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The City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, joined Expanded Public Works Programme workers at the Stodels Nursery in Kenilworth today to encourage customers to work with the City and help save water.

We live in a water-scarce country with the harsh effects of climate change already being felt.

Because the City’s dam levels are lower than the norm for this time of year, the City of Cape Town implemented Level 2 restrictions (20% savings) to preserve the long-term sustainability of this resource.

As of 1 January 2016, customers are being charged according to a tariff designed to be revenue-neutral when applied to the 10% reduced consumption levels.

In other words, if the customer reduces their consumption by 10%, their bill should remain at a similar rand value. Continue reading

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Generations: The Legacy actor Rapulana Seiphemo is reportedly fighting after being involved in an horrific accident last night.

Seiphemo, popularly known as the character Tau, is said to be in a critical condition at Milpark hospital after a car crash in which two people lost their lives. The accident took place on the N14, near Diepsloot.

Publicist for Generations: The Legacy Gaaratwe Mokhethi was understandably reluctant to divulge any details about the incident and Seiphemo’s condition.

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A draft Freight Management Strategy to ensure that freight transport within Cape Town is safe and efficient, serves the needs of the economy without compromising the access and mobility of other road users, and that freight operators comply with regulations, is available for public comment. Read more below:

‘Our local and regional economy is based on global trade and depends largely on the efficient road-based transport of cargo to and from the port, airport and between cities and towns. The City is responsible for the provision of a safe, efficient and reliable road network. We must, however, also take into consideration the significant impact that road-based freight has on the city’s roads and the urban environment. Counting among the effects are carbon emissions, congestion and road accidents. Furthermore, the cost of maintenance of our roads amounts to R713 million per year – a cost that is currently not equitably divided between freight vehicles, public transport, and private motor vehicles,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading

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CAPE TOWN – Armed robbers hit a jewellery shop in the upmarket Cavendish Square in Claremont, Cape Town, on Sunday morning, an ANA staffer on the scene reported.

It appeared that staff at the shop were held at gunpoint and a smoke bomb was released when the alarm was activated.

Western Cape police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk confirmed to ANA later on Sunday that a case of business robbery was under investigation.

“According to information… at about 11.30am four unidentified armed suspects robbed a jewellery shop in a shopping mall in Claremont. The suspects fled the scene with an undisclosed amount jewellery.

“No-one has been arrested at this stage. They are still at large. Anyone with any information about this incident is kindly requested to contact Crime Stop on 08600-10111,” Van Wyk said.

– Africa News Agency


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Cape Town – Guided by a classy 101* from captain AB de Villiers, the Proteas have won the fifth one-day international at Newlands and along with it claimed a 3-2 series victory.

As it happened: Proteas v England – 5th ODI at Newlands

De Villiers won the toss and asked England to bat in slightly overcast conditions.

England’s lost regular wickets throughout their innings but opener Alex Hales stood firm, scoring 112 and ensuring England posted a competitive total of 236 all out, although the visitors did not make use of their full compliment of 50 overs.

For the Proteas, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir and David Wiese picked up three wickets apiece. England however, will feel they gifted a few soft dismissals to the home attack.

The Proteas innings started slowly with both Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock having a good look at the bowling.
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The small Southern Right whale carcass which washed ashore by the rocks in Bantry Bay, Cape Town, this morning, 14 February 2016, has been successfully removed. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town wishes to thank the National Sea Rescue Institute of South Africa who has helped to remove the carcass.

It is being towed to the Oceana Power Boat Club from where it will be transported by the City’s Solid Waste Management Department to its Vissershok Landfill site, as per the standard protocol.


Last night President Jacob Zuma indicated that Parliament may move from Cape Town to Pretoria to reduce the administrative costs of government.

The issue is not one of whether Parliament moves to Pretoria to cut government wastage. The key issue is that government is too big.

National Government needs to cut the cabinet, streamline and rationalise Parliament in order to save costs to the taxpayer, and work more efficiently.

However, regardless of whether Parliament moves to Pretoria or not, we will always be happy to welcome the people of Gauteng and the rest of the country to Cape Town.

To accommodate the State of the Nation Address and the Opening of Parliament at 19:00on Thursday 11 February 2016, the National Government has requested that the City of Cape Town effect road closures in the city, mostly in the central business district (CBD). The route has been reworked this year in order to minimise the impact on commuters.

Some of these road closures in the CBD will also be in effect on the evenings of Tuesday 9 February and Wednesday 10 February 2016, when rehearsals for the event are held from17:00 onwards.

The road closures will affect the normal flow of traffic in and around the city bowl, Newlands and the M3 and N2 city-bound lanes. As such, road users are asked to plan their routes accordingly.

A detailed breakdown of the closures/restrictions and deviations is available on the City’s website here:

Residents are advised that extensive parking restrictions will be in effect, and that the South African Police Service has requested that access to the Company’s Garden be restricted from 09:00 on the day of the event.

MyCiTi commuters should please note that due to the road closures, Routes 103 (Oranjezicht, Gardens) and 107 (Camps Bay) will be affected – the Darling, Lower Buitenkant, Roeland and Roodehek bus stops will be closed on 11 February 2016 from 18:00 until 19:00. The Groote Kerk bus stop will be closed from 16:00 until 20:00 and commuters are advised to please make use of other bus stops in the vicinity.

The closures will have the greatest effect on road users travelling from the east side of the city towards Vredehoek and Gardens, as well as those travelling into town along the N2, Nelson Mandela Boulevard, the M3 and De Waal Drive.

Those who make use of the Golden Acre bus terminus, however, will not be affected by any road closures.


South Africa has gone from hero to zero, with international investors turning their backs on the country under President Jacob Zuma’s poor leadership.

This was the stark assessment of former anti-apartheid activist and Labour cabinet minister Peter Hain in a speech at Swansea University Thursday night.

“Can the ANC reclaim (Nelson) Mandela’s vision of the rainbow nation? Perhaps we all expected too much. Perhaps it was naïve to think that the party – for all its moral integrity and constitutionalist traditions – could be immune to human frailty, especially in the face of such immense social inequalities.  Could any political party anywhere (including Britain) have done better?” Hain asked.

He said the ANC has to address corruption and cronyism and lead the development of a new social compact if South Africa is to prosper.

He pointed to Zuma’s firing of former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene, which sent the rand plummeting and the stock exchange into meltdown, as an example of how badly the country was being run.

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