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STATEMENT BY MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY; AND SOCIAL SERVICES, ALDERMAN JP SMITH

This morning, 9 May 2017, I accompanied Cape Town Traffic Services on the latest instalment of Operation Reclaim – a dedicated enforcement initiative designed to track down motorists with outstanding warrants.

Within a few hours officers had served 56 warrants, arrested 11 people and released 13 others on a warning at the intersection of Jakes Gerwel Drive and Oliver Tambo Drive. The monetary value of these warrants was R97 500.

The overall statistics reflect a more comprehensive picture, which is that Cape Town Traffic Services served 23 409 warrants and made 22 188 warrant-related arrests in the first quarter of this year. This is an increase from the same period in 2016, when they served 20 025 warrants and made 19 069 arrests.

Operation Reclaim is responsible for on average 95% of the warrants served and arrests executed. The Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) unit has played a huge role in this success. They have five vehicles fitted with cameras that are able to scan number plates and identify vehicles with outstanding warrants of arrest. Continue reading

9 May 2017

Today’s ruling in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria that Net1 can continue making deductions from grant beneficiaries’ bank accounts is a huge blow to the poor which will further cripple the most vulnerable in our society.

I do hope this judgement is taken on appeal and I will fully support such an appeal process, with the belief that the appeals court will rule differently on this matter. Furthermore, I will invite CPS and Net1 to come and brief the Western Cape Standing Committee on Community Development and explain how and when the reimbursements for airtime and electricity will be settled. The law is very clear that deductions made from the pension grant should not exceed 10% and can only be made for funeral cover.

It is vital that the poorest of the poor in our society do not continue to suffer from these unacceptable deductions, and that they are no longer manipulated or exploited. Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR PATRICIA DE LILLE

Note to editors: The following speech will be delivered by Mayor Patricia de Lille this evening at the briefing to the business sector on the water crisis hosted at the GreenCape offices. Read more below:

Good evening, goeie naand, molweni, as-salaam alaikum, shalom.

It is my pleasure to welcome you all to what is a very important meeting for me as we engage more proactively with the business sector in our city in particular on the issue of water.

The water crisis impacts on our everyday lives and it has a huge impact on your operations and in turn the economy.

I would like to start by thanking the businesses here tonight for working with the City to use water more sparingly.

Our collective saving efforts along with the residents has stretched our water resources so far but we are heading for trying times as we are already in May and we have yet to see the spells of continual rain which we are accustomed to at this time of the year. Continue reading

Cape Town Comedy Club is open for a good laugh and great food 😊
Half Price Sundays are back: R60pp for selected shows only

MID WEEK MADNESS with limited R50 early bird tickets to our Wednesday & Thursday night shows at Computicket, on selected shows only.

Happy Hour: 6-7pm with great specials

Cape Town Comedy Club is open 5 days a week. Comedy nightly from 8.30pm, dinner from 6pm.

For group bookings or to hire the venue for exclusive use, contact events@capetowncomedy.com.
What’s on for the next 2 weeks…

Wednesday 10th May 2017

HEADLINE: Shimmy Isaacs
MC: Martin Davis (UK)
SUPPORT ACT: Kedibone Mulaudzi (JHB)
OPEN MIC: Justin-Ray Stoffels

Thursday 11th May 2017

HEADLINE: Shimmy Isaacs
MC: Martin Davis (UK)
SUPPORT ACT: Kedibone Mulaudzi (JHB)
OPEN MIC: Justin-Ray Stoffels

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For the last nine months, an entire block of Sea Point’s Regent Road has been the site of furious activity as the ground floor of the building that houses the Mojo Hotel has been transformed into a hybrid urban street market.

The Mojo Market opened its doors on 27 April 2017 for a long weekend celebration of the energetic new space. Boasting over 80 stalls, the 2000 square meter space unites the bustling roadside and passing pavement footfall with floor-to-ceiling views of the sea and palm-lined Promenade, the Market is set to become an integral part of the Sea Point lifestyle.

The design, in consultation with Indigo Fusion and Jade & Ginja, has borrowed from some of the Art Deco elements of Sea Point’s architecture while also drawing in contemporary metallics and natural wood against the markets open industrial background. The retail area faces both inwards (towards a central bar) and outwards (onto the pavement) on the lower floor with a seating area against the glass sea-facing wall. A small mezzanine adds to the number of stalls on offer.

