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The drive is one of the latest measures implemented to help mitigate the spread and impact of COVID-19.

The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre is facilitating a soap donation drive, in support of hygiene efforts around the Coronavirus.

The DRMC is calling on individuals, organisations and businesses who are able to assist, to drop off soap bars at their nearest Shoprite or Checkers store in Cape Town.

Donations will then be distributed in the City’s informal settlements, care facilities and other organisations caring for vulnerable groups around the metropole.

The DRMC will activate its volunteer corps to assist with the distribution of soap as well as education and awareness material like pamphlets, posters, loudhailer announcements etc.

‘Good hygiene practices are key to preventing the spread of COVID-19. However, the availability of a basic commodity like soap is not a given for many of our residents. The City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre therefore decided to get a soap donation drive underway so that we can help the most vulnerable in our city to be more resilient in dealing with the outbreak.

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All other debt management actions continue

As a health precaution in light of COVID-19, the City of Cape Town will temporarily suspend new water restrictions for those who are in arrears with their municipal accounts and facing debt management actions. This is an extraordinary decision taken during an extraordinary time. Other debt management mechanisms such as those performed via electricity disconnections or deductions from electricity prepayments will continue. Read more below:

The City urges customers to accept this temporary action in good faith and to continue to use water sparingly and only for health and hygiene purposes.

At the same time, customers must continue to pay for services to ensure the City remains financially healthy and is able to provide the necessary services especially during a time of crisis.

A careful balance is needed as it can be reasonably expected the City’s finances could become strained as measures are implemented to help manage the crisis.

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Golden Arrow, as a responsible and caring operator of scheduled public transport services, is committed to keeping our staff and passengers safe and healthy.

We will be instituting a number of additional hygiene-related measures and will be assessing the situation continuously.

We will be issuing regular updates but in the interim please be assured that Golden Arrow is prioritising the well-being of our staff and passengers.

We would ask that our passengers please follow the prescribed hygiene practices such as regular hand washing and covering mouths with hands or elbows when sneezing or coughing. Please keep windows open.

If you suspect that you or someone you know is ill, please call the National Corona Virus Hotline 0800 029 999.

We will keep the public updated via all channels available to us.

The City of Cape Town would like to remind residents that the City’s customer offices, which include cash receiving, account enquiries, motor vehicle registration and licensing offices, housing offices, traffic centres and municipal courts will be closed on Human Rights Day, on Saturday, 21 March 2020. Read more below:

The customer offices, which are situated in the Liberty Promenade Mall in Mitchells Plain and Table Bay Mall in Sunningdale, will also be closed.

Payment of municipal accounts (excluding motor vehicle licences) may be made at any Shoprite, Checkers, Pick n Pay, PEP, Woolworths and selected Spar shops, or at any branch of Nedbank and the Post Office.

Payment for the renewal of motor vehicle licences may be made online at www.capetown.gov.za/vehiclelicensing.

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The City of Cape Town’s refuse collection services should see steady, progressive improvement over the next three weeks. Read more below:

Disruptions to refuse removal times and subsequent backlogs have been experienced as a result of revised procedures to audit and governance processes that came into effect from 24 January 2020. This is affecting repairs to vehicles and infrastructure throughout the municipality. However, this is primarily being felt in the Solid Waste Collections service due to the high demands placed on vehicles in the service and the associated intensive maintenance programmes that are required to keep the service working normally.

Various City departments have worked day and night to finalise 709 purchase orders for the servicing of its 211 refuse vehicles in line with the new audit requirements and to continue the refuse service as best as possible, including timeously clearing backlogs. Suppliers are also being requested to speed up repairs and maintenance of vehicles to get them back on the road again. Where applicable, senior staff in the Solid Waste service has also been recalled from leave to ensure contingencies, such as redistribution of vehicles to worse-affected areas, are in place to minimise the impact on residents while the backlog of vehicle repairs is being tackled.  

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Over 1000 kids attended the Western Province KFC Mini-Cricket Provincial Festival at the PPC Newlands on the 13th March 2020.

The programme brings youngsters from across our diverse country together and not only introduces them to the wonderful game of cricket but also allows them to play and have fun.

The festival was hosted with Cobras Players Simon Khomari, Isaac Dikgale and Rory Kleinveld were all there to assist in coaching the kids and looking for talent. The Western Province Women’s team came out in full force including their coach Claire Terblanche, Proteas player and Western Province players Sinalo Jafta, Andrie Steyn and Laura Wolvaardt.

Laura has just come back from the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup and where she was picked in the World XI.

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Date                      Saturday, 14 March 2020

Venue                  V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre

Cost                       Free

Performer           YME Band

19h00

Youth In Music Excellence (YME) will showcase their talents on Saturday, 14 March from 7pm at the V&A Amphitheatre. Young talented musicians are chosen from the Youth In Music Excellence Festival in Stellenbosch to be part of the band. They represent top musicians in the Jazz genre and are awarded this position by their musical ability.

The City of Cape Town has received numerous questions about its preparedness to deal with any potential cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

COVID-19 is part of a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals. The virus is spread mainly from person-to-person (coughing, sneezing, touching affected surfaces). An infection may present with fever, coughing and shortness of breath with at least 80% of the cases being mild in nature. Residents with underlying co-morbidities such as diabetes, heart and lung conditions are at increased risk of contracting the infection.

It is important to note that South Africa’s response to the Coronavirus outbreak is being led by the National Department of Health (NDoH), with support from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), World Health Organisation, Centre for Disease Control, and other partners.

The City of Cape Town is one of the partners involved in the response – under direction from the National Health Department and the Western Cape Health Department.

City Health fulfills a complementary primary health function through its network of more than 100 clinics, as well as an environmental health function.

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The Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, has received the findings of the Department of Community Safety’s Docket Archive Store (DAS) Assessment Project.

This assessment highlighted, amongst others, that the Integrated Case Docket Management System (ICDMS) is not being effectively used. The total cost of implementing ICDMS in SAPS stations and courts was R613.5 million in 2017.

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The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department is currently conducting emergency repairs on the 300mm water supply main feeding the Montague Gardens area. Read more below:

The Water and Sanitation Department is currently conducting emergency repairs on the 300mm water supply main feeding the Montague Gardens area. This will involve the repair of a major leak as well as the maintenance of critical valves on the water main.

The repair work will result in the disruption of the water supply until the work is completed.

All taps should be kept closed during this period to prevent any water loss and/or damage when the water supply is restored.

The City apologises for any inconvenience that may be caused while conducting these emergency repairs.

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