on Monday. The first two legs were in Gauteng and Durban.
The actual bus trips are for filming purposes only and that no media will be allowed on the bus, however, you are free to position yourself along the route for footage.
The route plan for East London on Saturday, 9 November (all times approximate):
09h30: Parade starts at East London City Hall
Proceed along Oxford Street
Left into Park Avenue
Right onto the North West Expressway
Left into Douglas Smith Highway
Right into Windyridge Road
Right into Parkside Road
Right into Greenpoint Road
Left into Dunoon Road
Left onto Mdantsane Access Road
Right onto link road towards Woolwash Road
Left into Woolwash Road
Along Scenery Park Main Road
Left onto Mdantsane Access Road
Right into Masaule Road
Right towards Kakaza
Left into Billie Road
Along Spine Road
Left into Link Road
Right onto Voortrekker Road R102
Into Mayfair Avenue
Into Devereaux Avenue past Vincent Park Shopping Mall
Right into Old Transkei Road
Left into Galway Road
Right into John Bailie Road
Left into Link Road
End at Moore Street
The route plan for Port Elizabeth on Sunday, 10 November (all times approximate):
Today, the Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, hosted a safety engagement with the Executive Mayors of District Municipalities (DMs) at Houw Hoek Inn, Botrivier. Today’s engagement provided an overview of what safety plans are and of funding spent to date. Feedback was also given on the progress made in implementing safety plans by the DMs and of the Premier’s safety plan announced on 19 September 2019.
This safety engagement followed a workshop held at Houw Hoek Inn on 2 August 2019, where the Department determined the DM’s needs to align them with funding and strategy. Amongst those in attendance today were Executive Mayors, Municipal Managers and Mayoral Committee members from each DM and the City of Cape Town, as well as SALGA.
Recent rains have given a welcome boost to the dams supplying the City. Dams were 84,5% full as of this morning, 4 November 2019, up by 2,4% from the previous week. Although dams are relatively full, this is more due to reduced water consumption than the end of drought. Rainfall this winter is still below average.
While there seems to be much excitement all round as dam levels increase, the City of Cape Town asks residents to please keep in mind that rainfall this year was again below average. This is the 5th Winter running that this has been the case.
On the upside, the data shows that residents are still using water conservatively, with consumption for the past week down to 600 million litres/day. Currently the consumption target for the City is 650 million litres/day.
‘As we come to the end of the 2019 rainy season, residents should be congratulated on their approach to water saving up to this point, as this has been absolutely crucial to our recovery thus far. However, there still remains significant uncertainty around how much rain we are likely to get in years to come, and as such, we believe it is wise to maintain a water-wise approach for the short to medium term.
‘Residents should do their best to remain conscious of, and responsive to restriction levels as this will ensure the right balance between minimising inconvenience and ensuring water is available for the City to function. However, if consumption patterns this winter are anything to go by, maintaining a sustainable level of consumption should be no problem for our citizens. ’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste, Alderman Xanthea Limberg.
Please visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for all water-related information and Frequently Asked Questions.
The City of Cape Town’s Urban Management Directorate has sophisticated plans to transform the newly upgraded Grand Parade market into a modern, vibrant, commercially sustainable environment through its e-permit system with individual traders.
The Grand Parade market has been in existence for a number of years. The Wednesday and Saturday markets have become an institution and, over time, has been complemented by daily trading on the edge of the square.
The location of the Grand Parade market and the history of informal traders in the area creates the prime opportunity to transform the newly upgraded market into a modern, vibrant, and commercially sustainable environment .
Currently the City has month-to-month lease agreements with the traders’ associations, who in turn lease out the trading bays to each informal trader operating in that precinct.
The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi, together with representatives from the Social Housing Company (SOHCO), Ward Councillor, Dave Bryant, and other dignitaries today, 4 November 2019, took a walk on the site in Pine Road, Woodstock which is earmarked for a social housing development. It is expected to become a flagship social housing partnership project for the City. Read more below:
On 31 October 2019 Council approved the sale of land in Pine Road and Dillon Lane in Woodstock for the development of social housing rental units. The deeds of sale for the Pine Road and Dillon Lane sites are expected to be concluded at the end of November 2019, if all goes according to plan.
‘We are visiting the site today to show Cape Town how strongly we believe in the social housing model and ask all in Cape Town to help us to reimagine the future Cape Town that we want: one where people live closer to where they work and to where the opportunities are and where apartheid’s enduring grip on the spatial patterns of our cities can be increasingly loosened going forward.
The mastermind behind the Springboks’ inspirational Rugby World Cup campaign, said it had been a privilege for the team to attempt to give South Africa a moment of hope.
Rassie Erasmus, South Africa’s director of rugby, said after the team’s ultimately crushing, 32-12 victory over England in Japan that the team had been inspired by the opportunity to bring some light and joy into the daily lives of their fellow countrymen
He said it had been the mental shift the team needed after the disappointment of defeat in the opening match against New Zealand – a performance the Springboks turned on its head by becoming the first team to win the title after losing a pool match.
“The first All Black game was a great test run for us in terms of handling pressure,” said Erasmus.
“We were terrible in that week in terms of talking about things and getting tense – it was a terrible build up that told us a lot about how to play the play offs.
“We were quite honest with one another about that. We started to talk a lot about what is pressure.
“In South Africa, pressure is not having a job or if one of your close relatives is murdered. In South Africa there are a lot of problems, which is pressure. We started talking about things like that.