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The City of Cape Town has allocated about R350 million in the 2016/17 financial year for infrastructure projects in the Voortrekker Road Corridor (VRC) as part of its ongoing efforts to revitalise this substantial area.
This investment is over and above the normal City-funded service delivery allocations to this area and aims to improve urban conditions and to unlock a range of investment opportunities in future.
‘The core belief that underpins our efforts in this important part of our metro is that strategic public spending will encourage further development and investment from the private sector.
‘Our targeted investment drive in infrastructure and public space upgrades aims not only to lay a solid and attractive foundation for further private sector investment, but also shows our commitment to enhancing the second largest central business district area in the metro and its surrounds. Continue reading
A Glencairn restaurant owner will appear in court soon following her arrest for the illegal possession of West Coast rock lobster.
The City’s Law Enforcement Marine Unit, assisted by a Table Mountain National Park ranger, conducted inspections of restaurants on Saturday 11 June 2016. At a premises in Glencairn, they found 864 rock lobsters. The owner could not provide an invoice for the goods and offered the staff a R15 000 bribe. She was arrested for possession of rock lobster without an invoice, possession of undersized rock lobster, and attempted bribery.
‘This arrest came about because our officers turned their attention to the end of the value chain in the illegal rock lobster trade. This was a significant bust and a timely reminder that poachers enjoy support even in the local market. That the woman had the temerity to try and bribe our staff casts further doubt on her character and also makes me wonder what else she might be involved in to go to those lengths,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading
STATEMENT BY EXECUTIVE MAYOR PATRICIA DE LILLE
It is with overwhelming sorrow that we have learnt about the tragedy which has befallen the family of Mr Patrick Abrahams of Eastridge, Mitchells Plain. A fire led to the death of three of his children (aged 3, 13 and 18 years old), his three grandchildren (18 months, 6 and 7 years old), his son-in-law (35) and a family friend aged 14 years old.
We know that nothing can ease their pain in the midst of this heartbreak, but we are attempting to assist this family in an effort to ease some of the strain. The City’s disaster response team will be assisting the family with food parcels, blankets, clothing, vanity packs and building material.
Our thoughts are with Mr Abrahams and his family during this time of immeasurable loss. We also carry the four family members who are still in hospital in our thoughts and wish them a swift recovery.
It is my hope that the Abrahams family will find strength and comfort from their loved ones and all fellow Capetonians, during this time of bereavement.
On Saturday morning at 08:24 seven people died when a house in Macbeth Street in Eastridge Mitchells Plain burned down. Of the seven, five were children with two burnt beyond recognition. The other two deceased were adults, one male and one female. Five others adults were critically injured and rushed to Mitchells Plain District Hospital by Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services.
The City of Cape Town would like to inform customers in Zone 15 (as per the City’s load-shedding schedule) of an electricity supply interruption from 23:00 on Saturday 11 June to 04:00 on Sunday 12 June 2016 in order to facilitate emergency repairs on a faulty cable link box on the City’s high-voltage network.
Affected areas include Paarden Eiland, Woodstock East, Observatory, Maitland West, Ndabeni and Rondebosch North.
The City is looking into possible temporary network adjustments in order to maintain supply to as large an area as possible. Residents are also assured that the Groote Schuur Hospital’s power supply will not be affected. Continue reading
Designed by the country’s top landscape architects and designers, 20 diverse and creative show gardens will be on display at the Cape Town Flower Show. Curated and coordinated by, Paul Odendaal, owner of Compass Gardens. The show gardens will be the main highlight of the Cape Town Flower Show, which takes place from Thursday 27th–Sunday 30th October 2016 at The Castle of Good Hope, in the centre of Cape Town.
With over 15 years’ experience in the horticultural industry, Paul has worked with great garden personalities such as Keith Kirsten, Raymond Hudson and the late gardening expert, Lynton Johnson. He has been involved with the build of one of the South African stands at The Chelsea Flower Show and a show garden which was awarded the best Relais & Chateaux Garden in the world. Paul will bring his vibrancy and enthusiasm to the Cape Town Flower Show, while inspiring, and assisting each of the landscapers.
The Cape Town Flower show offers the landscapers the opportunity to explore their creativity, whilst challenging them to show their understanding of the current environment. Continue reading
Ajax Cape Town have promoted promising Gugulethu teenager, Luthando Matheza from the U19 team to the PSL squad. After joining the Ajax youth academy in 2010 at the age of 12, going a full circle to become the latest player to be promoted to Roger De Sa’s squad for the 2016/17 PSL season.
The Gugs-born midfielder signed his first professional contract with the club after making impressive progress through the club’s youth ranks. Luthando will join Masilake Phohlongo, Sergio Kammies and Darren Johnson in the PSL squad, all of whom were recently promoted from the club’s remarkably successful U19 side.
Luthando played an instrumental role in facilitating a historic double cup win in Europe recently, as the Ajax Cape Town U19 side were crowned 2016 NextGen and ESAD Cup champions. He also captained the club’s U17 side in the 2015 Engen Knockout Championships, where the club lifted both the Regional and National competitions. For his brilliant displays in midfield, contributing to goals as well as assists in both tournaments, Luthando was awarded the Player of the Tournament Award in both Engen events.
The 18-year-old left footed playmaker excelled in every age group throughout the prestigious Ajax Cape Town youth ranks, developing beyond expectation, getting on the score sheet regularly and providing ample assists for his teammates – making Roger De Sa’s decision simple. Continue reading
The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Alderman Ernest Sonnenberg, was pleased with the progress of construction when he today visited the sites where approximately 800 new full-flush toilets are being installed in SST and BM Sections Khayelitsha. Read more below:
This represents the latest in a number of new installations in the area, including 28 in QQ Section, and 80 in PJS Section. Continue reading
The South African Weather Service has predicted heavy rainfall, with the bulk due to fall overnight. The City is on standby to respond to any incidents. Read more below:
The City of Cape Town and applicable external agencies are on alert to deal with the consequences of unfavourable weather predicted for Cape Town overnight.
The South African Weather Service has issued an advisory which includes:
· Heavy rainfall in places over the mountainous areas of the Cape metropole
· Strong winds in places over the Central Karoo and Cape Winelands
· Disruptive snowfalls over the high lying areas of the Western and Northern Cape
‘Cape Town needs all the rain it can get to increase our dam levels, but we also have a duty to ensure that we are ready to react to any fallout from heavy downpours and the like. Our Disaster Risk Management Centre will coordinate any response that’s required. Continue reading