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Brace yourself for extreme winter

By Staff Writer

Brace yourselves. That's the word from the Weather Service, as the cold front that hits the Western Cape on Monday morning brings heavy rain, huge seas and very cold conditions spreading as far as the Northern Cape.

In a special weather warning on Sunday, the Weather Service said that the cold, wet and windy conditions would spread to the mountain areas of the Western Cape.

And deep sea swells of about 3,5 metres are expected by this evening and will start pounding the coast. But that's just the beginning: by sunrise on Tuesday the swell will have increased to a 4,8m, peaking at 5,3m by sunset.

The good news for surfers able to take time off in the week is that the swell will maintain a height of between 3,3m and 3,9m until Friday afternoon.

Heavy rain is forecast for Monday and most of Tuesday, accompanied by strong to near gale force north winds.

The National Sea Rescue Institute has issued a special warning to users of the sea to take extra precautions over the next few days, as the big swell, combined with the effect of Friday night's spring tides will bring stronger than normal rip tides and deep sea currents.

Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town said on Sunday that it had put in place a comprehensive plan to deal with expected flooding and other disasters.

In a statement, the city said that the plan provides for clearing and upgrading of stormwater systems, drains, inspections of retention ponds, public education and a disaster management plan.

"The preventative maintenance is well under way. This work includes cleaning silt and other debris from underground systems and stormwater intakes along roadways. Similar attention is given to intakes of mountain streams."

Councillor Dumisani Ximbi, the mayoral committee member for safety and security, said "the city has identified and mapped high flood-risk areas. Past experience tells us that at least 5000 informal dwellings could be affected if Cape Town has a 'normal' winter.

"This figure is based on assessments of previous flood events. However, according to the latest predictions, this figure could rise drastically depending on the intensity of the expected storms."

In addition to the provincial budget for disaster relief, the city estimates that R2-million would be spent on humanitarian and social disaster relief such as meals, blankets and baby food. Another R1,2-million had been budgeted for materials, repairs and maintenance, security services and staff overtime.

# Flooding, blocked drains and service disruptions can be reported to the all-hours Technical Operations Centre at 0860 103 054. In the event of a life- or property-threatening emergency, contact 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone.

* This article was originally published on page 4 of The Cape Times on June 04, 2007

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Smooth sailing for name-changes in Cape Town

04 June 2007

CITY뭆 NAME-CHANGING PANEL BEGINS ITS WORK


MEDIA RELEASE
NO. 191/2007
4 JUNE 2007



* EMBARGOED TO 18:00 ON MONDAY, 4 JUNE 2007 *

CITY뭆 NAME-CHANGING PANEL BEGINS ITS WORK

Executive Mayor Helen Zille today announced that human rights activist Rhoda Kadalie would chair the panel of experts charged with processing submissions from citizens for name changes in Cape Town.

The panel consists of 17 members who were nominated by the public. They represent a broad range of expertise in history, language, religion, place names and map-making. They include such people as Cape Town Partnership Manager Bulelwa Ngewana, VOC historian Dan Sleigh, language expert Yawa Thozama, history Professor Christopher Saunders, Afrikaans journalist and cultural commentator Melvyn Minnaar, District Six Museum director Valmont Lane, Dean of CAPUT Business Faculty Mohammed Bayat, and others.

Only about 200 of the 350 submissions will be dealt with by the panel because many were outside the terms of reference of the policy. The panel will make its recommendations to Council for its meeting at the end of June and Council will then advertise the names for public objection. The matter will serve before Council again in August and final decisions will be made.

The signage for any new names of streets or buildings will go up in September, Heritage month.


