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The City of Cape Town officially kicked play into high gear when its fourth smart park opened in Nomzamo, Strand, earlier today, 15 May 2017. The R5 million facility took a year to complete and is part of an award-winning concept in park design. Read more below:

The Nomzamo Smart Park is the fourth to be completed, with two more nearing completion. The other three smart parks are in Gugulethu, Symphony Way and Mandela Park.

The nearly completed parks are Seawinds and Atlantis.

‘Recreational and green spaces have the potential to transform a collection of houses into an integrated and vibrant community. The Nomzamo Smart Park design shows a real understanding of how to create a space where people of all ages can enjoy recreational time outdoors. It is a model neighbourhood park which I am sure will be the source of many happy times for the surrounding community,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading

The City’s Coastal Management team is in process of removing a 15m long Brydes whale carcass that washed up on Sunset Beach in Milnerton this morning, 15 May 2017. Read more below:

The carcass will be taken to the landfill site at Vissershok.

‘While such occurrences tend to draw curious onlookers, from a safety perspective we urge members of the public to please keep away to allow the officials on site to do what needs to be done,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area North, Councillor Suzette Little.

The City requests members of the public to avoid Sunset Beach during the course of today. The operation is expected to be completed by late afternoon, however, the associated odours may linger after the carcass has been removed.

Cape Town boasts some of the country’s largest food and beverage manufacturing companies, making the city a well-established hub for the sector. Read more below:

According to the City of Cape Town’s Economic Performance Indicators (EPIC) Report for the fourth quarter of 2016, this is one of the few manufacturing industries in Cape Town that has a positive trade balance. As such, the sector is also an important earner of foreign exchange for the city.

The city’s proximity to a vast and productive agricultural hinterland, an international port, a growing consumer population and a relatively strong skills base, makes it a very competitive location in which to base food and beverage manufacturing operations. Continue reading

Pedestrians are advised to take note of the new stickers that have been placed above the pushbuttons on traffic signal poles. These stickers explain when and how to safely cross intersections. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) will, over the next six weeks, place approximately 3 200 of these educational stickers on traffic signal poles at intersections in the Cape Town central business district (CBD), Atlantis, Melkbosstrand, Table View and Blaauwberg, Dunoon and Potsdam, Century City, and along the MyCiTi service trunk routes and the R27, Sea Point and Camps Bay.

‘There is a significant number of pedestrians in the CBDs and suburbs across Cape Town – either commuters who are walking between MyCiTi stations, railway stations and taxi ranks and their places of work and homes; learners to and from their way to school, university or college; visitors and tourists; and those running errands.

‘We have noticed that there is general confusion about the meaning of the flashing red man at pedestrian crossings. Some pedestrians and motorists are under the impression that when the red man flashes pedestrians are not allowed to still be within the street or intersection. This is wrong. Continue reading

The vibrant and colourful Guga S’thebe Arts and Culture Centre in Langa will play host to renowned ‘Test Kitchen’ chef, Luke Dale-Roberts later this month. This is the latest feather in this important centre’s cap.

The City of Cape Town’s Guga S’thebe Arts and Culture Centre in Langa will add another dish to its already impressive menu at the end of May.

This vibrant arts and culture hub, one of 10 such facilities owned and maintained by the City, will host the Test Kitchen Langa project on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May 2017. Internationally acclaimed chef, Luke Dale-Roberts, and his team from The Test Kitchen will cook lunch at a fundraiser for the Noluthando Early Childhood Development Centre and Project Archangel.

‘Our Cultural Spaces Programme is aimed at providing dedicated and relevant arts and culture spaces that are active, vibrant and well used throughout the city. We partner with sustainable non-profit organisations and plan to establish spaces throughout the metropole for the practice and production of arts- and culture-related activities. Food is definitely a huge part of South African culture and so I hope that the Test Kitchen and others will come back for a second or third helping,’ said the City’s Mayoral committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman Jean-Pierre Smith. Continue reading


Today, 11 May 2017, I visited the Sweet Homes informal settlement in Philippi to monitor and to participate in the City of Cape Town’s winter preparation that is under way.

