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In recent days it has been reported that the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) is calling community members to sign an online petition urging the Western Cape Government Health to expedite the release of Muslim post mortem cases within a 24-hour period. While the Department is committed to support the Muslim faith’s “hasten to bury” practice, it is not currently able to effect the release of decedents within 24 hours. Understandably this may lead to misunderstanding and frustration in the community and the Department wishes to clarify some essential facts in this matter.

In the case of an unnatural death, the law demands a medico-legal investigation of death which include a post-mortem examination. Thus the practice of any prioritisation must be balanced with the prioritisation for legal and clinical priorities, such as the gathering of evidence for medico-legal cases (e.g. rape cases). The essential mandate of Forensic Pathology Service (FPS) is to conduct medico-legal investigation into unnatural deaths, in support of the justice system. The quality of this investigation forms the basis of the medico-legal investigation and needs to be intact and stand up to scrutiny. The right to justice and a proper investigation are rights afforded to all citizens, and prioritisation needs to be weighed with this in mind.

Many people may not be aware that the only cases affected are only those pertaining to unnatural deaths as per definition and this includes procedure related deaths. This “delay” does not affect any person who dies a natural death as these cases are not admitted to the FPS, in which case burial may proceed as required. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s MyCiTi bus service achieved a record number of 219 000 passenger journeys on the four N2 Express routes between Cape Town and the Metro South-east in November 2017. Read more below:

A total of 219 157 passenger journeys were recorded on the four N2 Express routes operating between the Cape Town central business district (CBD), Kuyasa in Khayelitsha and Kapteinsklip in Mitchells Plain.

‘The first two MyCiTi routes to the metro-south east became operational in July 2014 and the other two commenced in October and November 2015, respectively. I am elated to say that during the past two years the number of passenger journeys on the four N2 Express routes has nearly doubled from 111 109 in November 2015 to 219 157 in November last year,’ said Councillor Brett Herron, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development.

Moreover, up to 99% of the MyCiTi buses that operated on the N2 Express routes during the afternoon peak hour period in November 2017 – that is between 15:00 and 19:00 on weekdays – were on time.

‘The major increase in the passenger numbers confirms that more and more commuters from the Metro South-east are relying on the MyCiTi service to get to work and school. That said, it is important to also acknowledge that the exceptional growth of the MyCiTi passenger numbers in Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha coincides with the deterioration of the Metrorail Central line over the same period. On this note, I want to add that we are doing all we can to assist the rail commuters from the Metro Ssouth-east by deploying more buses on the N2 Express routes as and when the passenger demand so requires,’ said Councillor Herron. Continue reading

Pic: thesouthafrican.com Theewaterskloof Dam/Jon Kerrin Photography

Pic: thesouthafrican.com
Theewaterskloof Dam/Jon Kerrin Photography

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR PATRICIA DE LILLE

In summary:

  • Day Zero is now likely
  • 60% of Capetonians won’t save water and we must now force them
  • Punitive tariff to force high users to reduce demand
  • 50 litres per person per day for the next 150 days
  • Drought Charge likely to be scrapped by Council

We have reached a point of no return. Despite our urging for months, 60% of Capetonians are callously using more than 87 litres per day. It is quite unbelievable that a majority of people do not seem to care and are sending all of us headlong towards Day Zero. At this point we must assume that they will not change their behaviour and that the chance of reaching Day Zero on 21 April 2018 is now very likely.

The people who are still wasting water seem to believe that Day Zero just can’t happen or that the City’s seven augmentation projects – set to produce around 200 million litres per day – will be enough to save us. This is not the case and, while our water augmentation programme will make Cape Town more water resilient in the future, it was never going to be enough to stop Day Zero.

The crisis has reached a new severity, necessitating a series of new emergency measures:

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR PATRICIA DE LILLE

Today I want to call on all Capetonians to do more to save water. There are only 95 days left before we reach Day Zero.

Day Zero has moved a day closer this week to 21 April 2018. Day Zero is when the City will be forced to turn off most of the taps and every resident will have to queue for 25 litres of water per day.

The only way Cape Town can avoid Day Zero is if every single resident saves water. But this is not the case.

During the past week only 39% of Cape Town’s residents used less than 87 litres of water per person per day – compared to 54% during the first week of January. I want to thank those residents who are saving.

Cape Town’s average daily collective consumption is still too high. It has increased to 618 million litres per day, up from 578 million litres per day.

