Cape Town Stuff!
18 April 2018
The DA in the Western Cape is pleased to learn that 1342 illegal firearms were seized in the Province during the 2017/18 financial year. This was confirmed today by the SAPS during a meeting with the Standing Committee on Community Safety at the Western Cape Provincial Parliament. It was further revealed that during the 2016/17 financial year, 2375 arrests have been made for the possession of illegal firearms and ammunition, with 694 successful convictions.
We were further informed that during the 2017/18 financial year, 65 firearms, belonging to SAPS officials, were either lost, stolen or taken from officers, by criminals. Thirty-eight (38) SAPS firearms have been recovered in this same time frame. We simply cannot tolerate firearms of the very people who are meant to protect us coming into the hands of criminals and being used against communities.
It is reassuring that a SAPS investigative unit is in the process of being fully established to help curb the availability of illegal firearms in the Province. It is imperative that not only illegal firearms are removed off the street, but so too, the individual who used it for criminal activity – a specialised response will assist in detecting these crimes. Continue reading
MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR PATRICIA DE LILLE
Today as a clear demonstration of the City’s commitment to pro-poor spending and to being a responsive administration, we launched the City’s indigent relief application campaign to encourage as many potential qualifying beneficiaries to apply for financial assistance.
In the City’s Tabled (draft) budget for the 2018/19 financial year, which is currently open for public participation, nearly R3 billion has been set aside to provide rates rebates and indigent relief to qualifying residents.
As a caring city, we are encouraging the most vulnerable in our society to make use of the financial assistance on offer to those who need it most. Many residents are struggling to cope and are not aware that there is help available to them.
The proposed social package includes almost R1,5 billion for indigent relief and approximately R1,5 billion in rates rebates.
The indigent support package empowers vulnerable residents by helping them with municipal bills, debt arrangements and alleviating the financial burden in these tough economic times. In doing so we enable vulnerable residents to take care of the other needs of their loved ones.
The City of Cape Town wants to inform commuters that the MyCiTi service will be suspended as from midnight on Wednesday 18 April 2018 until further notice. No MyCiTi buses will be operating and commuters are requested in advance to please make alternative arrangements. Read more below:
A nationwide strike action affecting the entire South African bus industry will take effect as from midnight on Wednesday 18 April 2018, until further notice.
The strike action is as a result of dead-locked wage negotiations. The unions who are party to the South African Road Passengers Bargaining Council (SARPBAC) have subsequently given notice of their intention to embark on strike action.
The City has been informed that the Vehicle Operating Companies (VOCs) operating the MyCiTi service will institute a lock-out as from midnight on Wednesday 18 April 2018 to ensure the safety of commuters and personnel for the duration of the strike. This, in effect, means that there will be no MyCiTi trunk or feeder services available as from Wednesday morning, for as long as the strike and lock-out continue.
‘We regret the inconvenience caused and the pressure it adds on commuters to make alternative travel arrangements. The strike will have a serious knock-on effect on all public transport and road-based traffic as more than 72 000 commuters make use of the MyCiTi service on any given weekday. Furthermore, we anticipate that the strike action will have a severe impact on Cape Town’s commuters who are already taking strain due to the challenges that Metrorail is experiencing with the Central line,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading
It is with sincere regret that Golden Arrow must alert our passengers to nationwide strike action which will affect the entire South African bus industry. Unfortunately, as a result of dead-locked wage negotiations, the unions’ party to the South African Road Passengers Bargaining Council (SARPBAC) have given notice of their intention to embark upon strike action on 18 April 2018.
Negotiations are still taking place and Golden Arrow remains hopeful that an agreement can still be reached.
If the strike action goes ahead, Golden Arrow will institute a Company-wide lock-out in order to ensure the safety of our passengers and staff for the duration of the strike. Services could therefore be suspended from 18 April 2018.
In the event of a strike, weekly and monthly clipcards that are valid when the strike commences will be extended when service resumes.
We will endeavour to keep our passengers informed of any new developments via all communication channels available to us.
Long queues, congested reception areas and endless hours of waiting could well be a scene from the past as City Health launches its new appointment system. Read more below:
The City of Cape Town’s Health Department today, 13 April 2018, officially launched its new appointment system in Kraaifontein.
This new appointment system is aimed at improving accessibility to primary healthcare and reducing waiting times in a bid to strengthen health services and improve healthcare.
‘We are well aware that congested waiting areas are a source of stress not only to our patients but also to staff. We welcome this new initiative as it will improve both patient and staff satisfaction,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services,’ Alderman JP Smith.
This new appointment system is a joint initiative between City Health and the University of the Western Cape and forms part of the Appointment Systems Learning Initiative (ASLI) project. The pilot project included the design and implementation of timed appointment systems at 16 facilities. Continue reading
After a short respite, threats against the City of Cape Town’s Electricity Services Department contract staff who are working in Gugulethu and Nyanga have resumed. Read more below:
The City of Cape Town is disappointed to report that City contractors working on electricity infrastructure in the Gugulethu area are once again being threatened and prevented from working by local contractors. The local contractors are demanding that all City contract work in the area be allocated to the local contractors exclusively.
