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The City Hall Clock is once again running on time after several glitches and subsequent repairs to this half-scale replica of Big Ben in London. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town undertook emergency repairs on the iconic City Hall clock after it stopped working in November 2013, and had been operated manually for short periods of time up until the fault was addressed and repaired.

‘Restoration and repairs have been completed on the City Hall clock and it is once again in full working order,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Garreth Bloor.

The clock in the turret is modelled on London’s Big Ben and is exactly half the size. It strikes the hours and chimes the Westminster Quarters.

‘A few contractors were called in to assess the problems, and it was decided that we needed to find a more specialised subcontractor who has the experience and a better understanding of historical clock mechanisms,’ explained Councillor Bloor. Continue reading

Building kits are currently being issued to the 24 families who lost their homes during yesterday’s fire. The City of Cape Town, with the help of supporting organisations, has been making every effort to expedite the process to ensure that the families who have been affected by fires in Imizamo Yethu are able to rebuild their lives, through the issuing of building kits and the provision of humanitarian relief. Read more below:

Most recently, 27 families were affected by a fire that took place near the reservoir in Dontse Yahke, Hout Bay yesterday, 1 February 2016.

Currently 24 enhanced emergency kits are being issued to the families whose structures were completely damaged. Three relocation kits have been issued to the families whose structures were partially affected.

All of the timber poles that are handed out as part of these kits have been treated with fire-retardant paint prior to being issued.

The enhanced emergency kit includes nails, poles, galvanised corrugated steel roof sheets, a door with a lockset or padlock, and a window. The City of Cape Town is the only metro in the country that assists residents affected by fires and floods in this manner. Continue reading

Golden Arrow Bus Services is pleased to announce the appointment of Derick Meyer as its new General Manager.

Meyer joined the company in 1981 and has since occupied a number of management positions, specialising in scheduling and operations, including his most recent as Manager of our subsidiary company, Table Bay Rapid Transit.

According to Chairman of the Golden Arrow Board Yunis Shaik, Meyer comes with a wealth of experience and a unique range of institutional knowledge. “On behalf of the Board of Directors I would like to extend a warm welcome to Derick Meyer as he steps into the post of General Manager. We have full confidence in his ability to make this position his own and wish him well in his new position,” says Shaik.

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