For each day that Cape Town uses more than 500 million litres, the city moves closer to Day Zero. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s Health Department remains on high alert as concurrent disease outbreaks run their course. This summer, health officials are not only contending with the annual diarrhoea season, but also face an increase in cases of other communicable diseases including pertussis and typhoid. Read more below:

Summer in Cape Town often sees a surge in diarrhoea cases which affect children under five years of age most severely.

‘Due to increased efforts and the diligence of health practitioners, we have in recent years noted a decline in the number of diarrhoea-related deaths, and diarrheoa with dehydration during the season. Sadly, this drop in diarrhea cases was followed by an increase in pneumonia in this age group over the same period. Health officials now call this period the surge season,’ said the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

Health officials remain vigilant as the City faces a number of other concurrent disease outbreaks.

‘In August 2017 we saw diphtheria and measles cases occurring and by now we have all heard about the national listeria outbreak. In addition to these, we have also had an increasing number of cases of pertussis and typhoid reported.

‘These diseases present a significant and costly challenge to the City. Not only are staff and resources under pressure, but the outbreak of any disease also puts lives and livelihoods at risk,’ said Alderman Smith. Continue reading

SA Rugby confirmed on Monday that it had received notification from Steinhoff International that the company was withdrawing from all sponsorship activities. It means the Springbok Men’s and Women’s, and SA Rugby Sevens Academy teams will no longer carry the company’s logo.

“We have been kept informed by Steinhoff of their thinking and they have confirmed their intention to withdraw from their sponsorship of Sevens rugby with immediate effect,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby.

“It has been completed amicably and by agreement. We’d like to thank Steinhoff for their commitment and support over the past two seasons.” 

Roux said that the process had already begun to identify an alternative partner.

“We believe all our national teams have characteristics, values and a unique South African DNA that makes them highly attractive to commercial partners,” said Roux.

“The Springbok Sevens team has added to that with consistently high standards of performance as the current holders of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series title and we believe they will be an attractive proposition for potential partners.”

During 2018 , the Springbok Sevens team will defend their Commonwealth Games title on Australia’s Gold Coast between 13 and 15 April and then challenge for the Sevens Rugby World Cup title in San Francisco between 20 and 22 July.

The Springbok Women’s Sevens team will also contest both events. The Blitzboks are next in action in the HSBC World Sevens Series in Sydney, Australia, on 26-28 January.

It is with a great sense of sadness that we have learnt of the passing of one of our city’s stalwarts, former Cape Town Mayor and Western Cape Premier, Gerald Morkel.

During his long career in politics, Morkel served as the Western Cape Premier between 1998 and 2001 and later as the Mayor of the City of Cape Town between 2001 and 2002.

The City of Cape Town extends its deepest sympathies to the Morkel family and friends of the former Mayor.

They are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of bereavement.

A 63-year-old man was declared dead at Kalk Bay Harbour this weekend, taking the number of drowning incidents since 1 December to 14. Read more below:

A 63-year-old Mitchells Plain resident drowned at Kalk Bay Harbour on Sunday 7 January 2018. The incident is the fourteenth confirmed drowning at beaches along the city’s coast since 1 December 2017.

The victim jumped into the water from the jetty just before 08:00 and got into trouble. He was pulled out by a worker in the area. Paramedics performed CPR but the man was declared dead on the scene.

‘The number of drowning incidents over this festive season has been heart-breaking, particularly when the circumstances in many cases suggest they could have been prevented. Swimming outside of designated areas remains one of the main contributing factors with 11 of the 14 drownings occurring as a result of failing to adhere to these safety guidelines. Apart from ongoing education and awareness which we are already doing, I’m not sure what additional steps can be taken to prevent this. City and NSRI staff have been patrolling the coast in an attempt to direct people towards safer swimming areas,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s emergency, law enforcement and traffic services have been deployed in the central city and other popular destinations for the traditional New Year’s Eve mass celebrations. Festive celebrations culminate this weekend and revellers are reminded that safer festivities are a shared responsibility.  

The City of Cape Town’s Emergency Services, Law Enforcement and Traffic Services staff are ready for this weekend’s celebrations and will once again be out in full force this New Year’s weekend.

‘New Year’s Eve draws huge crowds to central Cape Town, the V&A Waterfront, beaches and places of entertainment. The public comes out to party and at the City we are ready to ensure that, as far as possible, everyone has fun without the risk of crime or injury.

‘As huge crowds congregate for the final countdown to 2018, our staff will be busy patrolling and monitoring celebrations. A number of integrated operations are planned with other role-players and these include roadblocks, roaming vehicle checkpoints, and increased law enforcement visibility,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading

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