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This morning, the City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement Department caught the occupants of a vehicle who were illegally dumping construction material along Baden Powell Drive, fined the driver and impounded the vehicle.

The type of behaviour displayed by these offenders is completely unacceptable and is a risk not only to the environment, but also to public health. I have asked the City’s Law Enforcement officials to be extra vigilant with those suspected of illegal dumping as they are placing a massive burden on our staff to keep our communities clean when it is private businesses who are making this mess.

The City of Cape Town has 26 drop-off sites for garden refuse, builders’ materials and any other items that do not fit into household wheelie bins. These are more than sufficient to ensure the legal and safe disposal of waste.

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The Cape Town Motor Show (CTMS) is set to wow the crowds again at GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World from 2-3 March 2019. The show promises two days of fun and excitement with a broad appeal to all car and bike buffs, petrol heads and the whole family, providing loads of entertainment for everyone.

Now in its third year, the CTMS has grown to become a motor show that rivals some of the best in the world, and this year’s show promises to yet again deliver an even bigger and better spectacle.

The show spans the length and breadth of GrandWest and features a complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars, bikes and trucks, as well as sport utility vehicles and experimental or concept cars. Visitors will have the opportunity to see numerous accessories and auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles, antique and collector cars, engine modifications (pimped-up rides), a Sound Off competition, virtual simulations, car wrapping, drifting, a large 4X4 outside area, live music and much more!

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Pic: Radison Blu blogCapetonians are encouraged to comment on the City of Cape Town’s proposal to include the Bo-Kaap area in a Heritage Protection Overlay Zone. Read more below:

The Bo-Kaap is Cape Town’s oldest surviving residential neighbourhood and offers visitors a glimpse of a way of life that is rare in most modern cities.

The area’s historical character is, however, under pressure given its proximity to the central business district and its large-scale developments and traffic congestion, and urban renewal which is driving a high demand for properties within the Bo-Kaap.

The City’s proposal to include the Bo-Kaap area in a Heritage Protection Overlay Zone is aimed at conserving the neighbourhood’s unique historical character and way of life by managing development in a sustainable and considered manner.

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The City of Cape Town is proud to host Banyana Banyana and the women’s soccer teams from the Netherlands and Sweden at the Cape Town Stadium for their FIFA World Cup preparation matches. Read more below:

‘The City would like to extend a warm welcome to all three teams as they do battle on the field in preparation for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup that will take place in France during June – July this year. We are extremely proud to be the host city for the preparation matches especially since this is the first time that Banyana Banyana have qualified to compete in a FIFA Women’s World Cup,’ said Executive Mayor, Alderman Dan Plato.

The matches, which will be played in honour of the late Winnie Mandela and Albertina Sisulu, will help the team to prepare for their ultimate battle for the World Cup. Continue reading

This morning Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Dan Plato, visited the City of Cape Town’s Call Centre and spoke to residents about some of the concerns that they had. The Call Centre receives an average of 2,5 million contacts per year, and the majority of the calls received are answered in under two minutes.

‘I was very happy to see how friendly and professional our staff are. Some of the problems they deal with are difficult ones, but they always act in a professional manner and this shows with customer satisfaction ratings. The customer feedback survey indicates that customers are generally satisfied with service that they receive from the Call Centre and our team is committed to maintaining the highest level of customer service.

‘I’ve asked the Call Centre management for a report on the nature of the calls so that we can look at how best to streamline our responses to service requests and ensure we deal with some of these challenges before they become a problem for our residents,’ said Mayor Plato.

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Today, I am pleased to break ground on the path-breaking Conradie Better Living Model Game Changer development.

This marks a significant milestone in the provincial government’s efforts to redress the legacy of apartheid spatial planning, and to deliver well-located, affordable integrated housing opportunities for citizens living in the province.

As we break ground today, with our partners the City of Cape Town and Concor Construction, we celebrate the realisation of the enormous effort and hard work of a dedicated project team over the past three years.

