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By now, the idea of your own private pool should be a distant memory – or a great big eyesore in the middle of your garden. There are, however, plenty of shared spaces as an option. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.

Ah, summer. A time for sipping pink drinks by the poolside and pretending the world does not exist. Only problem is, the “new normal” means you shouldn’t have a pool, never mind sit next to it. If, for some unholy reason, you are part of the select few who disobeyed all the warnings and were still filling up a large body of water, be warned: we’re all coming to bathe in it when the water runs out.

If, however, you have sacrificed your precious luxury, you can still get your fix at a number of public swimming pools in Cape Town this summer. Or can you?

Last year, public swimming pool hours in Cape Town were cut down drastically in order to comply with water restrictions. This year, it’s gone a step further.

The City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department announced in September that it will drastically reduce the number of municipal pools open during the summer months. Just 12 of the 35 public pools will be open – and seasonal opening dates have already been delayed.

The Cape Town pools that will be open this summer

Atlantis, Strand, Blue Downs indoor, Khayelitsha, Bellville, Vulindlela, Retreat, Mnandi, Eastridge, Kensington, Sea Point and Hanover Park swimming pools will all be open for business.

Operating hours of the swimming pools that will remain open

Full story here:

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2017-10-17-capewatergate-the-cape-town-swimming-pools-you-can-splash-around-in-this-summer/#.WkMYBNKWbIU

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The City of Cape Town’s Arts and Culture Department recently launched an emerging artists initiative aimed at assisting under-resourced artists. Part of the initiative aims to provide exhibition space and the first of these showcases takes place at the Art.b Gallery, inside the Bellville Library. Read more below:

The Summer Show Exhibition for emerging artists, currently on at the Art.b Gallery inside the Bellville Library, is an opportunity to showcase works by new and often under-resourced artists.

‘The City’s Arts and Culture Department recently launched this exciting new initiative that aims to assist emerging artists based in Cape Town by providing them with opportunities to build capacity and showcase their work,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

The Emerging Artists Programme will focus primarily on artists who have not had the benefit of resources, training and exposure as a result of historic inequality, but aims to be inclusive in its scope and impact.

The Arts and Culture Department will partner with organisations and initiatives across the city to develop and activate the programme. Continue reading

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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 27, Liston Ntshongwana during the Opening Ceremony of the Springbok Experience museum at V&A Waterfront on March 27, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa Photo by Carl Fourie / Gallo Images

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – MARCH 27, Liston Ntshongwana during the Opening Ceremony of the Springbok Experience museum at V&A Waterfront on March 27, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa
Photo by Carl Fourie / Gallo Images

SA Rugby on Saturday paid tribute to former African Springbok captain Mpenduli “Liston” Ntshongwana, who passed away earlier this week.

Ntshongwana, who was nicknamed ‘Liston’ after former world heavyweight boxing champion Sonny Liston, was a formidable loose forward who captained the African Springboks on a number of occasions in the 1970s against international touring teams.

Born in the Eastern Cape, he represented the University of Fort Hare and the Border Rugby Union (1970 -74) in his formative playing years.

He had pace, excellent handling skills and a massive kicking range. In addition to displaying his prowess on provincial level in the Partons Cup Competition, he went on to successfully captain the African Springboks (South African African Rugby Football Board) and later the Leopards (SA Rugby Association) against both the Proteas and international opposition such as the British Lions (1974), Italy (1974) and France (1975).

Contemporary sport writers described Ntshongwana as being “able to transform a beaten side into a lively set” and a versatile player as well as “a good leader, he run well with the ball and tackles effectively”.

Renowned former rugby historian, the late Vuyisa Qunta, listed Ntshongwana as one of the best Number 7 flankers in African rugby and therefore a sure choice for his ‘dream team’ after Ben Malamba.

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Date: Sunday, 31 December 2017

Time: 18h30 to 00h00

Cost: Free

Contact: V&A Info Centre on 021 408 7600 or info@waterfront.co.za

See out 2017 in spectacular style with a New Year’s Eve celebration like no other at the V&A Waterfront!

On New Year’s Eve from 6.30pm onwards on, local buskers and performers will entertain visitors in the lead up to a spectacular midnight fireworks display brought to the public by the V&A Waterfront and the City of Cape Town.

Throughout the evening various entertainment areas will be positioned across the property, each with activities from buskers to musicians, solo artists and much more. Little ones will also be catered for, and they can expect to encounter playful characters around the Kids Ahoy playground (near the Victoria Wharf Food Court) from 5pm.

