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If all goes according to plan, residents and visitors to Cape Town will soon be able to make use of tuk-tuk vehicles to travel short distances within the city and surrounding suburbs. Read more below:

The tender for the provision of tuk-tuk public transport services was issued on Friday 15 April 2016 by Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority.

‘We want to use this tender process to appoint public transport operators who will operate 80 tuk-tuk vehicles across eight areas in Cape Town and the far south. The tuk-tuk vehicles are intended for those wanting to travel short distances of 3 km or less to local destinations. The people who will make use of the tuk-tuk vehicles are those who do not necessarily want to make use of a metered taxi service, but also do not want to walk 2 or 3 km to their destination,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.

The eight initial areas where the tuk-tuk vehicles will be allowed to operate are as follows: Continue reading

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

I am perturbed by the increase in the number of attacks on City of Cape Town firefighters and infrastructure in the last six months.

We witnessed one of the most blatant instances when residents of Siqalo attacked firefighters responding to an incident in November last year. The delay resulted in 15 structures being destroyed by fire instead of the four that were alight when the Fire and Rescue Service teams arrived.

What appeared to be an isolated incident at the time has subsequently escalated into an untenable situation. Between 1 January and 4 April 2016, we recorded at least 17 incidents in Klipheuwel, Khayelitsha, Retreat, Vrygrond, Dunoon, Elsies River, Manenberg and Nyanga where Fire and Rescue vehicles were stoned, forcing staff to retreat from the areas in question and robbing residents of a potentially lifesaving service. Continue reading

Our bus does two trips per day:

  1. To fetch school children for the lessons that are facilitated in the Garden. We refer to these groups as “guided”.
  2. To fetch young children from Educare Centres as well as senior citizens. We call this the “self-guided” groups because we only provide the transport – they go into the Garden on  their own.

The transport that we offer senior citizen groups is so popular that we are normally fully booked by midyear and need to start a waiting list for the following year from  that point on. Jackie, our admin assistant, takes the bookings and can be contacted at 021 799 8670 or j.loni@sanbi.org.za   Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER: TRANSPORT FOR CAPE TOWN: COUNCILLOR BRETT HERRON

The City of Cape Town will deploy additional buses on the N2 Express route between Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha and Cape Town to assist commuters who may be affected by the expected delays of Metrorail trains tomorrow, 18 April 2016. The Golden Arrow Bus Service will also deploy additional buses on routes across the city to prevent commuters from being stranded. 

Firstly I want to condemn the violence and the destruction of Metrorail infrastructure and carriages that took place on Thursday evening, 14 April 2016, and the early evening of Friday, 15 April 2016, at the Kraaifontein staging yard and the Cape Town and Woodstock stations.

We cannot ignore the fact that Metrorail is in a state of crisis.

The sabotage of the service by illegal strikers and the longstanding issues with Metrorail’s infrastructure – among which defective signal systems and point detection, as well as electrical malfunction – must be addressed as a matter of urgency. Continue reading

Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron on Friday was satisfied with the progress made by his provisional Junior Springbok training squad since they assembled in camp two weeks ago and feels there are several positives to build on as they prepare for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Manchester from 7 to 25 June.

The training squad has been hard at work at training to familiarise themselves with the structures and systems put in place by Theron and his coaching team for the international showpiece, and they capped this off with a contact session against the Western Province Rugby Institute in Stellenboschon Friday morning.

The innovation showed on attack combined with their solid defensive effort by the players impressed Theron, who said: “It was pleasing to see the players’ skill levels on attack and the way they put their bodies on the line on defence, so there are several positives we can build on as our preparation intensifies for the World Championship. The handling skills, in particular, were really impressive, and it was pleasing to see how the players mixed things up on attack. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town has decided to extend the comment period on its Draft Budget for the 2016/17 to 2018/19 financial year by a week, to 29 April 2016, in an effort to garner more public input for consideration. 

The City’s hopes that by extending the period for public comment on the Draft Budget, comprising approximately R40,7 billion for the 2016/17 financial year, it will give more residents more time to scrutinise the document and to contribute their insights and suggestions.

‘It is important that we plan with the people of Cape Town and not for them through a collaborative approach. Our residents and ratepayers must therefore scrutinise the draft budget and send us their comments for consideration.

‘We have had to look very closely at balancing the City’s operational needs with the realities on the ground and the broader context in which we are working. We have looked at where we can trim the fat, work more efficiently, get more value for money, and also alleviate the pressure on our residents where at all possible,’ said the City’s Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson. Continue reading

Grandwest Casino, Cape Town, South Africa -  6 November 2014:Bout 10 - Abdul Hassan vs. Irshaad Sayed - EFC bantamweight FightPhoto by: Ruby Wolff / EFC WorldWide 2014

Grandwest Casino, Cape Town, South Africa – 6 November 2014:Bout 10 – Abdul Hassan vs. Irshaad Sayed – EFC bantamweight FightPhoto by: Ruby Wolff / EFC WorldWide 2014

GrandWest, home to EFC (the Extreme Fighting Championship) events in the Western Cape, is gearing up for the next event, EFC 48, to be headlined by the heavyweight championship fight between Brendon Groenewald and Danie van Heerden.

EFC 48 takes place on Friday, 22 April 2016, a day earlier than originally scheduled following a groundbreaking broadcast partnership which will see all future EFC events taking place on Friday nights instead of Saturdays. EFC will now be broadcast live on Kwesé Sports from 20:00 and delayed live on e.tv in South Africa from around 22:30 (after the evening movie).

In addition to the heavyweight championship bout between Groenewald and van Heerden at the Grand Arena, EFC fans can also look forward to 11 other fights including the interim bantamweight championship between Irshaad Sayed and Cedric Doyle.

The City of Cape Town intends moving all existing prepaid electricity customers currently on the subsidised Lifeline tariff, but whose property value exceeds R1 million, to the Domestic tariff as from 1 October 2016. Read more below:

The Lifeline tariff is a subsidised tariff aimed at providing support to poor households. In terms of the tariff structure, only households that meet the following criteria qualify for this subsidisation:

· Their municipal property valuation is R300 000 or less and

· They use less than 450 kWh per month on average, including any free electricity and

· They have a prepaid electricity meter

If a customer receives a senior citizen or disabled persons rebate in terms of the Rates Policy or is registered as indigent in terms of the Credit Control and Debt Collection Policy, the property valuation and metering requirements stated above fall away.

Homeowners over the age of 60 whose household income is less than R12 000 per month currently qualify for the senior citizen rebate and it is proposed, in the City’s draft budget for 2016/2017, to increase this limit to a household income of R15 000 per month. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate is inviting NGOs and shelters to apply for aid to help manage the expected influx of street people needing assistance over winter. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate is calling on non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to apply for aid as part of its Winter Readiness Programme for street people. Each year, the directorate procures food, blankets, mattresses and toiletries that are distributed to qualifying NGOs who work with street people.

‘Some shelters are overrun by requests for assistance in winter, when many street people look for a warm and dry place to sleep. Our contribution is meant to ensure that these organisations can help as many people as possible,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Social Development and Early Childhood Development, Councillor Suzette Little. Continue reading

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