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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR WATER AND WASTE, COUNCILLOR XANTHEA LIMBERG

The City’s Water Strategy was approved by Council. The purpose of this strategy is to ensure that Cape Town becomes more resilient to future droughts.

In 2017, dam levels turned at approximately 19% prior to winter rainfall, and in 2018, they turned at 20%. It was thus necessary to plan for the worst. The unprecedented drought tested the resilience of our city.

The events of the past 24 months made for a steep learning curve, in which all Capetonians found themselves uncomfortably close to the reality of what climate change looks and feels like. While many cities across the globe have found themselves perilously close to running out of water, or indeed having run completely out of water, Cape Town collectively picked up the mantle and put up a champion fight against a savagely unrelenting drought. The battle was fierce and captured the world’s imagination. Thus, quite battered and sporting more than a few bruises, Cape Town became the somewhat reluctant superstar of international water saving efforts.

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STATEMENT BY MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR COMMUNITY SERVICES AND HEALTH, COUNCILLOR ZAHID BADROODIEN

Following the devastating fire at the Ikhwezi Clinic in Nomzamo, Strand, I have liaised with the Executive Mayor and secured a R50 000 reward for information that will lead to the arrest and successful conviction of those responsible for the apparent arson attack.

The Fire and Rescue Service responded to an alert at approximately 02:30 this morning, and extinguished the fire just after 04:00.

There has been extensive damage to the roof and the clinic interior, including the pharmacy and records room, where patient folders are kept.

Initial damage estimates put the cost of repairs at R10 million, but this could well change.

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Council approved a three-year agreement between the City of Cape Town and Cape Town Tourism for in-destination and visitor services, tourism marketing and special City projects, until 2022. Read more below:

This holistic agreement affords Cape Town Tourism a period of continuity to focus on and execute areas of the revised Tourism Development Framework (TDF).

The strategy sets out five new focus areas that include ensuring visitor comfort, improving and diversifying products and experiences, stimulating demand, generating community involvement and benefit, and organising for growth.

‘My immediate priority is to oversee the implementation of the TDF with our partner Cape Town Tourism and the tourism industry, to facilitate sustainable job creation in a depressed economic climate. This will help to establish ‘tourism-preneurs’ while transforming the tourism landscape in Cape Town into a thriving tourism business ecosystem that drives demand,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, Alderman James Vos.

Currently, the tourism economy in Cape Town sustains around 150 000 jobs in total, making it the sector with the highest growth and employment potential. Continue reading

N2 Express service unavailable from today, 1 June 2019

The City of Cape Town regrets to inform MyCiTI commuters from Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha that the N2 Express service will be unavailable until further notice.

The City commits to informing commuters as soon as the N2 Express service starts operating again.

Residents from Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha who travel on the N2 Express service are advised to load mover points instead of monthly tickets on their myconnect cards until further notice.

For those who have already purchased a monthly ticket for June, the City will advise as soon as possible on options for reimbursement.

The City is doing everything it can to negotiate a new contract to ensure that the N2 Express service becomes operational again.

Commuters are advised to visit the MyCiTi website on www.myciti.org.za for regular updates about the service; and to follow us on Twitter @MyCiTiBus; or to phone, the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63 – the TIC is available 24/7.

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES AND ASSET MANAGEMENT, ALDERMAN JAMES VOS

Today, marked the launch of the locally crafted Khayelitsha Curated Routes tours.

It has been an exciting journey to oversee the launch of the Khayelitsha Curated Routes, which is an initiative that was conceptualised and implemented by Cape Town Tourism.

Khayelitsha is a community that is rich in culture and filled with incredible potential, people and places to explore. I am so proud of this initiative, which showcases the local offering whilst creating new opportunities for the residents.

The new approach challenges the traditional tourism model in townships where tourists are generally bussed into the neighbourhoods and often have minimal interaction with locals. The Curated Routes differ largely as they offer an experience as opposed to a ‘drive through’ a township. Additionally, it is crafted in partnership with small- medium- and micro-enterprises (SMMEs) operated by local residents who reside within the area.

