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The City of Cape Town’s draft Markets Policy and draft Small Business Support Policy are available for public comment until 17 November 2016. The draft Small Business Support Policy aims to reduce the cost of doing business for small-, medium- and micro-enterprises (SMMEs) in Cape Town. All interested and affected parties are invited to submit their comments during this public engagement period. Read more below:

Unemployment remains one of South Africa’s key socio-economic challenges and nearly a quarter (24,68%) of the working age population in Cape Town is unemployed. According to the Informal Economy Study conducted in 2015, the informal sector contributes approximately R4,3 billion annually to the Cape Town economy. Continue reading


Last week it was reported that municipalities which have incurred a loss of approximately R112 billion with the building of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ stadiums will not get any compensation out of the settlement that government reached with the construction companies involved.

This resolution taken by the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission has basically allowed construction companies to get away with serious corruption, scot-free. But what can we expect from a national government which has basically accepted corruption as commonplace? This is not cooperation between government and the private sector. It is a complete lack of accountability which is being wholly endorsed by Minister Nkwinti as the chairperson of the Commission. Continue reading

28 October 2016

Release: Immediate

The DA in the Western Cape notes with concern the current challenges as reported by recent media allegations that Western Province Rugby is facing.

It is alleged that WP Rugby is under tremendous financial constraints, having already projected at a board meeting in July to make a loss of R11.2 million for the year. This may have devastating effects on the team and the sport in the province as a whole. We are seriously concerned about the impact with regards to the development of the sport should WP Rugby indeed be in financial trouble.

In order to ascertain the true extent of the issue and offer assistance where necessary, I will invite WP Rugby to visit the Standing Committee of Cultural Affairs and Sport in the Western Cape Parliament to clarify the current situation. We understand that WP Rugby Union had the option of moving to the Cape Town Stadium, a move that would’ve put them in a much better financial position.

In my capacity as Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs and Sport in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, I have written to the Minster of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais, to inquire what financial support, if any, her Department affords or have afforded WP Rugby and what are the relevant details.

We are aware of the R2.9 Million that was given by the Western Cape Government to the WP Rugby Union for the bidding of the Sevens Rugby Tournament and we hope that the current situation won’t have any impact on this magnificent event.

The DA is committed to providing a conducive environment to creating sporting opportunities for all in the Western Cape.


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JOHANNESBURG – Barloworld Equipment has confirmed the application for the liquidation of the Optimum Coal Mine has been withdrawn.

The company says it has received payment of a portion of the outstanding amount invoices from Gupta-owned company, Tegeta.

According to a statement released by Barloword, Tegeta, which owns the Optinum Coal Mine agreed to pay a portion of the outstanding amount, “under protest’.

The balance would be placed in an attorneys’ trust account pending a determination by an independent auditor.

Barloworld applied to the high court to liquidate Optimum.

It is understood the debt runs into millions of rands.

Tegeta claims it inherited a disputed balance with Barloworld, when it purchased the mine in April.

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Mr Mark Alexander mapped out a range of immediate priorities for rugby following his confirmation as the new President of SA Rugby at a Special General Council meeting in Johannesburg on Thursday.

Mr Alexander was elected unopposed, to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Mr Oregan Hoskins in August. Mr Alexander, who has served as Deputy President since 2007, will serve as president until the next elections in 2018.

Mr Francois Davids – a serving member of the Executive Council – was elected to succeed Mr Alexander as deputy president of SA Rugby while Mr Vivian Lottering (president of the Valke Rugby Union) was elected to the Exco in Mr Davids’ place.

Mr Alexander immediately highlighted a number of priorities for SA Rugby in the short and medium term. He said the organisation faced a number of challenges but he was confident that they could be addressed by a 100-day plan on which he had been working with the Executive Council.

He said the immediate priorities were assisting the national team; addressing the structure and sustainability of member unions; redesigning SA Rugby’s competition structure; transformation and securing the 2023 Rugby World Cup for South Africa. Continue reading


Following a decision by Council today, 26 October 2016, it gives me great pleasure to congratulate Achmat Ebrahim on his appointment as the City Manager for the new term of office.

Over and above his qualifications, which include a national certificate in municipal financial management and an advanced diploma in public administration, Ebrahim has a total of 36 years of experience in local government – with 25 years served at senior level and more than 10 years as a city manager.

Ebrahim has an impeccable record and a wealth of experience where he has successfully demonstrated the ability to provide leadership and strategic direction to a massive, complex and diverse organisation.

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The following speech was delivered today, 26 October 2016, by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the full Council meeting.

Good morning, goeie môre, molweni, as-salaam alaikum, shalom.

May I please request a moment of silence for the lives of the 13 victims who died in the fatal bus crash on the N1 near Touws River in the early hours of Sunday 16 October 2016, as well as the six people who lost their lives in a fire in Netreg, Bonteheuwel this morning.

Thank you. Continue reading


The City of Cape Town is gearing up for another bumper summer season, starting with the switch-on of the festive lights at the Grand Parade on Sunday 4 December 2016.

Along with a high-tech stage in front of the City Hall, a video-mapping experience, and a line-up of top South African artists, an aspiring Cape Town band or artist will have the chance to be discovered and appear on the festive lights stage. And the public gets to choose who this will be.

This unique element means that all Capetonians will be able to vote for an undiscovered local act that they want to see become a star at this year’s switch-on of the festive lights.

This exciting and interactive aspect of this year’s event is a demonstration of our commitment to building an inclusive city by celebrating all our residents and their talents.

The search for Cape Town’s next big music act in the Festive Lights Challenge will be run on – a new social video talent platform now launching in South Africa. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s enforcement agencies have had an intensely busy few days. City traffic officers arrested 165 suspects and issued over 2 800 fines, Metro Police officers arrested 39 suspects, and the Automatic Number Plate Recognition Unit arrested 83 suspects for outstanding warrants. As part of the operations officers apprehended two drunk hit-and-run culprits and a gang member. Read more below:

Over the past few days, the City’s Metro Police arrested 37 suspects for drug-related offences. Another two were arrested on Sunday 23 October 2016 after officers were flagged down by a motorist who informed them that a vehicle had sped off after it collided with another vehicle on Walter Sisulu Drive in Khayelitsha. The officers gave chase and managed to locate the vehicle. They brought it back to the accident scene and found that the driver and passenger had swopped seats after the collision. Both men were tested for alcohol and found to be in excess of the legal limit. They were arrested for drunk driving, with additional charges including defeating the ends of justice, failure to report an accident, and failure to ascertain injuries and damages. Continue reading

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