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The City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority, in partnership with the Development Bank of South Africa, has invested over R6 million in the retrofitting of ceilings for 363 houses in Silver City, Athlone. Read more below:

The contractor is scheduled to commence work today, 3 August 2017, and it is expected to finish the project within the next five weeks.

The purpose of this contract is to enhance the existing houses for the benefit of the occupants by including thermal insulation in government-subsidised houses that were not fitted with ceilings when they were built between 1994 and 2005.

The ceiling retrofit project serves a multi-purpose. It addresses the issue of waterproofing and provides the home with proper and safe lighting connections with new distribution board installation as well.

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Today, I tabled the Abalone Report in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament for review at the National Council of Provinces (NCOP). I want this pertinent issue to be investigated along each and every coastline in our country to assess the impact of this illegal activity on our communities, and to hold the respective national ministries to account for failing to decisively address it. 

The poaching of abalone off the Western Cape’s coastline is a transnational crime so detrimental and far-reaching that it is slowly ripping apart the social fabric of our Province’s fishing communities. The report serves as an incentive for all other provinces to hold our national ministries to account in the wake of an evident and blatant failure to serve our people. Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR FINANCE, COUNCILLOR JOHAN VAN DER MERWE

The facts about the City’s electricity tariffs

There is much misinformation in the public sphere about electricity tariff increases at the moment. Firstly, that our vulnerable residents are no longer supported by the City of Cape Town and secondly, that our tariffs are higher than that of a metro such as Johannesburg.

These assertions are false.

The great majority of tariff increases for City services are close to or within the inflation range. Our energy tariffs at heart remain consumption based, so the less you use the less you pay.

We recover the cost of electricity to ensure that we provide reliable supply to all, including those who are vulnerable. Whether you use more or less, it costs us the same to supply electricity.

Our tariffs are structured to ensure that the most vulnerable residents remain highly subsidised and assisted in the most sustainable manner for the City.

It must be emphasised that our tariff increases have been lower than Eskom’s on average over the past 10 years, highlighting the good work done to contain operating costs. Continue reading

Construction of the City’s R126 million The Hague Phase 1 housing project in Delft is progressing well. The first 101 beneficiaries have already moved into their homes, including 14 families from the temporary relocation area, Blikkiesdorp. In total, 1 012 Breaking New Ground houses will be built during this phase. Read more below:

An investment of R264 million has been set aside for the construction of 2 112 Breaking New Ground (BNG) houses in The Hague, Delft. Construction is taking place over two phases.

A total of 14 beneficiaries from Blikkiesdorp are already among the first 101 families to receive their new homes during Phase 1 of the project.

During Phase 1, 1 012 BNG houses will be constructed at an estimated cost of R126 million. In total, 129 of the selected beneficiaries for Phase 1 reside in Blikkiesdorp. Continue reading

Drought crisis: enforcement stepped up amid continuing high usage

Since the end of October 2016, the City’s Water Inspectorate and other law enforcement agencies have handled approximately 33 000 enquiries, contraventions, notices and revocations of special exemptions, while the first installations of water management devices on high-user properties are expected this week. 

Dam storage levels are at 27,9%. This means useable water is at 17,9%. Water usage is 642 million litres per day – 142 million litres above our target of 500 million litres of collective water use per day. All residents must immediately reduce consumption further and report contraventions to the City. Consumption remains far too high. It is clear that water users are still taking chances with Cape Town’s collective future.

Properties with unjustifiably high water use are currently being visited by the City’s Water Inspectorate. Failure to justify high use is resulting in the restriction of water supply. The first examples of the installation of water management devices for unjustifiably high use will be done this week. Previously, these devices were only installed to assist with debt management and not high usage as per Level 4b restrictions.

‘If there is a knock on your door, don’t be surprised when it is our Water Inspectorate and law enforcement agencies coming to inspect your water use. Our stubborn high users have received warning notices. We will be forcibly reducing the water use of those who cannot justify their high water usage. We will see our first cases this week. Continue reading

The Toyota Cheetahs and Southern Kings will kick off a new adventure for South African rugby in five weeks’ time when they become the newest members of the new-look Guinness PRO14 competition, it was confirmed on Tuesday.

The tournament – featuring the leading clubs of Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Italy – has been expanded to incorporate two South African teams in a ground-breaking move into cross-hemisphere rugby.

