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A tree census is among a number of initiatives that the City of Cape Town is engaged in to celebrate and preserve trees and make the city more sustainable. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department is branching out its tree management plans and is planning a count of all trees in the city.

The census will help determine whether Cape Town can be classed as an ‘urban forest,’ which is an urban area with a tree cover of more than 10%. It will also allow for a tree inventory detailing the location and condition of trees and help determine how many trees need to be planted to help offset the city’s carbon emissions.

Trees are in the spotlight this month as the country celebrates Arbor Month. The yellowwood family has been designated ‘Tree of the Year’ by the National Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

The City’s Recreation and Parks Department hosted an event in Khayelitsha today that included a float procession, an Arbor Month pledge and a tree planting ceremony.

‘We have had to revisit our approach to Arbor Month, specifically because of the drought and the realization that we live in a water-scarce region. So the days of large-scale planting are over. Now, it’s a case of planting smartly and taking better care of our existing trees.

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The sixth edition of the DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival will bring some serious food for the soul, with neo-soul icon Erykah Badu set to headline the two-day fest at theKyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Midrand on 22 and 23 September 2018.

Date

Saturday and Sunday – 22 and  23 September 2018

Time                                                                                 

Saturday 11h00 – 22h00

Sunday 10h00 – 20h00

Where

Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit – Cnr R55 & Allandale Road, Rietfontein 2-Ir, Midrand, 1684

International Main Stage Performers

Erykah Badu, Jordan Rakei, Jazzanova, D-Influence

Womandla Set – Main Stage

Amanda Black, Lira and Simphiwe Dana

Other Main Stage Performers:

Liz Ogumbo, Zethe, Tresor and Sun-El Musician

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21 – 23 September 2018

One of the Garden Route’s premier horse-riding events now includes a variety of exciting outdoor events for the non-equestrian, making it a weekend of sport for the whole family to enjoy.

Trail running and cycling enthusiasts can join in on the fun at the Kurland Hotel & Polo Estate in Plettenberg Bay (the Crags) from 21 to 23 September 2018. “Last year we introduced the Trail Run to the weekend’s events. It was a great success with 130 runners and 250 spectators enjoying the morning at the estate,” said Lance Gibbons, member of the Kurland Eventing Committee. “This year we are very excited to add the Dr Evil Mountain Bike race, which can cater for 300 entries, as well as a wonderful local cuisine and produce market. The 2018 Kurland event is now the perfect weekend of outdoor fun, with something for everyone to enjoy.”

From an equestrian perspective the 2018 Kurland Event is a Three Phase Event, encapsulating the three elements of dressage, show-jumping and cross-country. “This is one of the best ways to develop the infrastructure necessary for all disciplines of competitive equestrian sports,” said Gibbons. During the weekend’s event Kurland will host the SA Adult Eventing Championships; The Kurland Cup, which will include dressage on Friday; cross-country on Saturday and the event will end off with show-jumping on Sunday.

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A drunk driving suspect tried, and failed, to pull the wool over the eyes of Metro Police officers this weekend. The suspect tried to pass himself off as a passenger to avoid capture, but he couldn’t fool Metro Police officers and joined dozens of other suspects behind bars. Read more below:

Members of the City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Department attached to the Camera Response Unit were on patrol in Bishop Lavis on Sunday, 2 September 2018 when they noticed the driver of a white Toyota Venture disobeying a directional arrow.

They requested the driver to pull over and then spotted him changing seats with the passenger. They soon discovered the reason – he was under the influence of alcohol and was detained at Bishop Lavis SAPS.

The suspect was one of 21 drunk drivers arrested by the Metro Police Department. The Cape Town Traffic Service arrested 46 more drunk driving suspects, including 29 at a roadblock in Kuils River.

‘Drunk driving continues to be one of our biggest enforcement headaches. Between the Metro Police Department and Traffic Service, there was a 15% increase in the number of arrests in the last financial year. It is an immense drain on our resources as each person arrested has to be booked at the police station, have their blood drawn or submit to the evidentiary breath test at the Shadow Centre and then taken into custody. Throughout the process, the arresting officer has to accompany the suspect, which means officers are taken away from active patrol.

