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The following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at a briefing session on the community-based vendors standard operating procedure held at the Subcouncil 11 chambers in Gugulethu today, 11 May 2016


Mayoral Committee Members; Subcouncil 11 Chairperson, Councillor Mzuvukile Nikelo; councillors; Director: Supply Chain Management, Basil Chinasamy; Subcouncil 11 Manager, Kayise Nombakuse; City of Cape Town staff; community vendors; ladies and gentlemen.

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

Our Supply Chain Management Policy states that: ‘The Director: Supply Chain Management may request quotations directly from community-based vendors in a specific area or from a specific community for the procurement of goods and services for amounts less than R30 000 (including construction works)’. Continue reading

The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service hosted a blood clinic at GrandWest to make it easier for its employees to donate blood. The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service is a community based regional health organisation formed by an association of voluntary blood donors, dedicated to providing the safest blood products and efficient service to the community, while operating at the highest professional and ethical standards and remaining a viable organisation. They collect more than 130 000 units of blood annually, used to save or enhance the lives of over 390 000 people per year.

Blood is desperately needed in the Western Cape where less than 1.2% of the population are blood donors. Pictured in front of the mobile blood clinic at GrandWest are Melaney Simonhoff, Amanda Groenmeyer, Willem Barnard and Ashley Ohlsen.

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City Health is counting the cost of yet more burglaries and vandalism at its clinics – a seemingly never-ending cycle. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate has submitted insurance claims valued at more than R750 000 over a nine-month period for losses incurred as a result of theft and burglary.

In two of the most recent incidents last week, criminals damaged the roof and stole pipes and taps at the Newfields Satellite Clinic in Hanover Park, leaving the facility without water and electricity.

In Khayelitsha, criminals made off with three computers from the Zakhele Clinic on Monday 2 May 2016. The following night, thieves stole 50 white plastic chairs from the clinic and damaged the front door and burglar gate. Other clinics in Khayelitsha have also been targeted in recent weeks, including two incidents at the Town 2, Nolungile and Kuyasa clinics. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre is coordinating a safety exercise in Epping Industria tomorrow, 11 May 2016, simulating an explosion whereby gas is leaked to the surrounding area. The exercise will also test the preparedness of the surrounding companies to deal with a hazardous explosion.

Members of the media are welcome to observe the simulation from the City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre in Goodwood (corner of Frans Conradie Drive and Hugo Street).

The exercise is being done in collaboration with various other agencies including the City’s Fire and Rescue Service, Traffic Services, Law Enforcement, Metro Police, the 107 Public Emergency Communication Centre and City Health’s Air Quality Management Unit. The following companies will also participate in the exercise: Glaxo Smith Kline, Fine Chemicals, Afrox, Epping Market and Pioneer Foods. Continue reading

Apart from SnapScan, motorists can now also use their MasterCard, VISA or American Express cards to pay for kerbside parking in the Cape Town central business district (CBD).

Street Parking Solutions manages on-street parking in the CBD on behalf of the City of Cape Town. Since the beginning of this month, the parking marshals employed by Street Parking Solutions have been equipped with handheld point-of-sale (POS) devices which now make it possible for motorists to pay for parking with their bank cards.

‘The marshals with the handheld POS devices are wearing badges indicating that they can accept card payments. The POS devices make it easier and more convenient to pay for parking as motorists do not always have cash on hand and then have to search for an ATM to withdraw money,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.

In October 2014 Street Parking Solutions also adopted SnapScan technology – an alternative payment option allowing motorists to pay for parking using a smartphone application. Continue reading

The Cape Town Flower Show takes place from Thursday 27th–Sunday 30th October 2016 at The Castle of Good Hope, in the centre of Cape Town with Table Mountain as its backdrop.

This annual lifestyle show brings together gardens and gardening, planting trends and designs for living outdoors; unites notions of beauty, sanctuary and sustainability; and celebrates local food, culture and community. The show taps into a gardening culture that’s young, vibrant and identifies with a universal awareness for the need to care for the environment.

The show’s main features include: Show Gardens, Floristry, Flowers in Art, Horticultural Exhibits, Nurseries and Seeds, The Backyard (Food Court), Water-Wise, Workshops, demos and more!

The Cape Town Flower Show taps into a gardening culture that`s young, vibrant and identifies with a universal awareness for the need to care for the environment.

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In the build-up towards the show, The Cape Town Flower Show will be releasing a limited amount of tickets each month at special prices. Avoid disappointment and book early to get the best prices

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DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck has named a 25-man touring squad for the Vodacom Super Rugby clash with the Sunwolves in Singapore this weekend.

Outside back Khanyo Ngcukana and prop Alistair Vermaak are the two additions to the squad for the historic first-ever DHL Stormers game in Singapore.

Fleck said that the bye week allowed the players to recharge, and added that they are determined to make the most of their trip to Singapore both on and off the field.

“The players enjoyed the break and the week off has allowed a lot of the players to get rid of some niggles.

“We are the first DHL Stormers side to play there [Singapore], so it is a similar situation to when we travelled to Argentina. It is a long way to travel and we are going to enjoy the sights and sounds of Singapore, but we know we have a job to do and we need to come back with a win,” he said.

Following their narrow loss to the Waratahs at DHL Newlands, Fleck wants to see a convincing performance from his side in Singapore. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town needs to urgently relocate residents who have been affected by a pipe burst in the Strand area. A new site has been prepared for the affected residents in Asanda Village and emergency building kits have been offered, but residents have refused to relocate or to accept any assistance. Protest action has ensued. The City urges all parties and the leadership in the area to act in the best interests of those who have been affected. Read more below:

Scheduled emergency maintenance on the pipeline supplying the Strand area took place on 4 May 2016. However, the pipe burst twice at different locations after separate attempts were made to restore water to the line. The City received notice at 01:00 on Friday 6 May 2016 about the particular burst in Nomzamo. It must be noted that the replacement pipes had not been used previously.

The pressurisation of the pipes when restoring them to the network can expose weaknesses that had been otherwise undetectable. Since the initial bursts, the repair teams have been conducting investigations to restore the water supply. Continue reading

A drunk driver with nine passengers in his vehicle was among scores of suspects arrested this past weekend. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service arrested 18 motorists for reckless and negligent driving during weekend operations.

In one incident on Friday 6 May 2016, an officer attached to the Ghost Squad chased down a VW Citi Golf and eventually got the driver to pull over along old Strandfontein Road near Pelican Park. The officer was shocked to find 10 people squeezed into the vehicle. When the driver’s blood alcohol level was taken, he was found to be four times over the legal limit.

‘This is the type of idiotic behaviour that our officers have to deal with on an all too regular basis. What’s even more astounding is how the nine passengers in the car allowed themselves to be in this situation at all. It’s a pity the law doesn’t allow us to arrest them for being party to a clearly drunk driver getting behind the wheel,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading

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