Cape Town Stuff!
STATEMENT BY THE EXECUTIVE MAYOR ALDERMAN DAN PLATO
It gives me great pleasure today to oversee the renaming of Keizersgracht to its historic name of Hanover Street. We are taking this restorative step following a successful public participation process and approval by full council.
The name change is taking place on Heritage Day and we hope that this symbolic act of restoring the historic name of Hanover Street will help ease some of the pain for those who were forcefully removed from the area all those years ago and help them to remember the good memories that many will have of living there. Festivities today included a march to the site, where I was able to address the community and unveil the new street board.
It is clear that the community of District Six had a desire for the original name to be reinstated. The request was made by the District Six Working Committee in June 2019, and we put a call out for a public participation process to allow the whole of Cape Town to submit their comments and views.
From 23 to 29 September 2019 day access to all CapeNature reserves will be free. CapeNature has made this decision in order to celebrate the significance of our tourism and heritage. September is both Tourism Month and Heritage Month in South Africa.
During Access Week free day access will only apply at the reserve gate and will not be granted when booking through our call centre. The waiver of the access fee pertains to general access (the conservation fee), day hiking and all other day activities, including mountain biking (with your own bike) or picnicking. Normal conservation fees apply for accommodation and camping bookings, while fees are not discounted on concessions that are run by outside suppliers on our reserves.
The following terms and conditions apply:
• The conservation fee will be waived for visitors to any CapeNature reserve that is open to the public between 23 and 29 September 2019.
• Free day access will only apply at the reserve gate. No free access fee will apply when booking through the call centre/online bookings and excludes accommodation bookings (normal rates and access fees apply with any
• Free access fee will pertain to general access (conservation fee) and hiking, mountain biking and picnicking. The waiver will NOT apply to the Whale Trail or concessions (including canopy tours, bouldering, horse riding etc.)
• Zero (R0) rated permits need to be given to everyone accessing the reserve during this time, as per usual standard procedure to ensure that all access numbers and activity numbers are recorded.
• Access to Protected Areas during the CapeNature Access Week will be conducted during regular reserve hours and applies to entries at CapeNature reserve gates.
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE FROM METRORAIL, THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN AND THE WESTERN CAPE GOVERNMENT
The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works, the Passenger Rail Service of South Africa (PRASA) and the City of Cape Town have affirmed their commitment to the safety and security of Metrorail commuters and infrastructure by extending the deployment of the Rail Enforcement Unit for another year. Read more below:
The new Memorandum of Agreement will terminate on 30 June 2020.
Earlier this morning the Minister of Transport and Public Works, Bonginkosi Madikizela; PRASA’s acting Group Chief Executive Officer, Dr Nkosinathi Sishi; and the City’s Mayoral Committee Members for Transport; and Safety and Security, Alderman Felicity Purchase and Alderman JP Smith, met the new recruits during a parade at the Cape Town Station.
Since its inception on 27 October 2018 the REU has acted as a force multiplier for PRASA’s regional Protection Services Unit. Together, the teams have ensured greater operational visibility on trains and stations, searching more individuals during joint operations, and confiscating a greater number of dangerous weapons and fraudulent train tickets.
The following successes were recorded by the unit for the period 27 October 2018 to 30 June 2019: Continue reading
The V&A Waterfront’s Silo Concerts Series is establishing itself as a popular platform for creative expression attracting the best local artists and performers for Capetonians and visitors to enjoy. Make a date of it this coming summer by attending a free concert performance and then popping in to see the latest exhibition at Zeitz MOCAA, or visit the Southern Guild Gallery and Kirsten Goss to keep up with the latest creative and design trends.
Don Vino and Friends
Date: Friday, 04 October (weather dependent)
Venue: V&A Waterfront Silo District
On Friday, 4 October, Saxophonist Don Vino will be sharing the stage with well-known South African artists such as Loukmaan Adams, Amy Jones and Craig Lucas at the Silo District at 7pm. Don Vino along will keep your entertained with songs from the early 70s to the latest hits on the music scene. Continue reading
Statement by Alderman Dan Plato, Executive Mayor of Cape Town
I have watched with serious concern as some of the lobby groups active in Cape Town have developed a very flexible relationship with the truth. This is dangerous territory as they will very quickly lose the trust of the public that they claim to represent.
Civil society organisations are crucial to a functional democracy and have an important role in representing different community interests, but they need to do so responsibly and truthfully.
Propaganda and misinformation benefits nobody – these are the very tools that did untold damage to our country through the state capture years and they have nothing of value to offer to our residents, so I am calling on activist groups, civil society groups, and lobby groups to please not misrepresent information to the media and to the people they claim to serve. You will only erode the trust in your organisations if you do this.
