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The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department has officially opened its Safe Space for street people as services at the facility continue to grow. The overnight facility, aimed at addressing the shortage of bed space at shelters, has been operational for a few days and has been welcomed by many. Read more below:

The Safe Space pilot project has been open on a small scale for the past two weeks to test the intake system and site operation. The response from street people and other role players has been very positive.

‘There are 15 street people who have been accommodated thus far and all have returned nightly since we opened. They have provided valuable feedback and we now have a list of street people who have expressed interest in being accommodated at the site once it is fully operational,’ said the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

The Safe Space is a transitional shelter which provides overnight shelter to up to 230 street people at a facility underneath the Culemborg Bridge on the Foreshore.

‘Already many of those who have made use of the facility have indicated that they feel safe and are glad to be off the streets and receiving social assistance. Living on the street isn’t easy and neither is sleeping on the street. It’s cold, wet, uncomfortable and then there is the constant threat of having your meagre possessions stolen or of being attacked,’ said Alderman Smith.

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This Friday 20th July is “Artists & Hip Hop For Housing & Land” event at #55 3rd Avenue Kannemeyer Primary School & Hall entrance is in 2nd Avenue behind the school in Grassy Park. Tickets at the door R100 for the whole day, other payments possible, just COME THROUGH IF YOU REALLY WANT TO SUPPORT.
Workshops 2:30pm – 6:30pm, Concert featuring Ready D, DJ Rozzano, Beatbangers, Bliksemstraal, Black Pearl, DJ Eazy, Ernestione Dean, Klipbok, Mixed Mense, Klein Fortuin, Concrete Apostles, Tough Nation, Boognation, Trenton & Kids we taught from 7pm – 11:55pm. Support. https://www.facebook.com/events/384433925297249/
If you unable to attend please sponsor a kid or donate at https://www.gofundme.com/artists-amp-hip-hop-4-housing-amp-land
Local wishing to contribute to a local bank account can do so to:-
Acc. Name: Heal the Hood Project
Acc. No.: 62295478541
Bank First National Bank
Branch Grassy Park
Bran. Code 203-109

 

The City of Cape Town advises of a water supply disruption between 09:00 and 15:00 tomorrow, 19 July 2018, which will affect Glencairn Main Road, Welcome Glen and sections of Simon’s Town.

This is a necessary step required to provide a new water connection in Simon’s Town.

Residents must please ensure that their taps are closed during this period to avoid water waste and/or damage when the water supply is restored. Residents are also advised to then open their taps slowly to reduce stress on their pipework.

Residents are advised to store 5-10 litres of drinking water in clean sealed containers beforehand to minimise inconvenience.

The City apologises for the inconvenience and thanks our residents for their patience during this period.

The recently completed Woodstock skateboard park, which boasts four ramps, was officially opened yesterday, Monday 16 July 2018. As part of the festivities, Councillor Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, got onto a skateboard and joined local skateboarders to test the facility. Read more below:

It is home-sweet-home for local skateboarders as they celebrate the new Woodstock skateboard park which will provide them with a platform to hone their skills.

During the launch event, local skateboarders took to the air to show their appreciation of the new park. Councillor Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, also braved getting onto a skateboard to test the facility.

The 2015 South African skateboard champion, Shuaib Philander from Woodstock, was at the facility and gave Councillor Herron a few tips on how to skateboard.

‘The skateboard community is very happy to have its first transitional skatepark. It is a concrete ramp that imitates a wave which is how skateboarding was started. It involves lots of ramps and has curvatures. We love the skatepark that we have here,’ said Mr Philander, who has been skateboarding for 13 years.

Skateboarder and BMX rider Sergei Pringiers from Rondebosch welcomed the new skateboard park.

image001 (1)‘It is very nice to have the facility here. It is a bit steep but that’s because we are not used to it. The facility is pretty well-rounded and I like how it has different features. It is a good place for people to hang out and stay safe,’ he said.

The construction of the skateboard park commenced in February and the final snags were addressed last week.

‘It is very exciting to hear that this site was so popular during the school holidays. I believe the skateboarders were so eager and couldn’t wait for the final snags to be completed. I am confident that this facility will provide our emerging and local talent with a platform to hang out together, hone their skills and to have fun in a safe and well-designed space that they can enjoy. It is one of the City’s priorities to build integrated communities by attracting a diverse pool of talent and creating a culture where talent can thrive,’ said Councillor Herron.

The skateboard park is situated on the eastern side of the Woodstock Town Hall Park along Victoria Road, between Plein and Aberdeen Streets.

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The Table Bay, part of Sun International’s premium SunLux Collection of hotels and touted as Cape Town’s Best Address, continues to be ranked amongst the world’s finest locations. The five star hotel has recently received two more awards to add to its collection of 31 awards.

Since its grand opening in 1997 by the iconic former South African president, the late Nelson Mandela, The Table Bay has received accolades in some of the world’s most prestigious awards programmes. Amongst these are the TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards; Condé Nast Traveler Awards; Professional Management Review (PMR) Awards; the World Quality Summit Awards; Travel and Leisure magazine’s top 100 hotels in the world, the World Luxury Hotels Awards; the AA Travel Guides Awards, and British Airways’ Reevoo Awards amongst others. In 2014, The Table Bay received a TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Award, placing the hotel in the top 1% of all hotels on the world’s largest travel website.

