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The City is launching five new MyCiTi bus stops, improved timetables, and direct and express routes to create an even more efficient service. This roll-out is fittingly being done during October, which is Transport Month. The changes are set to meet the increase in passenger demand and help cut travel time. Commuters will also have an opportunity to enjoy a free-ride day on 29 October 2017. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority is making strides in ensuring that Cape Town has an efficient public transport system. By providing improved and more frequent transport services, the City is enhancing access to opportunities, in line with our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan.

Atlantis
Five new stops will be launched in Atlantis on 28 October 2017 as follows:
· Atlantis Cemetery, which will serve Routes 235, 234, 234a and 243
· Swift, which will serve Routes 237 and 242
· Marigold, serving Routes 232, 232a and 241
· Avondale, serving Routes 232, 232a and 241
· Grosvenor North, serving Route 233

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WARNING: PHASE 1 OF THE CITY’S CRITICAL WATER SHORTAGES DISASTER PLAN IS IN EFFECT. WATER RATIONING UNDER WAY 

Drought crisis: consumption remains far too high

Dam storage levels are at 37,4%, with useable water at 27,4%.

Consumption remains too high, at 600 million litres of collective usage per day. This is 100 million litres above the crucial consumption target of 500 million litres per day.

The City of Cape Town activated water rationing as part of the implementation of its Critical Water Shortages Management Disaster Plan. This action intensifies the preceding months of pressure management which continues to be done in an attempt to force water consumption down to required levels.

Water usage must be reduced immediately.

Latest research ahead of the ANC’s elective conference

In this week’s instalment of e.tv and eNCA’s research conducted by Markdata and African Response, quality leadership appears uppermost in the minds of the survey’s participants. The people surveyed are deeply concerned about greed, dishonesty, hunger for power and nepotism in the ANC leadership.

The findings are an outcome of 16 focus group discussions conducted in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape and Gauteng. Participants are South Africans who voted for the ANC in the 2014 National and 2016 Local Government Elections.

The latest data focuses on the quality of leadership in the ANC. Research participants say the president of the party lacks essential attributes of a good leader, such as personal integrity, credibility and trustworthiness. Conscientious, selfless and innovative leadership is what participants think the governing party needs at this point. They also believe that the ANC is in dire need of leaders who will uphold and protect the country’s Constitution. Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS, WATER AND WASTE SERVICES; AND ENERGY, COUNCILLOR XANTHEA LIMBERG.

Despite impressions having been created by media reports over the weekend and today that the City’s emergency augmentation programme has been ‘cancelled’, this is not true. It has emanated from allegations by a company who never submitted a formal tender to the City of Cape Town. While the City is approaching the resolution of this drought crisis with utmost urgency, it may not deviate from legislated processes. Considering proposals outside of formal Supply Chain Management regulations would amount to entertaining unsolicited bids. Read more below:

Contrary to allegations emerging over the weekend, the City of Cape Town’s augmentation programme is progressing with urgency.

The first tender batch which was issued comprised small-scale temporary containerised desalination plants (with a combined yield of approximately 15 million litres per day) in Hout Bay, Granger Bay and Dido Valley.

Tenders received were, however, non-responsive. The tenders are being re-advertised and these initiatives have not been cancelled.

The augmentation programme consists of more than the first tenders. The City is pursuing a mix of alternative water resources (desalination, groundwater and water reclamation) together with aggressively reducing consumption to ensure that existing surface water can sustain us through to winter 2018. Continue reading

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

Cape Town is continually affirming its place as the events capital of Africa by securing key international and local events over the next 12 months. Eight of these signature events are set to contribute more than R3 billion to the local economy and create more than 20 000 temporary jobs.

While some of the jobs related to major events are temporary, they afford people the opportunity gain experience and acquire skills for permanent employment.

This success is thanks to the City of Cape Town’s commitment to building an opportunity city that creates an enabling environment for inclusive economic growth and job creation.

We have many of the key event organisers here with us today who work all year round to ensure that they bring us bigger and better offerings each year.

I want to thank all event organisers for working with the City and for your commitment to keeping us at the number one spot as the event location of choice. Thank you for your contributions to job creation and our economy.