The V&A Amphitheatre will be lit up from 7.30pm, and will host entertainers throughout the evening. Amphitheatre entertainment will end soon after the fireworks display. Continue reading

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20 December 2017

Release: Immediate

The DA in the Western Cape is calling on all parents, caregivers, extended family and the community at large to safeguard all children throughout the holiday period.

It’s vital that we do not neglect our responsibilities, by among others getting caught up in the euphoria of the festivities. Children are vulnerable and predators tend to take advantage of the festive atmosphere to target our innocent children.

Although the protection of children should be a daily occurrence, it is especially during this time, commonly known as the silly season, where it’s found that children go missing. I urge all residents to always be vigilant, making sure that we remain informed about our children’s whereabouts and the people with whom they spend their time. Furthermore, to have the contact details of the individuals that they’re with and should your child go missing during any period, to immediately report it to the SAPS and organisations such as Missing Children SA. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town and Vodacom, in partnership with Fastcomm, have joined forces to help spread the water-saving message during this unprecedented drought crisis via a new channel on the Vodacom Link app. Read more below:

All Capetonians and visitors to the city are now able to download a new water channel on the Link app – powered by Vodacom. It contains the most important drought-related and water-saving content on offer. This service is available to all users on all networks but Vodacom clients will not be charged for data when using the Link channels.

This community-based mobile app has already linked users to the City to help report service delivery matters. This Cape Town drought channel is therefore building on the existing partnership to drive water-saving awareness and use technology as an active tool to help Cape Town to beat the drought with the help of its partners and water users.

‘We have so many private-sector partners who have come on board to help us during this immensely trying time. From the hospitality and health sectors; retail giants; the financial services and property sector to broadcasters such as Smile FM in particular; industry bodies; corporates; and other government departments. The communication sector, tech companies, breweries and filmmakers, and every single resident association, neighbourhood watch, civic body, social media water-saving group and 87 litre-hero in Cape Town must be thanked too. And now also Link. Continue reading

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More than 4 000 motorists took the opportunity to pay their fines at a traffic fine roadshow held in the Cape Town Civic Centre from 11 – 13 December 2017. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Legal Services Department partnered with the Traffic Service and the Revenue Department to bring City services closer to motorists last week.

A three-day traffic fines roadshow saw fines to the value of over R500 000 being paid. Motorists had the opportunity to plead for leniency by making representations to the prosecutors for a reduced fine, make general enquiries about traffic fines and warrants, and make payment – all in one venue.

‘The response to the traffic fine roadshow was phenomenal. I am pleased that motorists took time out to make their way to the Civic Centre and access the service and information that was available. The roadshow was in line with a key priority of the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan to build a more customer-focused organisation by taking services to our residents,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Councillor Raelene Arendse.

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High water usage by residents of Cape Town over this past week has brought Day Zero closer by in excess of three weeks to 29 April 2018.

Total storage has fallen by 1,1%. As of this week, dam levels stand at 33%. The City’s overall water usage rose to 641 million litres per day. As at today, only 34% of our residents are saving water. Agricultural users also consumed water at a similar rate to the city.

The dashboard can be viewed here: www.capetown.gov.za/dayzerodashboard

‘If water consumption continues to rise, together with the very hot windy conditions which increase evaporation losses, we can expect Day Zero to happen as soon as 18 March 2018. This is a terrifying prospect. Residential customers remain the largest portion of water users. If we can bring consumption down to 500 million litres per day, we will be able to avoid Day Zero,’ said the City’s Director of Water and Sanitation, Peter Flower.

Day Zero is the day that almost all of the taps in the city will be turned off and people will have to queue for water at approximately 200 sites across the peninsula. Continue reading

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY; AND SOCIAL SERVICES, ALDERMAN JP SMITH

This morning judgment was handed down in the Western Cape High Court in favour of the City of the Cape Town in respect of the matter brought against the City by the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival Association (CTMCA). Read more below:

The case brought against the City by the CTMCA was dismissed with costs. We are pleased with the judgment and feel vindicated. We were adamant from the very beginning that the allegations against the City were baseless.

An event permit was not issued to the CTMCA due to non-compliance with the applicable event by-laws and legislation. Today’s judgment is a clear indication, once again, that our administrative processes are fair, just and sound. This was the fourth case in two years and the fifth judgment handed down in favour of the City.

All requests for funding were received through the City of Cape Town’s event support application system and were considered by the Special Events Committee within their delegations or recommendations for support to Council.

The City took into account the Constitution, the Municipal Finance Management Act, the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, the City’s Credit Control and Debt Collection Policy, and other considerations when they reviewed the applications. Continue reading

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