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Kannaland debt-crisis: officials must get urgent support

14 September 2016

Release: immediate

The DA in the Western Cape remains concerned about the debt crisis at the Kannaland Municipality. As at the end of August 2016, the municipality owed debtors R37.6 million, in addition to having its primary bank account in overdraft to the tune of R1.82 million.

In my capacity as Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Local Government, I will request that the Western Cape Minister of Local Government, Anton Bredell, implements a recovery plan at the Kannaland Municipality. The Department of Local Government must capacitate accounting officials at the Kannaland Municipality to execute their role of financial management. This is in accordance with Sections 105 and 106 of the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA). Continue reading

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Facebook, Twitter and news organizations including Agence France-Presse have joined a coalition of  media and technology groups seeking to filter out online misinformation and improve news quality on social networks.

First Draft News, which is backed by Google, announced Tuesday that some 20 news organizations will be part of its partner network to share information on best practices for journalism in the online age.

Jenni Sargent, managing director of First Draft, said the partner network will help advance the organization’s goal of improving news online and on social networks.

“Filtering out false information can be hard. Even if news organizations only share fact-checked and verified stories, everyone is a publisher and a potential source,” she said in a blog post.

“We are not going to solve these problems overnight, but we’re certainly not going to solve them as individual organizations.”

Sargent said the coalition will develop training programs and “a collaborative verification platform,” as well as a voluntary code of practice for online news.

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City enforcement staff are increasingly focusing on the impoundment of vehicles used in the act of illegal dumping in a bid to curb the practice which costs the City millions of rands a year to clean up. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement Department held an operation today, 13 September 2016, focusing on illegal dumping – particularly in the Philippi Horticultural Area. Illegal dumping is one of the City’s biggest challenges, with hundreds of millions of rands being diverted to address the problem annually.

Due to the cost of clearing dumped material and the seeming reluctance of perpetrators to make use of the City’s designated drop-off facilities – all of which allow businesses and residents to dispose of up to 1,5 tonnes of waste per day for free – the City took the decision to sharpen its weaponry. Since January 2016, 106 fines have been issued for littering, totalling R52 000. In addition 267 fines have been issued for illegal dumping, to the value of R870 300. Continue reading

Transport for Cape Town, the City of Cape Town’s transport authority, will host a public information session about the Kommetjie Road project which is to commence by the end of October 2016, if all goes as planned. Residents from Kommetjie in the far south and interested and affected parties are requested to please attend this important meeting. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town has committed to spend R750 million on road infrastructure projects over the next five years to address traffic congestion across the city. The R750 million is being spent in accordance with the Congestion Management Programme which has prioritised Kommetjie in the far south as one of the main congestion areas in the city, among others. Continue reading

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Democratic White House hopeful Hillary Clinton cancelled a California campaign fundraising trip after she fell ill at a 9/11 memorial ceremony Sunday and her doctor revealed she was diagnosed with pneumonia.

“Secretary Clinton will not be traveling to California tomorrow or Tuesday,” spokesman Nick Merrill said, hours after the 68-year-old candidate abruptly left the Ground Zero memorial suffering from what her doctor called dehydration.

Clinton has maintained a busy schedule over the past six weeks, attending three dozen fundraising events in August.

Her schedule modification comes in the heat of a tightening race, and just two weeks before she and Republican rival Donald Trump square off in their high-pressure first presidential debate.

She was due to attend finance events in California on Monday and Tuesday.

There was no word from the campaign on whether she would go ahead with her plans to campaign in the Las Vegas area Wednesday, or whether she might do other campaign events closer to home Monday and Tuesday.

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Cape Town – A former Proteas cricketer has been involved in an alleged kidnapping and assault of a 14-year-old boy.

The incident is believed to have happened in Pinelands near Cape Town on Wednesday.

Western Cape police confirmed the incident via a statement.

“The case is being investigated. According to reports, a 14-year-old kid opened a case and it is being investigated,” Constable Noloyiso Rwexana, a police spokesperson, told Netwerk24.

“The suspect, a man of 35-years, was warned to appear in court on September 13.”

The sister of the boy told EWN that her brother and his friends were confronted by the former cricketer outside their school on Wednesday.

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As the rainy season draws to a close, dam levels remain low. As such, the City calls on residents to implement water-saving measures at home. Meanwhile, the City is continuing work to optimise Cape Town’s supply system and reduce wastage through leaks. 

The City of Cape Town is considering the implementation of more rigorous water restrictions and other water-saving and optimisation measures. This is due to the current low dam levels as well as the requirement for a 20% curtailment in water use imposed by the National Department of Water and Sanitation.

Dam levels are currently almost 15% lower than for the same period last year, requiring us to manage our water resources in a careful and prudent manner. Should late winter rains be experienced, the City will review the situation.

‘During drought cycles such as the one being experienced, water restrictions and other water-saving and optimisation measures are necessary to ensure that water use does not exceed available water supply from the system of dams providing the city and the broader region with water. We have a collective responsibility to use water sparingly and ensure that the dams are not drawn down to very low levels over the coming summer period. While this may cause a certain amount of inconvenience and cost burden to our residents and businesses, it is important that we take a longer-term view and consider the possibility of the drought extending into the next winter rainfall period,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Alderman Ernest Sonnenberg. Continue reading

We wish to bring to your attention that the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon will be taking place on the morning of Sunday the 18th September 2016. This email serves as notification to ensure all stakeholders have sufficient time to communicate and plan around one of Africa’s most ICONIC City Marathons.

We have worked closely with the Traffic Department of the City of Cape Town to ensure that delicate balance between the safety and convenience of both participants and the general public. As a result the areas surrounding the race route will be affected by road closures and traffic delays. In order to minimalize disruptions, a team of Traffic Officers, Marshalls and Security Officers will be on active duty to manage the days’ proceedings.

Certain road closures may impact on your activities during the course of the morning of the 18th September, please see attached route and road closure list. Please can you ensure that the necessary steps are taken to minimise any possible disruptions. Continue reading

Transport for Cape Town, the City of Cape Town’s transport authority, will suspend the stop/go system on Main Road in Kalk Bay by close of business on Friday 16 September 2016, if all goes as planned. Read more below:

Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the City’s transport authority, has made exceptional progress thus far with the third and final phase of the Main Road project in the Southern Peninsula.

‘We are happy to announce that we have now reached a point where we can continue with the project without the need for the permanent stop/go system along Main Road. This means that TCT will be able to accommodate two-way traffic while we are continuing with the roadworks along Main Road between the Kalk Bay Harbour entrance and Clovelly Road,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s enforcement successes this week so far include several drug busts in Mitchells Plain, Athlone, Ocean View, Hanover Park, Delft and Nyanga. Metro Police officers also came to the rescue of a kidnapping victim in Surrey Estate. Read more below.

Quick action from the City’s Metro Police and a tip-off from the public led to the rescue of a kidnapping victim and the arrest of three suspects on Sunday 4 September 2016.

Upon receiving information on the whereabouts of a kidnapping victim, apparently being held for an R800 000 ransom since Friday 2 September 2016, Metro Police officers quickly dispatched to the location in Surrey Estate, Athlone and managed to apprehend the suspects and confiscate one replica firearm used in the kidnapping.

The victim was found shackled and highly traumatised.

Other operations by Metro Police this week have yielded a number of successful arrests. Two suspects were arrested in Mitchells Plain on Tuesday 6 September 2016 for possession of mandrax and tik. Continue reading

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