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Residents in Maboloka, Madibeng, in the North West Province, will soon have access to an HIV/AIDS Mobile Testing Centre, thanks to the Embassy of Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects (GGPs) initiative.

The handover ceremony of the mobile clinic will take place November 29, 2018 with the attendance of the Executive Mayor of Madibeng Local Municipality, Councillor Justine Mothibe; Chief of Maboloka, Morena L.E. Lion; as well as the Sub-District Manager for the Department of Health, Mr Ishmael Moloi, among others.

The mobile clinic and its equipment of R400,000, will be donated to the Maboloka HIV/AIDS Awareness Organisation (MAHAAO). This is a non-governmental organisation which has long been offering community-based HIV testing services and counselling in collaboration with the Department of Health in the Province.

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Tomorrow’s “Black Friday” sales calls for caution from retailers and consumers alike.

Not only should consumers be weary of overspending, especially on credit, during our economic recession; but in the Western Cape Premier Zille urges responsible retailing, especially with alcohol, calling on all liquor outlets to remain vigilant in upholding the law and not to sell alcohol to minors.

In the past, we have noticed that “Black Friday” specials have been abused by unlicensed distributors to resell discounted liquor to liquor outlets, as well as retailers selling alcohol without checking identity documents and breaking the law by selling to youth under the age of 18.

I request again this year that the South African Police Service, City of Cape Town’s law enforcement and the Western Cape Liquor Authority(WCLA) inspectors continue with their routine spot checks to ensure the rule of law is upheld. Last year’s efforts by authorities saw a decline in the number of complaints received.

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The Provincial Department of Social Development has received reports that the Amy Foundation has closed its offices from 20 November 2018 and that it will not be reopened in 2019. We have further been informed that the NGOs information technology systems have all been shut down and that its managing director, Mr Kevin Chaplin, has left for the UK on 20 November, whilst the Foundation’s employees protested at the airport.

The staff allege that the Amy Foundation has been carrying out retrenchments, following the closure of its after-care services in Gugulethu, and are complaining of workplace harassment and alleged financial mismanagement of the Foundation. The Department has likewise found that the Amy Foundation has become non-compliant with the terms of its funding agreement with us, and we are concerned this may point to maladministration and misappropriation of public funds.

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Following my request for an investigation into the devastating decline in the number of police reservists in the Western Cape, the Provincial Police Ombudsman has completed his investigation and report. The report confirms that 326 police reservists have been lost in the last three financial years, which translates to a total number of 5216 policing hours lost.

These findings confirm that the new reservist policy is flawed and constraints police reservist recruitment. I will now forward this report to the Civilian Secretariat for Police which develops SAPS policies.

In October 2017, I requested that the provincial police Ombudsman investigate the decline in the number of police reservists. Replies to my Parliamentary Questions revealed that over the last decade the number of active reservists serving the police and our communities decreased by 84%.

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21 November 2018

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape rejects the Division of Revenue Amendment Bill 2018 (DORA), as the legislation calls for provinces to tighten their belts in the face of severe budget cuts, while national government continues to waste billions in public funds on costly bailout schemes instead of addressing the gross mismanagement of the national fiscus.

The Western Cape is the only province in South Africa which has complied with national government’s calls to be financially prudent in the face of year on year of stagnant economic growth for which the ANC at national government is solely responsible.

As it stands, the national fiscal deficit has seen a R22 billion increase in the 2018/19 financial year, increasing to R33 billion in 2019/20, and R41 billion in the 2020/21 financial year. The turnaround strategies for national state-owned enterprises has failed dismally, with South African Airways and Eskom receiving R5 billion bailouts each.

It is inconceivable that the ANC can spend public funds so recklessly, only to instruct the provinces to spend more wisely.

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The City of Cape Town today, 20 November 2018, signed an urban wastewater management loan to the value of approximately R1,3 billion with the German government-owned KfW Development Bank. The loan, which was offered at a highly subsidised fixed interest rate of 8.107%, will be used to finance the expansion and refurbishment of some of the City’s 25 wastewater treatment plants over the next few years. Read more below:

This unsecured loan is payable over 15 years to spread the related costs over the lifetime of the wastewater projects to limit any undue burden on the ratepayer. All costs associated with taking up the loan have been considered in terms of affordability in advance.

Earmarked wastewater treatment plant projects include: Zandvliet, Cape Flats, Bellville, Macassar, Potsdam, Melkbosstrand, Mitchells Plain, Borchard’s Quarry, Hout Bay, Scottsdene, Wildevoevlei and Gordon’s Bay.

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City’s new mobile X-ray service improves patient care

The City of Cape Town’s Health Department is taking more services to more communities with the introduction of a new computerised mobile X-ray vehicle. The state-of-the-art unit was unveiled last week. Read more below:

The City’s X-ray service has come a long way from its one fixed room at the Chapel Street Clinic and four mobile vans at a time when X-rays were used as a screening tool for Tuberculosis (TB).

The new mobile X-ray unit is fully computerised and hard copies of images can be printed if required. The computerized X-ray machines are loaded with high-tech features that produce high-quality images in a short time.

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The City of Cape Town has made good progress with the Kommetjie Road Project, one of our flagship interventions to relieve congestion in the Kommetjie area in the Far South. Apart from the ongoing improvements to the road infrastructure, local residents have also benefitted from temporary work opportunities to the value of over R5,1 million since the start of the project to date. Read more below:

‘Residents from Kommetjie and Noordhoek would’ve noticed that we’ve started placing the asphalt layers on the newly constructed lanes along Kommetjie Road and Ou Kaapse Weg last week. This marks an important milestone as the groundwork from the past 24 months or so is finally becoming visible, and hopefully this also gives the locals some satisfaction for enduring the inconvenience that goes with roadworks in general,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Alderman Felicity Purchase.

The Kommetjie Road Project is part of the City’s Congestion Management Programme and is due for completion by the end of 2019, pending any unforeseen challenges. The budget for this project is R194 million and approximately R100 million has been spent to date.

‘Apart from the improvements to the road infrastructure and the congestion relief this project will bring, one of the current and most important benefits is the temporary jobs that have been provided to local residents as part of the contract. Up to 45 local residents are currently employed as temporary workers on this project. In fact, since this project started in October 2016 to date, more than R5,1 million has been paid to men and women from the area who have been employed as temporary workers.

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JOINT STATEMENT BY ALBERT FRITZ

WESTERN CAPE MINISTER OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

& ALAN WINDE

WESTERN CAPE MINISTER OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

The Minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz, and the Minister of Community Safety, Alan Winde, today expressed their anger, following a gang-related shooting incident in Ravensmead on Saturday, which saw the loss of one community member and four wounded minors.

The deceased, Ferdie Samuels aged 25, was standing outside when a car with an unknown registration number stopped in front of him and opened fire. The children, upon hearing the noise, ran outside and were caught in the cross fire. The suspect re-entered his vehicle and fled the scene.

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The recovery came during an operation along the Atlantic Seaboard, which is one of several in the past week that netted 131 suspects. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service arrested 131 suspects in the last week and issued 8 299 fines for various offences.

Of those arrested, 120 were motorists caught driving under the influence of alcohol at various roadblocks across the metropole. The highest number of arrests at a single roadblock occurred in Table View on Thursday 15 November 2018 where 22 motorists were taken into custody.

‘We’re heading into the period of year-end parties and general festive season merriment. My appeal to members of the public is to be mindful of their behaviour and to drink responsibly. There are so many different options available to us these days and I commend those people who have changed their behaviour by using private taxis or designated drivers to get to and from their destinations. However, the reality is that far too many people are still taking chances; often with devastating consequences,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

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