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Long queues, congested reception areas and endless hours of waiting could well be a scene from the past as City Health launches its new appointment system. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Health Department today, 13 April 2018, officially launched its new appointment system in Kraaifontein.

This new appointment system is aimed at improving accessibility to primary healthcare and reducing waiting times in a bid to strengthen health services and improve healthcare.

‘We are well aware that congested waiting areas are a source of stress not only to our patients but also to staff. We welcome this new initiative as it will improve both patient and staff satisfaction,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services,’ Alderman JP Smith.

This new appointment system is a joint initiative between City Health and the University of the Western Cape and forms part of the Appointment Systems Learning Initiative (ASLI) project. The pilot project included the design and implementation of timed appointment systems at 16 facilities. Continue reading

After a short respite, threats against the City of Cape Town’s Electricity Services Department contract staff who are working in Gugulethu and Nyanga have resumed. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town is disappointed to report that City contractors working on electricity infrastructure in the Gugulethu area are once again being threatened and prevented from working by local contractors. The local contractors are demanding that all City contract work in the area be allocated to the local contractors exclusively.

The City condemns these actions in the strongest possible terms. Although the City has placed much focus on local labour components in all of its contracts and supply chain management processes, demands that tenders be given exclusively to only one grouping of contractors cannot be accepted. Preventing contractors from carrying out work in these areas is affecting response times, and could also potentially result in more than 10 000 customers going without electricity in the event of a major outage.

The City regrets any inconvenience caused to residents in the area who are waiting for service requests to be resolved, and is doing everything in its power to resolve this matter.

The MyCiTi service in Table View and surrounds has been the worst affected by the absenteeism of bus drivers who have been participating in the march to Parliament this morning, 12 April 2018. Read more below:

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has called on its members to participate in a march to Parliament today. The MyCiTi service has been affected as a result.

The MyCiTi trunk routes – the T03 and T04 routes operating between Atlantis, Melkbosstrand, Table View, Omuramba, Dunoon, and Century City – have been the worst affected during the morning peak hour period, and commuters should expect service disruptions for the rest of the day, inclusive of the afternoon peak hour period.

Similarly, the MyCiTi feeder routes serving commuters from Sunningdale, Parklands, Big Bay and Melkbosstrand have also been severely disrupted due to bus drivers not arriving for work this morning. In fact, some of the feeder routes did not operate at all, and again, commuters are advised to please make alternative arrangements for the rest of the day.

Most of the MyCiTi routes in the inner city, Hout Bay, and to the Cape Town International Airport are operating with minor disruptions, and some delays. The MyCiTi N2 Express service operating between Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha and the Civic Centre station has not been affected.

The City will carefully monitor the situation, and will provide commuters with updates as far as possible.

Commuters are also advised to please visit the MyCiTi website on for regular updates; and to follow us on Twitter @MyCiTiBus; or to phone the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63 – the TIC line is available 24/7.

We apologise for the delays, disruptions, route deviations, and the inconvenience caused but do expect services to return to normal as from tomorrow morning, 13 April 2018.


Today I was meant to visit Nomzamo in Strand where the City of Cape Town is electrifying several informal settlements in the area.

This morning I was made aware of a canal blockade in the area and as a result I had to call an emergency meeting with senior City officials to resolve the matter.

In this regard, a team from the Transport and Urban Development Authority have been dispatched to Nomzamo to investigate and assess what work needs to be done. The work is scheduled to start on Monday, 16 April 2018.

I wish to convey my apologies to the media colleagues and residents who were eager to attend the site visit.

The City is committed to ensuring concerns raised by residents are attended to immediately. Continue reading

A few smart moves on the pitch, and off, at Athlone Stadium have helped to make the facility even more water-wise and the water-saving initiatives are already yielding positive results. Read more below:

The protracted drought, coupled with level 6B water restrictions that ban the use of potable water for watering grass, has taken a toll on the pitch at Athlone Stadium, which had deteriorated significantly.

Last year the City of Cape Town installed a treated effluent water (TEW) system to be used primarily for watering of the pitch, which has over time helped to rehabilitate the playing field to its former glory.

In yet another smart move, and in addition to the TEW system, the City has installed the Aquatrip water management system in the restrooms at the stadium. The Aquatrip system makes use of motion sensors to significantly reduce water wastage when it comes to leaks, and regulates how and when water is utilised in a particular area.

The water-on-demand system has helped to save significant amounts of water since installation. In the six months since it was installed, 13 million litres of water have been saved which translates into an estimated monetary saving of R2,5 million per annum.

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The City of Cape Town proposes to spend more than R850 million over the medium term (between the 2018/19 to 20/21 financial years) on informal settlements upgrades and backyarder services. This is reflected in the City’s Draft Budget which is currently open for public participation. Read more below:

As part of the City’s drive to transform living conditions in informal settlements, some R713 million is earmarked to be spent by the City’s Informal Settlements and Backyarder Department on backyarder service provision and the informal settlements upgrade programme over the next three years. At the same time, R150 million is expected to be spent on electricity services to backyard dwellers by the City’s Electricity Services Department.

