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Cape Town joining leading global cities with the opening of the Zeitz MOCAAIt is my great pleasure to be present at the opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa – a first for our beautiful continent.<span><div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Note to editors: </h4><p>The following speech was delivered by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the opening of the Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town today. </p></div></div></span><p>The day is finally here. It is my great pleasure to be present at the opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa – a first for our beautiful continent.</p><p>I remember attending the initial announcement in 2013 when I said I hoped to be serving a second term as Mayor so that I could be present at the opening. And here we are today.</p><p>Today we are celebrating this museum as a symbol of the confidence we have in being African.</p><p>What better city to be the home of the Zeitz MOCAA than Cape Town. Our city is renowned as an iconic tourist destination and the creative capital of Africa – the Zeitz MOCAA confirms our good reputation.</p><p>With the Zeitz MOCAA being based in Cape Town, we will attract even more visitors from across the world who can come to our beautiful city to enjoy a diverse set of offerings and see the very best in African contemporary art.</p><p>This is in line with the City of Cape Town’s Advanced African Agenda whereby we are committed to contributing to the Africa Rising narrative and building an inclusive city where we all have the freedom to celebrate our diverse heritage and feel a sense of belonging in Cape Town.</p><p>The museum will be a key attraction to travellers from all over the world and will help us combat seasonality by turning Cape Town into a 365 days-a-year must-see destination.</p><p>I am honoured to be here today and to see Cape Town taking its rightful place among great art cities such as Paris, New York, Mexico City, Vienna, and Sao Paulo.</p><p>Art spurs conversations and creates platforms where we can confront our challenges, celebrate our diversity and build bridges.</p><p>The museum’s ethos of ‘Access to All’ resonates in the decision to provide free access to all visitors who are 18 years and younger. This is a celebration of an inclusive city where our youth is provided with the opportunity to see and experience the best in African Art.</p><p>I also invite you to take a walk down the road to the Artscape Theatre with whom we have partnered to create a space and programme for emerging artists from disadvantaged areas.</p><p>At the next First Thursdays event on 5 October 2017, I will also showcase young artists and musicians from Cape Town at the Mayor’s First Thursday’s venue at Barons on Green Market Square. I invite you all to join.</p><p>With all of these successes, we can truly say that Cape Town is making progress possible for all of its residents. </p><p>Thank you, baie dankie, enkosi, shukran.</p><p><br><strong>End </strong></p>2017-09-21T22:00:00Z1
Main Road for feet, rollerblades, skateboards and bicycles on Open Streets DayWe will turn Main Road and parts of Victoria and Sir Lowry Roads on its head on 1 October<p>​‘We will turn Main Road and parts of Victoria and Sir Lowry Roads on its head on 1 October. With the M4 being one of the main routes between the Cape Town central business district and Woodstock, Salt River, Observatory and beyond, this artery is dominated by vehicular traffic at all hours on weekdays. On Open Streets Day, however, we will reimagine Main Road without motorists by turning it into a playground for pedestrians and all other types of mobility – be it on bicycle, skateboard, rollerblades or whatever else our residents can think of,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.</p><p><strong><em>Road closures will take effect along what is generally referred to as Main Road (M4) from 08:00 to 16:00</em></strong>:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;"> the inbound lane of Main Road (M4) will be closed to vehicular traffic between the intersections with Groote Schuur Drive and Salt River Road in Observatory </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">the inbound and outbound lanes of Victoria Road (M4) will be closed to vehicular traffic between the intersections with Salt River Road and Russell Street in Salt River and Woodstock</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">the outbound lane of Darling Street and Sir Lowry Road (M4) will be closed between the intersections with Russell Street and Buitenkant Street in the CBD </div></li></ul><p>‘Part of what we want to achieve on this day is to demonstrate to residents that there are many ways of getting from A to B which can contribute to a greener Cape Town and a healthier lifestyle. More of us should walk and cycle to work, or make use of public transport, as this will help to reduce congestion and make it easier to live and work in Cape Town. As cities around the world evolve to become more human centred, we must also begin to reimagine our city and turn it into a space not only built and meant for vehicular traffic, but more so for pedestrians and cyclists,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>Open Streets Day is a collaborative effort between the City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) and Open Streets Cape Town (OSCT).</p><p>‘Open Streets is a platform to demonstrate the potential of streets where Capetonians also have the opportunity to experience roads as public spaces where we can meet, socialise and participate in activities. I invite the people from Observatory, Woodstock and Salt River to come and enjoy the day in the street and to connect with their neighbours and other visitors,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area Central, Councillor Suzette Little.</p><p>‘This is also the ideal opportunity for residents and interested parties to walk over to the Cape Town Science Centre where the TDA will host the third and final day of an exhibit on the 11 City-owned sites to be developed for affordable and inclusionary housing,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>The Science Centre is based at 370 Main Road in Observatory and the exhibition will be open from 10:00 to 15:00.</p><p>‘At previous Open Streets days we focused on activities on the route. And, while there will be activities at Open Streets Main Road, this time we’re making almost all of the road space available for mobility. It is a good reminder that streets can become more people-friendly spaces,’ said OSCT Managing Director, Marcela Guerrero Casas.</p><p>‘Creating the space for people to cycle safely and freely can be a transformative opportunity for those who do not feel comfortable getting on a bicycle on the streets of our city,’ said the Chief Executive Officer of the Pedal Power Association, Robert Vogel.</p><p>At Open Streets Main Road, there will be many short journeys people can embark on. Whether on a bicycle, a skateboard or by foot, the opportunity to discover this historic stretch of Cape Town is limitless. For example, you could cycle the less than 3 km distance from Trafalgar Park in Woodstock to the Cape Town Science Centre in Observatory, or walk from Cape Town City Hall to Woodstock Town Hall.</p><p>Residents and visitors are also encouraged to join Councillor Herron on the day as he takes the lead on his bicycle to formally open Main Road to two-wheelers. The ride will depart from the Cape Town Science Centre at 11:00 and will end in the CBD.</p><p>‘By showing that walking and cycling short distances is possible, these journeys could inspire more day-to-day shifts in our transport behaviour. We invite everyone to come out and help make the street come alive on the day!’ said Guerrero Casas.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2017-09-21T22:00:00Z1
