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Cape Town Summer Market caters for everyoneThe Cape Town Summer Market will take place over a seven-day period from 17 – 23 December 2017. It will be open to the public between 17:00 and 23:00 on each day.<p>​</p><p>The Cape Town Summer Market will take place over a seven-day period from 17 – 23 December 2017. It will be open to the public between 17:00 and 23:00 on each day.</p><p>The zones set up last year proved to be very popular and will feature again this year. This setup caters for a broad range of interests and goes beyond just selling trinkets; it’s about growing a culture of entrepreneurship and creativity.</p><p>‘I am pleased that we have found a winning formula for this family event. The various entertainment zones catering for young and old are guaranteed to keep all well entertained for the week. There will be a play zone, a kid’s zone, a sports zone and a music zone that will give families the opportunity to enjoy quality time together in a safe space. The addition of tinkering tables in the kid’s zone will allow for adventures in creativity, with activities focused on exploration and experimentation,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p><strong>Play zone</strong><br>The play zone will offer a fun experience for children in a safe and controlled environment. Activities such as a three-in-one jumping castle and giant twister will be available free of charge. Additionally, the giant Jenga (a stacking blocks game) will definitely challenge the physical and mental skills of the younger children. Children will be treated to hours of fun in a space where parents are able to keep a watchful eye while listening to the music from the nearby stage and entertainment area. </p><p><strong>Kid’s zone</strong><br>Parents and guardians can rest assured that the kid’s zone has been designed with the safety of children being top of mind. Professional child-minders who have experience in child-care will be on hand to keep a watchful eye on the little ones and ensure that they are well entertained. Creative activities will be available for them to have an enjoyable experience with their parents.</p><p><strong>Sports zone</strong><br>The sports zone is part of the successful Fives Soccer programme where the whole family can take part as a team.</p><p><strong>Music zone</strong><br>For music enthusiasts there will be non-stop entertainment on stage in the music zone until 22:00 every night.</p><p>‘A new addition to the summer market is a local talent competition designed to make the market memorable and get the crowds involved. This competition gives our unknown talent the platform to perform and celebrates the unique and diverse talents of Cape Town. One of our home-grown talents will walk away with R25 000 in prizes, including the opportunity to record a single written and produced by Chad Saaiman and the Stereotype Talent team, who have created several hit songs over the past decade,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area North, Councillor Suzette Little.</p><p>The competition, dubbed Summer Song 2017, targeted young people between the ages of 18 and 30 years. Auditions are currently under way and those who qualify for the next round will compete live on stage at the summer market. On the final night of Summer Song contest, the top three contestants will compete for the prize and hometown glory.</p><p>Additionally, DJ Uncle Cal (Calvin Peters), who is also known as the afro-ninja DJ, will make sure that everyone is well entertained, with music appealing to a wide audience. To add to the line-up there will be various bands as well as roaming magicians and jugglers to keep young and old enthralled throughout the evening.</p><p>In addition to the various activity zones, more than 100 vendors will have a variety of products on offer. The stalls will be set up along Government Avenue and this will give shoppers the opportunity to look for that last-minute, special gift.</p><p>‘The layout and character of the market fit well with the setting of the Company’s Garden and the variety of things to do will make it a worthwhile outing for young and old. The product mix will cater for a range of price options, while maintaining high quality levels. The point of the Cape Town Summer Market is to create a good business environment for traders by attracting customers, while at the same time ensuring that the market is fun for all ages,’ added Councillor Little.</p><p>‘Over the years we have tried and tested various options for the summer market and I believe we have come up with a winning formula. Looking back at last year’s numbers, more than 93 000 people in total visited the summer market. This is a call to families to come out and enjoy some quality time together in a relaxed atmosphere. All indications are that the Cape Town Summer Market 2017 will be a memorable one. While residents are out and about, they should not forget to stop over in Adderley Street to admire the stunning festive lights as well,’ added Alderman Smith.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2017-12-13T22:00:00Z1