The recent matter of a Woodstock eviction is a case in point.
One of the activist groups in Cape Town claim that the City only informed the resident that his property would be auctioned off with a 48h notice. This is blatantly untrue and it is an injustice to our residents for such misinformation and fake news to be spread.
To ensure a safer environment for passengers on the Golden Arrow Bus Service (GABS), the City’s Law Enforcement Department has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with GABS that will pave the way for Law Enforcement officers to do duty on buses. This on board enforcement will add value to the service and ensure the safety of passengers. Read more below;
The appointment of 20 Law Enforcement officers was made possible by the City’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). Apart from ensuring the safety of passengers on GABS buses, officers will also be responsible for the enforcement of relevant by-laws such as Traffic and Parking By-laws. The MOA signed by the City will see parties working closely in the interest of the safety of passengers.
‘The memorandum will allow the City to work closely with GABS and will give passengers added value and peace of mind in knowing that there will be a law enforcement presence on buses. Officers will liaise closely with passengers so that they can gather information about possible criminal activity, plan accordingly and act swiftly where necessary. In this regard the City would like to request passengers to assist officers in informing them of any anti-social behaviour, or other activities that could cause a disturbance on buses,’ said the Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.
The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape welcomes a commitment by the Department of the Premier to launch 321 public Wi-Fi Hotspots in the province over the next financial year.
In a reply to a Parliamentary Question in the Provincial Legislature, Premier Winde confirmed that 103 hotpots had already been installed at schools across the province over the 2017/18 financial year, as part of a project which was launched in 2016 with the aim of providing universal internet access.
MPP Ricardo Mackenzie says: “I am excited on behalf of the 244 schools across the City of Cape Town Metro and 77 schools in the Overberg, West Coast, Cape Winelands, as well as Eden and Central Karoo areas who will soon have access to the internet at free public WiFi zones which helps decrease the digital divide in our province. The roll-out will specifically prioritise disadvantaged areas such as Guguletu, Nyanga, Bishop Lavis & Philippi”.
This year marks 20 years since South Africa`s first true superstar, Gé Korsten, fell silent forever. Frans Swart is bringing this legend back to life in a tribute production to celebrate his extraordinary life, career and phenomenal talent, called Gé Sing: Hoor My Lied!
This elegant production takes place in the Grand Arena, GrandWest on Saturday, 28 September 2019. Top artists such as André Schwartz, Louis Loock, Arina de Witt, Jannie Moolman and the PJ Twins from The Voice will pay tribute to the great singer, reinterpreting his music in a fresh way, backed up by a full orchestra. There will be impressive audio-visual material projected against a giant screen showing highlights of Korsten as an artist, father and man.
“Gé Korsten is truly a South African legend,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest. “This is going to be an excellent production. Anyone who loved Gé Korsten and his music should not miss this.”
Tickets are available from Computicket starting from R150 each. Doors open at 19h00 and the show starts at 20h00.
In an effort to fight the ongoing scourge of demonic acts of violence against Women and Children in South Africa, Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez joined hands with P♀WA and JOKO to discuss the causes and solutions to this epidemic.
The #EndDomesticSilence is a gender-based violence campaign launched by Unilever (JOKO) and People Opposed to Women Abuse (POWA) partnership.
The Department of Social Development holds a zero-tolerance approach to any and all forms of violence against women and children.
The City is calling on unemployed graduates who possess qualifications in Information and Technology; Cost and Management Accounting and Environmental Health to apply for the Infrastructure Skills Development Grant (ISDG) programme, a National Treasury funded training programme which offers graduates with a three-year internship opportunity at the City of Cape Town. Read more below:
The City of Cape Town is offering unemployed graduates with an opportunity to receive a three-year long internship as part of the 2020 intake for the Infrastructure Skills Development Grant (ISDG) training programme.
The closing date for applications is next week Friday, 13 September 2019. All qualifying National Diploma; BTech or B.Degree graduates are welcome to apply.
The City will only consider applications from unemployed South African citizens who are in possession of either a National Diploma; BTech or B.Degree in Cost and Management Accounting; Environmental Health or Information Systems and Technology.
The programme exposes graduates to operations within the municipal environment. Various City of Cape Town departments provide the interns with the necessary practical experience. These include the Water and Sanitation; Solid Waste; Transport; Human Settlements; Information Science and Technology and Finance departments. Their structured training plans are aligned with the respective statutory professional registration requirements (i.e. ECSA, SACNASP, SACQSP, PLATO, SACPLAN, SACPCMP, etc.) of each field to provide the desired learning outcomes.