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On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I wish to extend our sincere condolences to the families of the 13 victims who died in the fatal bus crash on the N1 near Touws River in the early hours of Sunday morning.

One of the victims, 24-year-old Zizipho Juliet Mnqanqeni, is the daughter of a City employee, Abigail Mnqanqeni.

The City is saddened by the news of these lives which were cut short in such a tragic manner.

We carry Abigail Mnqanqeni and all other family members and friends of the other victims in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

A number of passengers are still recovering in hospital and we extend our wishes to them and their families and pray that they will make a full recovery from their injuries.

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Cape Town – Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille wants to honour and pay tribute to Rio Olympic gold medallist Wayde van Niekerk by naming a stadium after him.

In a statement issued by the City of Cape Town, De Lille says she has set up a proposal to rename Green Point Athletic Stadium after the 2016 Olympic 400m world record holder.

Van Niekerk won the men’s 400m final at the Rio Olympics, breaking American Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old record of 43.18 seconds in the process.

“We feel that it would be a fitting tribute to rename the Green Point Athletics Track – the Wayde van Niekerk Athletics Track,” De Lille said on the City of Cape Town’swebsite.

“In terms of due process, we have received the required proposal from (Western Cape) Premier Helen Zille.”

On Monday, the City of Cape Town staged a parade in the honour of the Western Cape-based Rio Olympic and Paralympic medallists, with Van Niekerk one of the athletes in attendance.

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Small blue and white rowing boat in middle of dusty, dry dam, buoy lying on sand in foreground, plants on hills behind with clouds and blue sky in background. Tinted color, Kapteins Kop, Piketberg, Western Cape, South Africa

Small blue and white rowing boat in middle of dusty, dry dam, buoy lying on sand in foreground, plants on hills behind with clouds and blue sky in background. Tinted color, Kapteins Kop, Piketberg, Western Cape, South Africa

The City’s Mayoral Committee has recommended to Council that Level 3 water restrictions be implemented as of 1 November 2016. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee today approved a recommendation to Council of Level 3 water restrictions from 1 November 2016, with corresponding tariff increases to follow from 1 December 2016. This is in line with the directive from the National Department of Water and Sanitation to reduce demand on the Western Cape Water Supply System by 20%. The report will now appear before Council on 26 October 2016 for final deliberation.

Key enhanced restrictions on Level 3 for residential users are as follows:

  • Watering/irrigation (with drinking water from municipal supply) of gardens, lawns, flower beds and other plants, vegetable gardens, sports fields, parks and other open spaces is allowed only if using a bucket or watering container. No use of hosepipes or automatic sprinkler systems is allowed
  • Cars and boats may only be washed with water from buckets
  • Manual topping up of swimming pools is allowed only if pools are fitted with a pool cover. No automatic top-up systems are allowed
  • No portable play pools are permitted to be used

In addition, proposed tariff increases for average residential consumers are as follows: Continue reading

18 October 2016

Release: Immediate

The DA notes with concern the constant disruptions that cause the delay of housing developments and the delivery of housing in the province.

Disruptions broke out at a community meeting this past weekend and have resulted in the delay of phase 3 of the Joe Slovo, N2 Gateway housing development. Incidents of this nature cannot be allowed to continue because they delay service delivery.

In my capacity as Chairperson of the Standing committee on Human Settlements in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, I have written to Minister of Human Settlements, Bonginkosi Madikizela, to inquire how much these delays are costing the Department and what measures his Department is putting in place to ensure that no more delays are experienced. Continue reading


In the previous financial year (2015/16), the City of Cape Town waived more than R90 million in rates rebates to senior citizens, residents with special needs and indigent persons. In total, the City forwent approximately R1,17 billion of rates income, according to a report which served before the City’s Mayoral Committee today, 18 October 2016. Read more below:

More than 31 700 senior citizens and residents with special needs benefited from the relief, while 4 799 indigent residents were assisted.

During the 2015/16 financial year, rebate reductions of approximately R829,2 million in total were granted for all categories of residential property.

The purpose of these various forms of rebate is primarily to ensure that rates are more affordable for our residents, and that owning a home does not become prohibitive to those on low or fixed incomes.

