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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="" target="_blank">English</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">Afrikaans</a> | <a href="" 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 extends condolences to the family of Professor Richard van der Ross, a Freeman of the CityIt is with great sadness that we have learnt of the passing of Professor Richard van der Ross, a Freeman of the City of Cape Town.<p>​</p><p>It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the passing of Professor Richard van der Ross, a Freeman of the City of Cape Town.</p><p>He passed away this morning at the age of 96.</p><p>Professor Van der Ross was awarded the Freedom of the City, the highest civic honour, on 5 September 1988.</p><p>The Freedom of the City recognises the extraordinary contributions or acts of service to our city and its residents. These include upholding the rights of others, serving their community above themselves, and contributing to nation-building through outstanding service and achievements. </p><p>Professor Van der Ross was a recipient of the Freedom of the City along with other great giants including former President Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, and Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada.</p><p>Van der Ross was a great son of Cape Town who made an immense contribution to the city as a teacher and activist during Apartheid, the first editor of the Cape Herald, and the rector of the University of the Western Cape. Most recently in 2016, he released his book, ‘In Our Own Skins: A Political History of the Coloured People’. </p><p>This is a great loss to the city and we extend our heartfelt condolences to his two children, Ben van der Ross and Freda Brock, and his seven grandchildren, family and friends.</p><p>They are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. </p><p><br><strong>End</strong> </p>2017-12-12T22:00:00Z1
City brings data to life through its Open Data PortalThere have been more than 54 000 downloads off the portal since February 2015 which equates to, on average, 1 500 downloads per month.<p>​</p><p>The City’s Open Data Portal was launched with 29 datasets. As at the end of last month, this number has increased to 106 datasets available free of charge to members of the public in a useable format. There have been more than 54 000 downloads off the portal since February 2015 which equates to, on average, 1 500 downloads per month.</p><p>The Open Data Portal seeks to promote the use of the City’s data for broader social and economic benefit. It has been used as a source for events such as hackathons, data quests and data challenges. At these events, stakeholders come together to apply their skills to the different ways in which data can be used. A number of ideas are generated at these forums and some develop into applications or products.</p><p>The City is aware of the following applications that have been developed using data from the Open Data Portal:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">The City’s address data on the portal feeding into: <a href=""></a>, which is increasingly being used by a number of location lookup services such as Mapbox and Mapzen</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">An air quality application: <a href=""></a></div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">A water watch online infographic using the City’s dam level data: <a href=""></a></div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">An online budget tool using the City’s budget data: <a href=""></a></div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">An online platform developed by IBM using fire response data that will help to monitor fires</div></li></ul><p>‘The portal functionality has been incrementally enhanced. Additional plans are afoot to further improve the user experience of the portal as well as the content. One of the initiatives is to create a collaborative space on the portal for users to share information or case studies on how they have made use of the City’s data,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Councillor Raelene Arendse.</p><p>The following new features are being planned for the enhanced portal:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Grouping of information by theme so that people can easily find and download data in a variety of open formats</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">The ability to view spatial data on a map and preview data in a tabular format before downloading</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">The ability to filter data based on specific attributes before downloading</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Aggregating geospatial data by using charts and graphs</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Providing an option for users to mark certain datasets as favourites for easy access and for related datasets to be listed with all search results</div></li></ul><p>The new portal functionality allows for automated updates of data from the City’s Geographic Information System which means more up-to-date data being available to users </p><p>One of the key outcomes at a recent open data workshop was the establishment of an open data user group that will encourage discussion and an exchange of ideas on current and future datasets to be published on the portal. The user group will also allow the City to engage with users to better understand the data needs that might exist. This will keep the City vigilant and responsive to the needs of data users. The user group will also contribute towards better data governance in the City by raising any issues with regard to data quality or identifying data gaps which can be addressed through the open data steering committee.</p><p>‘We have set a goal to become a more data-driven organisation in line with our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan. Our data is available in a useable format at no charge and by opening up our datasets, we increase transparency and accountability. This in turn empowers residents and civil society organisations. We encourage more businesses and innovators to access the free data to make more resident-facing services available on digital platforms. This will help to further enhance service delivery to our residents,’ said Councillor Arendse.</p><p>Many of the suggestions that have been received from users (such as the need to visualise data before downloading) are reflected in the current redevelopment of the portal. Users have also expressed the need for more contextual information (metadata) about the datasets.</p><p>‘Based on available information, the data is being accessed by researchers, small businesses, professional consultancies, non-governmental organisations, entrepreneurs and residents. It is no longer business as usual at the City. We are looking to become a more evidence-based organisation that will be driven by data, while focusing tirelessly on our customers. </p><p>‘Our investment in technology platforms has positioned us well in terms of this goal. The growing volumes of data generated by and available to the City, which will likely be added to given the increasing use of smart technology, mean that we are in a good position to use our data to understand the needs of our customers better, increase response times, monitor trends and manage performance. We are getting on with building a data-driven organisation and being the most digitally connected city on the African continent,’ said Councillor Arendse.</p><p><br><strong>End </strong><br></p>2017-12-12T22:00:00Z1






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