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Thus far, 40 Early Childhood Development centres have benefited from the fire and flood awareness training provided by the City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre. 

The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre played host to a group of Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre operators this weekend to talk about emergency planning.

The workshop was the latest in a series of interventions for ECDs since May and was attended by ECD operators from the Kosovo and Never-Never informal settlements in Philippi.

The sessions are designed to increase awareness about the importance of putting plans in place within ECDs to prevent fire, flooding and crime and to keep the children in their care safe. Aspects covered include onsite planning, emergency staffing, and an evacuation plan in the event of an emergency.

‘The City offers a range of interventions for ECDs to ensure that these are safe and happy learning environments. Through our Social Development Department we provide training to staff and owners on running a business, but also the implementation of early learning principles. The Department also provides learning materials and first-aid kits. The Disaster Risk Management Centre in turn focuses on empowering these ECD owners to be well prepared in case of an emergency. This basket of interventions underpins the City’s commitment, through the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan, to build a safe and caring city by taking services directly to residents, particularly for the vulnerable among us, like our young children,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

The emergency planning workshops started in May and thus far staff from 40 ECDs in the Kuils River, Thabo Mbeki, Lower Crossroads, Marikana and Philippi areas have attended.

‘The importance of this type of training cannot be overstated. In addition to having a plan and knowing what to do in case of emergency, I also want to appeal to ECDs to ensure that they do regular checks of their structures, electrical infrastructure, and fire safety equipment. We cannot put a price on child safety,’ added Alderman Smith.


The City of Cape Town congratulates Hisense on the significant milestone of producing its millionth television and millionth fridge at its factory in Atlantis.

Hisense has become somewhat of an anchor investment into the Atlantis Industrial Area – an area which is witnessing an upsurge in manufacturing activity.

It has been four years since Hisense opened its factory in this area. It currently employs about 500 full-time employees.

We are truly grateful that Hisense chose Cape Town as their base for operations into the rest of Africa and wish them great success with their expansion plans in extending their production lines. Continue reading


The City of Cape Town is making drop-off points available to members of the public who would like to support the humanitarian relief efforts in Knysna.

The town and surrounding areas continue to be ravaged by a series of wild fires that have wrought havoc and devastation, forcing many to leave their homes.

The City’s Fire and Rescue Service has already dispatched a team of firefighters and equipment to assist with active firefighting in the region. They drove through the night to get to the frontlines.

We have made drop-off points available at the following four fire stations only, should members of the public want to make donations to Knysna residents:

  • Goodwood Fire Station
  • Strand Fire Station
  • Roeland Street Fire Station (in the CBD)
  • Fish Hoek Fire Station

Courier company, DHL, will collect the donations at the drop-off points and transport the items to Knysna. The City of Cape Town is deeply appreciative of DHL’s willingness to get involved and help those in need.

Donations of non-perishable food, water, clothing, blankets and toiletry items are most welcome and will be distributed by the local Disaster Risk Management officials in Knysna, in conjunction with non-governmental organisations.

Water users are reminded that water is only permitted for essential use, irrespective of the rainfall that is being experienced.

All water users must continue to reduce their water usage to less than 100 litres per person per day in total, wherever they are. The much-anticipated cold front which has made landfall is not a quick ticket out of the drought situation. It will take at least three consecutive winters of above-average rainfall to make a real difference.

‘The City urges consumers, where possible, to use suitable containers to capture rainwater, which is perfect for flushing toilets, as an example. Flushing an average toilet could save nine litres per flush depending on the type of toilet.

‘It must be noted that, due to climatic unpredictability, no one is able to definitely predict when our next big rainfall will occur. We must therefore continue to save water now and we cannot afford to have our water use influenced by the weather – using less than 100 litres per person per day whether at home, work, school or elsewhere remains the requirement,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg. Continue reading

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Jobs available: Radisson Red is looking for a range of creative and passionate individuals to join their brand new team based at the hotel in the V&A Waterfront. All you need to do is express yourself, show us who you are and demonstrate why you are perfect for Red. To apply, send us your CV and a 30-second video that captures who you are using a creative element (poetry, photography, music, dance, or anything in between) – be creative! Apply by 9 June (should your application be successful, casting days are 15-16 June)

We are looking for creatives (waiters, barman, baristas, and front desk)

  • Welcome guests, take them through the registration steps (if they haven’t already done it online) and give them the relevant venue and destination information.
  • Head off problems before they happen by recognising guest cues and anticipating their needs.
  • Make things right as soon as they go wrong. This means you show empathy and do whatever it takes to resolve a problem, which should be always to the satisfaction of the guests.
  • Act as a hub of communication for the venue – you pass on information which makes things better for the guests and easier for your fellow team members.
  • Plan and prepare for upcoming Red events and guest bookings.
  • Follow all OuiBar and Red events standard operating procedures including service steps, up-selling, control, billing and food and drink safety measures.
  • Are able and ready to make the Red experience fantastic by providing knowledgeable and current recommendations.
  • Re-order food, disposable, and cleaning material items according to established par stock levels.
  • Take the time to talk to guests, are genuinely interested and listen to them so they feel special and welcome.
  • Sing out when you need help.

We are looking for kitchen creatives (chefs, chefs, and chefs) Continue reading

The City of Cape Town would like to advise residents that its call centre, available on 0860 103 089, is currently experiencing an extraordinarily high volume of calls as a result of the inclement weather conditions.

