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Cape Town is one of the world’s most awarded travel destinations. Many of our residents find employment and training opportunities in this sector, and the direct and indirect contribution to the local economy is significant.

As the tourism industry has evolved and technology has improved, travelers have adopted new ways of planning their trips. Online booking platforms have become widely adopted in the travel sector, facilitating easier access to new markets for hosts, more options for guests, and improved convenience for all.

However, as with most disruptive innovations, there are potentially unintended consequences and undesirable outcomes that need to be managed. The City of Cape Town is committed to delivering inclusive economic growth to its residents, while remaining a globally competitive business city in line with the commitments in our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan.

It is with this in mind that the City is looking at how to guide the evolution of the sharing economy in a way that supports our commitments, beginning with short term letting platforms. We have studied approaches from leading Cities around the world, all of which hold some valuable lessons, but don’t find themselves in the developing economy context as we do.

The City has therefore decided to launch a research survey platform that will allow representatives from all sectors in society to present their view on short-term letting platforms in an attempt to design our approach to this sharing economy phenomenon that will work within our context to enable the realisation of inclusive economic growth and enhance our global reputation. The surveys seek to elicit a balanced response based on analytical data, while also providing an outlet for qualitative reasoning representative of all stakeholders. The user groups we have identified to participate in this survey are residents, property marketers, hoteliers/guest houses, short-term letting hosts, and guests.  Continue reading

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South Africa’s fastest-growing TV satellite operator, OpenView HD, has surpassed the 1 million decoder activation mark, firmly establishing it as the second-largest satellite TV provider in South Africa – but easily the largest subscription-free service.

The ‘million milestone’ is a significant achievement for OpenView HD, with the company only having been in operation for less than four years. Although uptake of the OpenView HD set-top-boxes was initially slow, numbers soared when two 24-hour movie channels and an additional entertainment channel from sister company were added to the bouquet. The OpenView HD bouquet currently comprises 17 channels, with more set to be added in coming months.

With a retail price of R399 for a decoder, OpenView HD grew its market share 101% in the 2016/17 financial year. Managing Director, Patrick Conroy, says South Africans want quality entertainment that is affordable. “We do not charge monthly fees, so this means South Africans do not have to keep paying for their home entertainment after they have bought our decoder. This combination of a low cost decoder and good programming has been the secret to our success. It is a good start and we are confident we will reach two million households in 2019.” says Conroy.

OpenView HD is operated by Platco Digital, which forms part of the eMedia group of companies.



OpenView HD Channels: Continue reading

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26 September 2017

The Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning is considering imposing a partial ban on the dumping of organic waste in landfill sites within 5 years, with the consideration of a complete ban within the next 10 years across the Province.

This was revealed today, to the Standing Committee on Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament.

I will be writing to the Western Cape Minister of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell, to determine whether it is possible for his Department to create entirely separate landfill sites for the province to safely, and effectively dispose of organic waste without the threat of environmental contamination.

Organic waste is generated from the slaughter and processing of livestock, namely beef, sheep, poultry, pigs, ostriches and other game. When this type of dumping goes unchecked, hazardous waste material can find its way into water sources or delicate ecosystems, contaminating the surrounds and threatening the vitality of the Western Cape’s environment. Continue reading

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The music duo of STATUS drops new music video with Riky Rick, Patoranking and Kly 

World-class music duo and Men of STATUS, Bandile and Banele Mbere, better known as Major League DJz, will today officially release their highly anticipated new video for the hit single Do Better exclusively on Channel O. DSTV channel 320 at 16h00.

The soulful pan-African collaboration sees an all-star cast both in-front and behind the camera, featuring SA’s hip hop sensation Riky Ricky, new RnB star KLY and the Nigerian multi-award winning Reggae artist Patorankingdirected by internationally acclaimed music video director Alessio Bettocchi from Studio Space Pictures.

The minimal narrative is built through cutaways to the party experience combined with performance pieces by the all-star cast, and perfectly balanced by the romantic tone of the chorus. The result, a visual feast of African culture and fashion, conveyed through warm colour and stimulating cinematography, along with flashes of romance as it all concludes when the sun sets into the evening.

“Major League DJz has always been at the cutting edge of the hustle and we see it in this video. We respect their dedication and couldn’t be more proud to have worked with them on a successful production such as this one, ” says Tracey Rowles, Marketing Manager: Personal Care at Tiger Brands.

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An irrevocable £160m government guarantee will underpin a record profit
Facilities, scheduling and logistics will make it most player-centric tournament ever
Unique experiences in bucket-list destinations promised at a nationwide carnival

A South African Rugby World Cup in 2023 would be an unbeatable triple-win, the World Rugby Council was told in London on Monday, when SA Rugby made their case to host the 10th Rugby World Cup tournament.

A South African Rugby World Cup would be a win for the sport, a win for supporters and most importantly a win for the players, delegates were told in a 50-minute presentation led by the Deputy President of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, and including the Minister of Sport and Recreation, Mr Thulas Nxesi.

