For the first time ever, the whole of the Provincial Government will be involved in the FirstThursday initiative next week.
Members of the public will have the opportunity to talk to the Western Cape Cabinet. The Western Cape Liquor Authority, the Red Tape Reduction Unit and the Consumer Protector will also be present on the night to deal with any queries that people or businesses may have.
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said: “First Thursday as a social event, is well established in Cape Town and in other cities, but we don't believe that there is a government anywhere in the world who is using it in this way. We want to connect with the people who live here. Members of my cabinet and I will be available to talk to the public about any issues, or ideas that they have, in a relaxed environment.”
The August event will also be an occasion for people to network, and shop for locally made goods, made by Cape Town entrepreneurs. There will be food trucks and vendors, and music will be provided by DJ Portia Luma.
“First Thursday is also about allowing people to showcase their businesses to a wider audience, and we are excited to have several exhibitors showcasing the best of township arts, crafts, fashion and food at this month’s event,” Premier Winde said.
The venue for the event is the concourse of the 7 Wale Street building and this will be open to the public from 5pm to 9pm on Thursday 1 August.
“We will be hosting First Thursday with different themes and businesses every month, and I invite members of the public to pop in and see what it’s about,” Premier Winde said.