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MEDIA RELEASE BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE, ACTING TRANSPORT AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (TDA) COMMISSIONER, GERSHWIN FORTUNE AND THE CITY MANAGER, LUNGELO MBANDAZAYO

Introduction by the Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille:

‘We would like to provide the media with the latest update and facts on the electric buses which the City is in the process of procuring.

On Sunday, the Sunday Times ran a grossly inaccurate story about the specification testing of the buses.

As the City’s leadership, we would like to correct this and provide the media with the latest update and facts to avoid the practice of spreading misinformation.

Before we get into the facts of the specification tests, I would like to address the dangerous practice of reporting allegations as fact and not seeking comment from the relevant person which the allegation is linked to.

The article refers to a meeting agenda for a visit to Cape Town by BYD, the successful bidder for the electric buses.

The article stated that this meeting was between BYD representatives and myself to discuss ‘detailed finalization of specifications,’ to ‘finalise and conclude a business agreement’ and for ‘confirmation of roll-out times.’

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Summary

  • The average water consumption for the past week was 519 million litres per day, which is an increase from last week’s consumption of 505 million litres per day
  • Dam levels have improved slightly more than last week’s recovery, by 1,8,% to 58,8% of storage capacity
  • It has been a dry start to August, far below Cape Town’s long-term rainfall average for this time of year
  • Water restrictions and associated tariffs remain in place to help protect Cape Town’s dams and water services

It has been a dry start to August with some areas receiving just a quarter, or at most a third, of the long-term average rainfall for those areas.

This has slowed down the rapid recovery of Cape Town’s dams which was experienced at the start of winter.

‘Over the past few weeks, rainfall has been below average and this has drastically slowed down the recovery of the dams supplying water to Cape Town.

‘We are in a much strengthened position currently with consumption continuing to hover near the 500 million litre mark, as opposed to this time last year where we were consuming 608 million litres per day. In addition, dam levels this time last year were at 31,9% of storage capacity. However, we need to ensure that we all continue our water-saving efforts, especially in light of the low rainfall received over the last few weeks. We need to protect the water in our dams and ensure that we continue to build a buffer for the hot summer months ahead.

‘Water restrictions and the associated tariffs are also helping to preserve the water that we have in our dams. Until the National Department of Water and Sanitation deems it safe to begin a stepped reduction of the current water restriction levels, restrictions and the associated tariffs will remain in place. We thank all of our residents for their ongoing support and, as a City, we will continue with our advanced pressure management programme to keep water usage as low as possible,’ said the City’s Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson.

Rainfall for August 2018 recorded at various stations:

The Black Ties are celebrating women at the Roxy Revue Bar, GrandWest

One of South Africa’s premier cover bands, The Black Ties, has launched a series of themed live performances titled, The Black Ties Experience on at the Roxy Revue Bar, GrandWest on 18 and 19 August 2019. With a focus on Women`s Month, this show will be a celebration of women through song.

“The Black Ties are known for their fantastic vocal ability and harmony, as well as their wittiness and humour on stage,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest. “They know how to engage an audience and keep the evening exciting. We are looking forward to hosting them.”

The band members, Chad Saaiman, Lloyd Jansen and Keeno Lee, love interacting and entertaining people who enjoy what they do, making the intimate Roxy Revue Bar at GrandWest the perfect venue for this show.

Keeno Lee said, “We are so excited about our new The Black Ties Experience show that is kicking off at GrandWest, we have a huge vision for it and we cannot wait to implement it.”

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Audiences can expect covers by artists such as John Legend, Ed Sheeran, The Bee Gees, Bill Withers, Bruno Mars and many more. The band also promises some wonderful moments, lots of laughs and a few surprises during the show. The Black Ties will be backed by Cape Town power band Souljourn, who will add to the energy of this live experience.

Tickets for The Black Ties Experience: A Celebration of Women`s Month are available from Computicket, at R150 per person. Doors open at 19h30 and the show starts at 20h00.

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The average water consumption for the past week was 519 million litres per day, which is up from last week’s consumption of 505 million litres per day.

Dam levels have improved slightly more than last week’s recovery, by 1,8% to 58,8% of storage capacity.

It has been a dry August and rainfall thus far is far below the long-term average for this time of the year in Cape Town. The low rainfall has been slowing down the recovery of Cape Town’s dams. The City of Cape Town is confident that our water users will continue to contribute positively to Cape Town’s water-saving efforts to build a buffer for the summer months ahead.

Youth development was under the spotlight on International Youth Day, 12 August.

Cape Town, 13 August 2018 – Creating long-term opportunities through sustainability, the blossoming list of internationally recognised marathons around the country are making major contributions to multiple South African industries, and it is fitting that International Youth Day was celebrated in the build-up to the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon.

The annual day of recognition for youth around the world was celebrated yesterday, six weeks before the country’s most prestigious 42.2km race is held in the Mother City on Sunday, September 23.

With the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon leading the way after retaining IAAF Gold Label Status this year, domestic road races are acting as a game changer which have expanded their reach well beyond the realms of sport and provided real value in the nation’s continuous growth.

Offering world-class organisation, lucrative prize purses and widespread media coverage, a handful of local marathon contests are able to attract globally recognised elite athletes and large mass fields, boosting the economy and providing opportunities in local communities and beyond.

