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The City of Cape Town today, 15 February 2017, received a consignment of durable medical equipment from the Taipei Liaison Office based in the city.

For many years, the Amitofo Care Centre (ACC), a charity organisation based in Taiwan, has distributed durable medical equipment, medicines and clothing to people in need across Africa.

The City of Cape Town has been a recipient of this generous donation for the last five years. Through the partnership with the ACC, the City has been able to donate the following items to residents across the city:
· 494 wheelchairs
· 219 sets of crutches
· 142 walkers
· 187 commodes

The City of Cape Town’s Speaker, Alderman Dirk Smit, enjoys a good working relationship with the Cape Town Taipei Liaison Office which facilitates the receipt of the containers housing much-needed durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs, crutches, walkers and commodes. Continue reading

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

As of Monday 20 February 2017, the identities of all customers who pay admission-of-guilt fines or who appear in court regarding contravention of Level 3B water restrictions will be made public by the City of Cape Town.

The City will also publish the lists of fines issued in various areas where contraventions take place, including street names but without street numbers.

Similarly, street names of the top 100 highest consumers for each category of domestic, commercial, and government user who are under investigation for contravening the water restrictions will be published, along with the water meter reading.

We will also be writing to these customers demanding that they provide the City with an explanation for their relatively high water use. Our investigations will continue should no satisfactory explanation be given.

In light of the current water crisis, today 16 February 2017, along with the four area-based mayoral committee members, I started delivering warning notices to some of the households which we have identified in Pinelands with high water consumption.

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

As of Monday 20 February 2017, the identities of all customers who pay admission-of-guilt fines or who appear in court regarding contravention of Level 3B water restrictions will be made public by the City of Cape Town.

The City will also publish the lists of fines issued in various areas where contraventions take place, including street names but without street numbers.

Similarly, street names of the top 100 highest consumers for each category of domestic, commercial, and government user who are under investigation for contravening the water restrictions will be published, along with the water meter reading.

We will also be writing to these customers demanding that they provide the City with an explanation for their relatively high water use. Our investigations will continue should no satisfactory explanation be given.

In light of the current water crisis, today 16 February 2017, along with the four area-based mayoral committee members, I started delivering warning notices to some of the households which we have identified in Pinelands with high water consumption.

Continue reading

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

The City of Cape Town is pleased to announce that the Minister of Police, Nathi Nhleko, has extended greater powers to City Law Enforcement in terms of the Second-Hand Goods Act, which will significantly bolster the municipality’s efforts to clamp down on metal and cable theft.

Minister Nhleko has, under Section 31(1) of the Act, extended powers contemplated in Chapter 9 to law enforcement officers in the Metals Theft Unit.

This means that officers in the City’s Metals Theft Unit now have the authority to do routine inspections and enter the premises of registered dealers in order to investigate compliance with the Act, enter and conduct searches and seizures, and seal off premises at which second-hand goods are found in order to prevent a person from conducting business in contravention of the Act.

In addition, law enforcement officers will now have the power to execute warrants on properties.

By empowering the officers of the Metals Theft Unit, the City’s efforts to fight metal and cable theft will be greatly strengthened. Continue reading

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

Today I visited beneficiaries of the latest phase of our large-scale ceiling retrofit project in Heinz Park, Philippi.

The City of Cape Town is currently implementing Phase 2 of this massive redress project by installing ceilings and water-proofing in around 3 451 government-subsidised houses which were built between 1994 and 2005 without water-proofing and ceilings.

The City has now commenced the second phase where we are investing R60 million to install new ceilings and weather-proof roofs where deemed necessary in houses in Macassar, Chris Nissen, Gordon’s Bay, Heinz Park, Phumlani, Silver City and Sir Lowry’s Pass Village.

In 2014, I became aware of around 40 000 low-cost subsidy homes which were built without ceilings and water-proofing. As part of our commitment to redressing the wrongs of the past, we undertook this large-scale ceiling retrofit project.

