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: http://www.capetown.gov.za/en/MediaReleases/Documents/SONA2016RoadClosures.pdf
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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The City of Cape Town undertook emergency repairs on the iconic City Hall clock after it stopped working in November 2013, and had been operated manually for short periods of time up until the fault was addressed and repaired.
‘Restoration and repairs have been completed on the City Hall clock and it is once again in full working order,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Garreth Bloor.
The clock in the turret is modelled on London’s Big Ben and is exactly half the size. It strikes the hours and chimes the Westminster Quarters.
‘A few contractors were called in to assess the problems, and it was decided that we needed to find a more specialised subcontractor who has the experience and a better understanding of historical clock mechanisms,’ explained Councillor Bloor. Continue reading
Building kits are currently being issued to the 24 families who lost their homes during yesterday’s fire. The City of Cape Town, with the help of supporting organisations, has been making every effort to expedite the process to ensure that the families who have been affected by fires in Imizamo Yethu are able to rebuild their lives, through the issuing of building kits and the provision of humanitarian relief. Read more below:
Most recently, 27 families were affected by a fire that took place near the reservoir in Dontse Yahke, Hout Bay yesterday, 1 February 2016.
Currently 24 enhanced emergency kits are being issued to the families whose structures were completely damaged. Three relocation kits have been issued to the families whose structures were partially affected.
All of the timber poles that are handed out as part of these kits have been treated with fire-retardant paint prior to being issued.
The enhanced emergency kit includes nails, poles, galvanised corrugated steel roof sheets, a door with a lockset or padlock, and a window. The City of Cape Town is the only metro in the country that assists residents affected by fires and floods in this manner. Continue reading
Golden Arrow Bus Services is pleased to announce the appointment of Derick Meyer as its new General Manager.
Meyer joined the company in 1981 and has since occupied a number of management positions, specialising in scheduling and operations, including his most recent as Manager of our subsidiary company, Table Bay Rapid Transit.
According to Chairman of the Golden Arrow Board Yunis Shaik, Meyer comes with a wealth of experience and a unique range of institutional knowledge. “On behalf of the Board of Directors I would like to extend a warm welcome to Derick Meyer as he steps into the post of General Manager. We have full confidence in his ability to make this position his own and wish him well in his new position,” says Shaik.
Burger King joins other major brands in eliminating eggs from hens confined in battery cages
Cape Town — Burger King has committed to eliminating eggs produced by hens confined in cages from its egg supply chain by switching to 100 percent cage-free eggs.
The announcement comes via Burger King’s parent company, Restaurant Brands International. It applies to all the company’s brands worldwide—including Burger King and Tim Hortons, Canada’s largest restaurant chain—with a goal of accomplishing the transition in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico by 2025.
Throughout the world, a large proportion of egg-laying hens are confined for their whole lives in wire battery cages, so small they cannot even fully stretch their wings.
Elissa Lane, deputy director for Humane Society International, said: “Burger King joining the cage-free movement in Mexico is a clear signal that the future of egg production is cage-free. We look forward to seeing Burger King set a similar timeline for its restaurants in Asia, Africa, and the rest of Latin America.”
Other companies that have committed to sourcing 100 percent cage-free eggs include Grupo Bimbo, Marriott International, Nestle and Unilever. Globally, the cage-free movement includes dozens of the food industry’s largest players.