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All roads led to the Ocean View Civic Centre where local residents were able to access City services at a service delivery expo. The community warmly welcomed City representatives and made full use of the opportunity to actively engage with the officials at the expo tables set up for their convenience. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area South, Councillor Eddie Andrews, had Ocean View on his radar this week when he joined City representatives at a service delivery expo as part of an Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP) roadshow for Area South. The City’s ODTP aims to transform the lives of residents by giving the mayor’s representative the opportunity to engage consistently and effectively with communities. In turn, this will help the City to build an organisation that is more customer-focused.

This was Councillor Andrews’ second visit to the area; he took the budget to the residents earlier this year through a street corner meeting.

About 150 residents engaged with the City’s representatives at the service delivery expo and used the opportunity to raise their concerns or gather information that was available to them. City Health was on hand to conduct health checks and their breast examination display caught the eye of many curious residents. Continue reading

The City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority is celebrating the stories of three women – an environmental field ranger, a principal property inspector, and a MyCiTi bus driver – who have excelled in what are perceived to be traditionally male-dominated careers. The messages of equality and empowerment echo through their stories, which is inspirational on Women’s Day. 

Environmental field ranger Crystal Moses, principal property inspector Sharon Damon, and MyCiTi bus driver Sisiwe Dase are women who have not let their gender stop them from pursuing careers in traditionally male-dominated industries.

‘As we celebrate Women’s Month, I salute these women, who are representative of many others, for their courage in entering and excelling in the traditionally male-dominated transport and urban development realm. These women are the true epitome of the saying “Amakhosikazi Anamandla – women have strength”.

‘As the City, we work towards creating opportunities and developing and supporting programmes that will provide longer-term employment in an effort to promote economic inclusion, which is in line with the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

Learnership programmes in particular have empowered many women, some of whom obtained permanent employment directly with the City through these opportunities. Continue reading

Cape Town, 08 August 2017 – The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, Africa’s must-run iconic city marathon, has won both local and international praise for its world-class management and social benefits. Through its purposeful Run4Change legacy programme, participants, supporters and the public at large are given the opportunity to better their health, whether it’s through active recreation, physical education, exercise or good nutrition.

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon weekend festival, which takes place between 14 and 17 September in the beautiful Mother City, provides a wealth of information and support through its training programmes and assistance from top experts. “The marathon is a great way to make the shift towards positive change in living a healthier life,” says Elana van Zyl-Meyer, ambassador for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon and former Olympic silver medallist.

The races for this year’s action-packed road-running spectacle include the 12km and 22km Sanlam Cape Town Peace Trail Runs, the Sanlam Cape Town 10km Peace Run, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon 42.2km race, and the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon Peace Fun Run. “No matter your fitness level, or what your goals are, there is a race to fit your needs,” says Van Zyl-Meyer. Continue reading

The Hanover Park Clinic was closed for three months while extensive renovations were completed to the tune of more than R1 million.

The City of Cape Town has invested just over R1 million for a makeover of the Hanover Park Clinic. The funding for the project was made available through the Mayoral Urban Regeneration Project.

The facility closed its doors earlier this year for a number of upgrades aimed at further improving service delivery to clients, one of the key priorities in the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan.

One of the highlights is a new tuberculosis (TB) wing that includes a private consultation room and waiting area, giving TB patients separate access to the clinic and improving infection control measures in the clinic. Continue reading

Drought crisis: early warm, dry weather calls for extra saving efforts

The City of Cape Town urges all water users to see how they can reduce their water usage further and not to increase consumption due to the unseasonably hot, dry weather that Cape Town is currently experiencing. Read more below:

Dam storage levels are at 29,4%, with useable water at 19,4%. Consumption remains far too high, exacerbated by the warmer weather and associated evaporation. Consumption is at 632 million litres of collective use per day – this is 132 million litres above the target of 500 million litres. This target has been carefully worked out to ensure that we build up our reserves during winter and that we are carried through to the next winter season.

There should be no reason why essential indoor usage is increased because of the weather. If demand trends mimic weather or temperature trends, it shows that a significant proportion of consumers are flouting the restriction measures. Continue reading

Hooker Scarra Ntubeni will earn his 50th cap for DHL Western Province when he comes off the replacements bench against the Tafel Lager Griquas in Kimberley on Wednesday.

