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The City of Cape Town successfully captured and relocated the caracal that was responsible for the recent spate of endangered African penguin fatalities which occurred in the area south of Links Crescent, close to Froggy Pond in Simon’s Town. This portion of the Simon’s Town shoreline was closed to members of the public in order to trap the cat and has now been re-opened. Read more below:

The female caracal was successfully trapped at approximately 19:00 on Friday, 8 July 2016, at the south end of Froggy Pond. The animal was tranquilised in the cage and examined by a local veterinarian. It was found to be a healthy adult female and the veterinarian confirmed that the caracal was not lactating.

The cat, which was fitted with a tracking collar, was transported back to her original roaming territory in the Table Mountain National Park and released. It has been confirmed that the cat has settled down and its movements will be monitored. Continue reading

The robbery suspects counted among 166 people arrested by the City’s enforcement agencies in the last week.

The City of Cape Town’s enforcement agencies arrested 166 suspects in the last week – two of them on charges of armed robbery.

On Saturday, 9 July 2016, members attached to the City’s Volunteer Law Enforcement Auxiliary Services were on patrol in their community sponsored vehicle in the Constantia Valley. At approximately 01:00 they were informed that a private security firm was following a vehicle used in an attempted house robbery in Plumstead. Officers caught up with the suspects in Diep River and gave chase (view dashcam footage here: https://youtu.be/qbnbmwfHSqc ) and arrested three suspects after their vehicle crashed into a wall. Officers also recovered a firearm and an unspecified amount of cash. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town has rolled out 275 public Wi-Fi zones, clustered in more than 120 city-wide locations where members of the public congregate and queue for services. The provision of this free service shows that the City is committed to building a digitally inclusive city. Read more below:

The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services and Compliance, Councillor Xanthea Limberg, today 11 July 2016 unveiled three more free Wi-Fi zones in the Cape Town Central Business District (CBD). The three newest zones are situated at the Gallows Hill Traffic Department, at the City Hall and in the Civic Centre.

The Good Hope Subcouncil Chairperson, Alderman Demetri Qually joined Councillor Limberg to test the newest Wi-Fi hotspots and the trials received a resounding thumbs-up. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town has issued the prospectus for the development of the Foreshore Freeway Precinct in the Cape Town central business district this morning, 8 July 2016.

The prospectus is a public document. It provides investors and developers with all of the information they need for devising a development proposal for this precinct – a strip of City-owned land that is located under and between the existing and unfinished highways between the city’s northern edge and the Cape Town Harbour.

‘We are extremely excited about this project – it provides both the City and the private sector the opportunity to collaborate on a scale that has never been seen in Cape Town before. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for urban developers to address the city’s traffic woes and affordable housing needs in return for the rights to develop one of the most valuable, vital and iconic precincts in the central business district (CBD),’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.

The public and interested parties can access the document, as well as an informative video clip about the current challenges on Transport for Cape Town’s website. Continue reading

The group of 20 graduates competed with thousands of other hopefuls for a spot in the City’s first ‘Learnerships within Traffic Services’. Read more below:

The graduation of 20 trainee traffic officers today signalled the end of the City of Cape Town’s first ever Traffic Services learnership programme.

The group was among 33 000 individuals who initially applied for the programme in the first quarter of 2015. The City whittled down the applicants to 4 054 who met the selection criteria and who were put through a rigorous physical assessment including a 2,4 km run, sit-ups, as well as shuttle runs that had to be completed within a specific time period. Only 625 candidates were left standing after the eight day assessment.

From there, candidates had to complete a written assessment. Those who passed were finally subjected to an interview process, resulting in 22 candidates starting the 12-month FET certificate course in Road Law Enforcement. During this time, two candidates left the programme to pursue other interests.

The course also included training in how to handle a firearm, conduct roadblocks and point duty, restraining techniques and agility. Continue reading

Ronan Keating fans will need to move quickly if they do not want to miss his one night only Cape Town concert at GrandWest on 17 August 2016. Tickets to his upcoming show at the Grand Arena are being snapped up. Keating, whose previous South African tours have sold out, will be performing a range of hits including his 14 solo number one singles as well as his new material from Time of My Life.

“Cape Town fans will be the first in South Africa to see Keating live performing songs from his latest album, Time of My Life and we are expecting a capacity crowd. He moves on to Johannesburg after the show at GrandWest,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest.

Keating has achieved 40 million album sales with Boyzone, 22 million sales of his nine studio albums and 14 solo number one singles, including “When You Say Nothing At All”, “If Tomorrow Never Comes” and “Life is a Rollercoaster”. He has performed in 50 countries and has won an Ivor Novello Award for writing “Pictures of You”.

He also enjoyed great success from his acclaimed leading man performances in London’s West End musical Once and during his five years as judge on X Factor Australia. It was recently announced that he will be joining the coaching panel on The Voice Australia.

Tickets to his show are available at Computicket as well as www.bigconcerts.co.za and range in price from R405 to R750 per person.

At 10h00 this morning Two men aged 31 and 42 were rushed to Grootte Schuur Provincial Hospital by Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services in critical but stable conditions after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds in Hanover Park. The bodies of two more men aged 19 and 27 were removed from the same area by Forensic Pathology Services. Emergency Medical Services are not currently entering the Hanover Park area without a police escort.

 

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

As part of the City’s trade and investment mandate, the City provides funding and support to sector bodies in order to catalyse growth and job creation in strategic sectors of the economy.

The City supports six special purpose vehicles or sector bodies which include the Cape Information Technology Initiative (Citi), Cape Town Fashion Council (CTFC), Clotex, Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI), GreenCape, and Business Process Enabling South Africa (BPeSA WC).

In addition to the six special purpose vehicles, the City supports Wesgro and the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership for trade and investment promotion, and building and supporting partnerships.

We provide funding and strategic support to these institutions. In return they facilitate domestic and foreign direct investment into the City, assist in developing skills, and facilitate in creating jobs with a specific focus on disadvantaged groups. Continue reading

Pic: moz-capetowncom

Pic: moz-capetowncom

Cape Town was named #1 in the category ‘Top Cities in Africa and the Middle East’ in the Travel + Leisure 2016 World’s Best Awards, at a presentation ceremony held in New York last night (6 July 2016). Read more below:

The Mother City continues to pull out all the stops to attract domestic and international visitors, gathering awards around the globe for her magnificent beauty and tourist offerings.

Most recently, the 2015/2016 Telegraph Travel Awards chose Cape Town as the Best City in the World for the fourth year running, knocking-out Vancouver and Venice, which took second and third place respectively in the Best City category.

In Condé Nast’s highly acclaimed Reader’s Choice Awards, the Mother City also took the top honours as the number one food city in the world! Continue reading

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