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The Quarterly Labour Force Survey, released by Statistics South Africa today, revealed that although the Western Cape sustained 50 000 job losses in the second quarter of 2018, a direct result of the hydrological drought on the agricultural sector, the province still recorded South Africa’s largest employment gains with 77 000 new jobs.

The Western Cape also remains the province with the lowest expanded unemployment rate in South Africa at 23,2%. The Western Cape’s closest competitor, Gauteng, has an expanded unemployment rate of 34,4%, a full 11,2 percentage points behind the Western Cape. This in the face of the devastating effects of a prolonged hydrological drought in our province.

The expanded unemployment rate includes discouraged workers and economically inactive citizens. This means that workers living in the Western Cape are the least discouraged in South Africa, with the province being home to the lowest number of economically inactive citizens.

These economic gains, in the face of some of the Western Cape’s worst challenges such as the water and drought crisis, have demonstrated this government’s commitment to preserving jobs and protecting our economy in the interests of guaranteeing opportunities to the people of the Western Cape.

The Western Cape’s ability to retain jobs year on year for the people of our province is proof of the DA-led Western Cape’s effective governance in the province, despite strenuous circumstances and low national economic growth.

The City’s Safety and Security Directorate celebrated more than 160 staff members today – individuals and teams – who’ve gone above and beyond the call of duty in their jobs, during the annual mid-year commendations ceremony. Read more below:

‘Traffic officer Nkuthalo Zantsi saved a hijacking victim from certain death when he found him bleeding on the side of the road and provided medical assistance until an ambulance arrived …’

‘Metro Police rookie, Constable Lindsey Lotterie, has been blazing a trail since graduating in July 2017. She has made more than 75 arrests since her first deployment …’

‘Nosipho Ntshoko often gives of her time after hours and on weekends to help promote the 107 emergency call centre to the public …’

‘Disaster Management official, Rashied Isaacs, organised a competition among primary schools in Macassar to help promote water saving amid the drought …’

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The City of Cape Town has, for the first time since it was formed in December 2000, exceeded its annual target for the delivery of housing opportunities. Read more below:

I wish to congratulate officials from the City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) for their exceptional performance over the past financial year. Their hard work and dedication have made it possible for the City to exceed the target for the delivery of State-subsidised housing opportunities for the first time since the metro was established in December 2000.

The Human Settlement Implementation Department, which forms part of the TDA, is responsible for the development of new housing opportunities. This department has exceeded its delivery targets by 62% or 3 100 opportunities for the 2017/18 financial year that ended on 30 June 2018.

The department’s initial target was to provide 4 961 housing opportunities consisting of 1 808 serviced sites, and 3 153 State-subsidised Breaking New Ground (BNG) houses from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

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· Average water consumption for the past week increased by 36 million litres to 530 million litres per day

· Hot, windy weather over the weekend increased water consumption

· Dam levels improved slightly, but not as significantly as over the past two months, by 1,3% to 56,4% of storage capacity

· The hot winter weather shows that the climate is unpredictable and that we should continue to save water to build a buffer for summer

Although concerted water-saving efforts by the City and residents are still visibly under way, the influence of a warm week and an especially hot and windy weekend can clearly be seen in the water consumption data for the past week.

On Friday 20 July 2018, City officials, as well as officials from other municipalities and representatives from the agricultural sector, met with the National Department of Water and Sanitation to have a risk-based discussion on the water situation in the Western Cape. The meeting also considered the possible relaxation of water restrictions at an appropriate point in the near future.

‘During the meeting, it was agreed that there would be a phased approach to the recovery of the dams. This means that there would not be a big shift in restriction levels in one step. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department has officially opened its Safe Space for street people as services at the facility continue to grow. The overnight facility, aimed at addressing the shortage of bed space at shelters, has been operational for a few days and has been welcomed by many. Read more below:

The Safe Space pilot project has been open on a small scale for the past two weeks to test the intake system and site operation. The response from street people and other role players has been very positive.

‘There are 15 street people who have been accommodated thus far and all have returned nightly since we opened. They have provided valuable feedback and we now have a list of street people who have expressed interest in being accommodated at the site once it is fully operational,’ said the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

The Safe Space is a transitional shelter which provides overnight shelter to up to 230 street people at a facility underneath the Culemborg Bridge on the Foreshore.

‘Already many of those who have made use of the facility have indicated that they feel safe and are glad to be off the streets and receiving social assistance. Living on the street isn’t easy and neither is sleeping on the street. It’s cold, wet, uncomfortable and then there is the constant threat of having your meagre possessions stolen or of being attacked,’ said Alderman Smith.

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The City of Cape Town advises of a water supply disruption between 09:00 and 15:00 tomorrow, 19 July 2018, which will affect Glencairn Main Road, Welcome Glen and sections of Simon’s Town.

This is a necessary step required to provide a new water connection in Simon’s Town.

Residents must please ensure that their taps are closed during this period to avoid water waste and/or damage when the water supply is restored. Residents are also advised to then open their taps slowly to reduce stress on their pipework.