The fact that the residents lived in these conditions for many years has caused residents much discomfort due to poor thermal performance and condensation, which gives rise to damp conditions and poor indoor air quality and can cause respiratory illnesses. Continue reading

As at today, 13 February 2017, dam levels have dropped to 36,2,%, which is 1,2% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water not being useable, dam levels are effectively at 26,2%. The latest actual consumption is 825 million litres of collective use per day. The City of Cape Town has now lowered its water consumption target from 800 million litres to 700 million litres for collective water usage per day. Read more below:

If we are to reduce the consumption to 700 million litres of collective use per day, and at the current draw-down rate on dams, we could be looking at approximately 135 days of useable water left.

While the City thanks all of its great water-saving residents and businesses across the metro, water consumption must be lowered immediately. Cape Town is in a water-scarce region and at all times, but especially during this water crisis, we need to use water sparingly. Level 3b water restrictions, which limit the use of potable water for non-essential purposes, are in place.

‘The City has adjusted its target downwards from 800 million litres per day of collective use to 700 million litres per day of collective use. Continue reading

DHL Stormers injury report – 13/02/2017

DHL Stormers wing Leolin Zas has been ruled out of action for approximately a year with a broken leg.

Zas fractured both his Fibula and Tibia in the pre-season friendly against the Emirates Lions on Saturday, after coming on as a replacement having recently returned from an unrelated leg injury.

The other major casualty from the 57-40 victory against the Emirates Lions was centre Juan de Jongh who tore his medial collateral ligament and will consequently spend around 10-12 weeks on the sidelines.


This from tmz.com:

Al Jarreau, famed R&B and jazz singer died Sunday morning … according to his reps.

The 7-time Grammy winner had been hospitalized recently in Los Angeles. Amid his medical battle … he announced he would be retiring. He’d been touring almost non-stop for 50 years.

A message on his website says he passed away while in the hospital. The announcement doesn’t say what he died from — but Al had fought through respiratory and cardiac issues in recent years.

Just last week, Al’s son said his father was singing “Moonlighting” to one of his nurses.

Full story here:

http://www.tmz.com/2017/02/12/al-jarreau-dead-at-76/

Pic: sarugby.co.za

Pic: sarugby.co.za

Springbok wing Bjorn Basson has signed with the DHL Stormers for the 2017 Vodacom Super Rugby season.

The experienced outside back joins the DHL Stormers from the Vodacom Bulls and will add valuable backline depth for Head Coach Robbie Fleck.

Basson has amassed 95 Vodacom Super Rugby caps and has scored an impressive 35 tries in that time, which illustrates his abilities as a finisher.

Director of Rugby Gert Smal said that Basson will be a welcome addition to the DHL Stormers squad this season.

“Bjorn is a versatile player whose record speaks for itself and we are excited to add another player with proven quality,” he said.

Smal said that Basson’s skillset and experience is a significant boost just before the season gets underway.

“In Bjorn we have a player comfortable on the wing or at fullback who is one of the best around under the high ball.

“The influence he will have on our young outside backs cannot be underestimated,” he said.

Basson said that he is excited to be joining the DHL Stormers and is looking forward to making an impact at DHL Newlands.

“It is great for me to be here and I cannot wait to get onto the pitch and make a difference for the team,” he said.

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

Following the Constitutional Court ruling on Friday which dismissed the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s application for leave to appeal against the judgment of the Supreme Court of Appeal in the Winelands tolling matter, I am making another appeal to Sanral to work with the City of Cape Town to find alternative solutions to road infrastructure projects.

Previously, in 2015 I extended an olive branch to Sanral and made an offer asking the road agency to work with the City by looking at what infrastructure projects are needed for road maintenance and to ease traffic flow.

Instead of working with the City to find alternatives, more than R20million of taxpayers’ money has been used in a five-year long court battle to halt the tolling project which would have had dire economic consequences for all road users especially the poor.

In the interest of providing quality infrastructure I am asking Sanral once again to sit down with the City so that we can work out what the needs are and I am saying let us work together for the sake of the roads in our city. Continue reading

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