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The City of Cape Town would like to inform its customers and residents that various municipal offices will be closed tomorrow, 24 September 2016, on Heritage Day. The City regrets any inconvenience caused.

Municipal offices, including those dealing with cash receiving, account enquiries and motor vehicle registrations, as well as traffic centres, municipal courts and housing offices will be closed on this public holiday and will reopen on Monday 26 September 2016.

An exception is the Customer Care Centre in the Liberty Promenade Mall, Mitchells Plain. Customers will be able to make use of this office for various services between 08:00 and 17:00.

Payment of municipal accounts (excluding motor vehicle licences) may be made at any Shoprite/Checkers, Pick n Pay, Pep Stores, Woolworths and selected Spar stores or at any branch of Absa and the Post Office.

Payment for the renewal of motor vehicle licences may be made online at www.capetown.gov.za/vehiclelicensing.

Payment of pre-due date traffic fines may be made online at www.absa.co.za (Absa clients only); www.standardbank.co.za (Standard Bank clients only); www.fnb.co.za (FNB clients only) and www.paycity.co.za or at any online branch of Absa, the Post Office and selected Spar stores.

Absa, Standard Bank and First National Bank clients may also pay their pre-due date traffic fines at their respective ATMs.

JOINT STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE, AND THE MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER: TRANSPORT FOR CAPE TOWN, COUNCILLOR BRETT HERRON

The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein this morning, 22 September 2016, ruled in favour of the City of Cape Town when the judges dismissed SANRAL’s umpteenth attempt to toll sections of the N1 and N2 freeways in Cape Town. This victory hopefully marks the end of the City’s four-and-a-half-year legal battle to shield its residents against the socio-economic impact of SANRAL-sanctioned toll roads. Read more below:

‘The City of Cape Town has won every round in court since we launched our review application on 28 March 2012 to set aside the approvals that enabled the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) to toll sections of the N1 and N2 freeways in Cape Town.

‘Following on from the Supreme Court of Appeal’s (SCA) ruling this morning, I hope that SANRAL will refrain from wasting taxpayer’s money on further legal action. The City’s estimated legal costs have already reached at least R20 million. Continue reading

21 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.

Gangsters attracted by poaching are making their way into the community and young people are being coerced into drug abuse and prostitution. Poachers are no longer paid in cash but in drugs.

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) was also at the briefing, and it was clear that while there is some success in prosecuting some of the racketeers, safety authorities are nowhere near to alleviating the problem.

Unfortunately the Directorate of Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) cancelled their briefing at the very last minute. It is clear that the majority of the challenges and solutions lie under the ambit of DAFF. In my capacity as Standing Committee Chairperson on Economic Opportunities, Tourism and Agriculture, I will give DAFF a second opportunity to present to the committee on Wednesday 28 September at 08h30. Continue reading

This from cnn.com:

New York (CNN)The suspect in Saturday’s bombings in New York and New Jersey declared that “the sounds of bombs will be heard in the streets” and praised “Brother Osama Bin Laden” in a journal found on him when he was arrested, authorities said.

Ahmad Rahami was charged Tuesday with four counts in federal court in connection with an explosion in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood and an unexploded pressure cooker found nearby.
A complaint filed in US District Court in Manhattan contains details from Rahami’s handwritten journal, damaged from a shootout with police, and more evidence from the investigation. The complaint charges Rahami with use of weapons of mass destruction, bombing a public place, destruction of property and use of a destructive device.
The charges are the latest news in a fast-moving investigation. The 28-year-old naturalized US citizen also faces charges in state court in New Jersey stemming from a shootout with police in Linden.

Full story here:

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/20/us/new-york-explosion-investigation/?sr=twnwsrm092116new-york-explosion-investigation0412PMVODtopLink&linkId=29041602

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

It is with a great sense of vindication that we have learned that the ANC’S application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of appeal in the City of Cape Town logo matter was dismissed yesterday, with all costs against the ANC National Office.

The ANC has spent the last two years trying to declare invalid the Council’s resolution to overhaul the City’s branding. They tried relentlessly to make it a debate about shapes and colours because they do not understand the concept of having a progressive vision for this city. This was evident during the elections and the court ruling today proved this lack of vision once more today.

The court found that it did not believe that another court would come to another conclusion and dismissed the application for leave to appeal with costs.

The City will now pursue payment from Luthuli House.

This from news24.co.za:

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande’s announcement that fee increases would proceed in 2017 further fuelled protests and clashes at universities across SA, as angry students intensify calls for free education.

Full story and updates here:

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/live-feesmustfall-demonstrations-across-sa-nearing-boiling-point-20160920

This from iol.co.za:

Johannesburg – Some early signs were emerging of a shift towards a renewed improvement in housing and housing-related affordability, according to First National Bank (FNB).

This was despite the deterioration in housing and house-related affordability during the second quarter, FNB household and property sector strategist John Loos said.

He said house inflation was far from strong and had been slowing in the past few months, while there had been some mild decline in real house price levels in the past two quarters and the rate of increase in the average house price/per capita disposable income ratio had slowed to a snail’s pace.

Loos said consumer price inflation also appeared largely under control, which was expected to lead to the SA Reserve Bank keeping interest rates unchanged at current levels for a lengthy period.

“This in turn could all but halt the rise in the home instalment/per capita disposable income ratio and the increase in the household sector debt service ratio,” he said.

Full story here:

http://www.iol.co.za/business/news/shift-to-improved-housing-affordability-2070242

This from cnn.com:

(CNN)The man who stabbed nine people at a Minnesota mall before an off-duty police officer fatally shot him has been identified as 22-year-old Dahir A. Adan, federal law enforcement sources and two Somali community leaders who are in contact with Adan’s family said Monday.

Adan went to college in St. Cloud and worked for a private security firm at the time of the attack, the community leaders told CNN. He had been acting strangely before the attack, they said.
Following the Saturday stabbings, Lul Hersi stood outside the Crossroads Mall, waiting to find out if her son was among the victims of the man an ISIS-linked news agency praised as a “soldier of the Islamic state.”
Fear washed over the Somali-American mother, not just for her son’s well-being, but also because of the potential backlash against her community.
Full story here:

Over the past few days, the City of Cape Town’s enforcement agencies not only made hundreds of arrests, but they also broke up an illegal drag-race, recovered a stolen vehicle, and ensured that a woman in labour who was experiencing vehicle troubles got to the hospital in time. Read more below:

The City’s Traffic Service held various operations across the city over the past few days which led to the arrest of 202 suspects and the issuing of 2 195 fines for various offences.

This included 13 motorists who were arrested for reckless and negligent driving, 56 for driving under the influence of alcohol, one for poaching, and another for being in possession of 196 black mussels, eight limpets, three abalone and 40 periwinkles.

The Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Unit held a number of roadblocks throughout the city and arrested 100 suspects for outstanding warrants, while 493 warrants were served. Continue reading

A pilot project between the City and FEDHASA Cape will see 20 young people placed in the hospitality industry for on-the-job training and work experience. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate is finalising a Memorandum of Agreement with the Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (FEDHASA Cape) for the placement and training of 20 young people who have participated in the City’s Youth Development Programme (details of the programme are available here: http://tinyurl.com/ztblmlh).

The pilot project, which has been some time in the making, was approved by full Council in August 2016, paving the way for the agreement to be finalised. The project will see FEDHASA Cape initiate and follow their own training criteria and framework to accomplish the set objective of enhancing the participants’ chances of permanent employment, while the City will pay them a stipend from Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) funding. Continue reading

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