The two South African franchises – which voluntarily withdrew from Vodacom Super Rugby participation in July – will play a schedule of 21 matches from September to the final on 26 May 2018.

In the season just ended, Rassie Erasmus’s Munster were defeated in the final by the Llanelli Scarlets of Wales, before a full house at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby, said the decision to accept an invitation to play in the northern hemisphere competition was a ground-breaking move that added a whole new dimension to the South African season.

“This development is as significant as the launch of Vodacom Super Rugby itself back in 1996,” said Roux. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town is in the process of installing a treated effluent water system at the Athlone Stadium, which is especially valuable in light of the current drought crisis. Additionally, pre-season maintenance of the pitch and other work is under way. Read more below:

The City is doing maintenance work at Athlone Stadium, including the installation of a new treated effluent water system.

In addition to the rehabilitation of the grass in the pitch area, the venue operations centre (VOC) will be expanded as the current room is too small to accommodate all safety service departments during an event. The expansion is therefore necessary to ensure that the stadium has a fully functional and comfortable VOC. The directional signage and assembly points will be made clearer and emergency lighting will be upgraded. All of these upgrades are in the interest of public safety should an evacuation become necessary in the event of an emergency.

‘The New Normal we are experiencing with the current water shortage makes our decision to install a TEW system a no-brainer. We have to lead by example and convert the water supply to non-potable sources at our facilities where we are able to and over time,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Assets and Facilities Management, Councillor Stuart Diamond. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town, via its Enterprise and Investment Department under the Directorate of the Mayor, has facilitated R2,67 billion worth of investment, which has resulted in 6 236 direct jobs created for the people of Cape Town for the past financial year (July 2016 – June 2017).

The achievement of R2,67 billion worth of investments, 6 236 direct jobs created, and 2 052 people who received training comes against the City of Cape Town internal targets of R2,5 billion worth of investment, 5 000 jobs and 800 training initiatives respectively.

The Enterprise and Investment Department, through collaboration with its partners, facilitated the training of 2 052 people in various skills development programs.

The City has managed to attract the investments and skills training via its partnership with the special purpose vehicles (SPVs) and the Western Cape Destination Marketing, Investment and Trade Promotion Agency (WESGRO). Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

Last week the Constitutional Court dismissed the African National Congress application for leave to appeal the Supreme Court of Appeal’s (SCA) decision to dismiss an earlier appeal in the City logo matter.

In January, the SCA dismissed the ANC’s application with costs.

On 25 July 2017, the Constitutional Court considered the applications for condonation and leave to appeal. It concluded that the ANC’s application for condonation should be refused because of a long delay, the absence of an acceptable explanation for the delay, and the lack of prospects for success. The application for leave to appeal was dismissed.

We welcome the judgment by the Constitutional Court which upheld the SCA’s January 2017 ruling in which it decided not to hear the matter because there was no reasonable prospect of success in an appeal.

The City has once again been vindicated by this decision taken by the highest court in the country.

This signals the end of the road for the ANC’s court battle over the logo and we appeal to them to work with us in focusing their attention on service delivery and making progress possible together with the people of Cape Town.

We can now continue getting on with the good work we started in the past six years and take service delivery to the next level.

We also call on the ANC to pay the City’s legal costs as soon as possible.

All entry tickets for both days of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens that went on sale to the public on Friday morning sold out in less than two hours.

Computicket experienced unseen levels of interest as all the available tickets for the event on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December were snapped up shortly before 11h00 – less than 120 minutes after they went on sale.

Sales may re-open in the event of commercial partners returning their allocation. However, SA Rugby advises that this is regarded as unlikely.

Guaranteed entry via hospitality packages is still available for both days. They are priced from R995pppd up to R4095 pppd (ex VAT), including a match-day ticket, as well as various offerings of food, drinks and parking and are available through SA Rugby (Mingon van Rooyen – mingonv@sarugby.co.za), or Megapro (john@megapro.co.za). 

For fans travelling from abroad or out of town, tickets and travel packages are also available from SA Rugby Travel (www.sarugbytravel.com orinfo@sarugbytravel.com).

SA Rugby yet again strongly warned members of the public not to buy from third party agencies or companies offering tickets and hospitality packages as these are entirely unofficial and cannot be guaranteed.

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