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STATEMENT BY COUNCILLOR JOHAN VAN DER MERWE, THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR FINANCE

The City’s next general valuation (GV)is under way. The GV assessment is based on market prices and is not speculative. Read more below:

The GV roll assesses approximately 870 000 registered properties in Cape Town and is conducted for the purpose of billing fair rates to each property owner.

The City does not make a profit on rates. We determine how much is needed for shared services for all who live in Cape Town.

The value of an individual property is not the basis for the amount of rates income that is collected by the City as a whole. The main factor is the City’s budget. As an example, if we require R6 billion of rates income to ensure that our City operates efficiently and sufficiently, the valuation roll serves as the basis on which we calculate the rate-in-the-rand or the applicable property tax rate. We also calculate what rebates should be made to the vulnerable in our society and see how we can apply the rates in the most affordable manner for our ratepayers.

We also do not raise more than what is needed from rates. That is why you will find that the rate-in-the-rand can decrease after a new general valuation roll is implemented.

What is the money used for? Continue reading

4 April 2018

Release: Immediate

Today’s quarterly briefing is a first for the DA in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament. We believe that our media in this Province, and in the country at large, play a vital role in our democracy. Thus, we are holding this press conference to reach out to the media in the interests of transparency and good governance.

With the conclusion of the first quarter at the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, the Democratic Alliance is pleased to announce that we are on track with our programme. This programme aims to ensure that government is held accountable and that the lives of our residents are improved through sound decision-making, and constructive criticism in our relevant standing committees.

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This from algoafm.co.za and ANA:

Armed robbers gained entry to Newlands Cricket Stadium and raided the premises at the weekend, the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) said on Wednesday.

“Gun-wielding robbers raided Newlands Cricket Stadium just after midnight on Friday,” a statement from the WPCA said, adding it was the third time the stadium had been hit since 2015, but the first time by armed people.

“The glass doors of about 25 suites were smashed and the robbers targeted the TVs while also taking some liquor and other items in the suites, whilst also vandalizing some of the suites.”

The statement said a woman had approached security asking for directions to a church. She later returned with three men who jumped the security fences. The four were then joined by 15 others.

“Some of them had guns and forced the security officials to provide them with the keys to the iconic President’s Suite. Their raid took less than an hour and they packed the goods onto three vehicles and then left the scene.”

A security guard was unharmed, said the WPCA, adding it would be providing counselling.

Full story here:

https://www.algoafm.co.za/article/domestic/93011/gun-wielding-robbers-raid-25-suites-at-newlands-cricket-stadium-

The City of Cape Town municipal court that was previously located in City Hall has now set up shop in the revamped Strand Street Concourse. 

The City’s municipal courts deal specifically with municipal matters such as traffic and by-law offences. The Cape Town municipal court has been operational since the end of January this year at its new location along the Strand Street Concourse.

Fines imposed in terms of the applicable by-laws are payable at the court on weekdays between 08:00 and 15:00.

The Strand Street Concourse is currently a hive of activity with the finishing touches being put to this revamped space.

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Anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela (C, L) and his wife Winnie raise fists upon Mandela's release from Victor Verster prison on February 11, 1990 in Paarl. AFP PHOTO ALEXANDER JOE / AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE

Anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela (C, L) and his wife Winnie raise fists upon Mandela’s release from Victor Verster prison on February 11, 1990 in Paarl. AFP PHOTO ALEXANDER JOE / AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE

This from timeslive.co.za:

Nomzamo Winifred Madikizela-Mandela‚ a stalwart in the fight against apartheid‚ has died at the age of 81.

Her PA‚ Zodwa Zwane‚ confirmed the struggle veteran’s death on Monday afternoon. She said the family would issue a statement later in the day.

Born in Bizana in the Eastern Cape in 1936‚ she moved to Johannesburg to study social work after matriculating.

She met lawyer and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela in 1957 and they were married a year later. They had two children together.

However‚ her marriage life with Mandela was short-lived‚ as he was arrested in 1963 and sentenced to life imprisonment for treason. Mandela was eventually released in 1990.

