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In response to the worst drought in the city’s history, the City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department is expediting the roll-out of pressure management technology to various parts of the water supply network. We thank residents for their cooperation in reducing water consumption thus far, and regret any inconvenience this will cause. Read more below:
Pressure management testing will be taking place in the following areas, and could result in low pressure or supply interruptions:

  • Bellville Park and Upper Oakdale: Tuesday and Wednesday, 21 and 22 August 2018, between10:00 and 16:00
  • Oakdale, Blomtuin, Bellair and Eikenbosch: Thursday 23 August from 18:00 to 00:00, and Friday 25 August 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00

Not only does pressure management generally lower consumption by reducing the rate at which water flows to properties, it also reduces leaks and pipe bursts by better ensuring that pressure remains within levels that the pipework can tolerate, and reduces the rate of loss from leaks and bursts.

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

The City of Cape Town is making a lot of progress in Pelican Park and this morning, as part of the Mayoral Pop-Up Office initiative, I visited the area along with Cllr Gerry Gordon and Council Chief Whip, Cllr Shaun August.

Over the last few months we have worked to improve communication with residents by taking local government to communities through the Mayoral Pop-Up Office.

This to ensure that our residents have a platform where they can share their concerns about service delivery, as well as their ideas on how the City can improve services to the community.

Through this innovative concept, we are also able to provide Capetonians with information on services and give updates on projects in their communities.

We started our day with a visit to the Tehillah Educare Centre in Seawinds where we donated a geyser to the facility and visited beneficiaries of the Pelican Park housing development.

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16 August 2018

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape welcomes the South African Post Office’s (SAPO) plan to roll out mobile units for SASSA beneficiaries to access their grant payments. I am, however, concerned about the safety of grant beneficiaries at mobile units given the prominence of cash-in-transit crime in South Africa which could make grant beneficiaries targets of crime.

The DA calls on SASSA and SAPO to ensure that a clear collaborative security plan is in place to protect both officials and beneficiaries from attack. This concern follows the brazen theft of an entire SASSA ATM in Port Elizabeth.

The Minister in the Presidency for the National Planning Commission for Policy and Evaluation, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s announcement that the SAPO will launch a series of mobile units comes after a controversial announcement that SASSA will be migrating beneficiary payments from cash-based Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) to predominately card based SAPO services.

On Tuesday 28 August, SASSA will brief the Standing Committee on Community Development on the progress made by the SASSA in building its own capacity to ensure an effective migration. I will ask SASSA to communicate a clear plan to beneficiaries on where and when the units will be rolled out, and outline a plan as to how these units will be secured.

I further call on beneficiaries to attend this Standing Committee and participate in holding the SASSA to account.

We will continue to ensure that SASSA adheres to its own values, and that all beneficiaries, who are so dependent on their grants, are treated with dignity and respect.

This from tmz.com:

Aretha Franklin, known for having one of the greatest voices in music history, and for hits like “Respect,” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” … died Thursday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Aretha passed away in her Detroit home where she was under hospice care. She’d been in failing health for many months and she was down to 86 pounds. One source told us he was informed more than a week ago that Aretha could go at any time.

She was surrounded by friends and family when she passed. Her family released a statement, saying, “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family.”

She had appeared incredibly frail in recent years, and rarely performed live. Her most recent appearance was last November for Elton John‘s AMFAR event.

Full story here:

http://www.tmz.com/2018/08/16/aretha-franklin-dead-queen-of-soul/

 

15 August 2018

Today’s briefing by the Public Service Commissioner (PSC) to the Western Cape Provincial Parliament’s Standing Committee on Community Safety shockingly revealed that the Western Cape has 128 understaffed police stations, meaning that 85% of police stations in the Province are understaffed.

It is unacceptable that the province with South Africa’s highest murder rate, and with the country’s highest incidents of gang-related crime is so severely incapacitated by a National Government that fails in its constitutional duty of care. Crime ravages our communities in the Western Cape because National Government continues to fail us.

The Standing Committee on Community Safety agreed that they will request that the National Commissioner of Police, General Khehla Sitole and the Western Cape Provincial Commissioner of Police, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Elvis Jula, to appear before the committee, to explain why the PSC’s recommendations to adequately staff our police stations has failed to take place.

It is deeply concerning that the SAPS are well aware of the recommendations made by the PSC but have failed to respond to any of the findings highlighted in the report.

In the Western Cape the police to population ratio has worsened from 1 police officer to every 385 people in 2016, to 1 police officer to every 509 people in 2018. Currently each officer is now serving on average 124 more residents than in 2016. In addition, the police to population ratio here is much worse than the national average which is one officer for every 369 residents.

