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The City of Cape Town advises of a water supply disruption between 09:00 and 15:00 tomorrow, 19 July 2018, which will affect Glencairn Main Road, Welcome Glen and sections of Simon’s Town.

This is a necessary step required to provide a new water connection in Simon’s Town.

Residents must please ensure that their taps are closed during this period to avoid water waste and/or damage when the water supply is restored. Residents are also advised to then open their taps slowly to reduce stress on their pipework.

Residents are advised to store 5-10 litres of drinking water in clean sealed containers beforehand to minimise inconvenience.

The City apologises for the inconvenience and thanks our residents for their patience during this period.

Johannesburg, Tuesday, 17 July 2018 – The MSG Afrika Group would like to acknowledge a personal domestic incident involving its Chairman Mr Given Mkhari. The Group is cognizant of the impact that the incident has had on our staff, stakeholders, business partners and the public.

We affirm our commitment to the rule of law. MSG further acknowledges that the matter is of public concern and reassures the public that the matter is not taken lightly. MSG strongly condemns domestic violence of any form. Mr Mkhari has requested time off to deal with the matter with his family. The MSG Afrika Group has accepted the request and wishes the Mkhari family well.

MSG Afrika Group Director and POWER 98.7 Station Manager Bob Mabena said: “The companies in our group are led and run by competent professionals who are independent thinkers. This has been further displayed in the past two days in the manner in which our radio stations have dealt with the matter.” We would like to thank our various stakeholders for their continued support.

The recently completed Woodstock skateboard park, which boasts four ramps, was officially opened yesterday, Monday 16 July 2018. As part of the festivities, Councillor Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, got onto a skateboard and joined local skateboarders to test the facility. Read more below:

It is home-sweet-home for local skateboarders as they celebrate the new Woodstock skateboard park which will provide them with a platform to hone their skills.

During the launch event, local skateboarders took to the air to show their appreciation of the new park. Councillor Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, also braved getting onto a skateboard to test the facility.

The 2015 South African skateboard champion, Shuaib Philander from Woodstock, was at the facility and gave Councillor Herron a few tips on how to skateboard.

‘The skateboard community is very happy to have its first transitional skatepark. It is a concrete ramp that imitates a wave which is how skateboarding was started. It involves lots of ramps and has curvatures. We love the skatepark that we have here,’ said Mr Philander, who has been skateboarding for 13 years.

Skateboarder and BMX rider Sergei Pringiers from Rondebosch welcomed the new skateboard park.

image001 (1)‘It is very nice to have the facility here. It is a bit steep but that’s because we are not used to it. The facility is pretty well-rounded and I like how it has different features. It is a good place for people to hang out and stay safe,’ he said.

The construction of the skateboard park commenced in February and the final snags were addressed last week.

‘It is very exciting to hear that this site was so popular during the school holidays. I believe the skateboarders were so eager and couldn’t wait for the final snags to be completed. I am confident that this facility will provide our emerging and local talent with a platform to hang out together, hone their skills and to have fun in a safe and well-designed space that they can enjoy. It is one of the City’s priorities to build integrated communities by attracting a diverse pool of talent and creating a culture where talent can thrive,’ said Councillor Herron.

The skateboard park is situated on the eastern side of the Woodstock Town Hall Park along Victoria Road, between Plein and Aberdeen Streets.

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  • Average water consumption for the past week has reached another low of 494 million litres per day
  • Dam levels have improved by 1,8% to 55,1% of storage capacity although the increase is not as significant as over the past two months due to the more temperate and dry weather
  • Winter water-saving efforts have been boosted by water heroes, weather and pressure management. The latter effort is saving 58,8 million litres per day. The City’s leak repair programme and engagement with top consumers brings this total to 63,8 million litres saved per day 

Capetonians have again shown their commitment to low water usage. Come rain or snow, the City of Cape Town, with the help of its residents, continues to boost water-saving efforts in winter to ensure that Cape Town builds a water buffer for the summer ahead and to help our dams recover from the extreme drought.

The improvement in dam levels, however, is not as significant as the trend over the past two months as a result of the drier and more temperate weather that Cape Town experienced over the past week. Due to the unpredictability of rainfall, it is important that Cape Town’s water heroes carry on using as little water as possible and that the City’s vital pressure management programme continues across the metro.

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The World’s First Solar Powered Desalination plant, which will be operating from October 2018 in Witsands, in the Hessequa Municipality, will assist in ensuring that the Western Cape reduces its carbon footprint.

