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Derrick Spies, News24 Correspondent

Port Elizabeth – Former mayor and current leader of the ANC opposition in Nelson Mandela Bay, Danny Jordaan, is set to announce his resignation on Monday afternoon.

Nelson Mandela Bay region ANC spokesperson Gift Ngqondi confirmed that Jordaan would be announcing his resignation as party leader in council at a press conference on Monday afternoon at 14:30.

The ANC Regional Task Team (RTT) announced that Jordaan had been nominated and had accepted the position of leader of the opposition at a press conference just over a month ago, on August 24.

Jordaan was, however, notably absent from the proceedings.

“He is our tried and tested leader. We don’t just select people, we select people on the basis of what they possess,” Nelson Mandela Bay’s ANC RTT convener, Vuyani Limba, said at the time

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Cape Town – A motivated Proteas outfit completed a clinical victory over Australia by 142 runs at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Sunday after scoring 361 for six.

South Africa bowled Australia out for 219 in a performance that will give the Proteas a lot of confidence.

Australia handed debuts to Joe Mennie and Chris Tremain.

The lack of pace in the Australian lineup was evident from the outset as the Proteas piled on the runs.

Quinton de Kock couldn’t follow up his big ton in the first ODI as he fell for 22 off 24 balls.

Rilee Roussow made a second consecutive fifty as he made 75 off 81 balls to lay a good platform for the South African middle order.

JP Duminy (82) shared a 150 run partnership with Skipper Faf du Plessis which allowed South Africa to post a big score.

Du Plessis scored a great captain’s century but fell for 111 while trying to push the tempo up.

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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

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