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The City of Cape Town, already recognised as the Events Capital of Africa, has been nominated to be recognised as the ‘World’s Leading Festival and Events Destination’ at the 2018 World Travel Awards, set to take place at the Pátio da Galé, in Lisbon, Portugal, on 1 December 2018. The nomination follows the announcement in Durban last week, where Cape Town was named ‘Africa’s Leading Festival and Event Destination’ at the Africa and Indian Ocean edition of the awards. Cape Town is nominated alongside other leading global event cities including London, Montreal, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, Dubai, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Danang (Vietnam) and Guayaquil (Ecuador). Read more below:

Cape Town has become the envy of many global cities as a result of its wide-ranging events portfolio. The city has continually affirmed its place as the events capital of Africa by securing key international and local events over the last five years.

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The MyCiTi bus service has been disrupted due to an illegal strike by some bus drivers who are employed by the Vehicle Operating Companies (VOCs) operating the MyCiTi bus routes. Few routes are operating at present and commuters are advised to please make alternative arrangements until further notice. Read more below:

Some of the bus drivers who are employed by the Vehicle Operating Companies (VOCs) operating the MyCiTi bus routes embarked on an illegal strike at approximately 05:00 this morning, 15 October 2018.

As a result, the MyCiTi service has been severely disrupted with few routes operating during the morning peak hour period. Neither the VOCs, nor the City of Cape Town, were informed of the imminent strike and the reasons for the illegal stay-away.

It is unclear for how long the illegal strike will continue, and when the MyCiTi service will be able to resume normal operations. The City is monitoring the situation and will inform commuters accordingly.

Hertzog Boulevard was closed to incoming traffic this morning after the striking drivers gathered on the red bus lane outside of the Civic Centre station in the central business district, intimidating those bus drivers who were still fulfilling their duties. Vehicular traffic and MyCiTi buses operating on the N2 Express routes from Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha have been diverted along other routes.

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Dam levels have declined slightly by 0,2% over the last week to 76 % of storage capacity.

The average water consumption for the past week increased from 546 million litres per day to 563 million litres per day.

Cape Town must try its very best to remain in the lower 500 million litre per day usage band until another limit is imposed by the National Department of Water and Sanitation. This decision is likely to be made in December.

Although the metro has emerged successfully from a crisis situation, consumers are reminded that the permitted usage under Level 5 restrictions is 70 litres per person per day and that the Level 5 tariffs are still on the higher end of the tariff scale. This should be remembered when it comes to household budgeting.

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15 October 2018

Release: Immediate

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape (DAWC) welcomes the joint venture between Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and the City of Cape Town to deploy the rail enforcement unit to curb crime and vandalism of trains.

I will be keeping a close eye on this development to ensure that the safety of Metrorail commuters is prioritised, and that dealing with incidents of crime and restoring rail service is at the forefront of the Minister’s concerns.

The Western Cape government has also committed R16 million to railway safety initiatives.

While a task lay head for this unit, I must reiterate that the primary mandate of rail services and transportation in the Western Cape lies solely with the National Department of Transport, and I trust that the ANC at national government takes the concerns of Western Cape residents seriously.

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Pic: baxter.co.za

Pic: baxter.co.za

After an absence of more than 30 years Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and his band will be returning to The Baxter at 8pm on 26 October for a one-night-only celebration.

Not only will Sipho be performing all of his seminal hits, his bigger commitment is to usher in the next generation of hitmakers – all one on stage, all for one night only.

As one of South Africa’s stateliest musical treasures who loves his country as much as he does performing live, Sipho promises Cape Town a show well worth the wait.

“If you weren’t there, at The Baxter, 30 years ago, now it’s your turn,” Sipho teases. “We’ll be doing some riveting performances with some discovered talent from Music Exchange 2018 (MEX18) too.”

The night will come alight with guest performances from Siphokasi Jonas and the Cape Town treasure and legacy artist Tony Cedras, the Elsie’s River born accordion, harmonica, keyboard and guitar player. “Cape Town has not been able to appreciate its own,” Sipho says. “A big part of my show is about acknowledging and celebrating artists that come out of the Cape. I think it is very important that we get to appreciate it all, while it’s here.”

