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The annual Cape Town Games for Older Persons event has drawn a crowd of thousands from across the metropole for a day of fun, healthy competition and camaraderie. Read more below:

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The City of Cape Town today, 1 April 2019, provided a platform for senior citizens to showcase their talents on the track and on the field at the annual Games for Older Persons.

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It’s ready, set and go for construction of City’s R94 million Gugulethu Infill housing project

The sod-turning ceremony which happened today, 1 April 2019, celebrated the start of construction for the Gugulethu Infill housing project on Erf 8448, which will provide 570 qualifying beneficiaries with State-subsidised homes. Approximately R94 million will be invested in this housing project, which will empower some of Cape Town’s most vulnerable residents as first-time property owners and create employment opportunities for the local community while construction is under way.

The City of Cape Town’s Human Settlements Directorate has commenced with the construction of 570 State-subsidised Breaking New Ground (BNG) homes as part of the Gugulethu Infill housing project.

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Left to right Tournament Director - Mr PJ Williams and Score Brand Manager Dean Teubes LR (2)Erica Park Sports Ground, Belhar, Cape Town – Wednesday 17 to Monday, 22 April 2019

Score, one of South Africa’s most popular energy drinks and ardent supporter for the past three years of Cape Town’s Bayhill Premier Cup youth soccer tournament, has stepped up its involvement as associate sponsor.

The Bayhill Premier Cup’s 30th Anniversary Powered by Score Energy Drink, takes place over the Easter Weekend at Erica Park in Belhar on Wednesday 17 to 22 April 2019.

Now in its 30th year, the Bayhill Premier Cup involving 32 teams from around the country including all top under 19 PSL teams the likes of Pirates, Kaizer chiefs, Supersport United and Bidvest Wits, is Africa’s largest youth development soccer tournament. Numerous soccer legends have risen through its ranks including Benni McCarthy and Steven Pienaar.

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The sixth annual Western Cape Smart Procurement World conference and Enterprise and Supplier Development Expo will be held at the world-class venue, GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, on 9 and 10 April 2019.

At the event, more than 100 small, black-owned businesses will have the opportunity to network with industry captains from the procurement market in the Western Cape region. This year’s conference is themed ‘Walk the talk – high-impact procurement’ and the conference will build on the collaboration and momentum of previous years by bringing together the province’s major influencers and decision makers.

The conference will address a number of thorny issues around procurement. Perhaps the most controversial of these is recovering from state capture. Delegates and speakers will deal with ways that procurement professionals can drive a constitutional mandate and operate with freedom from external influences.

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR FINANCE AND EXECUTIVE DEPUTY MAYOR, ALDERMAN IAN NEILSON

The City’s public participation process on the 2019/2020 Draft Budget has started. A social assistance package for the most vulnerable residents in Cape Town, as well as senior citizens of approximately R2,9 billion, is proposed. Other proposals include a 22% reduction in property rates and increasing the no-rates-payable thresholds. Read more below:

The public participation process for the City of Cape Town’s 2019/2020 Draft Budget of R49 billion has started and members of the public are encouraged to comment until 24 April 2019.

Almost R1,7 billion has been proposed for indigent relief and R1,23 billion has been proposed to be budgeted for rates rebates. The Budget priorities include a focus on crime and grime and on the delivery of human settlements opportunities. Much work has also been done to ensure that rates and tariffs are as affordable as possible. Continue reading

The electricity supply to Gordon’s Bay will be interrupted between 06:00 and 18:00 on Wednesday 10 April 2019 or on Wednesday 17 April 2019 for necessary repairs to the City of Cape Town’s high voltage network. Read more below:

The City is giving notice of two dates in the event that bad weather prevents work from taking place on the first or second date that has been provided. Work will be done on only one of the two dates.

The supply could be restored at any time and customers must please treat all electrical installations as live for the full duration of the interruption.

Customers are encouraged to switch off appliances as a precaution.

The City apologises for any inconvenience caused and thanks residents for their cooperation and understanding.

7% foreign visitor increase year-on-year, with over 82 countries represented and an increasing number of novices stepping up from half to full.

Cape Town, 27 March 2019 – Organisers of Africa’s only IAAF Gold Label-status multi-award-winning city marathon aim to increase international participation to at least 15% this year. Over eighty countries participated in last year’s Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, representing 10% of the marathon entrants. Southern African Development Community (SADC) states, Northern and Western Europe, Asia and North American countries were among them.

“In 2014, when we relaunched the revamped marathon, our timing couldn’t have been better,” says race director Janet Welham. “It coincided with The New York Times announcing Cape Town as the number-one spot on its ‘52 Places to Go’ list. That announcement triggered massive interest from around the world in Cape Town’s exotic appeal.”

An avalanche of international awards for the City of Cape Town followed in the next few years, most notably the top spot in the 2018 “World’s Leading Festival and Events Destination” at the World Travel Awards. “With South Africa and Africa ripe for a world-class, internationally accredited city marathon, and overseas runners wanting the guarantee of internationally accredited organisational excellence, we were able to meet their needs and more,” Welham says.

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Today, the Minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz, delivered the speech for budget vote 7 to the Western Cape Provincial Parliament. Increased allocations were announced for youth development projects including Youth Cafés and the Cape Youth @ Work internship programme, amongst other highlights.

This budget has allocated:

· 41% to social welfare which provides services to persons with disabilities, older persons, and social relief;

· 31% to the children and families, which includes Early Childhood Development Centres (ECDs) and child protection services including foster care and Child and Youth Care Centres (CYCCs); and

· 17% for restorative services which includes victim empowerment; substance abuse prevention and treatment, and crime prevention.

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

I have noted with concern, the response by the South African Police Service to my statement on Friday 22 March 2019 about two cases that were incorrectly handled by the Philippi SAPS. The response is not only incorrect on a number of material aspects, but it also fails to account for the inaction of the Investigating Officer.

For the record:

· The shooting incident occurred on Saturday 2 March 2019 and not the Friday as the SAPS statement indicates.

· The suspect was discharged from hospital on the same evening and transferred to the holding cells at Philippi SAPS. Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR FINANCE AND EXECUTIVE DEPUTY MAYOR

It is unfortunate that statements from the Moody’s report pertaining to the City’s financial management are being misrepresented in the public domain. To clarify, the City did not make any profit from the water crisis. The R4,4 billion in water sales revenue derived for the 2017/18 financial year was the total income for the service, which does not equate to profit. All of this income has been spent in the supply of water to our residents.

This is clearly set out in the City’s own financial reports, which were scrutinised by the Auditor-General when drawing up the City’s Audit Report. It should be noted that the Auditor-General made no adverse findings with regards to the City’s management of its cash flow and gave the City its 15th consecutive unqualified audit opinion.

It is important to understand the context within which the decision was made to raise water and sanitation tariffs:

· At the beginning of 2018, we did not know what the rainfall for 2018 would be, but we did know that if it was the same as in 2017, we would be facing a big crisis which would have required considerable additional expenditure.
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