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The City of Cape Town and Vodacom, in partnership with Fastcomm, have joined forces to help spread the water-saving message during this unprecedented drought crisis via a new channel on the Vodacom Link app. Read more below:

All Capetonians and visitors to the city are now able to download a new water channel on the Link app – powered by Vodacom. It contains the most important drought-related and water-saving content on offer. This service is available to all users on all networks but Vodacom clients will not be charged for data when using the Link channels.

This community-based mobile app has already linked users to the City to help report service delivery matters. This Cape Town drought channel is therefore building on the existing partnership to drive water-saving awareness and use technology as an active tool to help Cape Town to beat the drought with the help of its partners and water users.

‘We have so many private-sector partners who have come on board to help us during this immensely trying time. From the hospitality and health sectors; retail giants; the financial services and property sector to broadcasters such as Smile FM in particular; industry bodies; corporates; and other government departments. The communication sector, tech companies, breweries and filmmakers, and every single resident association, neighbourhood watch, civic body, social media water-saving group and 87 litre-hero in Cape Town must be thanked too. And now also Link. Continue reading

More than 4 000 motorists took the opportunity to pay their fines at a traffic fine roadshow held in the Cape Town Civic Centre from 11 – 13 December 2017. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Legal Services Department partnered with the Traffic Service and the Revenue Department to bring City services closer to motorists last week.

A three-day traffic fines roadshow saw fines to the value of over R500 000 being paid. Motorists had the opportunity to plead for leniency by making representations to the prosecutors for a reduced fine, make general enquiries about traffic fines and warrants, and make payment – all in one venue.

‘The response to the traffic fine roadshow was phenomenal. I am pleased that motorists took time out to make their way to the Civic Centre and access the service and information that was available. The roadshow was in line with a key priority of the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan to build a more customer-focused organisation by taking services to our residents,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Councillor Raelene Arendse.

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High water usage by residents of Cape Town over this past week has brought Day Zero closer by in excess of three weeks to 29 April 2018.

Total storage has fallen by 1,1%. As of this week, dam levels stand at 33%. The City’s overall water usage rose to 641 million litres per day. As at today, only 34% of our residents are saving water. Agricultural users also consumed water at a similar rate to the city.

The dashboard can be viewed here: www.capetown.gov.za/dayzerodashboard

‘If water consumption continues to rise, together with the very hot windy conditions which increase evaporation losses, we can expect Day Zero to happen as soon as 18 March 2018. This is a terrifying prospect. Residential customers remain the largest portion of water users. If we can bring consumption down to 500 million litres per day, we will be able to avoid Day Zero,’ said the City’s Director of Water and Sanitation, Peter Flower.

Day Zero is the day that almost all of the taps in the city will be turned off and people will have to queue for water at approximately 200 sites across the peninsula. Continue reading

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

This morning judgment was handed down in the Western Cape High Court in favour of the City of the Cape Town in respect of the matter brought against the City by the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival Association (CTMCA). Read more below:

The case brought against the City by the CTMCA was dismissed with costs. We are pleased with the judgment and feel vindicated. We were adamant from the very beginning that the allegations against the City were baseless.

An event permit was not issued to the CTMCA due to non-compliance with the applicable event by-laws and legislation. Today’s judgment is a clear indication, once again, that our administrative processes are fair, just and sound. This was the fourth case in two years and the fifth judgment handed down in favour of the City.

All requests for funding were received through the City of Cape Town’s event support application system and were considered by the Special Events Committee within their delegations or recommendations for support to Council.

The City took into account the Constitution, the Municipal Finance Management Act, the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, the City’s Credit Control and Debt Collection Policy, and other considerations when they reviewed the applications. Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

Today the City of Cape Town reached another milestone in its efforts to provide service delivery for fire-affected residents with the electrification of two areas in Imizamo Yethu.

In line with the objectives of the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan to enhance service delivery, the City installed new electricity connections in the Disa Temporary Relocation Area (TRA) and the Petersen/Pipe Track area.

The City is establishing new connections for 355 families who will now be connected to the municipality’s electricity grid.

The majority of the families had their power switched on today, while the work on other properties will be completed over this coming weekend.

The City employed 18 residents from both the Disa TRA and the Pipe Track/Petersen area through the Expanded Public Works Programme to assist in the completion of the electrification project.

The City is making progress in electrifying several sections of the area as part of the super-blocking process. In August this year, we also switched on the electricity in the first section of the fire-affected area in Madiba Square. Continue reading

With more than 2 million visitors to Cape Town’s beaches expected over summer, the City is doing all it can to ensure everyone’s safety. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town has increased the number of lifeguards on its beaches this festive season to keep beach-goers safe.

Each year, more than 2 million people flock to the City’s beaches during the peak summer season. With the festive season now in full swing, the City would like to caution the public to stay safe this summer at the City’s amenities.