It has not been an easy road to get to this point, but the results will be worth it –  the pioneering development of an affordable, mixed-use, residentially-led development close to the Cape Town CBD.

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In 2018 – 2,6 million international passengers were recorded by Cape Town International Airport (CTIA), representing a 9,6% growth from 2017, despite the drought and other challenges experienced by the region. This growth came from long-haul carriers from outside the Southern African region and the uptick bodes well for the local economy. Read more below:

Overall passenger numbers grew from 10 693 063 in 2017 to 10 777 524 in 2018, equating to an increase of 84 000 additional passengers passing through the airport, at a growth rate of 0,8%.

There was a slight decline of 1,4% in domestic passengers for the year. In the month of December 2018, international passenger numbers grew by 3,7%, while domestic passenger numbers declined by 0,8%, year-on-year.

These numbers include all traffic through the domestic and international terminals (arrivals and departures), and may include repeat travellers throughout the year.

‘The City of Cape Town is delighted at the growth in international passenger numbers for 2018. The busy peak season and tourism growth to the region is encouraging in terms of sustainability, especially following what has been a challenging time for the tourism sector. More visitors mean increased benefits for the city and its residents,’ said the City’s newly appointed Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, Alderman James Vos.

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The City of Cape Town will host a competition to accommodate displaced minstrel troupes following the inability of certain associations to host competitions for their troupes. Read more below:

The troupes that belong to the Cape Town Minstrels Carnival Association (CTMCA), approached the City of Cape Town for assistance. Following a meeting with some of the members of the displaced troupes yesterday, the City has agreed to work with the individual troupes to host a minstrels competition which will allow them all to compete on Sunday 20 January and Sunday 27 January 2019 at the Athlone Stadium. (Following the annual Tweede Nuwe Jaar celebration in the city centre, minstrel troupes have competitions in their communities over the following weeks. Some of these troupes have been unable to compete as the CTMCA is unable to comply with legislative requirements.)

This gesture will allow the troupes to celebrate their cultural heritage. Additionally, it will give their families and friends an opportunity to come out and support them.

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The capacity of the City of Cape Town’s Graffiti Unit will be bolstered by 168 temporary workers from February to June this year. The workers will be sourced from the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) database across the city and will assist in removing illegal graffiti. Read more below:

‘Illegal graffiti is a concern and can quickly change a neighbourhood. It can create the impression that no one cares about the area, it can discourage business and it diverts funds that now have to be used to remove it, instead of being used for community programmes. Offensive or obscene graffiti can also affect residents sense of safety and security in their own communities,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

The City’s Graffiti Unit, under the auspices of Law Enforcement, will be bolstered with 168 EPWP workers from February to June this year who will be recruited from the EPWP database across the City and will be part of two teams tasked with cleaning up gang and illegal graffiti on the Cape Flats and in townships and suburbs. Continue reading

As a part of the Cape Youth @Work programme, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz, hosted a leadership training day for nearly 100 youths predominantly from Mitchells Plain, selected as interns for the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). .

The training day motivated and inspired the new interns through lectures and workshops hosted by Minister Albert Fritz, wellness expert Helen Cyster, Mitchells Plain poet Chelsea Goliath, and Ellen Pakkies actress Jill Levenberg. The day was hosted at the Seven Sister’s vineyard, established by self-made entrepreneur and CEO Vivian Kleynhans.

MEC Fritz said, “It is essential that as governments, corporates and greater civil society, that we work Better Together, pooling our expertise, to upskill our youth and increase their opportunities in life. For this reason, the Western Cape Government is driving similar initiatives to upskill our young people, including youth cafés; Mass participation, Opportunity and access; Development and growth (MOD) Centres, Early Childhood Development Centres, and after-school game changers.”

Under the leadership of MEC Albert Fritz, the Western Cape Department of Social Development remains committed to providing opportunities to young people.

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