City helps Dunoon boxers float like butterflies and sting like beesThe Recreation and Parks Department is committed to ensuring that as many young people as possible have access to a variety of sporting codes and opportunities<span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:507px;" /><figcaption> <p>  © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services handed over boxing equipment to the Dunoon Recreation Hub on Saturday 16 September 2017 during a tournament. </p><p>‘The Recreation and Parks Department is committed to ensuring that as many young people as possible have access to a variety of sporting codes and opportunities. The local boxing club will also be able to use the new equipment,’ said Alderman Smith.  </p><p>‘I asked for the equipment to be sourced after visiting them during a tournament some months ago. At the time I marvelled at the enthusiasm and passion of the young boxers. I was also upset because of their lack of equipment, broken gloves and the fact that they had to share equipment transporting it from one match to the other. They deserve the best possible equipment and opportunities to be the next South African champions,’ added Alderman Smith.</p><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:502px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>The Dunoon Recreation Hub has partnered with the Inkwenkwezi Boxing Club since 2012 and this partnership has contributed significantly to the development of boxing in the Dunoon community. Currently there are 17 youths aged between 11 and 25 who are members of the boxing club. </p><p>‘Boxing is not only a good way to work off stress, but it also provides a good full-body workout. Boxing improves hand-eye coordination, body strength, and is good for cardiovascular health and burning calories,’ said Alderman Smith.</p><p>The R52 000 worth of equipment includes boxing gloves, punching bags, speed balls, head-gear, skipping ropes, digital body weight scales, and training targets. </p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:507px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure></span></span></span>The equipment will assist in further developing the sport of boxing in the Dunoon community and keeping the youth of Dunoon engaged in healthy activities.<p>‘The value of participating in sport cannot be underestimated. Work ethic, dedication, respect and team work are just some of the social values that are cultivated. Sport also reinforces a self-esteem and a positive attitude. The City is committed to providing opportunities for all residents, in line with our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan, and this is just one way of giving our young people the skills they need,’ said Alderman Smith.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p><span><span></span><p> </p>​​</span>2017-09-20T22:00:00Z1
City invites public to view City-owned sites earmarked for affordable housing development This date marks a momentous occasion as we embark on developing prime land for at least 4 000 lower-income households in Salt River, Woodstock and the inner-city<p>‘We will issue the prospectus for the development of social, affordable and inclusionary housing opportunities on well-located City-owned land on 29 September 2017. This date marks a momentous occasion as we embark on developing prime land for at least 4 000 lower-income households in Salt River, Woodstock and the inner-city. </p><p>‘The importance of this precinct-led development cannot be overstated: apart from the scale and the fact that thousands of households stand to benefit from these opportunities, it also marks a break with apartheid spatial planning where our urban form is defined by poorer families living on the fringes. </p><p>‘We need our residents, the private sector, and non-governmental organisations in the housing realm to support us to make a success of these developments. I therefore urge the public to please make the time to visit our exhibition on one of these open days. We want all Capetonians, and in particular those living and working in these suburbs, to contribute and participate in the processes in the months to come,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>The open days will be hosted at the Cape Town Science Centre at 370 Main Road, in Observatory:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">on Friday 29 September 2017 from 15:00 to 19:00</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">on Saturday 30 September 2017 from 09:00 to 14:00</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">on Sunday 1 October 2017 from 10:00 to 15:00</div></li></ul><p>The last open day coincides with the Open Streets Day along Main Road where sections of the M4 in Salt River and Woodstock will be closed for vehicular traffic between 08:00 and 16:00.</p><p>‘This is the ideal opportunity for residents and interested parties to walk over to the Cape Town Science Centre. We will be exhibiting maps of the 11 City-owned sites which are to be developed so that the public can see the exact location of the land. More information about the specific sites and our vision for the precinct will be available as well,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>Those visiting the open days will also have the opportunity to share their ideas with the City. </p><p>‘Going forward, the City will follow a partnership approach where we will collaborate with all relevant stakeholders and, most importantly, with the people who currently live and work in Woodstock and Salt River. I have already met with some residents and ratepayers’ associations over the past weeks and we have hosted our first informal housing dialogue with developers from the private sector and representatives from civic organisations earlier this month,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>There will be ongoing public information sessions, dialogues, workshops and other relevant forums in the months ahead.</p><p>‘We will keep on engaging with the local community, residents, and other role-players as the development processes for these sites unfold. I am excited about the future of Woodstock and Salt River and the opportunity we now have to create a new urban fabric where lower-income families live on well-located land close to public transport and work,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>​</p>2017-09-20T22:00:00Z1




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