Cape Town’s selection as one of the final cohort of cities to join the 100 Resilient Cities network will bolster our efforts to prepare our organisation and communities for the opportunities and challenges associated with urbanisation, globalisation and climate change. Read more below:
Today we are pleased to announce that the City of Cape Town has been selected to join the100 Resilient Cities (100RC) Programme. This programme, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, seeks to find 100 cities across the globe that are ready to build resilience to social, economic and physical challenges faced by urban environments.
Cape Town was chosen from more than 325 applicants on the basis of our willingness, ability, and need to become resilient in the face of future challenges.
As a member of 100RC, the City of Cape Town will gain access to tools, funding, technical expertise, and other resources to build resilience to the challenges of the 21st century. Continue reading
A group of bus drivers employed by Kidrogen, a MyCiTi vehicle operating company (VOC), this morning embarked on an illegal strike. Neither Kidrogen nor Transport for Cape Town – the City of Cape Town’s transport authority – was informed of the imminent strike that commenced at approximately 05:00 this morning, 26 May 2016.
The bus drivers who are participating in the illegal strike prevented the MyCiTi buses from leaving the depot in Dunoon to commence with the services along the very busy and popular T01 and T04 trunk routes.
As a result, the MyCiTi trunk routes from Dunoon to Table View and Dunoon to Century City were severely disrupted, as were the MyCiTi feeder Routes 213, 214, 215, 216 and 217 in Table View. Routes 260 and 262, serving commuters from Summer Greens and Century Gate, were also affected.
None of the routes mentioned above were operational this morning.
Buses are being added to these routes as and when drivers become available. Continue reading
This from dailymaverick.co.za:
by Ivan Couronne and Veronique Dupont Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump stumped Wednesday in California, the US state with the largest Hispanic population, doubling down on his anti-immigration position but assuring that “Mexican people” will vote for him in November.
The presumptive Republican nominee took the stage in Anaheim, outside Los Angeles, with police on high alert one day after violence marred a Trump rally in the southwestern state of New Mexico, where anti-Trump protesters hurled rocks and police fired smoke grenades in efforts to rein in the chaos.
Dozens of security personnel including police on horseback maintained control in Anaheim, although some skirmishes broke out between Trump opponents and his backers as protesters chanted expletives about the brash billionaire. At least eight people were arrested.
Inside, Trump attacked his likely Democratic general election rival Hillary Clinton and railed against undocumented immigrants stealing US jobs.
But he insisted legal immigrants would vote for him in large numbers, despite polls showing they would overwhelmingly favor Clinton.
“The Mexican people are great, they’re going to vote for me like crazy, the ones that are legally in this country,” Trump said, as a woman waived a “Latinas for Trump” sign behind him.
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This from lionsworld.co.za forum:
Emirates Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies will undergo an operation on his fractured finger on Tuesday and should be ready to play 3-4 weeks.
It’s reported he’s been sacked over his defiance of the ANC leadership on governance issues.
JOHANNESBURG – KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu has reportedly resigned following a weekend of speculation about his fate.
According to news channel, eNCA, Mchunu was forced to resign over his defiance of the African National Congress’ (ANC) leadership on governance issues.
Reports surfaced over the weekend that Mchunu had been ordered by provincial leadership to hand in his resignation this week.
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This from iol.co.za:
Poor Richard Stirton.
He’s the first ever winner of The Voice SA – a prize which includes R800 000 worth of goodies, and a recording contract with Universal Music SA. But that’s not what people are talking about this morning.
A big question mark hangs over Stirton’s win because of the voting fiasco that put a dampener on this reality singing show finale. The Voice’s online voting system is said to have collapsed, which meant only the votes recorded up until Thursday were used to determine the winner. According to M-Net, it is not yet known why the system collapsed and, as such, they also do not know who viewers were siding with in the final outcome. Perhaps their system couldn’t cope with the large number of votes cast. Nevertheless, who’s to say that Stirton is the true champion?
The Voice host Lungile Radu was forced into an embarrasing concession during the finale last night, telling his audience that the votes cast on Sunday would not count towards the final result. He blamed “intermittent” voting platform issues.
At the press conference following the show, M-Net’’s head of publicity Lani Lombard tried her best to put a positive spin on proceedings.
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The City of Cape Town’s enforcement agencies arrested 186 suspects during operations and patrols in the last seven days.
One of them was a 47-year-old man arrested on a charge of rape. Officers on patrol in Parow were flagged down by a 12-year-old boy on Wednesday 18 May 2016. The boy informed them that he had been sexually assaulted at a nearby canal and escorted officers to the scene. En route he pointed out the suspect, who was immediately arrested by the officers.
‘This was one of two rape suspects arrested by our enforcement agencies on the same day. It is an extremely sensitive issue and I hope that the investigation by the South African Police Service is handled appropriately. I want to commend the young boy for seeking help and speaking out. It was an extremely brave thing to do,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading
On Thursday afternoon, 19 May at around 15h00 Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services (EMS) was contacted by the captain of a fishing vessel 300 nautical miles off our Western Coastline experiencing a cardiac event.
The 43 year old captain, a US Citizen from the fishing vessel, Iron Maiden informed EMS of chest pains and numbness in his fingers. He indicated his intention to continue to Saldanha Bay for medical attention, but out of concern for his safety we alerted the 22nd squadron from Ysterplaat Airforce Base as well as the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) to please assist and intervene.
On Saturday morning at 7h00 EMS personnel alongside an MRCC crew boarded a 22ndsquadron helicopter and proceded to collect the captain 60 nautical miles from Saldanha Bay.
At 10h34 the captain was safely transferred by EMS ambulance from Ysterplaat Airforce Base to Christiaan Barnard Hospital in a critical but stable condition.
30 patients were treated on scene for chlorine gas inhalation in Green Point at around 9h00 this morning. Another 11 patients with more severe exposure symptoms were rushed to Green Point Day Hospital as well as Grootte Schuur and New Somerset Hospitals by Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services and ER24.
An unmarked Chlorine gas cylinder found on the corner of Bay and Fritz Sonnenberg roads, opposite the City Park building is believed to be responsible for the incident.
chlorine gas exposure can result in symptoms of acute airway obstruction including wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and dyspnea.
This from news24.com:
Komatipoort – Despite evidence suggesting otherwise, an Mpumalanga local municipality has denied barring EFF leader Julius Malema from using municipal stadiums to address his supporters.
The decision comes barely days after leaders of political parties pledged to abide by the provisions of the South African Electoral Code not to sabotage other parties during election campaigns.
Nkomazi municipality spokesperson Cyril Ripinga confirmed that the municipality had taken a decision that no activities would be allowed to take place in all the local stadia, as the pitches had been damaged during a recent soccer tournament.
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