“More than delivering world class hospitality and amenities, the emphasis from the outset has been on creating thoughtful experiences that live long in the hearts of our guests. Service excellence, quality and professionalism are a given. Our promise is to deliver a warm and authentic South African experience; an experience that acknowledges the depth and diversity of cultures, landscapes, people, cuisine and activities not found elsewhere in the world.

“That most of the awards we have received are based on feedback from guests demonstrates that we are succeeding at creating experiences that touch their hearts enough to inspire them to share them with others. For us, this is tremendously rewarding.

“The awards are certainly a reflection of our employees’ contribution to the hotel’s continuing success. People are at the heart of delivering the quintessential South African experience for which The Table Bay is renowned,” says General Manager, Joanne Selby.

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Summary

  • Average water consumption for the past week has reached another low of 494 million litres per day
  • Dam levels have improved by 1,8% to 55,1% of storage capacity although the increase is not as significant as over the past two months due to the more temperate and dry weather
  • Winter water-saving efforts have been boosted by water heroes, weather and pressure management. The latter effort is saving 58,8 million litres per day. The City’s leak repair programme and engagement with top consumers brings this total to 63,8 million litres saved per day 

Capetonians have again shown their commitment to low water usage. Come rain or snow, the City of Cape Town, with the help of its residents, continues to boost water-saving efforts in winter to ensure that Cape Town builds a water buffer for the summer ahead and to help our dams recover from the extreme drought.

The improvement in dam levels, however, is not as significant as the trend over the past two months as a result of the drier and more temperate weather that Cape Town experienced over the past week. Due to the unpredictability of rainfall, it is important that Cape Town’s water heroes carry on using as little water as possible and that the City’s vital pressure management programme continues across the metro.

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Wikipedia, the go-to online encyclopedia, visited by 15 billion users a month and populated with content contributed by over 200 000 volunteer editors, is in the spotlight this week as they hold their annual conference, Wikimania, in Cape Town. This is the first time this conference will be held in sub-Saharan Africa.

From 18-22 July, over 600 delegates will gather at the Cape Sun to debate some of the issues that Wikipedia and its associated projects are grappling with right now.

High on the agenda is the organisation’s vision for increased knowledge equity and a broader diversity of contributors and content. A vision that the global community have agreed to adopt and drive – and which is now being interrogated through a number of focused group projects.

New users to the Wikipedia environment will also be welcomed with an ‘Ideal for Newbies’ icon to assist in navigating the programme items most relevant to those who are just starting out.

This financial year an additional amount of R2 million has been approved to help reinvigorate the Law Enforcement Department’s efforts to ensure that by-law offenders have their day in court. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement Court Section is reconfiguring its modus operandi in a bid to track down by-law warrant evaders.

The City’s Law Enforcement Department issues thousands of notices each quarter for transgressions of the administration’s by-laws, ranging from illegal dumping to illegal trading, traffic violations and offences stipulated in the by-law related to streets, public places and the prevention of noise nuisances, among others.

Where Section 56 notices are issued, i.e. an offence is witnessed by an officer, the accused has the option to pay an admission of guilt fine or to appear in court to plead their case. Where an accused fails to appear, a warrant is generated by the municipal courts and executed by Law Enforcement.

Currently, the department’s area-based staff are tasked with warrant executions on behalf of the Court Section, which takes time away from their primary duties. With the R2 million budget injection, the City will bulk up the resources in the Court Section to allow them to execute warrants themselves.

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When Nelson Mandela was awarded the Freedom of the City of Cape Town in 1997, he said that ‘Cape Town’s greatness lies not only in its contribution to our economy but in its involvement in our country’s history.’

Former President Nelson Mandela is a global icon, but so much of his remarkable life story is tied to Cape Town and the Western Cape. To celebrate his life, his contribution to the country and his centenary, the Western Cape Government and the City of Cape Town will be unveiling a bronze statue of the great father of our nation at the City Hall on 24 July 2018.

This will be a fitting tribute to a man to whom we owe a great debt for the sacrifices he made in the journey to attaining our hard-fought freedom and democracy.

The statue must serve as a constant reminder of that historical day and the many years of sacrifice that led to that moment when he was freed and later addressed thousands of citizens from the City Hall balcony.

The statue will be positioned on the balcony where Nelson Mandela stood when he gave his first address as a free man on 11 February 1990. The sculpture has been created by artists Xhanti Mpakama and Barry Jackson.

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Phase 3 of the District Six land reform programme, which was scheduled for completion by July 2018, has been halted due to the tender for the Durban-based Fikile construction company having been terminated. Fikile Construction was found to be incapable of rendering the services necessary years after having been awarded the tender by the National Department of Rural Development and Land Reform.

I call again on the Minister of Rural Development and Land reform, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, to account for the public funds wasted on this project between 2015 and 2017 when Fikile Construction was in possession of the project tender. I further call on Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to explain these delays to the expectant District Six land claimants in the Western Cape.

To add insult to injury, Fikile Construction is a Durban-based company. The Department could have used this project to award a local tender in the Western Cape and create jobs for locals involved.

After 20 years, the National Department of Rural Development and Land reform is still holding the rights of the District Six community at ransom. The contract with Fikile Construction was terminated as a result of the firm’s failure to comply with its contractual obligations, forcing the company to abandon the project two years into the tender.

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