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In less than a week, the City of Cape Town will be welcoming horse racing enthusiasts and socialites to Africa’s Richest Race Day at Kenilworth Racecourse on 1 February 2020. In preparation for the Sun Met 2020, three of the most popular horses that will be competing for the number one spot and R3 Million prize, had their own Spa Day.

Joining this year’s Horses’ Spa Day were South Africa’s Horse of the Year and early Sun Met 2020 favourite, Do It Again, Sun Met 2019 winner, Rainbow Bridge, and Johannesburg’s number one contender, Hawwaam.

Chuma Matsaluka and Miss World South Africa, Sasha-Lee Olivier, were dressed by Masa Mara, and joined the majestic creatures for a few snaps. After the photoshoot, Miss World South Africa and a few guests enjoyed a delightful breakfast on the beach. House of BNG – the Official Celebration Partner of the Sun Met 2020, brought a selection of their exquisite bubbly to accompany the luxurious breakfast.

The continental breakfast buffet drew inspiration from the Sun Met 2020 theme, African Luxury: Visionaries. Guests got a taste of what the Sun Met will offer at the event and left inspired to find the perfect outfit to capture the theme.

General Access tickets are available for purchase on TicketPro for R200, while hospitality packages start at R980 per person. Racegoers can make use of the Chukker Road parking facility and access the event through the main entrance on Wetton Road. Parking tickets can be purchased for R100 per car. Hospitality ticket holders can park their vehicles in the inner-field for R100 per vehicle. Tickets can be purchased through TicketPro and designated offices around Cape Town.

The City of Cape Town’s multi-million rand library maintenance projects are on track with a new round of upgrades due to start within the coming months. The upgrades will allow for a myriad of improvements, upgrades, routine maintenance and modernisation. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Library and Information Service will spend nearly R10 million on upgrades to a number of libraries, with some upgrades already completed.

‘Libraries have always been at the heart of the communities they serve and are accessible and safe spaces, providing access to huge resources of information and knowledge. The City is often asked why it spends money on upgrading and maintaining libraries in a technological and digital age, and it’s because these spaces are essential to creating and maintaining an educated and literate population,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.

All the City’s libraries undergo maintenance and upgrades in a five year cycle.

‘Our libraries are well-loved and popular spaces where residents access vital information, and are provided with recreation and other opportunities to develop literacy and learn skills for employability,’ said Councillor Badroodien.

Some of the biggest upgrades will take place at the Ravensmead, Kuilsriver, Bonteheuwel, Brown’s Farm, and Strandfontein libraries.

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Pic: E! News

Pic: E! News

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Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash in California, aged 41. The NBA legend was travelling in his private helicopter when it came down yesterday morning in Calabasas, 40 miles north-west of Los Angeles.

Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna was also among the nine people who all died in the incident.

Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s wife, was not on board. They have three further children together – Natalia, Bianca and six-month-old Capri.

A call for a downed helicopter went out at 10.01am, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said, and officials later confirmed Bryant’s death.
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Thousands of clients visit the City of Cape Town’s 18 Driving Licence Testing Centres (DLTCs) every week for all card renewals, driving licence and learner licence tests. Additional clerks have been appointed to reduce lengthy queues. Read more below:

‘The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service has started the roll out of additional clerks at our DLTCs. Three started work in January with 13 more due to start on 1 February,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

Last year it was announced the service would increase its administrative staffing complement at some of its busier centres with a R4 million injection to improve services.

There are 18 centres around the metropole that administer learner and driving license applications, as well as replacement and renewal of documentation and payment of fines, among others.

The City’s busiest centres are Gallows Hill, Hillstar, Kuils River and Bellville. Any further appointments were allocated on a priority basis at other DLTCs.

Earlier today Alderman Smith paid a visit to the Parow DLTC.

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES AND ASSET MANAGEMENT, ALDERMAN JAMES VOS

According to recent statistics, the Cape Town International Airport (CITA) has contributed R4,7 billion to the South African economy. Of this, R2 billion went towards the income of South African workers, supporting 43 608 direct and indirect jobs.

At the annual Feather Awards Ceremony this morning, I had the opportunity to pay tribute to the incredible team who make the airport a success. Our globally competitive airport is often recognised for service excellence and has been awarded the most accolades in Africa.

It is a pleasure to partner with CTIA to help deliver on this consistent world-class performance.

My priority, for the past year, has been to position my portfolio as the City’s growth directorate. This means that we focus our energy on attracting investment, which in turn creates jobs and leads to economic growth.

A key driver of growth through tourism and trade is what I have termed the ‘Blue Economy’ that encompasses both the aviation and ocean economies.

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How healthy soil can mitigate Climate Change.