As the DA in the Western Cape, we commend the Provincial Minister of Finance, Ivan Meyer and his Department, who today, 16 July 2018, in partnership with the French government, announced this project. This plant will cost R9 million, with the Western Cape (WCG)- and French Government each contributing R4.5 million.

I will write to the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell, to further highlight how else surrounding communities will benefit from the project.

This non-battery powered desalination plant is the only the plant in the world that combines Desalination Technology and Photovoltaic Solar technology. Furthermore, depending on the demand for water at a particular time, the Solar Powered Desalination Plant can produce up to 10 000 kilolitre(s) a day if and when necessary.

Various pressures, which includes population growth, climate change and the risks associated with global warming, is threatening our environment. It is therefore pleasing to note that the DA- Led WCG has made it a priority to seek measures to ensure water security in water scare areas.

This innovative investment is not only going to have a major impact in our fight against the ongoing drought, but it will contribute significantly to our war against conventional technology and the environment damage that comes with the use of old technological practices.

As the DA in the Western Cape, we believe that if we work together we can build a resilient society, who are world leaders in water conservation.

This financial year an additional amount of R2 million has been approved to help reinvigorate the Law Enforcement Department’s efforts to ensure that by-law offenders have their day in court. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement Court Section is reconfiguring its modus operandi in a bid to track down by-law warrant evaders.

The City’s Law Enforcement Department issues thousands of notices each quarter for transgressions of the administration’s by-laws, ranging from illegal dumping to illegal trading, traffic violations and offences stipulated in the by-law related to streets, public places and the prevention of noise nuisances, among others.

Where Section 56 notices are issued, i.e. an offence is witnessed by an officer, the accused has the option to pay an admission of guilt fine or to appear in court to plead their case. Where an accused fails to appear, a warrant is generated by the municipal courts and executed by Law Enforcement.

Currently, the department’s area-based staff are tasked with warrant executions on behalf of the Court Section, which takes time away from their primary duties. With the R2 million budget injection, the City will bulk up the resources in the Court Section to allow them to execute warrants themselves.

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When Nelson Mandela was awarded the Freedom of the City of Cape Town in 1997, he said that ‘Cape Town’s greatness lies not only in its contribution to our economy but in its involvement in our country’s history.’

Former President Nelson Mandela is a global icon, but so much of his remarkable life story is tied to Cape Town and the Western Cape. To celebrate his life, his contribution to the country and his centenary, the Western Cape Government and the City of Cape Town will be unveiling a bronze statue of the great father of our nation at the City Hall on 24 July 2018.

This will be a fitting tribute to a man to whom we owe a great debt for the sacrifices he made in the journey to attaining our hard-fought freedom and democracy.

The statue must serve as a constant reminder of that historical day and the many years of sacrifice that led to that moment when he was freed and later addressed thousands of citizens from the City Hall balcony.

The statue will be positioned on the balcony where Nelson Mandela stood when he gave his first address as a free man on 11 February 1990. The sculpture has been created by artists Xhanti Mpakama and Barry Jackson.

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Phase 3 of the District Six land reform programme, which was scheduled for completion by July 2018, has been halted due to the tender for the Durban-based Fikile construction company having been terminated. Fikile Construction was found to be incapable of rendering the services necessary years after having been awarded the tender by the National Department of Rural Development and Land Reform.

I call again on the Minister of Rural Development and Land reform, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, to account for the public funds wasted on this project between 2015 and 2017 when Fikile Construction was in possession of the project tender. I further call on Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to explain these delays to the expectant District Six land claimants in the Western Cape.

To add insult to injury, Fikile Construction is a Durban-based company. The Department could have used this project to award a local tender in the Western Cape and create jobs for locals involved.

After 20 years, the National Department of Rural Development and Land reform is still holding the rights of the District Six community at ransom. The contract with Fikile Construction was terminated as a result of the firm’s failure to comply with its contractual obligations, forcing the company to abandon the project two years into the tender.

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Johannesburg – Top journalists are among 90 employees left in limbo after being lured to leave their jobs for an alleged bogus new TV channel.
The elaborate scam to swindle small businesses unravelled when some workers went for three months without pay and arrived at a studio with no equipment, after quitting their steady jobs at other media houses.

Channon Merricks, the owner of Vila Kasi Holdings, which was due to launch next month, is accused of not paying staff and contractors who have gone for months without payment and are owed thousands of rand.

He allegedly duped the unsuspecting workers by telling them that he had been awarded a new channel on the DStv MultiChoice platform to run a 24-hour news channel.

Former ANN7 news channel anchor Fahraaz Patel, who spoke on behalf of the workers, said the first group of employees started work in June, while the next group began this month.Full story here:

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