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City wishes Jewish residents Shana TovaWishes to the Jewish community who are observing Rosh Hashanah from sunset on Wednesday 20 September 2017.<p>​On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I would like to extend our wishes to the Jewish community who are observing Rosh Hashanah from sunset on Wednesday 20 September 2017.</p><p>We wish you peace during this time of reflection with the start of the Jewish New Year. </p><p>As a city we are also celebrating Cape Town’s Jewish community’s contribution to the city. Leaders like Helen Suzman, Ruth First and many more have paved the way for our democracy and artists like Irma Stern enriched our culture and heritage. </p><p>Our hope is for the new year to be filled with joy and good health for you and your families. </p><p>May you be filled with a renewed sense of gratitude and spiritual faith during this time. </p><p><strong>End </strong></p>2017-09-18T22:00:00Z1
Informative heritage map guides MyCiTi commuters to city’s historic sitesNew MyCiTi heritage maps will now give commuters the chance to explore their heritage using public transport<p>Cape Town is South Africa’s oldest city and has a very rich heritage. Various sites around the city tell fascinating stories about our history and different cultures, religions and ideas, starting with the earliest inhabitants who led a pastoral existence on the site of modern-day Cape Town, through to the early settler era, slavery, battles, colonialism, the apartheid years and ultimately democracy.</p><p>New MyCiTi heritage maps will now give commuters the chance to explore their heritage using public transport. The map includes two of Cape Town’s most beautiful heritage spots: the Bo-Kaap and Company’s Garden. It also features the Slave Lodge, District Six, the Robben Island Museum, and other memorials, places of worship and sites of interest.</p><p>‘I want to encourage residents to make most of Heritage Month and to use the MyCiTi service to experience our heritage and culture and be a tourist in your own city. This informative map will assist with identifying and learning more about our heritage sites,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron. </p><p>Commuters can access the <a href="">MyCiTi heritage map</a> free of charge at all MyCiTi stations and participating retailers, or they can get copy here.</p><p>Residents and tourists can get a myconnect card and load a Day Pass for R94. This will allow unlimited travel on all MyCiTi routes at any time, or they can load a R39 OPT1 package, which allows unlimited travel outside the weekday morning and afternoon peak. </p><p>Commuters can save even more over the Heritage Day long weekend when they load an OPT3 for R110, and enjoy unlimited travel for the entire three days: Saturday, Sunday and Monday. </p><p>Monthly Pass users can simply hop on the bus and enjoy the sites. </p><p>Commuters can also enjoy the original artworks at MyCiTi stations celebrating the unique history of each area. </p><p>This is initiative is one way that the City is living up to its recently adopted Organisational Development and Transformation Plan which prioritises the use of existing facilities to support cultural activities and events.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2017-09-18T22:00:00Z1
City and Artscape launch emerging visual artists development programme a celebration of the arts and talent in our city<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 launch of the Emerging Artists Development Programme, a partnership between the City of Cape Town and the Artscape. </p></div></div>​​</span><span>​<figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:511px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> </span>It gives me great pleasure to be part of this occasion today – a celebration of the arts and talent in our city. I’m sure many of you have already seen the evidence of that talent in front of us today and during the exhibition run over the weekend.<p>As we celebrate Heritage Month this September, we are reminded of where we come from and the many unique cultures that make us who we are. </p><p>The use of the arts to illustrate the diverse cultural heritage we have here in Cape Town fills me with joy.   </p><p>Cape Town is blessed with many gifted artists who continually make us proud of their abilities and achievements, not only here in the city but in other parts of the country and on the world stages. </p><p>I have for a couple of years seen numerous galleries and art studios open up in our city where well-known artists show and sell their work.<br></p><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:538px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> We really appreciate and realise the significance of these established artists, their contribution to our economy, and how they work to showcase the beauty of this wonderful city in their work. <p> </p><p>However, I felt it was important for us as the City of Cape Town to provide a space where young and emerging artists can showcase their own work.  </p><p>For the majority of these developing visual artists, making a living from their work is a challenge because it is expensive to buy material, find space to display and establish the proper networks to sell their work.</p><p>And for many of them it is tougher because they come from previously disadvantaged communities where, under apartheid, there was little to no investment in infrastructure that could support their artistic trade.</p><p>As an opportunity city, we want to offer a platform as a stepping stone for their careers and expose their work to people who would normally not come across their craft.</p><p>That is why we partnered with Artscape to facilitate the Emerging Visual Arts Programme and we thank Marlene le Roux and her team for hosting this exhibition on our behalf.</p><span><p>We are also doing this exhibition and launch of this programme at a time when the world is here to see the opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art to make sure that these upcoming artists are not excluded from the exposure while the world’s focus is on Cape Town’s arts scene.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure></span><p>Once again Cape Town is affirming its place as a leading city as we join other major cities like Paris and Sao Paulo in having our own museum displaying work from across the African continent.</p><p>Just as importantly, we are building an inclusive and opportunity city by investing in young talent and giving them the exposure they deserve to take their careers in art to greater heights.