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At 14:15 Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services responded to a shooting incident in Oasis Street, Athlone. A 72 year old woman suffered multiple gunshot wounds to her arm and head. She was rushed to Grootte Schuur Hospital in a critical condition. Police are investigating the incident, but details surrounding the incident remain unknown.

The filming and events industries are exceeding expectations in the Mother City, with the City issuing nearly 3 000 permits in just three months. This boom could potentially create additional economic opportunities for entrepreneurs and SMMEs. Cape Town’s variety of locations, competitive film tariffs and production costs underpin the city’s attractiveness as a filming destination. In addition, the conclusion of multi-year agreements to anchor six big events will bring a guaranteed boost to the economy for the next few years. 

The City of Cape Town issued 2 870 permits for various film shoots in one quarter alone (January to March 2016). Year-to-date numbers are equally impressive, with the number of permits issued increasing from 3 943 in 2014/15 to 6 173 in 2015/16 (over the three quarters in total).

Collectively, the 2 870 film shoots in the first quarter of 2016 contributed upwards of R3,58 million to the City’s coffers for services rendered. The bulk of the filming permits were issued for the following: Continue reading

The ratings agency Moody’s has announced that the City of Cape Town has received a long- and short-term Global Scale Rating of Baa2 and Prime -2 respectively and a long- and short-term national scale rating of Aaa.za and Prime -1.za respectively following a change in their ratings methodology. The City now has the highest possible level of credit quality within the national context. Read more below:

This means that going forward, there should be less volatility in the City’s national scale rating, even when the global scale rating is moved either up or down and is thus more reflective of the City’s own credit quality within the local environment. The inclusion of a global credit rating makes it more comparable with other entities on the international market.

‘In a sense, the City will be less constrained by the country’s rating. This is especially advantageous for the City as it plans to approach the external bond market in the future,’ said the City’s Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson.

Moody’s cites as a reason for its decision the ‘City’s good budgetary performance, strong liquidity position and moderate debt levels. The financial position is supported by the administration’s prudent financial policies and its relatively large and diversified economic base’.

This latest signal of confidence in the financial management of the City comes on the heels of the recent announcement by Ratings Afrika, which awarded the City the highest Municipal Financial Stability Index (MFSI) among the metros.

The City of Cape Town unveiled its 150th FreeCall line in Khayelitsha today, 11 May 2016. What could be dubbed as the City’s very own ‘please call us’ service, makes it easier for even more residents to access services at no cost to themselves. Today’s unveiling also marked a significant achievement for the City. Read more below:

Residents of Khayelitsha joined the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services and Compliance, Councillor Xanthea Limberg, in the Masakhane Library for the unveiling of the City’s 150th FreeCall line (FCL). This brings the number to eight FCLs dotted across Khayelitsha.

The pilot phase of this project was launched in July 2009 when four FreeCall lines were installed in City facilities in Strand, Lwandle and Khayelitsha. Continue reading

While the road running and general sporting fraternity stand to benefit greatly from the 2016 Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, local communities and sectors of society are again also expected to receive major boosts through the success of the annual event.

As the only standard marathon race in Africa to be awarded IAAF Silver Label status, organisers, partners and stakeholders will again use the annual Spring weekend road running festival to make a difference beyond the world of sport.

Figures from last year’s event offer an indication of its lengthy reach, as race organisers work towards long-term goals in an effort to bridge the gap between the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon and the world’s most popular road races: Continue reading

Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority, received the Most Innovative Women Training Programme Award at the fourth annual Women in Construction Awards ceremony in Gallagher Estate in Midrand last night, 10 May 2016. Read more below:

The Women in Construction Awards honour women who have pioneered the development of the African built environment.

‘Transport for Cape Town (TCT) is now officially spearheading the most innovative and game-changing gender transformation project in construction in the country. We are elated and extremely proud of this achievement,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading

The civil service construction tender process for the City of Cape Town’s R50 million Masiphumelele Phase 4 Breaking New Ground (BNG) housing project is under way. If all goes according to plan, construction will commence by September 2016. Read more below:

The first stage of the City’s Masiphumelele Phase 4 housing project, earmarked for qualifying applicants living in Masiphumelele backyards and the informal settlement which is situated in the wetland, will see the construction of 227 fully serviced sites on which subsidised units will be built at a later stage. Stage 2, comprising 96 fully serviced sites and subsidised houses, will follow at a later stage.

A total of R50 million has been allocated for the first and second stages and if all goes according to plan, the civil services for Stage 1 will be constructed between September 2016 and June 2017, while the Stage 1 houses will be built between July 2017 and June 2018. Continue reading

Tickets for the Castle Lager Incoming Series Test between the Springboks and Ireland at DHL Newlands on Saturday, June 11 will go on sale at 12h00 on Thursday, May 12.

It will be the first Test of 2016 for the Springboks under new coach and former DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province mentor Allister Coetzee.

They will be up against a strong Irish team that has won two of the last three RBS Six Nations titles under their coach Joe Schmidt.

Tickets for the game start at just R100 for standing room, and go up to R595 for Category One seats which are between the two 22 metre lines on either side of the pitch. Continue reading

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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