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Residents and motorists are advised to please take note of the temporary road closures that will be in place in the city centre and surrounds to accommodate the upcoming minstrel events.

Cape Malay Choirs Parade

The Cape Malay Choirs Parade will take place from Sunday 30 December 2018 to Monday 31 December 2018. Affected roads will be closed from 18:00 on Sunday to 04:00 on Monday.

There will be no access for buses and taxis in Adderley Street, and parking restrictions will apply to affected roads.

A detailed breakdown of the roads that will be closed is available here:

http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre%20Assets/Malay%20choir%20Road%20closures.pdf

Cape Town Street Parade (Tweede Nuwe Jaar)

The Cape Town Street Parade (Tweede Nuwe Jaar) is scheduled for Wednesday 2 January 2019. Affected roads will be closed from 06:00 to 22:30.

A detailed breakdown of the roads that will be closed is available here: http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre%20Assets/Road%20Closures%20Management%20Plan.pdf

Residents and motorists are urged to plan their trips accordingly.

Pic: ewn.co.za

Pic: ewn.co.za

The City of Cape Town was today informed that the Cape Cultural Carnival Events Committee (CCCEC) and the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival Association (CTMCA) have withdrawn their case in the Western Cape High Court which was set to resume tomorrow, 28 December 2018.

The organisations lodged an urgent application on 16 December 2018, with the City of Cape Town and the Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association (KKKA) as the main respondents. The CCCEC/CTMCA sought relief with regard to the use of the Athlone Stadium following the City’s decision to decline their event permit applications for competitions and road marches.

The KKKA applications for the Tweede Nuwejaar Road March and their annual competitions at the Athlone Stadium were assessed and deemed compliant. The KKKA is the event organiser for the annual road march and was also granted an event permit for the Athlone Stadium. During discussions in chambers, the judge requested that the two minstrel bodies conclude a Memorandum of Agreement by 24 December 2018 detailing how both associations could be accommodated at the Athlone Stadium, which would then become an order of court. The minstrel associations failed to reach an agreement and the matter was postponed to Friday, 28 December 2018. However, today the CCCEC/CTMCA withdrew their urgent application. Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY, RICHARD BOSMAN

The City of Cape Town has noted the ongoing reports circulating about an incident that occurred on Clifton Fourth Beach on Sunday, 23 December 2018 where beachgoers were apparently instructed to leave the beach by private security guards.

The City would like to reiterate that public amenities are available to all members of the public and will continue to work hard to ensure safe and good quality beaches for all the people of this city and our visitors, as evidenced by the 10 Blue Flag beaches around the coastline.

We note the statement issued by the company in question, PPA, indicating that they were operating on the authority of the City of Cape Town. The statement is inaccurate.

For the record:

· The City of Cape Town has no contract with PPA

· The City has at no stage given any authority to PPA to enforce by-laws. I met with relevant Area staff this morning to confirm this

· All City beaches are open to all members of the public. While the City is able to set times of usage at beaches, we do not impose this unless there is a specific threat to public safety

· We have confirmed with Camps Bay SAPS that no incidents of rape were reported on Sunday, 23 December 2018 at Clifton Fourth beach Continue reading

More than 4 000 motorists took the opportunity to clear their fines and warrants ahead of the festive season enabling them to start their holiday travels and the New Year on a clean slate. All indications are that the traffic fine roadshow held in the Cape Town Civic Centre from 10 – 13 December 2018 was once again a resounding success. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Legal Services Department and its partners, Traffic Services and the Revenue Department, worked together to bring City services closer to motorists this week.

The four-day traffic fines roadshow saw fines to the value of over R1,3 million being paid. Motorists had the opportunity to plead for leniency by making representations to the prosecutors for a reduced fine, making general enquiries about traffic fines and warrants, and making payment – all in one venue.

‘The City has committed to taking services to the residents and we need to walk the talk with such initiatives. The roadshow is a one-stop shop where motorists can request for a reduction in the amount to be paid for outstanding fines, query their warrants and make payment. At this time of the year especially, life gets quite hectic for us all and the convenience of having a basket of services under one roof is a good incentive to get motorists to do the right thing. I am pleased that motorists took time out to make their way to the Civic Centre and waited patiently to be served,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Councillor Sharon Cottle.

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The contract between Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS) and the Western Cape Provincial Department of Transport & Public Works makes provision for adjustments to bus fares to offset the effect of increased operational expenses.

Golden Arrow Bus Services will therefore regrettably be increasing its passenger fares by an average of 9.5% as of 31 December 2018.

The adjustment was primarily necessitated by relentless fuel price increases, which despite the recent respite, have nonetheless increased by approximately 34% in the last 18 months.

The Company has implemented rigorous cost absorption measures and continues to focus on improved efficiencies but total operational costs have still increased significantly.

