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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

Note to editors: Mayor De Lille visited the Dora Tamane Enrichment Centre in Khayelitsha today to raise awareness about keeping children safe during the peak diarrhoea season.

The heatwave conditions experienced in our city during the last month put us all at risk of physical illness such as diarrhoea. This is dangerous and possibly even fatal for the most vulnerable in society: our children. It is very important that we make every effort to ensure their safety, especially during February and April, which is considered the peak diarrhoea risk period.

Today I visited the Dora Tamane Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre in Khayelitsha and spent some time with the children and staff at this facility to raise awareness about the danger that our children are exposed to during this time. This facility is a bastion of excellence and truly demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to spend their formative years educated in a caring environment. Continue reading

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To accommodate the State of the Nation Address and the Opening of Parliament at 19:00on Thursday 11 February 2016, the National Government has requested that the City of Cape Town effect road closures in the city, mostly in the central business district (CBD). The route has been reworked this year in order to minimise the impact on commuters.

Some of these road closures in the CBD will also be in effect on the evenings of Tuesday 9 February and Wednesday 10 February 2016, when rehearsals for the event are held from17:00 onwards.

The road closures will affect the normal flow of traffic in and around the city bowl, Newlands and the M3 and N2 city-bound lanes. As such, road users are asked to plan their routes accordingly.

A detailed breakdown of the closures/restrictions and deviations is available on the City’s website here: http://www.capetown.gov.za/en/MediaReleases/Documents/SONA2016RoadClosures.pdf

Residents are advised that extensive parking restrictions will be in effect, and that the South African Police Service has requested that access to the Company’s Garden be restricted from 09:00 on the day of the event.

MyCiTi commuters should please note that due to the road closures, Routes 103 (Oranjezicht, Gardens) and 107 (Camps Bay) will be affected – the Darling, Lower Buitenkant, Roeland and Roodehek bus stops will be closed on 11 February 2016 from 18:00 until 19:00. The Groote Kerk bus stop will be closed from 16:00 until 20:00 and commuters are advised to please make use of other bus stops in the vicinity.

The closures will have the greatest effect on road users travelling from the east side of the city towards Vredehoek and Gardens, as well as those travelling into town along the N2, Nelson Mandela Boulevard, the M3 and De Waal Drive.

Those who make use of the Golden Acre bus terminus, however, will not be affected by any road closures.

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR HEALTH, COUNCILLOR SIYABULELA MAMKELI

The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate is working closely with other relevant City departments to finalise an internal safety plan before reopening the Hanover Park Clinic.

The clinic was closed on 5 November 2015 amid an upsurge in gang violence in Hanover Park and fears for the safety of staff and clients.

During the City’s last communication on this issue, we indicated that the clinic would remain closed until the end of January, at which point we would reassess the situation. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town’s new recyclable exchange platform has been upgraded and is now much easier to use. This platform has already connected a number of businesses who now make use of each other’s waste products. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town has upgraded its online Integrated Waste Exchange (IWEX) service, making it smoother, sleeker, and more user-friendly.

This free online system serves as a platform to connect residents in possession of excess waste material with others who have good use for it. The new-look system, which features options such as uploading photos, encourages entities like schools, communities and businesses to exchange waste, allowing them to save on costs and reduce their waste footprint. Continue reading

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Eight celebrated SA DJs including Black Coffee share the bill with their international counterparts

Some of South Africa’s most celebrated DJs – including award-winning Black Coffee, “Godfather of SA house” DJ Christos and three-year-old social media sensation and SA’s Got Talent winner DJ Arch Jnr – join an impressive international line-up at Back to the Old Skool.

This global celebration of House music takes place at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown in Johannesburg on Saturday, February 27 with international superstars Roger Sanchez, David Morales, Jazzie B and Todd Terry already announced on the bill.

Also joining the South African contingent are DJ Ganyani, Bob Mabena, DJ Mbuso Phezulu, Sishisoul and Fistaz Mixwell. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town’s Sport, Recreation and Amenities Department has committed over 80 staff members and millions of rands to provide recreation programmes for young and old. This investment forms part of the Department’s new Policy on Recreation Programmes which was adopted at the last City Council meeting. Read more below:

The importance of sport and recreational opportunities in building healthy, liveable, and inclusive communities cannot be underestimated.

For this reason, the City of Cape Town’s Sport, Recreation and Amenities Department has committed over 80 staff members and millions of rands to provide recreation programmes. Continue reading

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Programme:       Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood (Season 1)
Channel:              MTV Base (DStv Channel 322)
Date:                   15 February 2016
Time:                   22:00 CAT

Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood follows the young, hip-hop elite as they strive to “make” or “maintain” a life in the La La Land of Hollywood. The series follows the lives of rising stars and starlets, all fighting for their chance to make it in the entertainment capital of the world. We dive deep into the lives of our cast and discover a turbulent world that lies just beneath the fabulous exterior. From Hip-Hop artists, to video vixens, actors, personal assistants, girlfriends, co-parents, and more, we take an exclusive look behind the curtain at the lives of the Hip Hop couples as they struggle to balance their careers and their personal lives. Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood will showcase all the glitz and glamour of the Hollywood hip-hop music scene.

Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood airs on MTV Base (DStv channel 322) every weekday at 22:00from Monday 15 February.

For more information, please visit www.mtvbase.com and follow @MTVBaseAfrica on Twitter and www.facebook.com/MTVBaseVerified

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR HUMAN SETTLEMENTS, COUNCILLOR BENEDICTA VAN MINNEN

The City of Cape Town will continue to remove illegally erected structures in parts of Masiphumelele which are protected by court interdicts. It is vital to safeguard the piece of land which has been earmarked for the Masiphumelele housing project and also the uninhabitable area known as the wetlands. Read more below:

We urge the community to work with us as the continual attempted invasions are threatening the housing development plans for erf 5131.

The beneficiaries of this housing development have been identified in line with the City’s beneficiary selection process and through a public participation process that has taken place over many years. It would not be fair, at this late stage of the development and beneficiary selection process, if the land were to be lost due to illegal occupation. Continue reading

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During the month of love when many may question why they are single, women can learn a little more about How to be Single and see the lighter side of it at the Nu Metro Girl’s Night Out at GrandWest on 11 February 2016.

The movie, How to be Single, is an American romantic comedy based on the 2008 novel of the same title by Liz Tuccillo. Starring Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie and Leslie Mann, the movie is set in New York which is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match. In a world where the definitions of love are constantly evolving, the characters all have to learn how to be single and embrace it.

Nu Metro’s Girls’ Night Out starts at 19h00, with the movie beginning at 20h00. Tickets to Girls’ Night Out at Nu Metro GrandWest cost R55 per person. Bookings can be made via the call centre on 0861-CINEMA (+27 861 24 6362), online via www.numetro.co.za or at the cinema.

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