The mainstreaming of basic service delivery to informal settlements and backyard dwellers, and achieving excellence in basic service delivery in general, are pillars of the City’s transformational priorities in accordance with our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan.

The roll-out of the City’s backyarder and upgrade programmes are absolutely dependent on the cooperation of the communities involved and the support from the beneficiaries and other partners.

‘The proposed spend is part of the continuing shift that is occurring in the human settlements sphere. The delivery model where government is the sole provider of housing opportunities, which consist mostly of costly formal housing characterised by lengthy processes, is unsustainable.

‘The increased focus on backyarders, the upgrading of informal settlements and associated expansion of services is therefore a wave of change that is rolling over the human settlement sphere. We are hoping that this focus will enable us to not only improve the lives of our most vulnerable residents but that, going forward, we will be able to provide housing opportunities on a larger scale than before,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.

The public Participation Process for the City’s Draft Budget for 2018/19 ends on 4 May 2018.

Submit your comment on the Draft Budget via our online portal or other channels.

A key feature of the City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department’s draft budget includes investments in planned facilities upgrades for Manenberg and Gugulethu. Read more below:

The City’s Recreation and Parks Department will spend a total of R19, 3 million on the upgrading of various community and sports facilities across the metro in the new financial year if the draft budget is approved.

Nearly 90% of the planned spend, or around R17 million, will take place in Manenberg and Gugulethu.

In Manenberg, R10 million has been earmarked for the implementation of an integrated precinct designed by the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading Programme, following engagements with the community and the Western Cape Government.

The work will include upgrades and refurbishments at The Downs and Duinefontein Community Centres, the Sherwood Park Recreation Centre, Manenberg swimming pool and The Greens sports ground. The latter will include parking facilities, four netball courts, two five-a-side soccer fields, spectator stands, ablution facilities and changing rooms as well as landscaping and practice lights for two of the fields.

In Gugulethu, R7 million has been earmarked for an integrated park at the Gugulethu Sports Ground in NY1. This includes an upgrade of the existing park and gym area including surfacing, landscaping, play equipment, multipurpose courts and walkways as well as work to the hall on site. Continue reading

Today the City of Cape Town handed 120 title deeds to community members of Pelican Park. This speaks to our commitment to empowering some of the most vulnerable residents as rightful property owners.

Land ownership restores the dignity of our residents and assists them to triumph over the injustices of our painful past. Our efforts to hand over title deeds are a testament to its commitment to redress and reconciliation.

In 2016 we completed 2 013 Breaking New Ground (BNG) homes in Pelican Park and residents moved into their homes. Since then we have issued 915 title deeds to new home owners.

Under apartheid, the government took away people’s rights to dignity and ownership as people of colour were not allowed to own property. When we were elected into government we made a commitment to change that, and to undo the wrongs of the past through redress and reconciliation. Continue reading

Sanlam Cape Town Marathon’s Run4Change Legacy Programme highlights peace, friendship and harmony

Cape Town, 10 April 2018 – Imagine the tall majestic Parthenon with its powerful pillars standing sentry over the home of the marathon in Athens. Now imagine the symbolically powerful pillars that support the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon’s Run4Change Legacy Programme: Peace, Charity, Health, Sustainability and Development.

The pillars that form the basis of the Run4Change Legacy Programme are there for all runners to use and make a difference in the world, and in doing so support Africa’s only International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Gold Label-status marathon. Enter now and choose a pillar that inspires you to make a difference by following the link

#Run4Peace is a uniquely powerful South African pillar that enables participants to make a positive impact in our beautiful country. On receiving the Lifetime Laureus Award, Nelson Mandela commented, “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.” The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon provides the opportunity through its #Run4Peace initiative for you to contribute to peace in our land. Continue reading

For the last six years Bay Harbour Market has set the benchmark when it comes to the ultimate weekend outing by turning the very idea of a market on it’s head. Subsequently, it’s become a ‘must do’ destination in one of the World’s top voted cities to visit as sited by TripAdvisor. But what’s even more impressive is that for years, Bay Harbour Market has also led the way with its sustainability policies – it holds a three-star accreditation from Thrive.

Thrive Hout Bay is the local green advocate and non-profit organisation which, in November 2017, launched it’s For the Good of our Hood campaign. Aligning local establishments with environmental sustainability, the campaign awards restaurants according to a green rating system, with three stars being the top accreditation a venue can receive. Amongst the list of criteria to qualify you will find sending waste for recycling, sending food waste for composting and buying locally or growing your own fresh produce.

“We are very proud of our local community when just a few months after launch, 31 of the 65 restaurants in Hout Bay have already received accreditation,” says Thrive’s Nontsikelelo Martel, “and some restaurants have even gone beyond the call by introducing water-saving measures as well.

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