As at Wednesday 13 December 2017, two drownings have been recorded at Mnandi Beach on the False Bay coast – both victims were young girls.

Ordinarily, the City has more than 270 trained and accredited temporary lifeguards and over 1 500 volunteer lifeguards on duty, as well as the voluntary services of the various lifesaving clubs affiliated to Lifesaving Western Province. This year, the Recreation and Parks Department has a pool of 100 additional lifeguards for deployment as needed.

‘We made this arrangement to compensate for the closure of many municipal swimming pools that will more than likely see an increase in visitor numbers to our beaches and tidal pools. We also thank Lifesaving Western Province for their continued support in helping us build a safer city which is a critical priority in our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan. Continue reading

The graduation of a batch of Traffic Services recruits today brings the total number of new traffic officers inducted into the City’s ranks to 50 since July.

The City of Cape Town’s newest traffic recruits will hit the streets just in time for the peak festive season. The group of 20 officers received their certificates at a graduation ceremony today after completing their studies and practical assessments.

In 2015 the Traffic Services Department embarked on a learnership programme to ensure the ongoing recruitment and training of officers to counter the natural attrition within its ranks.

The graduates are the latest group of recruits to have completed the programme, just six months after 30 others graduated after walking the same road. Increasing our staff complement aligns with the City’s commitment to promoting safer communities under the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan.

As part of the selection process to whittle down the thousands of applications received, candidates had to complete written and physical assessments. This was followed by a round of interviews, medical examinations, criminal checks and reference checks. Continue reading

The Transport and Urban Development Authority urges residents and those registered on the City’s housing database to be aware of fraudsters posing as community representatives. The fraudsters make false promises to prospective housing beneficiaries, and often take money under the pretence of speeding up housing processes. Read more below: 

Fraudsters posing as community representatives are active across Cape Town, but tend to target areas where the City of Cape Town is set to commence with new housing developments. Residents are advised to exercise caution and not to hand over any cash if solicited.

‘We’ve heard about fraudsters who are targeting residents living in Retreat. They pose as community representatives and arrange so-called community meetings for those registered on the City’s housing database, or for those still wanting to register. They often ask a cover charge from those attending the meetings, and promise to give those who pay preferential treatment in the allocation or building of new houses. I want to assure residents that we will never ask money in exchange for a housing opportunity. The moment somebody makes such an offer you should know that the person is a fraud,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

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It is all about variety at Jackson Hall, GrandWest as we approach the festive season, with three dynamic bands entertaining music fans from December to January on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Doing the honours are the versatile Faze 4, Signature SA and Jeodhouse Band.

In December 2017, Faze4, a band well known for its broad repertoire, will add some zest to the midweek. They’ll be performing an array of songs from different genres every Wednesday night from 21h00. The band’s repertoire includes a mix of music genres including traditional jazz, Cape jazz, R&B, pop, kwaito, reggae, and pop. The band has been together since 2006, performing at various clubs and venues in the Western Cape. The band has also toured extensively in Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, Botswana and Namibia. One of the highlights of the band’s career was performing at the 80th birthday party of The Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Entertaining guests at 21h00 on Friday nights in December 2017 is emerging, young band, SignatureSA. Aged between 17 and 22 years old, the members of this band have been nurturing their talents since childhood in the comfort and warmth of their church community. Now, with the motto “You name it, we play it”, the band performs vibrant sets at venues across Cape Town and has featured at music festivals such as Jazzathon 2017 and KKNK Festival 2017. They opened for Micasa at the WOW Festival and have supported artists such as Loukmaan Adams, Salome, Candice Thornton, Robin Pieters and El Clay. Continue reading

The City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) will host a rail summit early in 2018 in an effort to find short-term solutions that will address the commuter rail crisis as we work towards the incremental takeover of the urban rail function. Read more below:

A rail summit will be hosted early in the new year when the City of Cape Town will meet with role-players from the private sector, business leaders, and other interested and affected parties to devise short-term interventions to address the current crisis that rail commuters face on a daily basis.

‘This morning I took the Metrorail northern line to experience what the conditions are like for commuters who travel between the northern suburbs and Cape Town station. The overcrowding, frustration, anxiety, and desperation of those who needed to get on the train to get to work were similar to what I personally saw and experienced on my commute on the Metrorail Central Line on 30 November.

‘We departed from Kraaifontein station shortly after 06:00. The carriage was packed beyond capacity – I did not expect this, given that the schools are closed and some people are already on leave. At one of the stations I was nearly pushed through the open door as desperate men and women were trying to get onto the train while others were trying to get off. It was harrowing, and I may have ended up on the tracks were it not for a young man who pulled me back in. Those making use of Metrorail literally have to fight their way in and out of the carriages every day. Commuting by train in Cape Town is stressful and degrading – you are exhausted once you reach your destination and then you still have to work an eight-hour day. Continue reading

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