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The WCED is spending an estimated figure of R359 million a year transporting more than 50 000 learners to and from school every day.

I will write parliamentary questions to the Minister of Education in the Province, as to whether her Department’s ‘Safe Schools programme’ will be including new initiatives and programmes to tackle safety surrounding children going to – or coming from school.

In response to Equal Educations’ social audit report at schools presented yesterday that stated that little effort is being made to create safe and secure school environments is a generalisation and in fact not true in the Western Cape.

The safety of every one of our learners and teachers remains of vital importance to us. It pleases me that the WCED has already established Safe-Schools coordinators in every district, who serves as a liaison with schools on Safety issues.

Several initiatives have been undertaken as a measure to eliminate the problems of transportation experienced by rural learners and as a mechanism to alleviate the crime experienced by learners who have to potentially walk long distances in areas deemed unsafe.

Furthermore, I am also pleased to announce that the WCED is also embarking on additional endeavours such as trying to expand access to hostel facilities in rural areas so that learners can participate in after school programmes which include afternoon classes and sporting activities.

The DA in the Western Cape remains committed to deliver and to expand quality education in the Province in order to provide more opportunities for youth development.

25 – 27AUGUST 2017

Come and witness captivating poetry in the artists’ haven that is McGregor. The fifth annual Poetry in McGregor is happening from August 25th to 27th. Aimed at promoting community spirit, giving a stage to well-known poets as well as nurturing talented young artists, this special weekend offers poets from all over the chance to shine onstage. With over 90 events, you can expect extraordinary poetry recitals, music events, art and workshops.

There is a great range of poets performing at various venues at this year`s event: Koos Kombuis, Ashley Dowds, Hugh Hodge, John Maytham, Nic de Jager, Kobus Moolman, Lungiswa Nyatyowa, Lerato Sibanda, Philip de Vos, Diana Ferrus, Daniel Hugo, Lara Kirsten, Fanie Olivier, Koos van der Merwe, Mavis Vermaak, Wendy Woodward and many more. A Complete list of all the performing poets can be found at http://mcgregorpoetryfestival.co.za/2017-poets/

Billy Kennedy, Chairman of the Poetry in MGregor committee, believes that Poetry plays an important part in our lives: “Someone once wrote that much of the violence and psychological illness and unease in our society is probably due to poetry deprivation. Bigotry and prejudice and fundamentalism contract the mind, and our world is full of it. Poetry expands the mind. It limbers up the imagination. It does to the mind what Yoga does for the body. Poetry can challenge us, uplift us, reshape us and recreate us. Like no other force it can give us a deeper awareness of one another and our interconnectedness.”’

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Hooker Scarra Ntubeni, centre Dan du Plessis and flanks Rynhardt Elstadt and Steph de Wit will all return to full training next week.

Ntubeni makes his return from an Achilles injury sustained in the Currie Cup last year, whilst Du Plessis was able to avoid undergoing surgery on his shoulder, which he dislocated against the Crusaders in Christchurch.

Elstadt has recovered from a fractured rib and De Wit is back after breaking his ankle in pre-season.

Flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis will undergo surgery on his hips this week which will rule him out for the rest of the year.

Centre Huw Jones’ hamstring is recovering well and he should be available to play in five weekstime.

Flyhalf Rob du Preez (torn pectoral muscle), lock Jan de Klerk (broken toe) and flank Cobus Wiese (shoulder) are all expected to return in three months time.

CRITICAL WARNING REMAINS IN PLACE TO ALL WATER USERS IN CAPE TOWN

All water users are warned not to increase consumption because of the rain that has been experienced. Dam storage levels are now at 21,2 %. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at 11,2%. Consumption remains 15 million litres per day above the target of 600 million litres per day. Read more below:

After fielding many enquiries from members of the public, the City wishes to emphasise that due to the severity of the drought, above-target consumption, as well as the unpredictability of climatic conditions, Level 4 water restrictions remain in place indefinitely over the long-term and could be intensified if warranted.

Due to the severity and duration of the drought, the dam levels are much lower than usual at the start of this winter.

Mandatory restrictions imposed by the National Department of Water and Sanitation on the urban and agricultural sectors in the supply area of the Western Cape Water Supply System also remain in force.

‘All water users are warned not to increase consumption because of the rain that has been experienced. Residents should continue to do all they can to keep their daily usage under 100 litres per person per day whether they are at home, work, school or elsewhere.

‘It may take a few seasons of normal rainfall for the dams to recover and therefore continuing to cut water use drastically is vital. It will also help us to build up some reserves for another tough summer that is expected. Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY; AND SOCIAL SERVICES, ALDERMAN JP SMITH

The City of Cape Town is making drop-off points available to members of the public who would like to support the humanitarian relief efforts in Knysna.

