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STATEMENT BY THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER: TRANSPORT FOR CAPE TOWN: COUNCILLOR BRETT HERRON

The City of Cape Town will deploy additional buses on the N2 Express route between Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha and Cape Town to assist commuters who may be affected by the expected delays of Metrorail trains tomorrow, 18 April 2016. The Golden Arrow Bus Service will also deploy additional buses on routes across the city to prevent commuters from being stranded. 

Firstly I want to condemn the violence and the destruction of Metrorail infrastructure and carriages that took place on Thursday evening, 14 April 2016, and the early evening of Friday, 15 April 2016, at the Kraaifontein staging yard and the Cape Town and Woodstock stations.

We cannot ignore the fact that Metrorail is in a state of crisis.

The sabotage of the service by illegal strikers and the longstanding issues with Metrorail’s infrastructure – among which defective signal systems and point detection, as well as electrical malfunction – must be addressed as a matter of urgency. Continue reading

Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron on Friday was satisfied with the progress made by his provisional Junior Springbok training squad since they assembled in camp two weeks ago and feels there are several positives to build on as they prepare for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Manchester from 7 to 25 June.

The training squad has been hard at work at training to familiarise themselves with the structures and systems put in place by Theron and his coaching team for the international showpiece, and they capped this off with a contact session against the Western Province Rugby Institute in Stellenboschon Friday morning.

The innovation showed on attack combined with their solid defensive effort by the players impressed Theron, who said: “It was pleasing to see the players’ skill levels on attack and the way they put their bodies on the line on defence, so there are several positives we can build on as our preparation intensifies for the World Championship. The handling skills, in particular, were really impressive, and it was pleasing to see how the players mixed things up on attack. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town has decided to extend the comment period on its Draft Budget for the 2016/17 to 2018/19 financial year by a week, to 29 April 2016, in an effort to garner more public input for consideration. 

The City’s hopes that by extending the period for public comment on the Draft Budget, comprising approximately R40,7 billion for the 2016/17 financial year, it will give more residents more time to scrutinise the document and to contribute their insights and suggestions.

‘It is important that we plan with the people of Cape Town and not for them through a collaborative approach. Our residents and ratepayers must therefore scrutinise the draft budget and send us their comments for consideration.

‘We have had to look very closely at balancing the City’s operational needs with the realities on the ground and the broader context in which we are working. We have looked at where we can trim the fat, work more efficiently, get more value for money, and also alleviate the pressure on our residents where at all possible,’ said the City’s Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson. Continue reading

Grandwest Casino, Cape Town, South Africa -  6 November 2014:Bout 10 - Abdul Hassan vs. Irshaad Sayed - EFC bantamweight FightPhoto by: Ruby Wolff / EFC WorldWide 2014

Grandwest Casino, Cape Town, South Africa – 6 November 2014:Bout 10 – Abdul Hassan vs. Irshaad Sayed – EFC bantamweight FightPhoto by: Ruby Wolff / EFC WorldWide 2014

GrandWest, home to EFC (the Extreme Fighting Championship) events in the Western Cape, is gearing up for the next event, EFC 48, to be headlined by the heavyweight championship fight between Brendon Groenewald and Danie van Heerden.

EFC 48 takes place on Friday, 22 April 2016, a day earlier than originally scheduled following a groundbreaking broadcast partnership which will see all future EFC events taking place on Friday nights instead of Saturdays. EFC will now be broadcast live on Kwesé Sports from 20:00 and delayed live on e.tv in South Africa from around 22:30 (after the evening movie).

In addition to the heavyweight championship bout between Groenewald and van Heerden at the Grand Arena, EFC fans can also look forward to 11 other fights including the interim bantamweight championship between Irshaad Sayed and Cedric Doyle.