The City has identified 34 high risk flood-prone areas and has initiated flood prevention measures to minimise the adverse effects of the winter months in these areas.

Flood-measure intervention areas include parts of Kosovo, Klipfontein Glebe, Barcelona/Europe/Vukuzenzele, TR Section, QQ Section, Monwabisi Park and in the Masiphumelele wetlands.

Informal settlements are prioritised for maintenance efforts which focus on the formal and open drainage systems either surrounding or within the settlements, with an increase in inspections and cleaning in the run-up to the winter rainfall season. Continue reading

Versatile band, Jeodhouse performs an array of songs at Jackson Hall, GrandWest during May 2017. The band, comfortable playing jazz, R&B, pop and house, will entertain music fans from 21h00 on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout this month. Their shows at Jackson Hall are free to enjoy.

Jeodhouse, formed in 2015, comprises Devanish Hendricks on keyboard and vocals, Dustin Julius on lead guitar, Gurshom Skippers on bass and Liam Webb on drums. Together they have performed at various local clubs and venues, as well as major music festivals including the 2016 Jazz Festival in Tietiesbaai, the

City nurses leading the charge for a safer Cape Town

I had occasion today to express my appreciation to nine City Health staff members ahead of International Nurses Day tomorrow.

These leading lights have served the people of Cape Town and this administration for between 20 and 35 years, helping us to address some of the most pressing health challenges in our communities – in spite of some very trying circumstances.

The theme for International Nurses Day is: ‘Nurses: A voice to lead – Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals’. This is no easy feat, given the health burden in South Africa, particularly in our most vulnerable communities.

The nurses are the back-bone of health services in the City. City Health has helped lower the child mortality rate by driving life-saving interventions from birth through the First 1 000 Days Campaign. Cape Town has also achieved phenomenal success in improving the health status of our communities, such as combatting HIV and TB. Often we speak of these successes by highlighting the statistics. And while it is a useful tool, it doesn’t always reflect the hard work, dedication and perseverance of the staff members without whom our success would not be possible. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s Naming and Nomination Committee has recommended to Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille that the City undertakes a public participation process about the proposal to rename De Waal Drive after the late Philip Kgosana – a struggle leader and former regional secretary of the Pan African Congress (PAC) in the Western Cape. Read more below:

The proposal from Tony Heard, a former editor of the Cape Times, to rename De Waal Drive after Philip Kgosana was considered by the City’s Naming and Nomination Committee this morning, 10 May 2017. The committee subsequently recommended to Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille that the City undertakes a public participation process for comments from interested and affected parties.

Philip Kgosana led a PAC march of approximately 30 000 protestors from Langa and Nyanga along De Waal Drive on 30 March 1960. Heard accompanied Kgosana on the day of the peaceful march to the apartheid Parliament, following the Sharpeville massacre.

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Theewaterskloof Dam

Theewaterskloof Dam

Dam levels are now at 22% (storage levels), which is 0,7% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at 12%. The latest consumption has jumped up again to 720 million litres, which is 120 million litres over the consumption target of 600 million litres.  

The City of Cape Town thanks consumers for their saving efforts but is concerned that usage has increased to 720 million litres of collective use per day, possibly following the hot and cold spell of weather last week.

The City warns consumers to save water consistently and not to be influenced by the weather.

The City has also finalised its latest list of Top 100 highest, non-indigent, domestic high water consumers for March 2017. It shows that leaks on private property, which is the responsibility of the owner to fix, remains a major cause of avoidable high consumption.

Approximately two thirds of the Top 30 properties on the March list, were found to have leaks on the properties which were the reason for the high consumption. City water inspectors have been engaging with the high users and most of these leaks have been repaired by the owners.

Engagements with other high users continue. A high user is classified as using above 40 000 litres of water per month – more than three times the volume that the average formal household should be using (about 12 000 litres per month). The top user according to the March list, located in Claremont, used 678 000 litres of water in March with a three-month average of 737 000 litres of water. High users were identified across the diverse suburbs of Cape Town. Continue reading

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