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The City encourages residents who are due to renew their vehicle licences to do so as soon as possible to avoid long queues, as December is traditionally one of the busiest months for renewals. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town is bracing itself for the annual influx of residents applying for their motor vehicle licence renewals ahead of the December holidays, and urges residents to make arrangements to apply for their licence discs in good time to avoid the expected long queues. Residents can also apply for a renewal online.

‘Although we have implemented measures to deal with the high volume, residents can still expect long queues as people often visit the licensing offices during their December holidays,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Finance, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.

Residents can also avoid these queues by renewing their licence discs online and the City encourages them to go this route if possible. An online licence application takes approximately 14 days from the date of application to receiving it in the post, so residents must please bear this in mind and act in a timeous fashion. Residents who would like to go this route can do so via the City’s online services portal (http://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Pay/Driving-and-vehicles/Vehicle-licences/Pay-your-vehicle-licence). The City assures residents that the online motor vehicle registration portal is up to date and will remain so during this busy time.

Residents are reminded to take along their proof of address when renewing their motor vehicle licences. This must be done annually as per National Government requirements. It is very important for customers to have all of the required documentation with them when they apply for licence disc renewals to prevent any additional delays. Continue reading

At 13:00 on Thursday afternoon, a Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services ambulance was involved in an attempted armed robbery at the entrance to the Mfuleni Day Hospital. Fortunately the attackers fled when members of the public approached the ambulance and the crew were left uninjured and took refuge inside the medical facility until Police were able to escort them out of the area. Mfuleni has been declared a Red Zone until 13:00 tomorrow afternoon, meaning all crews require Police escorts when entering the area.

The first large shoals of yellow tail for the summer were spotted in False Bay over the weekend. The City of Cape Town wants to remind beach goers that the presence of great white sharks increases in in-shore areas with the arrival of yellow tail and higher water temperatures. Read more below:
In-shore shark activity usually increases over the summer months, especially with the current yellow tail sightings.

‘Shark sightings typically start in late August, and continue through to April, with most sightings being reported mid-summer. With the school holidays around the corner and warmer days ahead, I want to urge Capetonians and visitors to please take extra care when going into the ocean. Shark spotters and the Fish Hoek exclusion net are important safety measures, but the best precaution is to be alert and aware when in the water,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

As we are approaching mid-summer, the City appeals to all beach goers to familiarise themselves with the following safety tips: Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

Dam storage levels are at 36,8%, with useable water at 28,6%. Collective water usage is 582 million litres, therefore 82 million litres above the required level of 500 million litres per day. 

Our dam levels have declined by 1% over the past week. This could be attributed to the high winds and hot weather which contributed to evaporation. We have managed to halve Cape Town’s water usage with the help of 51% of our water users who have put tremendous efforts into saving water. We will only get through this crisis together. To make this partnership work even more effectively, I appeal to all water users, especially the 49% who are not saving water yet, to join us all as we escalate efforts to beat this drought. Your help is vital and we need you to come on board with Team Cape Town.

This summer with the heat and wind, we can expect a steady decline going forward, so continued savings are a must. We need to do more to bring our usage down while at the same time pulling out all of the stops to ensure that we implement various projects for additional water supply to help see us through to winter 2018. Additional supply goes hand in hand with further savings.

We have looked at ways to fund a first phase of water supply projects by relooking at our spend across the City to see which non-water-related projects we can temporarily postpone while protecting funds for basic and emergency services. Internally, we have made some tough decisions and we will continue to do what is in the best interests of the people of Cape Town, no matter how difficult the challenge. We will partly be funding our first seven additional water projects with this saving and reprioritised money which comprises some R2 billion. The first phase projects earmarked for these funds are the desalination plants at Monwabisi, Strandfontein, the V&A Waterfront, and Cape Town Harbour; the Atlantis and Cape Flats Aquifer projects; and the Zandvliet water recycling project make up the first seven emergency water projects of this phase.

An online toolkit has been developed with various resources for all to use to help us to drive this message. Please see our website, www.capetown.gov.za, to access material that you may require. This toolkit will be updated regularly.

For information on how to meet the daily water usage requirement, residents should please visit the water restrictions page on the City’s website:www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater and utilise our water calculator: http://bit.ly/ThinkWaterCalculatorCT

Residents can contact the City via email to water@capetown.gov.za for queries about the water pressure reduction, or to report contraventions of the water restrictions (evidence should be provided to assist the City’s enforcement efforts), or they can send an SMS to 31373.

The Adams family is back with another dose of Brother Love! The brand has become a household name throughout the Western Cape and beyond since brothers Loukmaan and Emo first combined their diverse talents as an explosive duo five years ago. Now they’re back with more hilarious sketch, stories and of course, as always, the magical, dynamic music.