The City condemns these actions in the strongest possible terms. Although the City has placed much focus on local labour components in all of its contracts and supply chain management processes, demands that tenders be given exclusively to only one grouping of contractors cannot be accepted. Preventing contractors from carrying out work in these areas is affecting response times, and could also potentially result in more than 10 000 customers going without electricity in the event of a major outage.
The City regrets any inconvenience caused to residents in the area who are waiting for service requests to be resolved, and is doing everything in its power to resolve this matter.
The MyCiTi service in Table View and surrounds has been the worst affected by the absenteeism of bus drivers who have been participating in the march to Parliament this morning, 12 April 2018. Read more below:
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has called on its members to participate in a march to Parliament today. The MyCiTi service has been affected as a result.
The MyCiTi trunk routes – the T03 and T04 routes operating between Atlantis, Melkbosstrand, Table View, Omuramba, Dunoon, and Century City – have been the worst affected during the morning peak hour period, and commuters should expect service disruptions for the rest of the day, inclusive of the afternoon peak hour period.
Similarly, the MyCiTi feeder routes serving commuters from Sunningdale, Parklands, Big Bay and Melkbosstrand have also been severely disrupted due to bus drivers not arriving for work this morning. In fact, some of the feeder routes did not operate at all, and again, commuters are advised to please make alternative arrangements for the rest of the day.
Most of the MyCiTi routes in the inner city, Hout Bay, and to the Cape Town International Airport are operating with minor disruptions, and some delays. The MyCiTi N2 Express service operating between Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha and the Civic Centre station has not been affected.
The City will carefully monitor the situation, and will provide commuters with updates as far as possible.
Commuters are also advised to please visit the MyCiTi website on www.myciti.org.za for regular updates; and to follow us on Twitter @MyCiTiBus; or to phone the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63 – the TIC line is available 24/7.
We apologise for the delays, disruptions, route deviations, and the inconvenience caused but do expect services to return to normal as from tomorrow morning, 13 April 2018.
STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE
Today I was meant to visit Nomzamo in Strand where the City of Cape Town is electrifying several informal settlements in the area.
This morning I was made aware of a canal blockade in the area and as a result I had to call an emergency meeting with senior City officials to resolve the matter.
In this regard, a team from the Transport and Urban Development Authority have been dispatched to Nomzamo to investigate and assess what work needs to be done. The work is scheduled to start on Monday, 16 April 2018.
I wish to convey my apologies to the media colleagues and residents who were eager to attend the site visit.
The City is committed to ensuring concerns raised by residents are attended to immediately. Continue reading
A few smart moves on the pitch, and off, at Athlone Stadium have helped to make the facility even more water-wise and the water-saving initiatives are already yielding positive results. Read more below:
The protracted drought, coupled with level 6B water restrictions that ban the use of potable water for watering grass, has taken a toll on the pitch at Athlone Stadium, which had deteriorated significantly.
Last year the City of Cape Town installed a treated effluent water (TEW) system to be used primarily for watering of the pitch, which has over time helped to rehabilitate the playing field to its former glory.
In yet another smart move, and in addition to the TEW system, the City has installed the Aquatrip water management system in the restrooms at the stadium. The Aquatrip system makes use of motion sensors to significantly reduce water wastage when it comes to leaks, and regulates how and when water is utilised in a particular area.
The water-on-demand system has helped to save significant amounts of water since installation. In the six months since it was installed, 13 million litres of water have been saved which translates into an estimated monetary saving of R2,5 million per annum.
The City of Cape Town proposes to spend more than R850 million over the medium term (between the 2018/19 to 20/21 financial years) on informal settlements upgrades and backyarder services. This is reflected in the City’s Draft Budget which is currently open for public participation. Read more below:
As part of the City’s drive to transform living conditions in informal settlements, some R713 million is earmarked to be spent by the City’s Informal Settlements and Backyarder Department on backyarder service provision and the informal settlements upgrade programme over the next three years. At the same time, R150 million is expected to be spent on electricity services to backyard dwellers by the City’s Electricity Services Department.
The mainstreaming of basic service delivery to informal settlements and backyard dwellers, and achieving excellence in basic service delivery in general, are pillars of the City’s transformational priorities in accordance with our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan.
The roll-out of the City’s backyarder and upgrade programmes are absolutely dependent on the cooperation of the communities involved and the support from the beneficiaries and other partners.
‘The proposed spend is part of the continuing shift that is occurring in the human settlements sphere. The delivery model where government is the sole provider of housing opportunities, which consist mostly of costly formal housing characterised by lengthy processes, is unsustainable.
‘The increased focus on backyarders, the upgrading of informal settlements and associated expansion of services is therefore a wave of change that is rolling over the human settlement sphere. We are hoping that this focus will enable us to not only improve the lives of our most vulnerable residents but that, going forward, we will be able to provide housing opportunities on a larger scale than before,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.
The public Participation Process for the City’s Draft Budget for 2018/19 ends on 4 May 2018.
Submit your comment on the Draft Budget via our online portal or other channels.