Having recently returned from long-term injury Ntubeni continues his role as an impact player in the Currie Cup encounter which kicks off at 13h00 on Women’s Day.

There are seven changes to the starting line-up which did duty in the 34-19 victory against the Steval Pumas at DHL Newlands, as coach John Dobson shuffles his resources to manage the workload of his players.

The only changes to the forward pack come in the form of an all-new front row, with hooker Ramone Samuels in between props JC Janse van Rensburg and Wilco Louw, with Ntubeni and Michael Kumbirai providing cover on the replacements bench.

There is a new halfback pairing as scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage returns to partner Kurt Coleman, with Jano Vermaak and Damian Willemse among the replacements.

The other changes to the backline see Michal Hazner take his place at inside centre and Bjorn Basson come onto the wing, with Huw Jones making his return from a hamstring injury off the replacements bench. Continue reading

Temporary road closures will be in place in parts of the Cape Town CBD today and tomorrow to accommodate three gatherings which have been approved.

Permits have been issued for the following gatherings to take place:

  • The Unite Behind Coalition gathering on 7 August 2017. The group will march from Keizersgracht to Parliament via Darling, Adderley, Spin and Bureau Streets from 14:00 – 18:00
  • The ANC Dullah Omar Region gathering on 8 August 2017. The group will march from the Grand Parade to Parliament via Darling Street, ending at the corner of Plein and Roeland Streets. They will assemble from 09:00, the march will commence at 13:30, and the group is to disperse by the time proceedings end at Parliament
  • The Multi-Party Notice group gathering on 8 August 2017. The group will march from Keizersgracht to Parliament via Darling Street, Buitenkant Street, Glynne Street, and Vrede Street, ending at the corner of St John’s and Roeland Streets. They will assemble from 09:00, the march will commence at 10:00, and the group is to disperse by the time proceedings end at Parliament

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Along with the 64 vehicles impounded during a four-day operation in Gugulethu and Nyanga, the City’s Traffic Service also arrested 128 motorists for drunk driving in operations around Cape Town. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service capped another busy week on the roads, with 139 arrests in total and 64 vehicle impoundments.

Officers held roadblocks at various locations, including Pinelands, Mfuleni, Bothasig, Table View and Lwandle and arrested 128 motorists for drunk driving. The remaining arrests were for reckless and negligent driving, outstanding warrants, and fraud.

During a four-day integrated public transport operation in Gugulethu and Nyanga between 1 and 4 August 2017, officers impounded 64 sedan taxis and issued 1 592 fines for various offences. Continue reading

For the year ending June 2017, the City reported that more than 92,7% of its purchase orders were placed with BBBEE-compliant vendors. This is part of our commitment to redress through empowerment and economic inclusion. Read more below:

As part of our drive to create a city in which previously disadvantaged residents are afforded economic opportunities, the City of Cape Town issued a total of 216 865 purchase orders in the financial year ending June 2017 (i.e. about 1 000 purchase orders per working day) to vendors who were compliant with Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) legislation.

This equates to more than R13,6 billion or 92,7% of our total purchase orders issued for this period. This is up from R10,77 billion or 87% of total purchase orders in the 2013/14 financial year.

The number of BBBEE service providers who conducted business with the City over the same period was 2 754. This equates to 87,4% of the overall number of service providers used. Continue reading

The facilities protection pilot project launched earlier this year to curb vandalism and theft at 10 City facilities has provided the blueprint for the expansion of the project in hotspots across Cape Town. 

The City of Cape Town is intending to more than double the resources allocated to its facility protection officers (FPOs) initiative.

The programme was piloted in Nyanga and Gugulethu earlier this year, with the appointment of 50 local neighbourhood watch members as facility wardens and eight auxiliary law enforcement officers to patrol and protect sports complexes and community centres. They work under the leadership of operational commander, Senior Inspector Linda Gantsho (pictured above with Alderman JP Smith).

Since their deployment, there have only been three cases of vandalism and theft from facilities, incurring damage of just over R70 000. This is compared with eight cases with damage incurred at just under R800 000 for the same period last year. The FPOs also made 13 arrests, issued 479 fines, confiscated 2 200 counterfeit DVDs/CDs and even impounded a truck for illegal dumping. Continue reading

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