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The City of Cape Town’s multi-million rand library maintenance projects are on track with a new round of upgrades due to start within the coming months. The upgrades will allow for a myriad of improvements, upgrades, routine maintenance and modernisation. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Library and Information Service will spend nearly R10 million on upgrades to a number of libraries, with some upgrades already completed.

‘Libraries have always been at the heart of the communities they serve and are accessible and safe spaces, providing access to huge resources of information and knowledge. The City is often asked why it spends money on upgrading and maintaining libraries in a technological and digital age, and it’s because these spaces are essential to creating and maintaining an educated and literate population,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.

All the City’s libraries undergo maintenance and upgrades in a five year cycle.

‘Our libraries are well-loved and popular spaces where residents access vital information, and are provided with recreation and other opportunities to develop literacy and learn skills for employability,’ said Councillor Badroodien.

Some of the biggest upgrades will take place at the Ravensmead, Kuilsriver, Bonteheuwel, Brown’s Farm, and Strandfontein libraries.

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Thousands of clients visit the City of Cape Town’s 18 Driving Licence Testing Centres (DLTCs) every week for all card renewals, driving licence and learner licence tests. Additional clerks have been appointed to reduce lengthy queues. Read more below:

‘The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service has started the roll out of additional clerks at our DLTCs. Three started work in January with 13 more due to start on 1 February,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

Last year it was announced the service would increase its administrative staffing complement at some of its busier centres with a R4 million injection to improve services.

There are 18 centres around the metropole that administer learner and driving license applications, as well as replacement and renewal of documentation and payment of fines, among others.

The City’s busiest centres are Gallows Hill, Hillstar, Kuils River and Bellville. Any further appointments were allocated on a priority basis at other DLTCs.

Earlier today Alderman Smith paid a visit to the Parow DLTC.

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According to recent statistics, the Cape Town International Airport (CITA) has contributed R4,7 billion to the South African economy. Of this, R2 billion went towards the income of South African workers, supporting 43 608 direct and indirect jobs.

At the annual Feather Awards Ceremony this morning, I had the opportunity to pay tribute to the incredible team who make the airport a success. Our globally competitive airport is often recognised for service excellence and has been awarded the most accolades in Africa.

It is a pleasure to partner with CTIA to help deliver on this consistent world-class performance.

My priority, for the past year, has been to position my portfolio as the City’s growth directorate. This means that we focus our energy on attracting investment, which in turn creates jobs and leads to economic growth.

A key driver of growth through tourism and trade is what I have termed the ‘Blue Economy’ that encompasses both the aviation and ocean economies.

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Free Live Music Concerts at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre


Date Saturday, 21 December 2019

Venue V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre

Cost Free

Performer The Pebble Shakers


The Pebble Shakers will take you back into the era of Swing at the V&A Waterfront’s Amphitheatre from 7pm. The group of talented jazz musicians will pay tribute to Swing legends such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Benny Goodman on Saturday, 21 December.


Date Saturday, 28 December 2019

Venue V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre

Cost Free

Performer Mandisi Dyantyis


Port Elizabeth born music composer, arranger and producer, Mandisi Dyantyis will have the audience in awe on Saturday, 28 December at the V&A Waterfront’s Amphitheatre. Mandisi played the trumpet from the age of eight and studied Classical music throughout his school career. He achieved a BMus Honours Degree in Jazz Studies at the University Of Cape Town in 2005. Mandisi has since shared the stage with artists such as Jimmy Dludlu, The Abdullah Ibrahim Big Band and Robbie Jansen to name a few.

Today, 4 December 2019, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi, visited the Lourensia Park Housing Project in Somerset West to check on its progress. The first houses in this project are expected to be handed over early next year.

This phase of the City of Cape Town’s Lourensia Park Housing Project will comprise of 150 opportunities at a cost of approximately R41 million.

The expenditure on this project includes money allocated for the:

· earthworks

· internal civil engineering services for the provision of water, sanitation and roads

· electricity reticulation

· street lighting

· houses

In the previous phase 216 units were constructed. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department will be undertaking emergency repair work in the Parow area. Read more below:

The work will result in the disruption of the water supply in the Parow area on Wednesday, 4 December 2019 from 20:00 until 02:00.

