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On Saturday night while attending to patients in the back of their ambulance in George, EMS staff were robbed of their personal belongings. A few hours later, another crew in Site B, Khayelitsha had to drive away with the patient inside the ambulance after members of the community wanted to enter the vehicle.

Both incidents have been reported and the circumstances around the robbery in George are being investigated.

Services will continue in these areas as they have not been declared Red Zones.

Should an area be declared. Red Zone no EMS vehicle or staff will go into the area without a police escort which, will result in delayed response times and delayed emergency medical care in the area.

Both crews were unharmed but are receiving counselling. In ight of the recent jail sentence handed down to similar criminal attacks on EMS, we request members of the community to come forward with information so they can put a stop to these senseless attacks on emergency services.

Sandile Sololo’s no-nonsense attitude in dealing with smash-and-grab incidents and his breakthrough in the investigation into the shooting of a colleague saw him walk away with top honours at the City’s annual safety and security awards. Read more below:

Metro Police sergeant, Sandile Sololo, smashed the competition and grabbed the coveted ‘Officer of the Year’ prize at the City of Cape Town’s annual safety and security awards ceremony last night, 7 December 2017.

The awards are a fixture on the Safety and Security Directorate’s calendar, designed to acknowledge staff members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, often under trying circumstances.

Sergeant Sololo has been instrumental in a number of arrests in and around the Langa area. In June 2017, he commanded successful operations with the Langa South African Police Service to find and arrest the suspect who attacked and shot his colleague, Constable Mini. On 10 September 2017, Sgt Sololo followed up on information received involving smash-and-grab suspects. During an ensuing shootout, two suspects were killed and five others arrested. The firearm stolen during the attack on Constable Mini was also recovered. Continue reading

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

Today I visited the Potsdam Wastewater Treatment Works where the City of Cape Town is making treated wastewater available to businesses dependent on water.

By using treated water, businesses are reducing their use and reliance on drinking water. This is one of many ways in which the City and businesses are adapting to water scarcity and stretching drinking water supplies for essential use.

Treated effluent is the final product from the treatment of sewers which meets the general authorisation standard for discharge into the rivers for irrigation. It is further filtered and pumped into the network for further use. This network is separate from the potable water reticulation network which supplies drinking water.

Although many residents and businesses have done well to reduce their consumption of water, we are still not saving enough water to avoid Day Zero. If dam levels reach 13,5% the City will be forced to turn off most taps and residents will have to collect water daily from collection sites across the city.

The City remains steadfast in its commitment to creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive and to doing everything we can to bring additional sources of water on stream.

The City is using and reusing every drop of water we can. Treated wastewater is made available to businesses. The City is also using treated wastewater to clear stormwater drains and unblock sewer pipelines as well as at parks and at some Fire and Rescue Service facilities. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town is proud to announce that it has sustained its national scale rating from the credit agency Moody’s, at Aaa. This means that the City has again demonstrated the strongest creditworthiness relative to other South African cities. Read more below:

Moody’s has issued its final credit opinion on the City, with a rating of Aaa. Good opinions are crucial for prudent financial planning as the better the rating, the lower the interest charged on debt.

‘On 28 November 2017, Moody’s Investors Service placed the long-term global scale ratings of 12 South African regional and local governments and three government-related entities under review for downgrade, including City of Cape Town’s. Our sustained Aaa National Scale Rating is a remarkable achievement given the drought that has led to unprecedented expenses for the City.

‘Moody’s notes that the City’s financial position is supported by the administration’s prudent financial policies and its relatively large and diversified economic base. These good opinions do not happen on their own. This is as a result of a lot of hard work by our dedicated City officials and financial teams. Good governance and sound financial management are incredibly important, especially during a time of crisis,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Finance, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.

As in previous financial years, the City received an unqualified audit report for the financial year ending 30 June 2016.

As per the Moody’s opinion, this rating reflects the City’s ‘consistently robust budgetary performance, strong liquidity position and debt levels that are lower than the median of other metropolitan cities’, albeit expected to moderately increase in the medium-term.

Cape Town is abuzz with sevens rugby action this week in the build-up to the highly-anticipated third instalment of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens, the second tournament on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. If you’re attending the event, make sure you know all the ins and outs of what will be happening on Saturday and Sunday.

Is it really sold out?

Yes, all tickets for the event sold out in record time.

Where can I park?

The best place to park would be in the CBD (south of Buitengracht Street), which is (free after 13h00 on Saturday and all day Sunday).

Off-street parking is available at numerous parking garages in the CBD, such as at the CTICC, Ryk Tulbagh Square, Fountain Hotel, Picbel Parkade, Mandela Rhodes and Plein Park.

