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The City of Cape Town’s Council approved a Freight Management Strategy to ensure that freight transport within Cape Town is safe, efficient and serves the needs of the economy without compromising the access and mobility of other road users, and that freight operators comply with weight regulations. Read more below:

‘Our local and regional economy is firmly vested in global trade and depends largely on road-based transport of cargo to and from the port, airport and between cities and towns. However, as much as the City is responsible for the provision of an efficient and reliable road network, we cannot ignore the impact of road-based freight on Cape Town’s roads and the urban environment. Counting among the effects are carbon emissions, congestion and road accidents. Furthermore, the City spends approximately R1 billion per annum on road maintenance,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading

Women’s Day on 9 August 2016 saw a bevy of talented female artists perform at the Grand Arena, Grand West in the second Divas Unite concert with a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales to be donated to two Western Cape based women’s charities; The Saartjie Baartman Centre and Project Flamingo. Cheques for R25 000 each have been presented to the organizations on behalf of GrandWest and Divas Unite.

The Saartjie Baartman Centre in Manenberg offers support to victims of crime with emphasis on abused women and children. Project Flamingo works to extend healthcare services to facilitate more timely detection and treatment of cancer.

At the handover at the Saartjie Baartman Centre are from left The Voice finalist Thembeka Mnguni, Director of the Saartjie Baartman Centre Shaheema McLeod, Group Social Economic Development Manager at Sun International Heidi Edson and Expresso presenter, Katlego Maboe.

WIN TOP PRIZES AT POPULAR MARKET: DRESS UP IN SOMETHING FABULOUS AND PINK TO CELEBRATE SPRING

The Stellenbosch Slow Market will present its first annual Pink Mardi Gras Market on Saturday, 03 September, where everything fabulously pink will be celebrated.

Visitors can look forward to a variety of products and activities, and are encouraged to dress up in the spirit of the theme in order to win some top prizes.

Pink wine and sparkling wine, smoothies, cakes and other delights such as candy floss and frozen yogurt, as well as pink flowers, balloons, apples and other delicious food inspired by the theme are just some of the items that will be available on the day. The pink balloons will be on sale in order to raise funds for the children’s charity, Force4Good.

Well known media personality Grant Hinds, cookbook author Hein Scholtz, Special Projects Manager of Independent Media Charl Reineke (also editor of The Pink Tongue), as well as others will be judging visitors wearing the best pink outfits on the day in order to award them with a variety of great prizes. The more outrageous, the better! Continue reading

The short-term work opportunity scheme has consistently outperformed annual targets set – with just shy of 200 000 jobs created since 2010 and a number of national awards in the bag.

The City of Cape Town continues to lead the way in the implementation of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) – a national government initiative aimed at giving unemployed South Africans a hand up through temporary jobs to earn some form of income, but also to acquire skills that could make them more employable.

In the previous financial year, the City surpassed its target of creating 42 500 work opportunities ending on 45 875. This is in line with a trend that dates back to 2011, as outlined below: Continue reading

The following speech was delivered today, 24 August 2016, by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the full Council meeting.

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

Mr Speaker,

It has been almost a month since the election and two weeks since our inauguration as councillors.

In that time, all councillors have gone through an induction process.

It is important to reflect that the development and training of councillors is ongoing throughout the term of office so that we may all become better public servants. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town unveiled its first blind-friendly park in Bellville this morning, 23 August 2016. The park has a unique design and special features, such as a scented garden and acoustic way-finding to assist children with limited or no vision to orientate themselves in this outdoor space. Read more below:

The park is situated between Berol Street and Beroma Crescent, within walking distance of the Athlone School for the Blind.

Over the past five months Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the City’s transport authority, has used approximately R1,1 million from its budget for non-motorised transport to transform this square of sandy land into an inviting playground.

‘Learners from the school have visited the park over the past few days to give the new play equipment and features a test-run. Some of the local residents even came to have a look and expressed their satisfaction, promising to take ownership of the park,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading

Indications are that many motorists are finding themselves on the wrong side of the law for misunderstanding fines known as Section 56 notices. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town would like to caution motorists against an increase in warrants of arrest being generated for failure to appear in court – in large part because some motorists appear not to understand the difference between the types of fines issued.

As a result, unsuspecting motorists run the risk of being arrested for unpaid traffic fines.

Traffic enforcement agencies generally issue two types of fines – the Section 341 notice and the Section 56 notice.

A Section 341 notice is issued in circumstances where it is not evident who the driver is, for instance, a parking ticket or an offence captured by means of a camera. For such offences, vehicle owners receive fines in the post. If the fine is not paid, a summons follows with a date to appear in court. Continue reading

Learners at Goodwood College now have access to a fully equipped Consumer Studies classroom, upgraded by GrandWest’s Social Economic Development department as part of Sun International’s nationwide Schools Renovations Programme. Goodwood College is the forth Cape Town high school to receive an upgraded Consumer Studies classroom as part of the programme in 2016.

The new classroom has been equipped with seven stoves, as well as crockery, cooking utensils and fridges. Industrial tables and cupboards have also been installed, while other improvements were also made, including fixing the ceilings and repainting the classroom. Work at the schools was carried out by an enthusiastic team of GrandWest suppliers and service providers. Continue reading

The suspect’s luck ran out thanks to some nifty detective work by Metro Police Officers during a routine stop at a vehicle checkpoint. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Department (MPD) recovered a hijacked vehicle during weekend operations when officers manning a vehicle checkpoint at Mew Way in Khayelitsha on Sunday, 21 August 2016, stopped a motorist and noticed his car’s licence disc and number plate did not correspond.

Attempts to verify the vehicle details via the control room proved futile and so officers decided to search the vehicle and found documents with contact details. When they called the number on one of the documents, they discovered that the vehicle had been hijacked the day before in Lwandle, Strand. Officers arrested the driver of the vehicle. Continue reading

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