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The sixth annual Western Cape Smart Procurement World conference and Enterprise and Supplier Development Expo will be held at the world-class venue, GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, on 9 and 10 April 2019.

At the event, more than 100 small, black-owned businesses will have the opportunity to network with industry captains from the procurement market in the Western Cape region. This year’s conference is themed ‘Walk the talk – high-impact procurement’ and the conference will build on the collaboration and momentum of previous years by bringing together the province’s major influencers and decision makers.

The conference will address a number of thorny issues around procurement. Perhaps the most controversial of these is recovering from state capture. Delegates and speakers will deal with ways that procurement professionals can drive a constitutional mandate and operate with freedom from external influences.

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR FINANCE AND EXECUTIVE DEPUTY MAYOR, ALDERMAN IAN NEILSON

The City’s public participation process on the 2019/2020 Draft Budget has started. A social assistance package for the most vulnerable residents in Cape Town, as well as senior citizens of approximately R2,9 billion, is proposed. Other proposals include a 22% reduction in property rates and increasing the no-rates-payable thresholds. Read more below:

The public participation process for the City of Cape Town’s 2019/2020 Draft Budget of R49 billion has started and members of the public are encouraged to comment until 24 April 2019.

Almost R1,7 billion has been proposed for indigent relief and R1,23 billion has been proposed to be budgeted for rates rebates. The Budget priorities include a focus on crime and grime and on the delivery of human settlements opportunities. Much work has also been done to ensure that rates and tariffs are as affordable as possible. Continue reading

The electricity supply to Gordon’s Bay will be interrupted between 06:00 and 18:00 on Wednesday 10 April 2019 or on Wednesday 17 April 2019 for necessary repairs to the City of Cape Town’s high voltage network. Read more below:

The City is giving notice of two dates in the event that bad weather prevents work from taking place on the first or second date that has been provided. Work will be done on only one of the two dates.

The supply could be restored at any time and customers must please treat all electrical installations as live for the full duration of the interruption.

Customers are encouraged to switch off appliances as a precaution.

The City apologises for any inconvenience caused and thanks residents for their cooperation and understanding.

7% foreign visitor increase year-on-year, with over 82 countries represented and an increasing number of novices stepping up from half to full.

Cape Town, 27 March 2019 – Organisers of Africa’s only IAAF Gold Label-status multi-award-winning city marathon aim to increase international participation to at least 15% this year. Over eighty countries participated in last year’s Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, representing 10% of the marathon entrants. Southern African Development Community (SADC) states, Northern and Western Europe, Asia and North American countries were among them.

“In 2014, when we relaunched the revamped marathon, our timing couldn’t have been better,” says race director Janet Welham. “It coincided with The New York Times announcing Cape Town as the number-one spot on its ‘52 Places to Go’ list. That announcement triggered massive interest from around the world in Cape Town’s exotic appeal.”

An avalanche of international awards for the City of Cape Town followed in the next few years, most notably the top spot in the 2018 “World’s Leading Festival and Events Destination” at the World Travel Awards. “With South Africa and Africa ripe for a world-class, internationally accredited city marathon, and overseas runners wanting the guarantee of internationally accredited organisational excellence, we were able to meet their needs and more,” Welham says.

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Today, the Minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz, delivered the speech for budget vote 7 to the Western Cape Provincial Parliament. Increased allocations were announced for youth development projects including Youth Cafés and the Cape Youth @ Work internship programme, amongst other highlights.

This budget has allocated:

· 41% to social welfare which provides services to persons with disabilities, older persons, and social relief;

· 31% to the children and families, which includes Early Childhood Development Centres (ECDs) and child protection services including foster care and Child and Youth Care Centres (CYCCs); and

· 17% for restorative services which includes victim empowerment; substance abuse prevention and treatment, and crime prevention.

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY, ALDERMAN JP SMITH

I have noted with concern, the response by the South African Police Service to my statement on Friday 22 March 2019 about two cases that were incorrectly handled by the Philippi SAPS. The response is not only incorrect on a number of material aspects, but it also fails to account for the inaction of the Investigating Officer.

