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Fine-free Week at the City’s 104 libraries will coincide with National Book Week which runs from Monday, 3 September to Sunday, 9 September 2018. The mountain of unreturned material is proving a cliffhanger for the City of Cape Town’s libraries. In an attempt to recover more than 20 000 overdue items, patrons will have an opportunity to return overdue items, escape a fine and get back into the good books of their local library. Read more below:

‘Currently, there are more than 20 000 items including books, study guides and DVDs that are long overdue at the City’s libraries, valued at around R2 million. Staff are spending too many hours trying to track down patrons who checked out the items. This is time that could have been spent more productively on direct service delivery. Missing items also deprive others from enjoying them,’ said the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

During National Book Week, patrons will have the opportunity to return all overdue library materials without facing any repercussions.

‘Although this is still a few weeks away I want to encourage our patrons to start dusting off the books and DVDs they’ve been too embarrassed to return because of the time lapse. Your opportunity to take it back without a fine is coming.

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The High School Jam will rock the Grand Arena, GrandWest for the eighth year on Saturday, 18 August 2018. This is the ultimate show for young Capetonians, where teenagers from nine high schools perform to thousands of friends, families and fans gathering for the Cape’s favourite high school music event.

The objective of this incredible event is to unite teenagers, schools and communities through music, entertainment and performance. It is also a great place for teens to develop self-esteem and self-belief thanks to the support and mentorship of the producers, choreographers, facilitators and industry specialists involved in putting on this spectacular show.

The nine high schools taking part in this year’s event will each put on a half hour show, starting on the hour from 10h00. The participating schools are: South Peninsula High School, Alexander Sinton High School, Bridgetown High School, Sans Souci Girls High School, Pinelands High School, Heathfield High School, Rhodes High School, Edgemead High School and Parel Vallei High School.

To add to this year’s excitement there will also be an Inspired Stages United Showcase. This amazing element is a collaboration of teens from a variety of schools not taking part in High School Jam but who have taken part in the Inspired Stages workshops. 

This teen show is choreographed by the young Inspired Stages mentors and is testimony to how Inspired Stages and High School Jam brings teens from all walks of life together through the universal language of music. 

“This is such an inspirational and exciting day,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest. “We are delighted to host it again in our premium Grand Arena venue. It is wonderful to see the talent and spirit of the young people of Cape Town on stage. We can’t wait.”

Tickets will be available at the door on the day, the first school’s performance starts at 10h00. Check http://www.planetproductions.co.za/high-school-jam/ for the full line up and times the schools are performing. 

The City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department advises the public to please avoid the Milnerton Beach area this coming weekend due to expected adverse weather conditions that are likely to include strong winds and a spring high tide of approximately 1,92 meters.

Further damage to infrastructure at Milnerton Beach is anticipated if the weather predictions come to pass. The public is reminded that, due to the hazardous conditions created by the recently damaged infrastructure and the extremely dangerous sea conditions expected this weekend, the beach at Milnerton will remain closed in the interest of public safety.

The City will monitor the situation closely and will undertake all necessary measures to ensure public safety as its main priority, both during and after the high seas.

The Recreation and Parks Department is in the process of establishing a safe public access point at Milnerton Beach. As soon as this has been completed and the damaged gabion baskets have been removed, the beach will be re-opened to the public.

The City regrets any inconvenience caused during this period.

The City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department is putting prospective seasonal swimming pool lifeguards through their paces. Nearly 100 candidates arrived for the assessments for municipal swimming pool lifeguards at the Blue Downs swimming pool this week. 

The 85 applicants who arrived for assessments on Monday, 6 August 2018 were expected to complete a number of tests in order to be considered for final selection.

This included:

  • swimming 100 metres in under two minutes
  • completing a torpedo buoy rescue with pool exit
  • dead load carry
  • retrieving an object and performing front and back strangleholds

They were also tested on various first aid elements including spinal board management, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), artificial respiration and successful execution of the vomiting and recovery positions.

‘We have thousands of people visiting the City’s swimming pools during the warm summer months and so our lifeguards have to be up to the task, because public safety is a priority. The assessment that the candidates undergo is in line with international lifesaving standards.

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The second phase of development of the City’s e-Procurement portal was initiated on 1 August 2018. The portal allows for more convenient bidding on contracts with a maximum value of R200 000, and helps cuts costs for the City and its suppliers. The range of services that suppliers can bid on via the portal has also been expanded. Read more below.

The City of Cape Town is pleased to announce that the second phase of development of the e-Procurement portal began on 1 August 2018. This portal serves to cut some of the red tape and administrative costs associated with bidding on local government contracts. In addition, a number of new services were made eligible for online bidding processes.

Phase Two of the e-Procurement Portal will see the addition of the following functions to the electronic portal aimed at improving the supplier experience over the coming months:

Accounts Payable

  • Online invoice status tracking
  • Online statement uploading

Supply Chain Management

  • Online purchase order tracking
  • Online purchase order acknowledgement
  • Online Request for Quotations (RFQ) submissions

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Residents are advised that the City of Cape Town’s revenue offices, housing offices, traffic centres and municipal courts will be closed on the public holiday on 9 August 2018

An exception to the general office closures, however, is the cash office, account enquiries and motor vehicle registration and licensing office situated at the Liberty Promenade Mall, shop 215 (corner of AZ Berman Drive and Morgenster Road, Mitchells Plain) which will remain open to the public on 9 August 2018. The extended trading hours for public holidays will be in effect for this cash office, which will be open from 08:00 to15:00.

The City regrets any inconvenience caused and would like to remind residents of the following alternative payment options:

Payment of municipal accounts (excluding motor vehicle licences) may be made at any Shoprite/Checkers; Pick n Pay; Pep Stores; Woolworths; selected Spar stores; or at any branch of the post office.

