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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

Today the City of Cape Town reached another milestone in its efforts to provide service delivery for fire-affected residents with the electrification of two areas in Imizamo Yethu.

In line with the objectives of the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan to enhance service delivery, the City installed new electricity connections in the Disa Temporary Relocation Area (TRA) and the Petersen/Pipe Track area.

The City is establishing new connections for 355 families who will now be connected to the municipality’s electricity grid.

The majority of the families had their power switched on today, while the work on other properties will be completed over this coming weekend.

The City employed 18 residents from both the Disa TRA and the Pipe Track/Petersen area through the Expanded Public Works Programme to assist in the completion of the electrification project.

The City is making progress in electrifying several sections of the area as part of the super-blocking process. In August this year, we also switched on the electricity in the first section of the fire-affected area in Madiba Square. Continue reading

With more than 2 million visitors to Cape Town’s beaches expected over summer, the City is doing all it can to ensure everyone’s safety. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town has increased the number of lifeguards on its beaches this festive season to keep beach-goers safe.

Each year, more than 2 million people flock to the City’s beaches during the peak summer season. With the festive season now in full swing, the City would like to caution the public to stay safe this summer at the City’s amenities.

As at Wednesday 13 December 2017, two drownings have been recorded at Mnandi Beach on the False Bay coast – both victims were young girls.

Ordinarily, the City has more than 270 trained and accredited temporary lifeguards and over 1 500 volunteer lifeguards on duty, as well as the voluntary services of the various lifesaving clubs affiliated to Lifesaving Western Province. This year, the Recreation and Parks Department has a pool of 100 additional lifeguards for deployment as needed.

‘We made this arrangement to compensate for the closure of many municipal swimming pools that will more than likely see an increase in visitor numbers to our beaches and tidal pools. We also thank Lifesaving Western Province for their continued support in helping us build a safer city which is a critical priority in our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan. Continue reading

The graduation of a batch of Traffic Services recruits today brings the total number of new traffic officers inducted into the City’s ranks to 50 since July.

The City of Cape Town’s newest traffic recruits will hit the streets just in time for the peak festive season. The group of 20 officers received their certificates at a graduation ceremony today after completing their studies and practical assessments.

In 2015 the Traffic Services Department embarked on a learnership programme to ensure the ongoing recruitment and training of officers to counter the natural attrition within its ranks.

The graduates are the latest group of recruits to have completed the programme, just six months after 30 others graduated after walking the same road. Increasing our staff complement aligns with the City’s commitment to promoting safer communities under the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan.

As part of the selection process to whittle down the thousands of applications received, candidates had to complete written and physical assessments. This was followed by a round of interviews, medical examinations, criminal checks and reference checks. Continue reading

The Transport and Urban Development Authority urges residents and those registered on the City’s housing database to be aware of fraudsters posing as community representatives. The fraudsters make false promises to prospective housing beneficiaries, and often take money under the pretence of speeding up housing processes. Read more below: 

Fraudsters posing as community representatives are active across Cape Town, but tend to target areas where the City of Cape Town is set to commence with new housing developments. Residents are advised to exercise caution and not to hand over any cash if solicited.

‘We’ve heard about fraudsters who are targeting residents living in Retreat. They pose as community representatives and arrange so-called community meetings for those registered on the City’s housing database, or for those still wanting to register. They often ask a cover charge from those attending the meetings, and promise to give those who pay preferential treatment in the allocation or building of new houses. I want to assure residents that we will never ask money in exchange for a housing opportunity. The moment somebody makes such an offer you should know that the person is a fraud,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

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It is all about variety at Jackson Hall, GrandWest as we approach the festive season, with three dynamic bands entertaining music fans from December to January on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Doing the honours are the versatile Faze 4, Signature SA and Jeodhouse Band.

In December 2017, Faze4, a band well known for its broad repertoire, will add some zest to the midweek. They’ll be performing an array of songs from different genres every Wednesday night from 21h00. The band’s repertoire includes a mix of music genres including traditional jazz, Cape jazz, R&B, pop, kwaito, reggae, and pop. The band has been together since 2006, performing at various clubs and venues in the Western Cape. The band has also toured extensively in Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, Botswana and Namibia. One of the highlights of the band’s career was performing at the 80th birthday party of The Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Entertaining guests at 21h00 on Friday nights in December 2017 is emerging, young band, SignatureSA. Aged between 17 and 22 years old, the members of this band have been nurturing their talents since childhood in the comfort and warmth of their church community. Now, with the motto “You name it, we play it”, the band performs vibrant sets at venues across Cape Town and has featured at music festivals such as Jazzathon 2017 and KKNK Festival 2017. They opened for Micasa at the WOW Festival and have supported artists such as Loukmaan Adams, Salome, Candice Thornton, Robin Pieters and El Clay. Continue reading

The City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) will host a rail summit early in 2018 in an effort to find short-term solutions that will address the commuter rail crisis as we work towards the incremental takeover of the urban rail function. Read more below:

A rail summit will be hosted early in the new year when the City of Cape Town will meet with role-players from the private sector, business leaders, and other interested and affected parties to devise short-term interventions to address the current crisis that rail commuters face on a daily basis.

