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12:49 PM PT — Chris’ entourage has started filing out of the house. They’re all lining up outside the front door with cops checking them for weapons. Still no sign of Chris yet.

At the same time … police are holding a news conference at the base of Chris’ driveway. 

12:30 PM PT — Chris’ attorney Mark Geragos just arrived entered the house. We’re expecting Chris to surrender sometime soon.

11:11 AM PT — We’re live streaming outside Chris’ house … where police are waiting for him to surrender.update_grey_gray_barPolice have retrieved at least one gun, other weapons and drugs from Chris Brown‘s home, after Chris threw a duffel bag out the window of his home … TMZ has learned.

TMZ broke the story … cops raced to Chris’ home early Tuesday morning after a woman called 911 and claimed he pulled a gun on her.

Police have been at the house since 3 AM and are in the process of getting a search warrant. Chris has not left the house, but multiple sources tell us he was defiant as he threw the duffel bag out the window, taunting cops and saying, “Come and get me.”

Follow full story and videos as well as live updates here:

http://www.tmz.com/2016/08/30/chris-brown-weapons-drugs-seized-gun-assault/

The officers attached to the City’s Gang and Drug Task Team and Stabilisation Unit have arrested more than 700 suspects and confiscated 23 firearms in the first eight months of this year. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Gang and Drug Task Team (GDTT) continues to punch way above its weight class.

In the first seven-and-a-half months of 2016, the GDTT, along with the Stabilisation Unit, arrested 716 suspects in the city’s gang hot spots. Of those arrested, 542 were caught in possession of drugs.

Just more than half of all the arrests were made in five policing precincts, namely: Philippi (107), Manenberg (96), Steenberg (56), Bishop Lavis (55) and Delft (51).

Officers also confiscated 20 firearms, three zip guns, 350 rounds of ammunition, just over R180 000 in cash and 12 953 units of drugs. This is over and above the successes achieved during general patrols and operations by the City’s various enforcement agencies. Continue reading

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

This week I am leading a delegation of business people to Turkey in order to promote Cape Town as an investment destination and to grow the market for locally produced goods and services in Turkey.

Connectivity between Cape Town and Turkey has been improved through the recent commencement of flights by Turkish Airlines between Cape Town and Istanbul.
This provides an opportunity for business people in each location to do business with considerably more ease, while also increasing the number of seats bringing tourists to Cape Town.

The Turkish Airlines flights to Cape Town are a catalyst for increased economic opportunities for people in Cape Town.

It is important that local business people create connections with counterparts in Turkey in order to exploit these opportunities fully. Continue reading

This weekend the City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service put a stop to illegal drag-racing operations in Bellville and Belhar, while Law Enforcement impounded its first two trucks in terms of the amended Integrated Waste Management By-law. Read more below:

During operations over the past few days, City traffic officers issued a total 2 216 fines and arrested 24 suspects for various offences.

On Sunday 28 August 2016, the City’s Traffic Service closed down Robert Sobukwe Road in Bellville South to prevent an illegal drag race involving 200 vehicles – 14 of which were suspended for not being roadworthy.

In operations held on Nelson Mandela Boulevard, Hospital Bend, Upper Warwick Street, Searle Street, Albert Road and De Waal Drive, officers issued 1 454 fines for various offences. Continue reading

All beach and ocean users are reminded that the presence of great white sharks in in-shore areas increases at this time of the year. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town appeals to all beach and ocean users to be aware of the expected increase in in-shore shark activity over the spring and summer months.

‘Typically, shark sightings start in late August, and continue through to April, with most sightings being reported in mid-summer. We are also asking surfers to be especially vigilant in the areas between Sunrise and Macassar Beach as research has shown that the presence of sharks is extremely common at this time of year.

‘Together with our partner, the Shark Spotters, we will do everything in our power to enhance the safety of beach goers and ocean users over this period. We also urge members of the public to play their part, to be proactive, and to act as their own “safety officers” first,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Johan van der Merwe. Continue reading

At 08h42 this morning Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services responded to a house alight at number 45 Victoria Road, Tuscany Glen in Blue Downs. Two people were fortunately able to escape the burning structure just before the roof collapsed.

In an unrelated incident behind the fire department on the corners of NY1 and Govern Mbeki Roads in Gugulethu, a minibus taxi overturned leaving 14 passengers injured and rushed to various medical facilities including Grootte Schuur and Gugulethu Day Hospital by Emergency Medical Services

The City of Cape Town notes with concern that yet another maintenance team, this time a contractor, has been robbed at gunpoint while attending to an overflowing sewer. The incident occurred on Monday 22 August 2016 on the property of the Boundary Primary School in Taaibos Road, Bonteheuwel.

After being called out to deal with an overflowing sewer, the contractor arrived on site to commence overpumping (whereby the blockage is isolated from the network so it can be cleared), but as soon as they began setting up equipment, they were accosted and their valuables and equipment stolen. As a result of the robbery, the repairs and clean-up operations have been delayed until the area is safe.

‘Between the recent attacks on firefighters, the targeting of our clinics by criminals, and now this incident, we feel a renewed call for vigilance and assistance from residents is warranted,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Alderman Ernest Sonnenberg. Continue reading

Those living in the Joe Slovo housing scheme who have heeded the City’s call to sign formal lease agreements will have their debt written off. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town took over the management of the 705 Joe Slovo Park units in June 2013 and has since been engaging with the Joe Slovo Committee to formalise their occupancy, but to no avail. Despite attempts to enter into formal lease agreements with the City, the residents repeatedly refused to do so.

Lease agreements not only enable the City to work in a more financially sustainable and formal manner, but are also a prerequisite for the City to attend to normal repairs and maintenance requests from tenants.

The now defunct Thubelisha Homes was responsible for the construction of these flats with funding received from National Government. The City did not oversee the development, nor was it involved in the construction. It took over the tenancy management of the units in 2013. Many occupants, however, live rent-free and refuse to enter into formal lease agreements with the City. The City has, however, continued to attend to repairs and maintenance of a health and safety nature. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s Council approved a Freight Management Strategy to ensure that freight transport within Cape Town is safe, efficient and serves the needs of the economy without compromising the access and mobility of other road users, and that freight operators comply with weight regulations. Read more below:

‘Our local and regional economy is firmly vested in global trade and depends largely on road-based transport of cargo to and from the port, airport and between cities and towns. However, as much as the City is responsible for the provision of an efficient and reliable road network, we cannot ignore the impact of road-based freight on Cape Town’s roads and the urban environment. Counting among the effects are carbon emissions, congestion and road accidents. Furthermore, the City spends approximately R1 billion per annum on road maintenance,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading

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