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

Payment of pre-due date traffic fines may be made online at www.standardbank.co.za (Standard Bank clients only); www.fnb.co.za (FNB clients only) and www.paycity.co.za or at any online branch of the Post Office.

Standard Bank and First National Bank clients may also pay their pre-due date traffic fines at their respective ATMs.

The City wishes all of its customers a reflective Women’s Day.

Premier Helen Zille has called for the release of several mega-properties that can be developed for affordable housing in the Cape Town metro.

The properties are owned by the national government, and are all well-located for affordable housing.

Writing in her Daily Maverick column, the Premier says these properties would facilitate the kind of land reform that will build, rather than break, South Africa’s economy.

“Should national government release its five large pieces of land, which consist of Ysterplaat, Culemborg, Youngsfield, Wingfield and Denel in Cape Town, it could potentially yield 93 817 affordable housing units,” said Premier Zille.

“I will continue to advocate for the release of this land, for this purpose, just as I did between 2006 and 2009, while I was still mayor of Cape Town,” she wrote.

The Premier said the Province was demonstrating its commitment by using a provincial piece of land – the 22-hectare site of the old Conradie hospital close to the inner city – for affordable housing on a mixed-use, cross-subsidised basis.

“[The Conradie hospital 22-hectare site] is truly a game changer, because it is pioneering sustainable land reform where it is most needed. We just need to dramatically escalate the numbers involved, and for this we need large tracts of land owned by national government in Cape Town,” said Premier Zille.

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The City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) has commenced with the preparatory work for the construction of two MyCiTi bus depots in Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha. These depots form part of the roll-out of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi bus service which will serve 1,4 million commuters from the Metro South-east. Read more below:

The site for the two new bus depots is approximately 15 ha and is located on the corner of Mew Way and Spine Road, bordering both Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha.

The purpose of the enabling works – among which major internal earthworks, perimeter fencing to secure the site, bulk services for the provision of water, sanitation, and electricity, as well as the upgrade of surrounding roads – is to prepare the site for the construction of the MyCiTi bus depots from where the vehicle operating companies will operate the service.

‘The enabling works contract is valued at approximately R73 million. We are currently busy with the design of the depot facilities which will consist of storage, parking, and fuelling facilities for the buses; office buildings, facilities for the personnel, and so forth,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

The local community from Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha will benefit immensely from this investment.

‘Apart from the job opportunities and business opportunities to local residents and subcontractors, the roll-out of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi service will provide commuters from the area with an affordable, decent, and scheduled public transport service to Wynberg and Claremont,’ said Councillor Herron.

All City-related contracts require that the contractor provides temporary employment opportunities to local residents; and also that the contractor subcontracts services and goods from local businesses as far as possible.

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Summary:

  • The average water consumption for the past week was 505 million litres per day
  • Warm, windy weather over the past week has drastically slowed down dam recovery. This is in line with the preceding weeks of very little rain
  • Dam levels have thus improved only very slightly, and not as significantly as in recent months, by 0,2% to 56,9 % of storage capacity 

Dam recovery over the past few weeks has slowed down significantly, in contrast with the rapid rise in dam levels experienced in previous months. This trend shows that rainfall is very difficult to predict and that Cape Town should carry on with its amazing water-saving efforts to build a buffer for the summer months ahead.

‘It is also imperative that adequate levels of water restrictions, and the associated tariffs, remain in place. Although our situation is much improved, we cannot be careless and short-sighted. We need to ensure that we give our dams a chance to recover as much as possible.

‘If water restrictions are lowered to appropriate levels by the National Department of Water and Sanitation, the City will then lower the associated water tariffs. Restriction levels are linked to dam levels, and restriction tariffs are linked to the volume of water used by the city. This means that, if the restriction level is reduced, individual water use is expected to increase as the tariff decreases, ensuring the City receives the same total income required to maintain and repair infrastructure. The slowdown in the rise of our dam levels will therefore affect any decision to adjust the current restriction levels.

‘City officials continue to engage with the relevant provincial and national government officials and the situation is being monitored. We are grateful for the sacrifices that our residents are making and, from the City’s side, we will continue to do all that we can to ensure that consumption levels are kept as low as possible,’ said the City’s Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson.

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The City of Cape Town this morning, 6 August 2018, suspended the MyCiTi bus service in Khayelitsha after three MyCiTi buses were stoned and two Golden Arrow Bus Service (GABS) buses were set alight. The service will remain suspended until further notice. Read more below:

Two MyCiTi buses were attacked en route to the Kuyasa station shortly before the commencement of the morning peak-hour service in Khayelitsha; and a third MyCiTi bus was stoned along the N2 freeway just before the service was suspended.

No injuries were reported, however, at least five bus windows were smashed during these attacks.

The torching of two GABS buses also appears to be directly linked to the decision by the mini-bus taxi industry to withhold their services.

‘I was extremely concerned when the City was informed over the weekend about the industry’s plans to withhold their services as from this morning, 6 August 2018. My worst fears were confirmed when reports came through about the attacks on the MyCiTi buses and the torching of two GABS buses, also near Kuyasa in Khayelitsha during the morning peak-hour period. I was also alerted to incidents of bus commuters being intimidated and being forced off buses at Kuyasa. We had no alternative but to suspend the D01 and D02 routes operating in Khayelitsha at around 06:30 this morning. Unfortunately, the MyCiTi service in Khayelitsha will remain suspended until further notice as the City is obliged to take action to protect our commuters, personnel, and assets.

‘I want to condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the violence that is often associated with protest action. It is totally unacceptable that the MyCiTi service and GABS are being targeted while we are trying our utmost to assist commuters who are left stranded as a result of the minibus-taxi industry withholding its services,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

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