Brother love 2 follows on from where the first popular instalment left off but dips back into the past of their humble Mitchell’s Plain beginnings with ease. Of course the whole Adams family plus the now extended family come up for special treatment by this dynamic duo. Watch out for Mrs Adams at her Zumba classes while Mr Adams soldiers on with his variety concerts in the Civic Hall. The two daddies also give good advice on the pajama drill.

As always there is a special guest… this time round it is the talented Mono Dullisear who has a rich history with Loukmaan and Emo. Together they shared many stages around the world and at home. He was also a member of the popular JAG and as a trio their voices quite simply lift the roof. Basil Appollis cracks the whip as director.

14 Nov – 25 Nov

Starts: 8:00 pm

Additional Performances:
18 Nov – 4:00 pm
18 Nov – 8:30 pm
25 Nov – 4:00 pm

Comedy / Theatre

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE 

The first water from the Oranjezicht Main Springs Chamber started flowing into the Molteno Reservoir today, 8 November 2017. This is part of the City of Cape Town’s ongoing Water Resilience Programme to increase the supply of drinking water. This project will see an additional two million litres per day of safe, clean drinking water added to the City’s bulk water network.

Three springs feed into the main collection chamber in Oranjezicht, where water is collected before being conveyed via a 525 m long existing pipeline to the reservoir. The water is then chlorinated to bring it in line with the South African National Standard for drinking water (SANS 241).

The project entailed refurbishing for drinking water purposes the existing but disused pipeline, which takes the water from natural springs to the Molteno Reservoir. New chlorination equipment to dose the disinfectant along the pipeline linking it to the reservoir itself has also been installed.

When the City started investigating the possibility of using these springs as additional sources of drinking water in 2014, our Scientific Services Branch found that water from some of the springs was of a very high quality.

Previously, this untreated water from the main springs collection chamber was used for irrigation at the Green Point Urban Park, Cape Town Stadium and Green Point Athletics track. Continue reading

At 01H10 this morning a Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Service ambulance enroute to Red Cross Children’s Hospital was stoned, along with several other motorists on the N2 near Borchard’s Quarry. The crew was then gun pointed and robbed of their belongings. They were transporting a critically injured eight year old patient who sustained severe head injuries after being involved in an earlier motor vehicle accident. A second ambulance was dispatched to transport the patient but the trauma to his head was so severe and he sadly  passed away at 12 noon at Red Cross Children’s Hospital.

Festival to celebrate all that is related to our oceans

Cape Town, 8 November 2017 — With the Volvo Ocean Race set to arrive in Cape Town in the coming weeks, the V&A Waterfront today announced a new endeavour focused on fostering an appreciation and understanding of South Africa’s ocean assets: the V&A Waterfront’s Ocean Life Festival, in association with the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Intended to become an annual event, the V&A Waterfront’s Ocean Life Festival will see a carefully curated programme of events and activations spread across the property between Monday, 27 November and Friday, 8 December. The intention behind each of the Festival’s events will be to engage and delight visitors’ interest in ocean life, ocean sustainability, and the potential of maritime assets such as South Africa’s vast oceans.

“The V&A Waterfront’s Ocean Life Festival will be held on the property every year as one of the ways in which we are looking to celebrate all that is related to the ocean,” said David Green, CEO of the V&A Waterfront. Continue reading

SA’s first international gold medalist and Guinness World record skateboarder, Jean-marc Johannes, successfully returned to the FISE World Series podium following the most heated final of his career, this past weekend 4 November, in Cheng Du, China.

After finishing first in the Am Street Division qualifying rounds on Saturday 3 November 2017, Jean-marc went on to compete in a grueling final round where he stood in a three way tie with China’s Qun Xiang Gao and Sun Sunkunkun, after two perfect final runs. With a hair scraping one point, Jean-marc proudly walked away with a silver medal, making this his second international medal and SA’s only skater to step onto an international podium.

“This was undoubtedly the highest level of finals I’ve ever competed under because in almost in every other event I can tell where I stand in the finals. I’m proud to have represented SA as the only African competitor, contests such as FISE gives me the priceless opportunity to compete with the best skateboarders in the world and undoubtedly puts my mind in the right place with the Olympics around the corner!” says Jean-marc.

Next up Jean-marc will be taking part in the sought after PROJAM International Open in Bali, set for December 2nd, 2017. 

At 01H10 this morning a Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Service ambulance enroute to Red Cross Children’s Hospital was ambushed on the N2 near Borchard’s Quarry. The crew was gun pointed and robbed and the ambulance left immobile. unfortunately, the critically injured eight year old patient in the back of the ambulance, a boy with severe head injuries he sustained during a Motor Vehicle accident earlier last night, passed away at the scene due to the delay caused by yet another attack on EMS personnel.

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