The owners Graeme Robinson, Robbie Lessem and Tara Lerner (who also own the Mojo Hotel) created the market to extend the experience of their hotel visitors but also to give Sea Point residents an interesting new retail and leisure space.

Says Robinson, “Mojo Market has been carefully curated to offer an interesting mix of lifestyle, food and retail. We plan to keep the space alive at night with events too.”

The market will also offer 24-hour coffee via The Mojo Coffee Collective and it is planned that other food vendors will extend their hours too.  Continue reading

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA -  4 May 2017, A group photo of all the students during the Youth Start event at the Banqueting Hall. Civic Hall, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.Photo by:  Carl Fourie

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – 4 May 2017, A group photo of all the students during the Youth Start event at the Banqueting Hall. Civic Hall, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.Photo by: Carl Fourie

The following is an extract of a speech delivered by the Executive Mayor to the #YouthStartCT Top 100 finalists at the Banqueting Hall in the Civic Centre on Thursday, 4 May 2017.

Good evening, goeie naand, molweni, as-salaamu alaikum, shalom.

As part of our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan, our Youth Development Strategy has always been transversal in nature. Across our directorates we have multiple programmes which serve to capacitate the youth.

These range from youth at risk programmes, learnerships and apprenticeships to internships. In our proposed 2017/’18 budget we have set aside funds within our Corporate Services Directorate to the value of R5,5 million for external bursaries; R6,7 million for learnerships; and R9,9 million for apprenticeships. Continue reading

DHL Stormers flyhalf Robert du Preez has been ruled out with a torn pectoral muscle and will undergo specialist opinion regarding possible surgery.

Du Preez was the only major casualty from the DHL Stormers final tour game against the Hurricanes in Wellington.

Centre Dan du Plessis and flank Cobus Wiese have both successfully undergone surgery on dislocated shoulders which have put them out of action for the next four months.

Centre Damian de Allende (ankle) and wing Seabelo Senatla (foot) will both return to full training this week after lengthy lay-offs, along with locks Eben Etzebeth (calf) and Pieter-Steph du Toit (knee) who have recovered from minor niggles.

In the near 17 years since inception, the Public Emergency Communication Centre has expanded its service footprint and made state of the art advances not seen anywhere else in the country. Read more below: 

The City of Cape Town’s Public Emergency Communication Centre’s (PECC) technological makeover is nearly complete.

The PECC is set to move into a new, state of the art facility later this year featuring the latest technology courtesy of the Emergency Policing and Incident Command (EPIC) system.

Project EPIC is an integrated communication platform, designed to ensure that all Safety and Security departments function optimally and that they are able to provide improved service delivery to Cape Town’s residents and visitors to our city. While the PECC has used a number of technological platforms over the years, EPIC is the first to provide integrated call-taking and dispatching across all of the City’s emergency services. Continue reading

Five years since his last performance, Andre the Hilarious Hypnotist is back at GrandWest where he will enthrall his Cape Town fans with his fast witted humour and boggling tricks of the mind. He takes to the stage at the Roxy Revue Bar for a month long run of awe inspiring shows from 3 May to 4 June 2017.

For over 22 years Andre held his audience spellbound with his dry wit, his spectacular sense of humor and his ability to get members of the public to do various strange, weird and incredibly entertaining routines on stage. His previous shows at GrandWest have been sellout successes.

“Andre is renowned for presenting unforgettable, highly interactive performances that leave his audiences flitting between fits of laughter and gasping in amazement as ordinary volunteers drop deep into a hypnotic trance and lose all inhibitions with just a click of his fingers. Continue reading

Dam levels are now at 22,8% (storage levels), which is 0,6% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at 12,3%. The latest consumption is 680 million litres, which is 80 million litres over the new consumption target of 600 million litres. Read more below:

Despite the recent rains the situation remains critical, and the City calls on residents to maintain their savings efforts.

‘We thank the many residents who are still active water ambassadors. We do, however, need to become more consistent as our consumption remains too high considering the unexpected hot weather which continues and irrespective of the bit of rain that we have had.

‘Our water users also continue to respond to the unpredictable climatic conditions by using more water as soon as it heats up, but seemingly also when there is rain. This approach is exacerbating the effects of the enduring and severe drought. Such phenomena are expected to become more frequent as a result of the impact of climate change. In addition, the severity and scale of drought episodes is increasingly difficult to predict. Our relationship with water therefore must start to change – this relationship is something that we can control. Our water-saving efforts cannot be influenced by whether it is hot or cold. We need to save water irrespective of the weather,’ 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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