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Mayor Dan Plato has visited organisations in Bishop Lavis, Delft and Tafelsig as he continues with his drive to assist community organisations across Cape Town, handing over equipment and ingredients to support the work done to feed Cape Town, particularly during COVID-19.

Mayor Plato has supplied organisations with a three-plate gas burner, two large cooking pots (100L & 80 L) and a range of dry ingredients such as lentils, samp, and beans, among other items.

NGOs based in Bishop Lavis, Delft and Tafelsig received these items yesterday. Grassy Park and Lavender Hill received these items earlier this week. NGOs in Atlantis, Mamre, Lotus River, and Marikana informal settlement were given these items last week.  A total of 21 soup kitchens across the Metropole will be assisted.

Florence Campbell of Woman To Woman, a NGO in Bishop Lavis, focuses on assisting survivors of gender-based violence, but says since the outbreak of COVID-19, the need has extended to other members of the community.

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Mayor Dan Plato continues soup kitchen drive with community organisations, handing over equipment and ingredients to support the work done to feed Cape Town. Read more below:

Mayor Dan Plato has thus far supplied organisations with a three-plate gas burner, two large cooking pots (100L and 80L) as well as a range of dry ingredients such as lentils, samp, and beans, among other items.

NGOs based in Grassy Park and Lavender Hill received these items today. NGOs in Atlantis, Mamre, Lotus River and Marikana informal settlement were given these items last week. During COVID-19 lockdown, the need for soup kitchens has become even greater and it’s important that the city assists as far as possible to ensure people don’t go hungry.

In Grassy Park, NGO, Voice of the Voiceless, run by Howard Downes, currently feeds more than 300 people daily, but with today’s donations and with the extra equipment, it will now be able to almost double this number.

In Lavender Hill, Philisa Abafazi Bethu, run by Lucinda Evans, feeds 1500 residents daily and can now boost this number by an additional 800.

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Good afternoon, and welcome to the temporary emergency accommodation that we have set up at the Strandfontein Sports Complex.

I want to make this 100% clear to dispel all the misinformation that is going around. This site was set up under the instruction of the National Disaster Regulations published by the National Government. We have had to act quickly in terms of these regulations and under this unprecedented time, we have had to adapt our plans to keep up with the requirements expected of municipalities.

Let me read from the COVID-19 National Disaster regulations, which have been published ahead of the lockdown:

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Date: 9 April 2020

To date, the Western Cape Liquor Authority (WCLA) have conducted 20 investigations on matters of non-compliance with the national regulations whereby liquor traders sold alcohol during the lockdown period. Of the 20 investigations conducted, 13 will proceed to hearings before the Liquor Licensing Tribunal. 

The Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, warns that any liquor vendor operating during the lockdown will be eligible for a fine and may lose their license, subject to an investigation.

As per section 71 (1) of the Western Cape Liquor Act, “The Liquor Licensing Tribunal may grant an interim order suspending a license upon application by an inspector or a designated liquor officer if there is an imminent threat to the health, wellbeing or safety of the public.”

Minister Fritz said, “I have requested that the WCLA ensure that any outlet which contravenes the lockdown conditions be liable for a maximum fine of up to R115 610 or have their license revoked permanently, subject to an investigation. It has further been requested that the WCLA join the PROVJOINTS committee and be included in every case were liquor was sold or an arrest was made to better track the original point of sale. I further welcome the resolution taken by PROVJOINTS on 25 March that no alcohol will be returned to any liquor outlet after paying admission of guilt fine.”

Minister Fritz added, “I urge members of the public who are aware of the illegal sale of alcohol to immediately report such. Any persons wanting to lodge a complaint or report a contravention of the Regulations can contact the WCLA’s Contact Centre on 021 204 9805.”

The DHL Stormers have teamed up with various artists and local celebrities to record a tribute video of Johnny Clegg’s ‘The Crossing’. Recorded and filmed in their bye week at the beginning of March, the video has been released on the DHL Stormers’ social media channels and can be viewed here: Johnny Clegg’s The Crossing | DHL Stormers & Friends.

The DHL Stormers squad used ‘The Crossing’ as a team song for the 2020 Vodacom Super Rugby competition, singing it in the changeroom after games, before the current season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The song was chosen by team management as Johnny Clegg was a nation-builder who crossed over different communities, much like the Springboks did by winning the Rugby World Cup in 2019. Their goal in the DHL Stormers’ 2020 Vodacom Super Rugby campaign was to build on that concept of unity and ‘The Crossing’ epitomised that spirit of uniting people and moving forward to a new world.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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