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Refuse collection services will continue as per normal on the following public holidays:

· Monday 17 December 2018

· Tuesday 25 December 2018

· Wednesday 26 December 2018

· Tuesday 1 January 2019

The City encourages residents to please have refuse bins out by 06:00 on scheduled refuse days and not to wait for the refuse vehicle to arrive before taking out their refuse bins.

Drop-off facilities

All drop-off facilities will operate daily as per normal advertised summer times which are:

· Monday 17 December 2018: all drop-off sites will operate from 08:00 to 17:00

· Monday 24 December 2018: all drop-off sites will operate from 08:00 to 16:30. Drop-offs that are located at disposal facilities, such as Athlone, Bellville, Coastal Park, Kraaifontein and Swartklip will be operating from 08:00 to 17:00 Continue reading

Statement by Alan Winde, Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, as delivered at a media conference today

6 December 2018

I have now been in this portfolio for one month. It is clear that:

Too many people in our province are dying due to crime.

Too many people are held hostage in their homes due to gang violence.

Too many people are caught in gang cross-fires.

Too many people have become victims.

Too many people are just becoming statistics.

Too many businesses are affected.

We have:

Too few police officers.

Too few police vehicles and the ones that are there, are not working.

Too few detectives to thoroughly handle caseloads.

Too few criminals convicted.

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Residents and motorists are advised to take note of the temporary road restrictions and closures in effect around the Cape Town Stadium precinct to accommodate the upcoming HSBC Rugby 7s tournament this weekend. 

All roads will lead to the Cape Town Stadium on 8 – 9 December 2018 for the Cape Town leg of the HSBC Rugby 7s.

Temporary road restrictions and closures will be implemented which will have an impact on traffic flow.

‘The City has put together a comprehensive transport plan to accommodate the thousands of fans who are encouraged to make use of the free MyCiTi shuttle service to the stadium to alleviate the pressure on the roads. The City’s enforcement units will be out in force to maintain law and order on the roads. Motorists are urged to exercise patience and caution and plan their trips accordingly,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

‘After months of planning and preparation, the Cape Town Stadium team is ready to welcome the players as well as fans from near and far. Fans are urged to enjoy the setting of our world-class stadium. A team of 150 cleaning and waste removal staff will be deployed per day to cater for the cleanliness and waste removal requirements over the tournament period. Additionally, the stadium will primarily rely on its on-site generators for electricity and will use City electricity as a backup to minimise the impact of load-shedding,’ said Lesley de Reuck, CEO: Cape Town Stadium.

The list of road closures and transport plan is available here: http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre%20Assets/World%20Rugby%20Sevens%20%202018.pdf

Public participation recommended for overlay zone to protect Bo-Kaap heritage

This morning, 4 December 2018, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee resolved to support the designation of the Bo-Kaap as a Heritage Protection Overlay Zone (HPOZ), and made the recommendation that Council approve a public participation process for the proposal at its next meeting.

The City is committed to preserving and celebrating the rich and diverse cultures and heritage of our communities, and I feel privileged today to share in the Mayoral Committee’s decision to initiate the process to provide the Bo-Kaap with the heritage protection that it deserves.

The Bo-Kaap is one of our most iconic areas with its rich history and unique architecture. Many Bo-Kaap families have been living there for generations, and have contributed significantly to our cultural heritage. The City recognises that this heritage should be protected. We therefore recommended to Council today that the City undertake a public participation process about the proposal that the Bo-Kaap be included in a Heritage Protection Overlay as a mechanism for the protection of the area’s unique historical landscape and heritage. Council will pronounce on this recommendation at its next meeting on 13 December.

It is regrettable that this matter has been delayed for so long since Councillor Dave Bryant first proposed an HPOZ for the Bo-Kaap via a motion to Subcouncil 16 in 2013.

At the time, the City’s then Heritage Department embarked on a public participation process with local civic bodies and residents, and the HPOZ was advertised in late 2015.

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Over the festive season, beachgoers can expect shark spotters to be on duty at eight City beaches from 12 December 2018 to 7 January 2019. The shark exclusion net is already being deployed at Fish Hoek beach on a daily basis (weather permitting) as the presence of sharks along our False Bay coastline is more prevalent during warmer months.

