The Best Gardens and Parks in Cape Town

The Best Gardens and Parks in Cape Town

Find sanctuary at these spectacular parks and gardens where nature and art intertwine.

Sun-kissed beaches aren’t the only public places in Cape Town to take advantage of; our pretty city has a plethora of parks, which are perfect for walking your dog, a picnic with friends, or simply stretching out with a newspaper and enjoying the beautiful plant life. Discover green spots for lunch in city parks, or overgrown suburban wonderlands for a romantic rendezvous. Parks are not only relaxing and fun, but also meeting points for like minded folk.

Someone once said, “gardens are the windows to a city’s culture”. Which is so true… they offer interesting insights into the history, geology and climate of a place, revealing their many layers the further you explore.

More than that, gardens are such a wonderful refuge for those seeking sanctuary from the stress of modern life.

Capetonians are blessed to be living in a city that’s dotted with a verdant array of horticultural havens, offering serenity and peacefulness at every turn. From inner city delights to Winelands wonders, Overberg oases and Breede Valley beauties.

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Handel’s Messiah

Handel’s Messiah

The Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town and The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra presents two performances of Handel’s Messiah over the Easter weekend.

Composed in 1741, Handel’s immortal oratorio has secured a place in history as one of the most frequently performed oratorios of all time. Perhaps best remembered for its “Hallelujah” chorus, this English oratorio unfolds over the course of three hours, setting liturgical texts that celebrate the prophecy, birth, death, resurrection and glorification of Jesus Christ.

Jonathan Willcocks conducts this year’s performances, with performers Antoinette Blyth (soprano), Jacobi de Villiers (alto), Given Nkosi (tenor) and Dónal Slemon (bass).

Wilcocks, whose father, Sir David Willcocks, was an Honorary President and Patron of the choir from 1974 until his passing in 2015, visits from the UK, where he is the conductor and musical director of Guildford Choral Society and Chichester Singers, and of Southern Pro Musica, a professional chamber orchestra. From 1988 to 2008 he was the director of the Junior Academy, Royal Academy of Music in London, and in 2016 he was appointed Festival Conductor of the Leith Hill Music Festival – the 5th since Ralph Vaughan Williams and succeeding Brian Kay, who held the post for 21 years.

The first of two concerts takes place at Rondebosch Boys High School on Friday 30 March, with the second performance taking place at the Dutch Reformed Church in Onrus on Sunday 1 April.

Venue: Rondebosch Boys’ High School, 13 Oakhurst Ave, Rondebosch, Cape Town | Dutch Reformed Church, 55 Berg St, Onrus River, Onrus
Time: Fri 7.30pm to 10.30pm | Sun 3pm to 6pm
Cost: Fri R180 – R200 | Sun R150

Date: 30 March 2018 to 1 April 2018

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Dan Patlansky & Albert Frost

Dan Patlansky & Albert Frost

The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts presents a live performance by blues-rock musicians Dan Patlansky and Albert Frost.

Dan Patlansky has become one of the busiest and most respected blues artists to ever come out of South Africa. His music can best be described as vacillating between slick, soulful blues and the renegade psychedelic angst and raw emotion of Hendrix and Zeppelin. He has released 7 albums to date and in 2015 “Total Guitar Magazine” voted him in the top 10 best guitarists in the world.

For the past two decades, the energetic performances of this accomplished guitarist have dazzled audiences. Besides collaborations with top international acts, Albert Frost has performed with most major SA artists and played every important stage in South Africa. April 2016, he released his third solo album, The Wake Up, which won the coveted Best Rock Album category at the 2017 SAMA Awards.

Venue: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town
Time: 5.15pm
Cost: R135 – R180

Date: 25 March 2018

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Petite Noir & Slow Jack

Petite Noir & Slow Jack

The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts presents a live performance by Belgian singer-songwriter Petite Noir and local pop-rock band, Slow Jack.

Petite Noir is a Belgian-born, Congolese singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer from Cape Town. His debut extended play The King of Anxiety was released in January 2015 and his debut studio album La vie est belle / Life Is Beautiful was released in September of the same year.

Petite Noir’s musical style stretches across a variety of genres, such as Art Pop, Indie Rock, Alternative R&B and Post-Punk.

Slow Jack formed in 2015 and has grown into an ensemble of some of the most talented musicians in Cape Town. With power vocals, astounding guitaring and music that speak of abundance, hardship and everyday life that affects us all, they render a rare and seldom seen chemistry on stage.

Slow Jack hail from Cape Town and consist of Hannes Muller (guitar and vocals), Jayme van Tonder (violin and vocals), Jeandre Schultz (lead guitar and vocals), Andre van der Merwe (bass) and Adrian Fowler (drums).