‘This morning I took the Metrorail northern line to experience what the conditions are like for commuters who travel between the northern suburbs and Cape Town station. The overcrowding, frustration, anxiety, and desperation of those who needed to get on the train to get to work were similar to what I personally saw and experienced on my commute on the Metrorail Central Line on 30 November.

‘We departed from Kraaifontein station shortly after 06:00. The carriage was packed beyond capacity – I did not expect this, given that the schools are closed and some people are already on leave. At one of the stations I was nearly pushed through the open door as desperate men and women were trying to get onto the train while others were trying to get off. It was harrowing, and I may have ended up on the tracks were it not for a young man who pulled me back in. Those making use of Metrorail literally have to fight their way in and out of the carriages every day. Commuting by train in Cape Town is stressful and degrading – you are exhausted once you reach your destination and then you still have to work an eight-hour day. Continue reading

Following on from last year’s format for the Cape Town Summer Market, the City of Cape Town has ticked all the boxes to ensure that this year’s market builds on the successes of the previous year. Once again, the central theme is fun activities that will keep young and old well entertained for the evening. Read more below:

The Cape Town Summer Market will take place over a seven-day period from 17 – 23 December 2017. It will be open to the public between 17:00 and 23:00 on each day.

The zones set up last year proved to be very popular and will feature again this year. This setup caters for a broad range of interests and goes beyond just selling trinkets; it’s about growing a culture of entrepreneurship and creativity.

‘I am pleased that we have found a winning formula for this family event. The various entertainment zones catering for young and old are guaranteed to keep all well entertained for the week. There will be a play zone, a kid’s zone, a sports zone and a music zone that will give families the opportunity to enjoy quality time together in a safe space. The addition of tinkering tables in the kid’s zone will allow for adventures in creativity, with activities focused on exploration and experimentation,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

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(14 December 2017) Africa’s Richest race day, The Sun Met celebrated with G.H.Mumm returns to Kenilworth Racecourse on Saturday 27 January 2018, with a stellar line-up of entertainment.

Over and above rubbing shoulders with the who’s who of the horse racing, fashion and entertainment industries, all styled ahead of the field in their best afro-chic attire, this social highlight also brings race day goers a dazzling entertainment line-up featuring some of South Africa’s finest radio and club DJ’s as well as the award-winning band, Mi Casa.

The official after party will bring race day goers live performances by DJ Kent, DJ Zinhle, Euphonik and Mi Casa in the official Sun Met celebrated with G.H.Mumm after party marquee.

All ticket holders will be able to join the official after party as general access tickets automatically grant access into the after party marquee. Other entertainment on offer in the after party marquee will include DJs, a fashion show showcasing local and international fashion, as well as the esteemed Best Dressed competition.

The public arena will host a variety of premium culinary experiences, bar facilities, and entertainment, with the Sun Met celebrated with G.H.Mumm. also offering horseracing enthusiasts the opportunity to see South Africa’s finest thoroughbreds compete in 13 nail-biting races, and a stake of R5 million in the main Sun Met celebrated with G.H. Mumm race.

Once again, this calendar highlight guarantees the finest in Africa’s rich horse-racing heritage, style, fashion, and entertainment at the height of the Mother City’s summer season. The Sun Met celebrated with G.H. Mumm will once again draw the country’s most high profile personalities to Kenilworth race course to experience the thrill and splendour of Africa’s richest race day.

Tickets to the Sun Met celebrated with G.H.Mumm. are now on sale at  Ticketpros.co.za

Visit http://www.sunmet.co.za/  for more information.

Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook with #sunmet

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The City added some spice to this year’s Camp Cape Town event, which gives more than 100 teenagers the opportunity to experience the outdoors. The group of 120 young people, aged 15 and 16, were drawn from across the city to test their culinary skills at this year’s Camp Cape Town master chef competition. 

The fifth annual Camp Cape Town kicked off on Monday 11 December at Zandvlei Resort, where 120 excited teens participated in a variety of outdoor activities during the week-long camp.

One of the highlights was the much anticipated master chef competition where participants showed off their cooking skills in a potjiekos competition.

The annual camp aims to develop leadership skills through participation in a range of team-building activities.

‘A goal of the camp is to develops life skills with a focus on learning through participation instead of lectures. These teenagers have been identified as role-models in their communities and we want to equip them to activate positive recreation programmes for other youth in their areas. The camp gives young people from various areas and backgrounds the opportunity to come together for a fun-filled week and I have no doubt that many friendships have been forged,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

The camp is aimed at youth who participate in the City’s recreation hub programmes on a regular basis.

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The City of Cape Town has breathed new life into the large amount of data it has on hand through the Open Data Portal. Since its launch in 2015, the Open Data Portal has grown in popularity as a source of raw data that is used to develop applications, among a number of other uses. Read more below:

The City’s Open Data Portal was launched with 29 datasets. As at the end of last month, this number has increased to 106 datasets available free of charge to members of the public in a useable format. There have been more than 54 000 downloads off the portal since February 2015 which equates to, on average, 1 500 downloads per month.

The Open Data Portal seeks to promote the use of the City’s data for broader social and economic benefit. It has been used as a source for events such as hackathons, data quests and data challenges. At these events, stakeholders come together to apply their skills to the different ways in which data can be used. A number of ideas are generated at these forums and some develop into applications or products.

The City is aware of the following applications that have been developed using data from the Open Data Portal:

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