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DBSA GIVES R30M FOR 2010 STADIUM DEVELOPMENT

The Development Bank of Southern Africa has granted R30 million to the City of Cape Town for the planning and design costs associated with the new Green Point stadium. (C25/05/07)
Media enquiries: Dave Hugo, Service Delivery Integration, Tel: 021 400-3722
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SPORT BODIES GET R362 000 FOR UPKEEP OF FIELDS


Eight sports fields which previously received grants-in-aid from the City of Cape Town to maintain the grounds are to receive over R362 000 for the same purpose as part of City Parks operational budget. City Parks has entered into agreements with nine sports bodies and will continue to do routine inspections to ensure that the agreements are honoured. The nine sports bodies which are all in the southern suburbs are the Ottery Sports Board (Elm Street Sports Field), Groenewaldt Sports Association (Groenewaldt Sports Field), St Augustine뭩 Cricket Club (St Augustine뭩), Meadowridge Football Association (Meadowridge), False Bay RFC (Gildale Sports Complex), Claremont Cricket Club (Gildale Sports Complex), Retreat Sport board of control (Allenby Drive), Noordhoek District Association (Noordhoek District), and Fish Hoek Sports Club (Fish Hoek Sports). (C15/05/07)
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Brace yourself for extreme winter

By Staff Writer

Brace yourselves. That's the word from the Weather Service, as the cold front that hits the Western Cape on Monday morning brings heavy rain, huge seas and very cold conditions spreading as far as the Northern Cape.

In a special weather warning on Sunday, the Weather Service said that the cold, wet and windy conditions would spread to the mountain areas of the Western Cape.

And deep sea swells of about 3,5 metres are expected by this evening and will start pounding the coast. But that's just the beginning: by sunrise on Tuesday the swell will have increased to a 4,8m, peaking at 5,3m by sunset.

The good news for surfers able to take time off in the week is that the swell will maintain a height of between 3,3m and 3,9m until Friday afternoon.

Heavy rain is forecast for Monday and most of Tuesday, accompanied by strong to near gale force north winds.

The National Sea Rescue Institute has issued a special warning to users of the sea to take extra precautions over the next few days, as the big swell, combined with the effect of Friday night's spring tides will bring stronger than normal rip tides and deep sea currents.

Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town said on Sunday that it had put in place a comprehensive plan to deal with expected flooding and other disasters.

In a statement, the city said that the plan provides for clearing and upgrading of stormwater systems, drains, inspections of retention ponds, public education and a disaster management plan.

"The preventative maintenance is well under way. This work includes cleaning silt and other debris from underground systems and stormwater intakes along roadways. Similar attention is given to intakes of mountain streams."

Councillor Dumisani Ximbi, the mayoral committee member for safety and security, said "the city has identified and mapped high flood-risk areas. Past experience tells us that at least 5000 informal dwellings could be affected if Cape Town has a 'normal' winter.

"This figure is based on assessments of previous flood events. However, according to the latest predictions, this figure could rise drastically depending on the intensity of the expected storms."

In addition to the provincial budget for disaster relief, the city estimates that R2-million would be spent on humanitarian and social disaster relief such as meals, blankets and baby food. Another R1,2-million had been budgeted for materials, repairs and maintenance, security services and staff overtime.

# Flooding, blocked drains and service disruptions can be reported to the all-hours Technical Operations Centre at 0860 103 054. In the event of a life- or property-threatening emergency, contact 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone.

* This article was originally published on page 4 of The Cape Times on June 04, 2007

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Published on the Web by IOL on 2007-06-04 01:14:00
Independent Online 2005. All rights reserved. IOL publishes this article in good faith but is not liable for any loss or damage caused by reliance on the information it contains.
Today in 2010 will just be 6v days before the first game kickoff. I just hope that it won't be as cold, eish FIFA.
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im thinking they need to reconsider a retractable roof! or get FIFA to pay
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This World Newspaper Congress has really hit the news in more ways than one. Never really thought it would get many headlines but it seems like the event is going well. Good stuff for Cape Town. Some of these journalists will prob be working at the 2010 IBC. !!

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Cape Town Conference: Mbeki says both media and government must be responsible

The debate between media and governments must be open and fair, said South African president Thabo Mbeki, welcoming delegates attending the 60th World Association of Newspapers Congress in Cape Town.

Mbeki said: 밇ven if there is the necessary chasm between the media and government in the perennial debate about what constitute the public or national interest and so on, at least the debate must proceed in openness and fairness.

밯e do believe that both government and media are called to act responsibly in a well-run state. This also applies to public relations, marketing and advertising interests that can have such a powerful influence in society.

