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The City’s Open Data Portal is gaining momentum, with a further 11 data sets having been approved last month alone. With International Open Data Day taking place today, the City encourages more residents to get involved and make use of this innovative system. Read more below:

Through the Open Data Portal, the City of Cape Town’s data is incrementally released to the public in a useable format. It is available to all for free to enhance transparency and promote the use of the City’s data for broader social and economic benefit.

‘On International Open Data Day, the City would like to hear from any of our residents who have ideas for using open data, want to find an interesting project to contribute towards, or are currently developing online platforms which leverage off the data which has been made available by the City. As a well-run, opportunity city we are always encouraging developers to work with us in helping the global open data community to grow,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services and Compliance, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.

International Open Data Day sees residents in cities around the world gathering to write applications, liberate data, create visualisations and publish analyses using open public data. It seeks to show support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments. The City is doing just that.

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

This Sunday, 6 March 2016, close to 40 000 cyclists will saddle up to take part in the world’s most scenic and biggest timed cycle race.

The City of Cape Town is honoured to be home to the Cape Town Cycle Tour which continues to attract cyclists from all over the country and around the world.

On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I would like to wish all cyclists good luck for this year’s race.

You are the heartbeat of this event.

Your athletic ability, sheer determination, and the wonderful camaraderie are the biggest drawcards of this event. Continue reading

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Pretoria, 03 March 2016- The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) public service radio station, IKwekwezi FM meaning ‘The Star’ has been shining for 33 years. During this time, the station used the tagline; ‘Lapho Sikhona Kunokukhanya’.

In celebrating this incredible milestone, the radio station has embarked on a new, brand campaign tagged: ‘Kukhanya Bha’ meaning ‘wherever we are, it shines bright’. The new slogan highlights not only the presence of light but also the ability to shine.

This brand campaign further entrenches the heritage of IKwekwezi FM, as a progressive brand showcasing the Ndebele culture. The campaign celebrates the history of the station and captures the imagination of the ever-evolving listener, who is exposed to the world of technology, trends and other culture, who desires to remain, rooted in their heritage. Continue reading

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The Springbok Sevens are very aware of the threat posed by their three pool opponents for this weekend’s Las Vegas Sevens, which kicks off early on Saturday morning (SA time).

The South Africans will be looking to bounce back to winning ways after coming unstuck in their last two knock-out matches at the Sydney Sevens in Australia, where they finished in fourth place despite injuries to several squad members.

Las Vegas has been a happy hunting ground for the Springbok Sevens recently, with the team winning the USA title no fewer than three times in the past five years.

However, for this edition, the Springbok Sevens find themselves in a tough pool consisting of hosts, USA, the strong and physical Canada and tenacious Wales. The first two teams on the log qualify for the Cup quarter-finals after the teams have played three round-robin matches. Continue reading

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The SA Select Women’s team on Thursday recorded a strong start to the Las Vegas Invitational as they progressed through the first day of the tournament unbeaten with victories against Stars Rugby 2 and Brazil.

The team displayed good skills on attack and produced a solid defensive effort, which earned them a total of 58 points, while they conceded only five points.

SA Select captain Lorinda Brown and her team kicked off the tournament with a superb 46-0 victory against the mixed international team, Stars Rugby 2, to achieve their objective of building momentum and confidence early on. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town has implemented its Stranded Whale Protocol after the carcass of a young southern right whale has come ashore just south of Melkbosstrand. Read more below:

The City was notified of the carcass this morning, 4 March 2016.

‘While such occurrences tend to draw curious onlookers, from a safety perspective we urge members of the public to please keep away to allow the agencies on site the space to remove the whale carcass.

‘In the meantime, we will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.

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There is great excitement brewing for the sixth annual Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival which takes place daily, for one week only, from 12 to 18 March, where 40 productions from all over the Western Cape will be showcased.

The hugely popular development festival kicks off with the Zabalaza Weekend on Saturday, 12 and Sunday 13 when all venues and spaces in the theatre complex will pulsate with dynamic and diverse artistic activities featuring 26 productions.

The Zabalaza Main Festival features 17 productions and runs from 14 to 18 March daily with shows on at 10am,11.15am, 12.30pm, 3pm, 5pm, 6.30pm and 8pm.

The festival will boast multiple genres – from drama, poetry, hip hop, dance and musical theatre to physical theatre and theatre for children, performed in five different languages – English, Xhosa, Afrikaans, Zulu and Shona. Continue reading

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