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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR WATER AND WASTE, ALDERMAN XANTHEA LIMBERG
The City of Cape Town continues to provide basic and essential services to approximately 200 000 informal households. Cape Town’s provision of these services exceeds the standards set by National Government. Given the State of National Disaster that has been declared, the City has extended its services to deploy water trucks daily to enhance residents’ access to water in informal settlements.
As part of our COVID-19 mitigation efforts, the City’s Water and Waste Directorate has actioned the rollout of water trucks as an emergency measure to enhance access to water for residents in informal settlements.
Over the past week, more than 4 million litres of water have already been delivered via water trucks to various areas across the city, with a primary focus on communities whose access to water is constrained.Continue reading
The drive is one of the latest measures implemented to help mitigate the spread and impact of COVID-19.
The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre is facilitating a soap donation drive, in support of hygiene efforts around the Coronavirus.
The DRMC is calling on individuals, organisations and businesses who are able to assist, to drop off soap bars at their nearest Shoprite or Checkers store in Cape Town.
Donations will then be distributed in the City’s informal settlements, care facilities and other organisations caring for vulnerable groups around the metropole.
The DRMC will activate its volunteer corps to assist with the distribution of soap as well as education and awareness material like pamphlets, posters, loudhailer announcements etc.
‘Good hygiene practices are key to preventing the spread of COVID-19. However, the availability of a basic commodity like soap is not a given for many of our residents. The City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre therefore decided to get a soap donation drive underway so that we can help the most vulnerable in our city to be more resilient in dealing with the outbreak.Continue reading
All other debt management actions continue
As a health precaution in light of COVID-19, the City of Cape Town will temporarily suspend new water restrictions for those who are in arrears with their municipal accounts and facing debt management actions. This is an extraordinary decision taken during an extraordinary time. Other debt management mechanisms such as those performed via electricity disconnections or deductions from electricity prepayments will continue. Read more below:
The City urges customers to accept this temporary action in good faith and to continue to use water sparingly and only for health and hygiene purposes.
At the same time, customers must continue to pay for services to ensure the City remains financially healthy and is able to provide the necessary services especially during a time of crisis.
A careful balance is needed as it can be reasonably expected the City’s finances could become strained as measures are implemented to help manage the crisis.Continue reading
Golden Arrow, as a responsible and caring operator of scheduled public transport services, is committed to keeping our staff and passengers safe and healthy.
We will be instituting a number of additional hygiene-related measures and will be assessing the situation continuously.
We will be issuing regular updates but in the interim please be assured that Golden Arrow is prioritising the well-being of our staff and passengers.
We would ask that our passengers please follow the prescribed hygiene practices such as regular hand washing and covering mouths with hands or elbows when sneezing or coughing. Please keep windows open.
If you suspect that you or someone you know is ill, please call the National Corona Virus Hotline 0800 029 999.
We will keep the public updated via all channels available to us.
The City of Cape Town would like to remind residents that the City’s customer offices, which include cash receiving, account enquiries, motor vehicle registration and licensing offices, housing offices, traffic centres and municipal courts will be closed on Human Rights Day, on Saturday, 21 March 2020. Read more below:
The customer offices, which are situated in the Liberty Promenade Mall in Mitchells Plain and Table Bay Mall in Sunningdale, will also be closed.
Payment of municipal accounts (excluding motor vehicle licences) may be made at any Shoprite, Checkers, Pick n Pay, PEP, Woolworths and selected Spar shops, or at any branch of Nedbank and the Post Office.
Payment for the renewal of motor vehicle licences may be made online at www.capetown.gov.za/vehiclelicensing.Continue reading
The City of Cape Town’s refuse collection services should see steady, progressive improvement over the next three weeks. Read more below:
Disruptions to refuse removal times and subsequent backlogs have been experienced as a result of revised procedures to audit and governance processes that came into effect from 24 January 2020. This is affecting repairs to vehicles and infrastructure throughout the municipality. However, this is primarily being felt in the Solid Waste Collections service due to the high demands placed on vehicles in the service and the associated intensive maintenance programmes that are required to keep the service working normally.
Various City departments have worked day and night to finalise 709 purchase orders for the servicing of its 211 refuse vehicles in line with the new audit requirements and to continue the refuse service as best as possible, including timeously clearing backlogs. Suppliers are also being requested to speed up repairs and maintenance of vehicles to get them back on the road again. Where applicable, senior staff in the Solid Waste service has also been recalled from leave to ensure contingencies, such as redistribution of vehicles to worse-affected areas, are in place to minimise the impact on residents while the backlog of vehicle repairs is being tackled.Continue reading
Over 1000 kids attended the Western Province KFC Mini-Cricket Provincial Festival at the PPC Newlands on the 13th March 2020.
The programme brings youngsters from across our diverse country together and not only introduces them to the wonderful game of cricket but also allows them to play and have fun.
The festival was hosted with Cobras Players Simon Khomari, Isaac Dikgale and Rory Kleinveld were all there to assist in coaching the kids and looking for talent. The Western Province Women’s team came out in full force including their coach Claire Terblanche, Proteas player and Western Province players Sinalo Jafta, Andrie Steyn and Laura Wolvaardt.
Laura has just come back from the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup and where she was picked in the World XI.Continue reading
Date Saturday, 14 March 2020
Venue V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre
Performer YME Band
Youth In Music Excellence (YME) will showcase their talents on Saturday, 14 March from 7pm at the V&A Amphitheatre. Young talented musicians are chosen from the Youth In Music Excellence Festival in Stellenbosch to be part of the band. They represent top musicians in the Jazz genre and are awarded this position by their musical ability.
The City of Cape Town has received numerous questions about its preparedness to deal with any potential cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
COVID-19 is part of a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals. The virus is spread mainly from person-to-person (coughing, sneezing, touching affected surfaces). An infection may present with fever, coughing and shortness of breath with at least 80% of the cases being mild in nature. Residents with underlying co-morbidities such as diabetes, heart and lung conditions are at increased risk of contracting the infection.
It is important to note that South Africa’s response to the Coronavirus outbreak is being led by the National Department of Health (NDoH), with support from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), World Health Organisation, Centre for Disease Control, and other partners.
The City of Cape Town is one of the partners involved in the response – under direction from the National Health Department and the Western Cape Health Department.
City Health fulfills a complementary primary health function through its network of more than 100 clinics, as well as an environmental health function.Continue reading