During Mandela’s time in prison‚ Madikizela-Mandela was not spared the reach of the apartheid forces. She was placed under house arrest and at one time banished to Brandfort‚ a town in the Free State.

In 1969‚ Madikizela-Mandela became one of the first detainees under Section 6 of the notorious Terrorism Act of 1967. She was detained for 18 months in solitary confinement in a condemned cell at Pretoria Central Prison before being charged under the Suppression of Communism Act of 1950.

Full story here:

https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-04-02-breaking–winnie-madikizela-mandela-has-died/

The City’s Junior City Council (JCC) recently elected a Junior Mayor and executive committee who will steer the initiatives and programmes set out for their two-year term. Close cooperation between the JCC and the City Council will pave the way for engagement with the community and learners as they initiate projects that will create a better understanding of the work of Council and the importance of partnerships with community sectoral groups. Read more below:

The Executive Committee of the JCC consists of the Junior Mayor, Junior Deputy Mayor, Junior Speaker and Junior Chief Whip. The executive committee will play a leading role on behalf of the 150 learners in the JCC, act as ambassadors for the City and facilitate discussions with youth groups. Each of the executive committee members are young leaders in their own right.

Councillor Benedicta van Minnen, custodian of the JCC, says ‘The City has committed to assist the JCC in reaching their goals and objectives for their term of office. Some of the objectives include the development of good leadership skills among high school youth, teaching youth to become involved in community issues and to solve problems independently.

‘I would once again like to congratulate the executive committee on their election and hope they will engage with various platforms in the community and inspire youth to think critically and help them develop an understanding of public policy processes.’

About the JCC Executive Committee: Continue reading

The following budget speech was delivered by the Executive Mayor this morning during a full sitting of council. Read more below:

Mr Speaker, in tabling the draft 2018/19 budget today we are also embarking on a process where we are going to communities to ask all residents to have their say and make comments on the proposed budget.

The total proposed budget for the upcoming financial year is a total of R49,1 billion with R39,8 billion on the operating budget and R9,2 billion for capital expenditure.

This is significantly higher than previous financial years where the capital budget was in the region of R6 billion.

One of the key major allocations for the 2018/19 financial year is the R9,8 billion which has been earmarked for water and electricity bulk purchases from the Department of Water and Sanitation and Eskom, respectively.

The major capital expenditure planned in 2018/19 sees R5 billion allocated to Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services (54,9% of the capital budget) R1,7 billion for Transport and Urban Development and R1,1 billion for Energy.

Some of the most significant projects will receive the following allocations: Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE DEPUTY MAYOR, ALDERMAN IAN NEILSON

As at Monday 26 March 2018, our collective consumption over the past week was 522 million litres of water per day. This is 43 million litres lower than the previous week’s usage. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town thanks its water users for getting back on track as we push to get down to the required 450 million litres of collective daily water usage, or 50 litres per person per day. We need to achieve this target in order to stretch the available water supplies through the rest of the year.

The more water we use, the faster our dam levels decline. In the past week, dam levels have fallen by 0,5% to 22,2% despite the rain that was received, primarily on 24 March 2018.

Although the winter months will likely bring more rain, we cannot estimate how much rain we will have or count on it having a significant impact on our dam levels.

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The City of Cape Town Council will be asked tomorrow, 28 March 2018, to recommend that the Draft Budget for the 2018/19 financial year be approved for public participation. With it comes a strong call by the City encouraging the most vulnerable in our society to make use of the indigent relief hand-ups that are on offer. Read more below:

The proposed total cost of the social package for the new financial year amounts to just under R3 billion. This includes some R1,47 billion for indigent relief and approximately R1,49 billion in rates rebates.

‘In particular, our indigent support policies aim to assist our most vulnerable and poverty-stricken residents. These policies also ensure that we maintain social stability and financial sustainability.

‘If we can budget for the level of support that is needed to assist our most destitute residents, for instance, it helps to guard against spiralling debt levels which is unsustainable for households and for the City. In order to maintain financial sustainability, the City also encourages a culture of payment by all the property owners and consumers of services.

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