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

Note to editors: the following speech will be delivered by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the Cape Town Climate Change Coalition meeting this evening, 18 April 2017.

Members of the Cape Town Climate Change Coalition, ladies and gentlemen.

Good evening, goeie naand, molweni, as-salaam alaikum, shalom.

It is a great pleasure to join like-minded people and organisations who are committed to responding to climate change in our city.

The impact of climate change has the ability to compound existing challenges in urban environments.

For this reason, the City of Cape Town is overlaying all our decisions that we make on a daily basis with the impacts of climate change.

We cannot plan anything without factoring in the impact of climate change. Continue reading

Event:                           Ideas World Cup Cape Town

Date & Time:                Friday, 21 April 2017 from 13:00 – 18:00

Venue:                         Amphitheatre, V&A Waterfront

Ticket Price:                  Free

On 21 April 2017, Ideas World Cup Cape Town will host the most invigorating and interactive brainstorming experience the city has ever seen! We’ve invited innovators, disruptors, expert facilitators and neuroscience experts to help you tap into your creative potential and access all the great ideas you have inside your brain – all with the aim of finding solutions to 5 societal and environmental challenges facing our city.

How might we ensure Cape Town’s water security?

How can we ease traffic congestion?

In what ways might we prevent fires in informal settlements?

In what ways might we provide affordable housing in the CBD and surrounding suburbs?

How can we build our city’s capacity for social entrepreneurship?  Continue reading

During a very busy Easter weekend that left three people dead and an estimated 600 others displaced as a result of fires, the City’s firefighters also had to contend with yet another hostile reception. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town has noted with disappointment the latest incident of firefighters being attacked in the line of duty.

This past Easter weekend, the City’s Fire and Rescue Service responded to eight informal settlement fires that claimed the lives of two men and an infant and destroyed approximately 200 structures, leaving 600 people displaced. The incidents were recorded in Hout Bay, Mfuleni, Crossroads, Wallacedene, Vrygrond, Gugulethu, the New Rest informal settlement, and Lwandle. Residents were less than welcoming in Vrygrond, where sections of the community pelted firefighters with stones, damaging a fire truck. This is the second incident in the area in just over a week. Earlier this month, a fire truck was damaged and a firefighter hit when an unruly crowd stoned staff and vehicles attending to a fire.

‘Attacks on firefighters are becoming far too commonplace. If people aren’t stoning the fire trucks, they threaten or harass the firefighters trying to get to the frontline or even cut their hoses. It’s unbelievable that the very people the firefighters are trying to protect are causing delays, effectively resulting in a much higher cost both to the affected community and the City. Residents need to realise that we are not the enemy and this type of behaviour could rob them of a potential lifesaving service,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading

Dam levels have declined to 24,1% (storage levels), which is 1% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at 14,1%. Consumption over the past week is 685 million litres per day, which is 15 million litres under the collective usage target of 700 million litres per day. Read more below:

It is incredibly encouraging to see that collective water consumption has dropped to below the target for the first time since water restrictions were implemented, but the good news comes with the warning to keep on saving water.

‘Although we thank those consumers who continue to save water, we run the very real risk of consumers making a decision to use more water, especially with the bit of rain that we’ve had recently.

‘We cannot emphasise strongly enough how critical it is that we do not relax our water-saving efforts over the next year at least. One winter of average rainfall will not get us out of this predicament. In addition, hot weather is expected again this week and this will have an impact on water use. We really cannot afford for consumption to increase at this stage. To give our residents an idea of the seriousness of the situation, we will be lowering the consumption target to 600 million litres soon,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg. Continue reading

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE BY THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN AND WESTERN CAPE GOVERNMENT

The City of Cape Town will commence with a public participation process about the proposal to commemorate the life and work of the late President Nelson Mandela with a statue and exhibition at City Hall. Read more below:

The proposed project – the installation of a statue of the late President Mandela and a permanent exhibition at the City Hall – forms part of the National Liberation Heritage Route, an initiative of the National Heritage Council and the National Department of Tourism.

‘The purpose of the public participation process is to engage with our residents about the intended memorialisation of Madiba at City Hall. The adoption of the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan, or ODTP, in August last year means the City strives to be more proactive and customer-centric. We want to work more closely with our residents, and an important aspect of strengthening the relationship between the City and Capetonians is for our residents to participate in matters that affect them and which they feel strongly about. I thus urge residents to please let us know their thoughts about this project,’ said the Chairperson of the City’s Naming and Nomination Committee, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading

The City is doing all it can to boost the economy of Atlantis, including the release of unused land to the market, investment incentives, and plans to declare the area a Special Economic Zone. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Council last month approved the sale of 29 City-owned properties in Atlantis. The release of these large open tracts of commercial property to the market and the recent commercial investment of over R1 billion are catalysts for much-needed economic growth in the region.

