Innovative local students launch online textbook resale platform

Innovative local students launch online textbook resale platform

Bramble is an online platform aimed at connecting students wanting to sell or buy textbooks, as well as physical and electronic notes. This not only allows students to earn an extra income, but it also makes the learning process a whole lot easier.

As students ourselves, we understand the real life of a student and we hope to give you more room for the good life, more time for studying and, most importantly, more money at the end of the month.

The Bramble platform has one major beneficiary,

– the students.

We hope that the creation of a platform that allows students to set their own prices will allow shopping for textbooks to be more affordable and less stressful.

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The best quiz nights in Cape Town

The best quiz nights in Cape Town

Is your general knowledge off the charts with excellence? Do you want to show off your brain’s ability to contain such a vast knowledge? Then you need to go to one of the quiz nights at the restaurants in Cape Town. Here you will both be able to show your skill, as well as be challenged.

Here you will get really good questions that will make you dig a little deeper into your memory. Plus, whilst you are digging for answers in your mind, you will be able to eat incredible food to fuel your knowledge. Don’t miss out on such a great opportunity to put your knowledge to the test.

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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.


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:

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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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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Sunday Classics at Maynardville Open-Air Festival

Sunday Classics at Maynardville Open-Air Festival

There are just two weeks left of the Maynardville Open-Air Festival but it is literally packed with shows, including two unmissable Sunday night concerts.

Derek Gripper 25 February

World-renowned guitarist Derek Gripper will perform live under the stars for one night only on Sunday 25th February 2018. Drawing on European classical traditions, avant-garde Brazilian music, Malian kora, Cape Town folk, and even Indian classical music, he has created a new and beautiful guitar music which has carried him to the world`s stages including his Carnegie Hall debut in 2015.

He comes to you at Maynardville, fresh from his winter North American tour.

Gospel Classics 4  March

An explosion of Gospel Classics, from sacred to new and popular joyous tunes, sung by a choir of 20 voices with classically trained lead singers, and accompanied by a live band. End off the Maynardville Open-Air Festival with a rousing evening.

The Taming of the Shrew till 3 March

This production of The Taming of the Shrew features a historic all-female cast of Alicia McCormick, Daneel van der Walt, Buhle Ngaba, Lynita Crofford, Kathleen Stephens, Kate Pinchuck, Naledi Majola, Dianne Simpson, Ann Juries and Masali Baduza, with a special appearance by Ameera Conrad. The show is also driven by an all-female creative crew.

Share your picnic and win…

It’s a Maynardville tradition to picnic before the show. Even if you cheat a little and buy the food and drinks from our venue vendors! 

We are challenging you to snap a picture of your picnic or your gathering of picnickers to stand in line to win some great prizes including…

  • Four tickets to an opening night for the 2019 Maynardville Open-Air Festival
  • A R300-00 voucher for breakfast or lunch at popular neighbouring restaurant Four and Twenty
  • Two bottles of excellent Diemersfontein Wine
  • Learning to make the perfect cup of coffee by winning a barista experience with Mackay’s Coffee on Sunday 4 March

To enter simply tag Maynardville on one of our social media channels (sign up via the icons below). Add the hashtag #maynardvillepicnic and stand in line to win!

Competition closes on the 3 March 2018

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International Childhood Cancer Day

International Childhood Cancer Day

February 15, 2018

International Childhood Cancer Day which highlights the need for concerted global actions to address the growing challenge posed by this non-communicable disease. Globally, childhood and adolescent cancer is threatening to overtake infectious diseases, as one of the highest causes of disease-related mortality in children.

It is a day when we come together to continue the work to “Advance Cures and Transform Care” and to make childhood cancer a national and global child health priority.



Much work remains to be done. According to IARC (2015), the reported worldwide incidence of childhood cancer is increasing, from 165,000 new cases annually to 215,000 cases for children 14 years and younger and 85,000 new cases for 15-19 year-olds. Many more remain uncounted and unreported due to a lack of childhood cancer registries in a large number of countries.

