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The Executive Mayor, along with the Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security joined traffic officers at a roadblock in Green Point last night to engage motorists about road safety and the dangers of drunk and reckless driving. Read more below:

During the roadblock, officers recorded 216 offences, which included 22 arrests for driving under the influence. One motorist’s breathalyzer reading was 1.04mg/L, which is nearly five times the legal limit.

These statistics represent a fraction of the transgressions that the City’s Traffic Service records on a daily basis.

Below is a snapshot of key offences recorded between October 2018 and March 2019:

OFFENCE October ’18 – March ‘19 October ’17 – March ‘18
Driving while intoxicated 1 761 1 573
Reckless and negligent driving 442 462
Outstanding warrants executed 97 368 65 723

‘The statistics are bittersweet. On the one hand it points to the hard work of our traffic officers to curb the lawlessness on our roads, but on the other hand it also means that too many road users do not take road safety seriously. We have seen some success through various campaigns by the City and from the provincial government, raising awareness of the dangers of drunk driving, speeding and pedestrian safety. However, it is clear that we need to keep driving the message of responsibility,’ said Executive Mayor, Dan Plato.

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The City of Cape Town advises residents to familiarise themselves with the features and contents of a City employee identity card, as well as other indicators which authenticates City officials. Also, posing as a City official, or making use of the City’s name is a criminal offence. Read more below:

The City would like to remind residents that fraudsters often pose as City employees and target unsuspecting Capetonians as part of their scams.

It was recently brought to the City’s attention that a member of the public approached a resident and offered to tar the owner’s driveway. The fraudster alleged to be a City employee by using the name of an actual City official and offered to do the work for a fee of R3 500 which the resident paid. The fraudsters used a printout of a City staff member’s details to identify themselves as ‘officials’.

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Dams that supply Cape Town have declined by 1% over the past week to 46,6% (2018: 20,9%) of storage capacity. Read more below:

Cape Town’s collective water consumption for the past week increased by 22 million litres to 607 million litres per day of collective usage.

According to the City’s records dams were at 20,9% of storage capacity at the same time in 2018 and at 22,8% of storage capacity in 2017.

Although we are in a much improved position due to higher dam levels and reduced demand when compared to the same period in previous years, we encourage residents to continue using water wisely.

Level 3 restrictions remain in place to aid dam recovery.

Please see the following links for information on:

Please visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for all water-related information and Frequently Asked Questions.

In a bid to promote the sexual well-being of Cape Town communities, the Embassy of Japan in South Africa handed over a mobile clinic to the Partners in Sexual Health (PSH).

“Initiatives such as this one have a direct effect on the community. The mobile clinic will ensure that all community members, even those that are far from the district and municipal clinics, have access to HIV testing, pregnancy testing and family planning resources. Partners in Sexual Health will also be better equipped in fighting against the HIV epidemic,” says Mr Yasushi Naito, Counsellor of the Consul of Japan in Cape Town.

The mobile clinic is the latest in the series of funding initiatives by the Government of Japan, through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) funding scheme, which has been funding development projects in South Africa since 1990.

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The City’s Electricity Generation and Distribution Department is working hard to connect residents in informal settlements with electricity and its Lotus Park project is progressing well. One of the residents, Mr Mzondeleli Nyama, whose home was electrified as part of the project is thrilled. He said being able to use appliances makes his life easier. Read more below:

Note to editors: High resolution photographs are available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/oe5k11k7os79yov/AADNGcJkgPGGCIPKsXd_S8fqa?dl=0

The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy and Climate Change, Councillor Phindile Maxiti, visited residents in Lotus Park in Gugulethu to inspect the work which is under way. This project is valued at more than R8 million and includes the electrification of approximately 700 informal structures which are located on land belonging to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA).

PRASA had given the City permission to complete the electrification work. This project is expected to be completed by the end of June 2019. The City has also electrified approximately 100 households in an adjacent area of City-owned land.

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The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department will be conducting pressure management operations in a number of areas in Table View, Durbanville and surrounds. Read more below:

Pressure management will be done in the Table View, Flamingo Vlei, Parklands, Bloubergstrand, Westriding and Sunridge areas. The work will result in the disruption of the water supply on Tuesday 30 April 2019 between 19:00 and 00:00, and on Thursday 2 May 2019 between 19:00 and 00:00.