Mbeki said that it was incumbent on the media to be introspective and to conduct itself in ways that will enhance and not undermine acceptable standards of public morality and good behaviour.

밒t is, I would suggest, important for the media to do various things to professionalize and perfect their craft, such as improving training methods, broadening the scope of specialist and in depth writing and research, and retaining skilled and experienced practitioners within the profession, said Mbeki.

The president also urged the newsmen and women gathering in Cape Town to tell the African story that is no more benefiting from coverage in world media 밿n as much depth and contextual detail as possible.

밃nd physically get around the continent, identifying the successes and reverses so as to reflect what is really happening on the ground.

Mbeki said the continent has not escaped the tussle between media freedom and governance and some journalists in the continent have paid the ultimate price.

밫here is particular anger around what is seen as the impunity enjoyed by some governments in their perceived or actual actions against journalists and editors. I am also aware of the feeling among African editors that libel and similar laws are used to deal with a media that is seen as uncomplimentary to the authorities.

However, Mbeki said the problem was being addressed, and one of such instance would occur when the presidents of the African Union gather in Accra, Ghana for the annual meeting. Five of them will meet five African editors to open lines of communications between the political leadership and the editors.
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Cape Marine Sector Now a New 'Mr Fixit'

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4 June 2007
Posted to the web 4 June 2007

By Dave Marrs
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WITH the possible exception of Nigeria, none of the west African countries that are benefiting most from the global clamour for oil has the technical expertise, infrastructure or economic stability to provide the required engineering and logistical support.

Western Cape's relatively sophisticated economy and proximity to the booming west African oil and gas fields should put it in pole position to compete successfully for such contracts. Yet the multinational oil companies continue to procure most of their equipment, services and supplies from established hubs such as Aberdeen, Singapore and Dubai, or fly in critical equipment from the US or Europe.

Similarly, the oil companies all too often send ships and rigs requiring maintenance or repair northwards to the shipyards of Europe, rather than south to SA.

It was to remedy this situation that the South African Oil and Gas Alliance was founded in 2001, with the support of the provincial and Cape Town City governments and industry players -- including an array of engineering and fabrication companies as well as machinery, equipment and provision suppliers.

The organisation has about 280 active fee-paying members and was allocated R3,5m by the provincial government this year as one of about 10 "special purpose vehicles" set up as part of its microeconomic development strategy.

Herman Jonker, manager of the marine sector's industry development for the Western Cape economic development department, says the main goals of the strategy are to boost economic growth and create employment, and that the oil and gas support industry has been identified as one of five priority sectors that justify intervention.

The other industries are tourism, information technology, business process outsourcing and creative industries such as film and advertising production.

Acting Oil and Gas Alliance executive director Angelo Harris says with the US expected to source up to a quarter of its oil supplies from west Africa by 2010, it has been predicted that about $100bn will be invested in the region over the next five years and that the oil companies will be spending more than $12bn a year on supplies and services alone.

While countries such as Nigeria and Angola have local content requirements in place to ensure they do not become wallflowers at their own party, there are many goods and services that they cannot provide.

The alliance has identified three main market segments where it believes South African companies could be competitive:

--New erections of oil and gas rigs, platform jackets and topside modules

--Repair, maintenance and conversion work; and

--The supply of equipment and provisions.

"We have a potential competitive advantage in all three areas," Harris says. "Although SA hasn't built anything serious since the Mossgas project, local companies have been involved in offshore exploration and production endeavours such as the FA gas field and the Oribi, Oryx and Sable oil fields in the Bredasdorp Basin, so we have the skills."

The alliance has strategies in place to unblock logistical bottlenecks, address skills development and the lack of infrastructure, benchmark suppliers against international standards, improve communication between industry players, and market the domestic industry internationally, as well as addressing the need for transformation and SME development.

A steady flow of oil rigs and associated vessels are already being serviced in Cape Town harbour by the existing ship repair companies using the limited docking facilities that are available.

Projects of up to $120m have been taken on in the past.

However, to take advantage of industry trends such as the conversion of rigs to allow them to operate in deeper waters, SA needs new facilities and considerable investment in skills and equipment.

