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Open Streets in Cape Town

Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille at Open Streets

Report back on Open Streets Cape Town on Sunday 1 October.

Sunday 1 October was a real milestone in the development of Open Streets in Cape Town.
"Not only did we test one of the major arteries of the city – and the longest road closure we have yet had – but we were honoured to symbolically open Main Road in the company

Drought crisis: National Government stipulates new water-saving target

'Getting through this unprecedented drought remains our priority'

Water usage must be cut immediately to 500 million litres of collective usage per day. 

The National Department of Water and Sanitation, who is the custodian of national water resources, has sent an instruction to all water users of the Western Cape Water Supply Scheme, such as the metro, the agricultural sector and other municipalities in the Western Cape, to reduce usage further. 
Water usage must be cut immediately to 500 milli

Drought crisis: Cape Town swimming pool access for summer

Sea Point swimming pool uses seawater open from 1 November 07:00 and 19:00 daily during summer.

With Level 5 restrictions in place, the City is required to find a balance between compliance and providing quality amenities during summer.

One-third of all public swimming pools will be open to the public over the peak summer season. This is thanks to innovate water reuse and recycling strategies in line with Level 5 water restrictions, which are in place because of the severe and protracted drought and high consumption. 

Yoshi the loggerhead turtle at Two Oceans Aquarium is being released

Yoshi the Queen of the Two Oceans Aquarium

Ingrid Sinclair of the Two Oceans Aquarium explains why.

The Two Oceans Aquarium has decided to release Yoshi the loggerhead turtle back into the ocean later this year.  This will be as soon as the summer months have warmed the water around Cape Point - probably some time in December 2017, explains Ingrid Sinclair.

Main Road for feet, rollerblades, skateboards and bicycles on Open Streets Day

Transport Month kicks off in Cape Town with an Open Streets Day in Observatory, Salt River and Woodstock.

A 5 km long section of Main Road (M4) will be temporarily closed to vehicular traffic on Sunday, 1 October 2017. 
‘We will turn Main Road and parts of Victoria and Sir Lowry Roads on its head on 1 October.

Absa Cape Epic launches new route to showcase the wonders of the Cape

Total distance of 658km with 13 530m of climbing

The 2018 Absa Cape Epic route has been created to be balanced and bold.

From the majestic slopes of Table Mountain to the magnificence of the Grand Finale at Val de Vie Estate with a manic time trial in between – the 2018 Absa Cape Epic route has been created to be balanced and bold.

Cape Town exhibition celebrates life of Dulcie September

Dulcie September Travelling Exhibition

The Dulcie September Travelling Exhibition is at the Wolfgat Environmental Education Multipurpose Centre in Tafelsig. 

Cape Town’s Arts and Culture Department gives insight into the life of Dulcie September, one of the country’s anti-apartheid political activists, with an exhibition that opened in Tafelsig.

STELLAR CONCERT Fundraising Event at Artscape


To launch the Inkwenkwezi Foundation and creating the campaign - #Everyschoolchilddeservesschoolshoes.

A fundraising Stellar Concert concert for the Inkwenkwezi Foundation will take place in the Artscape Opera House on Tuesday, 10th of October 2017, at 19h30.

Emerging Artists Development Programme - a City of Cape Town and Artscape partnership

Marlene le Roux, CEO Artscape, artist Nompumelelo Rakabe, Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille

Creating a stepping stone for the careers of emerging artists.

The Emerging Artists Development Programme is a partnership between the City of Cape Town and Artscape.

Extract of the following speech delivered by the Cape Town’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the launch.

Drought crisis: City to boost water resilience projects

Creation of 43 temporary and eight permanent positions to ensure a timeous roll-out of the City’s emergency water augmentation projects.

The approval of new positions aims to address the staff requirements for water resilience projects such as desalination (marine-, barge- and land-based), water reclamation, spring water and aquifer extraction. 
The City is designing and developing a set of criteria to bring the necessary and required skills on board.
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