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Family fun as Cinderella gets a Cape Flat’s Twist

DATES:23 November to 17 DecemberThe show opens on Monday, 23 November and thereafter runs fromTuesdays through to Saturdays with a matinee show on Sundays
SHOW TIMES:Doors open at:Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pmSundays at 4pm
AGE LIMIT:No children under 3 allowed 
COST:R120 weekdays and R150 weekends via Quicket 
VENUE:The Roxy Revue Bar, GrandWest

All Star Entertainment and GrandWest presents Cape Town’s first contemporary pantomime, written and directed by Allistair Izobell and featuring a stellar cast of performers.

The familiar childhood tale of Cinderella is given a modern-day twist in Cinderella & FrikaDella.

As social media takes over their world, the ruthless mother and talent agent Patricia D manages her social media “influencer” daughters, Frika and Della with very limited talent.

The really talented unseen stepdaughter Cinderella, is ignored, treated badly and suppressed, but a massive talent competition arises. Cinderella secretly enters it, but what do they find out? Book your tickets and head over to GrandWest’s Roxy Revue Bar to find out!

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16 November 2020

Replies to my parliamentary questions reveal that 696 children have been kidnapped in the Western Cape over the last five years. This represents roughly 20% of all kidnapping victims in our province. The Democratic Alliance therefore welcomes the undertaking by the Western Cape Department of Community Safety to prioritise the monitoring of child kidnappings through the Court Watching Brief Programme.

Between 2015 and 2019, 696 children were kidnapped in our province. 3482 people were kidnapped during this time, which means that children represent 20% of all kidnap victims. The number of child kidnappings has remained relatively stable year on year, however we would want to see a decreasing trend instead. This is why I have been using oversight mechanisms to monitor the number of child kidnappings in our province over the last 5 years.

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We will continue to monitor these crimes to ensure that efforts have impact, and that we can save as many children as possible from this awful fate.

The trauma and devastation that this particularly cruel crime causes, needs active attention from authorities. It is therefore encouraging that the Western Cape Departments of Community Safety, Social Development and the province’s Children’s Commissioner are teaming up to develop a tracking tool to ensure that these crimes are properly prosecuted by the criminal justice system.


Mayor Dan Plato has visited organisations in Bishop Lavis, Delft and Tafelsig as he continues with his drive to assist community organisations across Cape Town, handing over equipment and ingredients to support the work done to feed Cape Town, particularly during COVID-19.

Mayor Plato has supplied organisations with a three-plate gas burner, two large cooking pots (100L & 80 L) and a range of dry ingredients such as lentils, samp, and beans, among other items.

NGOs based in Bishop Lavis, Delft and Tafelsig received these items yesterday. Grassy Park and Lavender Hill received these items earlier this week. NGOs in Atlantis, Mamre, Lotus River, and Marikana informal settlement were given these items last week.  A total of 21 soup kitchens across the Metropole will be assisted.

Florence Campbell of Woman To Woman, a NGO in Bishop Lavis, focuses on assisting survivors of gender-based violence, but says since the outbreak of COVID-19, the need has extended to other members of the community.

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Mayor Dan Plato continues soup kitchen drive with community organisations, handing over equipment and ingredients to support the work done to feed Cape Town. Read more below:

Mayor Dan Plato has thus far supplied organisations with a three-plate gas burner, two large cooking pots (100L and 80L) as well as a range of dry ingredients such as lentils, samp, and beans, among other items.

NGOs based in Grassy Park and Lavender Hill received these items today. NGOs in Atlantis, Mamre, Lotus River and Marikana informal settlement were given these items last week. During COVID-19 lockdown, the need for soup kitchens has become even greater and it’s important that the city assists as far as possible to ensure people don’t go hungry.

In Grassy Park, NGO, Voice of the Voiceless, run by Howard Downes, currently feeds more than 300 people daily, but with today’s donations and with the extra equipment, it will now be able to almost double this number.

In Lavender Hill, Philisa Abafazi Bethu, run by Lucinda Evans, feeds 1500 residents daily and can now boost this number by an additional 800.

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Good afternoon, and welcome to the temporary emergency accommodation that we have set up at the Strandfontein Sports Complex.

I want to make this 100% clear to dispel all the misinformation that is going around. This site was set up under the instruction of the National Disaster Regulations published by the National Government. We have had to act quickly in terms of these regulations and under this unprecedented time, we have had to adapt our plans to keep up with the requirements expected of municipalities.

Let me read from the COVID-19 National Disaster regulations, which have been published ahead of the lockdown:

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Date: 9 April 2020

To date, the Western Cape Liquor Authority (WCLA) have conducted 20 investigations on matters of non-compliance with the national regulations whereby liquor traders sold alcohol during the lockdown period. Of the 20 investigations conducted, 13 will proceed to hearings before the Liquor Licensing Tribunal. 

The Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, warns that any liquor vendor operating during the lockdown will be eligible for a fine and may lose their license, subject to an investigation.

As per section 71 (1) of the Western Cape Liquor Act, “The Liquor Licensing Tribunal may grant an interim order suspending a license upon application by an inspector or a designated liquor officer if there is an imminent threat to the health, wellbeing or safety of the public.”

Minister Fritz said, “I have requested that the WCLA ensure that any outlet which contravenes the lockdown conditions be liable for a maximum fine of up to R115 610 or have their license revoked permanently, subject to an investigation. It has further been requested that the WCLA join the PROVJOINTS committee and be included in every case were liquor was sold or an arrest was made to better track the original point of sale. I further welcome the resolution taken by PROVJOINTS on 25 March that no alcohol will be returned to any liquor outlet after paying admission of guilt fine.”

Minister Fritz added, “I urge members of the public who are aware of the illegal sale of alcohol to immediately report such. Any persons wanting to lodge a complaint or report a contravention of the Regulations can contact the WCLA’s Contact Centre on 021 204 9805.”

The DHL Stormers have teamed up with various artists and local celebrities to record a tribute video of Johnny Clegg’s ‘The Crossing’. Recorded and filmed in their bye week at the beginning of March, the video has been released on the DHL Stormers’ social media channels and can be viewed here: Johnny Clegg’s The Crossing | DHL Stormers & Friends.

The DHL Stormers squad used ‘The Crossing’ as a team song for the 2020 Vodacom Super Rugby competition, singing it in the changeroom after games, before the current season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The song was chosen by team management as Johnny Clegg was a nation-builder who crossed over different communities, much like the Springboks did by winning the Rugby World Cup in 2019. Their goal in the DHL Stormers’ 2020 Vodacom Super Rugby campaign was to build on that concept of unity and ‘The Crossing’ epitomised that spirit of uniting people and moving forward to a new world.

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The City of Cape Town continues to provide basic and essential services to approximately 200 000 informal households. Cape Town’s provision of these services exceeds the standards set by National Government. Given the State of National Disaster that has been declared, the City has extended its services to deploy water trucks daily to enhance residents’ access to water in informal settlements.

As part of our COVID-19 mitigation efforts, the City’s Water and Waste Directorate has actioned the rollout of water trucks as an emergency measure to enhance access to water for residents in informal settlements.

Over the past week, more than 4 million litres of water have already been delivered via water trucks to various areas across the city, with a primary focus on communities whose access to water is constrained.

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