Along with the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, and other races across a variety of distances between 10km and 90km, well established 42.2km races held in various provinces around South Africa have established their place among the best in the continent.

Playing a central role in the growth of the sport, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon’s flagship race over the classic 42.2km distance will continue to have a significant impact on the Mother City.

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The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith welcomed contestants this morning to the annual South African edition of the ‘Toughest Firefighter Alive’ competition. The challengers are participating in a two-day competition at the Roeland Street Fire Station for the title of South Africa’s toughest firefighter. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town is hosting the two-day ‘Toughest Firefighter Alive’ competition at the Roeland Street Fire Station this year.

Firefighters from around the country have signed up for the event, which is recognised as the most difficult firefighter competition in the world.

The challenge includes an individual category as well as a relay category.

Firefighters are measured in terms of their fitness, endurance and skill sets and have to complete a number of challenges in full firefighting gear, including a hose drag, obstacle course, tower ascent and an 800 metre run.

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The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service would like to advise the public that a number of Driving Licence Testing Centres (DLTCs) will be closed tomorrow, Saturday 11 August 2018, while others will offer limited services.

This disruption in services is due to an ongoing dispute about weekend work.

All DLTCs are operating as per normal on weekdays.

The facilities that will be closed tomorrow are: Brackenfell, Durbanville, Goodwood, Bellrail, Kuils River, Gordon’s Bay and New Ottery.

Gallows Hill, Eastridge, Hillstart, Joe Gqabi and Fish Hoek DLTCs will operate as normal, while the remaining DLTCs will offer limited services to the public.

We encourage the public to contact their local DLTC telephonically before visiting the centre to ensure that they are open and offering the service required.

The individual centres will contact learner and driving licence applicants whose appointments are affected by this service disruption and will advise on alternative dates.

The City apologises for any inconvenience and we hope to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

Fine-free Week at the City’s 104 libraries will coincide with National Book Week which runs from Monday, 3 September to Sunday, 9 September 2018. The mountain of unreturned material is proving a cliffhanger for the City of Cape Town’s libraries. In an attempt to recover more than 20 000 overdue items, patrons will have an opportunity to return overdue items, escape a fine and get back into the good books of their local library. Read more below:

‘Currently, there are more than 20 000 items including books, study guides and DVDs that are long overdue at the City’s libraries, valued at around R2 million. Staff are spending too many hours trying to track down patrons who checked out the items. This is time that could have been spent more productively on direct service delivery. Missing items also deprive others from enjoying them,’ said the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

During National Book Week, patrons will have the opportunity to return all overdue library materials without facing any repercussions.

‘Although this is still a few weeks away I want to encourage our patrons to start dusting off the books and DVDs they’ve been too embarrassed to return because of the time lapse. Your opportunity to take it back without a fine is coming.

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The High School Jam will rock the Grand Arena, GrandWest for the eighth year on Saturday, 18 August 2018. This is the ultimate show for young Capetonians, where teenagers from nine high schools perform to thousands of friends, families and fans gathering for the Cape’s favourite high school music event.

The objective of this incredible event is to unite teenagers, schools and communities through music, entertainment and performance. It is also a great place for teens to develop self-esteem and self-belief thanks to the support and mentorship of the producers, choreographers, facilitators and industry specialists involved in putting on this spectacular show.

The nine high schools taking part in this year’s event will each put on a half hour show, starting on the hour from 10h00. The participating schools are: South Peninsula High School, Alexander Sinton High School, Bridgetown High School, Sans Souci Girls High School, Pinelands High School, Heathfield High School, Rhodes High School, Edgemead High School and Parel Vallei High School.

To add to this year’s excitement there will also be an Inspired Stages United Showcase. This amazing element is a collaboration of teens from a variety of schools not taking part in High School Jam but who have taken part in the Inspired Stages workshops. 

This teen show is choreographed by the young Inspired Stages mentors and is testimony to how Inspired Stages and High School Jam brings teens from all walks of life together through the universal language of music. 

“This is such an inspirational and exciting day,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest. “We are delighted to host it again in our premium Grand Arena venue. It is wonderful to see the talent and spirit of the young people of Cape Town on stage. We can’t wait.”

Tickets will be available at the door on the day, the first school’s performance starts at 10h00. Check http://www.planetproductions.co.za/high-school-jam/ for the full line up and times the schools are performing. 

The City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department advises the public to please avoid the Milnerton Beach area this coming weekend due to expected adverse weather conditions that are likely to include strong winds and a spring high tide of approximately 1,92 meters.

Further damage to infrastructure at Milnerton Beach is anticipated if the weather predictions come to pass. The public is reminded that, due to the hazardous conditions created by the recently damaged infrastructure and the extremely dangerous sea conditions expected this weekend, the beach at Milnerton will remain closed in the interest of public safety.

The City will monitor the situation closely and will undertake all necessary measures to ensure public safety as its main priority, both during and after the high seas.

The Recreation and Parks Department is in the process of establishing a safe public access point at Milnerton Beach. As soon as this has been completed and the damaged gabion baskets have been removed, the beach will be re-opened to the public.

The City regrets any inconvenience caused during this period.

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