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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER: TRANSPORT FOR CAPE TOWN, COUNCILLOR BRETT HERRON

Protesters participating in the EFF march to the Civic Centre this afternoon, 8 April 2016, illegally occupied four 18-metre MyCiTi buses, forcing the drivers to transport them back to Dunoon. Read more below:

The conduct of some of the protesters participating in the EFF march to the Civic Centre this afternoon is unacceptable. A group of protesters prevented the MyCiTi buses from turning around at the Civic Centre station, delaying the service while law-abiding commuters in the station building were waiting in lengthy queues to board the buses to go home for the weekend.

Some of these protesters eventually forced their way onto four 18-metre buses, intimidating the bus drivers and demanding to be transported back to Dunoon. Continue reading

DA statement: 08 April 2016
Release: immediate

The DA in the Western Cape calls for the PRASA national office to intervene in the brewing labour conflict in the province and deal with any unresolved matters. In particular, the potential strike action by members of The South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu).

Metrorail provides an essential service to the people of the Western Cape. We cannot allow that this dispute brings commuter mobility to a standstill. In my capacity as Chairperson for the Standing Committee on Transport and Public Works in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, I will write to acting group Chief Executive Officer, Nathi Khena, to call on him to resolve the regional conflict. PRASA must ensure that their agreement with the Satawu national leadership is upheld. The agreement stipulates that no strike action will happen before every alternative avenue, to resolve these legitimate issues amicably, has been exhausted. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town recently activated a virtual fence in Gordon’s Bay as part of its baboon management strategy. Since implementation in mid-January there have been no incidents of the resident troop entering town. Read more below:

In an effort to reduce human-baboon conflict in the Gordon’s Bay area, the City of Cape Town’s Environmental Resource Management Department has implemented a virtual fence system which will assist in deterring the resident baboon troop from entering the residential area.

When the troop enters the zone between their home range (in the protected area) and the houses of Gordon’s Bay, speakers emit the noise of a predator, such as a lion. Baboons immediately sense there is danger and do not enter the zone. The virtual fence then becomes a virtual boundary zone in the mind of the baboon troop and ultimately results in the animals staying out of the town altogether. Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER: TRANSPORT FOR CAPE TOWN, COUNCILLOR BRETT HERRON

The MyCiTi T01 and T04 trunk services from Dunoon as well as all the Table View feeder services were delayed this morning due to protest action by residents from Dunoon. Given the volatile situation, three MyCiTi stations – Usasaza, Dunoon and Killarney – will remain closed until further notice. Read more below:

Hundreds of MyCiTi commuters were inconvenienced this morning due to the illegal protest action by a group of residents who prevented MyCiTi buses from leaving the Stables bus depot in Dunoon. The group gathered in front of the gates at the depot during the early hours of this morning, 8 April 2016, blocking the exit and preventing a staff bus transporting bus drivers from entering the premises.

Law Enforcement officials were deployed to assist with the situation. The first buses were only dispatched at around 06:30 this morning, with Law Enforcement assisting and escorting the bus drivers.

Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the City’s transport authority, requested that other vehicle operating companies assist with additional trips along the affected routes in an effort to limit delays and the inconvenience to commuters.

Despite these emergency measures, most of the commuters experienced delays of up to 90 minutes during the morning peak-hour period, arriving late for work or school due to reasons beyond their control.

The City will not allow protesters to disrupt an essential transport service and to threaten our personnel. I condemn their illegal protest action in the strongest possible terms.

I also want to make it clear that we will do everything in our power to ensure the safety of our passengers and MyCiTi personnel. Other residents from Dunoon and the surrounding suburbs have every right to decent public transport and the City will not hesitate to defend and protect their right to make use of the MyCiTi service unhindered.

Potsdam Road is closed for traffic at the intersection with Blaauwberg Road and Sandown Road. As such, the MyCiTi buses operating along the T01and T04 route are currently turning short at Killarney Terminus until further notice. Due to the volatile situation, three of the busiest stations along the T01 – Usasaza, Dunoon and Killarney – will also remain closed until further notice.

TCT and Law Enforcement are closely monitoring the situation. A further update about the afternoon peak-hour service will be issued later today.

