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The City of Cape Town has decided to extend the comment period on its Draft Budget for the 2016/17 to 2018/19 financial year by a week, to 29 April 2016, in an effort to garner more public input for consideration. 

The City’s hopes that by extending the period for public comment on the Draft Budget, comprising approximately R40,7 billion for the 2016/17 financial year, it will give more residents more time to scrutinise the document and to contribute their insights and suggestions.

‘It is important that we plan with the people of Cape Town and not for them through a collaborative approach. Our residents and ratepayers must therefore scrutinise the draft budget and send us their comments for consideration.

‘We have had to look very closely at balancing the City’s operational needs with the realities on the ground and the broader context in which we are working. We have looked at where we can trim the fat, work more efficiently, get more value for money, and also alleviate the pressure on our residents where at all possible,’ said the City’s Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson. Continue reading

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POST-APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA IN THE DOCK?

#PeopleVersusRainbow
Johannesburg, 14 April 2016: To some people, the defining image of contemporary South Africa has changed – it’s no longer of Nobel Prize winners Nelson Mandela or Desmond Tutu; it is of students with their hands in the air in protest, surrounded by flames, riot police…

Commissioned by Africa’s leading youth brands MTV (DStv channel 130) and MTV Base (DStv channel 322), and directed by South African documentary maker Lebogang Rasethaba, The People vs The Rainbow Nation goes behind the headlines and the news footage to investigate what has driven this post-Apartheid generation to mobilise mass action campaigns#rhodesmustfall and #feesmustfall, asking why South African youth believe the struggle is far from over, more than 20 years after South Africa’s first democratic elections.
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Grandwest Casino, Cape Town, South Africa -  6 November 2014:Bout 10 - Abdul Hassan vs. Irshaad Sayed - EFC bantamweight FightPhoto by: Ruby Wolff / EFC WorldWide 2014

Grandwest Casino, Cape Town, South Africa – 6 November 2014:Bout 10 – Abdul Hassan vs. Irshaad Sayed – EFC bantamweight FightPhoto by: Ruby Wolff / EFC WorldWide 2014

GrandWest, home to EFC (the Extreme Fighting Championship) events in the Western Cape, is gearing up for the next event, EFC 48, to be headlined by the heavyweight championship fight between Brendon Groenewald and Danie van Heerden.

EFC 48 takes place on Friday, 22 April 2016, a day earlier than originally scheduled following a groundbreaking broadcast partnership which will see all future EFC events taking place on Friday nights instead of Saturdays. EFC will now be broadcast live on Kwesé Sports from 20:00 and delayed live on e.tv in South Africa from around 22:30 (after the evening movie).

In addition to the heavyweight championship bout between Groenewald and van Heerden at the Grand Arena, EFC fans can also look forward to 11 other fights including the interim bantamweight championship between Irshaad Sayed and Cedric Doyle.

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Saturdays at 6:05PM from 23 April

The highly anticipated Lip Sync Battle Africa will make its free-to-air premiere next Saturday, 23 April, at 6:05PMon e.tv. The internationally acclaimed show, which features celebrities battling each other in a lip sync duel of popular songs, now has an African flavour for local audiences to enjoy.

The first episode features Club 808 host Boity Thulo taking on hip-hop star Cassper Nyovest. The second episode, which airs on 30 April, will be a battle of the radio DJ’s with Thando Thabethe against Lerato Kganyago. Upcoming episodes of the show will feature all types of African celebrities. Comedians, musicians, models and actors will battle each other every week to win the prestigious Lip Sync Battle Africa title belt. The show is hosted by the beautiful Pearl Thusi accompanied by her colourful commentator D’Banj. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town intends moving all existing prepaid electricity customers currently on the subsidised Lifeline tariff, but whose property value exceeds R1 million, to the Domestic tariff as from 1 October 2016. Read more below:

The Lifeline tariff is a subsidised tariff aimed at providing support to poor households. In terms of the tariff structure, only households that meet the following criteria qualify for this subsidisation:

· Their municipal property valuation is R300 000 or less and

· They use less than 450 kWh per month on average, including any free electricity and

· They have a prepaid electricity meter

If a customer receives a senior citizen or disabled persons rebate in terms of the Rates Policy or is registered as indigent in terms of the Credit Control and Debt Collection Policy, the property valuation and metering requirements stated above fall away.

Homeowners over the age of 60 whose household income is less than R12 000 per month currently qualify for the senior citizen rebate and it is proposed, in the City’s draft budget for 2016/2017, to increase this limit to a household income of R15 000 per month. Continue reading

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

Note to editors: City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, today inspected a Mayoral redress project in Phola Park where a degraded and polluted open stormwater channel was covered and transformed into a walkway for the community.

The City of Cape Town is committed to redressing injustices of the past and building an inclusive metro.

In addition to delivering housing opportunities, creating the conditions to enable economic growth, and connecting more residents to opportunities by rolling out a quality transport service with MyCiTi, we have numerous projects rolling out on an ongoing basis to improve people’s living conditions while they wait for formal housing opportunities. Continue reading

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Vredendal High School and Camerata Tinta Barocca present the Matzikama Music Week

At the end of April, some of South Africa’s leading classical music artists will be performing world class music performances and teaching master classes in the heart of the Matzikama.

Vredendal High School, in collaboration with the Camerata Tinta Barocca Baroque Orchestra, presents the Matzikama Music Week from Monday, April 25 to Friday, April 29.

According to Michéle de Villiers, Head of Music at Vredendal High School, 700 students from ten schools have the chance to experience the music of the Camerata Tinta Barocca, led by orchestra director Erik Dippenaar. The school children will also be given the chance to play some of the instruments. Dippenaar is known as a leading harpsichord player and recently performed at the KKNK with Stefan Temmingh in the musical Corelli à la Mode, that was nominated for a Kanna Award. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate is inviting NGOs and shelters to apply for aid to help manage the expected influx of street people needing assistance over winter. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate is calling on non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to apply for aid as part of its Winter Readiness Programme for street people. Each year, the directorate procures food, blankets, mattresses and toiletries that are distributed to qualifying NGOs who work with street people.

‘Some shelters are overrun by requests for assistance in winter, when many street people look for a warm and dry place to sleep. Our contribution is meant to ensure that these organisations can help as many people as possible,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Social Development and Early Childhood Development, Councillor Suzette Little. Continue reading

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