The department will also be conducting pressure management operations in Durbanville, Morningstar, Proteaville, Sonstraal and surrounds. The work will result in the disruption of the water supply on Thursday 2 May 2019 between 19:00 and 00:00.

All taps should be kept closed during this period to prevent any water loss and/or damage when the water supply is restored. Residents are kindly requested to store water in clean, sealed containers for use during this period.

The City apologises for any inconvenience that may be caused.

Dam levels declined 1,2% for the week of 1-7 April 2019

Dams that supply Cape Town have declined by 1,2% over the past week to 49,1% (2018: 21,5%) of storage capacity. 

Cape Town’s collective water consumption for the past week increased by 11 million litres to 609 million litres per day of collective consumption.

Water users are encouraged to stay the course and use water wisely. Compared with historic data for the same time of the year, dam levels were at 21,5% of storage capacity in 2018 and at 25,6% of storage capacity in 2017.

Please see the following links for information on:

Please visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for all water-related information and Frequently Asked Questions.

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, Alderman James Vos and the Western Cape Economic Opportunities MEC Beverly Schafer today, 4 April 2019, went on a site visit to the Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) to touch base on future upgrades. Read more below:

The visit comes off the back of the Cape Town International Airport receiving the Best Airport in Africa Award at the 2019 Skytrax World Airports Awards last week. This year marks the fourth year running that CTIA has won this prestigious award.

‘I would like to congratulate the Chief Executive Officer of the airport, Deon Cloete, and his team on their fine achievement for the fourth year in a row. You have developed a winning formula that is being recognised globally for service excellence in the industry,’ said Alderman Vos.

The objective of today’s visit was to gain first-hand knowledge about what the highly anticipated airport upgrade project entails. The walkabout included a tour of the facility and a meeting with key staff members.

‘Airport City contributed R4,7 billion to South Africa’s economy. It made a R2 billion contribution to the Income of South African and Cape Town workers and supported 43 608 direct an, indirect jobs in South Africa,’ said Alderman James Vos.

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Today, the Minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz, co-hosted the Senior Citizens’ Capacity Building event together with ward 48 at the Dulcie September Hall in Athlone. Please see photos attached.

Minister Fritz said, “In the Western Cape, there are approximately 520 000 people over the age of 60. This is a large population of people, and recent research indicates that this number is set to grow, as more and more people are living longer. In fact, it is believed that the first person who will live to 200 years old has already been born!”

“While the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) manages Old Age Homes (OAHs); the Department of Health supports the elderly by providing medication, physical rehabilitation, assistive devices such as wheelchairs and other health needs. In addition, the Western Cape DSD ensures that each meal served at elderly homes is nutritious and enjoyable. However, this is just a small snippet of how this caring government’s vision for the elderly comes into fruition,” said Minister Fritz.

Minister Fritz further added, “The WC DSD understands that in your golden years, your body is not as strong as it once was. For this reason, we fund 119 frail care facilities throughout the Province and we work tirelessly to ensure that the minimum norms and standards are monitored. In fact, we speedily and readily perform oversight over any facility which is reportedly contradicting these norms and standards. This Department is moving away from placing older persons in residential facilities, which can be alienating, and instead are focussing on providing the sort of support and social infrastructure that keeps elderly residents in their homes and with their families for as long as possible.”

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The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department will be conducting pressure management operations in a number of areas across the metro as indicated in the table below.

Residents are advised to please take note of the date and time as per the following schedule:

Date and time Affected suburbs
Tuesday 2 April 2019: 10:00 to 14:00 Gugulethu and Nyanga
Tuesday 2 April 2019: 19:00 to 00:00 Oakdale, Blomtuin, Bellair and Eikenbosch
Wednesday 3 April 2019: 10:00 to 15:00 and;

Thursday 4 April 2019: 19:00 to 00:00

Table View, Parklands, Flamingo Vlei, Bloubergrandt, Westriding and Sunridge
Wednesday 3 April 2019: 20:00 to 00:00 Epping 1 Industrial
Wednesday 3 April 2019: 19:00 to 00:00 Protea Valley
Thursday 4 April 2019: 19:00 to 00:00 Welgedacht

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