MAN Ferrostaal's offshore fabrication yard at Saldanha Bay, scheduled to come on stream in August, and the service and refurbishing hub it is establishing in the Port of Cape Town as part of its arms offset deal obligations, will go a long way towards fulfilling this requirement.

The existing A Berth at the entrance to Cape Town harbour's Duncan Dock has been designated an oil and gas facility, and the wet berth and back-of-quay area will be redeveloped to accommodate offshore oil and gas rigs, drill ships, construction vessels and service and supply boats. The National Ports Authority may cede the operation of the facility to the private sector.

Harris says the quality and reliability of the equipment and services supplied to the oil companies has to be of an exceptionally high standard, and one of the alliance's aims is to monitor standards and ensure SA develops a good reputation in this regard. A certification system has been developed covering the quality of work, service or equipment supplied by a member; its financial standing; and its track record.

Harris says the awareness of SA's capabilities is growing, shown by the number of specific inquiries he has received from oil companies with operations in west Africa.
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Opening Ceremony Draws Support for African Press

One of the largest collections of global and African newspaper editors ever assembled were given a 뱎roudly South African welcome to the World Association of Newspapers World Newspaper Congress, World Editors Forum and Info Services Expo in Cape Town today (Mon). It was the first time the global meetings of the world뭩 press has been held in Africa.

Over 1600 delegates from 109 countries witnessed the colour and spectacle of the opening ceremony that launched the largest gathering of African editors to be held and the second biggest overall since WAN was established in 1948. Trevor Ncube, president of the Newspaper Association of South Africa, welcomed the international delegates and urged them to 뱓o take time to talk to African editors and hear their real, live stories.

There are 365 editors from 43 African countries attending the conference. Given the location, it was not surprising that the challenges facing African media workers, both economic and political, were highlighted during the opening session of the conference.

But the 뱒ombre picture of events worldwide were also recalled, in which 58 journalists have already been killed this year and many hundreds more harassed, injured or jailed. 밒t is not only parts of Africa that must suffer press freedom violations of the most varied kinds, WAN President Gavin O뭃eilly told the assembled delegates. O뭃eilly called on all African states, however, to take heed of the Declaration of Table Mountain released from the meeting and recognize the indivisibility of press freedom.

밫he daily persecution and harassment of the free press must cease, O뭃eilly said.

He called on President Thabo Mbeki, who he hailed for his individual commitment to press freedom, to assist with the removal of some key obstacles to this freedom in South Africa.

밯e are particularly grieved that the African Union, in instituting its Peer Review Mechanism under the New Partnership for African Development, has excluded the fostering of a free and independent press as a key requirement - as indeed it must be - in the assessment of good governance in the countries of this continent, O뭃eilly told delegates.

He also called on Mbeki to repeal anti-press measures contained in apartheid era legislation, and to bring his influence to bear on the situation in Zimbabwe. In his speech formally opening the conference, Mbeki said he had been surprised to hear the omission of a free press from the Peer Review Mechanism and promised to raise the matter, to applause from the delegates. 밒t뭩 an oversight, he conceded. Mbeki also called on international editors to step-up and deepen their coverage of Africa, its successes and challenges. 밫ell the African story in as much depth and context as possible, physically get around the continent so as to reflect what is really happening on the ground, he told delegates.

Mbeki added that media freedom was of special interest to bodies like the African Union and the African Editors Forum who had planned a number of initiatives to bolster this freedom on the continent. These initiatives included collective debates between political leaders and African editors, the first of which is in Accra, Ghana in a month뭩 time and the launch of an African media freedom day. 밫he problem of media freedom around the continent is an important one, he affirmed. Mbeki called on the editors to return for 2010 to see how much progress had been made and to enjoy the spectacle of the FIFA world cup.

밯e invite you to return to this land and see for yourselves not only spectacular soccer, but also the national progress that we shall undoubtedly make between now and then - as we have done consistently since 1994.

The opening ceremony also included the awarding of the WAN뭩 Golden Pen of Freedom to the mother of imprisoned Chinese editor, Shi Tao (see story below). Political analyst Van Zyl Slabbert delivered an address on Politics, Parliament and Democracy in South Africa.