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Summary

· Dam levels have improved by 3,9%, rising to 65,9% of storage capacity since last week

· Water restrictions and associated tariffs remain in place; however, the City has advocated for a conservative relaxation of the restriction levels, which would pave the way for the associated relaxation of the restriction tariffs

· The average water consumption for the past week was 535 million litres per day, which is an increase from last week’s consumption of 513 million litres per day

The City of Cape Town is very encouraged to see dam levels rise above 65% after significant late-winter rainfall. It is hoped that this latest rain could provide sufficient motivation for finally easing the water restrictions. This decision is currently being considered by the National Department of Water and Sanitation.

Any relaxation of restrictions will at first be conservative. We cannot return to a business-as-usual attitude to water without risking water security in the years to come.

‘The rainfall over the past few weeks, combined with continued saving efforts by the vast majority of residents, has seen dams fill to levels the City hasn’t seen in years. We have managed to steer ourselves away from disaster, but must now start considering how best to manage our recovery going forward,’ said Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson.

‘Although much work is planned over the next few years to augment the City’s water supply and continue to create awareness about water conservation, we must remember that we live in a region with a semi-arid climate. At the moment, we will still rely on our dams to provide the majority of our water. Given the unpredictable nature of our rainfall, it is imperative that we diversify our supply for the future, and entrench the water-saving mind-set we have cultivated over the past year,’ said Alderman Neilson.

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Students from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) are assisting with the launch of Non-Profit Organisation, Restoring Soles 2 Souls. Restoring Soles 2 Souls collects and redistributes new and gently-worn shoes to impoverished communities in South Africa, to help them step through poverty. The campaign, Her Majesty was created to provide underprivileged matriculant girls with heels for their Matric Dance. We ask that people donate gently-worn or unused high heels in order to help us break the cycle of poverty.

As we know, finance plays a major role in the planning of a Matric Dance for matriculates. The necessary attire and accessories do not come cheap, everything from the hair to the dress and the heels, all contribute to having an extraordinary night. Restoring Soles 2 Souls campaign, Her Majesty takes place on the 20th September in cooperation and will be handing over the collected high heels to the Zola Senior Secondary School in Khayelitsha for their upcoming Matric Dance.

The CPUT students would like to collect XX pair of heels and will be handing them out based on TWO competitions. The first competition is a social media competition where participants are required to post a video of themselves, telling us about themselves and explaining why they should be picked. The participants are also required to reveal the colour of their dress and tag friends in the post. The second competition requires the participants to write a motivational letter and leave it in the drop box of the staff room.

The day of the hand out will be super special as the event will kick off with a guest speaker. The guest speaker will address the perception of young girl’s, how to identify who they are and the daily battles women fight regarding their insecurities and judgement.

Let’s better lives with more smiles each day and donate as many heels as possible!

For more information go to restoringsoles2souls.com or call (021) 123 4567. Find them on Twitter @RestoringSole2Souls or Facebook.com/restoringsoles2souls

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The Boardwalk is at the epicenter for the IRONMAN® 70.3 World Championship this weekend. Visitors can access The Boardwalk via the 2nd Avenue entrance on both race days, Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September 2018. The Boardwalk’s customers will have exclusive parking throughout the weekend.

“There will be music and other activities throughout the day and all The Boardwalk’s restaurants and outlets will be open. So, bring the family down to cheer on the athletes,” encourages The Boardwalk’s Nqobile Majozi.

With athletes’ safety in mind, there is full road closure along the race route from 05h00 on Saturday, 1 September and Sunday, 2 September. All roads connecting along Walmer Boulevard, Heugh Road and Buffelsfontein Road will be closed. Full road closure is adopted for all roads connecting into the route from Mount Pleasant to Kini Bay and back to the start/ finish point at Hobie Beach. The public is urged to look-out for information signs along the route and visit www.nelsonmandelabay.gov.za for detailed information on affected roads and intersections.

Registration for IRONMAN® participants has begun at The Boardwalk which is also home to the IRONMAN® Village, Official IRONMAN® Store and other services.

“We are ready to host the thousands of participants and spectators who will flock to our precinct for the IRONMAN® 70.3 World Championship this weekend. We are thrilled to be part of the illustrious World Championship,” concludes Majozi.

Like The Boardwalk on Facebook www.facebook.com/boardwalk.elizabeth and follow on Twitter @TheBoardwalkPE.

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