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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

The City of Cape Town’s Council has today given its in-principle approval for the granting of long-term rights to use, control and/or manage a large gravel overflow-parking site next to the Cape Town Stadium on Granger Bay Boulevard. It is expected that the development of this site will be a catalyst for the commercialisation of the Stadium Precinct which holds investment- and job creation benefits for the people of Cape Town. The City also wishes to enhance public use of the space. Read more below:

Based on the City’s in-house valuation, the market rental value of this property, comprising a gravelled parking area site of 7 385 m² in size, is estimated to be either an upfront payment of R100 million (excluding VAT) or a monthly rental of R750 000 (excluding VAT). This rental is valid for a proposed lease term of 25 years, with an escalation of 8% per annum.

The City expects the construction value of the site to be approximately R600 million. Continue reading

The illegal strike by a group of bus drivers employed by Kidrogen, a MyCiTi vehicle operating company (VOC), is still ongoing.

Commuters traveling on the T01 and T04 trunk routes should expect significant delays to the MyCiTi service in the peak hour of this afternoon, 26 May 2016. The MyCiTi feeder Routes 213, 214, 215, 216 and 217 in Table View, as well as Routes 260 and 262, serving commuters from Summer Greens and Century Gate, are also severely affected.

‘Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority, has requested the other two vehicle operating companies to assist where possible. However, commuters are advised to please make other arrangements where possible as the service along these routes will be severely delayed for as long as the illegal strike continues,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.

A group of bus drivers employed by Kidrogen embarked on an illegal strike as from 05:00 this morning, 26 May 2016. Neither Kidrogen, nor Transport for Cape Town, was informed of their intention to strike. Continue reading

Thanks to the generosity of individuals, families, communities, corporates, the media, trusts and foundations, the Children’s Hospital Trust has raised a whopping R4 million for the building of the bigger and better paediatric ICU at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and is now R6 million shy of its R10 million mark.

Nine-year-old Cadi de Jager, the Children’s Hospital Trust’s littlest ambassador, has also played a big part in reaching this significant milestone.

he ex-Red Cross Children’s Hospital patient, who was first diagnosed with a benign brain tumour and later with a Rathke’s Cleft cyst, has not only undergone brain surgery but has travelled around South Africa to call on the public to help raise funds for a new ICU. As a child who has first-hand experience of spending time in ICU, she knows just how precious childhood is when your life hangs in the balance. Cadi has taken on her role as an ambassador with vigour and is passionate about giving back to the hospital that gave her a second chance at childhood. Continue reading

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