The full Declaration of Table Mountain can be read here.

Mr O뭃eilly뭩 speech can be found at Remarks by WAN President Gavin O뭃eilly.

Mr Mbeki뭩 speech will be available on the government website at www.info.gov.za/speeches/index.htm.
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He makes sense...seems like the F1 dream lives on.

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Cape Town F1 executive hits out at street race proposal

Grand Prix at airport

There has recently been some speculation in the media about proposals to stage the F1 Grand Prix in the streets of Cape Town.

The concept is hugely appealing but is financially unviable, logistically impractical and of no sustainable economic value to the needy communities of our region.

The complications and costs of incorporating the necessary safety features around the track such as widening the existing roads, building barriers, gravel beds, run-off lanes, in and outer lanes for fire service vehicles, ambulances, cranes and recovery trucks, medical evacuation sites and helicopter pads are enormous.

Furthermore, provision has to be made for the pit and team facilities and storage areas, media and conference centres (500 international journalists can be expected to attend a F1 Grand Prix), on-site medical facilities, corporate hospitality suites and public catering areas.

We would have to tolerate massive disruption of inner-city traffic during the track installation periods and be exposed to immense nuisance factors during the Grand Prix week (or any other racing events) such as extreme noise levels and crowd littering.

Controlling access becomes extremely difficult, posing problems for emergency evacuation situations and general crowd safety.

In addition, in order to fund the required licence fees (about $20 million per race) a minimum of some 120 000 paying spectators must attend the Sunday race day.

It is almost impossible to harness all spectators and secure payment for tickets in a street environment, let alone provide adequate seating and race visibility for them.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, a street race leaves no lasting legacy for the sport itself or its industry such as motor club facilities, test tracks and driver training schools.

It provides no opportunities for the typical emergence of commercial and industrial development around the race track with consequential increased economic wellbeing and new job creation for the people of our region that need it most.

Perhaps all things are possible, but these are some of the reasons that the South African Grand Prix Corporation has opted for a new track close to the Cape Town International Airport and a project that will inject billions of rands into our economy and provide tens of thousands of new jobs in and around our city.

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really? simply because of its location and what it could do for the people of saldanha?
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26 June - 1 July
UCI World Cycling Championships, Bellville velodrome

18 July
FIFA Nelson Mandela Benefit Match, Newlands Stadium

24 July
Tottenham Hotspurs vs Orlando Pirates, Newlands Stadium

Isuzu Berg River Canoe Marathon
10 14 July 2007

2007 Freedom Challenge Extreme Triathlon Race
16 June - 14 July 2007

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really? simply because of its location and what it could do for the people of saldanha?
both, its closer to oil fileds, its deeper than CT harbour, there is shit loads of developable land and it doesnt face the same CT harbour congestion/nimbys issues.Its time to decentralise certain harbour activities out of the 2 main harbours and let them focus on the bulk goods like contaniorastion etc and let periferal "dirty" activities move to other harbours to help develop them further and attain critical mass. Imagine in RB got its second coal terminal and drydock and ship building/repair facilities. Ill that sort of shit then leave durban harbour and allows more profitabl;e and centralised activies .Same for CT, let oli and gas move up to the bay
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both, its closer to oil fileds, its deeper than CT harbour, there is shit loads of developable land and it doesnt face the same CT harbour congestion/nimbys issues.Its time to decentralise certain harbour activities out of the 2 main harbours and let them focus on the bulk goods like contaniorastion etc and let periferal "dirty" activities move to other harbours to help develop them further and attain critical mass. Imagine in RB got its second coal terminal and drydock and ship building/repair facilities. Ill that sort of shit then leave durban harbour and allows more profitabl;e and centralised activies .Same for CT, let oli and gas move up to the bay
Sounds like a good idea, Im not sure the city/province are that forward thinking. Will read up some more after my exams which im failing.
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Why all the fuss? Award the 2010 IBC to CT and get this project off the ground!
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New CT broadband network on the cards

By Anal Powell

The City of Cape Town is setting up a committee to look urgently into the installation of an extensive network of fibre optic cables to improve the city's electronic communication system, which is expected to create about 95 000 jobs and contribute R4-billion to the local economy.

