A timetraveling adventure awaits as the Mother City Queer Project (MCQP) makes a comeback in Cape Town on December 16, 2023. The annual LGBTQIA+ event, which has been on a threeyear hiatus, has been a platform for imaginative selfexpression and solidarity for over 20 years. This year’s “Back to the Future” theme encourages attendees to interpret it as they wish, with the event honoring the past, present, and future of South Africa’s LGBTQIA+ legacy. Through live performances, entertainment, and refreshments, MCQP offers a warm and welcoming environment for the community while raising funds for African LGBTQIA+ asylum seekers, refugees, and immigrants.
The SASSA agency’s failure to distribute social grants on time has left many vulnerable individuals in a precarious situation. Allegations of misinformation and breaches of human rights have been made against the agency’s National Minister for Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, who has been accused of concealing the true reasons behind the delays. The issue has highlighted the importance of social grants and the need for greater transparency and accountability in the system. Moving forward, it is crucial that SASSA, Postbank, and the relevant government departments collaborate to fortify the payment system and ensure its dependability.
Cape Town is leading the way in tackling South Africa’s energy crisis by introducing new regulations for alternative energy sources. The city’s mandate requires homes and businesses to adhere to an approved list of inverters to ensure safety, quality, and efficiency in the sector. The move towards embracing alternative power solutions positions Cape Town at the forefront of a greener and more sustainable future, setting an example for other cities grappling with similar challenges. As the world moves towards a more environmentally conscious future, Cape Town’s proactive approach to addressing its energy challenges is a testament to the city’s resilience and adaptability.
Marlene Steyn is a talented artist from Cape Town, whose work spans surreal paintings and macabre ceramics. Her art captures themes of childlike wonder, motherhood, mental wellbeing, and feminine identity and encourages viewers to delve into her subconscious. Marlene’s work has been exhibited in prestigious galleries and she is a true example of the hidden gems that lie in local communities.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called for a shutdown in the Western Cape, with a planned protest on Monday, October 2nd. The protest is aimed at calling attention to the DAled government, which the EFF claims has neglected the poorest citizens and the working class. While the South African National Taxi Alliance has chosen not to participate, authorities are prepared for any potential violence or disturbances and have contingency plans in place to ensure the public’s safety and the smooth operation of businesses within the area.
The Lions Club of Tokai in South Africa has partnered with City Ballet and Artscape Theatre to transform the children’s ward at Tygerberg Hospital into a joyful and supportive space for young patients and their families. The first phase of the project involved repurposing a storage room into a colorful playroom, which offers children an escape from their illnesses and the opportunity to bond with their families and healthcare personnel. The project, focused on childhood cancers and pediatric orthopedic care, is financed through ticket sales and donations. The collaborative effort shows the potential for nonprofit organizations, artistic institutions, and the public to make a significant difference in vulnerable children’s lives.
The march, which has been granted official permission for a peaceful demonstration, offers a platform for the EFF and its supporters to express their concerns and aspirations for social and political transformation. It is also an opportunity for artists and creatives within the city to engage with the political landscape and inspire new forms of artistic expression, highlighting the complex relationship between politics, society, and art in Cape Town.
The Western Cape’s Tygerberg Hospital, Groote Schuur Hospital, and Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital have performed almost 10,000 heart surgeries in response to South Africa’s ongoing struggle against heart disease. Heart disease remains the primary cause of death in South Africa, and these hospitals are crucial in addressing this healthcare crisis. The success of these interventions is dependent on the collaboration of multidisciplinary teams across the hospitals, providing patients with the best possible outcomes.
The agricultural sector in the Western Cape region of South Africa has suffered extensive damage in recent storms, with preliminary estimates putting losses at R1.4 billion. The Cape Winelands region was hit particularly hard, with power supplies disrupted and agricultural workers facing an uncertain future. The South African National Defence Force has been requested to assist with repair and recovery efforts, but a lengthy process of rebuilding lies ahead.
South Africa is embracing digital transformation and striving to bridge the digital divide, with a penetration rate of 72.3% among its 60.14 million people. The SA Connect Project is a key initiative designed to increase broadband penetration and connectivity across the country, with the government aiming to offer internet access to 80% of the population within the next three years. Despite these advancements, South Africa still ranks 136th out of 233 countries in terms of expensive mobile data plans, and the government is examining policy instruments aimed at reducing the cost of communication.
South Africa’s Minister of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment has announced a draft notice that bans certain activities involving African lions, highlighting the government’s dedication to the protection and welfare of these animals. The decision is the result of a highlevel panel’s recommendations, and it is consistent with the White Paper on Conservation and Sustainable Use of South Africa’s Biodiversity. The proposed prohibition is limited to the establishment or registration of new captive breeding facilities, commercial exhibition facilities, rehabilitation facilities, or sanctuaries for live African lions. The public is encouraged to submit comments on the Notice.
The National Treasury has appointed Ms. Mmakgoshi Lekhethe as Deputy DirectorGeneral: Asset and Liability Management, and Mr. Christopher Axelson as Acting Deputy DirectorGeneral: Tax and Financial Sector Policy. Lekhethe has been with the National Treasury since 1996, while Axelson joined in 2012 after working in the UK. Their appointments strengthen the National Treasury’s leadership team and ensure the organization’s ongoing success in managing South Africa’s finances and promoting economic stability. Colleagues have expressed confidence in the new appointees, citing their expertise, knowledge, and commitment to their work.
Introducing Postbank, a stateowned commercial bank in South Africa, marks a new era for the country’s banking sector. The creation of this new institution aims to close the gap between social classes and ensure that accessible banking services reach even the most financially disadvantaged. Postbank plans to provide affordable and developmental commercial banking services, focusing on responsible lending for rural and lowerincome markets, ultimately contributing to a brighter future for the country’s citizens and reaffirming the government’s dedication to social and economic development.
The Western Cape has been hit by devastating floods, causing road closures and leaving communities in need of assistance. Travelers planning to visit the region during the upcoming holiday season have been warned to exercise caution and stay informed about road closures and traffic measures. Relief efforts are underway, and residents and visitors are encouraged to donate to local disaster centers and NGOs to support those affected by the floods.
Transport Month in South Africa celebrates the nation’s progress in the transportation industry, highlighting advancements in road infrastructure, rail networks, train production, aviation sector development, and public transport investment. The government is also dedicated to fostering equality and empowerment in the transport sector, particularly for historically disadvantaged individuals. The month also commemorates notable milestones for six transport entities, including Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), Air Traffic Navigation Services (ATNS), South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL), South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), and CrossBorder Road Transport Agency (CBRTA). The government’s investment in infrastructure development, equality and empowerment, and innovation will ensure a brighter future for all South Africans.
On International Translation Day, the City of Cape Town and the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) collaborate to highlight the importance of translation services in removing communication barriers and fostering an inclusive, multicultural society. The partnership aims to acknowledge language professionals’ contributions to promoting dialogue and understanding and implement new technologies and systems to enhance translation services. The city is dedicated to offering services in the three official languages of the Western Cape and catering to residents’ language preferences, with expanded access through multilingual notices, signs, and advertisements. The initiative demonstrates the potential for cities worldwide to build inclusive, diverse communities through language and translation services.