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The City of Cape Town’s investment in energy efficiency has led to almost 45 000 street lights being fitted with energy-saving light-emitting diode (LED) lights thus far. Read more below:

This includes the recent successful retrofitting of 1 100 street lights as part of a R3,8 million LED street lighting pilot in Burgundy Estate, Summer Greens, Eversdal, Bothasig and Aurora. This has already lead to a 32% reduction in the electricity load usage.

The City’s energy efficiency programme has resulted in savings of more than R110 million over the past five years. Since 2010, the City has saved almost 80 000 MWh of electricity and 79 000 tons of carbon through its municipal operations energy efficiency programme. This is the equivalent of the power needed to operate all of Cape Town’s street lights for a whole year. Continue reading

CAPE TOWN. – The Western Cape Cricket Board (WCC) resolved on Thursday evening (15thSeptember) that they will meet the coach, Paul Adams, and the contracted players soon about the grievances regarding Adams before making a decision on the future.

The decision was made after a deliberation in which the content of the mediator report by the former South African physical conditioning coach Paddy Upton came under the spotlight.

Adams’ position was scrutinized recently.

An independent panel of Prof William Pick, Prof Cyril O’ Connor, Archbishop emeritus Njongonkulu Ndugane, Rushdi Magiet and Rev. Courtney Sampson was appointed to address a formal complaint lodged by some senior Cape Cobras players about Adams’ performance as coach.

The primary recommendation of the panel was that a mediator be appointed and this was also the position of the South African Cricket Players Association prior to the independent panel’s work.

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A South African Weather Service advisory indicates that an intense cold front should make landfall later tonight.

The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Operations Centre is on standby to deal with any incidents related to an expected frontal system.

The South African Weather Service has advised that the cold front is expected to make landfall overnight into tomorrow morning, with 50 mm plus of rain expected along the mountainous areas of the peninsula.

In addition, strong to gale-force winds are expected overnight, followed by very cold conditions and rough seas tomorrow.

‘This is the first advisory in some time, given that we’ve had very little significant rainfall in the last month or so, but our agencies are well versed in disaster risk management and will be on hand to assist any members of the public in need. We appeal to homeowners to ensure that they survey their properties to make sure that gutters and drains aren’t blocked and that loose branches and roof sheeting are taken care of. I’d also like to advise motorists to stay off the roads if possible and, if they have to drive somewhere, to please exercise extreme caution,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading

Kannaland debt-crisis: officials must get urgent support

14 September 2016

Release: immediate

The DA in the Western Cape remains concerned about the debt crisis at the Kannaland Municipality. As at the end of August 2016, the municipality owed debtors R37.6 million, in addition to having its primary bank account in overdraft to the tune of R1.82 million.

In my capacity as Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Local Government, I will request that the Western Cape Minister of Local Government, Anton Bredell, implements a recovery plan at the Kannaland Municipality. The Department of Local Government must capacitate accounting officials at the Kannaland Municipality to execute their role of financial management. This is in accordance with Sections 105 and 106 of the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA). Continue reading

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Facebook, Twitter and news organizations including Agence France-Presse have joined a coalition of  media and technology groups seeking to filter out online misinformation and improve news quality on social networks.

First Draft News, which is backed by Google, announced Tuesday that some 20 news organizations will be part of its partner network to share information on best practices for journalism in the online age.

Jenni Sargent, managing director of First Draft, said the partner network will help advance the organization’s goal of improving news online and on social networks.

“Filtering out false information can be hard. Even if news organizations only share fact-checked and verified stories, everyone is a publisher and a potential source,” she said in a blog post.

“We are not going to solve these problems overnight, but we’re certainly not going to solve them as individual organizations.”

Sargent said the coalition will develop training programs and “a collaborative verification platform,” as well as a voluntary code of practice for online news.

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City enforcement staff are increasingly focusing on the impoundment of vehicles used in the act of illegal dumping in a bid to curb the practice which costs the City millions of rands a year to clean up. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement Department held an operation today, 13 September 2016, focusing on illegal dumping – particularly in the Philippi Horticultural Area. Illegal dumping is one of the City’s biggest challenges, with hundreds of millions of rands being diverted to address the problem annually.

Due to the cost of clearing dumped material and the seeming reluctance of perpetrators to make use of the City’s designated drop-off facilities – all of which allow businesses and residents to dispose of up to 1,5 tonnes of waste per day for free – the City took the decision to sharpen its weaponry. Since January 2016, 106 fines have been issued for littering, totalling R52 000. In addition 267 fines have been issued for illegal dumping, to the value of R870 300. Continue reading

Transport for Cape Town, the City of Cape Town’s transport authority, will host a public information session about the Kommetjie Road project which is to commence by the end of October 2016, if all goes as planned. Residents from Kommetjie in the far south and interested and affected parties are requested to please attend this important meeting. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town has committed to spend R750 million on road infrastructure projects over the next five years to address traffic congestion across the city. The R750 million is being spent in accordance with the Congestion Management Programme which has prioritised Kommetjie in the far south as one of the main congestion areas in the city, among others. Continue reading

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Democratic White House hopeful Hillary Clinton cancelled a California campaign fundraising trip after she fell ill at a 9/11 memorial ceremony Sunday and her doctor revealed she was diagnosed with pneumonia.

“Secretary Clinton will not be traveling to California tomorrow or Tuesday,” spokesman Nick Merrill said, hours after the 68-year-old candidate abruptly left the Ground Zero memorial suffering from what her doctor called dehydration.

Clinton has maintained a busy schedule over the past six weeks, attending three dozen fundraising events in August.

Her schedule modification comes in the heat of a tightening race, and just two weeks before she and Republican rival Donald Trump square off in their high-pressure first presidential debate.

She was due to attend finance events in California on Monday and Tuesday.

There was no word from the campaign on whether she would go ahead with her plans to campaign in the Las Vegas area Wednesday, or whether she might do other campaign events closer to home Monday and Tuesday.

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Cape Town – A former Proteas cricketer has been involved in an alleged kidnapping and assault of a 14-year-old boy.

The incident is believed to have happened in Pinelands near Cape Town on Wednesday.

Western Cape police confirmed the incident via a statement.

“The case is being investigated. According to reports, a 14-year-old kid opened a case and it is being investigated,” Constable Noloyiso Rwexana, a police spokesperson, told Netwerk24.

“The suspect, a man of 35-years, was warned to appear in court on September 13.”

The sister of the boy told EWN that her brother and his friends were confronted by the former cricketer outside their school on Wednesday.

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