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Last week Alderman Patricia de Lille applied urgently to the High Court in Cape Town for an interim order reinstating her membership of the DA and as Executive Mayor pending the determination of an application by her for final relief against the DA (which is to be heard on 25 May 2018).

At the completion of proceedings on Friday evening in the urgent application, the Court reserved judgment and indicated that it was not in a position to state when its ruling would be delivered.

However, we were informed this morning that judgment on this matter will be delivered tomorrow (15 May 2018) at 13:15.

If the Court had required substantially more time to deliberate, then it would have been in the best interest of the City for a mayoral committee to be announced as soon as possible to provide leadership in the interim. However, given that the judgment will now be delivered within a day, I have resolved to postpone the announcement of the Mayoral Committee.

STATEMENT BY ALDERMAN JP SMITH

The City of Cape Town is alarmed by the acts of violence that played out in Vrygrond near Muizenberg this past weekend. The unrest is related to an illegal land occupation in the area.

Just after 10:00 on Sunday, 13 May 2018, various City Departments participated in the removal of 62 structures that had been erected illegally. As the operation came to a conclusion, City enforcement staff were attacked by a crowd of approximately 100 persons who pelted stones and half-bricks at the officers. They responded with rubber rounds.

A few hours later, a ward councillor was held hostage during a community meeting and her vehicle was subsequently torched. She was escorted from the area by the South African Police Service.

Overnight, a group of people targeted the City’s Coastal Park landfill site which is adjacent to Vrygrond. They set alight three heavy machines, a quad bike and a staff canteen. Later, in Capricorn Business Park, two premises were set alight.

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8 May 2018

Release: immediately

Today, Tuesday 8 May 2018, the Provincial Standing Committee on Transport and Public Works, in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, rejected the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Amendment Bill [B 38B–2015] (NCOP).

The Aarto Act of 1998 was implemented to ensure greater compliance with traffic laws and regulations by delegating the adjudication of traffic offences to an autonomous body and creating a merit based system. It has so far been piloted, quite problematically, in the Tshwane and Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipalities. The Amendment Bill, however, proposes a number of changes to the Act.

Now that the Provincial Standing Committee’s report will be submitted to the NCOP, I call on the Upper House of the Parliament of South Africa to reject this Bill. With more than 10 000 public comments received, along with five public hearings held during February 2018 in Bellville, Khayelitsha, Mossel Bay, Hermanus and Clanwilliam and the majority rejecting this Bill, it cannot be supported.

Some of the major concerns highlighted by the public, were the administering of finances at a national, rather than municipal level, and the lack of success where Aarto has previously been piloted. While a merit based system may be a good idea in theory; it risks the livelihoods of many South Africans who would be forced to drive without licenses. Instead, there should be harsher penalties for bad driving.

Aarto cannot be accepted in its current form. As the DA in the Western Cape we remain committed to promoting safe driving practices.

The City of Cape Town would like to inform residents in the Blue Downs area that necessary emergency maintenance is required on a bulk water line which will result in a water supply interruption to the area on 10 May 2018. The outage is expected to occur between 09:00 and 16:00.

Water tankers will be dispatched to the area to assist residents while repairs are under way.

The City sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Residents are advised to please ensure that all taps remain in the closed position in case water is restored to prevent damage to property and water wastage.

Residents are advised to keep up to 10 litres of water in sealed containers for their household usage but not to store excessive amounts of municipal water.

The City of Cape Town regrets to inform commuters that the MyCiTi service remains suspended until further notice. The nationwide strike action is still ongoing, and as such the MyCiTi buses are not operating. Read more below:

The nationwide strike action affecting the South African bus industry is continuing.

After nearly three weeks of strike action it is still unclear when the deadlocked wage negotiations will be resolved.

The lock-out instituted by the Vehicle Operating Companies operating the MyCiTi service remains in place until further notice. Regretfully, this means that there will be no MyCiTi trunk or feeder services available for as long as the strike continues.

MyCiTi commuters are requested to make alternative travelling arrangements for the time being. The City is monitoring the situation, and will provide commuters with updates as far as possible.

Commuters are also advised to visit the MyCiTi website on www.myciti.org.za for regular updates; and to follow us on Twitter @MyCiTiBus; or to phone the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63 – the TIC is available 24/7.

4 May 2018

Release: immediately

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape urges the state owned entity, PRASA, to speed up its programme to eliminate dangerous level crossings, and commit to a timeline to eliminate them.