While the number of children with cancer is much less compared to global incidence of adult cancers, the number of lives saved is significantly higher; survival rates in high-income countries reach an average of 84% and are steadily improving even in less-resourced areas of the world where there is local and international support.

The ICCD campaign’s ultimate goal and unified message is “Advance Cures and Transform Care”. This message spotlights the inequities and glaring disparity of access to care in most low- and middle-income countries where 80% of children with cancer live. Children and adolescents in Africa, Asia and Latin America and in parts of Eastern and Southern Europe do not yet have access to appropriate treatment including essential medicines and specialized care. Currently, where one lives often determines one’s ability to survive childhood cancer.

The 188 member organizations of Childhood Cancer International (CCI) in 96 countries as the largest non-profit patient support organization for childhood cancer and the 1000 healthcare professionals from 110 countries who are members of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) ask everyone to come together in solidarity to make sure children and adolescents everywhere have the chance to survive cancer and live long, productive and meaningful lives.

“The chance for a cure, the chance to live, should not be an accident of geography. There is nothing scarier than realizing that your child has cancer. However, there is nothing more tragic than knowing that treatment and cure does exist for your particular child’s cancer and with excellent outcomes, BUT… that it is not available for your child. Why? Because your child happens to live in the wrong hemisphere! It is time to take action to stop this cruel atrocity… makes your voices heard on International Childhood Cancer Day and demand from world leaders to ACT and HELP SAVE ALL CHILDREN regardless of where they live!”
(HRH Princess Dina Mired, mother of childhood cancer survivor, President-elect, UICC).


For the next 3 years we will build on a campaign to:

  1. Build global awareness that more than 300,000 children each year are diagnosed with cancer.
  2. Build global awareness that many types of childhood cancer are curable if given:
    • The right to early and proper diagnosis;
    • The right to access life-saving essential medicines;
    • The right to appropriate and quality medical treatments, and;
    • The right to follow up care, services and sustainable livelihood opportunities for survivors.
  3. Work towards the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 3.4 to reduce premature mortality one-third by 2030.
    • Too often when it comes to childhood cancer we are faced with a response of “but.”
    • “But” there aren’t enough children to develop new drugs;
    • “But” the treatment is too expensive;
    • “But” there aren’t enough doctors,
    • “But” …

ICCD 2018 Call to Action

The time is now. There can be no more “but.”

On July 6, 2017, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a global indicator framework for achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 2030 Global Health Targets. Sustainable Development Goal 3.4 challenges countries to: “By 2030, reduce by one-third of premature mortality from Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) through prevention and treatment, and promote mental health and well-being.” Childhood Cancer International agrees that making childhood cancer a national and global child health priority is a critical first step towards reducing premature child mortality 30 percent by 2030, providing a crucial milestone for countries to obtain this United Nation’s goal.

Childhood cancers are often curable but too many children and adolescents have no hope to overcome their disease simply because they were born in a country entrenched in poverty resulting in late diagnosis, lack of access to life-saving essential medicines and appropriate treatment.

There can be no more ‘but.’ All children in the world deserve hope for a cure – no matter where they live – not more excuses. We can no longer sweep this issue “under the rug.” Children are the future of our country and our world. Their vitality is the heartbeat of our world, a shared passion that can unite us because our future as a global community depends on it.

On International Childhood Cancer Day, all members of Childhood Cancer International stand united to make childhood cancer a national and global child health priority to ensure there are adequate resources to meet the basic rights of children with cancer. There can be no more ‘but.’ United together towards a shared vision we can advance cures, transform care, and instill hope. Together we must take action to reduce premature child cancer mortality.

Ruth Hoffman, Global President, Childhood Cancer International

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Diep River Property Snapshot

Diep River Property Snapshot

The number of transfers in Diep River is down by 18% from 60 in 2016 to 49 in 2017.