Residents are advised to store 5-10 litres of drinking water in clean sealed containers beforehand to minimise inconvenience.

The City apologises for the inconvenience and thanks our residents for their patience during this period.

Johannesburg, Tuesday, 17 July 2018 – The MSG Afrika Group would like to acknowledge a personal domestic incident involving its Chairman Mr Given Mkhari. The Group is cognizant of the impact that the incident has had on our staff, stakeholders, business partners and the public.

We affirm our commitment to the rule of law. MSG further acknowledges that the matter is of public concern and reassures the public that the matter is not taken lightly. MSG strongly condemns domestic violence of any form. Mr Mkhari has requested time off to deal with the matter with his family. The MSG Afrika Group has accepted the request and wishes the Mkhari family well.

MSG Afrika Group Director and POWER 98.7 Station Manager Bob Mabena said: “The companies in our group are led and run by competent professionals who are independent thinkers. This has been further displayed in the past two days in the manner in which our radio stations have dealt with the matter.” We would like to thank our various stakeholders for their continued support.

The recently completed Woodstock skateboard park, which boasts four ramps, was officially opened yesterday, Monday 16 July 2018. As part of the festivities, Councillor Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, got onto a skateboard and joined local skateboarders to test the facility. Read more below:

It is home-sweet-home for local skateboarders as they celebrate the new Woodstock skateboard park which will provide them with a platform to hone their skills.

During the launch event, local skateboarders took to the air to show their appreciation of the new park. Councillor Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, also braved getting onto a skateboard to test the facility.

The 2015 South African skateboard champion, Shuaib Philander from Woodstock, was at the facility and gave Councillor Herron a few tips on how to skateboard.

‘The skateboard community is very happy to have its first transitional skatepark. It is a concrete ramp that imitates a wave which is how skateboarding was started. It involves lots of ramps and has curvatures. We love the skatepark that we have here,’ said Mr Philander, who has been skateboarding for 13 years.

Skateboarder and BMX rider Sergei Pringiers from Rondebosch welcomed the new skateboard park.

image001 (1)‘It is very nice to have the facility here. It is a bit steep but that’s because we are not used to it. The facility is pretty well-rounded and I like how it has different features. It is a good place for people to hang out and stay safe,’ he said.

The construction of the skateboard park commenced in February and the final snags were addressed last week.

‘It is very exciting to hear that this site was so popular during the school holidays. I believe the skateboarders were so eager and couldn’t wait for the final snags to be completed. I am confident that this facility will provide our emerging and local talent with a platform to hang out together, hone their skills and to have fun in a safe and well-designed space that they can enjoy. It is one of the City’s priorities to build integrated communities by attracting a diverse pool of talent and creating a culture where talent can thrive,’ said Councillor Herron.

The skateboard park is situated on the eastern side of the Woodstock Town Hall Park along Victoria Road, between Plein and Aberdeen Streets.

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  • Average water consumption for the past week has reached another low of 494 million litres per day
  • Dam levels have improved by 1,8% to 55,1% of storage capacity although the increase is not as significant as over the past two months due to the more temperate and dry weather
  • Winter water-saving efforts have been boosted by water heroes, weather and pressure management. The latter effort is saving 58,8 million litres per day. The City’s leak repair programme and engagement with top consumers brings this total to 63,8 million litres saved per day 

Capetonians have again shown their commitment to low water usage. Come rain or snow, the City of Cape Town, with the help of its residents, continues to boost water-saving efforts in winter to ensure that Cape Town builds a water buffer for the summer ahead and to help our dams recover from the extreme drought.

The improvement in dam levels, however, is not as significant as the trend over the past two months as a result of the drier and more temperate weather that Cape Town experienced over the past week. Due to the unpredictability of rainfall, it is important that Cape Town’s water heroes carry on using as little water as possible and that the City’s vital pressure management programme continues across the metro.

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The World’s First Solar Powered Desalination plant, which will be operating from October 2018 in Witsands, in the Hessequa Municipality, will assist in ensuring that the Western Cape reduces its carbon footprint.

As the DA in the Western Cape, we commend the Provincial Minister of Finance, Ivan Meyer and his Department, who today, 16 July 2018, in partnership with the French government, announced this project. This plant will cost R9 million, with the Western Cape (WCG)- and French Government each contributing R4.5 million.

I will write to the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell, to further highlight how else surrounding communities will benefit from the project.

This non-battery powered desalination plant is the only the plant in the world that combines Desalination Technology and Photovoltaic Solar technology. Furthermore, depending on the demand for water at a particular time, the Solar Powered Desalination Plant can produce up to 10 000 kilolitre(s) a day if and when necessary.

Various pressures, which includes population growth, climate change and the risks associated with global warming, is threatening our environment. It is therefore pleasing to note that the DA- Led WCG has made it a priority to seek measures to ensure water security in water scare areas.

This innovative investment is not only going to have a major impact in our fight against the ongoing drought, but it will contribute significantly to our war against conventional technology and the environment damage that comes with the use of old technological practices.

As the DA in the Western Cape, we believe that if we work together we can build a resilient society, who are world leaders in water conservation.

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