The City of Cape Town intends moving all existing prepaid electricity customers currently on the subsidised Lifeline tariff, but whose property value exceeds R1 million, to the Domestic tariff as from 1 October 2016. Read more below:

The Lifeline tariff is a subsidised tariff aimed at providing support to poor households. In terms of the tariff structure, only households that meet the following criteria qualify for this subsidisation:

· Their municipal property valuation is R300 000 or less and

· They use less than 450 kWh per month on average, including any free electricity and

· They have a prepaid electricity meter

If a customer receives a senior citizen or disabled persons rebate in terms of the Rates Policy or is registered as indigent in terms of the Credit Control and Debt Collection Policy, the property valuation and metering requirements stated above fall away.

Homeowners over the age of 60 whose household income is less than R12 000 per month currently qualify for the senior citizen rebate and it is proposed, in the City’s draft budget for 2016/2017, to increase this limit to a household income of R15 000 per month. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate is inviting NGOs and shelters to apply for aid to help manage the expected influx of street people needing assistance over winter. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate is calling on non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to apply for aid as part of its Winter Readiness Programme for street people. Each year, the directorate procures food, blankets, mattresses and toiletries that are distributed to qualifying NGOs who work with street people.

‘Some shelters are overrun by requests for assistance in winter, when many street people look for a warm and dry place to sleep. Our contribution is meant to ensure that these organisations can help as many people as possible,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Social Development and Early Childhood Development, Councillor Suzette Little. Continue reading

This year’s Suidoosterfees promises something for everyone in a cultural explosion of drama, comedy, cabaret and dance. The City of Cape Town is a proud supporter of the 13th annual Suidoosterfees which takes place from 27 April to 2 May 2016 in several venues across the city. Read more below:

Drama, comedy, cabaret, dance and lots of free entertainment are on the programme for this year’s Suidoosterfees.

‘The festival offers an extensive variety of productions to suit everyone. The theme this year is “District 6!” and it reflects and celebrates the people, the unity and colour of this community. It also highlights the rich diversity of our arts and culture and promises to be food for the soul. The City is a proud supporter of this inclusive event,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Garreth Bloor.

Productions will be presented at the Artscape Theatre, the Fugard Theatre and the District Six Museum Homecoming Centre. Continue reading

There are four changes to the DHL Stormers starting line-up to face the Emirates Lions in their Vodacom Super Rugby clash at Emirates Airlines Park on Saturday.

The DHL Stormers travel to Johannesburg in search of their third consecutive away win of this Vodacom Super Rugby season, following victories in Bloemfontein and Buenos Aires, and their sixth victory from their seventh game overall.

Two of the changes are rotational, with loosehead prop JC Janse van Rensburg trading places with Oli Kebble who starts on the replacements bench, whilst in the loose trio Nizaam Carr comes back into the starting line-up at openside flank and Siya Kolisi is named amongst the replacements this week.

Scrumhalf Nic Groom returns from a minor knee injury which kept him out of action against the Sunwolves, and hooker Bongi Mbonambi gets another chance to start as Scarra Ntubeni has been ruled out with a hamstring niggle. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s Observatory Library boasts 110 years of service to residents, a war memorial and heritage status. This week the library celebrated its 110-year milestone with a special event for patrons who have been members for more than two decades. Read more below:

After 110 years of serving the community around it, the City’s Observatory Library is still a beacon for residents seeking relaxation, knowledge, information, social interaction and a safe space.

‘Our libraries culturally enrich the communities in which they are located and the Observatory Library celebrates 110 years of being a focal point in the area. It has become a safe and free space for young and old,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Special Projects, Alderman Belinda Walker. Continue reading

CAPE TOWN THIS WEEK: A NEWSLETTER BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

Note to editors: the below is an open letter from City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, to the National Minister of Public Works, Thulas Nxesi

In 2004, the City’s Metropolitan Cemetery Study identified the lack of land for cemeteries as a major flaw in the human settlement planning for the metro south-east.

Since 2006, the City of Cape Town has been liaising with the National Department of Public Works regarding the acquisition of an unregistered portion of land in Mfuleni to provide a much-needed cemetery in the area.

The population of Mitchells Plain, Blue Downs, Mfuleni, Khayelitsha and Philippi is growing rapidly, without any additional cemetery provision. Continue reading

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