The City of Cape Town notes the ongoing misreporting around the fireworks issue.
On Friday 11 October 2019, we announced that the City will not have designated sites this year for Diwali, Guy Fawkes and New Year’s Eve.
We further indicated that while there have for years been calls to ban fireworks outright, the City does not have the power to do so.
That this translated into a ‘ban’ on fireworks is disappointing, but not surprising.
While many have welcomed the decision to not have the designated sites, individuals within the Hindu community have expressed their dissatisfaction about the impact this will have on Diwali later this month.
The fact is that organised fireworks displays can still be applied for, because the City has not imposed a ban on fireworks – we have simply decided not to have designated City sites this year.
The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department will be performing a zero pressure test on the water infrastructure in the Plattekloof area. Read more below:
The work will result in the disruption of the water supply on Tuesday 1 October 2019 from 20:00 until 02:00.
Residents are kindly requested to store water in clean, sealed containers for use during this period.
It is advisable to keep all taps closed during this period to prevent any water loss and/or damage when the water supply is restored.
This work forms part of the City’s Water Demand Management Plan and will significantly reduce the occurrence of pipe bursts and subsequent water losses.
The City apologises for any inconvenience that may be caused.
STATEMENT BY THE EXECUTIVE MAYOR ALDERMAN DAN PLATO
It gives me great pleasure today to oversee the renaming of Keizersgracht to its historic name of Hanover Street. We are taking this restorative step following a successful public participation process and approval by full council.
The name change is taking place on Heritage Day and we hope that this symbolic act of restoring the historic name of Hanover Street will help ease some of the pain for those who were forcefully removed from the area all those years ago and help them to remember the good memories that many will have of living there. Festivities today included a march to the site, where I was able to address the community and unveil the new street board.
It is clear that the community of District Six had a desire for the original name to be reinstated. The request was made by the District Six Working Committee in June 2019, and we put a call out for a public participation process to allow the whole of Cape Town to submit their comments and views.
Thomas du Toit was en route from France to Nagoya, Japan, on Monday after being called up as an injury replacement to the Springbok Rugby World Cup squad.
The 24-yearold Cell C Sharks prop replaces the unfortunate Trevor Nyakane who tore his right calf in the 23-13 defeat by New Zealand in Yokohama on Saturday night.
Du Toit, who was on a short-term loan to Toulouse, was on standby and had been involved in preparations right up until the team’s departure for Japan.
He is expected to join the squad in Nagoya on Tuesday afternoon.
“It’s very tough on Trevor,” said Rassie Erasmus, director of rugby. “He has had a great season and added value whenever he took the field. It’s a blow to him and the team, but it’s also an opportunity for Thomas and for Vincent [Koch] who now have the chance to step up.”
The Springboks continue their Rugby World Cup campaign against neighbours Namibia in Nagoya on Saturday (kick off 11h45 SA time).
From 23 to 29 September 2019 day access to all CapeNature reserves will be free. CapeNature has made this decision in order to celebrate the significance of our tourism and heritage. September is both Tourism Month and Heritage Month in South Africa.
During Access Week free day access will only apply at the reserve gate and will not be granted when booking through our call centre. The waiver of the access fee pertains to general access (the conservation fee), day hiking and all other day activities, including mountain biking (with your own bike) or picnicking. Normal conservation fees apply for accommodation and camping bookings, while fees are not discounted on concessions that are run by outside suppliers on our reserves.
The following terms and conditions apply:
• The conservation fee will be waived for visitors to any CapeNature reserve that is open to the public between 23 and 29 September 2019.
• Free day access will only apply at the reserve gate. No free access fee will apply when booking through the call centre/online bookings and excludes accommodation bookings (normal rates and access fees apply with any
• Free access fee will pertain to general access (conservation fee) and hiking, mountain biking and picnicking. The waiver will NOT apply to the Whale Trail or concessions (including canopy tours, bouldering, horse riding etc.)
• Zero (R0) rated permits need to be given to everyone accessing the reserve during this time, as per usual standard procedure to ensure that all access numbers and activity numbers are recorded.
• Access to Protected Areas during the CapeNature Access Week will be conducted during regular reserve hours and applies to entries at CapeNature reserve gates.
