Get ready for an exciting weekend at the Southern Mail Wynberg Family Festival, Cape Town’s longestrunning festivity taking place annually at Maynardville Park. With over 100 stalls showcasing local food, fashion, and handicrafts, electrifying live shows, and thrilling rides, the festival guarantees entertainment and adrenaline rush for all attendees. The festival also stimulates the local economy by providing a platform for local businesses, artists, and organizations to display their products and services. Plus, it has a charitable aspect, with Heinz Park Primary School’s annual prom and Strive Autism Learning Centre as beneficiaries.
BoKaap in Cape Town is the heart of a unique project that celebrates the living heritage of the local community. Storytelling Day, set for March 2024, aims to capture the memories and experiences of residents and create a rich portrait of the community’s history. The initiative informs the redevelopment of Strand Street Quarry into a vibrant community and sports facility and incorporates feedback from the public. BoKaap’s living heritage is a crucial component of community identity and is thriving through this project.
Cape Town is investing R8.5 billion to transition their MyCiti bus system to completely electric, with a focus on reducing carbon emissions in the metro southeast regions. This is part of the city’s commitment to sustainable development and environmental protection, along with supporting the Flex EV initiative in electrifying the taxi industry and national government investment allowances for EV production. Cape Town’s visionary approach to ecofriendly transportation is leading the way for cities worldwide and shaping a cleaner, more sustainable future.
Get ready for Africa’s premier cannabis event, The Cannabis Expo, happening in Cape Town in March 2024. With over 150 exhibitors, attendees can explore different aspects of cannabis, including medicinal and agricultural uses, financial opportunities, and lifestyle products. Don’t miss out on this chance to learn, network, and celebrate the potential of cannabis in society. Secure your tickets now at www.thecannabisexpo.co.za.
The highly anticipated Ratanga Park Sunset Concerts are set to take place on February 25th, featuring a lineup of top South African musicians including Die Heuwels Fantasties and Jitsvinger. The venue, Century City, provides the perfect backdrop for a summer evening outing, with lush green spaces and canals creating a tranquil atmosphere. The familyfriendly concerts invite attendees to bring picnic baskets and enjoy food from local trucks while immersing themselves in the music and nature around them. Tickets can be purchased on Quicket starting at R200.
Cape Town is facing a significant reduction of R540 million in funding over the next two years due to nationwide cuts announced by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana. The decision threatens to disrupt the operational budget and resources devoted to housing, basic services, and upgrading informal settlements. Despite these challenges, Cape Town remains committed to advocating for the preservation of vital grant funding and a larger equitable share of national funding. Mayor HillLewis criticized the national government’s decision and proposed exploring other options such as reducing wastage in national departments or trimming VIP security expenses.
The Sony Creators Convention 2024 in Cape Town is a melting pot of possibilities for content creators. Attendees can expect to learn from industry leaders, establish valuable connections, and broaden their skill set. The event features workshops, handson sessions, distinguished speakers, and major brands showcasing their latest products and innovations. This convention is an opportunity for content creators to elevate their craft to unprecedented heights and leave an everlasting imprint on their creative journey.
The N2 Express bus service agreement in Cape Town is set to be extended until 2026, highlighting the city’s commitment to urban mobility. The Mayoral Committee proposed the twoyear extension to ensure the service continues until the second phase of the MyCiTi bus service commences. The N2 Express service provides vital transportation for commuters from Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha to the central business district, and the extension will further enhance the link between the metrosoutheast and Wynberg and Claremont. The city is dedicated to retaining a practical, effective, and reachable transportation system, ensuring its citizens stay linked and mobile in their everyday lives.
Cape Town is getting ready to host the Springboks alignment camp 2024, a big event for rugby players to compete for a spot in the Tests against Ireland and Portugal. Many rugby clubs are contributing players, with 16 uncapped players competing for their debut in the Test. Some notable players like Siya Kolisi and Cheslin Kolbe won’t be participating due to overseas obligations. The camp promises to be an exciting showcase of diverse skills and talents.
Cape Town is extending Saxdowns Road to improve traffic flow and promote sustainable modes of transportation. The project will include a single carriageway, sidewalks, and bicycle lanes, as well as a traffic signal, street lighting, and stormwater pipe. This comprehensive approach will ensure safety, efficiency, and environmental sustainability. The project is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2025 and will bolster the residential area of Kuils River while setting a new benchmark for urban development in the region.
Marble, a renowned restaurant concept by David Higgs, is set to arrive in Cape Town in late 2024. The location in the historically significant UnionCastle Building will provide breathtaking views of the ocean and mountain, and the restaurant can accommodate up to 300 guests. Expect firebased culinary techniques, with a focus on seafood and vegetables, enhanced by a Mediterranean twist. This highly anticipated gastronomic debut is sure to be a delicious addition to the vibrant culinary scene of Cape Town.
District Six’s Chapel Street is undergoing a significant renovation, designed to create a pedestrianfriendly environment and foster community spirit. The Urban Planning and Design Division in Cape Town has collaborated with the District Six populace, investors, and those with vested interests to create a detailed design draft that will be presented to the public on 24th February 2024. Feedback opportunities are available online until 7th March 2024, and the project embodies the spirit of communitydriven urban development and heritage preservation.
Jazzart Dance Theatre celebrates its 50th anniversary with a grand event called ENCORE, paying tribute to visionary directors, choreographers, performers, and teachers who have contributed to the world of dance. The gala takes place at the historic Artscape Theatre, showcasing a diverse lineup of performances by top choreographers, special guests, and highly recognized alumni. Jazzart performances not only demonstrate talent but also narrate stories, expressing the human experience in an emotive manner. ENCORE promises to be an unforgettable event and an appropriate homage to the legends of dance.
The Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town is offering a diverse range of artistic performances for all types of performing arts enthusiasts in February. From family drama exploring the doubleedged sword of social media to ballet showcasing precolonial South Africa, the theatre promises a rich array of narratives that mirror the human condition in all its intricate diversity. The theatre continues to serve as a haven for performing arts enthusiasts in Cape Town, and its intriguing mix of drama, ballet, music, and live art encourages us to interact with our realities and challenge societal norms.
A raging wildfire in Cape Town caused significant destruction to property and hospitalized two people. A team of firefighters from multiple services bravely fought the blaze, with additional support dispatched to the area. The aftermath highlights the vital role of community support during crises, and donations are being accepted to support the heroic firefighting crews.
Cape Town has introduced an innovative energy strategy that enables residents to sell their excess solar power back to the city through the ‘Cash for Power’ program, which pays them in cash rather than crediting their municipal bills. The city aims to end loadshedding, stimulate job creation and economic growth, and provide free basic alternative energy to nongrid connected households, while residents can also join the ‘Power Heroes’ program by turning off their water heaters during peak hours. Cape Town’s Mayor, Geordin HillLewis, stated that Cape Town is now the pioneer city with an officially adopted Energy Strategy that aims to terminate loadshedding and stimulate job creation and economic growth.