In addition to the sky-rocketing cost of fuel, nationally determined wages increased by 9% and these two cost items make up approximately 74% of Golden Arrow’s total costs.  A fares adjustment is therefore unavoidable.

Passengers can postpone paying the increased fares until 13 January 2019 in the case of 10-ride Gold Card packages (which are valid for 14 days) bought on Sunday 30 December 2018 and until 5 February 2019 in the case of monthly Gold Card packages (valid for 37 days) bought on the same date.

Golden Arrow continues to strive to provide the highest quality service possible to its passengers, and despite the increase, bus travel remains a viable public transport alternative to travelling by private vehicle.

A schedule with details of selected fares is attached, alternatively the new fares can be obtained from the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63. Continue reading

Our year-long programme of collaboration with a wide range of performing groups from throughout the Peninsula climaxes in annual extravaganza – The Cape Town Carnival.

Cape Town, 18 December 2018 – The Cape Town Carnival’s year-long programme works towards the much-anticipated one-night spectacular on 16 March 2019 on the Green Point Fan Walk.

“I’ve developed an extensive understanding of what it means to be a leader, not just in the context of the Cape Town Carnival, but in my community and in other aspects of my life. Being part of the Carnival family has influenced me to bring change in other people’s lives.”

This is what Nonkoliseko Somagu, one of the Cape Town Carnival’s lead performers –has taken away from this year’s planning for the Carnival, and she’s not alone.

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Established more than two decades ago, the Cape Town Summer Market will again provide a fun evening out for the whole family. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Executive Mayor, Dan Plato, will officially open the Cape Town Summer Market in the Company’s Garden on Wednesday, 19 December 2018.

It is a family event where the young and old can enjoy live entertainment and delicious food as well as buy a variety of crafts and clothing from the vendors who have been invited to trade at the market.

‘This year, residents and tourists will be spoilt for choice with about 150 stalls at the market selling a range of crafts, food, toys, novelties and clothing items. The City’s Summer Market provides economic opportunities for our residents, especially those who trade to make a living, and I would love to see the traders growing their businesses and in turn further contributing towards job creation,’ said Executive Mayor Dan Plato.

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The levels of the dams which supply Cape Town declined by 1,2 % over the past week to 68,2 % of storage capacity. This is compared to dam levels of 33,1% at the same time last year.

The average water consumption increased by 46 million litres per day to 587 million litres per day for the past week, which is well within the Level 3 usage range of 650 million litres of collective usage per day. Level 3 recovery restrictions give some relief to residents and business, while advocating for continued water-wise usage as it is difficult to predict the rainfall that Cape Town will receive in 2019 and 2020.

We encourage residents to stay the course over this festive season and to be wise with their water usage over the holidays. It is important that we all remain mindful of how far we have come since January 2018.

Please see the following links for information on:

Please note that this will be the last water dashboard advisory for 2018. We will resume the water dashboard advisories from 14 January 2019 with an overview of the average water performance for December.

The City of Cape Town’s enforcement and rescue services have had a taste of things to come following the mid-December long weekend. Read more below:

With the first long weekend for the festive season a thing of the past, the City has highlighted several enforcement and safety challenges that need to be addressed.

Maximum deployment levels were maintained on the roads, recreational areas and shopping hubs.

With temperatures soaring on Sunday and Monday, thousands of people headed outdoors.

‘The long weekend was a dry run for the peak festive season period, when the number of people heading to recreational areas and other places of entertainment is likely to increase exponentially. While there were no major incidents from a City perspective, we are seeing recurring themes around drunk driving, speeding and drinking on the beaches. Many of our biggest headaches are linked to behaviour, and it is an unfortunate reality that we will not create truly safe spaces until we address the problematic behaviour,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

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Comedy, music and dance dominate the Baxter’s 2018 festive season line-up culminating with the highly popular New Year’s Eve Bash

This Summer, comedy, music and dance dominate the Baxter Theatre Centre’s festive season line-up, as top local comedians and emerging talent heat up its stages, culminating in one of Cape Town’s most popular and exciting New Year’s Eve parties.

Set to be a highlight on the Mother City’s December and January calendar, comedy shows present different perspectives on the funnier side of life in South Africa. After two sold-out seasons and four Fleur du Cap nominations, comedic genius Marc Lottering continues to with his beloved character, in Aunty Merle, the Musical. Firm favourite Nik Rabinowitz finds the humour in lessons learnt during Cape Town’s recent water crisis in Dry White and the RAW (Real Art World) Festival will showcase 180 different acts in the Golden Arrow Studio.

Following two hugely successful sold-out seasons at the Baxter Theatre and four Fleur du Cap nominations later, Marc Lottering’s hit show, Aunty Merle the Musical, triumphantly returns to the Baxter Theatre stage, with a few new cast members and some fresh plot twists as the drama unfolds in this fun masterpiece described by many as the quintessential South African musical.

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