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23 April 2018

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape is appalled that after 52 years, many District Six residents are still waiting to be returned to the area. Since 1994, more than R700 million has been allocated to the area’s development, whilst nearly 1 000 claims remain unaddressed.

This has recently been amplified by media reports, which highlighted that these residents have lost hope that they will ever be restored to their beloved area. These are the mothers and fathers who are among the 2 600 claimants promised a home by 2014.

This once again clearly demonstrates the ANC’s populist jargon which over-promised in 2014 election and will under-deliver by 2019 and begs the question, when will Gawa, Yussuf, Rosemary and Aisha be able to return to their home and community?

I will write to the National Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, to appear before the Provincial Standing Committee of Human Settlements, in order for her to explain why there have been such lengthy delays, despite R700 million having been set aside for the development. I also call on the Minister and her Department to swiftly address the pertinent issue.

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE DEPUTY MAYOR, ALDERMAN IAN NEILSON

As at today, Monday 23 April 2018, our collective consumption over the past week was 507 million litres of water per day. This is 35 million litres lower than the previous week’s spike in average consumption of 542 million litres per day and close to our record low of 506 million litres per day, which was achieved on 9 March 2018. A great thank you is due to Capetonians who continue to strive to reach our savings target.

However, dam levels have declined by 0,9% to 20%. This is the highest rate seen over the past few weeks and is due to a large release of water from the Berg River Dam via the Berg River to the Misverstand Dam by the National Department of Water and Sanitation. This was done in an effort to ensure uninterrupted water supply to West Coast municipalities, including Saldanha Bay. These municipalities abstract water from Misverstand Dam which had become critically low in recent weeks. Read more below:

We urge all of our water users to give it their best shot and to ensure that our collective water usage breaks through the 500 million litre barrier. We need to get down to the required 450 million litres of collective daily water usage, or 50 litres per person per day, to stretch the available water supplies.

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Shimmy Isaacs is back with her fifth one-woman special stand-up comedy show, Moenie!! on at Hanover Street, GrandWest on 28 and 29 April 2018.

Fans of local comedy will need no introduction to this acclaimed comedian, who has performed everywhere from her sleepy birth town of Worcester, to the international stages of London, Scotland, New York and Amsterdam.

Shimmy’s new show Moenie!! hilariously compares her life before and after stardom, as she shares some entertaining and less glamorous moments.

“Shimmy is an award winning and highly acclaimed comedian and actress who had a successful career doing live performances, television and film acting,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest. “She puts on an extremely authentic and funny stand-up show. This one promises to be another side-splitting look into her extraordinary life and her family.”

“Although she has done so well in her stand-up career, her performances remain genuine to the world of her own narrative. That is what makes this show and Shimmy’s style of presentation culturally relevant and easy for South Africans, especially Capetonian audiences of all ages and races, to relate to” says Matthys. “Fans of local comedy should not miss Shimmy’s show.”

Moenie!! Stand-up Comedy Show performed by Shimmy Isaacs is on 28 and 29 April 2018 at Hanover Street, GrandWest. The show starts at 20h30. Tickets are R120 per person, call 082 777 0827 to book.

The City of Cape Town regrets to inform commuters that the MyCiTi service remains suspended until further notice. The nationwide strike action has been ongoing since Wednesday last week and is heading for its seventh day. Read more below:

The nationwide strike action affecting the South African bus industry is continuing.

It is unclear when the dead-locked wage negotiations will be resolved. MyCiTi commuters are advised to please make alternative travelling arrangements for the next few days as the MyCiTi buses are still not operating.

The lock-out instituted by the Vehicle Operating Companies operating the MyCiTi service will remain in place until further notice. Regretfully, this means that there will be no MyCiTi trunk or feeder services available for as long as the strike and lock-out continue. The City is monitoring the situation, and will provide commuters with updates as far as possible.

All of those making use of road-based transport should expect heavy traffic and longer travelling times for as long as the strike continues, and in particular during wet weather conditions.

Those commuters with monthly MyCiTi tickets must note that the monthly packages will be extended by the number of days that the strike action lasts. The extension will be determined once the strike has come to an end. Further details will be communicated in due course.

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

The City of Cape Town wants to inform commuters that the MyCiTi service remains suspended until further notice. It is still unclear when the nationwide strike action will come to an end, and as such the MyCiTi buses are not operating. Read more below:

The nationwide strike action affecting the South African bus industry is continuing.

It is unclear when the strike action, which is the result of dead-locked wage negotiations, will come to an end. Those making use of road-based transport should expect heavy traffic and longer travelling times for as long as the strike continues, in particular at the start of a new work week.

The lock-out instituted by the Vehicle Operating Companies operating the MyCiTi service will thus remain in place until further notice. Regretfully, this means that there will be no MyCiTi trunk or feeder services available for as long as the strike and lock-out continue.

MyCiTi commuters are requested to make alternative travelling arrangements for the time being. The City is monitoring the situation, and will provide commuters with updates as far as possible.

Those commuters with monthly MyCiTi tickets must note that the monthly packages will be extended for a period equal to the number of days that the strike action lasts. The extension will be determined once the strike has come to an end. Further details will be communicated in due course.