Festive season office hoursSee our 2017 festive season office hours.<p><strong>Revenue offices</strong></p><p>The following opening hours apply to the cash receiving; account enquiries; motor vehicle registration; housing; traffic centre offices and municipal courts.</p><span><div class="mobile-scroll">​​<br> <table> <caption>2017 festive season hours</caption> <thead><tr><th>Date</th><th>Offices</th><th colspan="1">Hours</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>15 December 2017</td><td>Traffic centres; municipal courts</td><td colspan="1">​Closed from 13:00</td></tr><tr><td>16 December 2017</td><td>Cash receiving; account enquiries; motor vehicle registration; traffic centres; housing; municipal courts</td><td colspan="1">​Closed</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1">22 December 2017</td><td rowspan="1">​Cash receiving; account enquiries; housing; municipal courts</td><td rowspan="1" colspan="1">​Closed from 13:00</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1">​23 - 26 December 2017</td><td rowspan="1">​Cash receiving; account enquiries; motor vehicle registration; traffic centres; housing; municipal courts</td><td rowspan="1" colspan="1">​Closed</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1">​29 December 2017</td><td rowspan="1">​Cash receiving; account enquiries; housing; municipal courts</td><td rowspan="1" colspan="1">​Closed from 13:00</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1">​30 December 2017 - 1 January 2018</td><td rowspan="1">​Cash receiving; account enquiries; motor vehicle registration; traffic centres; housing; municipal courts</td><td rowspan="1" colspan="1">​Closed</td></tr></tbody></table></div>​​​</span><p>Find out more on Liberty Promenade festive season operating hours (<a href="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Forms%2c%20notices%2c%20tariffs%20and%20lists/Revenue%20Festive%20Season%20Office%20Closures.pdf" target="_blank">English</a> | <a href="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Forms%2c%20notices%2c%20tariffs%20and%20lists/Revenue%20Festive%20Season%20Office%20Closures%20Afrikaans.pdf" target="_blank">Afrikaans</a> | <a href="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Forms%2c%20notices%2c%20tariffs%20and%20lists/Revenue%20Festive%20Season%20Office%20Closures%20isiXhosa.pdf" target="_blank">isiXhosa</a>).</p><p><strong>Drop-off facilities</strong></p><p>The following opening hours will apply to our drop-off facilities:</p><span><div class="mobile-scroll">​​<br> <table> <caption>2017 festive season hours</caption> <thead><tr><th>Date</th><th>Hours</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>24 December 2017</td><td>09:00 - 13:00</td></tr><tr><td>26 December 2017</td><td>Closed</td></tr><tr><td>31 December 2017</td><td>09:00 - 13:00</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1">​1 January 2018</td><td rowspan="1">​Closed</td></tr></tbody></table></div>​​​</span><p> </p><p> </p>2017-12-13T22:00:00Z1
City to convene urgent summit about commuter rail crisisCommuting by train in Cape Town is stressful and degrading – you are exhausted once you reach your destination and then you still have to work an eight-hour day<p>​</p><p>A rail summit will be hosted early in the new year when the City of Cape Town will meet with role-players from the private sector, business leaders, and other interested and affected parties to devise short-term interventions to address the current crisis that rail commuters face on a daily basis.</p><p>‘This morning I took the Metrorail northern line to experience what the conditions are like for commuters who travel between the northern suburbs and Cape Town station. The overcrowding, frustration, anxiety, and desperation of those who needed to get on the train to get to work were similar to what I personally saw and experienced on my commute on the Metrorail Central Line on 30 November. </p><p>‘We departed from Kraaifontein station shortly after 06:00. The carriage was packed beyond capacity – I did not expect this, given that the schools are closed and some people are already on leave. At one of the stations I was nearly pushed through the open door as desperate men and women were trying to get onto the train while others were trying to get off. It was harrowing, and I may have ended up on the tracks were it not for a young man who pulled me back in. Those making use of Metrorail literally have to fight their way in and out of the carriages every day. Commuting by train in Cape Town is stressful and degrading – you are exhausted once you reach your destination and then you still have to work an eight-hour day. </p><p>‘We simply cannot allow commuters to be subjected to these inhumane conditions indefinitely. Thus, I have decided to call for a rail summit where we all have to gather and work on a crisis plan to address the most pressing issues as a matter of urgency,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.</p><p>The president of the Cape Chamber of Commerce, Janine Myburgh, accompanied Councillor Herron on the commute from Kraaifontein station to Cape Town station.