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15 August 2018

Today’s briefing by the Public Service Commissioner (PSC) to the Western Cape Provincial Parliament’s Standing Committee on Community Safety shockingly revealed that the Western Cape has 128 understaffed police stations, meaning that 85% of police stations in the Province are understaffed.

It is unacceptable that the province with South Africa’s highest murder rate, and with the country’s highest incidents of gang-related crime is so severely incapacitated by a National Government that fails in its constitutional duty of care. Crime ravages our communities in the Western Cape because National Government continues to fail us.

The Standing Committee on Community Safety agreed that they will request that the National Commissioner of Police, General Khehla Sitole and the Western Cape Provincial Commissioner of Police, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Elvis Jula, to appear before the committee, to explain why the PSC’s recommendations to adequately staff our police stations has failed to take place.

It is deeply concerning that the SAPS are well aware of the recommendations made by the PSC but have failed to respond to any of the findings highlighted in the report.

In the Western Cape the police to population ratio has worsened from 1 police officer to every 385 people in 2016, to 1 police officer to every 509 people in 2018. Currently each officer is now serving on average 124 more residents than in 2016. In addition, the police to population ratio here is much worse than the national average which is one officer for every 369 residents.

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Premier Helen Zille has announced a new Western Cape Police Ombudsman, following a thorough selection, consultation and approval process.

“I welcome the approval of appointment in the Provincial Standing Committee on Community Safety in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament today of Major General Johan Brand as the new Provincial Police Ombudsman.

Major General Brand has been a key partner in implementing the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry recommendations. We look forward to him brining this expertise into the office of the police ombudsman,” said Premier Helen Zille.

“Major General Brand has served as Cluster Commander for Khayelitsha since July 2014. His extensive 33 years’ experience in the South African Police Service has made him a pillar of strength in forging improved relationship between communities and police, in areas such as Khayelitsha and beyond.

“His knowledge and unique skillset in understanding the laws governing our Republic, their implementation, as well as the policing service delivery constraints in our province, has set him apart as the preferred candidate to be appointed as the next Western Cape Police Ombudsman,” said Minister of Community Safety, Dan Plato.

Premier Zille said that under the Western Cape Community Safety Act (CSA), the Western Cape Police Ombudsman has important powers and functions to investigate complaints about police inefficiency or a breakdown in the relations between a community and the police.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the previous Ombudsman, Adv. Vusi Pikoli, who played a pivotal role in affording the Office of the Ombudsman the credibility it deserves as envisaged under the CSA and we thank him for his dedicated service to both the Western Cape Government and the people of this province,” said Premier Zille.

The R40 million expenditure includes everything, from burglar bars and alarms to physical patrols at clinics, libraries and recreational facilities. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Social Services Directorate is planning a major financial injection this financial year to keep community facilities safe from criminals.

The Directorate’s facilities include clinics, libraries, community centres, sports fields and resorts, among others. Some of these facilities are prone to acts of vandalism and crime, with millions lost as a result of ongoing repairs and replacement of stolen equipment and infrastructure, but also untold costs in the disruption of services to communities.

In a bid to stem the tide, Social Services plan to implement a number of initiatives in this financial year, including:

· R10,1 million for security hardening measures like burglar bars, alarm systems, high mast lighting, etc.;

· R20 million for the deployment of Facility Protection Officers; and

· R9,8 million for the deployment of 312 Safety Wardens

The security upgrades and staff deployment will happen city-wide, with a special focus on hotspot areas.

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Introduction by the Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille:

‘We would like to provide the media with the latest update and facts on the electric buses which the City is in the process of procuring.

On Sunday, the Sunday Times ran a grossly inaccurate story about the specification testing of the buses.

As the City’s leadership, we would like to correct this and provide the media with the latest update and facts to avoid the practice of spreading misinformation.

Before we get into the facts of the specification tests, I would like to address the dangerous practice of reporting allegations as fact and not seeking comment from the relevant person which the allegation is linked to.

The article refers to a meeting agenda for a visit to Cape Town by BYD, the successful bidder for the electric buses.

The article stated that this meeting was between BYD representatives and myself to discuss ‘detailed finalization of specifications,’ to ‘finalise and conclude a business agreement’ and for ‘confirmation of roll-out times.’

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The average water consumption for the past week was 519 million litres per day, which is up from last week’s consumption of 505 million litres per day.

Dam levels have improved slightly more than last week’s recovery, by 1,8% to 58,8% of storage capacity.

It has been a dry August and rainfall thus far is far below the long-term average for this time of the year in Cape Town. The low rainfall has been slowing down the recovery of Cape Town’s dams. The City of Cape Town is confident that our water users will continue to contribute positively to Cape Town’s water-saving efforts to build a buffer for the summer months ahead.

The City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department advises the public to please avoid the Milnerton Beach area this coming weekend due to expected adverse weather conditions that are likely to include strong winds and a spring high tide of approximately 1,92 meters.

Further damage to infrastructure at Milnerton Beach is anticipated if the weather predictions come to pass. The public is reminded that, due to the hazardous conditions created by the recently damaged infrastructure and the extremely dangerous sea conditions expected this weekend, the beach at Milnerton will remain closed in the interest of public safety.

