In Fortyfied, as in most of his previous shows, Nik explores a variety of subjects. There will be stories, there will be moments of discomfort, there will be accents. And – it will all be funny which is all you really have to know.

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The City awarded a R126 million tender to Chinese manufacturer Build Your Dreams (BYD), which has supplied electric vehicles worldwide, including 51 single-decker buses to London.

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“The whole look of Orfeo is hip. Take Bridget Baker’s costumes as an example: amazing neon sneakers and outfits any hipster would die for. Orfeo has been designed not just as an opera but as an incredible piece of theatre that will leave you with questions, answers and beautiful music as you leave the theatre.” – Magdalene Minnaar – Associate Director

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While shark attacks are rare in the Cape, ocean-goers still need to be aware of what’s happening both on and under the water. In aid of this, the City of Cape Town announced the launch of the Shark Spotters app at the end of last month.

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On 16 March 2016 the Western Cape government, in partnership with Neotel, launched the first 50 of 384 planned public access Wi-Fi hotspots.

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A ‘Re-optimised’ setup results in CO2 emissions 60% lower than those of the previous scenario, 60% lower water usage, and a saving of R87-billion per annum by 2040. This translates into electricity costs roughly 18% lower per kWh.

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Iziko Planetarium’s new infrastructure will allow researchers to delve into multi-dimensional, high-resolution visualisations ranging from the deepest trenches of the ocean to the farthest reaches of the galaxy.

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Zeitz MOCAA yesterday announced that its opening will fall over Heritage Week 2017, just under one year from now. Sabine Lehman, COO of Zeitz MOCAA, took the opportunity to announce a few other key points of interest…

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There is a funky lounge area with happy hour performances and 2-for-1 drink specials. There is a bank and a number of food stalls in the busy street outside. Car guards scatter the area with torches and yellow visibility vests. You can’t miss it, it is being advertised everywhere.

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Why we should book now for the show described as “a two-hour programme of sensational, affordable, family entertainment, capturing all the thrills and fun of the circus of yesteryear with all the skill and daring of today’s circus heroes.”

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As the weather warms up, so too does the symphony season across the Cape. Once again the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra is offering a great lineup and – with shows beginning to sell out – it has announced that its dress rehearsals will be opened to the public at just R50 per ticket.

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Award-winning director Marthinus Basson launches Cape Town Opera’s 2017 season with a contemporary staging of Verdi’s Rigoletto that places themes of power, money, corruption, abuse, misogyny and prejudice in an African context.

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Source: City of Cape Town Media Office
It is recognised that much more needs to be done. Specifically, a fundamental change in commuter behaviour needs to be encouraged.

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Body Worlds exhibitions inform on anatomy using real human and animal bodies. Specimens are preserved via plastination, a process invented by Dr von Hagens in 1977, in which body fluids and fat are replaced with fluid plastics that harden after ‘vacuum-forced impregnation’.

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Following the protests in Hout Bay recently, some privileged people in the valley spent the weekend immersed in the community living in the temporary relocation area, as part of the #onehoutbay initiative.

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The average cost of a taxi to Franschhoek, or to Cape Point for that matter, has just been radically slashed. A journey that would typically cost upwards of R600 in a taxi is now available at just R99.

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Never has Cape Town Opera been in such hot demand worldwide. Perhaps not surprising, since the mother city nurtures some world-class talent both in its singers and in its directors. Now is the chance to snap up a season ticket for 2017 – just R1400 for five productions (R950 for the under 30s!) – and support this exciting talent.

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At the Mobility Indaba in early October cycling was one of the key topics, and experts from The Netherlands – renowned for its cycling culture – were there to discuss sustainable mobility plans specific to the Cape Town terrain.

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