Resulting in a decline of a total spend of R125 585 750 to R102 770 890.
The market has leveled out as indicated by the average selling price of 2016 & 2017 only having a small increase of R4200 to R2 068 900.
The R/m2 has increased from R3520 to R4939 though.
The highest price attained was on 2 Bronnies Way which sold for R3 850 000.
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Things to do this Valentine’s Day in Cape Town

Things to do this Valentine’s Day in Cape Town

Adore it or abhor it, you can’t escape the universal day of love. And while Valentine’s Day (14 February, for those who tend to forget) has become an age-old tradition defined by shop-bought red roses, heart-smattered teddy bears and boxes upon boxes of gooey chocolates, your personal Cupid-themed celebration doesn’t have to be quite so cliché. So, if you’re looking to spend Valentine’s Day in Cape Town (or any other amorous special occasion, for that matter), think outside the heart-shaped box and woo him or her with a truly inspired romantic escapade.


From incredible dinners and hotel stays to unique couples’ experiences and exclusive promos, here’s our pick of things to do this V-Day in Cape Town.

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Please note that booking is essential at each venue


Keep an eye out for some cool date ideas and a great selection of romantic things to do in Cape Town.

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Die Oog

Die Oog

PLEASE HELP “Die Oog” In Bergvliet.

It is doomed with this drought. Please join Friends of Die Oog. Contact the admin and help in any way possible . This sanctuary was a haven for leopard toads ,the Cape Weever birds amongst plenty more -they are dying, the water is literally on rock bottom.

The thought of topping up Die Oog with water sounds good but we do need to look at in a water scarce situation where we will obtain the water from as well as checking with the Conservation Department of the city.

Die Oog is a conservation area and comprises four distinct but integrated, surviving bio diverse areas.

The Dam fills in winter, often to overflowing and the water levels fall in summer. There is a small artificial island that was built of ironstone 100 years ago.

The surrounding grassland contains shrubs and trees that provide habitat for birds. The banks of the dam consist of reeds and plants that provide valuable cover for water birds. The area has paths, benches and viewpoints of the dam and is intended for quiet recreation.


The granite fynbos area is situated on the eastern boundary of Die Oog and has been staked off for conservation.

Please join Friends of Die Oog we are a volunteer group and rely on a membership of R50 per annum to help maintain Die Oog.

If you are interested in joining Friends of Die Oog please email

Let’s SAVE de Oog!

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Asian Food Night

Asian Food Night

Back by popular demand is the second edition of Jack Black’s Asian Food Night – and boy are our mouths watering!

Expect the same delicious flavours as last year’s sold out event, with signature dishes crafted by our Asian food-obsessed resident chef.


– Young Edamame Beans in the pod with sea salt flakes and Teriyaki sauce (R48)
– Free Range chicken skewers served with our famous satay sauce (R64)

– 100% beef burger patty basted with a hoisan BBQ sauce, on a bed of coleslaw and coriander spring onion curls on a freshly baked seeded bun. Served with our hand cut fries. (R95)
– Tofu ramen with spring onions, beansprouts, cabbage, chilli and a 7 minute egg. (R78)
– Pork belly ramen with spring onions, beansprouts, cabbage, chilli and a 7 minute egg. (R110)
– Spiced duck breast on a fresh Vietnamese salad of rice noodles, carrot, cucumber, bean sprouts and peanuts. (R120)
– Salmon Stack: a sesame-cabbage pancake topped with a fresh cucumber salad and a Thai-style salmon fish cake. (R125)

– Coconut and lime panna cotta with black sesame brittle. R48

Due to the nature of the event we will be setting aside our regular a la carte menu and serving off the evening’s special menu only.

Date: 7 February 2018

Time: 17:00–21:30

Venue: Jack Black Beer, 10 Brigid Road, Diep River

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