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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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Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images

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.

Dams supplying the Cape metro have declined by 1,5% in the past week (17 February – 23 February 2020) bringing the level down to 65,9%. Read more below:

Water consumption for the same period has increased to 755 million litres/day. Consumption the previous week was at 743 million litres/day.

The recent acceleration in the rate at which dam levels are dropping is also due to hot and windy conditions which speed up the rate of evaporation.

As the city is still considered to be in a drought recovery phase, level one water restrictions are being maintained in order to protect current reserves.

‘The City last week held a press conference unveiling its Water Strategy in greater detail and shared an overview of where we are on our water journey towards Resilience, as well as a progress update on the Water Augmentation Schemes, and the outlook until 2022.

‘Rainfall data reflects that we are now in the fourth year of the drought, and in light of the significant uncertainties, the City must proceed with caution,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste, Alderman Xanthea Limberg.

The Water Strategy is an ambitious roadmap designed to steer Cape Town away from being in a precarious water security position again. Residents are encouraged to read the full strategy, which can be accessed online here: http://bit.do/WaterStrategy

Please visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for information relating to current water restrictions, guidelines around alternative water sources such as boreholes and rainwater tanks, tariff information, and other useful tools for enabling a water-wise city.

During his illustrious career, the Cape Town professor led ground-breaking research on the metabolism of the heart. He was known as one of the continent’s leading doctors before passing away last week. Read more below:

‘On behalf of the City of Cape Town, we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of Emeritus Professor Lionel Opie. Cape Town has been a place for innovation, having been the site of the first heart transplant, carried out by Dr Christiaan Barnard. Throughout his life, Emeritus Professor Opie worked on ground-breaking research to understand the biology of the human heart. He was a prolific researcher and worked closely with the late Dr Barnard. Opie’s passing is a great loss, but his innovative research has left a wealth of knowledge behind for the enrichment of the minds of future generations,’ said Executive Mayor Dan Plato.

Born in 1933, Professor Opie obtained his medical degree at the University of Cape Town in 1955. He went on to study further at Oxford in 1957 and was also mentored by two Nobel prize winners, Professor Sir Hans Krebs at Oxford, and Professor Sir Ernst Chain at Imperial College, London. Opie published hundreds of scientific articles and books covering heart disease. He also made meaningful contributions to many other published works.

In 2006, he received the Order of Mapungubwe in Silver for his contribution to the field of cardiology.

In 2012, the University of Stellenbosch honoured Professor Opie with the degree Doctor of Science (DSc) for his contributions as an internationally acclaimed cardiologist as well as for his research work.

Opie’s passion for medicine and science never wavered and he remained active well into his golden years. We are grateful for his contribution to medical science.

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