The City is launching five new MyCiTi bus stops, improved timetables, and direct and express routes to create an even more efficient service. This roll-out is fittingly being done during October, which is Transport Month. The changes are set to meet the increase in passenger demand and help cut travel time. Commuters will also have an opportunity to enjoy a free-ride day on 29 October 2017. Read more below:
The City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority is making strides in ensuring that Cape Town has an efficient public transport system. By providing improved and more frequent transport services, the City is enhancing access to opportunities, in line with our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan.
Five new stops will be launched in Atlantis on 28 October 2017 as follows:
· Atlantis Cemetery, which will serve Routes 235, 234, 234a and 243
· Swift, which will serve Routes 237 and 242
· Marigold, serving Routes 232, 232a and 241
· Avondale, serving Routes 232, 232a and 241
· Grosvenor North, serving Route 233
JOINT STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE, AND CHRIS LEHANE OF AIRBNB
Today, 18 October 2017, the City of Cape Town and Airbnb signed the hospitality platform’s first collaboration agreement with a city in Africa. Under the agreement, Airbnb and the City will work together to promote the benefits of people-to-people tourism for Cape Town residents and their communities, and promote Cape Town across the world as a unique travel destination.
Since 2008, hosts on Airbnb have welcomed over 200 million guests in 191 countries. In Cape Town there are 17 600 active listings on Airbnb and hosts have earned a combined income of R762 million over the past 12 months.
In the past year, hosts on Airbnb in Cape Town welcomed close to 290 000 visitors, which resulted in an estimated economic boost of R2,4 billion for the city. The typical host in Cape Town earns an additional R43 400 by sharing their home for 32 nights per year.
As part of the collaboration agreement, Airbnb and the City of Cape Town will: Continue reading
WARNING: PHASE 1 OF THE CITY’S CRITICAL WATER SHORTAGES DISASTER PLAN IS IN EFFECT. WATER RATIONING UNDER WAY
Drought crisis: consumption remains far too high
Dam storage levels are at 37,4%, with useable water at 27,4%.
Consumption remains too high, at 600 million litres of collective usage per day. This is 100 million litres above the crucial consumption target of 500 million litres per day.
The City of Cape Town activated water rationing as part of the implementation of its Critical Water Shortages Management Disaster Plan. This action intensifies the preceding months of pressure management which continues to be done in an attempt to force water consumption down to required levels.
Water usage must be reduced immediately.
Models will honour abused women as they take to the fashion runway at a glamour-filled picnic in Somerset West for the Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation.
The Reeva Renaissance Runway, an afternoon high tea and fashion show at beautiful Lourensford Wine Estate on Saturday November 25, “aims to bring women from all walks of life together to empower women affected by domestic violence, remember those who have lost their lives and honour those who have taken the brave step to rise above it,” said Kim Martin, CEO of the Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation.
With a dress code of “picnics and pastels”, celebrities and guests will enjoy a fashion show with models dressed in summer 2018 fashion from top local designers Craig Port, Jade Saunders, Lara Klawikowski, and Bokang Lehabe.Good Hope FM’s Ayanda Dlamini will MC the event.
“November 25 marks United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Children. Violence against women continues to be a global pandemic and is a human rights violation. Statistics South Africa reports the highest number of domestic violence cases in the world. Women recovering from abuse, need the opportunity to build and redevelop their self-esteem and rediscover themselves as women, to once again feel confident enough to call the world their runway,” Martin said.
The Foundation has chosen 16 women (the same number as the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, which starts on November 25) from local shelters and safe houses who will experience a life-changing weekend retreat with coaching and a “mental, physical and emotional make-over”. This will take place on the weekend of November 18.
Award-winning singer-songwriter and TV actress, Tarryn Lamb, who recently performed her debut solo concert in Cape Town to a sold out audience, will perform some of this new material at the Reeva Renaissance picnic. Continue reading
Tickets for the Currie Cup semifinal between DHL Western Province and the Xerox Golden Lions at DHL Newlands on Saturday go on sale on Tuesday.
Tickets for the play-off match, which kicks off at 17h00 on Saturday, will be available from wprugby.computicket.com or any Computicket outlet from 12h00 on Tuesday.
Season tickets are valid and gates will open at 13h45, with DHL Western Province U19 hosting Toyota Free State Cheetahs U19 in a semifinal curtain-raiser, which kicks off at 14h30.
DHL Western Province U19 won 11 of their 12 matches in the league phase of the competition to claim top position heading into the semifinal, which will be their first appearance at DHL Newlands this year.
Ticket prices start at just R40 for standing room and R60 for the cheapest seats, up to R150 for Category One seats.
DHL Western Province secured home advantage in the semifinal with a 31-20 victory against the tabletopping Cell C Sharks in their final league fixture in Durban.
The team showed great character to fight back in the second half to break their hosts’ 10-game winning streak and claim second place on the standings.
It was the seventh win for Head Coach John Dobson’s team, in a campaign which saw them beat every other team in the competition at least once.
The clash with the Xerox Golden Lions will be the first Currie Cup semifinal at DHL Newlands since 2014, when DHL Western Province went on to lift the famous old cup for a record 33rd time.