</p><p>On display here today is the amazing work by six young emerging artists in Cape Town. One of them is 14-year-old Litha, who at age of 12 sold his first painting to a buyer from Scotland.</p><p>This young man from Gugulethu wants to study art history, sell his work locally and internationally, and dreams of owning an art gallery. He can make that a reality with the right support.</p><p>Another artist, Asemahle who is 24 years old, graduated from the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art earlier this year, where she majored in sculpture. </p><p>She is part of a collective of 11 black women called iQhiya, based in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Botswana. She has exhibited her work in various spaces and often participates in the Infecting the City festival. </p><p>As a caring city, we want to ensure that these young people realise their potential and achieve their dreams of being world-famous visual artists.</p><p>This is not a once-off project. This is a pilot phase for what is to come and we plan to sustain it to give upcoming artists a fighting chance in this industry.</p><p>Our intention is to provide opportunities to about 20 local emerging visual artists from previously disadvantaged areas where we provide training, development and possibly a permanent space to display their crafts.</p><p>These emerging artists will also have the opportunity to promote their work next month when I activate space at Greenmarket Square as part of the Mayor’s First Thursdays.</p><p>During that programme we are giving an opportunity to upcoming artists as well as established performers to showcase their talent.</p><p>I want to thank the artists whose work is in front of us for being an inspiration for people in our communities and for shining the light on this neglected space of young artist development and support.</p><p>We will continue to invest in inclusive public spaces and avail our facilities for initiatives aimed at empowering fledgling artists.          </p><p>By working together, we can truly make a great city even greater and show the world that our past and our circumstances cannot stop us from being our best.</p><p>Thank you, baie dankie, enkosi, shukran. God bless.</p><p><br><strong>End </strong><br></p><span>​​</span>2017-09-17T22:00:00Z1
Pregnant MyCiTi commuter injured in violent taxi driver strike Those who randomly destroy our public transport infrastructure when aggrieved are depriving law-abiding residents of their right to affordable, accessible and safe public transport. <p>​Two passengers, including a pregnant commuter, were injured this morning when a MyCiTi bus was stoned in Khayelitsha. One of the commuters was hit in the face by a flying rock and the pregnant commuter fell during the violent attack near the Kuyasa stop. Both women were severely traumatised and admitted to hospital for treatment.<br> <br>As at 11:00 this morning, four MyCiTi buses were stoned – in Dunoon, Mfuleni, and Khayelitsha; and one bus was set alight and burnt out in a separate attack that took place on the N2 highway under the Symphony Way bridge.<br> <br>The Phoenix MyCiTi station, as well as four other MyCiTi stations – Dunoon, Usasaza, Circle East and Killarney – have been closed until further notice.<br> <br>Apart from the violence, some taxi drivers have been threatening MyCiTi bus drivers who are operating in Imizamo Yethu, Dunoon, Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain. Striking taxi drivers also instructed the MyCiTi personnel at the Woodbridge station in Milnerton to close the station and threatened to ‘come back later and check on them’.<br> <br>MyCiTi personnel who were being transported in Khayelitsha were forced out of their vehicle, and another shift vehicle was hijacked in Philippi early this morning.<br> <br>I am appalled by the violence and intimidation associated with the strike action by local taxi drivers. There is absolutely no justification for this criminal behaviour by those who prefer stones, threats, and fire to peaceful protest and negotiation. </p><p>This violent conduct is shameful and the South African National Taxi Council must take responsibility for their members’ conduct. The South African Police Service must arrest those involved and they must be charged and prosecuted.<br> <br>The N2 Express service operating between Mitchells Plain, Khayelitsha and the Civic Centre station, as well as the service operating between the Cape Town International Airport and the Civic Centre station have been suspended until further notice.<br> <br>The very busy and popular T01 trunk route service between Dunoon, Table View, the Civic Centre and the V&A Waterfront was also affected during the morning peak-hour period due to violence and intimidation by striking taxi drivers who were preventing MyCiTi buses from leaving the Stables depot in Dunoon.<br> <br>Buses operating on the T01 and T04 trunk routes between Dunoon and the Civic Centre and Century City, as well as those operating on Route 109 in Hout Bay and Imizamo Yethu, and Route 261 between Omuramba, Maitland, and Salt River are being deviated until further notice.<br> <br>It seems that the attacks on our public transport services have been planned in advance and that some of the taxi drivers went out on strike with the sole intention to target our commuters, personnel, buses and infrastructure.<br> <br>Rumours that the some of the taxi drivers planned to target public transport services such as the MyCiTi service and the Golden Arrow Bus Service surfaced yesterday, 17 September 2017. The City informed the South African Police Service and all of our law enforcement agencies were also on standby to provide assistance. <br> <br>We will continue to monitor the MyCiTi routes. Route deviations and the suspension of services will remain in place until further notice in the interest of the safety of commuters and MyCiTi personnel.<br> <br>All of our residents must join us in condemning the violent attacks on our public transport system. It is the communities who are dependent on public transport for their mobility who suffer the most – key among them women and children. Lower-income families spend, on average, up to 43% of their monthly income on transport costs and in some parts of Cape Town the costs are as high as 60%.<br> <br>We are working day and night to bring down the public transport costs so that Cape Town is more equitable and accessible to those in need.<br> <br>Those who randomly destroy our public transport infrastructure when aggrieved are depriving law-abiding residents of their right to affordable, accessible and safe public transport. <br> <br> <br><strong>End </strong><br></p>2017-09-17T22:00:00Z1




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