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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR TRANSPORT AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, ALDERMAN FELICITY PURCHASE

A suspect was arrested last night, 21 November 2018, after a MyCiTi bus was set alight at the Crassula bus stop along Koeberg Road in Milnerton. Four MyCiTi buses have been destroyed in petrol bomb attacks since 15 October 2018 when employees embarked on an unprotected strike marred by violence, intimidation, and a disregard for the rule of law. Read more below:

Last night, 21 November 2018, at approximately 19:40 three men boarded a MyCiTi bus at the Crassula bus stop along Koeberg Road in Milnerton. They poured petrol in the interior of the bus and set it alight before fleeing the scene. The bus driver managed to escape unharmed. One of the suspects was apprehended and is being detained at the Milnerton Police Station.

There is some consolation in the fact that one of three suspects involved in the attack on the MyCiTi bus in Milnerton last night was arrested. The City and the community are working closely with the South African Police Service and this cooperation could lead to more arrests.

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Tomorrow’s “Black Friday” sales calls for caution from retailers and consumers alike.

Not only should consumers be weary of overspending, especially on credit, during our economic recession; but in the Western Cape Premier Zille urges responsible retailing, especially with alcohol, calling on all liquor outlets to remain vigilant in upholding the law and not to sell alcohol to minors.

In the past, we have noticed that “Black Friday” specials have been abused by unlicensed distributors to resell discounted liquor to liquor outlets, as well as retailers selling alcohol without checking identity documents and breaking the law by selling to youth under the age of 18.

I request again this year that the South African Police Service, City of Cape Town’s law enforcement and the Western Cape Liquor Authority(WCLA) inspectors continue with their routine spot checks to ensure the rule of law is upheld. Last year’s efforts by authorities saw a decline in the number of complaints received.

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The Provincial Department of Social Development has received reports that the Amy Foundation has closed its offices from 20 November 2018 and that it will not be reopened in 2019. We have further been informed that the NGOs information technology systems have all been shut down and that its managing director, Mr Kevin Chaplin, has left for the UK on 20 November, whilst the Foundation’s employees protested at the airport.

The staff allege that the Amy Foundation has been carrying out retrenchments, following the closure of its after-care services in Gugulethu, and are complaining of workplace harassment and alleged financial mismanagement of the Foundation. The Department has likewise found that the Amy Foundation has become non-compliant with the terms of its funding agreement with us, and we are concerned this may point to maladministration and misappropriation of public funds.

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Santa’s Village

DATE:                    Saturday, 8 to Monday, 24 December 2018

TIME:                    All day

VENUE:                 Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre

COST:                    Free

Meet Santa and his elves

DATE:                    Thursday 13 to Monday, 24 December 2018

TIME:                    10h00 to 16h00

VENUE:                 Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre

COST:                    Free

Santa’s workers in the North Pole will set up Santa’s Village at the V&A Waterfront’s Victoria Wharf from Saturday 8 to Monday 24 December to meet with children and to find out what they would like from Santa this Christmas. The Village will be open all day and is free to enter. Santa will fly in from the North Pole on Thursday, 13 December especially to meet his young fans from 10am every day. Santa will personally receive children’s letters and hear directly whether they believe they have been naughty or nice this year. For further information visit www.waterfront.co.za.

The hugely popular Cape Town comedian, Alan Committie, goes back to school with his brand-new show, Class(y) Clowns, directed by Chris Weir, in the Baxter Concert Hall, from 23 November to 15 December at 8.15pm, with Saturday matinee performances.

Hot on the heels of hosting the Mother City’s favourite winter showcase, the 2018 Jive Cape Town Comedy Festival and the sold-out success of his Love Factually, Committie is ready to hand out top-class laughs. He has gone back to the classroom, to teach himself (and audiences along the way), a few lessons. As 2019 quickly approaches, he reviews the year that was – and what to look forward to – in the comic madness of the year ahead.