DHL Newlands Currie Cup semifinal ticket prices:
Category One: R150
Category Two: R100
Category Three: R80
Category Four: R60
Category Five (standing): R40
The City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority will next week commence with the construction of new and improved roads, non-motorised facilities, traffic calming measures, and a new bridge over the Sir Lowry’s River which will benefit and add to the safety of the residents of Sun City, Sir Lowry’s Pass Village and Mission Grounds. The R55 million project will take place over approximately 24 months. Read more below:
Residents of Sun City, Sir Lowry’s Pass Village, and Mission Grounds in the Helderberg region had the opportunity to attend a public open day at the Sun City Community Centre where they could view the final project plans and the artist’s impressions for a R55 million upgrade project.
This comes as the City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) is gearing up to commence with a project which will drive the construction of new and improved roads, non-motorised facilities, and traffic calming measures as well as a new bridge over the Sir Lowry’s River. Continue reading
STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY; AND SOCIAL SERVICES, ALDERMAN JP SMITH
In recent days, we have witnessed extreme weather episodes in parts of the country that have left a trail of devastation. Elsewhere, hurricanes, earthquakes, runaway wildfires and volcanic eruptions have made headlines in the last few weeks.
The drought in large parts of South Africa, the Western Cape and Cape Town is well documented. Indications are that these extreme weather events are likely to become more commonplace as a result of climate change.
Against this backdrop, the message and efforts aligned to International Disaster Risk Reduction Day today become even more important. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction uses the day on 13 October to highlight initiatives that promote disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness. The theme this year is ‘Home Safe Home’ and focuses on the contribution that communities can make in safeguarding themselves, their homes, and their livelihoods in the event of natural disasters.
The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre conducts ongoing education and awareness drives regarding potential disasters as part of its mandate. In the last financial year, this included: Continue reading
Springboks Dillyn Leyds and Wilco Louw both return for DHL Western Province in their final league game of the Currie Cup against the Cell C Sharks in Durban on Saturday.
Both players featured for the Springboks against the All Blacks in an epic Test match at DHL Newlands last week, but are back in the blue and white hoops this week as DHL Western Province look to secure a semifinal place.
Louw is at tighthead prop, alongside Bongi Mbonambi and JC Janse van Rensburg in the front row, while Leyds features on the wing, with Ruhan Nel moving to inside centre to partner Huw Jones in midfield.
The only other change to the starting line-up sees Jaco Coetzee on the flank for the coastal derby, which kicks off at 15h00 on Saturday at Growthpoint Kings Park.
DHL Western Province Head Coach John Dobson said that his team will be going all out to secure a play-off place.
“We know that we need to raise our game as a team this weekend and the players will be going flat out to deliver the result.
“It will be a major challenge to go to Durban, but one that we have embraced as a team,” he said.
DHL Western Province: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Ruhan Nel, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Jaco Coetzee, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Jan de Klerk, 19 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 20 Justin Phillips, 21 Werner Kok, 22 EW Viljoen.
WARNING: PHASE 1 OF THE CITY’S CRITICAL WATER SHORTAGES DISASTER PLAN IS IN EFFECT. WATER RATIONING UNDER WAY
Several key summer water-saving initiatives are set to kick off soon. The City’s focus is on local and international tourism especially, alongside the existing city-wide drought interventions. Read more below:
Dam storage levels are at 37,8%, with useable water at 27,8%. Consumption remains too high at 607 million litres of collective usage per day. This is 107 million litres above the crucial consumption target of 500 million litres per day. Alongside the implementation of disaster plans, such as water rationing which is currently under way, bringing on board emergency augmentation projects, and restricting high water usage, water saving awareness is being enhanced ahead of the traditional peak usage in summer.
The City of Cape Town will shortly be launching one of its key initiatives which we are calling the ‘Save like a local’ campaign. This will be used to drive awareness about the serious drought crisis, especially among visitors, while at the same time keeping the message as light and inspirational as possible.
The City will rely heavily on the tourism sector to spread awareness. The campaign will include airport billboards in multiple international languages and branded flags in the CBD and Waterfront areas. Mobile billboards on beaches and at tourist centres will also be used to amplify the message that Cape Town is a water-scarce region which is experiencing its worst drought in recorded history.
The City asks all tourism and related businesses to consider adding contextual digital adverts to their website homepages and booking technology to drive awareness.
‘As for local tourism, all options are being explored to spread the awareness at road entry points to the Western Cape and Cape Town. We have also started reaching out to cellphone service providers to see how they can come on board to assist us to call on our visitors and locals to save water. Continue reading
The National Department of Water and Sanitation, who is the custodian of national water resources, has sent an instruction to all water users of the Western Cape Water Supply Scheme, such as the metro, the agricultural sector and other municipalities in the Western Cape, to reduce usage further.
Water usage must be cut immediately to 500 million litres of collective usage per day. The City of Cape Town will also increasingly intervene in an effort to force consumption down. Collective usage is at 618 million litres per day. This is 118 million litres above the necessary consumption target.
According to the new National Government restriction targets, the City, as an urban user, must reduce its usage by 40%. To date, the national restriction has been 20%, which the City met successfully.
‘A reduction of 40% would equate to about 520 million litres of collective usage per day. As can be clearly seen, the City has been ahead of the curve by already having a target in place that is even lower than the new restriction target. This has been in an effort to act conservatively, proactively and to base our modelling on a worst-case scenario. Continue reading