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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S SPEAKER, ALDERMAN DIRK SMIT

In response to reports of alleged irregular upgrades to the City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille’s private residence quoting faceless, nameless sources in the Safety and Security Directorate’s Internal Investigations Unit, I would like to provide the facts.

The work done at the Mayor’s residence relates to security equipment installations undertaken by the City of Cape Town as per the prescribed legislative provisions announced by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

The work done at the Mayor’s residence follows a security risk assessment and investigation into the safety of the Mayor by a special unit within the South African Police Service (SAPS).

Following the investigation by the SAPS unit, a risk analysis report with findings and guidelines of security work required to be undertaken at the Mayor’s residence was provided to the Speaker of Council.

The proper supply chain management processes were followed to procure the required safety equipment. Continue reading

Las Vegas authorities are responding to reports of a mass shooting with multiple victims on the Strip at a country music festival near the Mandalay Bay.

Police are investigating reports of one or more active shooters in the area.

One Las Vegas hospital reported treating at least 20 victims with gunshot wounds.

The Route 91 country music festival was taking place at the Mandalay. Hundreds of people were seen fleeing the area. The shooting took place at the end of a performance by Jason Aldean.

Witnesses reported hearing possibly hundreds of shots fired. Multiple ambulances were flooding the area to help victims.

Witnesses said they saw at least one officer possibly injured in the incident.

A groundstop was initiated for Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport for departing and arriving flights.

DEVELOPING: We will provide updates as more details become available.

 

One-third of all public swimming pools will be open to the public over the peak summer season, thanks to innovate water reuse and recycling strategies in line with Level 5 water restrictions which are in place because of the severe and protracted drought and high consumption. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department is reducing the number of public swimming pools open for business this summer as a result of the current drought crisis.

With Level 5 restrictions in place, the City is required to find a balance between compliance and providing quality amenities during summer.

A decision has therefore been made to open 12 of the 35 municipal swimming pools during the peak summer season. These facilities are distributed across the city to ensure equitable access.

The Atlantis, Strand, Blue Downs Indoor, Khayelitsha, Bellville, Vulindlela, Retreat, Mnandi, Eastridge, Kensington and Hanover Park swimming pools will be open from 1 December 2017 until 31 January 2018, between 10:00 and 16:00 daily. The Sea Point swimming pool uses seawater and will thus be open from 1 November between 07:00 and 19:00 daily during summer

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WARNING TO ALL WATER USERS IN CAPE TOWN

Dam storage levels are currently at 37,5%, with useable water at 27,5%. Collective consumption is at 622 million litres of water per day as at 22 September 2017. This is 122 million litres above the target of 500 million litres. It is simply too high. If consumption is not reduced, we will all suffer. Read more below: 

The City of Cape Town is embarking on a process to install approximately 2 000 water management devices per week on the properties of identified excessive users. The devices will be set at 350 litres per day. This is in an effort to force consumption down among those who have shown a flagrant disregard for the water restrictions which stipulate that every single person is only allowed to use 87 litres of water per day. This is collective consumption whether at home, work, school or at the gym.

‘As always, we thank all of our water ambassadors. The days are numbered for the delinquent water users. We call on all residents, businesses, and industry bodies to mobilise and join forces to help Team Cape Town get through this drought. Consumption must immediately be reduced to 500 million litres of collective usage per day.

‘This is our New Normal. All residents, businesses and other partners must start adapting to the New Normal which is a characteristic of a water-scarce city and province such as Cape Town and the Western Cape. We will continue to approach this drought crisis with every resource and avenue at our disposal. We need the whole of society to stand with us and to help us to get through this drought, but also to start laying the building blocks for a more resilient city over our longer-term future,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.

The City reminds residents to reduce water flow on their property through adjusting their private stopcocks or water control taps. Residents should please also install low-flow shower heads and not flush excessively at home or at work.

A video illustrating how to adjust a stopcock can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1fAB-zDPeU Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR TRANSPORT AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, COUNCILLOR BRETT HERRON

On Saturday afternoon, 23 September 2017, a bus driver from the Golden Arrow Bus Service (GABS) was shot and killed in an attempted armed robbery in Nyanga while behind the wheel of a bus. I am shocked and sickened by this senseless attack and convey my condolences to the family of the deceased.

This attack followed in the same week that protesting minibus-taxi drivers stoned several MyCiTi and GABS buses on Monday, 18 September 2017. The protesters also set alight and burnt out a MyCiTi bus on the N2 highway and torched a GABS bus in Delft on the same day. Two passengers, including a pregnant commuter, were injured during these attacks. Apart from the violence, bus drivers and personnel at MyCiTi stations across the city were threatened.

I am urging the South African Police Service (SAPS) to investigate these incidents with vigour and the necessary urgency, as we cannot allow criminals to undermine and sabotage our public transport system.

Our public transport system is already taking strain due to the unreliability of commuter rail. Over the past two to three years, our critical but ailing commuter rail system has also endured relentless attacks and vandalism. These have left the Metrorail service limping along, with devastating consequences for our commuters and our city’s economy. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service and Metro Police Department reported successful mid-week and long weekend operations which saw 126 motorists arrested for drunk driving and 770 fines issued for various other offences. A further 47 suspects were arrested for theft, possession of drugs, and other charges. Read more below:

Two suspected drug ‘pedallers’ were wheeled in by the long arm of the City’s Metro Police Department in recent days as part of their crime prevention operations. In Maitland, officers noticed a group of men standing in front of a known drug outlet in Voortrekker Road on Thursday 21 September 2017. They found a packet of dagga on one of the men and then retrieved a packet of crystal meth hidden in the handlebar of another suspect’s red bicycle.