The City will monitor the situation closely and will undertake all necessary measures to ensure public safety as its main priority, both during and after the high seas.

The Recreation and Parks Department is in the process of establishing a safe public access point at Milnerton Beach. As soon as this has been completed and the damaged gabion baskets have been removed, the beach will be re-opened to the public.

The City regrets any inconvenience caused during this period.

Residents are advised that the City of Cape Town’s revenue offices, housing offices, traffic centres and municipal courts will be closed on the public holiday on 9 August 2018

An exception to the general office closures, however, is the cash office, account enquiries and motor vehicle registration and licensing office situated at the Liberty Promenade Mall, shop 215 (corner of AZ Berman Drive and Morgenster Road, Mitchells Plain) which will remain open to the public on 9 August 2018. The extended trading hours for public holidays will be in effect for this cash office, which will be open from 08:00 to15:00.

The City regrets any inconvenience caused and would like to remind residents of the following alternative payment options:

Payment of municipal accounts (excluding motor vehicle licences) may be made at any Shoprite/Checkers; Pick n Pay; Pep Stores; Woolworths; selected Spar stores; or at any branch of the post office.

Payment for the renewal of motor vehicle licences may be made online at

Payment of pre-due date traffic fines may be made online at (Standard Bank clients only); (FNB clients only) and or at any online branch of the Post Office.

Standard Bank and First National Bank clients may also pay their pre-due date traffic fines at their respective ATMs.

The City wishes all of its customers a reflective Women’s Day.

Premier Helen Zille has called for the release of several mega-properties that can be developed for affordable housing in the Cape Town metro.

The properties are owned by the national government, and are all well-located for affordable housing.

Writing in her Daily Maverick column, the Premier says these properties would facilitate the kind of land reform that will build, rather than break, South Africa’s economy.

“Should national government release its five large pieces of land, which consist of Ysterplaat, Culemborg, Youngsfield, Wingfield and Denel in Cape Town, it could potentially yield 93 817 affordable housing units,” said Premier Zille.

“I will continue to advocate for the release of this land, for this purpose, just as I did between 2006 and 2009, while I was still mayor of Cape Town,” she wrote.

The Premier said the Province was demonstrating its commitment by using a provincial piece of land – the 22-hectare site of the old Conradie hospital close to the inner city – for affordable housing on a mixed-use, cross-subsidised basis.

“[The Conradie hospital 22-hectare site] is truly a game changer, because it is pioneering sustainable land reform where it is most needed. We just need to dramatically escalate the numbers involved, and for this we need large tracts of land owned by national government in Cape Town,” said Premier Zille.

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7 August 2018

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has invested over R34 million for the 2018/2019 financial year on the Safe Schools programme across the Province. This funding is being used to provide and reinforce targeted security infrastructure in schools, to support a safe and secure learning environment for our learners.

The DA in the Western Cape is pleased that the WCED remains committed to ensuring that schools remain safe places conducive to learning, however, we urgently call on the SANDF in a supportive capacity to assist the SAPS and all relevant stakeholders to help ensure the safety of our teachers and learners at all costs.

We are working to try and address the complex social issues that give rise to young people getting involved in gangs, drugs, and other forms of substance abuse. We are however under no illusion that the fight against gangsterism and drugs and other forms substance abuse is hindered by our severely under-resourced police stations and inefficient justice system.

We are regularly engaging with teachers and fellow parents, in order to build and foster trust to help in sharing and tackling concerns. This joint ownership goes beyond just discussing grades and lessons. It requires a proactive collaboration on establishing and monitoring safety procedures applicable to infrastructure, resources, transport, as well as the emotional and physical well-being of learners within the school campus to create a safe learning environment.

The DA in the Western Cape remains committed to ensuring that young learners remain in school and are in fact safe whilst ensuring that learners are granted an equal opportunity to exceed at school.

The City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) has commenced with the preparatory work for the construction of two MyCiTi bus depots in Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha. These depots form part of the roll-out of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi bus service which will serve 1,4 million commuters from the Metro South-east. Read more below:

The site for the two new bus depots is approximately 15 ha and is located on the corner of Mew Way and Spine Road, bordering both Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha.

The purpose of the enabling works – among which major internal earthworks, perimeter fencing to secure the site, bulk services for the provision of water, sanitation, and electricity, as well as the upgrade of surrounding roads – is to prepare the site for the construction of the MyCiTi bus depots from where the vehicle operating companies will operate the service.

‘The enabling works contract is valued at approximately R73 million. We are currently busy with the design of the depot facilities which will consist of storage, parking, and fuelling facilities for the buses; office buildings, facilities for the personnel, and so forth,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

The local community from Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha will benefit immensely from this investment.

‘Apart from the job opportunities and business opportunities to local residents and subcontractors, the roll-out of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi service will provide commuters from the area with an affordable, decent, and scheduled public transport service to Wynberg and Claremont,’ said Councillor Herron.

All City-related contracts require that the contractor provides temporary employment opportunities to local residents; and also that the contractor subcontracts services and goods from local businesses as far as possible.

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