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The City of Cape Town unveiled its 150th FreeCall line in Khayelitsha today, 11 May 2016. What could be dubbed as the City’s very own ‘please call us’ service, makes it easier for even more residents to access services at no cost to themselves. Today’s unveiling also marked a significant achievement for the City. Read more below:

Residents of Khayelitsha joined the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services and Compliance, Councillor Xanthea Limberg, in the Masakhane Library for the unveiling of the City’s 150th FreeCall line (FCL). This brings the number to eight FCLs dotted across Khayelitsha.

The pilot phase of this project was launched in July 2009 when four FreeCall lines were installed in City facilities in Strand, Lwandle and Khayelitsha. Continue reading

While the road running and general sporting fraternity stand to benefit greatly from the 2016 Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, local communities and sectors of society are again also expected to receive major boosts through the success of the annual event.

As the only standard marathon race in Africa to be awarded IAAF Silver Label status, organisers, partners and stakeholders will again use the annual Spring weekend road running festival to make a difference beyond the world of sport.

Figures from last year’s event offer an indication of its lengthy reach, as race organisers work towards long-term goals in an effort to bridge the gap between the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon and the world’s most popular road races: Continue reading

Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority, received the Most Innovative Women Training Programme Award at the fourth annual Women in Construction Awards ceremony in Gallagher Estate in Midrand last night, 10 May 2016. Read more below:

The Women in Construction Awards honour women who have pioneered the development of the African built environment.

‘Transport for Cape Town (TCT) is now officially spearheading the most innovative and game-changing gender transformation project in construction in the country. We are elated and extremely proud of this achievement,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading

The civil service construction tender process for the City of Cape Town’s R50 million Masiphumelele Phase 4 Breaking New Ground (BNG) housing project is under way. If all goes according to plan, construction will commence by September 2016. Read more below:

The first stage of the City’s Masiphumelele Phase 4 housing project, earmarked for qualifying applicants living in Masiphumelele backyards and the informal settlement which is situated in the wetland, will see the construction of 227 fully serviced sites on which subsidised units will be built at a later stage. Stage 2, comprising 96 fully serviced sites and subsidised houses, will follow at a later stage.

A total of R50 million has been allocated for the first and second stages and if all goes according to plan, the civil services for Stage 1 will be constructed between September 2016 and June 2017, while the Stage 1 houses will be built between July 2017 and June 2018. Continue reading

Tickets for the Castle Lager Incoming Series Test between the Springboks and Ireland at DHL Newlands on Saturday, June 11 will go on sale at 12h00 on Thursday, May 12.

It will be the first Test of 2016 for the Springboks under new coach and former DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province mentor Allister Coetzee.

They will be up against a strong Irish team that has won two of the last three RBS Six Nations titles under their coach Joe Schmidt.

Tickets for the game start at just R100 for standing room, and go up to R595 for Category One seats which are between the two 22 metre lines on either side of the pitch. Continue reading

The following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at a briefing session on the community-based vendors standard operating procedure held at the Subcouncil 11 chambers in Gugulethu today, 11 May 2016


Mayoral Committee Members; Subcouncil 11 Chairperson, Councillor Mzuvukile Nikelo; councillors; Director: Supply Chain Management, Basil Chinasamy; Subcouncil 11 Manager, Kayise Nombakuse; City of Cape Town staff; community vendors; ladies and gentlemen.

Good morning, goeiedag, molweni, as-salaam alaikum, shalom.

Our Supply Chain Management Policy states that: ‘The Director: Supply Chain Management may request quotations directly from community-based vendors in a specific area or from a specific community for the procurement of goods and services for amounts less than R30 000 (including construction works)’. Continue reading

The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service hosted a blood clinic at GrandWest to make it easier for its employees to donate blood. The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service is a community based regional health organisation formed by an association of voluntary blood donors, dedicated to providing the safest blood products and efficient service to the community, while operating at the highest professional and ethical standards and remaining a viable organisation. They collect more than 130 000 units of blood annually, used to save or enhance the lives of over 390 000 people per year.

Blood is desperately needed in the Western Cape where less than 1.2% of the population are blood donors. Pictured in front of the mobile blood clinic at GrandWest are Melaney Simonhoff, Amanda Groenmeyer, Willem Barnard and Ashley Ohlsen.

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City Health is counting the cost of yet more burglaries and vandalism at its clinics – a seemingly never-ending cycle. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate has submitted insurance claims valued at more than R750 000 over a nine-month period for losses incurred as a result of theft and burglary.

In two of the most recent incidents last week, criminals damaged the roof and stole pipes and taps at the Newfields Satellite Clinic in Hanover Park, leaving the facility without water and electricity.

In Khayelitsha, criminals made off with three computers from the Zakhele Clinic on Monday 2 May 2016. The following night, thieves stole 50 white plastic chairs from the clinic and damaged the front door and burglar gate. Other clinics in Khayelitsha have also been targeted in recent weeks, including two incidents at the Town 2, Nolungile and Kuyasa clinics. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre is coordinating a safety exercise in Epping Industria tomorrow, 11 May 2016, simulating an explosion whereby gas is leaked to the surrounding area. The exercise will also test the preparedness of the surrounding companies to deal with a hazardous explosion.

Members of the media are welcome to observe the simulation from the City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre in Goodwood (corner of Frans Conradie Drive and Hugo Street).

The exercise is being done in collaboration with various other agencies including the City’s Fire and Rescue Service, Traffic Services, Law Enforcement, Metro Police, the 107 Public Emergency Communication Centre and City Health’s Air Quality Management Unit. The following companies will also participate in the exercise: Glaxo Smith Kline, Fine Chemicals, Afrox, Epping Market and Pioneer Foods. Continue reading

Apart from SnapScan, motorists can now also use their MasterCard, VISA or American Express cards to pay for kerbside parking in the Cape Town central business district (CBD).

Street Parking Solutions manages on-street parking in the CBD on behalf of the City of Cape Town. Since the beginning of this month, the parking marshals employed by Street Parking Solutions have been equipped with handheld point-of-sale (POS) devices which now make it possible for motorists to pay for parking with their bank cards.

‘The marshals with the handheld POS devices are wearing badges indicating that they can accept card payments. The POS devices make it easier and more convenient to pay for parking as motorists do not always have cash on hand and then have to search for an ATM to withdraw money,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.

In October 2014 Street Parking Solutions also adopted SnapScan technology – an alternative payment option allowing motorists to pay for parking using a smartphone application. Continue reading

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