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The Problem Building Unit, tasked with enforcing the City’s Problem Building By-law, has spent more than R150 000 in the last year securing problem properties. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Problem Building Unit has spent just shy of R158 000 in the last year to secure, clean and erect problem building sign boards at 42 properties across the city.

Section 7 of the Problem Building By-law allows the unit to repair, renovate, repaint, alter, close, demolish and remove all refuse or secure any problem building, at the cost of the owner, should the owner fail to comply with instructions to do so themselves within a specific period.

The Unit has been implementing this section of the by-law since the budget became available to do so in mid-2015. It is also finalising plans for its first demolition of a private property in Somerset West that has been on the Problem Building list for a number of years. Continue reading

Assisting children in the early stages of life is one of the most effective interventions government can make to ensure they grow up healthy and prosperous citizens, and an important part of DA’s Social Development priorities.

In a reply to parliamentary questions, the Minister of Social Development in the Western Cape, Albert Fritz, revealed that his Department, in collaboration with other government departments and partnerships with the NPO sector, have a range of Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes. To date, 76492 children have been able to access registered and funded ECD programmes and services and 7753 children access funded After School Care programmes. Continue reading

Volunteering just 67 minutes can feed 450 000 hungry children for a year

For 450 000 vulnerable children, giving 67 minutes of your time for Nelson Mandela on Wednesday, 13 July can stave off their hunger for as long as a year.

To honour Nelson Mandela’s rich legacy of caring for those in need, Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa and Sun International’s GrandWest Casino are gearing up to pack 450 000 meals that will benefit children at the Early Childhood Development Centres supported by Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa, along with a number of non-governmental organisations partners.

The national Mandela Day commemoration will also take place at a further four Sun International properties, namely The Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth on 16 July, Sibaya in KwaZulu Natal on 18 July, Carnival City in Johannesburg on 19 July and Sun City on 20 July. Continue reading

The City’s Electricity Services Department has been battling to restore street lighting along Jakes Gerwel Drive, following damage caused by protestors. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s efforts to restore street lighting along a section of Jakes Gerwel Drive have once more been hamstrung by thieves.

Earlier this year, the section of Jakes Gerwel Drive between Highlands Drive and the R300 was left in darkness after protestors destroyed the electricity control box in the area.

The City’s Electricity Services Department attempted to restore the electricity by relaying supply from an alternative box in April, but this was short-lived and the power was cut once more.

The Department was eventually able to replace the control box towards the end of June, but a few weeks later thieves have struck again – this time stealing the cables. The cost of the damage and resultant repairs have been tallied at nearly R20 000.

‘We receive ongoing complaints from residents who are justifiably concerned for their safety in the area and it really is disheartening to find yourself back to square one when you’ve just managed to fix the problem,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Alderman Ernest Sonnenberg.

The Electricity Services Department is currently considering ways to prevent theft and vandalism of infrastructure in the future so that the City can keep the lights on in this area and other areas affected by cable theft and vandalism.

Between July and December 2015, the Electricity Services Department reported just over R9 million rand in losses as a result of stolen or vandalised equipment.

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER: TRANSPORT FOR CAPE TOWN, COUNCILLOR BRETT HERRON

This afternoon I received a memorandum from Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in the Western Cape, under the leadership of Mr Tony Ehrenreich, protesting against the state of public transport.

Given the number of times the 3rd of August was mentioned it was clear that this was an electioneering stunt for the ANC. The small size of the crowd of protestors should worry both the ANC and COSATU.

We agree that Metrorail is in a state of crisis. Even though Metrorail is being managed by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, a state-owned enterprise, the City is assisting our partners from Metrorail as often as we can and within our limited resources.

This latest stunt from COSATU to target the City through their protest action is ironic, if not dishonest and schizophrenic. Continue reading

At 12h24 today Western Cape Government Health Forensic Pathology Services was alerted to another shooting death in Netreg, Bonteheuwel. A 20-year-old male sustained several gunshot wounds at 47 Almond Street, Netreg, and subsequently passed away. Police are investigating the matter, but no further details are available at this time.

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

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