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During his illustrious career, the Cape Town professor led ground-breaking research on the metabolism of the heart. He was known as one of the continent’s leading doctors before passing away last week. Read more below:

‘On behalf of the City of Cape Town, we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of Emeritus Professor Lionel Opie. Cape Town has been a place for innovation, having been the site of the first heart transplant, carried out by Dr Christiaan Barnard. Throughout his life, Emeritus Professor Opie worked on ground-breaking research to understand the biology of the human heart. He was a prolific researcher and worked closely with the late Dr Barnard. Opie’s passing is a great loss, but his innovative research has left a wealth of knowledge behind for the enrichment of the minds of future generations,’ said Executive Mayor Dan Plato.

Born in 1933, Professor Opie obtained his medical degree at the University of Cape Town in 1955. He went on to study further at Oxford in 1957 and was also mentored by two Nobel prize winners, Professor Sir Hans Krebs at Oxford, and Professor Sir Ernst Chain at Imperial College, London. Opie published hundreds of scientific articles and books covering heart disease. He also made meaningful contributions to many other published works.

In 2006, he received the Order of Mapungubwe in Silver for his contribution to the field of cardiology.

In 2012, the University of Stellenbosch honoured Professor Opie with the degree Doctor of Science (DSc) for his contributions as an internationally acclaimed cardiologist as well as for his research work.

Opie’s passion for medicine and science never wavered and he remained active well into his golden years. We are grateful for his contribution to medical science.

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Mother City Comedy Festival

Thursday 27 February 2020, 8.45PM, Baxter Studio

Age Restriction: PG16

A comedy show about the funny side of a culture clash.  As if cohabitation between a man and a woman isn’t difficult enough, add two contrasting cultures trying to learn about each other in the multi-cultural epicenter of Cape Town and you have a laugh-a-minute show.

Within the current international obsession of who is right and who is wrong dominating our media, this show explores who all human beings are, at the core, the same – they just have different skin tones, languages, passports and ideas of appropriate footwear.
About Kurt Schoonraad …

Kurt Schoonraad is one of South Africa’s most instantly recognisable stand-up comedians. With his earthy humour
and comedic range he connects with audiences from every corner of South Africa, not to mention internationally,
even making the front page of the New York Times.

The actor and comedian says that hailing from Mitchell’s Plain in Cape Town, one of South Africa’s largest townships, was highly influential in developing his sense of humour and comedy style.

Kurt’s professional comedy career took off almost two decades ago. In that time he has been consistently
performing stand-up comedy onstage, and has also gone on to produce and perform his hugely successful one man
shows all over the country.

Kurt first earned attention as the quirky accidental tourist on the hit TV series “Going Nowhere Slowly”. He has since
been acknowledged as one of SA’s favourite TV personalities, hosting game shows, appearing in the well-known BBC
format “Who Do You Think You Are?” and “Comedy Central presents Kurt Schoonraad”. He stars in various big
screen productions, with his most recent lead performance in the international award-winning South African movie
“Skeem”.

Kurt pioneered Cape Town Comedy Club from its humble festival origins, to its exciting permanent home at the
historic Pumphouse at the V&A Waterfront, becoming Cape Town’s only dedicated international stand-up comedy venue. The club was recently acknowledged as one of the ten best comedy clubs in the world.

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Two of the world’s best tennis players are set to do battle in the first ever tennis match at the Cape Town Stadium. Read more below:

Rafael Nadal is a 19-time Grand Slam singles champion

Fresh from competing in the Australian Open, 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer will square off with long-time rival and 19-time Grand Slam singles champion Rafael Nadal.

The exhibition match, the sixth in the series, will be the first played on African soil under the auspices of the Roger Federer Foundation to raise funds for children’s education in Africa.

‘This event is a wonderful initiative that aims to give back to those less fortunate and, as the City of Cape Town, we are more than happy to lend our support especially to a cause that seeks to develop young people. As Africa’s leading festival and event destination, we are also very thrilled to be hosting this once-in-a-life-time spectacle’, said the City’s Executive Mayor Dan Plato.

In addition, event organisers will also attempt to break the world record for the most spectators to watch a single tennis match at the 50 000-seater Cape Town Stadium.

The City of Cape Town is contributing to this charitable cause by supporting the event in the form of City services.

