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The City of Cape Town will host a competition to accommodate displaced minstrel troupes following the inability of certain associations to host competitions for their troupes. Read more below:

The troupes that belong to the Cape Town Minstrels Carnival Association (CTMCA), approached the City of Cape Town for assistance. Following a meeting with some of the members of the displaced troupes yesterday, the City has agreed to work with the individual troupes to host a minstrels competition which will allow them all to compete on Sunday 20 January and Sunday 27 January 2019 at the Athlone Stadium. (Following the annual Tweede Nuwe Jaar celebration in the city centre, minstrel troupes have competitions in their communities over the following weeks. Some of these troupes have been unable to compete as the CTMCA is unable to comply with legislative requirements.)

This gesture will allow the troupes to celebrate their cultural heritage. Additionally, it will give their families and friends an opportunity to come out and support them.

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Pic: groundup.org.zaThe Rail Enforcement Unit (REU) was launched by the National Minister of Transport during October 2018, coinciding with Transport Month. Its impact on the improved safety of Metrorail commuters and rail infrastructure can be observed in numerous arrests and the recovery of stolen infrastructure. Read more below:

The REU is jointly funded by the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Government and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). The unit provides an additional 100 Law Enforcement officers to the existing security personnel in meeting Metrorail’s security challenges. These include sustained attacks on rail infrastructure and rolling stock assets, the sabotage of the urban rail network, and criminals targeting commuters and rail employees.

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The capacity of the City of Cape Town’s Graffiti Unit will be bolstered by 168 temporary workers from February to June this year. The workers will be sourced from the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) database across the city and will assist in removing illegal graffiti. Read more below:

‘Illegal graffiti is a concern and can quickly change a neighbourhood. It can create the impression that no one cares about the area, it can discourage business and it diverts funds that now have to be used to remove it, instead of being used for community programmes. Offensive or obscene graffiti can also affect residents sense of safety and security in their own communities,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

The City’s Graffiti Unit, under the auspices of Law Enforcement, will be bolstered with 168 EPWP workers from February to June this year who will be recruited from the EPWP database across the City and will be part of two teams tasked with cleaning up gang and illegal graffiti on the Cape Flats and in townships and suburbs. Continue reading

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As a part of the Cape Youth @Work programme, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz, hosted a leadership training day for nearly 100 youths predominantly from Mitchells Plain, selected as interns for the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). .

The training day motivated and inspired the new interns through lectures and workshops hosted by Minister Albert Fritz, wellness expert Helen Cyster, Mitchells Plain poet Chelsea Goliath, and Ellen Pakkies actress Jill Levenberg. The day was hosted at the Seven Sister’s vineyard, established by self-made entrepreneur and CEO Vivian Kleynhans.

MEC Fritz said, “It is essential that as governments, corporates and greater civil society, that we work Better Together, pooling our expertise, to upskill our youth and increase their opportunities in life. For this reason, the Western Cape Government is driving similar initiatives to upskill our young people, including youth cafés; Mass participation, Opportunity and access; Development and growth (MOD) Centres, Early Childhood Development Centres, and after-school game changers.”

Under the leadership of MEC Albert Fritz, the Western Cape Department of Social Development remains committed to providing opportunities to young people.

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The City of Cape Town’s Marine and Environmental Law Enforcement Unit has racked up their first arrests and the recovery of poached marine life for the new year. The unit, which was established in 2013, continues to fight illegal marine resource extraction along the City’s 300 km coastline. Read more below:

‘Marine resources are under threat and our local economy and the environment cannot afford this abuse. It is critical for us to have effective ways of fighting the illegal poaching of sea life and this unit has proven its metal since it was established,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

The specialised Marine and Environmental Law Enforcement Unit was established in 2013 and its focus has been marine and coastal law enforcement, including inshore boat patrols.

The unit’s most recent success was this morning, Thursday, when officers were conducting waterborne operations, their land based colleagues acted on a tip off and cornered six suspects on the rocks in a secluded part of the Kalk Bay shoreline.

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Adam Lennox (left) and Tevin Musara (right) Photograph by Henk OetsThe 2018 Standard Bank Ovation Award-winning play, Sainthood, which interrogates all-boys school culture, written and directed by Tiisetso Mashifane wa Noni, comes to the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio, from 6 to 27 February, at 7.30pm with Saturday matinees at 3pm.

Moulded out of pure curiosity on the part of the writer/director who began writing the play after listening to the stories of some of her male friends – former ‘saints’ boys. As a former ‘saints’ girl herself, she had a perfectly good idea what she was dealing with and while some of the experiences were delightful, others were completely petrifying. This dichotomy gave rise to the birth of this essential and vibrant work.

Tiisetso explains, “Adolescence is such an important developmental stage in one’s life and we spend most of it at school and more-often-than-not, we brush it off as something fleeting, when it can be so defining to one’s early adult character.”

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Cape Town Comedy Club is open 5 days a week. Comedy nightly from 8.30pm, dinner from 6pm.

On this week at Cape Town Comedy Club …

The home of Cape Town comedy is back with another jam-packed week of comedy. Featuring South Africa’s top comedians, Cape Town Comedy Club is the best place to catch comedy in the Western Cape! The club is also currently listed as 1 of the TOP 10 BEST COMEDY CLUBS in the world!

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Wednesday 09th January 2019

HEADLINE: Sne Dladla
MC: Rob van Vuuren
SUPPORT ACT: Darren Amos
OPEN MIC: Esti Strydom

Thursday 10th January 2019

HEADLINE: Sne Dladla
MC: Rob van Vuuren
SUPPORT ACT: Darren Amos
OPEN MIC: Esti Strydom

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The SA Rugby Sevens Academy team on Saturday finished second in pool B of the Sudamerica Rugby Sevens tournament in Punta del Este after securing victories against Russia (26-5) and Colombia (10-0) before suffering a narrow defeat against Uruguay (7-0).

This ensured that the team is still on track to defend the title they won in Uruguay last year, however, they will have to overcame Portugal in the Cup Quarter-final first, which will be played on Sunday.

The side started well against Russia, where two tries by Donovan du Randt and Kurt-Lee Arendse respectively steered them to a convincing win. Their defence was breached only once in the clash as Russia scored a late try.

The team also kept the Colombians away from their tryline in their second match, in which Arendse limped off. A first-half try by Wayne van der Bank had South Africa 5-0 up at the break, and the victory was sealed when Heino Bezuidenhout scored early in the second half.

Colombia attacked well in the final minutes, but the good defence kept them at bay.

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