The verbally dexterous Committie has been described as having “a flair for thinking on his feet” and “turning something quite ordinary into a hysterical situation”. Class(y) Clowns promises to be no exception to this rule. “Verbal hi-jinx and madcap physicality make this comedian a must see,” is how Business Day described him.

Regarded as one of South Africa’s leading stand-up comedians and renowned master of ceremonies, Committie has hosted six Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards, nine Jive Cape Town Funny Festivals and seven Sunday Times Top 100 Companies, amongst many others. He is also a multi-award-winning actor whose accolades include a Fleur du Cap Best Actor award for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and a SAFTA (South African Film and Television Best Supporting Actor) award for Laugh Out Loud.

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Following my request for an investigation into the devastating decline in the number of police reservists in the Western Cape, the Provincial Police Ombudsman has completed his investigation and report. The report confirms that 326 police reservists have been lost in the last three financial years, which translates to a total number of 5216 policing hours lost.

These findings confirm that the new reservist policy is flawed and constraints police reservist recruitment. I will now forward this report to the Civilian Secretariat for Police which develops SAPS policies.

In October 2017, I requested that the provincial police Ombudsman investigate the decline in the number of police reservists. Replies to my Parliamentary Questions revealed that over the last decade the number of active reservists serving the police and our communities decreased by 84%.

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21 November 2018

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape rejects the Division of Revenue Amendment Bill 2018 (DORA), as the legislation calls for provinces to tighten their belts in the face of severe budget cuts, while national government continues to waste billions in public funds on costly bailout schemes instead of addressing the gross mismanagement of the national fiscus.

The Western Cape is the only province in South Africa which has complied with national government’s calls to be financially prudent in the face of year on year of stagnant economic growth for which the ANC at national government is solely responsible.

As it stands, the national fiscal deficit has seen a R22 billion increase in the 2018/19 financial year, increasing to R33 billion in 2019/20, and R41 billion in the 2020/21 financial year. The turnaround strategies for national state-owned enterprises has failed dismally, with South African Airways and Eskom receiving R5 billion bailouts each.

It is inconceivable that the ANC can spend public funds so recklessly, only to instruct the provinces to spend more wisely.

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DATE: Friday 14 to Monday 17 December 2018

TIME: 20h20 – 20h45

VENUE: Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre

COST: Free

Add a dash of Christmas magic to your holiday season, with a family-friendly Christmas Vignette at the V&A Waterfront’s Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre, every day from Friday, 14 to Monday, 17 December.

The free 20-minute show will start at 8.20 and will give visitors a wonderful, nostalgic, ‘feel good’ Christmas performance to entertain the whole family! For further information visit www.waterfront.co.za.

The City of Cape Town today, 20 November 2018, signed an urban wastewater management loan to the value of approximately R1,3 billion with the German government-owned KfW Development Bank. The loan, which was offered at a highly subsidised fixed interest rate of 8.107%, will be used to finance the expansion and refurbishment of some of the City’s 25 wastewater treatment plants over the next few years. Read more below:

This unsecured loan is payable over 15 years to spread the related costs over the lifetime of the wastewater projects to limit any undue burden on the ratepayer. All costs associated with taking up the loan have been considered in terms of affordability in advance.

Earmarked wastewater treatment plant projects include: Zandvliet, Cape Flats, Bellville, Macassar, Potsdam, Melkbosstrand, Mitchells Plain, Borchard’s Quarry, Hout Bay, Scottsdene, Wildevoevlei and Gordon’s Bay.

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DATE: 02 – 08 January 2019

TIME: 17h00 (every afternoon)

VENUE: Amphitheatre

Cost: Free

There’s fun for the whole family at the Waterfront this festive season where Zip Zap Circus School will be entertaining young and old with free performances every afternoon at 5pm, 2 to 8 January 2019.

Professional performers and youngsters in training from the non-profit organisation will be showing off their incredible talent at the Amphitheatre in an action-packed show suitable for the whole family. Watch Zip Zappers juggling, jumping, climbing and high energy comedy acrobatics that will leave you with a taste of what spectators can look forward to. For more information, visit WWW.Waterfront.co.za.

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