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The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service arrested 18 motorists for reckless and negligent driving during weekend operations.
In one incident on Friday 6 May 2016, an officer attached to the Ghost Squad chased down a VW Citi Golf and eventually got the driver to pull over along old Strandfontein Road near Pelican Park. The officer was shocked to find 10 people squeezed into the vehicle. When the driver’s blood alcohol level was taken, he was found to be four times over the legal limit.
‘This is the type of idiotic behaviour that our officers have to deal with on an all too regular basis. What’s even more astounding is how the nine passengers in the car allowed themselves to be in this situation at all. It’s a pity the law doesn’t allow us to arrest them for being party to a clearly drunk driver getting behind the wheel,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading
The City of Cape Town’s 220 councillors will, over the next three months, engage with schools and crèches in their wards about the regulations for those who are paid to transport children. The purpose of the regulations set out in the National Land Transport Act is to ensure that children are safely transported to school and back. Read more below:
‘Thousands of children are transported to school and back every day – either by their parents or by operators who are paid to get the learners to where they need to be. It has come to the City’s attention that few parents and principals, or even those providing transport services, know what is required by law when it comes to scholar transport. As such, Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority, has embarked on a three-month programme to inform parents, crèches, schools and operators about the regulations that apply to those who are paid to transport children,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading
The City of Cape Town, in partnership with the Gantouw Project, has successfully reintroduced five eland to the Cape Flats, which was historically part of their natural rangelands. The eland ‘bokkies’ have taken well to the natural vegetation of the endangered Cape Flats dune strandveld from which they have been absent for over 200 years.
The City of Cape Town partnered with the Gantouw Project, a project of the Cape Town Environmental Education Trust (CTEET), to move five eland from Wellington to the Rondevlei Section of the False Bay Nature Reserve in October 2015. The eland were released into the veld and, after close monitoring over the past six months, it is evident that this small herd of eland has adapted well to the natural vegetation and seem to be an effective browsing management tool for the reserve. Continue reading
This winter the southeaster will be blowing the hottest comedians SA has to offer ‘down south’. Chase away the winter blues with smoking hot comedy acts each month at Noordhoek’s Café Roux. The variety of acts on offer at each show will ensure that there is something for every taste. From well -known faces to the newest talents, you’ll be sure to enjoy an evening of laughs at Café Roux’s Stand-Up Sessions.
Café Roux Stand-Up Sessions will be happening on the first Wednesday of every month in Winter, kicking off on Wednesday June 1st. Rob Van Vuuren will be the headline act, supported by KG Mokgadi and Devin Gray – with hostStuart Taylor.
Wed June 1st Rob van Vuuren, KG Mokgadi, Devin Gray and Stuart Taylor.
Venue: Café Roux,The Farm Village, Noordhoek.
Address: 270 Chapman`s Peak Drive.
Time: Dinner from 19h00. Show from 20h30. Continue reading
The City’s home-based caregiver programme, now in its third year, is struggling to keep up with the demand from senior citizens who are frail or bedridden. Read more below.
The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate has recruited and trained nearly 400 people in this financial year to participate in its home-based care programme.
The Directorate started the initiative in 2014 as part of the Vulnerable Groups Programme, to lend a hand to elderly residents in need of assistance around the home, but also companionship. The home-based caregivers programme employs workers through the City’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) who render social care services through psychosocial support, companionship, housekeeping and light household duties as well as referrals to other social services. The caregivers offer their services to seniors in their home environment and at old-age homes, clinics and hospitals. Continue reading
The City of Cape Town has started renovations on a historic cottage in the Bo-Kaap which will enable the elderly tenant to take ownership of the property, as the law requires. The City hopes that this could lead the way for the resolution of similar cases which the City has been investigating. Read more below:
The property, one of some 20-odd similar properties in the area, was expropriated by the then Council under the Slums Act of 1934. The owners were ‘permitted’ to stay and were charged a very minimal rental in exchange for losing ownership of their homes.
An agreement was reached with the National Monuments Council (NMC) at the time that ‘tenants’ could buy back their homes at a minimal selling price on condition that tenants restored the properties to standards stipulated by the NMC. Continue reading
The City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement Department is steadily bolstering its ranks thanks to its recruitment ‘chain’. The permanent appointment of 44 Law Enforcement officers on 1 May 2016 who had been on contract for two years has opened doors for a nearly 100 other members in the service.
The appointments have paved the way for their contract vacancies to be filled by Volunteer Law Enforcement Auxiliary Service members who are currently employed through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) as Stabilisation Unit members and School Resource Officers. This in turn will create an opportunity for unemployed volunteers to be considered for EPWP contracts. Continue reading
STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE
Note to editors: the following is an extract from a statement by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, outlining the City’s winter readiness plan on a visit to clear a stormwater canal in Vygieskraal and create awareness about illegal dumping
Each year, in preparing for the rainy season, a multi-departmental team in the City of Cape Town compiles a winter readiness plan with the aim of mitigating the adverse weather conditions during the winter months.
As a well-run and caring city, we prioritise operations and provide relief aid to our most vulnerable communities.
In order to ensure that we respond as effectively and as swiftly as possible, a team led by the City’s Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Centre coordinates the multi-faceted winter readiness plan. Continue reading
GrandWest Corporate Social Investment has reaffirmed its corporate citizenship commitment by partnering with AIMS (African Institute for Mathematical Sciences) to offer maths enrichment workshops for Grade 12 learners from Gugulethu.
GrandWest Corporate Social Investment, which also runs a bursary programme to offer previously disadvantaged learners the opportunity to pursue tertiary studies in maths, science and technology, is sponsoring the weekly maths enrichment classes for over 100 learners from ID Mkize Secondary School and Gugulethu Comprehensive Secondary School. The classes will run until the middle of June 2016. Continue reading
As inshore shark season has come to a close, beachgoers are reminded of the revised schedule for the deployment of Shark Spotters at beaches during winter. During this period, the exclusion net and the boat used for the deployment will also undergo the necessary maintenance in preparation for September. During the 2015/2016 summer season, the exclusion net was deployed 101 times. Furthermore, there were 92 shark sightings across all eight beaches in False Bay, with the highest numbers being at Muizenberg and Fish Hoek, respectively.
Overall, there were 92 shark sightings across all eight False Bay beaches during the 2015/2016 summer season, which is lower when compared with previous years. There were 142 shark sightings during the 2014/2015 summer.
The presence of white sharks in False Bay fluctuates annually and this is most likely due to the dynamic nature of the natural environment, such as the changing average water temperatures and changing prey resources.
Muizenberg and Fish Hoek had the highest number of shark sightings, with 33 and 24 respectively, which is consistent with previous years. Continue reading