For the record:

· The shooting incident occurred on Saturday 2 March 2019 and not the Friday as the SAPS statement indicates.

· The suspect was discharged from hospital on the same evening and transferred to the holding cells at Philippi SAPS. Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR FINANCE AND EXECUTIVE DEPUTY MAYOR

It is unfortunate that statements from the Moody’s report pertaining to the City’s financial management are being misrepresented in the public domain. To clarify, the City did not make any profit from the water crisis. The R4,4 billion in water sales revenue derived for the 2017/18 financial year was the total income for the service, which does not equate to profit. All of this income has been spent in the supply of water to our residents.

This is clearly set out in the City’s own financial reports, which were scrutinised by the Auditor-General when drawing up the City’s Audit Report. It should be noted that the Auditor-General made no adverse findings with regards to the City’s management of its cash flow and gave the City its 15th consecutive unqualified audit opinion.

It is important to understand the context within which the decision was made to raise water and sanitation tariffs:

· At the beginning of 2018, we did not know what the rainfall for 2018 would be, but we did know that if it was the same as in 2017, we would be facing a big crisis which would have required considerable additional expenditure.
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The income that the City receives from rates and services enables the delivery of top quality municipal services. The City therefore continues its focus on those who are able to pay, but refuse to do so, while at the same time offering assistance to those who are experiencing financial difficulties. Read more below:

In the current financial year, the City of Cape Town made close to R3 billion available to provide rates rebates and indigent relief to qualifying residents. The proposed funding earmarked for social assistance in the next financial year is currently being discussed as part of the budget process.

‘It is really important that we all contribute our fair share for services. Those who are in financial difficulties must approach us for relief. Hoping that the debt will go away or ignoring the problem is not the answer, and there is help on offer. As a caring City, we make allowance for residents who are unable to pay for basic services to make representation to the City for relief, and for those who are struggling to pay their municipal accounts to enter into an agreed arrangement/instalment plan to pay off their arrears.

‘If those who have the means to pay refuse to pay for services that they use, it has a marked impact on the sustainability of the City. It is vital that we instil a culture of payment. Residents need to acknowledge that while we all have rights, we all have responsibilities too. If any resident’s water is restricted, electricity supply disconnected, prepaid electricity purchases limited or if legal action is instituted against them, this is done as a last resort. This only occurs if residents have ignored all the notices sent to them and they have not made any attempt to obtain assistance from the City. We must continue to focus on financial resilience in order to continue providing services,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Finance, Alderman Ian Neilson. Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE, COUNCILLOR PHINDILE MAXITI

Contrary to what is being claimed in public, the suburb of Khayelitsha is not in utter darkness and the City has been working hard over the past years to provide appropriate public lighting in this suburb. Work is ongoing and lighting continues to be rolled out.

As at February 2019, the total number of installed conventional lights in Khayelitsha is 2 251 while the total number of installed high masts lights is 218. This is in accordance with the Khayelitsha Lighting Master Plan which was agreed to with the relevant subcouncil managers of Khayelitsha in November 2017.

The plan includes the installation of 33 additional high-mast lights in Khayelitsha. Conventional lighting is planned for the majority of primary arterial, residential collector roads (low-to-moderate capacity roads), secondary arterial and commercial roads which were identified for conventional streetlight installation.

The planned new street- and high-mast lighting installations for Khayelitsha as from the financial years between 2018/19 and 2022/23 are as follows (subject to finalisation, due process and engagements): Continue reading

The Minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz, has condemned the shooting in Pook se Bos, Rylands, that resulted in the death of a three-year-old boy who was caught in the crossfire and subsequently died in hospital.

The incident reportedly took place on Monday at 10:15am at Pook se Bos informal settlement. Unidentified men in a white light delivery vehicle shot in the direction of the child’s home.

MEC Fritz said, “We are deploying a social worker to investigate the needs of those affected by the shooting. If you have been affected by the incident and require psycho-social support, please contact your local DSD office. Alternatively, you can call the DSD Hotline on 0800 220 250 for support.”

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