Venue: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town
Time: 5.15pm
Cost: R135 – R180

Date: 21 March 2018

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Jazz on the Lawn

Jazz on the Lawn

St Joseph’s Marist College hosts its 7th annual SJMC Jazz on the Lawna day of music in celebration of Human Rights Day.

The lineup features popular South African group MiCasa, SA’s Got Talent winners AnecNote, and 2017 Standard Bank’s Young Jazz Artist Benjamin Jephta, as well as Jazz Bands/Ensembles from schools across the peninsula.

No alcohol is allowed on the premises. Limited gazebo area is available at an additional cost. Only umbrellas, blankets and picnic chairs may be brought on site. Jazz on the Lawn merchandise are on sale at the event. Access to kiddies area at a cost of R50, open between 12pm and 4pm. Food stalls and a bar area is available at the event.

Venue: St Joseph’s Marist College, Belmont Rd, Rondebosch, Cape Town
Time: 10am to 7pm
Cost: R70 – R130

Date: 21 March 2018

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Jeremy Loops at Kirstenbosch

Jeremy Loops at Kirstenbosch

The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts presents a live performance by modern folk musician, Jeremy Loops.

From cult live act status in his hometown Cape Town, to a chart topping album domestically, Jeremy Loops career’s been characterised by breaking through glass ceilings. An international breakout year in 2015 saw him open for Twenty One Pilots on the road, headline a sold out 30,000-ticket tour of his own, and release music, most notably his single Down South, breakthrough in major European territories. With his new album, slated for a 2017 release, here’s a maturing, sophisticated musician preparing to see his vision of taking his music global.

The extremes aren’t new to the singer, who by day travels to the furthest corners of Africa to battle deforestation through his organisation, Greenpop, and by night resumes as raconteur for raucous fans around the world.

“As he relaxed and layered the second banjo part and then a basic beat, the act was smooth and natural and it was obvious that he was playing his own game with his own rules.” Read Marie-Claire de Villiers’ review of Jeremy Loops.

Venue: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town
Time: 5.30pm
Cost: R140 – R205

Date: 18 March 2018

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Water meter readings

Water meter readings

From the City of Cape Town:

Your home or business is connected to the City’s water network through a water meter, which usually sits in a small chamber under the pavement outside your property. We read your water meter once a month to calculate your monthly water and sewerage use.

How the City reads your water meter

The meter is read by a different person each month. We take a meter reading using a handheld computer terminal that contains core information about the property, such as the erf number and the address.

If we cannot read your meter (due to your gate being locked or other circumstances) and you do not submit your water reading, your bill will be an estimate based on your previous water use. All cost estimates will be reversed, if necessary, when we get an actual reading.

DID YOU KNOW?Well-run City: Each year, we replace about 9 000 old or malfunctioning water meters. 

You can help us get an accurate reading for your water meter by doing the following:

  • Make sure you know where your water meter is located.
  • Make sure it is not obstructed (e.g. by sand or weeds) and is easy to read.
  • Your water meter should be accessible to City officials at all times.
  • If your water meter is behind locked gates, or if dogs prevent the meter readers from taking a reading, you can submit the reading yourself (see below).
  • Alternatively, ask the City to relocate your meter to the outside of your house, via the City’s Service Requests application.

How to read your water meter

You can submit your water meter reading by calling 0860 103 089 or entering it online via your municipal account on our e-Services portal.

No matter the type of water meter, black numbers represent kilolitres and red numbers represent litres. As you are charged per kilolitre, only supply the black numbers when submitting your reading.

DID YOU KNOW?

Inclusive City: The City has installed free-call phones at some City facilities to allow you to make enquiries and request services at no cost.

Water and sanitation tariffs

All formal properties have water meters, which we use to read your water consumption and calculate your monthly bill. However, there are different tariffs for residences, businesses, and other organisations.

  • Understand the cost of water and sanitation in your home
  • Understand the cost of water and sanitation for your business or organisation

Report problems with your water meter

If your water meter is not being read regularly, is malfunctioning or needs to be relocated to outside of your property, please contact the City’s 24-hour call centre:

  • Call us on 0860 103 089 (choose option 2: water-related faults)
  • SMS: 31373 (max of 160 characters)
  • Whatsapp: 063 407 3699
  • Email: water@capetown.gov.za

You can also go to our service requests portal and report or request an issue online. If you need some help with how to place a service request or report an issue, please see Submit a service request.

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The Christians at Kirstenbosch

The Christians at Kirstenbosch

The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts presents a live performance by British Soul band The Christians.

