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A young woman was taken off the streets during an operation in Bellville – one of a number of interventions by City enforcement agencies this weekend that resulted in 113 arrests. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Vice Squad rescued a 24-year-old woman in the Bellville CBD during an operation on Saturday 18 June 2016. The woman, originally from Johannesburg, told officers she had been forced into prostitution after being lured to Cape Town with the promise of employment.

‘The young woman has been taken to a safe house and we have handed the case over to the Hawks for further investigation, so we can’t say anything more about the matter. Sadly, her story is not unique and is yet another cautionary tale to young people to double-check any offers of employment, especially if you’re from another town or city. Also make sure that your family knows your whereabouts at all times, for safety’s sake,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading

Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the City of Cape Town’s transport authority, has commenced with the upgrade of a section of Spine Road, one of the busiest roads in Khayelitsha where we will, among others, install mole barriers to prevent Cape dune moles from ruining the road. Read more below:

This project is valued at approximately R28,2 million and entails the upgrading of Spine Road between the intersections with Mew Way and Alpine Street.

‘Spine Road is one of the busiest main routes linking Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain. About 11 130 vehicles use this section of Spine Road on a daily basis. The road surface has deteriorated over the years due to the volume of traffic, the presence of greywater, and the activities of the Cape dune mole rat. Furthermore, a significant number of pedestrians walk to their destinations along this route, but there are currently no pedestrian facilities or street lighting. The purpose of this project is to address these shortcomings in providing the residents from Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain with a much improved road and with facilities that will improve the safety of the most vulnerable road users – notably pedestrians and cyclists,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading

Transport for Cape Town, the City of Cape Town’s transport authority, has installed two card vending machines – one at the MyCiTi station in Adderley Street and another at Century City Gate. Apart from conducting their business at the kiosks, commuters at these two locations now have the option of using the card vending machine to buy a myconnect card, or load money or Mover Points on their myconnect cards. Read more below:

The card vending machines (CVMs) were installed last week and started operating as of yesterday, 18 June 2016.

‘These two machines, or virtual kiosks, are part of a pilot project during which Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority, wants to establish the functionality and efficiency of the CVMs. We will roll out a further eight machines to other MyCiTi stations and locations across the city once the pilot period has expired – pending the outcome of this testing phase and the progress made,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading

Islamic Television (ITV) Networks will host a four hour live pledge on Sunday 26 June to raise the final funds needed to build a bigger and better paediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

Starting at 09h30 and ending at 14h00, the live pledge on DSTV’s channel 347 will encourage viewers to help the Children’s Hospital Trust raise the final R10 million needed for the R100 million-plus upgrade and expansion of the unit. It will be presented by Moulana Zakariya Philander and will feature guests from the Children’s Hospital Trust and prominent leaders from the community.

With a dire shortage of paediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds in Africa, a R100 million-plus expansion and upgrade of the Paediatric ICU (PICU) at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital will significantly improve intensive care services delivered to critically ill and injured children. Capacity will also be greatly increased, addressing the desperate need for more beds to treat some of the country’s sickest little patients. Continue reading

Call-takers at the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre have to contend with an average of 280 prank calls a day. The City is therefore gearing up to take action and prevent abuse of this important resource. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town is preparing to track down and prosecute callers who abuse its 107 Public Emergency Communication Centre number.

Of the 532 682 calls answered by emergency operators in 2015, 102 217 or 20% were prank calls. A look at the monthly statistics reveals an average of just over 8 500 prank calls a month, with spikes experienced in January, April and August.

‘The calls range from emergency hoaxes to the vilest verbal abuse, but also, more disturbingly, calls of a very perverse nature. It is unacceptable that our operators who are there to do a very serious job have to endure this type of abuse with no recourse except to cut the call. It is also very unfair and potentially life-threatening to people with real emergencies who cannot get through or who are kept waiting because pranksters are clogging the lines,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading

Ajax Cape Town’s academy conveyor belt has churned a further trio of youth talents which have earned their professional stripes and promoted to Roger de Sa’s 2016/2017 PSL squad, taking the total number to seven u19’s promoted for the coming season.

Shane Saralina, Grant Margeman and Mogamat May follow in the footsteps of youth internationals Masilake Phohlongo, Darren Johnson and Sergio Kammies and most recently Luthando Matheza, who have all been recently promoted to the PSL. The club has taken the decision to promote the youngsters, who have all shown great signs of rapid development over the last few months.

Shane, Grant and Mogamat all played a vital role in Coach Vladislav Heric’s team that won the NextGen and ESAD Memorial tournaments in Europe recently.

Mogamat is an 18-year-old striker who has quickly become known for his prolific nature in front of goal, his daunting pace and ability to get on the end of crosses. Mogamat will be learning from club legend Nathan Paulse as well as PSL top goal scorer contender Prince Nxumalo when the 2016/2017 pre-season regime starts. Continue reading


Today I visited the City of Cape Town’s Sea View development in Hangberg, which is now home to 71 families. The first 26 beneficiaries moved in just before Christmas and the final 45 have made the development their home in the last week, just as winter is commencing.

Sea View is a milestone of one of the goals we set out to achieve at the beginning of this administration in 2011. The Hangberg area was then identified as an area in great need of development and redress in our Integrated Development Plan.

Today we have delivered on that commitment and the promise we made to the people of Hangberg. Continue reading

DHL Western Province coach John Dobson has made six changes to his starting XV for their clash with the Down Touch Griffons at City Park on Saturday.

The match was originally scheduled for Faure Street in Paarl, but has been moved due to weather and pitch concerns, whilst the kick-off time has also changed to an hour earlier to 15h00 on Saturday with entry R20 at the gate.

Following their bye last week, Dobson has made three changes to the backline and three changes to the forward pack that did duty in their 43-34 victory over the Leopards in Potchefstroom.

Sibahle Maxwane gets an opportunity out on the left wing, and there is an all-new halfback pairing in Robert du Preez and Godlen Masimla who have both recovered from their respective injury concerns.

Up front there are two new flanks in Jurie van Vuuren and Eital Bredenkamp, with Luke Stringer and Beyers de Villiers moving to the replacements bench, and in the front row hooker Chad Solomon makes his return after a spell on the sidelines due to injury.

Dobson said that after a deserved break his team are determined to build on the strong foundation they have established and finish the campaign strong. Continue reading

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