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The DA in the Western Cape is pleased to note that the Provincial Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning climate change response plans, have been allocated R22.8 million over the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period.

By investing in improved climate resilience, the Western Cape economy could be 33% better-off in 2040 than if the province does not adapt to the impacts of climate change. Failure to invest adequately in adapting to climate change could result in the Western Cape’s GDP contracting by more than 17% by 2040.

I will invite the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell to the Standing Committee, to inform the Committee about the cost-effective climate change responses that are being implemented across Western Cape Government departments. Furthermore, to inform us how the messaging around the reduction of climate change risks is a province-wide and multi-sectoral responsibility.

Proactive planning and adaptive measures, rather than reactive measures that are needed.

The Western Cape is prone to the effects of climate-related hazards. Between 2003 and 2008 alone, direct damage costs associated with climate related extreme events in the Western Cape amounted to approximately R3.161 billion.

Our built environment has increasingly been exposed to the impacts of climate change. This is worsened by the fact historical land use planning did not take account of changing climates and weather patterns.

Furthermore, increased intensity of precipitation events already overwhelm stormwater and sewerage networks, and higher peak flows during storm events will threaten flood defences and drainage-systems, causing flooding in both urban and rural areas.

The DA in the WC remains committed promoting a resilient, sustainable, quality and inclusive living environment in support of human well-being.

Today Mayco recommended an important amendment to the City’s Cash Management and Investment Policy sending a strong message that the City of Cape Town is serious about the sustainability of our city in every aspect.

Mayco approved an amendment to the policy in line with the City’s decision to divest from fossil fuel assets and companies in favour of greener and cleaner investments to further our vision of a sustainable future.

The amendment states that the City is not permitted to invest in instruments which consist of assets and activities whose value is realised through the release of unmitigated high levels of carbon dioxide.

On 27 July 2017, Council resolved that the Climate Change Policy be adopted and that policies be amended to support this initiative.

In keeping with legislative and operational requirements, the investment committee has the responsibility to ensure that the City’s Cash Management and Investment Policy is compliant with latest statutes and operational developments.

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The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape supports, in principle, the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill (B23-2015). This was the view expressed yesterday, 19 June 2018, when the Provincial Standing Committee on Local Government at the Western Cape Provincial Parliament considered the negotiating mandate on this Bill.

I have, however, expressed concerns over fairness, equality and justice.

Although we support the principle of the Bill because of its recognition and acknowledgement of the Khoi-San communities, it fell short in addressing major concerns the committee had which if not addressed, may render the Bill inconsistent with the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.

Furthermore, the Bill provides that Khoi-San leaders should annually reapply for their powers, to the Premier and the National Minister of Local Government. This exercise is at variance with the norm, as other traditional leaders do not have to reapply for their powers.

This cannot be, and in addition to this, we also reject the marginalisation and discrimination of the Khoi-San leadership, which limits them to two leadership positions, as opposed to four granted to their counterparts. This has a potential to reverse the programme of social cohesion in our beautiful country.

The DA in the Western Cape is committed to ensuring that the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill is concluded fairly and with due regard to the Constitution of South Africa.

We remain the only political party which advances fairness, equality and justice within the domain of traditional leadership in South Africa.

The City of Cape Town has accelerated the roll-out of its Water Leaks Project to indigent properties. The project focuses on areas which have the highest indigent property leakage rate in the metro. This is part of the City’s drought action to ensure that water losses are kept as low as possible and at the same time to assist those who are unable to afford to fix leaks on their properties. Read more below:

Thus far the City’s contractors have investigated around 10 000 of the 30 000 identified indigent properties. Once leaks are detected, the team returns to complete the necessary repairs free of charge.

As part of its ongoing water demand reduction efforts, the City has increased its leak detection work including the capacity of its leak detection teams to attend to private properties, especially in previously disadvantaged areas across the metro. In general, leaks on private properties are the responsibility of the owner of the property but many residents do not have the means to pay for fixing leaks.

Investigations have revealed a very high level of private leaks on a number of properties situated in vulnerable communities.

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Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira celebrated victory in his 100th Test appearance for the Springboks as the team clinched the Castle Lager Incoming Series over England at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

South Africa overturned a 12-0 deficit to win 23-12 – holding England scoreless from the 13th minute to the final whistle – to follow on their come-from-behind 42-39 triumph in the first Test.

The win completed an unforgettable week, said Mtawarira, who had received a surprise phone call from state president, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, on Friday.

“When I realised who it was I got very formal, very quickly,” said Mtawarira. “He thanked me for what I had done and for inspiring South Africans – I was just really surprised that he knew who I was.

“It has been a really great night. I’d like to thank all of South Africa for supporting me throughout my career. I’m very happy.”

Despite the victory, Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus, said that there was still much work to do.

“One positive was being down only by 12 points rather than 24 and we showed good composure to come back quicker this week,” he said.

“The guys realised where the mistakes were and we showed that it doesn’t matter how far down we are, we can come back.