But work on the infrastructure for this network would have to start "immediately" for the telecommunications service to be ready by 2010, said Mark Neville of the Radian consultancy which is working with the city council on the project.

This would require an immediate allocation of R60-million from the city for the core infrastructure and construction costs.

Neville said the city spent at least R100m annually on telecommunications.

The broadband network, which could extend as far as Stellenbosch, would reduce these costs by between 30 and 40 percent.

At the city's corporate services and human resources portfolio committee meeting on Tuesday, Neville said fibre optic infrastructure would have a "big impact on new investment" in the city. It would also improve service levels.

According to Radian's report, affordable telecommunications will lead to a growth in several sectors, including agriculture, mining, electricity and water, construction, finance, transport and communication and general government services.

This growth has been estimated to equal 27 000 new formal jobs. "New jobs typically have an associated multiplier effect of between three and four, so that these new jobs will sustain work for a further 95 000 people," the report said.

The fibre optic cables would initially link key metropolitan buildings and sites that will be used for 2010. It would later expand to other buildings and be used to extend broadband to residences and businesses.

The installation of the 360km fibre optic ring, and its management, will cost R400m to install. But Neville said the revenue from the fibre optic network would reach R500m by the eighth year, meaning the initial capital costs of the project could be repaid within nine years.

Additional revenue would come from the rent paid by other electronic service providers using the network.

The network is expected to generate a cash flow of more than R1bn over 10 years. Neville recommended that a municipal, not-for-profit entity be set up to manage the project.

Raven Naidoo, of Radian, said by building the infrastructure needed for fibre optic cables, competitor companies would be able to use the infrastructure for their services.

"This does not mean that the City of Cape Town must be a telecommunications company that competes with Telkom or Neotel," he said.



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Date: 06 Jun 2007
Title: Robben Island prepares for 2010 tourism boom
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By Themba Gadebe, tel (012) 314-2267

Cape Town - Robben Island, like many other tourist attractions in the country is preparing for the influx of tourists during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.

As a World Heritage site, Robben Island will look at innovative ways of managing the thousands of expected visitors set to flock to Cape Town, which is a host city for the games.

Robben Island Museum spokesperson Shalo Mbatha told BuaNews that in peak season, the island received 1800 visitors per day.

"Obviously we are expecting much more people at that time...2010 will be a special time for all of us," she said.

"Part of our challenge is that as a World heritage site, we have a mandate to preserve the sensitive species and environment on the Island."

Challenges posed by the island's popularity include congestion, overcrowding, noise pollution and litter.

Peak season for Robben Island Museum is between November and February and the World Cup will take place during the off peak -season.

But in 2010 even more visitors are expected than would be the norm for off-peak times in any other year. Tourist numbers are in fact expected to beat the peak-season high, in terms of visits to the island.

"We are going to train our staff to be able to handle tourists even better and our visitors will walk away with an experience that will stay with them for the rest of their lives," Ms Mbatha said.

Robben Island has already started revamping and rehabilitating its museum facilities, starting with the erstwhile maximum security prison where former President Nelson Mandela and other struggle icons were held by the apartheid regime.

Madiba spent 18 of his 27 years behind bars on the island, just off the coast of Cape Town.

The island's management is also boosting the capacity of its fleet of ferries.

A new ferry to shuttle tourists between the island and the mainland is currently being built.

"The new ferry under construction is of great importance for the new visitor experience. It is a much awaited state of the art ferry - the only one of its kind in Africa," said Ms Mbatha.

"The not yet named ferry will carry about 300 passengers, making it the biggest in the current fleet of ferries, and the fastest."

The new vessel's top speed will be the equivalent of 50 km per hour. It is expected to make its maiden voyage by September this year, well ahead of 2010.

The boat boasts lower, medium and top decks which will each be over 3 metres high. However, the vessel will be light as it will be crafted from aluminium.

While the body is currently being built, other parts such the engine and seats have already been imported from Germany and Australia

"This is a very unique ferry," said the project director Jendo Ocenasek.

