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Following the devastating fire at the Ikhwezi Clinic in Nomzamo, Strand, I have liaised with the Executive Mayor and secured a R50 000 reward for information that will lead to the arrest and successful conviction of those responsible for the apparent arson attack.

The Fire and Rescue Service responded to an alert at approximately 02:30 this morning, and extinguished the fire just after 04:00.

There has been extensive damage to the roof and the clinic interior, including the pharmacy and records room, where patient folders are kept.

Initial damage estimates put the cost of repairs at R10 million, but this could well change.

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Council approved a three-year agreement between the City of Cape Town and Cape Town Tourism for in-destination and visitor services, tourism marketing and special City projects, until 2022. Read more below:

This holistic agreement affords Cape Town Tourism a period of continuity to focus on and execute areas of the revised Tourism Development Framework (TDF).

The strategy sets out five new focus areas that include ensuring visitor comfort, improving and diversifying products and experiences, stimulating demand, generating community involvement and benefit, and organising for growth.

‘My immediate priority is to oversee the implementation of the TDF with our partner Cape Town Tourism and the tourism industry, to facilitate sustainable job creation in a depressed economic climate. This will help to establish ‘tourism-preneurs’ while transforming the tourism landscape in Cape Town into a thriving tourism business ecosystem that drives demand,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, Alderman James Vos.

Currently, the tourism economy in Cape Town sustains around 150 000 jobs in total, making it the sector with the highest growth and employment potential. Continue reading

N2 Express service unavailable from today, 1 June 2019

The City of Cape Town regrets to inform MyCiTI commuters from Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha that the N2 Express service will be unavailable until further notice.

The City commits to informing commuters as soon as the N2 Express service starts operating again.

Residents from Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha who travel on the N2 Express service are advised to load mover points instead of monthly tickets on their myconnect cards until further notice.

For those who have already purchased a monthly ticket for June, the City will advise as soon as possible on options for reimbursement.

The City is doing everything it can to negotiate a new contract to ensure that the N2 Express service becomes operational again.

Commuters are advised to visit the MyCiTi website on for regular updates about the service; 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.

Note to editors: the following is an excerpt from a Council speech delivered today, 29 May 2019, by Alderman Purchase during the tabling of the City of Cape Town’s Budget Council for the 2019/2020 financial year.

City’s Transport budget prioritises congestion, public transport and facilities

All Capetonians arrange their lives around traffic, be it the thousands of commuters who rely on public transport to get to work, the motorists who travel in private vehicles to their destinations or the businesses who need our road network to move their goods and services to grow our economy.

The budget I present to Council this morning addresses the Transport Directorate’s main priority namely, to improve transport across Cape Town so that all of us can spend less time and money on commuting.

Traffic and peak-hour congestion is an ever present factor we can hardly avoid. It has a direct impact on our quality of life. It determines how much time we spend commuting and most often we lose hours on congested roads when we could have been at home with our families.

It is also a fact that our inefficient transport system has the worst impact on low-income households who live far away from work opportunities. They spend the longest hours commuting and up to 43% of their monthly income is spent on transport costs alone.

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The funding forms part of the Neighbourhood Watch support programme that has seen more than 25 000 individuals trained since its launch in 2008. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Neighbourhood Watch Support Programme is in the home straight of yet another successful financial year.

The programme was first launched in 2008, to help establish, train and accredit Neighbourhood Watches (NWs), in association with the Western Cape Department of Community Safety.

Since then, 209 organisations have been successfully accredited and more than 25 000 Neighbourhood Watch members have undergone training in the Broken Windows theory and other community policing principles.

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The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Department has had another successful drug bust today, 27 May 2019.

The Drug and Gang Task Team, in conjunction with the Police’s Intelligence Unit, executed a search warrant at a complex in Kuils River.

They confiscated dagga with a street value of approximately R150 000 and arrested four suspects, aged between 19 and 36, who were detained at the Mfuleni Police Station.

Officers also confiscated three scales, 13 smart phones and just over R10 000 in cash.

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The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department will be conducting pressure management operations in a number of areas across the metro as indicated in the table below. 

Residents are advised to please take note of the date and time as per the following schedule:

Date Time Affected suburbs
Tuesday 28 May 2019 10:00 – 14:00 Beaconvale, Parow Valley, Cravenby and Florida
Wednesday 29 May 2019and; Thursday 30 May 2019 20:00 – 00:00

20:00 – 00:00


Table View, Parklands, Flamingo Vlei, Bloubergrandt, Westriding and Sunridge
Thursday 30 May 2019 19:00 – 00:00 Eikenbosch and Bellville

All taps should be kept closed during this period to prevent any water loss and/or damage when the water supply is restored. Residents are kindly requested to store water in clean, sealed containers for use during this period if required.

The City apologises for any inconvenience that may be caused.

They were among 118 suspects arrested by the City’s Traffic and Metro Police Departments for various offences during special operations in the last week. Read more below:

During an operation in the Athlone and Mitchells Plain area last night, the Ghost Squad arrested seven drivers for reckless and negligent driving and three for driving under the influence of alcohol. Three of those arrested were also charged with participating in an illegal street race.

Officers also issued fines to five unlicensed drivers, one for failing to wear a seatbelt, two unlicensed vehicles and two fines for disobeying red traffic lights.

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The Rail Enforcement Unit (REU) arrested nine suspects and inspected 147 hot spot areas and scrapyards the past week. Furthermore, the Metrorail Protection Services made nine arrests and ensured that 25 suspects remain in custody. Read more below:

Metrorail Protection Services arrested nine suspects this week and ensured that 25 offenders were denied bail. The teams also searched 1 042 individuals and patrolled 842 trains. Up to 29 illegally erected structures were dismantled and 49 street people removed from PRASA-owned property.

Furthermore, the REU conducted eight operations and 1 520 stop-and-search operations last week; inspected 147 hot spot areas and scrapyards; and conducted 74 patrols at stations. Two suspects were arrested in Delft and Ravensmead in terms of the Criminal Matters Amendment Act for tampering and malicious damage to essential infrastructure; and another seven suspects were arrested in Bishop Lavis, Lentegeur, Langa, Claremont, Kraaifontein and Kensington for the possession of suspected stolen property, dangerous weapons, and drugs. Continue reading

The Executive Mayor, along with the Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security joined traffic officers at a roadblock in Green Point last night to engage motorists about road safety and the dangers of drunk and reckless driving. Read more below:

During the roadblock, officers recorded 216 offences, which included 22 arrests for driving under the influence. One motorist’s breathalyzer reading was 1.04mg/L, which is nearly five times the legal limit.

These statistics represent a fraction of the transgressions that the City’s Traffic Service records on a daily basis.

Below is a snapshot of key offences recorded between October 2018 and March 2019:

OFFENCE October ’18 – March ‘19 October ’17 – March ‘18
Driving while intoxicated 1 761 1 573
Reckless and negligent driving 442 462
Outstanding warrants executed 97 368 65 723

‘The statistics are bittersweet. On the one hand it points to the hard work of our traffic officers to curb the lawlessness on our roads, but on the other hand it also means that too many road users do not take road safety seriously. We have seen some success through various campaigns by the City and from the provincial government, raising awareness of the dangers of drunk driving, speeding and pedestrian safety. However, it is clear that we need to keep driving the message of responsibility,’ said Executive Mayor, Dan Plato.

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