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

The MyCiTi T01 and T04 trunk services from Dunoon as well as all the Table View feeder services were delayed this morning due to protest action by residents from Dunoon. Given the volatile situation, three MyCiTi stations – Usasaza, Dunoon and Killarney – will remain closed until further notice. Read more below:

Hundreds of MyCiTi commuters were inconvenienced this morning due to the illegal protest action by a group of residents who prevented MyCiTi buses from leaving the Stables bus depot in Dunoon. The group gathered in front of the gates at the depot during the early hours of this morning, 8 April 2016, blocking the exit and preventing a staff bus transporting bus drivers from entering the premises.

Law Enforcement officials were deployed to assist with the situation. The first buses were only dispatched at around 06:30 this morning, with Law Enforcement assisting and escorting the bus drivers.

Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the City’s transport authority, requested that other vehicle operating companies assist with additional trips along the affected routes in an effort to limit delays and the inconvenience to commuters.

Despite these emergency measures, most of the commuters experienced delays of up to 90 minutes during the morning peak-hour period, arriving late for work or school due to reasons beyond their control.

The City will not allow protesters to disrupt an essential transport service and to threaten our personnel. I condemn their illegal protest action in the strongest possible terms.

I also want to make it clear that we will do everything in our power to ensure the safety of our passengers and MyCiTi personnel. Other residents from Dunoon and the surrounding suburbs have every right to decent public transport and the City will not hesitate to defend and protect their right to make use of the MyCiTi service unhindered.

Potsdam Road is closed for traffic at the intersection with Blaauwberg Road and Sandown Road. As such, the MyCiTi buses operating along the T01and T04 route are currently turning short at Killarney Terminus until further notice. Due to the volatile situation, three of the busiest stations along the T01 – Usasaza, Dunoon and Killarney – will also remain closed until further notice.

TCT and Law Enforcement are closely monitoring the situation. A further update about the afternoon peak-hour service will be issued later today.

The City is still trying to establish the reasons for the protest action, save to say that it is alleged to be linked to the illegal land grabs in Dunoon during the weekend of 20 March 2016.

The City of Cape Town’s free Wi-Fi service reached a significant milestone this week when the number of public Wi-Fi Zones passed the 200 mark. Read more below:

The City now has 201 public Wi-Fi zones clustered in 78 locations spread across the metro area. In the past week, more than 84 000 residents have used the service.

Most of the Wi-Fi zones installed so far are in suburbs and centres that have been neglected by commercial service providers, or where residents find commercial internet services too expensive. These include Nyanga, Kraaifontein, Seawinds, Philippi and Khayelitsha, among others.

The Wi-Fi service operates on top of the City’s fibre-optic network, which both reduces the direct costs and ensures a high quality of service. Continue reading

Today, the 7th of April 2016, marks the official launch of #TBD2016, and we’re very excited and proud to announce that Protea’s Fire & Ice Hotel in Cape Town will once again be supporting our cause this year.

For the past seven years, South Africa’s Twitter community has united to help donate thousands of warm blankets for the poor just in time for winter. And judging by the early signs, it’s going to be a cold one this year.

“With winter around the corner, we know that charities struggle to try and meet the demand for blankets for the underprivileged. But in today’s digital world, we have the power to make that change’’ says #TBD2016’s national co-ordinator and Cape Town host; Merentia van der Vent. Continue reading

Ajax Cape Town today announced the appointment of Stanley Menzo as the club’s new Head of Youth. Stanley was born in Paramaribo, Suriname but spent most of his professional playing career as a goalkeeper at Ajax Amsterdam, after joining the professional ranks at a tender age of 19 and appearing in more than 300 official matches for the club in over 10 years, winning a number of major titles in the process. Winning multiple Cup and League honours and forming part of the Dutch national team on the world’s biggest stage, the 1990 FIFA World Cup as well as in the 1992 European Championships, makes Stanley a highly decorated professional and vastly suitable candidate to head up the youth department at Ajax Cape Town. Continue reading

The below is an extract from a statement by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at her first official meeting with the South African Police Service Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General KE Jula, today 7 April 2016.

It is a great pleasure for me to be here today with the newly appointed Western Cape Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula.

Even though the primary mandate to fight crime belongs to the South African Police Service (SAPS), the City of Cape Town has a crime prevention strategy which exists to support their work. We are here today in the spirit of cooperative governance to reaffirm our commitment to working with the SAPS to address the scourge of crime across our city. Continue reading

Transport for Cape Town, the City of Cape Town’s transport authority, in collaboration with the Richmond Park Development Company (Pty), will soon embark on a major project in Bothasig to turn Plattekloof Road into a dual carriageway and refurbish the existing road infrastructure. Read more below:

‘All in all, we will spend approximately R100 million on the project – first of all to build a new carriageway south of the existing Plattekloof Road and secondly to refurbish the existing Plattekloof Road after we have completed the construction of the new carriageway. Once completed, this important artery will be a dual carriageway all the way from the N7 freeway in the west to the N1 freeway in the east,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.

The project should commence within the next three weeks, if all goes according to plan. Continue reading

An adult male passed away this morning when he was struck by a train on Nolungile Station in Khayelitsha. The fatal incident occurred at 08h00 and Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical as well as Forensic Pathology Services responded to the scene.

City Health urges the public to clean up their lifestyles and keep fit to limit the impact of diseases like diabetes, which is the focus of World Health Day tomorrow. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate would like to appeal to residents to have regular tests for diabetes mellitus (commonly referred to as diabetes) and to keep in shape to avoid contracting the disease. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has singled out diabetes for World Health Day tomorrow, 7 April 2016, as it has become one of the biggest threats to public health.

According to the WHO, about 350 million people worldwide have diabetes and the disease was responsible for 1,5 million deaths in 2012 – most in low- and middle-income countries. Continue reading

The sequence of events that resulted in the retrieval of a car stolen two years ago showcases not only the skills of the City’s volunteer Law Enforcement service, but also the automatic number plate recognition technology. Read more below:

One of the City’s Law Enforcement Auxiliary Service members helped a car owner recover his vehicle that had been stolen two years ago, after trying to correct an incomplete traffic fine.

Ryan Morris (pictured) ticketed a vehicle during an operation in the Cape Town CBD on Thursday 24 March 2016 for being unlicensed. A few days later, he noticed that some of the details on the fine were not filled in correctly. He verified the vehicle registration number with the Traffic Services control room only to find that the vehicle had been reported stolen in 2014. Thanks to licence plate recognition technology, it was determined that the vehicle is frequently used in the Table View area. On Thursday 31 March 2016, the vehicle was recovered and the owner contacted. It emerged that the car was the subject of a sale, but the owner never received payment and had been unable to locate his vehicle for the past two years. Continue reading

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LINEUP SUBJECT TO CHANGE!

Wednesday 06th April 2016 (A Night of Headliners)

Marc Lottering

Loyiso Gola

Conrad Koch/Chester Missing
Kurt Schoonraad (MC) Continue reading

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