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

Cape Town’s selection as one of the final cohort of cities to join the 100 Resilient Cities network will bolster our efforts to prepare our organisation and communities for the opportunities and challenges associated with urbanisation, globalisation and climate change. Read more below:

Today we are pleased to announce that the City of Cape Town has been selected to join the100 Resilient Cities (100RC) Programme. This programme, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, seeks to find 100 cities across the globe that are ready to build resilience to social, economic and physical challenges faced by urban environments.

Cape Town was chosen from more than 325 applicants on the basis of our willingness, ability, and need to become resilient in the face of future challenges.

As a member of 100RC, the City of Cape Town will gain access to tools, funding, technical expertise, and other resources to build resilience to the challenges of the 21st century. Continue reading

A group of bus drivers employed by Kidrogen, a MyCiTi vehicle operating company (VOC), this morning embarked on an illegal strike. Neither Kidrogen nor Transport for Cape Town – the City of Cape Town’s transport authority – was informed of the imminent strike that commenced at approximately 05:00 this morning, 26 May 2016.

The bus drivers who are participating in the illegal strike prevented the MyCiTi buses from leaving the depot in Dunoon to commence with the services along the very busy and popular T01 and T04 trunk routes.

As a result, the MyCiTi trunk routes from Dunoon to Table View and Dunoon to Century City were severely disrupted, as were the MyCiTi feeder Routes 213, 214, 215, 216 and 217 in Table View. Routes 260 and 262, serving commuters from Summer Greens and Century Gate, were also affected.

None of the routes mentioned above were operational this morning.

Buses are being added to these routes as and when drivers become available. Continue reading

Capetonians, have really reached deep into their pockets and assisted Smile 90.4FM exceed their target. Please see below the updated information:
Smile 90.4FM listeners have really dug deep to exceed the original challenge to raise 9040 beds in their “Breakfast for Beds with Bobby and Lindy” campaign, which launched on Monday, 23 May. At 11:30am this morning, the Smile 90.4 presenters announced that they were on 12 894 beds and due to the amazing support that listeners have shown, they were raising the stakes and aiming to reach 20 000 beds by Friday, 27 May. 

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The following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the Council meeting for the tabling of the budget today, 25 May 2016.

Mr Speaker,

Before I begin, I would like to take a moment to celebrate Africa Day.

This is a celebration of our great continent and the heritage, experience, and hopes we all have as Africans. Continue reading

A weekend operation around the sale of liquor saw fines totalling more than R50 000 issued in Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Liquor Enforcement Unit participated in an integrated operation over the weekend that resulted in the arrest of four suspects for selling alcohol without a licence.

The Unit teamed up with the Department of Trade and Industry, the Provincial Office of the South African Police Service Liquor Control, and the Western Cape Liquor Authority to inspect liquor premises in Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha.

Officers issued 19 spot fines for various offences related to the City’s by-laws, totalling R50 500. One of the four suspects arrested – a Mitchells Plain shebeen owner – faces additional charges of assault and resisting arrest.

During the first quarter of this year, the Liquor Enforcement Unit closed down 28 illegal liquor premises and conducted 782 compliance inspections in terms of the Control of Undertakings that Sell Liquor to the Public By-law of 2013. They also confiscated nearly 5 500 litres of alcohol during operations with the South African Police Service. Continue reading

FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH IN WINTER.

This winter the southeaster will be blowing the hottest comedians SA has to offer ‘down south’. Chase away the winter blues with smoking hot comedy acts each month at Noordhoek’s Café Roux. The variety of acts on offer at each show will ensure that there is something for every taste. From well -known faces to the newest talents, you’ll be sure to enjoy an evening of laughs at Café Roux’s Stand-Up Sessions.

Café Roux Stand-Up Sessions will be happening on the first Wednesday of every month in Winter, kicking off on Wednesday June 1st. Rob Van Vuuren will be the headline act, supported by KG Mokgadi and Devin Gray – with host Stuart Taylor.

Wed June 1st Rob van Vuuren, KG Mokgadi, Devin Gray and Stuart Taylor. Continue reading

On Saturday 28th May local neighbours Paul Roos and Paarl Boys’ High lock horns at the Markotter fields for the 6th edition of Premier Interschools for 2016. Paul Roos will look to even up the score after having lost against Paarl Boys in 2015. The Paarl outfit is however on a winning streak of 30 odd games having last lost a game at the end of 2014 season. They are currently the No 1 ranked school in South Africa and it will take some doing to put one over on them. However, if a side has the tools and ability to achieve this, it most certainly is the Paul Roos team. They have a solid pack of forwards and a mercurial backline with plenty of playmakers. Pivot and SA Schools player Damian Willemse is the key man in the Paul Roos backline together with flight of foot fullback Joshua Vermeulen. Who can all cause havoc in any defence. Continue reading

More than 1 500 learners from across the city will participate in the City of Cape Town’s biodiversity-related awareness and education programmes during May and June in celebration of International Day for Biological Diversity today, 22 May 2016. The City also calls on residents to help protect our natural heritage. Read more below:

Cape Town’s biodiversity mix includes approximately 3 000 plant species in 19 different vegetation types. The City’s 16 nature reserves conserve important elements of this rich biodiversity.

‘We are excited to be welcoming learners from all communities to our reserves during May and June as we try to nurture a love for conservation through our interactive educational programmes. These have proven to be popular and we hope that our programmes may be the spark for budding nature enthusiasts. Continue reading

An alleged rapist was one of 186 suspects arrested during patrols and operations across the city in the last week.

The City of Cape Town’s enforcement agencies arrested 186 suspects during operations and patrols in the last seven days.

One of them was a 47-year-old man arrested on a charge of rape. Officers on patrol in Parow were flagged down by a 12-year-old boy on Wednesday 18 May 2016. The boy informed them that he had been sexually assaulted at a nearby canal and escorted officers to the scene. En route he pointed out the suspect, who was immediately arrested by the officers.

‘This was one of two rape suspects arrested by our enforcement agencies on the same day. It is an extremely sensitive issue and I hope that the investigation by the South African Police Service is handled appropriately. I want to commend the young boy for seeking help and speaking out. It was an extremely brave thing to do,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading

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