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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE DEPUTY MAYOR, ALDERMAN IAN NEILSON

The City of Cape Town notes the publication by Stats SA of the results in the non-financial census of municipalities for the year ended 30 June 2015.

We believe that this report resolves a number of the methodological questions we had last week related to the Stats SA results of the Household Survey 2015. We maintained that there was a discrepancy in both the definitions and methodology applied.

The results for sanitation provision in the non-financial census for the City of Cape Town are as follows:

City of Cape Town 2014 2015
Flush toilet connected to public sewerage system 595 641 608 106
Flush toilet connected septic tank 3 561 3 651
Bucket 377 223
Ventilated improved pit latrine system 0 13
Other 32 484 33 960

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At 16h00 WCGH Emergency Medical Services was alerted to reports of an explosion at number 71, 7th Avenue in Kensington at a company called Colpack. One adult male in his early 30s was killed when the Liquid paraffin gas cylinder he was busy grinding exploded. Police as well as WCGH Forensic Pathology Services are also on scene.

For those still looking for tickets, there are just over 4000 seated tickets still available for the opening match of the Castle Incoming Series between the Springboks and Ireland at DHL Newlands on Saturday, June 11 at 17h00.

Tickets are available from Computicket outlets (0861 915 8000) or online atwprugby.computicket.com as well as at the DHL Newlands Rugby Stadium box office, with WP Rugby season tickets valid for the game.

The majority of tickets still available for sale are in the Railway Stand, and range in price from R545 to R575. There are also tickets available in the Jan Pickard Stand (R545) and the Danie Craven Stand (R575), whilst the Danie Craven Standing area and Grand Stand Ramp seating is sold out.

Those attending the match are encouraged to enter DHL Newlands well before the kick-off time of17h00 to ensure that no action is missed, as a big crowd is expected and spectators need to leave enough time to clear security.

Transport for Cape Town, the City of Cape Town’s transport authority, has installed a 3D laser detection system in Muizenberg to assist in preventing vehicles with a height of 2,5 m and more from crashing into the low railway bridge at Atlantic Road. Read more below:

‘The railway bridge crossing Atlantic Road in Muizenberg is notorious for crashes, mainly because road users often underestimate the height of their vehicles or load when driving through under the bridge. A truck or vehicle crashes into or gets stuck under this bridge about once a week despite the numerous signboards along Main Road and Atlantic Road warning drivers of the 2,5 m height restriction ahead,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.

It became apparent that a different warning system was required to improve the safety of road users and to try to prevent crashes into the railway bridge over Atlantic Road as the earlier systems were affected by the extremely corrosive environment and required constant maintenance. Continue reading

At 10h50 this morning a 22 year old male died after sustaining a gunshot wound to his abdomen In Bishop Lavis opposite the Court Building. Western Cape Government Health Forensic Pathology Services attended the scene.

The return on investment has been huge since the launch of the City’s initiative to reward informants which sees members of the public paid a small cash amount in exchange for blowing the whistle on crime. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town has made dozens of arrests and recovered stolen goods and contraband worth millions of rands, courtesy of its Informant Reward System.

The City’s Safety and Security Directorate formulated the Informant Reward Policy in 2013. It makes provision for payment of up to R1 000 for information that will lead to an arrest or the successful confiscation or recovery of stolen goods or contraband.

Since the initiative was launched in October 2013, 34 payments have been made to informants, totalling R33 500. In return, the City has made 51 arrests: Continue reading

Another #LoveRugby initiative

The community of Belhar near Bellville in Cape Town came out in their thousands to support the Springboks’ open training session on Monday afternoon. This outing by the Springboks formed part of the national rugby team’s #LoveRugby campaign.

The community watched a full-on Springbok training session, which was also part of the squad’s preparations for their first Castle Lager Incoming Test match against Ireland at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

Bok coach, Allister Coetzee, and his assistant coaches drilled the squad during a strenuous session and afterwards the thousands of excited supporters were treated to some fun games on the field between few young fans and their Bok heroes.

Springbok captain, Adriaan Strauss, said afterwards they were delighted by the huge turnout of local supporters. “We saw once more today what Springbok rugby means to our fans across South Africa. The community made this an unbelievable experience and the Springboks will certainly remember this special reception for a long time. Everyone had a great time and it was wonderful to experience the awesome amount of passion displayed by so many fans, young and old. They again reminded us what a huge honour and privilege it is to represent the Springboks,” said Strauss. Continue reading

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

As our Muslim community prepares for the month of Ramadaan, I extend my best wishes and blessings to you during this period of high-intensity spiritual devotion.

As you observe this period of fasting, reflection, sacrifice, worship and giving, I wish you strength and fulfilment.

We value the important role that the Muslim community plays in our city, where your generosity and compassion for others makes a great impact in our work of building a caring city. I am truly grateful for all the efforts of the Muslim community and for their kindness in our quest to build this caring city.

By being united through our diverse cultures, religions and beliefs and remembering the values of humanity, we are able to make a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable residents and give them hope for a brighter future. Together, our efforts help to make this great city even greater.

On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I wish you a blessed Ramadaan.

Ramadaan Mubarak – Ramadaan Kareem.

The City and its conservation partners are working together to protect Cape Town’s critically endangered and unique floral gems from extinction. Among the city’s 400 plant species that are of concern is the world’s smallest protea, the Swartland sugarbush, of which only eight plants remain. These conservation efforts coincide with this year’s theme for World Environment Day today, 5 June 2016, which is calling on members of the public to help safeguard threatened species for future generations. Read more below:

In light of World Environment Day, the City of Cape Town is calling on members of the public to make every effort to protect and conserve plant species that are critically endangered to prevent their extinction. Continue reading

Come rain or shine, the V&A Waterfront offers activities aplenty this winter

ACTIVITY DATES TIMES VENUE COST
Reptile Garden 18 June – 18 July 10h00–18h00 Ground Floor, Jubilee Hall, V&A Watershed R50 per person
Pumptrack 25 June – 17 July 10h30–15h30 Quays Square (in front of the African Trading Port) Free
Innovation Station 28 June – 10July 11h00–18h00 Centre Court inside Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre R20 per child
Rugbytots First series:

4–8 July

Second series:

11–15 July

Mornings:

10h00–10h30: 2 to 3.5 yrs

10h30–11h15: 3.5 to 5 yrs

11h15–12h00: 5 to 8 yrs

Afternoons:

14h30–15h00: 2 to 3.5 yrs

15h00–15h45: 3.5 to 5 yrs

15h45–17h00: 5 to 8 yrs

Croquet Lawn (outside Springbok Experience Rugby Museum) Cost options:

R300 for one series only

R550 for both series

Logos Hope:
The World’s Largest Floating Book Fair
24 June – 11 July Sun – Tues: 14h00 – 21h30

Wed – Sat: 10h00 – 21h30

Docked at Jetty 2 R5 per person

Cape Town, June 2016 — The V&A Waterfront is determined not to let rain end play this winter, with a full line-up of activities to keep children busy come rain or shine. Continue reading

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