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The hefty sentence imposed on a convicted cable thief yesterday in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court is a victory for our rail commuters who often experience delays due to vandalism and theft of Metrorail assets. It is the first time that we have seen the Criminal Matters Amendment Act applied with success in the Western Cape, and I want to commend Metrorail, the South African Police Service, the prosecutors, and all other partners for their hard work.

I have said before that the ongoing targeting of our public transport infrastructure and operators requires special attention from our justice cluster.

The Criminal Matters Amendment Act provides for stricter bail conditions and harsher sentences, including up to 30 years’ imprisonment, for those caught and convicted of destruction of essential infrastructure. The act has been in operation for two years. It is intended as a deterrent against attacks on essential infrastructure, and for the first time in the Western Cape we have seen a perpetrator apprehended, successfully prosecuted and convicted under the act.

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6 June 2018

Release: Immediate

This afternoon a permanent delegate from the Western Cape and a Whip in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Cathy Labuschagne, was manhandled from the chamber on instruction of the session chair.

This is completely unacceptable and I call on the chairperson of the NCOP to immediately launch a full investigation into this matter.

Member Labuschagne correctly rose on point of order, to appeal that order be brought to the house. This call was made, following 15 minutes of mayhem caused by the EFF. The Chair refused to hear the point of order, had the microphone turned off and ordered Labuschagne from the chamber.

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N2 Express service may be disrupted from 1 June 2018

The City of Cape Town regrets to inform MyCiTi commuters from Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha that the N2 Express service may be disrupted as from Friday, 1 June 2018. Read more below:

The N2 Express Joint Venture (JV) Vehicle Operating Company is responsible for operating the MyCiTi buses between Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha and the Civic Centre station.

The JV shareholders include the Golden Arrow Bus Service (GABS) and two minibus-taxi associations, namely Codeta in Khayelitsha and the Route 6 Taxi Association in Mitchells Plain. The N2 Express JV has been operating the four MyCiTi routes – the D01, D02, D03, and D04 routes – between the Metro South-east and the Cape Town city centre since July 2014.

The majority of JV shareholders agreed to extend the operating contract with the City, and therefore the N2 Express service will continue. Codeta, however, has refused to support the extension of the operating contract, and there is a possibility that the service may be disrupted as from tomorrow, Friday 1 June 2018.

The City will carefully monitor the routes and keep commuters informed as best we can.

‘The City has, for the past three months, hosted several meetings with the JV and the shareholders in an effort to resolve their concerns. Many of these concerns are for the JV to resolve, and we are convinced that with commitment from the JV shareholders, together with the assistance of the City, these issues can be resolved.

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30 May 2018

Release: immediately

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape condemns in the strongest terms possible the suspected arson attacks that took place between Southfield and Ottery stations, today, 30 May 2018, and on Tuesday, 22 May 2018, when a train arrived at Retreat station on fire.

Today’s alleged attack resulted in the death of one individual and left 4 injured. I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to the bereaved family of the deceased and wish a speedy recovery to those who were injured.

I call on the National Minister, Blade Nzimande, to account for these attacks by informing South Africans of what is being done to make public transport safer for commuters to use, whilst also prioritising the protection of PRASA’s assets.

The DA-led Western Cape government has already, through a Memorandum of Agreement, contributed R16 million, as the safety of all commuters is a priority for this caring government. PRASA is a SOE, and thus the responsibility of the ANC-led national government, yet we have contributed 100 additional law enforcement officers to ensure commuter safety and protection of infrastructure.

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Every person across the country must take responsibility and ensure that all children are kept safe.

This was the clarion call from the Western Cape Department of Social Development, the SAPS, and organisations, such as Child Welfare Stellenbosch, Pink Ladies, Valley Development Project and Identi Mass, who all today (29 May 2018), addressed the Provincial Standing Committee on Community Development in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament about programmes relating to child protection.

In light of Child Protection Week, it was pleasing to note the passion that all entities have for the safekeeping and development of children. I also welcome the roll out of the Department’s Eye-on-the-Child programme in Oudtshoorn, along with the implementation of its Isibindi programme in Houtbay, Imizamo Yethu, Philippi, Mitchells Plain, St Helena Bay, Hopefield, Saldanha Bay and Grabouw.

These programmes, which are community based and focusses on prevention and early intervention for vulnerable children, by among others assessing and referring children for health, trauma, education and material assistance, clearly demonstrates the caring nature of the DA-led Western Cape Government.