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

Ms Johanna Kannemeyer, a 61-year-old domestic worker who has been living in a backyard in Gugulethu, finally has a home she can call her own. City officials stepped in and assisted Ms Kannemeyer after she lost her battle against those who occupied her state-subsidised house in 2007. Read more below:

Ms Johanna Kannemeyer (61), her two daughters, and 7-year old granddaughter recently moved into a state-subsidised Breaking New Ground (BNG) house in Heideveld. The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron, visited Ms Kannemeyer a few days ago over a cup of tea to see how she was doing in her new home.

‘I lived in a Wendy house in a backyard in Gugulethu for years. I dreamed of having my own house where I could sit and have coffee on the porch. God helped me, my employer helped me, and the City helped me getting here,’ said Ms Kannemeyer.

After waiting many years on the City’s housing database, Ms Kannemeyer eventually received a site in Khayelitsha in 1998. A house was built on the site in 2007 but another family moved in while the house was only half completed. Since then, Ms Kannemeyer tried all avenues to get access to her house, but to no avail. She thus ended up living with her family in a backyard in Gugulethu for the past 11 years.

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The City of Cape Town wants to inform commuters that the MyCiTi service will remain suspended until further notice. None of the MyCiTi buses will be operating due to the nationwide strike action continuing. Read more below:

Commuters are reminded that nationwide strike action affecting the entire South African bus industry is continuing.

As such, the lock-out instituted by the Vehicle Operating Companies operating the MyCiTi service, will remain in place until further notice. This, in effect, means that there will be no MyCiTi trunk or feeder services available for as long as the strike and lock-out continue.

The strike action is as a result of dead-locked wage negotiations.

‘The strike is impacting on all public transport and road-based traffic as more than 72 000 commuters rely on the MyCiTi service on any given weekday. The city’s road network will remain very busy as bus commuters mostly opt for minibus-taxis or use their own private vehicles to get to work and back.

‘On this point, I want to acknowledge and thank the minibus-taxi industry for their assistance in getting commuters where they need to be. We have seen long queues at minibus-taxi facilities this morning. If it was not for these operators thousands of commuters would have been left stranded. I also welcome the assistance that is being provided by Metrorail by operating additional trips where they can – in particular on the Northern and Southern lines,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

Those making use of road-based transport should expect an increase in traffic and longer traveling times for as long as the strike continues.

‘Given the strike, the City’s acting City Manager has allowed officials to work flexible working hours where practical and in consultation with their managers. I call on private businesses in Cape Town to follow suit, and to consider implementing flexible working hours or remote working arrangements for employees where possible and practical, for the duration of the strike action,’ said Councillor Herron.

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Release: Immediately

18 April 2018

The Democratic Alliance in Western Cape calls for a swift resolution to the bus strike that began today, Wednesday 18 April 2018.

It is deeply concerning that the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) and the South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBAC) announced an indefinite strike as it has a direct effect on commuters throughout the province.

This strike affects not only residents in this province, but the country as a whole.

Workers, scholars, and commuters in general are now suffering as a result of the announced strike. I, therefore, call on all unions, employers and relevant stakeholders to immediately reach an agreement and avoid any prolonging of this strike action.

I further call on Metrorail to increase their capacity so that the 230 thousand daily bus trips in the province can resume, commuters can get back to their places of work and learners can get to school.

Buses must act as soon as possible to resume their services, as commuters can no longer rely on Metrorail’s services. In the City of Cape Town, Metrorail’s passengers have dropped by roughly 50% from over 675 thousand passengers in 2000 to an estimated 360 thousand passengers in 2017. Train cancellations in the Western Cape have also increased from 3% in 2015, to 15% in 2017.

The DA in the WC is committed to ensuring that residents have safe and reliable transport services; enabling employment, educational and economic opportunities.

18 April 2018

The DA in the Western Cape is pleased to learn that 1342 illegal firearms were seized in the Province during the 2017/18 financial year. This was confirmed today by the SAPS during a meeting with the Standing Committee on Community Safety at the Western Cape Provincial Parliament. It was further revealed that during the 2016/17 financial year, 2375 arrests have been made for the possession of illegal firearms and ammunition, with 694 successful convictions.

We were further informed that during the 2017/18 financial year, 65 firearms, belonging to SAPS officials, were either lost, stolen or taken from officers, by criminals. Thirty-eight (38) SAPS firearms have been recovered in this same time frame. We simply cannot tolerate firearms of the very people who are meant to protect us coming into the hands of criminals and being used against communities.

It is reassuring that a SAPS investigative unit is in the process of being fully established to help curb the availability of illegal firearms in the Province. It is imperative that not only illegal firearms are removed off the street, but so too, the individual who used it for criminal activity – a specialised response will assist in detecting these crimes. Continue reading

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

Today as a clear demonstration of the City’s commitment to pro-poor spending and to being a responsive administration, we launched the City’s indigent relief application campaign to encourage as many potential qualifying beneficiaries to apply for financial assistance.

In the City’s Tabled (draft) budget for the 2018/19 financial year, which is currently open for public participation, nearly R3 billion has been set aside to provide rates rebates and indigent relief to qualifying residents.

As a caring city, we are encouraging the most vulnerable in our society to make use of the financial assistance on offer to those who need it most. Many residents are struggling to cope and are not aware that there is help available to them.

The proposed social package includes almost R1,5 billion for indigent relief and approximately R1,5 billion in rates rebates.

The indigent support package empowers vulnerable residents by helping them with municipal bills, debt arrangements and alleviating the financial burden in these tough economic times. In doing so we enable vulnerable residents to take care of the other needs of their loved ones.

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