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Five urban artists, four with their roots in Mitchells Plain and another from Heideveld, are the creators of the vibrant artwork that has been installed at the MyCiTi station in the Town Centre in Mitchells Plain recently. Read more below:

To date, Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the City of Cape Town’s transport authority, has commissioned more than 50 artworks at MyCiTi stations across the city.

‘We use this as an opportunity to showcase the talent of our local artists and to give visitors a sense of who we are. As such, we have requested five renowned street artists – also known as graffiti artists – from the metro-south east to create visual images depicting the heritage, culture and vibe of the Town Centre in Mitchells Plain, using spray-paint as their medium,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.

To their families they are known as Wayne Beukes, Maxwell Southgate, Tony Coetzee, André Beukes and Rayaan Cassiem – but as artists and to their admirers the five men go by the names of Conform, Mak1One, Ice7, Drone and Rayzer. Apart from Rayzer who is originally from Heideveld, all of the other urban artists were born in Mitchells Plain.

Mak1One also created the mural for the Omuramba MyCiTi station in Racecourse Road in Milnerton, and Conform contributed to the artwork at the Circle East and Turfclub MyCiTi stations. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town is hoping that its ambitious ceiling retrofit project will help to warm up the homes of beneficiaries of old State-subsidised housing projects this winter. Already the ceilings of more than 3 600 units have been insulated and weatherproofed. Read more below:

Between 1994 and 2005, the majority of State-subsidised housing units were constructed without insulated ceilings and weatherproofing. This was because the then subsidy which was provided by the National Government did not make provision for the installation of ceilings. After 2005, the standard for subsidised housing was improved and the housing subsidy was increased to provide ceilings, weatherproofing and partitioned bedrooms. Continue reading

Following the arrest of an apparent habitual cable thief in Manenberg, the City’s ‘Copperheads’ are hoping for a successful conviction and meaningful sentence in terms of the Criminal Matters Amendment Act.

The City of Cape Town’s Metals Theft Unit, commonly known as the ‘Copperheads’, is working closely with the South African Police Service and National Prosecuting Authority to secure a conviction against a suspected habitual cable thief.

The 43-year-old man was arrested on Friday 6 May 2016 after members of the public in Manenberg informed the Metals Theft Unit of an incident of cable theft. The suspect had left his loot at one of the houses in the area and a member of the unit, assisted by a detective from the local police station, found him threatening the residents to release his stolen goods. The two officers arrested the suspect on charges of theft, malicious damage to property, and intimidation. They also retrieved 23 metres of insulated electrical copper cable and a wire cutter. Continue reading

Of the more than 7 500 service requests dealt with by City Health over a nine-month period, 67% were for pest control and unhygienic conditions.

The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate logged 7 616 service requests and complaints in the first nine months of the current financial year (July 2015 – March 2016). Of these, 99,2% were resolved. However, the bulk of the complaints revolved around vector control (limiting or eradicating animals that transmit disease pathogens) and unhygienic conditions like illegal dumping and waste spillages, as outlined below:

Category Total
Vector control 2 648
Unhygienic conditions 2 428
Noise pollution 417
Clinic services 381
Overgrown erven 374
Air pollution 299
Water 206
Food 79
Smoking 76

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Hope you’re great, here are all the details for the donation platform for Iris Beukes with backabuddy.co.za. Thanks in advance for anything you share to get the word out, it’s much appreciated.

To date, we’ve raised R8000! Our target is R15,000.

Copy – #IrisBeukes #AuntyIris I’ve (Chantal Stanfield) set up a donation platform for Iris Beukes and her family who were recently humiliated in a grocery store over a broken chocolate. My friends at Backabuddy have helped make this possible. Simply click to backabuddy.co.za and under causes search for “The Aunty Iris Donation Platform” to make your electronic donation. Or www.backabuddy.co.za/for-aunty-iris-beukes. It’s really easy. Let’s put our money where our mouths are, see how much we can raise in a month and show this family humanity. Thank you. Please spread the word and please donate.

Website – http://www.backabuddy.co.za/for-aunty-iris-beukes

The top 26 participants in the City’s #YouthStartCT Entrepreneurship Challenge will now vie for a top-three spot and a share in prizes totalling R100 000. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s #YouthStartCT Entrepreneurship Challenge is heating up as the final 26 participants put their best foot forward for top honours.

The top 26 young entrepreneurs were announced yesterday afternoon, 16 May 2016, from an original group of 100 who have been undergoing skills and business development training facilitated by the SEED Academy. The Academy and sponsor, Altech, are partnering with the City in the initiative. Continue reading

City traffic officers arrested 108 suspects this weekend – 77 of whom were apprehended for drunk driving – while 2 887 fines were issued for various offences. Read more below:

City of Cape Town traffic officers were out in full force over the weekend to clamp down on drunk drivers. During various city-wide operations with the Roadblock Unit, 77 motorists were arrested for drunk driving. The arrests were made in Athlone, Gordon’s Bay and Brackenfell.

A taxi driver in Wynberg felt the brunt of the operations when he was arrested during an integrated taxi operation on Friday 13 May 2016 after being found to be well over the legal alcohol limit.

Traffic officers continued with their duties despite having an official vehicle’s tyres slashed, impounding five taxis and issuing 347 fines for various offences. Continue reading

A burst water main in the Nomzamo area interrupted water supply to large swathes of the Strand area last week. Despite protest action and challenging engineering conditions, staff from the City’s’ Water and Sanitation Department worked around the clock to both provide alternative supply and effect repairs. Read more below:

The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg, would like to thank staff of the Water and Sanitation Department for their commitment to restoring water supply to the Nomzamo community in the face of extremely challenging conditions. Continue reading

Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the City’s transport authority, will spend approximately R20 million on the upgrading of Symphony Way and Erica Drive in Belhar as part of the rejuvenation of the Belhar central business district. Read more below:

The intersections along Symphony Way and Erica Drive will be upgraded and additional lanes constructed to accommodate the anticipated increase in traffic in this area with the renewal of the Belhar CBD.

‘The City has identified the Belhar central business district as one of the growth areas in the city where investment from the private and public sector has the potential to unlock a number of opportunities to the local community. The City is responsible for the provision of services in support of all new developments – be it public or private. As such TCT has now embarked on a major roads project to ensure that the main transport arteries in Belhar will be able to accommodate the anticipated increase in traffic as the CBD houses more businesses and housing developments in the near future,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading

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