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Today the City of Cape Town reached another milestone in its efforts to provide service delivery for fire-affected residents with the electrification of two areas in Imizamo Yethu.

In line with the objectives of the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan to enhance service delivery, the City installed new electricity connections in the Disa Temporary Relocation Area (TRA) and the Petersen/Pipe Track area.

The City is establishing new connections for 355 families who will now be connected to the municipality’s electricity grid.

The majority of the families had their power switched on today, while the work on other properties will be completed over this coming weekend.

The City employed 18 residents from both the Disa TRA and the Pipe Track/Petersen area through the Expanded Public Works Programme to assist in the completion of the electrification project.

The City is making progress in electrifying several sections of the area as part of the super-blocking process. In August this year, we also switched on the electricity in the first section of the fire-affected area in Madiba Square. Continue reading

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With more than 2 million visitors to Cape Town’s beaches expected over summer, the City is doing all it can to ensure everyone’s safety. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town has increased the number of lifeguards on its beaches this festive season to keep beach-goers safe.

Each year, more than 2 million people flock to the City’s beaches during the peak summer season. With the festive season now in full swing, the City would like to caution the public to stay safe this summer at the City’s amenities.

As at Wednesday 13 December 2017, two drownings have been recorded at Mnandi Beach on the False Bay coast – both victims were young girls.

Ordinarily, the City has more than 270 trained and accredited temporary lifeguards and over 1 500 volunteer lifeguards on duty, as well as the voluntary services of the various lifesaving clubs affiliated to Lifesaving Western Province. This year, the Recreation and Parks Department has a pool of 100 additional lifeguards for deployment as needed.

‘We made this arrangement to compensate for the closure of many municipal swimming pools that will more than likely see an increase in visitor numbers to our beaches and tidal pools. We also thank Lifesaving Western Province for their continued support in helping us build a safer city which is a critical priority in our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan. Continue reading

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The graduation of a batch of Traffic Services recruits today brings the total number of new traffic officers inducted into the City’s ranks to 50 since July.

The City of Cape Town’s newest traffic recruits will hit the streets just in time for the peak festive season. The group of 20 officers received their certificates at a graduation ceremony today after completing their studies and practical assessments.

In 2015 the Traffic Services Department embarked on a learnership programme to ensure the ongoing recruitment and training of officers to counter the natural attrition within its ranks.

The graduates are the latest group of recruits to have completed the programme, just six months after 30 others graduated after walking the same road. Increasing our staff complement aligns with the City’s commitment to promoting safer communities under the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan.

As part of the selection process to whittle down the thousands of applications received, candidates had to complete written and physical assessments. This was followed by a round of interviews, medical examinations, criminal checks and reference checks. Continue reading

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The Transport and Urban Development Authority urges residents and those registered on the City’s housing database to be aware of fraudsters posing as community representatives. The fraudsters make false promises to prospective housing beneficiaries, and often take money under the pretence of speeding up housing processes. Read more below: 

Fraudsters posing as community representatives are active across Cape Town, but tend to target areas where the City of Cape Town is set to commence with new housing developments. Residents are advised to exercise caution and not to hand over any cash if solicited.

‘We’ve heard about fraudsters who are targeting residents living in Retreat. They pose as community representatives and arrange so-called community meetings for those registered on the City’s housing database, or for those still wanting to register. They often ask a cover charge from those attending the meetings, and promise to give those who pay preferential treatment in the allocation or building of new houses. I want to assure residents that we will never ask money in exchange for a housing opportunity. The moment somebody makes such an offer you should know that the person is a fraud,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

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It is all about variety at Jackson Hall, GrandWest as we approach the festive season, with three dynamic bands entertaining music fans from December to January on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Doing the honours are the versatile Faze 4, Signature SA and Jeodhouse Band.

In December 2017, Faze4, a band well known for its broad repertoire, will add some zest to the midweek. They’ll be performing an array of songs from different genres every Wednesday night from 21h00. The band’s repertoire includes a mix of music genres including traditional jazz, Cape jazz, R&B, pop, kwaito, reggae, and pop. The band has been together since 2006, performing at various clubs and venues in the Western Cape. The band has also toured extensively in Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, Botswana and Namibia. One of the highlights of the band’s career was performing at the 80th birthday party of The Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Entertaining guests at 21h00 on Friday nights in December 2017 is emerging, young band, SignatureSA. Aged between 17 and 22 years old, the members of this band have been nurturing their talents since childhood in the comfort and warmth of their church community. Now, with the motto “You name it, we play it”, the band performs vibrant sets at venues across Cape Town and has featured at music festivals such as Jazzathon 2017 and KKNK Festival 2017. They opened for Micasa at the WOW Festival and have supported artists such as Loukmaan Adams, Salome, Candice Thornton, Robin Pieters and El Clay. Continue reading

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The City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) will host a rail summit early in 2018 in an effort to find short-term solutions that will address the commuter rail crisis as we work towards the incremental takeover of the urban rail function. Read more below:

A rail summit will be hosted early in the new year when the City of Cape Town will meet with role-players from the private sector, business leaders, and other interested and affected parties to devise short-term interventions to address the current crisis that rail commuters face on a daily basis.

‘This morning I took the Metrorail northern line to experience what the conditions are like for commuters who travel between the northern suburbs and Cape Town station. The overcrowding, frustration, anxiety, and desperation of those who needed to get on the train to get to work were similar to what I personally saw and experienced on my commute on the Metrorail Central Line on 30 November.

