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The donation of a small motorised boat, a Superduck UE, to the City of Cape Town will assist the Environmental Resource Management Department to undertake extensive offshore water quality monitoring around its three marine outfalls in Hout Bay, Table Bay and Camps Bay as well as perform inshore law enforcement patrols and coordinate coastal emergency response. Read more below: Continue reading

A drunk driver is the latest suspect to send City officers on a Hollywood-style chase, but ended up behind bars with dozens of others. Read more below:

A City of Cape Town Metro Police officer was forced to take drastic action during a chase to arrest a drunk driver on Sunday 29 May 2016.

The driver refused to stop at a vehicle check point in Montana and sped off, disobeying road signs along the way. Officers gave chase and attempted to block his vehicle in Klipfontein Road. The driver, however, charged straight for the officers, forcing one of them to aim at the tyres and open fire. The suspect’s vehicle then collided with another vehicle and he was eventually arrested on charges of drunk driving, reckless and negligent driving, fleeing from lawful custody and resisting arrest. Continue reading

A smart park with a price-tag of just over R 4,8 million is set to change the recreational landscape for the community of Nomzamo in Strand. Read more below:

Meaningful community engagement is key to the development of a smart park in order to collectively decide on the nature and form of the envisaged facilities. Smart park facilities are designed to be multi-functional and it is extremely important to receive input from the communities who will be using these recreational spaces.

Residents in Nomzamo were upbeat at being included in discussions around the facilities to be included in the new smart park in their area. It was decided to have four distinct sections: a passive area, a play area, an active area, and an area for leisurely movement. Continue reading

SPEECH BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

The following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the 2016 Mayoral Awards held at the Cape Town Stadium last night, 28 May 2016.

Good evening, goeie naand, molweni, as salaam alaikum, shalom.

We take great pride in the determination and commitment of our staff.

The City of Cape Town is not some lifeless and cold concept.

It is a living, breathing organisation brought to life by the work of 27 000 people. Continue reading

Smile 90.4FM and The Haven Night Shelter thanks listeners for raising 50 000+ beds more than the original target of 9040 beds

On Monday, 23 May 2016 the Smile Breakfast presenters, Bobby Brown and Lindy Hibbard took on the challenge to raise 9040 beds for The Haven Night Shelter PBO by Friday, 27 May 2016.  To do this, they needed each listener to participate in the challenge to donate R12 to help a less fortunate person to participate in The Haven’s rehabilitation program.  The Haven Night Shelter which has 15 shelters throughout the Western Cape provides their residents with a rehabilitation program to integrate them back into their communities, providing each with food, shelter and the necessary social services required. Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

Today I visited the SEDA Atlantis Renewable Business Incubator (SAREBI) in the Atlantis Industrial Area, co-located in an area that is fast becoming a focal point for the growth of the green economy and general manufacturing in Cape Town.

Atlantis is an area that has faced difficult social and economic challenges, including high unemployment. However, with particular targeted interventions by the City, notably the introduction of the Atlantis Investment Incentive Scheme, and collaboration with other spheres of government, the right enabling environment has been created for exciting new economic activity in the area. Continue reading

Following the unprecedented success of the Baxter Dance Festival last year (where close to 80 choreographers participated), the organisers are now calling for applications  for 2016 from dance studios, schools, companies, groups and independent dance-makers, as well as proposals from choreographers (including a DVD of recent work).

The closing date for applications to participate in this year’s event is Friday, 24 June, at 5pm and choreographers are strongly encouraged to send in their submissions as early as possible.

The 2016 Baxter Dance Festival will take place from 6 to 15 October and comprises the Main Programme which will consist of invited and commissioned works, as well as work by established professional choreographers and companies. The Off-Main Programme on Saturday, 8 October, which will showcase work by up-and-coming choreographers (including student work), and the Fringe Programme on Saturday, 15 October, which will include work by youth groups, dance schools, school groups, traditional dance groups and others. Continue reading

Suzette Little sigining the pledge

Suzette Little sigining the pledge

A group of 14 social workers have already made an impact in their areas of deployment, tackling a number of social issues.

The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate has added another layer to its basket of services: the deployment of 14 social workers.

The group will strengthen existing efforts to address social ills in 17 hotspot areas identified across the city and will focus specifically on the push/pull factors that result in people migrating to the streets. This includes truancy, substance abuse and domestic violence. Continue reading

WE THE PEOPLE must not be fooled into fear mongering of those spreading bad news, as the news. GOOD PEOPLE ARE THE MAJORITY throughout the world, but we are being made to feel hopeless in the face of the selective negative news coverage globally. I work in some of these communities where the drug dealers and gangsters get more coverage than the good majority and young people look up to these well marketed few, while disrespecting their own hard working parents and family members, who seldom get coverage.

We first decided to bring it to the masses attention to encourage a POSITIVE POSTER DAY. https://www.facebook.com/48042893547/videos/10153780570318548/
On the 30th May (next Monday) we plan to run this same project for a WEEK and encourage a POSITIVE POSTER WEEK. We are hoping that it will spread to a GLOBAL WEEK OF POSITIVE NEWS to remind us that we can and have to change things ourselves. It is astounding how this version of Democracy has made people complacent and willing to wait for politicians to change things for them. Instead of empowering the masses, it has taken our power away from us. Which is a direct contradiction to its original intent. The “Freedom of the Press” should not hamper the will of the people, by making them believe that bad is in the majority. NO! to me, that actually is a violation of the Freedom Charter and Constitution of South Africa, because it limits the peoples mental freedom and perception of themselves. We are inviting people from around the world to participate this time. https://www.facebook.com/events/1190713787607580/

Suggested Action for Positive Poster Week

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

The Western Cape High Court, on Wednesday 25 May 2016, granted the City of Cape Town a final and permanent interdict against violent protesters, among them the Govan Mbeki branch of the South African National Civic Organisation and members of their executive, preventing them from disrupting the MyCiTi service or conducting any protest action at the MyCiTi stations along the T04 trunk route. Read more below:

I am very relieved and grateful for this final order by the Western Cape High Court.

The City cannot allow protesters to vandalise and damage our infrastructure, inconvenience our commuters, and disrupt the MyCiTi service which is providing a vital and important service to the communities of Dunoon and Joe Slovo. Vandalism and the destruction of City property, coupled with intimidation and threats to our personnel and law-abiding citizens, is unacceptable. Continue reading

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