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They were among 118 suspects arrested by the City’s Traffic and Metro Police Departments for various offences during special operations in the last week. Read more below:

During an operation in the Athlone and Mitchells Plain area last night, the Ghost Squad arrested seven drivers for reckless and negligent driving and three for driving under the influence of alcohol. Three of those arrested were also charged with participating in an illegal street race.

Officers also issued fines to five unlicensed drivers, one for failing to wear a seatbelt, two unlicensed vehicles and two fines for disobeying red traffic lights.

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WEEKLY STATEMENT ON ALL RAIL ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS – A JOINT MEDIA RELEASE FROM METRORAIL, THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN AND THE WESTERN CAPE GOVERNMENT

The Rail Enforcement Unit (REU) arrested nine suspects and inspected 147 hot spot areas and scrapyards the past week. Furthermore, the Metrorail Protection Services made nine arrests and ensured that 25 suspects remain in custody. Read more below:

Metrorail Protection Services arrested nine suspects this week and ensured that 25 offenders were denied bail. The teams also searched 1 042 individuals and patrolled 842 trains. Up to 29 illegally erected structures were dismantled and 49 street people removed from PRASA-owned property.

Furthermore, the REU conducted eight operations and 1 520 stop-and-search operations last week; inspected 147 hot spot areas and scrapyards; and conducted 74 patrols at stations. Two suspects were arrested in Delft and Ravensmead in terms of the Criminal Matters Amendment Act for tampering and malicious damage to essential infrastructure; and another seven suspects were arrested in Bishop Lavis, Lentegeur, Langa, Claremont, Kraaifontein and Kensington for the possession of suspected stolen property, dangerous weapons, and drugs. Continue reading

The Executive Mayor, along with the Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security joined traffic officers at a roadblock in Green Point last night to engage motorists about road safety and the dangers of drunk and reckless driving. Read more below:

During the roadblock, officers recorded 216 offences, which included 22 arrests for driving under the influence. One motorist’s breathalyzer reading was 1.04mg/L, which is nearly five times the legal limit.

These statistics represent a fraction of the transgressions that the City’s Traffic Service records on a daily basis.

Below is a snapshot of key offences recorded between October 2018 and March 2019:

OFFENCE October ’18 – March ‘19 October ’17 – March ‘18
Driving while intoxicated 1 761 1 573
Reckless and negligent driving 442 462
Outstanding warrants executed 97 368 65 723

‘The statistics are bittersweet. On the one hand it points to the hard work of our traffic officers to curb the lawlessness on our roads, but on the other hand it also means that too many road users do not take road safety seriously. We have seen some success through various campaigns by the City and from the provincial government, raising awareness of the dangers of drunk driving, speeding and pedestrian safety. However, it is clear that we need to keep driving the message of responsibility,’ said Executive Mayor, Dan Plato.

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The City of Cape Town advises residents to familiarise themselves with the features and contents of a City employee identity card, as well as other indicators which authenticates City officials. Also, posing as a City official, or making use of the City’s name is a criminal offence. Read more below:

The City would like to remind residents that fraudsters often pose as City employees and target unsuspecting Capetonians as part of their scams.

It was recently brought to the City’s attention that a member of the public approached a resident and offered to tar the owner’s driveway. The fraudster alleged to be a City employee by using the name of an actual City official and offered to do the work for a fee of R3 500 which the resident paid. The fraudsters used a printout of a City staff member’s details to identify themselves as ‘officials’.

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Dams that supply Cape Town have declined by 1% over the past week to 46,6% (2018: 20,9%) of storage capacity. Read more below:

Cape Town’s collective water consumption for the past week increased by 22 million litres to 607 million litres per day of collective usage.

According to the City’s records dams were at 20,9% of storage capacity at the same time in 2018 and at 22,8% of storage capacity in 2017.

Although we are in a much improved position due to higher dam levels and reduced demand when compared to the same period in previous years, we encourage residents to continue using water wisely.

Level 3 restrictions remain in place to aid dam recovery.