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FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PREMIER and MINISTER OF COMMUNITY SAFETY
WESTERN CAPE GOVERNMENT

Premier Helen Zille has announced a new Western Cape Police Ombudsman, following a thorough selection, consultation and approval process.

“I welcome the approval of appointment in the Provincial Standing Committee on Community Safety in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament today of Major General Johan Brand as the new Provincial Police Ombudsman.

Major General Brand has been a key partner in implementing the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry recommendations. We look forward to him brining this expertise into the office of the police ombudsman,” said Premier Helen Zille.

“Major General Brand has served as Cluster Commander for Khayelitsha since July 2014. His extensive 33 years’ experience in the South African Police Service has made him a pillar of strength in forging improved relationship between communities and police, in areas such as Khayelitsha and beyond.

“His knowledge and unique skillset in understanding the laws governing our Republic, their implementation, as well as the policing service delivery constraints in our province, has set him apart as the preferred candidate to be appointed as the next Western Cape Police Ombudsman,” said Minister of Community Safety, Dan Plato.

Premier Zille said that under the Western Cape Community Safety Act (CSA), the Western Cape Police Ombudsman has important powers and functions to investigate complaints about police inefficiency or a breakdown in the relations between a community and the police.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the previous Ombudsman, Adv. Vusi Pikoli, who played a pivotal role in affording the Office of the Ombudsman the credibility it deserves as envisaged under the CSA and we thank him for his dedicated service to both the Western Cape Government and the people of this province,” said Premier Zille.

The R40 million expenditure includes everything, from burglar bars and alarms to physical patrols at clinics, libraries and recreational facilities. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Social Services Directorate is planning a major financial injection this financial year to keep community facilities safe from criminals.

The Directorate’s facilities include clinics, libraries, community centres, sports fields and resorts, among others. Some of these facilities are prone to acts of vandalism and crime, with millions lost as a result of ongoing repairs and replacement of stolen equipment and infrastructure, but also untold costs in the disruption of services to communities.

In a bid to stem the tide, Social Services plan to implement a number of initiatives in this financial year, including:

· R10,1 million for security hardening measures like burglar bars, alarm systems, high mast lighting, etc.;

· R20 million for the deployment of Facility Protection Officers; and

· R9,8 million for the deployment of 312 Safety Wardens

The security upgrades and staff deployment will happen city-wide, with a special focus on hotspot areas.

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MEDIA RELEASE BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE, ACTING TRANSPORT AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (TDA) COMMISSIONER, GERSHWIN FORTUNE AND THE CITY MANAGER, LUNGELO MBANDAZAYO

Introduction by the Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille:

‘We would like to provide the media with the latest update and facts on the electric buses which the City is in the process of procuring.

On Sunday, the Sunday Times ran a grossly inaccurate story about the specification testing of the buses.

As the City’s leadership, we would like to correct this and provide the media with the latest update and facts to avoid the practice of spreading misinformation.

Before we get into the facts of the specification tests, I would like to address the dangerous practice of reporting allegations as fact and not seeking comment from the relevant person which the allegation is linked to.

The article refers to a meeting agenda for a visit to Cape Town by BYD, the successful bidder for the electric buses.

The article stated that this meeting was between BYD representatives and myself to discuss ‘detailed finalization of specifications,’ to ‘finalise and conclude a business agreement’ and for ‘confirmation of roll-out times.’

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The average water consumption for the past week was 519 million litres per day, which is up from last week’s consumption of 505 million litres per day.

Dam levels have improved slightly more than last week’s recovery, by 1,8% to 58,8% of storage capacity.

It has been a dry August and rainfall thus far is far below the long-term average for this time of the year in Cape Town. The low rainfall has been slowing down the recovery of Cape Town’s dams. The City of Cape Town is confident that our water users will continue to contribute positively to Cape Town’s water-saving efforts to build a buffer for the summer months ahead.

The City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department advises the public to please avoid the Milnerton Beach area this coming weekend due to expected adverse weather conditions that are likely to include strong winds and a spring high tide of approximately 1,92 meters.

Further damage to infrastructure at Milnerton Beach is anticipated if the weather predictions come to pass. The public is reminded that, due to the hazardous conditions created by the recently damaged infrastructure and the extremely dangerous sea conditions expected this weekend, the beach at Milnerton will remain closed in the interest of public safety.

The City will monitor the situation closely and will undertake all necessary measures to ensure public safety as its main priority, both during and after the high seas.

The Recreation and Parks Department is in the process of establishing a safe public access point at Milnerton Beach. As soon as this has been completed and the damaged gabion baskets have been removed, the beach will be re-opened to the public.

The City regrets any inconvenience caused during this period.

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