“I have been privileged to have known someone like Tony for so long, “Sipho adds. “Siphokasi Jonas is an amazing poet. She’s going places. She’s a true inspiration to us all.”

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The Western Cape Cabinet has today resolved to send a set of urgent demands to Police Minister Bheki Cele on the crisis of police under-resourcing in the Western Cape, where the police to population ratio is on average one third lower than the rest of the country. The greatest crisis is experienced at stations in precincts with the highest crime rate.

As a provincial government we have stretched our Constitutional powers of oversight to their limits, and supported SAPS through successful community partnerships in crime prevention where we have a constitutional mandate to act.

This includes the establishment of the O Regan/Pikoli Commission and the implementation of its recommendations by us, the promulgation of the Community Safety Act (which defined our oversight functions) and the creation of the Western Cape Ombudsman.

More recently, our initiatives have focused on specialised support to Neighbourhood Watches, Community Policing Forums, funding for School Resource Officers, strategic safety partnerships with the religious fraternity and various programmes aimed at our youth.

In addition, we have committed resources to supporting the police in trying to secure safety on our rail network through the establishment of a Rail Enforcement Unit, jointly funded by the Province, City and Prasa.

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DATE:     The V&A Waterfront participation in the festival runs from Wednesday 10 to Sunday 14 October

10 to 13th – The market at Workshop 17

12th to 13th – the exhibition in the marquee at North Wharf

13th to 14th – Amphitheatre screenings for the public

The Cape Town International Film Festival will screen free family-friendly films at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October from 1:30pm. For further details, visit www.waterfront.co.za.

The City of Cape Town recently conducted a comprehensive review of the MyCiTi bus service. As a result, a number of changes will take effect on 27 October 2018 when we will introduce routes to new destinations as well as more direct routes with fewer transfers, and 29 new bus stops. Read more below:

‘Our transport planners recently conducted a review of the MyCiTi service and the passenger demand on the MyCiTi routes. We also undertook customer surveys to determine how we could attract even more commuters to the service. The outcome of the review and the survey informed us of where we needed to tweak the service to respond to our commuters’ needs, and to better match the service with the passenger demand,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

The MyCiTi buses currently cover on average 1 456 506 km per month. With the changes and extension of routes, the City will add another 150 000 km to the service.

‘By adding another 150 000 km to the service each month, we will bring the MyCiTi service closer to more commuters and to where there is a demand. For example, we will extend popular routes in the inner city, Table View, Atlantis, and Century City with 29 new bus stops. In addition to these, we will also introduce new routes, and more direct routes with fewer transfers,’ said Councillor Herron.

As from Saturday 27 October 2018, there will be changes to some routes, including new route numbers. New bus stops will be introduced where routes have been extended to meet the passenger demand, and some underutilised stops will no longer be served. Also, some of the routes will be replaced with new direct routes to popular destinations.

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Pic: sahistory.org.za

Pic: sahistory.org.za

Today, 08 October 2018, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) and Robben Island Management appeared before the Western Cape Provincial Parliament’s Standing Committee on Economic Opportunities, Tourism, and Agriculture to brief the committee on the implementation of the recommendations made in the investigative report issued by SAMSA on the Robben Island ferry incident which occurred on 15 September 2017.

I welcome the recommendations adopted by Robben Island to its ferry services following the incident, and I am pleased to see that the Island’s management has taken the matter so seriously. I welcome, most notably, the following adoptions:

That all Robben Island passenger vessels from now on will communicate with Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) on current weather and swell data going forward;
That passenger lists will now be available on every vessel leaving Nelson Mandela Gateway and the island;
That ‘mystery shoppers’ have been appointed to monitor safety briefings on the vessels;
That Robben Island Museum and TNPA have agreed on a reporting protocol, notified of all departures and passenger numbers per trip;
That two harbour masters have been appointed to monitor weather and carry out audits; and
That regular training and drills have been conducted with staff members on life raft deployment and evacuation.

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