“South Africa ticks every single box of the financial, commercial and logistical requirements of the host, but we go way beyond the minimum requirements to set us apart as a candidate,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby.

“We were asked to provide a minimum guarantee of £120m but with unqualified support from our government we are offering an extra £40m.

“We were asked to provide eight venues, the smallest of which must have a minimum capacity of 15,000, but we offer eight venues – purpose built for rugby and requiring no upgrading – with the smallest one offering a fully seated capacity of 43,500.

“And we will host the largest-ever Rugby World Cup final with 87,436 fans at the National Stadium in Johannesburg. Continue reading

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The Cell C Sharks and Toyota Free State Cheetahs maintained their top two positions on the Currie Cup Premier Division log with solid wins, while DHL Western Province also stayed in the hunt for a top two spot in yet another thrilling weekend of Currie Cup – sponsored by Nashua and DirectAxis – came to an end.

In celebration of Heritage Day, Crown National Foods gave away free boerewors rolls to the first 250 children at their stands at all three matches, while 2500 fans received spice sachets and boerewors tastings, but on the field, nothing was given away for free. Instead, it was another typical Currie Cup weekend of hard-fought contests.

The Cell C Sharks had to weather torrential rain and a determined Vodacom Blue Bulls side to score an 18-5 win in Durban to stay top of the log, while the DHL Western Province side overcame a slow start to beat Tafel Lager Griquas 55-27 at DHL Newlands on SaturdayOn Friday, the Toyota Free State Cheetahs showed they still have some bite left in them by beating Steval Pumas 33-32 to stay second on the log.

The Cell C Sharks have already secured a semi-final berth after their ninth victory out of ten, but few of those came in conditions as tough as they endured at Growthpoint Kings Park on Saturday. Heavy rain hampered both sides and handling was a big issue. This helped the home side, who scrummed stronger and had flyhalf Curwin Bosch taking advantage of the dominance that came his side’s way. He landed a perfectly judged kick in the opening minutes to allow Sibusiso Nkosi to score and early try and kicked a penalty and dropped goal on route to an impressive win to the home side.

The Vodacom Blue Bulls, trailing 12-0 at the break, refused to let up and were still competitive till the final whistle, but with their set-pieces not functioning well, were always up against it, especially in the conditions the match were played in. Continue reading

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Drifting, control and speed will delight motoring enthusiasts once again at the Drift City Motor Show on Sunday, 24 September 2017, at the Grand Parade. In its second year, this show is expected to attract thousands of spectators on the day. The event will kick up a lot of smoke as some of Cape Town’s best drivers compete to drift onto the podium. Read more below:

Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success and indications are that this year will be even bigger and better with Cape Town’s best drivers going head to head on an improved technical professional track. There will be only one champion on the day.

‘The City of Cape Town’s support for the show is about creating opportunities where motoring enthusiasts can compete in a controlled, safe and spectator-friendly environment. As a proud sponsor of this event, the City provides services as well as free usage of the Grand Parade. By providing a large space to cater for non-traditional forms of motorsport entertainment, we ensure a safer environment for drifting fanatics and patrons. The City would like to invite all Capetonians and visitors to attend this popular event,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services,’ Alderman Jean-Pierre Smith.

Following on the successful events during the World Cup 2010™, the City has deliberately sought to partner with event organisers in order to continue utilising the Grand Parade as a leading venue.

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Chantal Jax Venter & Eugene Mathews have joined forces to create Jax & Gina; a stand-up comedy show with a difference!

Talking about their individual experiences as members of the LGBTIQA+ community, their hilarious take on life, love & everything else in between will have you laughing from the moment they start Jax & Gina!

Chantal & Eugene have been sharing the comedy stage for the past two years & in that time they have found themselves performing at a roast, a sleepover, a comedy competition, more than one gay club, a biker bar and the majority of Cape Town’s stand-up comedy circuit. These experiences have lead to Eugene & Chantal putting their heads together to write their debut two-hander: Jax & Gina.


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The Springbok Experience in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town will celebrate National Heritage Day – and the rugby museum’s fourth birthday – by handing out 200 boerewors rolls on Monday, 25 September.

As Heritage Day falls on Sunday, 24 September, the next day is a public holiday, and what better way to spend this free time than visiting one of Cape Town’s foremost tourist attractions.

The first 200 people who purchase tickets on Monday, 25 September, will each receive a free boerewors roll. As part of the celebrations, South African rugby personalities, such as former Springboks and current referees, will also visit the Springbok Experience on the day, between 11h00 and 12h30.

There will also be exciting giveaways during the day, where visitors to the museum can win SA Rugby Annuals, official rugby law books and other items.

Another exciting addition to the offering at the Springbok Experience, is free birthday entry for local citizens. Simply visit the museum with your South African ID on the day of your birthday, and you will be granted free access. Should your birthday fall on a day when the Springbok Experience is closed, free access will be granted on the day after your birthday.

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