The town and surrounding areas continue to be ravaged by a series of wild fires that have wrought havoc and devastation, forcing many to leave their homes.

The City’s Fire and Rescue Service has already dispatched a team of firefighters and equipment to assist with active firefighting in the region. They drove through the night to get to the frontlines.

We have made drop-off points available at the following four fire stations only, should members of the public want to make donations to Knysna residents:

  • Goodwood Fire Station
  • Strand Fire Station
  • Roeland Street Fire Station (in the CBD)
  • Fish Hoek Fire Station

Courier company, DHL, will collect the donations at the drop-off points and transport the items to Knysna. The City of Cape Town is deeply appreciative of DHL’s willingness to get involved and help those in need.

Donations of non-perishable food, water, clothing, blankets and toiletry items are most welcome and will be distributed by the local Disaster Risk Management officials in Knysna, in conjunction with non-governmental organisations.

Job description

Jobs available: Radisson Red is looking for a range of creative and passionate individuals to join their brand new team based at the hotel in the V&A Waterfront. All you need to do is express yourself, show us who you are and demonstrate why you are perfect for Red. To apply, send us your CV and a 30-second video that captures who you are using a creative element (poetry, photography, music, dance, or anything in between) – be creative! Apply by 9 June (should your application be successful, casting days are 15-16 June)

We are looking for creatives (waiters, barman, baristas, and front desk)

  • Welcome guests, take them through the registration steps (if they haven’t already done it online) and give them the relevant venue and destination information.
  • Head off problems before they happen by recognising guest cues and anticipating their needs.
  • Make things right as soon as they go wrong. This means you show empathy and do whatever it takes to resolve a problem, which should be always to the satisfaction of the guests.
  • Act as a hub of communication for the venue – you pass on information which makes things better for the guests and easier for your fellow team members.
  • Plan and prepare for upcoming Red events and guest bookings.
  • Follow all OuiBar and Red events standard operating procedures including service steps, up-selling, control, billing and food and drink safety measures.
  • Are able and ready to make the Red experience fantastic by providing knowledgeable and current recommendations.
  • Re-order food, disposable, and cleaning material items according to established par stock levels.
  • Take the time to talk to guests, are genuinely interested and listen to them so they feel special and welcome.
  • Sing out when you need help.

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The City of Cape Town would like to advise residents that its call centre, available on 0860 103 089, is currently experiencing an extraordinarily high volume of calls as a result of the inclement weather conditions.

Residents are urged to make use of the following alternative methods of reaching out to the City for water- and electricity-related matters (standard SMS rates apply):

  • Send an SMS to 31373 for all water-related faults, such as blocked drains and supply disruptions
  • Send an SMS to 31220 for all electricity-related faults or outages

For any emergencies (such as flooding) or life-threatening situations, residents should please call 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline.

All disaster risk management agencies in the city are on hand to render assistance where needed.

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

As we expect severe inclement weather following the warnings from the South African Weather Service, I urge Capetonians to remain calm and do all they can to keep safe.

As the cold front approaches tonight, we are expecting heavy rainfall, strong winds, and waves between 9 m and 12 m along the coastal areas of the Cape Peninsula.

We would like to assure residents that our Disaster Risk Management teams are on high alert and have been conducting various operations in preparation for the storm. They have also been working with all stakeholders to ensure that we are prepared to provide relief and assistance to residents and to address infrastructure that could potentially be affected by the weather.

The City’s Disaster Risk Management and Informal Settlements Management Departments are monitoring many of the most vulnerable residents across the city. Structures have been secured with additional sand and have been grounded with concrete blocks in an effort to prevent wind damage. Continue reading

Drought crisis: we must all be watch-dogs

Dam storage levels are now at 19,6%. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at 9,6%. Disappointingly, consumption remains at 648 million litres per day, which is 48 million litres above the consumption target. Read more below:

While there is some rain predicted for this week, we need continuous rainfall over many weeks for our dam levels to reach sufficient levels. The City of Cape Town therefore appeals to residents and businesses to keep up water-saving measures and not to relax their efforts. The need to meet our water usage targets is becoming ever more pressing as we cannot be sure when we will get rains again, with the impacts of climate change being harshly felt in terms of reduced annual average rainfall.

For those who are looking to reduce their water consumption in innovative ways, the City will be running an expo at Canal Walk to showcase water-saving technologies from 10 – 11 June 2017. All residents who want to explore ways in which they can conserve water are encouraged to attend.

With the passing of Level 4 water restrictions, all outdoor use of drinking water has been banned. However, this on its own will not result in us meeting consumption targets. To meet our savings goals, we need every resident to limit their water use to no more than 100 litres per day. Those who exceed this target do so at the expense of other residents. We can only save water while we still have water to be saved and we need all residents to realise that this crisis can only be managed properly if everyone plays their part and reduces their consumption. Continue reading

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