 

The Christians are a musical ensemble from Liverpool, England, who had several UK and international chart hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The band consists of Garry Christian (lead vocals), Joey Ankrah (vocals and lead guitar), Neil Griffiths (acoustic guitar and vocals), Lionel Duke (drums), Clifford Watson (bass) and Mike Trigg (keyboards).

Garry Christian, the only original member of The Christians, with his distinctive soulful voice heads up the band. The band are fortunate to have some hugely talented guys sharing drum and bass duties.

Venue: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town
Time: 5.30pm
Cost: R140 – R205

Date: 11 March 2018

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2016-2017 Service Delivery Successes

2016-2017 Service Delivery Successes

Completed projects and infrastructure changes described below have enhanced facilities and services in Ward 62, and ensured that the DA-run City continues to make progress possible, together.

Transport, Roads and Stormwater

New traffic signals at Kendal Road intersection with Spaanschemat Road

  • Concrete balustrades on M3 bridges at Trovato Link and Klaassens Road
  • Traffic Signals for Parish Road and Constantia Main Road right turning lanes in both directions along Constantia Main Road
  • M3 on- and off-ramps resealed at Ladies Mile Rd [Exit 16], Kendal Road [Exit 15] and Constantia Main Road [Exit 14] in Constantia
  • Fencing along the Wynberg Canal between Piers Road and Vriedenhof Road
  • Restoration of Boshoff Avenue gates in Fernwood
  • Cats eyes on Rhodes Drive enhance visibility at night

   

Non-Motorised Transport

  • Non-Motorised Transport routes with bicycle lanes and pedestrian pathways on both sides of Spaanschemat      River Road, Ladies Mile Road and Kendal Road
  • NMT routes connect commuters to the Main Road and railway stations
  • Safe areas for cyclists, runners, walkers and people in wheelchairs

   

Traffic Calming

  •  Speed humps in Buckingham Road, Plumstead
  •  Raised intersections in Bayview Road, Wynberg
  •  Raised intersections at Pinehurst Rd and Silverhurst Road in Southern Cross Drive, Constantia

 

 

   

Parks and Open Spaces

  • Green Jobs / Invasive Species Unit River Wardens funded from Ward Allocations
  • Outdoor fitness equipment installed at Newlands Forest Station
  • Funding for the Upper Liesbeek River gardens

   

Wynberg Park

  • New pathways through the gardens and bridges over the stream
  • First phase of fencing installed around the park to prevent vandalisation and theft of assets, infrastructure            and plants; and to improve the safety of park users
  • Beautiful spring flowers in the Fynbos area after 3 years of not cutting the veld
  • Removal of invasive species

   

Maynardville Park

  • Clean-up and extensive planting in and around the theatre
  • Overgrown vegetation thinned out and trees trimmed
  • New garden laid out in front of the office on the corner of Woolf Street and Piers Road

   

Solum Court Flats, Gabriel Rd, Plumstead

  • Palisade fencing and gates installed to secure the premises and enhance the tenants’ safety
  • Three of the five blocks of flats have been upgraded and painted; the remaining blocks will be upgraded            and painted in 2018-19
  • New parking area in Gabriel Road

   

Constantia Sports Complex

  • Potholes have been repaired and a portion of the parking area between the Constantia Bowl Club and Claremont Cricket Club has been tarred
  • New floodlights at False Bay Rugby Football Club
  • Fencing repaired as a result of vandalism and vehicles damaging the fence

Safety and Security

  • Rent a Cop Law Enforcement Officer at Wynberg Office funded from Ward Allocations
  • Subways under the railway line in Wynberg closed at night; locked and unlocked by the Wynberg Improvement  District

Water, Sanitation and Electricity

  • Street lights in Wynberg converted to energy saving bulbs
  • Water saving awareness campaigns at Maynard Mall and Constantia Village
  • Water leaks and burst water pipes repaired as soon as possible

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Best Coffee Shops in Cape Town

Best Coffee Shops in Cape Town

Lovers of the freshly ground brew are spoilt for choice in Cape Town. With nearly every Mother City corner being home to a cute or quirky coffee house it shouldn’t surprise you that we think of ourselves as connoisseurs.

Cape Town and all its scenic beauty is home to a rising coffee culture. Amongst the many tourist attractions Cape Town coffee shop owners have taken coffee roasting and brewing to a whole new level of creativity.

On top of the excess of fantastic restaurants, markets, vineyards and bars, it also has a glowing array of coffee shops.

Next time you’re looking for a place to fly solo for a while, meet a mate, woo your first date or catch up on business, look up one of these Cape Town coffee shops.

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