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The City’s Electricity Generation and Distribution Department has focused much attention on ensuring that tree encroachment on overhead power lines is minimised as this is a big cause of electricity outages, especially when the stormy weather hits. Read more below:

The City’s Electricity Generation and Distribution Department has been making every effort to minimise electricity outages caused by tree encroachment on overhead power lines, particularly during adverse weather conditions.

As part of ongoing maintenance and in preparation for winter, approximately R15 million has been spent on various efforts across the city. This includes the trimming of trees in various areas, including the Wynberg, Muizenberg, Mowbray, Parow, Helderberg, Bloemhof and Oostenberg depot distribution areas, where tree encroachment on overhead power lines is common.

Work has also been done to address the problem of open pole top boxes to prevent water ingress which also contributes to outages in winter, in various areas, including the Gugulethu and Mitchells Plain depot distribution areas.

Further efforts also include general maintenance of power lines and converting overhead power lines to underground power lines where necessary.

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On Thursday, 27 June 2019, the City of Cape Town hosted a certificate handover ceremony for 28 beneficiaries of the City’s Kader Asmal Skills Development Programme to recognise their participation and dedication during the first year of the programme. The wife, Louise and son, Adam of the late Professor Kader Asmal were also in attendance. The City has invested a total of R3,48 million in the programme to equip students and workers with the skills and knowledge required for work opportunities within the Environmental Management sector. Read more below:

The City launched the Kader Asmal Skills Development Programme last year and has since then achieved encouraging results. The programme provides thorough in-field experience for various graduates and workers who eagerly seek a career within the Environmental Management sector. The training spans over a period of three years where participants work within the Invasive Species Unit in the City’s Biodiversity Management branch. Here they gain a sound understanding of wetland rehabilitation and invasive species management.

‘We are well aware that graduates and workers mostly struggle to gain in-field experience within the environmental management sphere. We aim to bridge this gap by identifying roles which are most in demand within this field and tailoring a programme which equips beneficiaries with the required skills. Our main objective is to provide an opportunity for these participants to gain two to three years’ of practical experience, which is the minimum requirement for most entry-level positions within the industry,’ said the City’s Acting Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Grant Twigg.

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Pic: capetowndaily

The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department will be conducting pressure management operations in a number of areas across the metro as indicated in the table below. 

Residents are advised to please take note of the date and time as per the following schedule:

Date Time Affected suburbs
Monday 24 June 2019 20:00 – 00:00 Big Bay, Blouberg Hills Estate, Sandown Estate, Dune Ridge and Bloubergstrand
Tuesday 25 June 2019 18:00 – 00:00


Wednesday 26 June 2019 20:00 – 00:00 Sunningdale and Blouberg Sands

All taps should be kept closed during this period to prevent any water loss and/or damage when the water supply is restored. Residents are kindly requested to store water in clean, sealed containers for use during this period if required.

The City apologises for any inconvenience that may be caused.

Transitioning from Fluorinated gases (and others) to green cooling solutions a key focus on RAC workshop and the fight to #BeatAirPollution

Stellenbosch, with a focus on air pollution during World Environment Month, DEA&DP and the Free State of Bavaria hosted a technical workshop on transitioning to green cooling solutions.

The industrial refrigeration and air conditioning sector contributes to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, because these applications make use of fluorinated gases, as refrigerants. These “F-gases” have high global warming potentials that are up to several thousand times more potent than carbon dioxide (CO2). DEA&DP’s mandate has always been to advocate for a more resilient and sustainable environment by encouraging the switch to energy efficient and climate-friendly cooling technologies.

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The Under-16 and Under-18 teams of DHL Western Province came through the SA Rugby Under-16 and SA Rugby Under-18 Girls Week undefeated in Johannesburg when the two national tournaments concluded on Friday.

The Under-16 team won all three matches and held sway over Border in their final match of the tournament played at Jeppe Boys High with a 41-12 win. The Blue Bulls and SWD teams earlier played to an exciting draw in their Under-16 clash and were the only other teams not suffering defeats during the 24 matches played since Monday.

In the Under-18 Week, DHL Western Province shared the undefeated spoils with hosts, Bidvest Waltons Golden Lions, who also looked strong en route to their three wins, including a five-try win over Boland today.

The Cape side won 17-3 against the Blue Bulls to lower the Pretoria team’s flag for the first time this week.

The two tournaments provided an exciting platform for 736 female players to showcase their talents.

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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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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 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.


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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