With the public expected to flock to our coastline over the festive season, the City of Cape Town would like to remind beachgoers to adhere to the warnings that will be issued by the shark spotters on duty to ensure that everyone has a safe, enjoyable beach experience.

The shark spotters will be on duty at eight beaches from 12 December 2018 to 7 January 2019 including Muizenberg, St James/Kalk Bay, Caves in Kogel Bay, Glencairn, Clovelly, Monwabisi and The Hoek in Noordhoek. Their operating times will be as follows:

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It’s all systems go for the annual festive lights switch-on event which officially kicks off the summer season in Cape Town. Safety is a top priority once again this year and residents are asked to take note of and abide by the security measures that have been put in place. Read more below:

The festive lights switch-on event is a long-standing tradition in the metro and this year marks the 49th edition of this institution in Cape Town.

The City of Cape Town has pulled out all the stops to ensure that families can come out in their numbers to have fun in a safe environment. The event starts with a free concert from 16:00 on Sunday 2 December 2018 on the Grand Parade, and features a line-up of top local artists.

‘Residents and visitors are advised that all weapons, alcohol, drugs and other illegal substances must be left at home. Security measures have been beefed up to create a secure environment in which young and old can enjoy themselves. There will be a substantial increase in the number of law enforcement staff in attendance who will work to keep everyone safe, monitor anti-social behaviour, and manage access control,’ said the City’s Executive Director for Safety and Security, Richard Bosman.

Over the years, the festive lights switch-on has always been punted as a family-focused event. However, there has been an increase in the number of young people attending who are unaccompanied by parents or guardians and who choose to loiter in the CBD after the event and engage in anti-social behaviour.

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A last-gasp opportunity has opened up for fans to get their hands on HSBC Cape Town Sevens tickets with a limited number available on general sale through Computicket (website and outlets) from 10h00 this morning (Friday, 23 November 2018).

More than 102 000 tickets for the event have been snapped up, with tickets successfully offered to every individual who registered for the new loyalty programme. However, not all loyalty registrants exercised their rights, while there has been a return of tickets from commercial partners and other stakeholders.

It means there are just less than 2 000 tickets available for Sunday’s action and 7 000 for Saturday’s play. They will be on sale from 10h00 at prices ranging from R195 to R325.

Tickets can be accessed on Computicket’s website (www.computicket.com) or their app, as well as at outlets at Shoprite or Checkers stores nationwide.

Eighty-year-old Janap Baartjies was among the homeowners from Beacon Valley in Mitchells Plain who were overjoyed to receive the title deeds to their homes for the first time. These handovers are a testament to the City of Cape Town’s commitment to empowering some of our most vulnerable residents as rightful property owners. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town is in the process of handing over historical title deeds to residents which legally confirms that they are the rightful property owners of their homes and the land on which it is built.

On Wednesday 21 November, Councillor Zahid Badroodien, Mayoral Committee Member for Area South, along with Ward Councillor Solomon Philander and Ward 79 committee members, visited property owners at their homes in Beacon Valley to hand over over the title deeds.

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR TRANSPORT AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, ALDERMAN FELICITY PURCHASE

A suspect was arrested last night, 21 November 2018, after a MyCiTi bus was set alight at the Crassula bus stop along Koeberg Road in Milnerton. Four MyCiTi buses have been destroyed in petrol bomb attacks since 15 October 2018 when employees embarked on an unprotected strike marred by violence, intimidation, and a disregard for the rule of law. Read more below:

Last night, 21 November 2018, at approximately 19:40 three men boarded a MyCiTi bus at the Crassula bus stop along Koeberg Road in Milnerton. They poured petrol in the interior of the bus and set it alight before fleeing the scene. The bus driver managed to escape unharmed. One of the suspects was apprehended and is being detained at the Milnerton Police Station.

There is some consolation in the fact that one of three suspects involved in the attack on the MyCiTi bus in Milnerton last night was arrested. The City and the community are working closely with the South African Police Service and this cooperation could lead to more arrests.

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