I call on Minister Albert Fritz and his Department to continue supporting the more than two-thousand (2000) organisations, so that the further improvement in the lives of children can be achieved. Furthermore, to ensure the expansion of these and other interventions, so that the various community needs can be addressed.

As the DA in the Western Cape, we commend all volunteers in organisations, for their unwavering commitment in relentlessly working to keep our children safe.


The City of Cape Town has requested the South African Police Service (SAPS) to establish a priority committee on protest action amidst an alarming spike in protest action in the city in recent months.

During a meeting with SAPS and members of the provincial cabinet last week, SAPS indicated that there had been 145 protest actions in the first four and a half months of this year compared to 84 during the same period in 2017. This represents a 73% increase in protest incidents that have grown progressively more violent.

The City’s own statistics corroborate the trend. To discourage people from settling on land that is not suitable for human habitation, the Anti-land Invasion Unit removes, on average, 15 000 illegal structures and/or pegs per annum. However, in the first four months of 2018, that figure is standing at over 26 000.

The City will continue to take a zero-tolerance approach to attempted land grabs across the metro.

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Cape Town has again shown why it has become internationally recognised for its water-saving efforts. The average water consumption for the previous week was 505 million litres per day, which is 20 million litres per day down from the preceding week. Dam levels have increased by 2,9% to 24% due to the good rains of the past week. Read more below:

While we may be tempted to relax our guard as the weather cools and more rain falls, winter water saving remains vital. The less we use, the longer we can stretch the water supply in our dams in case we again receive below average rainfall.

The City is encouraged by the downward trend in water usage and urges Capetonians to continue using as little water as possible.

‘It is important that we carry on saving, irrespective of the weather, and continue to live the 50-litre life until the dams fill up sufficiently. The National Department of Water and Sanitation requires that we reduce our water usage to 450 million litres per day. There is a real threat that if we cannot lower usage further, then even tougher restrictions could be imposed by the national department,’ said the City’s Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson.

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The City of Cape Town would like to inform residents in the Killarney Gardens, Dunoon, Doornbach and surrounding areas that work to connect a new 450mm pipeline to the municipal network in the area could result in low pressure or possibly cause supply disruptions between 08:00 on Saturday 26 May 2018 and 16:00 on Sunday 27 May 2018.

Water will be routed from other sections of the network in order to minimise the impact on residents. Those affected, particularly in higher-lying areas, are advised to store 5-10 litres of water in the event that their water supply is affected.

We ask that residents please keep taps closed to prevent water wastage or damage in the event of water being restored after the supply disruption.

The City regrets any inconvenience caused.


Today, I am pleased to announce the City of Cape Town has, through its support of Wesgro and special-purpose small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) vehicles, facilitated R1.2 billion worth of investment during the first few months of 2018.

In addition, the City’s support of sector-specific interventions ensured that 1 380 job opportunities were created and 274 people were trained between January and March 2018.

These results are proof of our efforts undertaken in line with the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan’s goals to ensure economic inclusion.

Cape Town is steadfast in its commitment to build an opportunity city where the economy thrives and employment grows each year. The City has identified priority sectors with the potential to grow and develop the city’s economy. These sectors include information communication and technology (ICT); business process outsourcing (BPO); craft and design; clothing, textiles and fashion; and renewable energy, among others.

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The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department will be completing work on a part of the water supply network feeding parts of Brackenfell this evening, 17 May 2018. It is expected that the water supply to the area will be disrupted between 20:00 on 17 May and 05:00 on 18 May 2018 to facilitate the work.

The affected area is bordered by Frans Conradie Drive (M25) to the south, Brackenfell Boulevard (M100) to the west, Okavango Road (M137) to the east, and the N1 to the north.

Careful consideration has been given to the planning of this work to ensure minimal disruption to the water supply in the affected area.

The water supply network across the City is divided into reticulation zones which are smaller and much more manageable sections of the large network for purposes of maintenance and upgrades. This work forms part of the City’s Water Demand Management Plan and will significantly reduce the occurrence of pipe bursts and subsequent water losses.

Residents are advised to store water in clean sealed containers for domestic use during this period. Please also ensure taps remain in the off position to prevent damage to property and water wastage if supply is restored ahead of schedule.

The City regrets any inconvenience caused.

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