</p><p>‘Commuters are being let down. They are subjected to trauma every time they have to get on and off the trains. I expected the carriage to be overcrowded, but it was much worse than I could have imagined. Any effort to improve the rail system must be supported,’ said Myburgh.</p><p>The TDA has devised a business plan which stipulates how the City intends to take over passenger rail. Council on 26 October 2017 approved the plan and agreed that the takeover must happen gradually so that the City can plan ahead, acquire the necessary skills, and develop the additional capacity to ensure the long-term sustainability of passenger rail.</p><p>‘We need to engage with National Government for the necessary approvals and funding for taking over commuter rail in an incremental and structural manner. It may take at least another 24 months before we can take over some of the functions that are currently being managed by Metrorail. That said, we are facing a real risk that passenger rail in Cape Town could collapse before this happens.</p><p>‘Thus, in January I will take senior business leaders with me on Metrorail’s Central Line so that they too can see what their employees face day after day. I am hoping that once business leaders have personally experienced the rail commute they will have a better understanding of what we are facing and what we can do to address the most pressing issues while the City is working on the longer-term strategy of taking over the urban rail function,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2017-12-13T22:00:00Z1
Young chefs sizzle at annual Camp Cape Town eventThe annual camp aims to develop leadership skills through participation in a range of team-building activities. <p>​</p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/INLINE_CAMP.jpg" style="width:511px;" /><figcaption> <p>  © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure><p>The annual camp aims to develop leadership skills through participation in a range of team-building activities. </p><p>‘A goal of the camp is to develops life skills with a focus on learning through participation instead of lectures. These teenagers have been identified as role-models in their communities and we want to equip them to activate positive recreation programmes for other youth in their areas. The camp gives young people from various areas and backgrounds the opportunity to come together for a fun-filled week and I have no doubt that many friendships have been forged,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.</p><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/INLINE_CAMP2.jpg" style="width:511px;" /><figcaption><p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure><p>The fifth annual Camp Cape Town kicked off on Monday 11 December at Zandvlei Resort, where 120 excited teens participated in a variety of outdoor activities during the week-long camp. </p><p>One of the highlights was the much anticipated master chef competition where participants showed off their cooking skills in a potjiekos competition. </p><p><br>The camp is aimed at youth who participate in the City’s recreation hub programmes on a regular basis.</p><p>Activities at Camp Cape Town included surfing lessons facilitated by Isiqalo Waves for Change, kayaking and raft building, speed reading and an amazing race hosted by the Muizenberg Library, an environmental education programme and beach walk, evening activities and workshops, and the cooking competition.</p><p>For the master chef competition, participants were each given a basket of raw ingredients and had to work together as a team to prepare and cook the most creative and tasty potjiekos. </p><p>Alderman Smith was one of the judges and criteria included presentation, creativity, team-work and flavour. The winning team was the Hawks who prepared a delicious spicy lamb and vegetable pot.<br>‘Our young people are skilled in many different ways and at the camp they have the opportunity to discover new, and possibly hidden, talents. Cooking is definitely one of these abilities and I have been surprised and tastefully delighted with the results of their hard work,’ said Alderman Smith.</p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/INLINE_CAMP3.jpg" style="width:511px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure><p>He also commended the officials and camp facilitators.<br>Each year, 36 camp participants who show exemplary leadership skills are identified to take part in a three-year leadership programme which includes recreation camps, workshops and volunteer sessions at the department’s after-school and holiday programmes. These young people are then appointed as camp team leaders for the following camp.<br>‘The camp is a springboard into leadership for these young people, in line with the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan goal to level the playing field. Giving our youth the chance to gain new skills forms part of that,’ said Alderman Smith.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p></span><p> </p><p> </p>​​</span></span><p> </p>2017-12-13T22:00:00Z1

 

 

 

 

 

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