I will be writing to the Minister of Transport and Public Works, Donald Grant, to ask whether PRASA has any plans to remove level crossings in the Western Cape. I call on residents who make use of level crossings to do so with caution, adhering to any warning signals present to ensure their safe crossing.

Richard Walker reported in the Cape Times that, “We have a level crossing elimination programme and so far we have eliminated seven (7) of the forty three (43) level crossings in the region. We have built bridges over the level crossings and in the long run that would be the solution.”

Last week, Friday 27 April 2018, seven (7) people were tragically killed at Buttskop level crossing in Blackheath when a Metrorail train collided with a bakkie.

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It is my great pleasure to be with you all today as we take another step towards improving service delivery to residents of our beautiful city.

A special word of welcome to the Deputy Minister and colleagues from the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.

I would also like to thank the City’s staff for their work on this project that will indeed see us continue to make progress possible together.

Mitchells Plain is one of our oldest and most populated communities and many of the facilities are overburdened and infrastructure is ageing.

But today we can be proud that we are standing in a modern subcouncil office with the brand new municipal court next door.

The proximity of these two important facilities means residents can conduct all their City business easily in one vicinity which is also in the same precinct as the local library.

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Issued on behalf of the EMPLOYER PARTIES of the South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBAC), being The South African Bus Employers Association (SABEA) & the Commuter Bus Employers Organisation (COBEO)

National bus industry negotiations have once again collapsed and unions have indicated that they will revert to their previous demand of a 12% increase.

This latest blow means that as the national bus industry strike continues for a third week; millions of South African commuters’ woes will ultimately extend to increased ticket costs once services resume if labour’s unrealistic demands are met.

These demands are completely out-of-sync with the current economic climate and will have to be passed on to commuters through increased ticket costs.

To put these demands in to perspective, the industry average wage for a bus driver currently sits at R16 000. In stark contrast to this an independently verified survey has shown that more than 65% of commuters earned less than R4000 in 2016.

This means that if a 7% increase is factored in over the last two years; the average commuter earns less than a third of what a bus driver earns in 2018. A 12% increase and a concession to other demands from labour would further widen the increasing gap between what drivers and commuters earn.

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The City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement Department has shifted into the next phase of its Facility Protection Officer (FPO) programme, which has increased its staff complement from an initial deployment of 50 facility wardens who participated in the pilot project to a current deployment of more than 200. Read more below:

The facilities protection pilot project was launched just more than a year ago with the appointment of 50 neighbourhood watch members and eight auxiliary law enforcement officers to curb vandalism and theft at 10 City facilities in Nyanga and Gugulethu.

Between January and June 2016, eight cases of vandalism and theft were reported at City facilities in the two areas, resulting in damage of nearly R800 000. A year later, with the launch of the pilot project, only three cases were reported, with damage totalling R73 800 and the recovery of the stolen items in one of the incidents.

The expansion of the programme will see the deployment of 175 facility wardens and 72 auxiliary law enforcement officers to patrol 200 facilities in areas like Lavender Hill, Mitchells Plain, Langa, Ocean View, Atlantis, Khayelitsha, Delft, Ravensmead, Strandfontein, Athlone, Nyanga and Gugulethu. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town regrets to inform commuters that the MyCiTi service remains suspended until further notice. The nationwide strike action is still ongoing, and as such the MyCiTi buses are not operating. Read more below:

The nationwide strike action affecting the South African bus industry is continuing.

After nearly two weeks of strike action it is still uncertain when the dead-locked wage negotiations will be resolved.

The lock-out instituted by the Vehicle Operating Companies operating the MyCiTi service remains in place until further notice. Regretfully, this means that there will be no MyCiTi trunk or feeder services available for as long as the strike and lock-out continue.

MyCiTi commuters are requested to make alternative traveling arrangements for the time being, and in particular for the start of the work week on Wednesday 2 May 2018.

The City is monitoring the situation, and will provide commuters with updates as far as possible.

The City wants to remind those commuters with monthly MyCiTi tickets that the monthly packages will be extended equal to the number of days that the strike action lasts. The number of days will be determined once the strike has come to an end. Further details will be communicated in due course.

Commuters are also advised to visit the MyCiTi website on www.myciti.org.za for regular updates; and to follow us on Twitter @MyCiTiBus; or to phone the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63 – the TIC is available 24/7.

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