‘Additionally, we are working to have Atlantis declared a Special Economic Zone (SEZ), with a particular focus on green technology manufacturing. I am pleased to say that the target date for the official designation of SEZ is set for the last quarter of this year. Once the area is declared a SEZ, it will further increase the attractiveness of Atlantis as a place to invest in green technology manufacturing as green technology investors will receive even more benefits, such as a 15% tax break,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area North, Councillor Suzette Little.

One of the City’s strategic priorities over the next five years is to position Cape Town as a forward-looking globally competitive business city. In order for us to achieve and maintain this status, we need to improve the attractiveness of our city as an investment destination. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town wants to inform all commuters that the MyCiTi service will operate again as from tomorrow, Saturday 15 April 2017. Read more below:

The City was informed that a wage agreement was reached earlier today and that the national bus drivers’ strike has come to an end.

As such, the MyCiTi service will resume operations as from tomorrow morning, 15 April 2017.

‘Passengers should please note that it may take a few hours for the service to settle in, meaning there may be some initial delays on some of the routes. We expect that the service will normalise and that most buses will adhere to the weekend time schedule as the day continues. I want to thank commuters for their patience during the strike and ask them to please bear with us as we get the service up to full speed again tomorrow,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

Commuters can contact the Transport Information Centre 24/7 on 0800 65 64 63 for the latest information regarding the service, or follow @MyCiTibus on Twitter, or visit the facebook page, ‘MyCiTi Integrated Rapid Transit System’.

Pic: groundup.org.za

Pic: groundup.org.za

The South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBAC) has issued a statement advising that the nationwide strike in the bus industry has been settled.

The General Secretary of the Bargaining Council, Gary Wilson stated that the majority of the parties accepted the offer that was tabled and that in terms of the SARPBAC constitution, this will be binding on all the parties that are represented in the Council.

He further noted that the drafting of the agreement will be concluded during the course of next week where after the signing of the agreement will take place. The details of the settlement have not as yet been released.

As a result of the settlement, Golden Arrow will resume services tomorrow, Saturday 15th April. However due to the Easter break and the unexpected speedy resolution of the strike, a skeleton staff will be on duty.

Passengers are advised to contact the Transport Information Centre on 0800 656463 to ascertain the availability of buses and clipcards that had been valid during the strike will be accepted.

Golden Arrow Bus Services wishes to commend all parties for the speedy resolution of the strike and once more apologises to its passengers for the inconvenience suffered during this period.

This from channel24.com:

Cape Town – The out-of-cash SABC is set to scrap the debilitating 90% local content broadcasting decree introduced in July 2016 that completely drained the SABC’s coffers, disrupted its income streams and ad revenue, and saw listeners and viewers flee.

The Post reports that the SABC’s new interim board is urgently set to scrap and “overturn” the local content decree that was unilaterally introduced by the public broadcaster’former chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng in mid-July that decimated SABC audiences ranging from the listenership of radio stations like Lotus FM to TV channels like SABC3.

Parliament’s special ad hoc committee investigating maladministration within the SABC was told in January that Motsoeneng’s abrupt and unilateral local content edict which he several times claimed personal credit for as his sole idea, was never a policy and was never tabled before the SABC board as a decision for a vote.

The SABC’s new interim board, tasked with trying to save the beleaguered South African public broadcaster, is now taking action to “overturn” the 90% local content implementation.

Full story here:

http://www.channel24.co.za/TV/News/will-the-sabc-say-bye-bye-to-90-20170412

JOINT STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE, AND THE IMIZAMO YETHU COMMUNITY LEADERS

Note to editors: the City of Cape Town and Imizamo Yethu community leaders hosted a joint media briefing today to discuss the newly developed plans and provide updates on the process of relocation following the devastating fire which occurred a month ago.

It has been exactly one month since one of the biggest fires in the history of our city destroyed thousands of homes in Imizamo Yethu. This has been a trying time for the victims of the fire, who have faced even more challenges which were unanticipated during this time.

While the City has written to both the Western Cape Government and the National Government to have the area declared a disaster, this application is still being processed and considered. I am using my rights in terms of Section 55 of the Disaster Risk Management Act which makes provision for the ‘declaration of a local state of disaster’. It states that: Continue reading

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