The ferry serves as the remedial action by the Island after its ferries broke down during the holiday period of December last year.

In 1996 the Cabinet declared the island a national monument and former President Mandela officially opened it as a museum the following year.

In 1999, Robben Island was inscribed as a World heritage Site by Unesco. - BuaNews
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R3.7 million for community projects

CITY APPROVES R3,7 MILLION INJECTION FOR COMMUNITY PROJECTS


MEDIA RELEASE
NO. 197/2007
5 JUNE 2007


CITY APPROVES R3,7 MILLION INJECTION FOR COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Some 160 community organisations in the Cape metropole will receive R3,7 million from the City of Cape Town뭩 grants-in-aid for 2006/07.

Thousands of residents will directly benefit in six different categories, namely arts and culture, early childhood development, gender development, youth development, street people projects and capacity building projects.

The largest number of organisations which qualify for the annual grants were Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes with a total of 52 projects receiving R337 000.

Over R1 million will be allocated to 40 arts and culture projects with an additional R500 000 reserved for special focus programmes for high impact delivery and for projects which did not qualify in terms of time or the closing date for grants.

An amount of R557 000 was allocated to 40 gender development organisations, followed by R513 000 to 18 street people upliftment projects, R438 000 to 22 youth development initiatives, and R324 000 toward eight capacity building programmes.

The grants-in-aid allocations are an annual funding programme administered by the City뭩 Directorate for Economic and Social Development. Adverts inviting organisations to apply were placed in the media during November 2006.

A total of 412 community bodies applied for the grants, 360 less than the previous year. All applications were screened by the relevant City departments in line with the interim grant-in-aid policy, as well as the criteria outlined in the adverts. Less than 50% complied.

밫hese grants-in-aid are aimed at strengthening communities by establishing strategic partnerships with deserving grassroots groups which support the City in its service delivery strategies, says Councillor Simon Grindrod, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic and Social Development in the City of Cape Town.

The City뭩 23 Subcouncils also run region specific grants-in-aid programmes in their respective areas of jurisdiction to support community development.

밒 am pleased that my department was able to coordinate the City뭩 initiative to strengthen our communities in their worthy cause, Grindrod added.
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LOCAL ARTS & CULTURE GETS R1,5 MILLION BOOST FROM CITY


MEDIA RELEASE
NO. 199/2007
6 JUNE 2007



LOCAL ARTS & CULTURE GETS R1,5 MILLION BOOST FROM CITY

Local arts and culture organisations are to receive over R1,5 million from the City of Cape Town as part of the Council뭩 annual grants-in-aid to deserving communities across the Cape metropole.

This year뭩 beneficiaries include AMAC, Sign Language Education & Development, the Athlone Academy of Music, the Baxter Theatre, Jikeleza, the Hout Bay Music Project, Remix Dance Company, Zip Zap Circus, the Turfhall Jazz Music Project, Vadhini Indian Arts Academy, and Cape Town Opera.

According to Councillor Simon Grindrod, Mayoral Committee member for Economic and Social Development the arts is an area which is traditionally underfunded.

"Arts and culture can play a meaningful role in developing intercultural learning, especially in the City with its diverse cultures. It can also be a catalyst for economic empowerment for individuals and organisations who would be able to generate tourism income from the spin-offs of these ventures." Grindrod said.

All in all the City has disbursed a total of R3,7 million rand for grants-in-aid to 160 organisations across the metropole. The grants are made according to six categories namely arts & culture, early childhood development, gender equity, the development of street people, youth projects, and capacity building.

The arts and culture grants range from R6 990 towards the Ikhwezi Youth Theatre in Khayelitsha, to R56 000 for City of Peace in Woodstock which will use the funds for drumming sessions and teacher training.

Jikeleza, Hout Bay Music Project and Zip Zap Circus will be pooling their resources to present one collaborative production with 80 young performers, blending music, dance, trapeze flying, acrobats and clowning into a dramatic stage production which will be staged at Artscape in June.

A further R426 000 has been approved for deserving ad hoc projects which missed the application deadline.

The City뭩 23 Subcouncils also award region specific grants-in-aid in their respective areas of jurisdiction to support community development.
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