After you have parked your car, supporters can:

  • Use the free event shuttle to the Stadium from the Civic Centre (between 08h00 and 22h15) or Thibaut Square station in Hans Strijdom Avenue (between 09h00 and 22h15). See the MyCiTi Events Shuttle sections below for more information.
  • Or use the Fan Walk from Waterkant, over the bridge to Somerset Rd and the Stadium.
  • On Sunday, between 10h30 and 14h00 in front of the Salesian Institute on Somerset Road along the Fan Walk, there will be a pop-up Street Store (www.thestreetstore.org), where members of the public can donate clothes for the homeless to enjoy a dignified “shopping” experience for free. This is part of World Street Store Day, a South African initiative.

Please note: There will be NO public parking available at Cape Town Stadium and exiting from other parking facilities close to the venue will take a lot of time at the end of play on each day. 

Parking for people with disabilities: Continue reading

With the first weekend of the festive season and the first major events out of the way, alcohol is already emerging as an unsavoury central character in the play.

The City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement Department confiscated 2 224 litres of alcohol this past weekend.

Alcohol confiscations form a crucial part of the City’s enforcement efforts over the festive season in a bid to ensure public safety. The confiscations are done in accordance with City by-laws that prohibit the introduction and consumption of alcohol on beaches and in other public places.

Some of the confiscations occurred at the annual switch-on of the festive lights event on the Grand Parade. In addition, the Joint Operations Centre recorded a stabbing incident and two incidents of assault, as well as one lost child. Three suspects were arrested: one for possession of a replica firearm (a gas pistol) and two for assault, robbery and possession of a dangerous weapon.

‘There were very few incidents at the switch-on of the festive lights event this year, compared with last year’s event where there were over 40 incidents of crime. The increased safety measures, particularly the rigorous access control, were key in making this event safer. Apart from the resources deployed, we also fenced off the event area to allow for secured access points where we were able to search patrons and confiscate prohibited items. Thanks to the Kid Smart Project, we had a more sophisticated monitoring system to help reunite any lost children with their families. We will continue to introduce new safety aspects in future to give peace of mind to the thousands of people for whom this annual event is very much a tradition,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR PATRICIA DE LILLE

Residents of Cape Town used less water this week compared with last week, but consumption still remains above 500 million litres a day. As a result, dam levels dropped by an expected 1% this week and Day Zero remains at 20 May 2018. High consumption of more than half of Cape Town’s residents remains a concern.

The City’s water dashboard is available here: www.capetown.gov.za/dayzerodashboard, with highlights as follows:
· This week’s dam levels stand at 35,1% – down from 36,1% the week before
· Only 25,1% of the water is useable
· Collective consumption remains high at 611 million litres per day – 111 million litres above the target of 500 million litres
· The percentage of households using less than 87 litres per day increased to 40% for the week – up from 36% last week
· In terms of the City’ progress with its augmentation projects, this figure stands at 50%, up from 48% last week

Together, these factors put Day Zero at 20 May 2017. If water savings had increased, we could have pushed Day Zero further back.

This past weekend I accompanied the City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department as part of ongoing efforts to restrict households who, despite warnings and appeals to reduce water usage, are still using excessive amounts of water. Continue reading

Innovative digital technology will be used to enhance Emergency Medical Service (EMS) coordination over the festive season. The technology will support the dual objectives of patient-centred care, and EMS staff safety.

At the heart of this ground-breaking solution, is a technology ‘platform’ that allows WCG Health’s employees located in six Emergency Control Centres, 52 ambulance stations, and crew in 519 vehicles to collaborate around the clock, 365 days a year.
Global IT group, Dimension Data, has been collaborating with the Department to implement this technology over the last 4 years.
This is according to Western Cape Health Minister Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, who held a press conference on Tuesday to outline the Department’s festive season readiness plans.

The Western Cape EMS is one of the busiest ambulance services in South Africa, transporting between 45,000 and 50,000 patients each month.
“It is critical to get the right medical teams to the right place, quickly. When you’re providing emergency medical care to this many patients, efficiency is crucial, while also balancing the person-centred care approach and staff safety,” said Mbombo. Continue reading

The following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the full Council meeting today, 5 December 2017

Mr Speaker, may we have a moment of silence for the people who lost their lives this past month on our roads and in fires and for struggle veteran and former Robben Island prisoner, Edward Daniels.

Today is also the fourth anniversary of the day that our dear former president, Tata Madiba, left us.

Thank you.

Mr Speaker, we are at the end of what has certainly been a very trying year in the City of Cape Town due to our worst drought in over 100 years.

This year, we ramped up our efforts to save water and go beyond our Constitutional mandate to do everything we can to avoid acute water shortages and bring additional water supply projects online. Continue reading

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