On another level, it is absolutely vital that we do everything in our power to make our city more inclusive for residents of all socio-economic circumstances. Continue reading

The following is an extract from a speech made by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at an event today to honour 60 Olympians and Paralympians.

What an amazing occasion this is today.

I am so grateful for this opportunity for us to come together and celebrate the success of our own residents.

I want to thank each and every athlete, coach, and members of the various supporting teams present here today.

Thank you for inspiring us.

Thank you for you for letting us celebrate your success with you.

Thank you for bringing us together. Continue reading

As part of their weekend operations, City of Cape Town enforcement agencies arrested eight suspects for being in possession of drugs – one of whom was found with drugs to the value of R25 000. In a separate operation, a drunk driver was so determined to get away that she abandoned her four-year-old child in her vehicle. Read more below:

City Law Enforcement officers arrested a suspect in Hanover Park for drug dealing and being in possession of drugs on Friday 14 October 2016. The officers found drugs to the value of R25 000 at the suspect’s home, including 215 bankies of dagga, 98 dagga cigarettes and 4,51 kg of loose dagga. The suspect was arrested and taken to the Philippi Police Station.

Metro Police officers held various operations across the city and apprehended seven suspects for being in possession of drugs, with nearly daily busts:
· In an operation on Voortrekker Road yesterday, 16 October 2016, officers arrested a 21-year-old male for being in possession of drugs Continue reading

At 02h00 on Sunday morning, 13 people died when the bus they were travelling in lost control and left the N1, 10Km outside Touwsriver in the direction of De Doorns. Four adult males, as well as three adult females and a baby boy were critically injured and rushed to Worcester Provincial Hospital by Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services. The fatal incident produced 12 other seriously injured patients as well as 23 patients with minor injuries of which three were children.

More than 18 thousand homes provided in the Western Cape

14 October 2016

Today the standing committee on Human Settlement in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament received a briefing from the Department of Human Settlements on the Departments Annual Report.

The Annual Report revealed that during the 2015/2016 financial year, the Department managed to create 18745 housing opportunities and these range from the provision of free housing, subsidised housing for various categories of citizens based on income.

The Annual Report also revealed that the Department is in the process of accelerating the transfer of title deeds. In conjunction with all municipalities in the province, the title deed acceleration programme aims to deal effectively with the backlog of title deeds currently experienced by the department. The Department issued 7680 title deeds to beneficiaries through the transfer of residential properties. Continue reading

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Cape Town – SABC viewership of its struggling SABC3 channel has nosedived in the two months after Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s banished the bulk of international content from the channel, with SABC3’s viewership that has plummeted in the post Days of Our Lives timeslot by a massive 48.2% since July.

Not only has SABC3 lost nearly half of its total audience in what used to be the popular Days17:00 timeslot, but even more importantly and shockingly is that the overall SABC3 primetime viewership has also plummeted.

Meanwhile not a single one of the crop of rushed-to-air local shows on SABC3’s primetime programming line-up has managed to crack the list of Top 20 most watched shows on the channel, while it costs the SABC a lot more to produce the increased burden of local shows although viewers and advertisers flee.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago didn’t respond to a media enquiry seeking comment about SABC3’s ongoing ratings plunge and whether the public broadcaster is considering changes to Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s 80% local content strategy for the channel that he enforced since mid-July for the broadcaster’s only commercial TV channel.

With the hugely popular American weekday soap Days of Our Lives that lured a massive 1 078 101 viewers at its peak in July, SABC3 saw 40.51% of its total viewers abandoning the channel during the timeslot in August, falling to 641 388 viewers.

That loss accelerated and grew in a second consecutive month to 48.2% of viewers gone in September compared to July in the 17:00 timeslot with just 558 020 viewers at most in the timeslot. SABC3’s 17:00 timeslot has now lost a staggering 520 081 viewers in just two months.

The ongoing viewership plunge should be sending shockwaves through the SABC where advertising rates and what the public broadcaster can charge for 30 second ad spots are closely tied to the number of viewers the SABC can deliver in a timeslot.

Making it worse is that the loss of half of the viewership that Days of Our Lives pulled in the 17:00 timeslot is a daily loss that was stripped over weekdays. The loss in viewers translates into a daily revenue loss in terms of ad income for the SABC and SABC3.

Overall SABC3 ratings depressed

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