Please see the following links for information on:

Please visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for all water-related information and Frequently Asked Questions.

In a bid to promote the sexual well-being of Cape Town communities, the Embassy of Japan in South Africa handed over a mobile clinic to the Partners in Sexual Health (PSH).

“Initiatives such as this one have a direct effect on the community. The mobile clinic will ensure that all community members, even those that are far from the district and municipal clinics, have access to HIV testing, pregnancy testing and family planning resources. Partners in Sexual Health will also be better equipped in fighting against the HIV epidemic,” says Mr Yasushi Naito, Counsellor of the Consul of Japan in Cape Town.

The mobile clinic is the latest in the series of funding initiatives by the Government of Japan, through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) funding scheme, which has been funding development projects in South Africa since 1990.

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The City’s Electricity Generation and Distribution Department is working hard to connect residents in informal settlements with electricity and its Lotus Park project is progressing well. One of the residents, Mr Mzondeleli Nyama, whose home was electrified as part of the project is thrilled. He said being able to use appliances makes his life easier. Read more below:

Note to editors: High resolution photographs are available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/oe5k11k7os79yov/AADNGcJkgPGGCIPKsXd_S8fqa?dl=0

The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy and Climate Change, Councillor Phindile Maxiti, visited residents in Lotus Park in Gugulethu to inspect the work which is under way. This project is valued at more than R8 million and includes the electrification of approximately 700 informal structures which are located on land belonging to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA).

PRASA had given the City permission to complete the electrification work. This project is expected to be completed by the end of June 2019. The City has also electrified approximately 100 households in an adjacent area of City-owned land.

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The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department will be conducting pressure management operations in a number of areas in Table View, Durbanville and surrounds. Read more below:

Pressure management will be done in the Table View, Flamingo Vlei, Parklands, Bloubergstrand, Westriding and Sunridge areas. The work will result in the disruption of the water supply on Tuesday 30 April 2019 between 19:00 and 00:00, and on Thursday 2 May 2019 between 19:00 and 00:00.

The department will also be conducting pressure management operations in Durbanville, Morningstar, Proteaville, Sonstraal and surrounds. The work will result in the disruption of the water supply on Thursday 2 May 2019 between 19:00 and 00:00.

All taps should be kept closed during this period to prevent any water loss and/or damage when the water supply is restored. Residents are kindly requested to store water in clean, sealed containers for use during this period.

The City apologises for any inconvenience that may be caused.

Dam levels declined 1,2% for the week of 1-7 April 2019

Dams that supply Cape Town have declined by 1,2% over the past week to 49,1% (2018: 21,5%) of storage capacity. 

Cape Town’s collective water consumption for the past week increased by 11 million litres to 609 million litres per day of collective consumption.

Water users are encouraged to stay the course and use water wisely. Compared with historic data for the same time of the year, dam levels were at 21,5% of storage capacity in 2018 and at 25,6% of storage capacity in 2017.

Please see the following links for information on:

Please visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for all water-related information and Frequently Asked Questions.

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, Alderman James Vos and the Western Cape Economic Opportunities MEC Beverly Schafer today, 4 April 2019, went on a site visit to the Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) to touch base on future upgrades. Read more below:

The visit comes off the back of the Cape Town International Airport receiving the Best Airport in Africa Award at the 2019 Skytrax World Airports Awards last week. This year marks the fourth year running that CTIA has won this prestigious award.

‘I would like to congratulate the Chief Executive Officer of the airport, Deon Cloete, and his team on their fine achievement for the fourth year in a row. You have developed a winning formula that is being recognised globally for service excellence in the industry,’ said Alderman Vos.

The objective of today’s visit was to gain first-hand knowledge about what the highly anticipated airport upgrade project entails. The walkabout included a tour of the facility and a meeting with key staff members.

‘Airport City contributed R4,7 billion to South Africa’s economy. It made a R2 billion contribution to the Income of South African and Cape Town workers and supported 43 608 direct an, indirect jobs in South Africa,’ said Alderman James Vos.

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