Residents are urged to make use of the following alternative methods of reaching out to the City for water- and electricity-related matters (standard SMS rates apply):

  • Send an SMS to 31373 for all water-related faults, such as blocked drains and supply disruptions
  • Send an SMS to 31220 for all electricity-related faults or outages

For any emergencies (such as flooding) or life-threatening situations, residents should please call 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline.

All disaster risk management agencies in the city are on hand to render assistance where needed.

Heart FM’s Tracey Lange makes debut on Afrikaans soapie Suidooster

Cape Town, 07 June 2017: She’s already a familiar face on the social and lifestyle television scene, but will be adding soapie star to her resume soon. Heart FM presenter Tracey Lange will be gracing our screens on the popular Afrikaans kykNET soapie Suidooster on Thursday 8 June 2017 at 18:00. Lange who hosts the 9-12 show on Heart FM, the number one commercial radio station in the Western Cape*, will be playing a radio host who discovers a new talent in the fictional suburb of Ruitersbosch.

On Monday 16 November 2015 South African TV history was made when Suidooster, the first soapie to be set and filmed in the Western Cape went to air on Afrikaans DStv channel kykNET. The production features some of South Africa’s top acting talent including Denise Newman, Cedwyn Joel, Abduraghmaan Adams and Marcel Van Heerden to name a few. Co-incidentally Lange broadcast her show from the studio on launch day creating awareness around the production.

Lange is no stranger to the television world, she has been hosting the Afrikaans lifestyle show Bravo! for a number of years. Lange says the role was crafted for her. “I absolutely love the show and have done extensive interviews with cast members. Because I love showcasing local talent on my radio show, I was asked to play myself hosting a show on Heart FM. I don’t want to give too much away as we’d like for viewers to tune in, but I discover a lovely new talent in the fictional community of Ruitersbosch.”

Lange’s debut appearance takes place on Thursday 8 June 2017 followed by two more episodes on Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 June 2017. Publicity Manager for Suidooster and Hombrew Films Wilmer Miller says casting Lange was a no brainer. “Tracey makes no secret that she is a big fan of Suidooster and therefore it was so exciting to include her in such a special episode.” Asked if this could possibly become something permanent, Lange gave her well known infectious laugh and said everyone will have to wait and see.


As we expect severe inclement weather following the warnings from the South African Weather Service, I urge Capetonians to remain calm and do all they can to keep safe.

As the cold front approaches tonight, we are expecting heavy rainfall, strong winds, and waves between 9 m and 12 m along the coastal areas of the Cape Peninsula.

We would like to assure residents that our Disaster Risk Management teams are on high alert and have been conducting various operations in preparation for the storm. They have also been working with all stakeholders to ensure that we are prepared to provide relief and assistance to residents and to address infrastructure that could potentially be affected by the weather.

The City’s Disaster Risk Management and Informal Settlements Management Departments are monitoring many of the most vulnerable residents across the city. Structures have been secured with additional sand and have been grounded with concrete blocks in an effort to prevent wind damage. Continue reading

The roll-out of a City initiative which seeks to expedite action when children disappear comes as child safety is squarely in the spotlight. 

The City of Cape Town is using its Women in Rental Stock Programme to drive a new initiative aimed at fast-tracking missing person cases, particularly in instances where children disappear. The Western Cape has experienced a surge in cases of missing children in recent months, several with devastating outcomes. 

The initiative aims to ensure a rapid response through coordination of various entities when a person goes missing. Role-players include the City, the South African Police Service, non-governmental organisations, and communities.

The City’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department will, in conjunction with the local ward councillor and community structures, identify candidates to act as suburb coordinators in identified areas. In addition, training will be provided to communities on how to coordinate, respond to, report and participate in the event of a missing person case, including using social media as a communication platform.

‘The hours immediately following a person disappearing present a small window of opportunity to find them. Recent research has revealed that it takes a little as two hours to move a person out of the province. It is therefore imperative that we are able to launch a well-coordinated response as soon as possible,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading

Drought crisis: we must all be watch-dogs

Dam storage levels are now at 19,6%. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at 9,6%. Disappointingly, consumption remains at 648 million litres per day, which is 48 million litres above the consumption target. Read more below:

While there is some rain predicted for this week, we need continuous rainfall over many weeks for our dam levels to reach sufficient levels. The City of Cape Town therefore appeals to residents and businesses to keep up water-saving measures and not to relax their efforts. The need to meet our water usage targets is becoming ever more pressing as we cannot be sure when we will get rains again, with the impacts of climate change being harshly felt in terms of reduced annual average rainfall.

For those who are looking to reduce their water consumption in innovative ways, the City will be running an expo at Canal Walk to showcase water-saving technologies from 10 – 11 June 2017. All residents who want to explore ways in which they can conserve water are encouraged to attend.

With the passing of Level 4 water restrictions, all outdoor use of drinking water has been banned. However, this on its own will not result in us meeting consumption targets. To meet our savings goals, we need every resident to limit their water use to no more than 100 litres per day. Those who exceed this target do so at the expense of other residents. We can only save water while we still have water to be saved and we need all residents to realise that this crisis can only be managed properly if everyone plays their part and reduces their consumption. Continue reading

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