Residents are kindly requested to store water in clean, sealed containers for use during this period.

It is advisable to keep all taps closed during this period to prevent any water loss and/or damage when the water supply is restored.

This work forms part of the City’s Water Demand Management Plan and will significantly reduce the occurrence of pipe bursts and subsequent water losses.

The City apologises for any inconvenience that may be caused.

Youngsta CPT. Pic: Baydu Adams

Youngsta CPT.
Pic: Baydu Adams

That was the message relayed by Executive Mayor Dan Plato.

On yet another beautiful Cape Town Sunday the masses came out to support the annual Switching on of the lights, held at the City Hall with crowds gathered opposite at the Grand Parade and down Adderley Street.

Crowds were entertained from 4pm with music and performances. DJ Portia was behind the decks this time and Justin Vega joined Early B for his set and MC’s Wayne McKay and Chad Chitter kept the crowd going in between acts. This year was the City’s 50th celebration of this occasion.

The masses were entertained by acts such as Sho Madjozi, Ndlovu Youth Choir, Youngsta CPT, Andries Vermeulen, The Watt, The Unknown Dance Crew and PE born Early B.

Sho Madjozi Pic: Baydu Adams

Sho Madjozi
Pic: Baydu Adams

It was an energy filled free show as Capetonians came from far and wide and mingled with tourists and out of towners to line the streets of the City Centre where 100 000 came out to witness this annual spectacle.

Mayor Dan Plato touched on a few things in his speech including the 16 days of activism against the abuse of women and children. After his speech there was a countdown and after “zero!” Adderley Street and the likes filled up the night sky.

Traditionally this means the festive season has now started and normally sees the night market, Christmas choirs, Malay choirs and minstrels parade the streets of Cape Town over the next few weeks. The traditional annual tweedenuwejaar road procession will take place on Saturday 4 January 2020. The second of January coincides with a Thursday and the minstrels never march on a Thursday, Friday nor Sunday out of respect for the Christian and Islamic faith.

Be sure to book your seats and be apart of the Cape Town traditions as we welcome in 2020!

In a bid to empower local businesses with the necessary skills to do business with the City, workshops will be hosted in Somerset West and Mfuleni.  

The aim of these Vendor Database Workshops is to ensure that emerging businesses possess the necessary skills to conduct business with the City.

These workshops are conducted in an environment where businesses acquire practical exposure in completing requests for quotations and tenders.

In addition, participants are encouraged to register on the City’s Community Vendor Database for business opportunities to the maximum of R100 000.00

‘The need to support vendors is in line with the City’s commitment to empower and ensure growth for small businesses. After receiving numerous complaints from small businesses that they are unable to secure business opportunities with the City, we have now created the Community Vendor Support programme to create opportunities for contractors in their local communities and wards,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Management, Alderman Grant Twigg.

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1 450 jobs retained and R1,3 billion investment secured in Atlantis

This morning, I met with businesses in Atlantis where the incentives offered by the City resulted in the retention of 1 450 jobs.
During this period, PF Nonwovens (formerly Pegas Nonwovens), commissioned their new plant to the tune of R1,3 billion, which is expected to create 200 full time jobs by the time it is fully operational. This company manufactures non-woven, polypropylene and polyethylene-based textiles used in disposable hygiene products.

The main purpose of the Investment Incentives Policy is to provide incentives in areas where there is great potential for job creation but where challenges to investment currently exist.

I am happy to confirm that the City Council recently approved the extension of investment incentives to a further five industrial areas in Cape Town, namely: Continue reading

Jackson Hall, GrandWest has a fantastic lineup of bands and talented musicians playing at the club on Friday and Saturday nights from November to February.

In November, the band Faze 4 will be playing on Friday nights, with the B Charles Experience performing on Saturday nights. Faze 4 is a party band with over four decades of great dance music experience. The B Charles Experience is well known for his Michael Jackson tributes and won The Voice Search and Steenberg’s Got Talent last year.

In December, the B Charles Experience will be playing every Friday night and Faze 4 every Saturday night. This will, however, swap for the first weekend of December when Faze 4 plays on Friday, 6 December 2020 and the B Charles Experience plays on Saturday, 7 December 2020.

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