Land degradation such as unsustainable farming practices, industrial activities, mining, untreated urban waste and other non-environmental friendly practices are all human activities that affect our soil.

World Soil Day is held annually on 5th December, to raise awareness of the importance of soil quality for human well-being, food security and ecosystems. Soil carbon that is released into the atmosphere, through land degradation, is a big contributor to climate change.

Karen Shippey, Chief Director for Sustainability at the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEA&DP) says: “Soil is essentially a non-renewable resource as it takes years, decades, even centuries, to grow a centimetre of healthy topsoil.”

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Youngsta CPT. Pic: Baydu Adams

Youngsta CPT.
Pic: Baydu Adams

That was the message relayed by Executive Mayor Dan Plato.

On yet another beautiful Cape Town Sunday the masses came out to support the annual Switching on of the lights, held at the City Hall with crowds gathered opposite at the Grand Parade and down Adderley Street.

Crowds were entertained from 4pm with music and performances. DJ Portia was behind the decks this time and Justin Vega joined Early B for his set and MC’s Wayne McKay and Chad Chitter kept the crowd going in between acts. This year was the City’s 50th celebration of this occasion.

The masses were entertained by acts such as Sho Madjozi, Ndlovu Youth Choir, Youngsta CPT, Andries Vermeulen, The Watt, The Unknown Dance Crew and PE born Early B.

Sho Madjozi Pic: Baydu Adams

Sho Madjozi
Pic: Baydu Adams

It was an energy filled free show as Capetonians came from far and wide and mingled with tourists and out of towners to line the streets of the City Centre where 100 000 came out to witness this annual spectacle.

Mayor Dan Plato touched on a few things in his speech including the 16 days of activism against the abuse of women and children. After his speech there was a countdown and after “zero!” Adderley Street and the likes filled up the night sky.

Traditionally this means the festive season has now started and normally sees the night market, Christmas choirs, Malay choirs and minstrels parade the streets of Cape Town over the next few weeks. The traditional annual tweedenuwejaar road procession will take place on Saturday 4 January 2020. The second of January coincides with a Thursday and the minstrels never march on a Thursday, Friday nor Sunday out of respect for the Christian and Islamic faith.

Be sure to book your seats and be apart of the Cape Town traditions as we welcome in 2020!

In a bid to empower local businesses with the necessary skills to do business with the City, workshops will be hosted in Somerset West and Mfuleni.  

The aim of these Vendor Database Workshops is to ensure that emerging businesses possess the necessary skills to conduct business with the City.

These workshops are conducted in an environment where businesses acquire practical exposure in completing requests for quotations and tenders.

In addition, participants are encouraged to register on the City’s Community Vendor Database for business opportunities to the maximum of R100 000.00

‘The need to support vendors is in line with the City’s commitment to empower and ensure growth for small businesses. After receiving numerous complaints from small businesses that they are unable to secure business opportunities with the City, we have now created the Community Vendor Support programme to create opportunities for contractors in their local communities and wards,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Management, Alderman Grant Twigg.

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES AND ASSET MANAGEMENT, ALDERMAN JAMES VOS

1 450 jobs retained and R1,3 billion investment secured in Atlantis

This morning, I met with businesses in Atlantis where the incentives offered by the City resulted in the retention of 1 450 jobs.
During this period, PF Nonwovens (formerly Pegas Nonwovens), commissioned their new plant to the tune of R1,3 billion, which is expected to create 200 full time jobs by the time it is fully operational. This company manufactures non-woven, polypropylene and polyethylene-based textiles used in disposable hygiene products.

The main purpose of the Investment Incentives Policy is to provide incentives in areas where there is great potential for job creation but where challenges to investment currently exist.

I am happy to confirm that the City Council recently approved the extension of investment incentives to a further five industrial areas in Cape Town, namely: Continue reading

One of the largest trees in the Company’s Garden has officially been recognised as a Champion Tree by the National Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries. Towering at almost 27 meters, the majestic Ficus Elastica, or Rubber Tree, has a crown diameter of 38.4 metres and stands guard at the northern entrance to Cape Town’s oldest garden.

The National Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries recently made the announcement after an amendment to the National Forests Act, 1998 was gazetted.

The Champion Tree Project started in 2003 and is a national initiative that identifies, protects and promotes exceptionally big and impressive trees in South Africa.

More than 90 trees have been identified thus far and the Ficus Elastica in the Company’s Garden stood out based on its size index and historical location.

Ficus Elastica is part of the Fig genus species, which is native to north-east India and southern Indonesia and forms part of the Banyan group of figs.

‘The City’s Recreation and Parks Department is delighted about the accolade. It is only through recognition, education and awareness that we will be better prepared to care for our trees which plays such an important role in our built environment. The recognition and acknowledgement means a lot as Champion Trees are now enjoying protected status,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.

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