The Curated Routes focuses on a variety of experiences that visitors can sign-up for, allowing them to meander through the neighbourhood experiencing the area’s diverse activities and interacting with the most inspirational people, including artists, baristas and start-up business owners.

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Note to editors: the following is an excerpt from a Council speech delivered today, 29 May 2019, by Alderman Purchase during the tabling of the City of Cape Town’s Budget Council for the 2019/2020 financial year.

City’s Transport budget prioritises congestion, public transport and facilities

All Capetonians arrange their lives around traffic, be it the thousands of commuters who rely on public transport to get to work, the motorists who travel in private vehicles to their destinations or the businesses who need our road network to move their goods and services to grow our economy.

The budget I present to Council this morning addresses the Transport Directorate’s main priority namely, to improve transport across Cape Town so that all of us can spend less time and money on commuting.

Traffic and peak-hour congestion is an ever present factor we can hardly avoid. It has a direct impact on our quality of life. It determines how much time we spend commuting and most often we lose hours on congested roads when we could have been at home with our families.

It is also a fact that our inefficient transport system has the worst impact on low-income households who live far away from work opportunities. They spend the longest hours commuting and up to 43% of their monthly income is spent on transport costs alone.

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7de Laan stars Zane Meas and Christo Davids present Van Wyk – The Storyteller of Riverlea, the story of Chris van Wyk, at the Baxter Flipside for a limited season from 12 to 29 June.

Two award-winning South African stage and television stars Zane Meas and Christo Davids, once again team up to present Van Wyk – The Storyteller of Riverlea, which comes to the Baxter Flipside for a limited season, from 12 to 29 June at 7.30pm nightly. This follows its sold-out success at the Market Theatre earlier this year.

Created and performed by Meas, directed by Christo Davids, The Storyteller of Riverlea explores the life of renowned South African author Chris Van Wyk – his influence as a poet and a writer and as a political activist, as well as his family life and his battle with cancer. This production pays homage to his humour, political values and his storytelling abilities, all of which have touched the lives of everyone that he encountered and those who have read his works.

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The funding forms part of the Neighbourhood Watch support programme that has seen more than 25 000 individuals trained since its launch in 2008. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Neighbourhood Watch Support Programme is in the home straight of yet another successful financial year.

The programme was first launched in 2008, to help establish, train and accredit Neighbourhood Watches (NWs), in association with the Western Cape Department of Community Safety.

Since then, 209 organisations have been successfully accredited and more than 25 000 Neighbourhood Watch members have undergone training in the Broken Windows theory and other community policing principles.

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Grand Arena, Cape Town 27th July 2019

Marmalade Productions are proud to bring Tevin Campbell back to South Africa after sold out performances in 2013 and 2016. Marmalade are celebrating 10 years in the entertainment industry and want to thank their loyal supporters by hosting another superb concert. Marmalade Productions have hosted sold out shows for 10 years including over 50 events, 19 concerts at GrandWest, events in all 9 provinces with over 250 000 thousand fans entertained. “We want to celebrate our 10 years in style” said Godfrey Vollenhoven CEO of Marmalade Productions. “The show will be celebration of our hard work a commitment to great events which we intend doing for a long time to come!” 10 Entertainers on stage backed by 10 of the best musicians for 1 night in Cape Town. Tevin will also be performing at Emerald Casino in Vanderbijlpark on 26th July and on 2nd August in Pretoria at Sun Arena Time Square Casino. Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY, ALDERMAN JP SMITH

The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Department has had another successful drug bust today, 27 May 2019.

The Drug and Gang Task Team, in conjunction with the Police’s Intelligence Unit, executed a search warrant at a complex in Kuils River.

They confiscated dagga with a street value of approximately R150 000 and arrested four suspects, aged between 19 and 36, who were detained at the Mfuleni Police Station.

Officers also confiscated three scales, 13 smart phones and just over R10 000 in cash.

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