The Springboks will field an unchanged 23 for the first time since the last Rugby World Cup for their opening match of the 2019 version in Yokohama on Saturday (kick-off at 11h45 SA time).
Rassie Erasmus, director of rugby, on Wednesday named the same starting XV and eight replacements that defeated Japan, 41-7, in Kumagaya two weeks ago for the eagerly awaited clash against New Zealand.
No 8 Duane Vermeulen will be appearing in his 50th Test as one of 22 players who will, in fact, be appearing in their fourth match together this season.
The combination also fought to a 16-16 draw with the same opposition in Wellington before beating Argentina, 46-13, in Salta on their way to the Castle Lager Rugby Championship. The one exception is fit-again captain Siya Kolisi, who replaced Kwagga Smith to lead the side out against Japan.
The last time South Africa named an unchanged 23 was 51 matches ago – against New Zealand in the 2015 Rugby World Cup semi-final. The combination had beaten Wales 23-19 in the quarter-final, only to lose at Twickenham by two points a week later.
“We’ve found some consistency and some momentum in a number of ways this season,” said Erasmus, “and one of them is in selection.
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE FROM METRORAIL, THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN AND THE WESTERN CAPE GOVERNMENT
The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works, the Passenger Rail Service of South Africa (PRASA) and the City of Cape Town have affirmed their commitment to the safety and security of Metrorail commuters and infrastructure by extending the deployment of the Rail Enforcement Unit for another year. Read more below:
The new Memorandum of Agreement will terminate on 30 June 2020.
Earlier this morning the Minister of Transport and Public Works, Bonginkosi Madikizela; PRASA’s acting Group Chief Executive Officer, Dr Nkosinathi Sishi; and the City’s Mayoral Committee Members for Transport; and Safety and Security, Alderman Felicity Purchase and Alderman JP Smith, met the new recruits during a parade at the Cape Town Station.
Since its inception on 27 October 2018 the REU has acted as a force multiplier for PRASA’s regional Protection Services Unit. Together, the teams have ensured greater operational visibility on trains and stations, searching more individuals during joint operations, and confiscating a greater number of dangerous weapons and fraudulent train tickets.
The following successes were recorded by the unit for the period 27 October 2018 to 30 June 2019: Continue reading
Statement by Alderman Dan Plato, Executive Mayor of Cape Town
I have watched with serious concern as some of the lobby groups active in Cape Town have developed a very flexible relationship with the truth. This is dangerous territory as they will very quickly lose the trust of the public that they claim to represent.
Civil society organisations are crucial to a functional democracy and have an important role in representing different community interests, but they need to do so responsibly and truthfully.
Propaganda and misinformation benefits nobody – these are the very tools that did untold damage to our country through the state capture years and they have nothing of value to offer to our residents, so I am calling on activist groups, civil society groups, and lobby groups to please not misrepresent information to the media and to the people they claim to serve. You will only erode the trust in your organisations if you do this.
The recent matter of a Woodstock eviction is a case in point.
One of the activist groups in Cape Town claim that the City only informed the resident that his property would be auctioned off with a 48h notice. This is blatantly untrue and it is an injustice to our residents for such misinformation and fake news to be spread.
To ensure a safer environment for passengers on the Golden Arrow Bus Service (GABS), the City’s Law Enforcement Department has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with GABS that will pave the way for Law Enforcement officers to do duty on buses. This on board enforcement will add value to the service and ensure the safety of passengers. Read more below;
The appointment of 20 Law Enforcement officers was made possible by the City’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). Apart from ensuring the safety of passengers on GABS buses, officers will also be responsible for the enforcement of relevant by-laws such as Traffic and Parking By-laws. The MOA signed by the City will see parties working closely in the interest of the safety of passengers.
‘The memorandum will allow the City to work closely with GABS and will give passengers added value and peace of mind in knowing that there will be a law enforcement presence on buses. Officers will liaise closely with passengers so that they can gather information about possible criminal activity, plan accordingly and act swiftly where necessary. In this regard the City would like to request passengers to assist officers in informing them of any anti-social behaviour, or other activities that could cause a disturbance on buses,’ said the Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.