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More than 56 000 fines issued as City clamps down on lawlessness

The City of Cape Town’s enforcement agencies issued more than 56 000 fines over the past week, with 164 people arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Read more below:

‘Our departments have been ramping up efforts to stem the tide of lawlessness on our roads and in our communities. Traffic Service and the Metro Police Department issued more than 56 000 fines for various offences over the last five days for minor transgressions such as an expired license to more serious offences such as speeding, inconsiderate driving, jumping red traffic lights and stop street offences to name a few.

‘Clearly, people think they can get away with breaking the law as weekly our agencies arrest huge numbers of drunk drivers and fine thousands of others. The message is clear: the City’s Safety and Security Directorate will not allow the blatant disregard for law and order to continue,’ said the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

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Dams supplying the Cape metro have declined 1,6% for the past week (27 January – 2 February 2020) bringing the level down to 70,3%. Read more below:

Water consumption for the same period has also dropped to 738 million litres/day. Consumption the previous week was at 742 million litres/day.

The declining dam levels could be attributed to the very hot and windy weather conditions that have been experienced recently.

‘Regarding possible changes to the level of water restrictions, the City currently awaits confirmation of our water allocation for the 2019/20 hydrological year from the National Department of Water and Sanitation. Once this has been confirmed, an announcement will be made on what restrictions will be necessary to stay within this allocation,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste, Alderman Xanthea Limberg.

Please visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for information relating to current water restrictions, guidelines around alternative water sources such as boreholes and rainwater tanks, tariff information, and other useful tools for enabling a water-wise City.

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Speech delivered by Alderman Dan Plato, Executive Mayor of Cape Town today, 29 January 2020, during a full sitting of Council.

Good morning speaker, councillors, city officials, members of the public, and media, welcome to 2020. I trust you have had some time to rest and be with your friends and families over the festive season and that we are all back here today, fully rejuvenated and ready for the year ahead. May this year be a prosperous and kind year, and let us all commit ourselves to ensuring that our residents get to enjoy the best service delivery in the country.

Before we get to today’s business, I want to take a moment to commend our Safety and Security Services for all their hard work over the festive season. To the Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith, and Executive Director, Richard Bosman and his team, thank you for pulling out all the stops to ensure our residents and visitors enjoyed a safe and fun festive season.

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The City’s mobile office will take services to Macassar, Mitchells Plain, Elsies River, Joe Slovo and Morning Star as from 3 to 6 February 2020. The aim is to provide customer services to communities that are far from municipal facilities such as customer care, housing and subcouncil offices or freecall lines. Read more below:

The mobile office sessions are held at community facilities that are easily accessible. The schedule for next week is as follows:

Area Date Time Venue
Macassar 3 February 2020 09:00 – 12:00 New Civic Centre, Hospital Road, Macassar
Mitchells Plain 3 February 2020 12:45 – 14:30 Woodlands Community Hall, Cnr Selina and Mitchells Avenue, Mitchells Plain
Elsies River 4 February 2020 09:30 – 13:30 Warner Park, Warner Crescent , Riverton, Elsies River
Joe Slovo, Milnerton 5 February 2020 09:30 – 13:30 Joe Slovo Park, Freedom Way, Joe Slovo
Morningstar, Durbanville 6 February 2020 09:30 – 13:30 Morningstar Community Hall,

School Street, Morningstar, Durbanville

The City’s customer service team will assist residents with logging queries and service requests electronically. To date, the mobile office team has been very effective in resolving long outstanding queries for residents.

This way the City is bringing its services to residents, and affording them the opportunity to enquire and to solve issues without having to spend time and money on transport.

The City encourages all residents to take advantage of this opportunity and to visit the mobile office.

Future area visits will be communicated in due course.

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An epic Guinness PRO14 derby between the Toyota Cheetahs and Isuzu Southern Kings is set to play out in Bloemfontein on Saturday, when both sides will target a victory at all costs.

While the Toyota Cheetahs are determined to register their sixth victory of the season to remain in third place in Conference A and gain some breathing space between themselves and the Glasgow Warriors on the log, the Isuzu Southern Kings are highly motivated to avenge their last minute 31-30 defeat last week against their countrymen.

Should the Free Staters register a victory, they will maintain their dominance against the men from Port Elizabeth in the tournament, which has seen them win all six encounters between the sides to date.

Toyota Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie was adamant that his charges had to deliver a much better display at home to emerge victorious: “There were a lot of things going through my head in the last 10 minutes last week. I had three different speeches for the changeroom and the press, but I was just grateful we pulled it through.

“We played really well in the closing minutes and put up a fight to pull the game back, and I’m proud of that. But in saying that, we all know we need to improve and that will start with a win at home.

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