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Extremely late applications for 3 391 learners received since 1 January 2023

12 February 2023

The Western Cape Education Department has been hard at work since before schools reopened to complete infrastructure for new learners in 2023, and to find places for all the new applicants we are receiving daily. Read More

End of an Era: We mourn the loss of Jerry Watt

10 February 2023

It is with great sadness that we have heard of the death of Jerry Watt, the well known singer who was part of The Rockets, one of our longest running local bands. Read More

Future of women’s sport looks bright as we host the opening match of World Cup

10 February 2023

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport is proud to be supporting the hosting of the T20 Women’s Cricket World Cup in South Africa this year. We look forward to seeing large crowds supporting the matches played at Newlands and Boland Park in... Read More

Premier notes announcements in President’s SONA on energy crisis

10 February 2023

Media release: Premier notes announcements in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address with regards to the catastrophic energy crisis. Read More

No more talk, action is needed to implement the remote working VISA

10 February 2023

I welcome the renewed commitment from President Cyril Ramaphosa to “introduce[e] a remote worker VISA and a special dispensation for high-growth start-ups” in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last night. Read More

Ramaphosa wants to corporatise Postbank while it fails to disburse SASSA grants

10 February 2023

I have made it my duty to continue applying pressure on my national counterpart, Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, to fix the mess that is the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA). Read More

Umar battles the bully and wins the 2022 Story Stars competition!

9 February 2023

This morning, I visited Blossom Street Primary School in Athlone to announce Umar Jones as the 2022 winner, and to premiere the next instalment of “Story Stars: The adventures of Felix and Felicity”, which now includes Umar as a character alongside... Read More

WC Government calls on President for SONA to respond to country in crisis

8 February 2023

Joint media release: Western Cape government calls on President for SONA to respond to country in crisis Read More

Neighbourhood Watch structures exceeds 600 and 17 000 members in Western Cape

8 February 2023

I am delighted to learn that in the Western Cape, we have reached 615 accredited neighbourhood watch (NHW) structures. We now have 17 546 registered members.   Read More

Breaking the Cycle of Abuse

7 February 2023

Joint media release: Breaking the Cycle of Abuse Read More

25 Firearms confiscated by LEAP Officers during first month of 2023

7 February 2023

Between 2 January – 29 January 2023, Law Enforcement Advancement Plan (LEAP) officers ensured that 25 firearms were removed from our streets. Read More

Ensure your COVID vaccinations are up-to-date

7 February 2023

Community outreaches, where COVID-19 vaccines are integrated with comprehensive health services, have proved to be an effective way to provide people with access to healthcare that protects them and keep them out of hospital. Read More

Pregnancy Awareness Week

7 February 2023

Pregnancy is different and not all women experience the same symptoms. Read More

Minister Simmers encourages emerging contractors at their graduation in George

6 February 2023

Provincial Minister of Infrastructure Tertuis Simmers attended the graduation ceremony of emerging contractors on CIDB Grade level 1 & 2 in George on Friday, 3 February 2023. The Regional Structure Training Programme piloted in 2022/23 in the... Read More

Community Safety held Policing Needs and Priorities engagement: Cape Metro West

6 February 2023

The Department of Community Safety has hosted a series of Rural Safety Summits and Policing Needs and Priorities engagements across the province. Read More

Providing ongoing effective emergency care to treat conditions

6 February 2023

Over a weekend period where they responded to 5 968 incidents, the Western Cape Department of Health’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) worked around the clock to ensure rapid assessment, timely provision of appropriate interventions, and prompt... Read More

Minister Marais saddened to hear of tragic death of young Stellenbosch Football

5 February 2023

It is with great sadness that we have heard the news of the untimely death of Stellenbosch Football Club player, Oshwin Andries.   Read More

Members of the public called to nominate candidates for museum governing bodies

5 February 2023

Members of the public are invited to nominate candidates who could serve on the on the governing bodies of affiliated museums for a three-year term, ending 31 October 2025. Read More

Blompark development on track to deliver 539 housing opportunities

3 February 2023

With 150 houses already delivered since the Provincial Minister of Infrastructure Tertuis Simmers turned the first sod in September 2021, residents of Blompark in Gansbaai can look forward to an additional 100 brand new homes being completed before... Read More