‘We departed from Kraaifontein station shortly after 06:00. The carriage was packed beyond capacity – I did not expect this, given that the schools are closed and some people are already on leave. At one of the stations I was nearly pushed through the open door as desperate men and women were trying to get onto the train while others were trying to get off. It was harrowing, and I may have ended up on the tracks were it not for a young man who pulled me back in. Those making use of Metrorail literally have to fight their way in and out of the carriages every day. Commuting by train in Cape Town is stressful and degrading – you are exhausted once you reach your destination and then you still have to work an eight-hour day. Continue reading

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Following on from last year’s format for the Cape Town Summer Market, the City of Cape Town has ticked all the boxes to ensure that this year’s market builds on the successes of the previous year. Once again, the central theme is fun activities that will keep young and old well entertained for the evening. Read more below:

The Cape Town Summer Market will take place over a seven-day period from 17 – 23 December 2017. It will be open to the public between 17:00 and 23:00 on each day.

The zones set up last year proved to be very popular and will feature again this year. This setup caters for a broad range of interests and goes beyond just selling trinkets; it’s about growing a culture of entrepreneurship and creativity.

‘I am pleased that we have found a winning formula for this family event. The various entertainment zones catering for young and old are guaranteed to keep all well entertained for the week. There will be a play zone, a kid’s zone, a sports zone and a music zone that will give families the opportunity to enjoy quality time together in a safe space. The addition of tinkering tables in the kid’s zone will allow for adventures in creativity, with activities focused on exploration and experimentation,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

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Multinational optical and optoelectronic technology company, ZEISS South Africa, granted bursaries to two brilliant young South African students, Loretta Magagula and Sthembile Mbotwe, this year to assist them in completing their doctoral studies.

ZEISS Strategic Project Manager, Vani Naidoo says the two beneficiaries were selected for their outstanding work in physiology and biomedical sciences. “Sthembile and Loretta both belong to research teams doing ground-breaking work in their respective fields. They are rising science stars and we are delighted to be sponsoring their studies. After all, we have a vested interest in encouraging the next generation of scientists.”

Magagula’s is pursuing a Phd in Medical Biochemistry at the University of Cape Town within the Biomedical Translational Research Initiative (BTRI). Her project focuses on identifying and visualising specific breast and colorectal cancer-causing mutations within the South African population in a field that is almost entirely populated by Eurocentric data.

She was awarded a ZEISS bursary in 2017 to assist with her doctoral studies. “I have used ZEISS equipment throughout my post-graduate studies at the University of Pretoria (UP) and UCT.

“French-American painter, sculptor, chess player and writer, Marcel Duchamp, once described artmaking as “making the invisible visible”. My only goal as an aspiring cellular biologist is to do the same. This has been realised by using powerful microscope created by ZEISS to visualise discrete and stochastic transcriptional events at nanometre range. I look forward to uncovering more of the invisible as I progress through my career,” adds Magagula. Continue reading

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(14 December 2017) Africa’s Richest race day, The Sun Met celebrated with G.H.Mumm returns to Kenilworth Racecourse on Saturday 27 January 2018, with a stellar line-up of entertainment.

Over and above rubbing shoulders with the who’s who of the horse racing, fashion and entertainment industries, all styled ahead of the field in their best afro-chic attire, this social highlight also brings race day goers a dazzling entertainment line-up featuring some of South Africa’s finest radio and club DJ’s as well as the award-winning band, Mi Casa.

The official after party will bring race day goers live performances by DJ Kent, DJ Zinhle, Euphonik and Mi Casa in the official Sun Met celebrated with G.H.Mumm after party marquee.

All ticket holders will be able to join the official after party as general access tickets automatically grant access into the after party marquee. Other entertainment on offer in the after party marquee will include DJs, a fashion show showcasing local and international fashion, as well as the esteemed Best Dressed competition.

The public arena will host a variety of premium culinary experiences, bar facilities, and entertainment, with the Sun Met celebrated with G.H.Mumm. also offering horseracing enthusiasts the opportunity to see South Africa’s finest thoroughbreds compete in 13 nail-biting races, and a stake of R5 million in the main Sun Met celebrated with G.H. Mumm race.

Once again, this calendar highlight guarantees the finest in Africa’s rich horse-racing heritage, style, fashion, and entertainment at the height of the Mother City’s summer season. The Sun Met celebrated with G.H. Mumm will once again draw the country’s most high profile personalities to Kenilworth race course to experience the thrill and splendour of Africa’s richest race day.

Tickets to the Sun Met celebrated with G.H.Mumm. are now on sale at

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Our oceans are more than just a place to go for some time out from a busy lifestyle; about 97 percent of the Earth’s water can be found in our oceans* and they’re home to roughly 15% of the earth’s species**.

According to the World Economic Forum, 32% of plastic packaging produced annually worldwide is left to flow into our oceans***. We all know this isn’t right… so let’s do something about it.

“Taking care of our environment is simple, really. If each household implements and follows a recycling programme, we’re already halfway there,” says Mandy Naudé, CEO of Polyco – a non-profit industry body formed by a group of responsible polyolefin packaging producers with the aim of increasing the polyolefin packaging recycling rate.

We need to accept that we cannot live without plastic in our world, but it is how packaging is designed and what consumers do with it once it has been used that makes the difference. By separating your household waste into recyclables and non-recyclables, you’ll play a major part in preventing plastic from ending up in the ocean, or accumulating in landfills.

Recycling in your own home can be easy and fun, and Polyco is determined to show all South Africans how to get started. Alongside the queen of DIY, SuzelleDIY, Polyco has produced an educational, interactive online video. Continue reading

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