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Established more than two decades ago, the Cape Town Summer Market will again provide a fun evening out for the whole family. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Executive Mayor, Dan Plato, will officially open the Cape Town Summer Market in the Company’s Garden on Wednesday, 19 December 2018.

It is a family event where the young and old can enjoy live entertainment and delicious food as well as buy a variety of crafts and clothing from the vendors who have been invited to trade at the market.

‘This year, residents and tourists will be spoilt for choice with about 150 stalls at the market selling a range of crafts, food, toys, novelties and clothing items. The City’s Summer Market provides economic opportunities for our residents, especially those who trade to make a living, and I would love to see the traders growing their businesses and in turn further contributing towards job creation,’ said Executive Mayor Dan Plato.

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The levels of the dams which supply Cape Town declined by 1,2 % over the past week to 68,2 % of storage capacity. This is compared to dam levels of 33,1% at the same time last year.

The average water consumption increased by 46 million litres per day to 587 million litres per day for the past week, which is well within the Level 3 usage range of 650 million litres of collective usage per day. Level 3 recovery restrictions give some relief to residents and business, while advocating for continued water-wise usage as it is difficult to predict the rainfall that Cape Town will receive in 2019 and 2020.

We encourage residents to stay the course over this festive season and to be wise with their water usage over the holidays. It is important that we all remain mindful of how far we have come since January 2018.

Please see the following links for information on:

Please note that this will be the last water dashboard advisory for 2018. We will resume the water dashboard advisories from 14 January 2019 with an overview of the average water performance for December.

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The City of Cape Town’s enforcement and rescue services have had a taste of things to come following the mid-December long weekend. Read more below:

With the first long weekend for the festive season a thing of the past, the City has highlighted several enforcement and safety challenges that need to be addressed.

Maximum deployment levels were maintained on the roads, recreational areas and shopping hubs.

With temperatures soaring on Sunday and Monday, thousands of people headed outdoors.

‘The long weekend was a dry run for the peak festive season period, when the number of people heading to recreational areas and other places of entertainment is likely to increase exponentially. While there were no major incidents from a City perspective, we are seeing recurring themes around drunk driving, speeding and drinking on the beaches. Many of our biggest headaches are linked to behaviour, and it is an unfortunate reality that we will not create truly safe spaces until we address the problematic behaviour,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

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Today, at the I am Passion Youth Café in Mitchells Plain, the Minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz, briefed 78 young people on Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) internship opportunities offered by the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD). For pictures, please click here.

The internships are facilitated through the Western Cape DSD Youth at Work Program which aims to upskill young people. Additional funding was received for this through the recent budget adjustments. Included in this increase is the allocation of R1.45 million for youth programmes which prioritise job and employment preparation interventions.

MEC Fritz said, “As government we are committed to creating opportunities for youth. Young people have a responsibility to use the opportunities available to advance themselves. Our internships will run for 4 months, and are intended to improve employability and give our interns exposure to the world of work. The successful candidates will be placed throughout the various DSD programmes in the Western Cape, including Youth Cafés.”

MEC Fritz added, “All of the candidates have already been interviewed and I look forward to my Department contacting the successful candidates. I wish each young person who showed up to the challenge of applying every success in their future.”

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Following on from previous years, the Cape Town Summer Market will once again cater for visitors of all ages. The market offers a range of fun activities that will keep young and old entertained. Read more below:

The Cape Town Summer Market will take place from 19 – 23 December 2018 in the Company’s Garden and will be open to the public between 18:00 and 23:00 on each day.

‘The zones that cater for a broad range of interests and ages have proven to be very popular and will be a feature again this year. This format works well for a family-oriented event. This year sees many new additions including a revamped kids’ zone with carnival-style rides and fun area, more food trucks and even a ladies’ spa and wellness zone that will give families the opportunity to relax and enjoy quality time together,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area North, Alderman Grant Twigg.

Last year a local talent competition, designed to make the market memorable and get the crowds involved, was added to the event. This competition gives our up-and-coming talent the platform to perform and celebrates the uniqueness and diversity of Cape Town’s people and culture. One of our home-grown talents will walk away with R30 000 worth of prizes.

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Comedy, music and dance dominate the Baxter’s 2018 festive season line-up culminating with the highly popular New Year’s Eve Bash

This Summer, comedy, music and dance dominate the Baxter Theatre Centre’s festive season line-up, as top local comedians and emerging talent heat up its stages, culminating in one of Cape Town’s most popular and exciting New Year’s Eve parties.

Set to be a highlight on the Mother City’s December and January calendar, comedy shows present different perspectives on the funnier side of life in South Africa. After two sold-out seasons and four Fleur du Cap nominations, comedic genius Marc Lottering continues to with his beloved character, in Aunty Merle, the Musical. Firm favourite Nik Rabinowitz finds the humour in lessons learnt during Cape Town’s recent water crisis in Dry White and the RAW (Real Art World) Festival will showcase 180 different acts in the Golden Arrow Studio.

Following two hugely successful sold-out seasons at the Baxter Theatre and four Fleur du Cap nominations later, Marc Lottering’s hit show, Aunty Merle the Musical, triumphantly returns to the Baxter Theatre stage, with a few new cast members and some fresh plot twists as the drama unfolds in this fun masterpiece described by many as the quintessential South African musical.

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Date: Last Saturday of every month (Next one 29 December)

Time: 10am to 3pm

Venue: Silo District

For a unique creative market experience, don’t miss the V&A Waterfront’s new Silo Market, held on the last Saturday of every month between 10am and 3pm. The market is a new initiative that partners with the Craft and Design Institute, to offer talented young start-up companies a platform to trial innovative products. The creative new retail offering will also include a range of young up-and-coming performers to complete the fun experience. The market will be carefully curated to offer a limited number of unique products that are not widely available.

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The five-star Boardwalk Hotel has received yet another Lilizela Tourism Award, this time for mobility in accommodation. This accolade, which honours universal accessibility in accommodation, is given only to the establishment and MESE venue which facilitates and is most accessible to people with disabilities.

The award was presented to the Boardwalk by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa, which in 2010 incorporated Universal Accessibility (UA) grading criteria in its other quality grading criteria for the first time in its other quality grading criteria.

“We pride ourselves in the fact that we value and ensure that people with mobile and visual impairments are taken into consideration and given access to our top facilities and services at The Boardwalk, and year on year consistently look for ways to improve and make this accessibility even better,” says Nqobile Qupe, Marketing Manager of the Boardwalk.

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The City of Cape Town’s enforcement and rescue services are bracing for a busy weekend as the festive season goes into full swing. With the long weekend ahead and temperatures soaring, the City reminds residents to keep safety top of mind at all times. Read more below:

With schools officially closed and many businesses following suit from today, officials are expecting increased activity on a number of fronts, including at long-distance public transport interchanges, shopping malls and the beaches.

The City has a festive season operational plan that covers all of these priority areas and more.

On the roads, the Cape Town Traffic Service is launching Operation Exodus today, 14 December 2018, to ensure vehicle and driver fitness particularly for long-distance public transport vehicles. Each year, thousands of people travel to other parts of the country to spend the holidays with their families. Operation Exodus offers free safety checks to public transport operators to ensure that their vehicles are in sound condition before hitting the road. The campaign runs until Christmas Eve.

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