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A City programme which sees female rental stock tenants employed as community ambassadors is already yielding results on a number of fronts, including helping dozens of truant children. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Women in Rental Stock initiative is in full swing – just more than three months after recruitment and training got under way.

The initiative is designed to help uplift City-owned rental stock areas through addressing environmental and socio-economic challenges. More than 300 women residing in rental stock units have been recruited, trained and deployed in nine areas through the Expanded Public Works Programme. Continue reading

October is Transport Month, placing transport infrastructure projects, the use of public transport, and the promotion of road safety in the spotlight. With this in mind, the City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service will be stepping up operations targeting outstanding warrants, with a particular emphasis on habitual and serious offenders. Intensive operations using the City’s automatic number plate recognition system will take place over the next week. Read more below:

As part of this initiative, each Traffic Services district will be handed a list of outstanding warrants in their area – in some cases up to 1 000 – with the aim that as many as possible are executed and that these residents face the consequences of their transgressions. Metro Police will also be co-opted into operations, with each regional director having been issued a list of 100 ‘most wanted’ drivers as a challenge to see who can serve the most warrants.

‘There are a significant number of residents within our city who wilfully ignore the traffic fines they accumulate in the belief that these fines will just disappear, or that the City will not follow up. In many cases these are the same residents who think that speed limits, parking restrictions, and licensing regulations do not apply to them. Continue reading

The pioneering use of gunshot detection technology has so far been successful in suppressing gun violence in Manenberg and Hanover Park. The technology is especially important in communities where much gun violence often goes unreported. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town is pleased to announce that the first deployment of ShotSpotter technology has resulted in a marked decrease in gunshots recorded in the areas monitored: Manenberg and Hanover Park. The technology provides real-time gunshot detection, which includes the exact location that the gun was fired. This information can then be fed directly to law enforcement agencies and emergency services for immediate response.

Gunshot detection technology also provides actionable intelligence detailing the number of shooters and the number of shots fired, and can be used as evidence when prosecuting. Once a shot is fired, the sound waves travel from the weapon and the system uses acoustic triangulation — deduction based on the speed of sound — in conjunction with GPS to locate the shot. This is recorded and relayed with location information to the dispatch centre. The dispatcher’s computer will show a red dot on a high-resolution map. Continue reading

Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the City of Cape Town’s transport authority, is spending R300 million on the refurbishment of Strandfontein Road in preparation for the roll-out of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi service to the metro-south east. Read more below:

‘The R300 million investment in the refurbishment of Strandfontein Road (M17) is a momentous milestone in the future roll-out of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi service. This is but one example of how communities from the metro-south east will benefit from the City’s endeavour to provide affordable, scheduled public transport to our residents on the Cape Flats. It will take at least five years to get Phase 2A fully operational, based on financial allocations from the National Government. In the meantime however, residents will benefit from the infrastructure upgrades associated with this major project,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.

The refurbishment is being done in two phases. The first phase is under way already and the second phase will commence on Monday 3 October 2016: Continue reading

28 September 2016

In a briefing to the Standing Committee on Economic Opportunities, Tourism and Agriculture in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, community stakeholders conveyed a devastating story about abalone poaching’s effect on our local coastal communities on 21 September. Today the committee held a follow up briefing, giving the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) a second opportunity to present on what is a transnational crime and a threat to our national security.

DAFF holds the responsibility as they are the main custodians and implementing Department to combat illegal abalone poaching. For the second time DAFF gave notice at the very last minute that they would not present themselves to the Standing Committee, and we have been left with no other option but to issue a summons for DAFF to appear at a special committee meeting on 25 October 2016. Continue reading

The construction of new road infrastructure alone will not solve Cape Town’s traffic congestion, neither will it improve the long-term sustainability of our city in the midst of rapid population growth. As such, the City of Cape Town has published a draft Travel Demand Management Strategy which proposes interventions to change motorists’ travel patterns and over-reliance on private vehicles. Residents and interested parties, in particular businesses who employ a large number of employees, are requested to please comment on this draft strategy. Read more below:

The City is spending R750 million on road infrastructure projects over the next five years to address the three main congestion hotspots in the city, namely Kommetjie, Kuils River and Blaauwberg. A total of R40 million was spent in the past financial year (2015/16) to kick-start the Congestion Management Programme and another R118 million is earmarked for the current financial year (2016/17).

‘The stark reality remains, however, that we cannot build ourselves out of congestion and that constructing new roads only provides short-term relief. Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the City’s transport authority, is therefore also embarking on operational and behavioral interventions that will complement the infrastructure interventions that we have identified in our Congestion Management Programme,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading

The City’s Electricity Services Department has set aside R50 million for this financial year to connect backyard dwellers on Council properties to the electricity grid. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Electricity Services Department is pumping a further R50 million into its backyarder electrification project in 2016/17. A total of R229 495 913 has been spent on this project from inception up until this financial year.

The backyarder project started in Factreton and Hanover Park following a Council resolution in 2011 to allow the roll-out of services to backyard residents on City property.

These services include access to water, sanitation, waste collection and electricity and are rolled out to areas identified by the Human Settlements Directorate in consultation with residents. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s enforcement agencies have been busy over the past week, arresting 186 suspects for a variety of offences including drunk driving, resisting arrest, reckless and negligent driving, and possession of drugs. Furthermore, 1 716 fines were issued at roadblocks and 30 vehicles were suspended after an operation focusing on illegal drag-racing. The Liquor Enforcement Unit and Vice Squad recorded a number of successes, including the permanent closure of two shebeens for habitual contraventions. Read more below:

26 September 2016
· Metro Police arrested two motorists in Kraaifontein, aged 25 and 27, for driving under the influence of alcohol. Both were arrested at a vehicle control point

· Members of the Metro Police Gang and Drug Task Team and the K9 Unit followed up on information gathered in the Lansdowne area and this led to the arrest of a suspect for possession of an unlicensed firearm

25 September 2016 Continue reading

The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith, today showcased four new CCTV cameras in Hout Bay. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town has installed four cameras in the Hout Bay area to supplement existing security measures. They are the first batch of City-owned cameras in the area and can pan, tilt and zoom.

‘CCTV footage has already proven its worth in the fight against crime as it helps law enforcement agencies to respond immediately to incidents. It also assists with mapping crime hotspots, which can then influence deployment patterns – thus assisting in gathering crime intelligence as well as planning,’ said Alderman Smith.

The devices went live in August 2016 and came at a cost of R700 000 which was sourced from ward allocation funding in the 2015/2016 financial year.

The cameras are located at the Mariner’s Wharf parking area, the Harbour and Princess Circle, the Beach Club, and Beach Crescent.

‘The existing CCTV infrastructure in Hout Bay made it relatively easy to get the signal to one point because of proximity and there being no obstructions around the ocean line. Getting the signals back to the City’s CCTV centres, however, was a challenge but our officials managed to successfully relay the images back to our surveillance centres’ said Ald. Smith.

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