While Eskom is currently implementing Stage 2 rotational loadshedding which will continue until 11pm, the power utility has announced that there will be no loadshedding tomorrow Sunday 24 March.
This is due to several improvements to the system over the last few days, including emergency diesel which arrived via ship, aswell as boiler leaks being fixed.
The power utility has thanked all South Africans for their patience and cooperation throughout this difficult period, although the damage on the economy is yet to be determined after almost a week of Stage 4 loadshedding, which ended yesterday.
Date: 23 March 2019
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— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) March 23, 2019
Over the past few weeks, Smile Drive Co-hosts Angel Campey and Maurice Carpede have been challenging each other to do various activities.
Angel mentioned that she had heard about The Vampire Facial at Aesthetics 11 and of course, Maurice challenged her to do this. This is something that Angel never took lightly and accepted the challenge without thinking twice. In return, Maurice now has to do stand-up comedy for Angel at her show coming up on the 30 March.
Stay tuned for how Maurice does as a comedian!
You know you want to go! But do you have tickets?
From Monday 25 March to Wednesday 27 March, listen out for two Ed Sheeran songs – back-to-back – on Smile 90.4FM.
When you hear it … call the studio on 0861 400 904 … for a chance to win a set of double tickets to see Ed Sheeran live in concert on Thursday 28 March.
Or you can enter below, by completing the following:
Winner will be announced by 5pm on the Smile Drive on Wednesday 27 March.
It’s almost a year ago now that Cape Town nearly ran out of Water! Many of us who lived through the drought crisis in 2017-2018 can still recall the fear that it instilled in all Capetonians.
The fact that we averted Day Zero is remarkable – and many in the world see it as remarkable.
That’s one of the reasons why a collective of academics and practitioners will be launching the Cape Town Drought Response Learning Initiative and Film Library on Tuesday 26 March.
This brand new trans-disciplinary project is a world first and sets out to document and capture key lessons from the water shortage that came close to being a catastrophe for Cape Town.
In this way, Cape Town and other water-challenged cities around the world can be better prepared in future; because of course we are just witnessing the beginning of profound climate disturbance.
WWF South Africa board member Dr Jackie King has been named the 2019 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate for her game-changing contribution to global river management.
She has been recognised for having “advanced the scientific understanding of water flows, giving decision-makers methods and tools to assess the full range of costs and benefits when managing or developing river systems”.
Based in Cape Town, Dr King is an aquatic ecologist who was a researcher, lecturer and supervisor of postgraduates at the University of Cape Town for almost four decades.
In 2016, she was awarded WWF South Africa’s prestigious Living Planet Award. The award is given to exceptional individuals in South Africa who inspire people to live in harmony with nature.
Read more about this extraordinary water hero HERE
Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato invited visual artists to exhibit and promote their work on the Concourse Level of the Cape Town Civic Centre as part of the municipality’s Human Rights Day commemorations.
It also forms part of the City’s Emerging Artist Programme which aims to assist under-resourced artists with access opportunities to showcase their work.
The skills training provided helps these artists to move from the studio to the professional market.
Plato says Cape Town has a huge talent pool but the work of these artists and many others sometimes goes unseen by members of the public.
“We want to create a space where skilled artists are able to display their work and get much-deserved exposure.”
The Emerging Artist Programme will run seven exhibitions until June this year. Each exhibition will open at the South African Sendinggestig Museum as part of the First Thursdays event.
This family orientated event consists of a 56m nappy dash, a Toddlers’ Trot and a 2.1km & 5.6km fun run at 11h00 & 12h00. Smile 90.4FM will be on site to ensure you only hear the best music to get the vibe going!
- 56m nappy dash – 10h00
- Toddlers’ Trot – 10h30
- 2.1 & 5.6km – 11h00 & 12h00
Date: 19 April 2019
End Time: 14h00
Venue: UCT Rugby Fields, Upper Campus, Rondebosch.
Now in its 50th year, Cape Town’s most prestigious race, the 56km Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon, takes athletes on a spectacular course around the Cape Peninsula. It is often voted the most breath-taking course in the world.
If you’re running, no need to worry – The Smile 90.4FM team will be ready and waiting with a full vibe point including our great music, presenters and promoters at the top gate of Kirstenbosch, to motivate you for the final stretch.
If you’re supporting, head to the Smile 90.4FM vibe point and be part of the atmosphere.
- Date: 20 April 2019
- Time: 05:50
- End Time: 14h00
- Venue: Main Road in Newlands.
It’s not often that Bobby & Lindy bash heads, but what started out as a conversation about passing one’s driver’s license test led to an argument about who the better driver is – men or women? Angel Campey from the Smile Drive heard the altercation and challenged both to prove themselves where it mattered – on the road. Bobby & Lindy accepted Angel’s challenge to redo their driver’s license test.
Since then they have both passed their learners licenses and have been preparing for the driver’s test.
On Monday, 18 March the day finally arrived. Bobby & Lindy headed to the traffic department to take their drivers test.
A huge thank you to He & She Driving School for prepping Bobby & Lindy for their big day!
The results are in! The better driver is…..
In 2018, a staggering 20 193 items valued at R1 774 993,70 were not returned to libraries. The City’s Library and Information Service hopes the lure of Fine Free Week, which coincides with South African Library Week, will see most if not all of these items returned.
This year, the theme for Library Week is Collaborate @ Your Library. The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zaid Badroodie has urged patrons to take hands with librarians to make access to information a reality by returning those items that are long overdue.
No questions will be asked and any fines that have accrued on these items will be waived.
SA Library Week was initiated in 2001 for libraries across the country to use as an opportunity to market their services and to promote the important role that libraries play in a democratic society by advancing literacy, making the basic human right of freedom of access to information a reality, and promoting tolerance and respect among all South Africans.
“Library Week also coincides with Human Rights Day. The Bill of Rights recognises the freedom of access to information as a basic human right. It is therefore concerning that four of the top titles not returned last year are study guides. By not returning items, someone else is being deprived of the right to access those materials and, in this case, are denied an educational resource.”
Patrons are reminded that, while no fines will be charged, previous fines will not be written off during this week. This means if you take back currently overdue items, you will not pay a fine on those materials returned.
However, if you have already accrued a fine for late/lost or damaged items returned to the library previously, you will still be liable to pay that fine.
The ratings agency Moody’s has changed its rating of the City of Cape Town municipality to stable due to its ground breaking management of the drought crisis and its efforts to avert Day Zero.
In a statement, the City says the ratings agency also views the development of the City’s Draft Water Strategy as favourable.
The Moody’s report affirms the City’s Baa3/Aaa.za ratings which are underpinned by Moody’s view that the City administration will maintain its historically robust financial performances as well as its conservative debt management.
Good rating opinions are crucial for prudent financial planning as the better the rating, the lower the interest charged on debt.
Moody’s also expects the City to maintain its robust liquidity profile in the next three years despite the intention to fund 34% of its capital expenditure from its own funds. Debt levels will remain lower than its rated peers in the country, the report states.
Almost 50% of its R25 billion capital expenditure plan will be invested in water and sanitation infrastructure including ongoing water intervention strategies, which is intended to further insulate Cape Town from future shortages, reads the report.
The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Finance Ian Neilson says this rating and analysis is great news for Cape Town, its residents, businesses and investors.
“It shows that the City administration is moving in the right direction to enhance Cape Town’s future resilience while at the same time, it acknowledges that this City as well as its people overcame one of the greatest crises in its history. It was able to do so because of the strong management of the metro, its level of professional skills and spirit of partnership that saved the day.”