In 2012, the City launched its Integrated Events Strategy and set out to become the events capital of Africa.

We have delivered on our commitment and we proudly hold a dynamic annual events calendar with established internationally renowned events and many new events coming to our city each year. Continue reading

JOINT STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE, AND MEC FOR HUMAN SETTLEMENTS, BONGINKOSI MADIKIZELA

Today, 16 October 2017, the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) which will see the two spheres of government entering a process to give the City assignment functions with regard to human settlements.

This means that the City also will be directly accountable for the management of the funds, with the Western Cape Government retaining an oversight role.

This will lead to more effective planning and the establishment of a more responsive pipeline of projects.

This development is in line with the objectives of the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP) to enhance service delivery and become more a proactive and customer-centric administration.

The City was granted Level 1 and 2 accreditation of Human Settlements delegations and functions from the Western Cape Government during March 2011.

This enables the City to manage and administer all human settlement programmes which it has been accredited to perform – a responsibility that previously fell under the purview of the Western Cape Government Department of Human Settlements. Continue reading

This from bbc.com:

At least 276 people are now known to have died in a massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday.

A Turkish military plane is meeting victims, tweets Somali ambulance service Aamin Ambulance.

Officials say some people are then being evacuated to Turkey for medical treatment.

It is the deadliest terror attack in Somalia since the Islamist al-Shabab group launched its insurgency in 2007.

President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed blamed the attack on the group, calling it a “heinous act”.

No group has yet said it was behind the bombing.

Full story here:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-41636076

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

In recent days, we have witnessed extreme weather episodes in parts of the country that have left a trail of devastation. Elsewhere, hurricanes, earthquakes, runaway wildfires and volcanic eruptions have made headlines in the last few weeks.

The drought in large parts of South Africa, the Western Cape and Cape Town is well documented. Indications are that these extreme weather events are likely to become more commonplace as a result of climate change.

Against this backdrop, the message and efforts aligned to International Disaster Risk Reduction Day today become even more important. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction uses the day on 13 October to highlight initiatives that promote disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness. The theme this year is ‘Home Safe Home’ and focuses on the contribution that communities can make in safeguarding themselves, their homes, and their livelihoods in the event of natural disasters.

The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre conducts ongoing education and awareness drives regarding potential disasters as part of its mandate. In the last financial year, this included: Continue reading

Lights, camera, action is the order of the day in the Mother City as was highlighted at the opening of the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival last night. The filming industry is exceeding expectations, with the City of Cape Town issuing around 7 000 permits each year for the last two years. 

 

The current boom in the filming industry has the potential to create additional economic opportunities for entrepreneurs and SMMEs. The trend has clearly been sustained over multiple years and looks set to follow the same pattern during this financial year (2017/18). Cape Town’s variety of locations, competitive film tariffs, and production costs underpin the city’s attractiveness as a filming destination.

The thousands of permits issued by City of Cape Town were for various film shoots, with the bulk being issued for the following filming categories:

  2016/17 2015/16
Production category Number of permits issued Number of permits issued
Micro-shoot 2 678 2 678
Commercials 1 811 2 184
Stills photography 1 729 1 703
Feature film 314 228
Television series 177 167
Short film 123 42

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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 12: Alice Kgosana and Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille at the renaming of De Waal Drive to Philip Kgosana Drive South Africa. (Photo by Carl Fourie)

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – OCTOBER 12: Alice Kgosana and Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille at the renaming of De Waal Drive to Philip Kgosana Drive South Africa. (Photo by Carl Fourie)

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

The following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the unveiling of Philip Kgosana Drive today, following a Council resolution earlier this year to rename De Waal drive after the struggle leader.

It really is an honour for me to be here with all of you today to celebrate a gentle giant, Philip Kgosana, who would have celebrated his 81st birthday today.

Philip spent some of his youth days in Langa and as a student at the University of Cape Town, he rose to prominence in politics here in Cape Town as the regional secretary of the Pan-Africanist Congress. For these reasons, he is very much a son of Cape Town.

He was a humble man, a servant of this country who sacrificed a lot in his life for what he believed in: the liberation of the people of South Africa from an oppressive apartheid regime. Continue reading

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