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9 June 2016 Release: Immediate

The DA in the Western Cape notes the false allegations made by the EFF regarding eligibility for housing opportunities.

In my capacity as Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Human Settlements in the Western Cape Provincial Legislature, I will write to Minister of Human Settlement, Bonginkosi Madikizela, to inquire how many housing opportunities have been made available in this financial year and how many beneficiaries have received title deeds.

The EFF has made claims that the DA-led Western Cape Government refuses to provide housing opportunities to beneficiaries under the age of 40. These claims are completely baseless and false. These are cheap tactics used by a desperate party trying to get a foot into the DA-led Western Cape.

The Department has a strategy in place that continues to prioritise the most deserving people in our communities. Qualifying beneficiaries on the housing data base are allocated houses accordingly, not on basis of age. However, priority will always be given to the elderly, people living with disability as well as child headed households.

The DA will always put the most vulnerable first, and is committed to improve living conditions to everyone in the province through enhanced management of land.

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE DEPUTY MAYOR, ALDERMAN IAN NEILSON

The City of Cape Town notes the publication by Stats SA of the results in the non-financial census of municipalities for the year ended 30 June 2015.

We believe that this report resolves a number of the methodological questions we had last week related to the Stats SA results of the Household Survey 2015. We maintained that there was a discrepancy in both the definitions and methodology applied.

The results for sanitation provision in the non-financial census for the City of Cape Town are as follows:

City of Cape Town 2014 2015
Flush toilet connected to public sewerage system 595 641 608 106
Flush toilet connected septic tank 3 561 3 651
Bucket 377 223
Ventilated improved pit latrine system 0 13
Other 32 484 33 960

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SA Rugby and the ANC Youth League on Wednesday confirmed that plans to disrupt Springbok Test matches had been cancelled, following positive engagements between the two bodies.

ANC Youth League Secretary General Njabulo Nzuza, said that although rugby still had much work to do, his organisation had been reassured of SA Rugby’s intentions and commitment following a presentation to the League by SA Rugby.

The ANCYL has rigorously engaged with SA Rugby on the memorandum to them on the pace of transformation in rugby in South Africa. This is a very serious and important issue for the Youth and we went in search of answers, said Mr Nzuza.

“After an intense and exhaustive dialogue on the current situation in rugby, we were reassured that SA Rugby takes this matter as seriously as the ANCYL and that steps have been put in place to ensure that transformation continues apace in the game.

“We have further noted that the current Springbok squad is the most transformed in history and Teboho Mohoje has been named as captain of the South Africa ‘A’ team this week.

“SA Rugby demonstrated where progress has been made and on that basis we are happy to throw our full weight behind the Springboks and put off our plans to disrupt matches. We have provided SA Rugby with recommendations on Youth engagement and will continue this conversation with SA Rugby.”

Khaya Mayedwa, Senior Manager Government and Stakeholder Relations at SA Rugby, said: “We had a healthy and at times robust conversation with the Youth League, but there was also a meeting of minds.

“We had the opportunity to explain just how far SA Rugby has come in recent years and discuss the details of our Strategic Transformation Plan, which is a road map for the sport at all levels to 2019. We believe that SA Rugby has a good story to tell and we welcomed the engagement with the ANCYL to bring them up to speed with our progress.”

At 16h00 WCGH Emergency Medical Services was alerted to reports of an explosion at number 71, 7th Avenue in Kensington at a company called Colpack. One adult male in his early 30s was killed when the Liquid paraffin gas cylinder he was busy grinding exploded. Police as well as WCGH Forensic Pathology Services are also on scene.

Transport for Cape Town, the City of Cape Town’s transport authority, has installed a 3D laser detection system in Muizenberg to assist in preventing vehicles with a height of 2,5 m and more from crashing into the low railway bridge at Atlantic Road. Read more below:

‘The railway bridge crossing Atlantic Road in Muizenberg is notorious for crashes, mainly because road users often underestimate the height of their vehicles or load when driving through under the bridge. A truck or vehicle crashes into or gets stuck under this bridge about once a week despite the numerous signboards along Main Road and Atlantic Road warning drivers of the 2,5 m height restriction ahead,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.

It became apparent that a different warning system was required to improve the safety of road users and to try to prevent crashes into the railway bridge over Atlantic Road as the earlier systems were affected by the extremely corrosive environment and required constant maintenance. Continue reading

At 10h50 this morning a 22 year old male died after sustaining a gunshot wound to his abdomen In Bishop Lavis opposite the Court Building. Western Cape Government Health Forensic Pathology Services attended the scene.

The return on investment has been huge since the launch of the City’s initiative to reward informants which sees members of the public paid a small cash amount in exchange for blowing the whistle on crime. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town has made dozens of arrests and recovered stolen goods and contraband worth millions of rands, courtesy of its Informant Reward System.

The City’s Safety and Security Directorate formulated the Informant Reward Policy in 2013. It makes provision for payment of up to R1 000 for information that will lead to an arrest or the successful confiscation or recovery of stolen goods or contraband.

Since the initiative was launched in October 2013, 34 payments have been made to informants, totalling R33 500. In return, the City has made 51 arrests: Continue reading

Four schools across the city have benefitted from a pilot project initiated by the City’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate in partnership with NICRO. The project is aimed at preventing anti-social behaviour, bullying and victimisation. Read more below.

The City of Cape Town has partnered with the National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Rehabilitation of Offenders (NICRO) to start a Safety Ambassadors Programme – an intervention aimed at reducing crime at schools. As part of the City’s grant-in-aid initiative, NICRO received R230 490 to implement youth awareness programmes across the city. Continue reading

Warrant evaders were among nearly 400 suspects arrested by the City’s enforcement agencies in the last week. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service closed the net on 199 warrant evaders in the last week. Operation Reclaim roadblocks were held in various parts of the city in the hunt for motorists with outstanding warrants of arrest for not paying their traffic fines.

‘I’ve said it time and again: we are putting more resources into tracking down the “scofflaws” who think they can break the rules and simply get away with it. We are intensifying our efforts and I would therefore advise motorists with outstanding fines to settle their debt or they could be in for a nasty surprise,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading

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