The City is still trying to establish the reasons for the protest action, save to say that it is alleged to be linked to the illegal land grabs in Dunoon during the weekend of 20 March 2016.

The below is an extract from a statement by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at her first official meeting with the South African Police Service Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General KE Jula, today 7 April 2016.

It is a great pleasure for me to be here today with the newly appointed Western Cape Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula.

Even though the primary mandate to fight crime belongs to the South African Police Service (SAPS), the City of Cape Town has a crime prevention strategy which exists to support their work. We are here today in the spirit of cooperative governance to reaffirm our commitment to working with the SAPS to address the scourge of crime across our city. Continue reading

This from enca.com:

JOHANNESBURG – African Union Commission head Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is to step down at the end of her four-year term in July.

Dlamini-Zuma’s spokesperson says the decision is for personal reasons.

The ex-wife of President Jacob Zuma is a leading candidate to succeed him as head of the ANC.

She served as home affairs minister in Zuma’s cabinet.

Previuosly, she held the posts of minister of health and of foreign affairs.

The African Union will name her successor in July at a heads of states gathering in the Rwandan capital, Kigali.

– eNCA

 

An adult male passed away this morning when he was struck by a train on Nolungile Station in Khayelitsha. The fatal incident occurred at 08h00 and Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical as well as Forensic Pathology Services responded to the scene.

The City of Cape Town’s administration is making every effort to stamp out fraud, corruption and dishonesty of any kind and will continue to do its utmost to ensure that public funds are accounted for. As such, the City has today, following a thorough internal disciplinary process, dismissed one of its employees who was arrested on allegations of fraud. The criminal case is still before the court and following due process. Read more below:

Following an internal disciplinary process, as required by the Labour Relations Act, the City of Cape Town has today dismissed an employee for fraud.

On 29 January 2016, a City employee was arrested on allegations of fraud. The arrest was made as a result of a proactive and extensive City-initiated investigation into the affairs of the alleged suspect and the handing over of evidence gathered by the City administration to the South African Police Service. Continue reading

This from dailymaverick.co.za:

It’s early days. But when it comes to the so-called Panama Papers – a 2.4 terabyte leak of documents from a Panama-based law firm called Mossack Fonseca – it does appear that we’re dealing with a data leak bigger than both Wikileaks and the Snowden files. Most important, it regards something we have always known, but have struggled to prove: the rich and celebrated hide their money in secret offshore tax shelters. Welcome to one of the biggest stories of our time. And while you’re settling in, try guessing which famous South African family immediately pops up in the files? By RICHARD POPLAK.

Here’s a booming salvo from the vast global digi-mocracy we were promised by the earliest of the internet’s Utopians: Clive Khulubuse Zuma is a big fat scumbag. Oh, I’m aware that this was common knowledge before some unbelievably heroic soul snagged 2.4 terabytes of filth from the servers of a Panamanian law firm called Mossack Fonseca. A resulting collaborative media project has mined the data for recognisable names, and fancy-ass notables like Vladimir Putin, Lionel Messi and the president of Iceland are now implicated in a reverse alchemical process that has turned money into – fresh air!

Full story here:

http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2016-04-04-trainspotter-panama-papers-how-zumas-family-is-implicated-in-the-greatest-corruption-data-dump-of-all-time/#.VwJblvl95pj

Five suspects were arrested by City Metro Police officers after a high-speed chase in Eerste River on April Fool’s Day. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Department arrested five suspects for possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition on Friday 1 April 2016.

Officers on patrol in Eerste River noticed a white Mercedes Benz driving without its headlights on. When officers requested that the driver pull over, he sped off instead. The vehicle nearly collided with a police vehicle during the subsequent high-speed chase and eventually came to a stop when the driver reached a dead-end. The five occupants of the vehicle tried to run away, but were apprehended by the officers. A search of the car revealed a 9 mm Norinco 1 Star pistol and 12 rounds of ammunition. The suspects were all arrested in connection with the firearm, while the driver was also charged with reckless and negligent driving.

Metro Police officers arrested eight suspects for drunk driving during a roadblock in Khayelitsha, while 10 other suspects were arrested on drug-related charges during operations in various areas including Hanover Park, Bonteheuwel and Atlantis. Continue reading

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