“But we made a lot of mistakes; there were bad penalties and a lot of things that we did wrong but we have the character to come back.”

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi attributed the comeback to the training regime: “The coaches want effort from us and they said they weren’t too concerned about the mistakes because as long as the effort was there and we kept on fighting it would come together.

“We get put under a lot of pressure in training and the benefits come out when we get put under pressure in matches,” said Kolisi.

Erasmus said that he still had targets for the series: “We want to win it 3-0 and maybe put different guys under different pressures in different circumstances, and we will try a few things but after the series win we are breathing a bit easier.”

England coach Eddie Jones said that his team wanted to “get our pride back” in the third Test.

He said that they had won back-to-back Six Nations titles, equalled the world record for Test wins and won a series, 3-0, in Australia and that they would stick together to turn things around.

But Jones also noted the improvement in South Africa: “I think the selection has been good; they obviously have a very clear plan about how they want to play and they are executing it well. It’s traditional Springbok rugby.

“They have some good young players who are developing well and there are plenty more around as well – how good they can become only time will tell,” said Jones.

The third and final Test in the Castle Lager Incoming Series is in Cape Town on Saturday.

 

The City of Cape Town last month approved a number of amendments to the Water By-law. In addition to noting the amendments, the City encourages residents to familiarise themselves with what is required of them in terms of this legislation. Read more below:

On 31 May 2018, Council voted to approve a number of proposed amendments to the Water By-law. These changes were aimed mainly at improving clarity, as well as preparing the City for a more water-scarce future.

Residents should please note that this amendment does not replace the Level 6 Water Restrictions. Rather, water restrictions are implemented in addition to this by-law, when necessary.

Changes most relevant to the general public include the following:

· Landlords must now keep record of consumption for each residential unit in a multi-tenant complex/block of flats, and inform the City if contraventions of water restrictions are taking place

· New developments must install water conservation and demand management systems, or alternative water systems, and these must be approved by the City before development proceeds

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Golden Arrow can confirm that one of our drivers was shot while driving into our Philippi depot last night. The driver sustained six gunshot
wounds and was rushed to the hospital in a critical condition. He has since been stabilised and we are very grateful to the medical
team for their efforts throughout the night.

At this stage the motive is not clear but we are working closely with the South African Police Services. We would urge anyone with any information to please come forward.

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

The hefty sentence imposed on a convicted cable thief yesterday in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court is a victory for our rail commuters who often experience delays due to vandalism and theft of Metrorail assets. It is the first time that we have seen the Criminal Matters Amendment Act applied with success in the Western Cape, and I want to commend Metrorail, the South African Police Service, the prosecutors, and all other partners for their hard work.

I have said before that the ongoing targeting of our public transport infrastructure and operators requires special attention from our justice cluster.

The Criminal Matters Amendment Act provides for stricter bail conditions and harsher sentences, including up to 30 years’ imprisonment, for those caught and convicted of destruction of essential infrastructure. The act has been in operation for two years. It is intended as a deterrent against attacks on essential infrastructure, and for the first time in the Western Cape we have seen a perpetrator apprehended, successfully prosecuted and convicted under the act.

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6 June 2018

Release: Immediate

This afternoon a permanent delegate from the Western Cape and a Whip in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Cathy Labuschagne, was manhandled from the chamber on instruction of the session chair.

This is completely unacceptable and I call on the chairperson of the NCOP to immediately launch a full investigation into this matter.

Member Labuschagne correctly rose on point of order, to appeal that order be brought to the house. This call was made, following 15 minutes of mayhem caused by the EFF. The Chair refused to hear the point of order, had the microphone turned off and ordered Labuschagne from the chamber.

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N2 Express service may be disrupted from 1 June 2018

The City of Cape Town regrets to inform MyCiTi commuters from Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha that the N2 Express service may be disrupted as from Friday, 1 June 2018. Read more below:

The N2 Express Joint Venture (JV) Vehicle Operating Company is responsible for operating the MyCiTi buses between Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha and the Civic Centre station.

The JV shareholders include the Golden Arrow Bus Service (GABS) and two minibus-taxi associations, namely Codeta in Khayelitsha and the Route 6 Taxi Association in Mitchells Plain. The N2 Express JV has been operating the four MyCiTi routes – the D01, D02, D03, and D04 routes – between the Metro South-east and the Cape Town city centre since July 2014.

The majority of JV shareholders agreed to extend the operating contract with the City, and therefore the N2 Express service will continue. Codeta, however, has refused to support the extension of the operating contract, and there is a possibility that the service may be disrupted as from tomorrow, Friday 1 June 2018.

The City will carefully monitor the routes and keep commuters informed as best we can.

‘The City has, for the past three months, hosted several meetings with the JV and the shareholders in an effort to resolve their concerns. Many of these concerns are for the JV to resolve, and we are convinced that with commitment from the JV shareholders, together with the assistance of the City, these issues can be resolved.

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