During patrols in New Road, Macassar on Saturday 23 September 2017, officers requested a man on a bicycle to stop, but he refused and tried to get away. During the resultant chase, the suspect threw away a handful of dagga ‘stoppe’ and mandrax, but officers recovered the drugs and arrested the 24-year-old suspect.

‘Trying to bolt on two wheels is foolhardy, as our officers are willing to take down criminals no matter the getaway vehicle,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

On Heritage Day, about 200 illegal street racers and spectators gathered at Sacs Circle in Bellville South. As officers moved in to close off the area, the driver of a white VW Polo collided with a patrol vehicle in his attempt to escape. The driver refused to stop and collided with two more vehicles. A high-speed pursuit ensued, with the offender eventually being boxed in and stopped on Robert Sobukwe Drive near Kasselsvlei. The driver was arrested for reckless and negligent driving as well as charges of attempted murder, resisting arrest, and failing to stop at the scene of an accident. Officers also issued 165 fines for various other offences. Continue reading

Cape Town is one of the world’s most awarded travel destinations. Many of our residents find employment and training opportunities in this sector, and the direct and indirect contribution to the local economy is significant.

As the tourism industry has evolved and technology has improved, travelers have adopted new ways of planning their trips. Online booking platforms have become widely adopted in the travel sector, facilitating easier access to new markets for hosts, more options for guests, and improved convenience for all.

However, as with most disruptive innovations, there are potentially unintended consequences and undesirable outcomes that need to be managed. The City of Cape Town is committed to delivering inclusive economic growth to its residents, while remaining a globally competitive business city in line with the commitments in our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan.

It is with this in mind that the City is looking at how to guide the evolution of the sharing economy in a way that supports our commitments, beginning with short term letting platforms. We have studied approaches from leading Cities around the world, all of which hold some valuable lessons, but don’t find themselves in the developing economy context as we do.

The City has therefore decided to launch a research survey platform that will allow representatives from all sectors in society to present their view on short-term letting platforms in an attempt to design our approach to this sharing economy phenomenon that will work within our context to enable the realisation of inclusive economic growth and enhance our global reputation. The surveys seek to elicit a balanced response based on analytical data, while also providing an outlet for qualitative reasoning representative of all stakeholders. The user groups we have identified to participate in this survey are residents, property marketers, hoteliers/guest houses, short-term letting hosts, and guests.  Continue reading

26 September 2017

The Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning is considering imposing a partial ban on the dumping of organic waste in landfill sites within 5 years, with the consideration of a complete ban within the next 10 years across the Province.

This was revealed today, to the Standing Committee on Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament.

I will be writing to the Western Cape Minister of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell, to determine whether it is possible for his Department to create entirely separate landfill sites for the province to safely, and effectively dispose of organic waste without the threat of environmental contamination.

Organic waste is generated from the slaughter and processing of livestock, namely beef, sheep, poultry, pigs, ostriches and other game. When this type of dumping goes unchecked, hazardous waste material can find its way into water sources or delicate ecosystems, contaminating the surrounds and threatening the vitality of the Western Cape’s environment. Continue reading

An irrevocable £160m government guarantee will underpin a record profit
Facilities, scheduling and logistics will make it most player-centric tournament ever
Unique experiences in bucket-list destinations promised at a nationwide carnival

A South African Rugby World Cup in 2023 would be an unbeatable triple-win, the World Rugby Council was told in London on Monday, when SA Rugby made their case to host the 10th Rugby World Cup tournament.

A South African Rugby World Cup would be a win for the sport, a win for supporters and most importantly a win for the players, delegates were told in a 50-minute presentation led by the Deputy President of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, and including the Minister of Sport and Recreation, Mr Thulas Nxesi.

“South Africa ticks every single box of the financial, commercial and logistical requirements of the host, but we go way beyond the minimum requirements to set us apart as a candidate,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby.

“We were asked to provide a minimum guarantee of £120m but with unqualified support from our government we are offering an extra £40m.

“We were asked to provide eight venues, the smallest of which must have a minimum capacity of 15,000, but we offer eight venues – purpose built for rugby and requiring no upgrading – with the smallest one offering a fully seated capacity of 43,500.

“And we will host the largest-ever Rugby World Cup final with 87,436 fans at the National Stadium in Johannesburg. Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS, WATER AND WASTE SERVICES; AND ENERGY, COUNCILLOR XANTHEA LIMBERG

The City of Cape Town will be installing water management devices on the properties of all excessive water users, irrespective of the reason for the high usage, as has been the case to date. This new measure is part of the City’s efforts to immediately drive down consumption to 500 million litres per day of collective usage. It also signals the severity of the situation.

The winter rainfall season, the lowest on record, is now effectively over. While the City brings online new non-surface water options to supplement surface water from dams, the single most important action that still needs to be prioritised is reducing consumption.

There are currently more than 50 000 identified excessive usage properties across the metro. High users are regarded as those generally using more than 20 000 litres per month and this is also in line with the new Level 5 restrictions which will penalise those using more than this volume. The City will aim to install approximately 2 000 water management devices per week over the short-term. This comprises high users in the indigent and non-indigent categories. The processes guiding indigent persons will be followed. The City will start at the highest users and move downwards according to consumption records for those properties.

Where excessive usage cannot be justified, water management devices are already being installed. Existing excessive users have been engaged with already and new identified excessive users will receive warning letters as has been the practice.

All devices installed on high user connections will be set at 350 litres per day. Continue reading

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