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The leadership of Western Province Rugby has moved to distance themselves from reports of a mooted 25% salary cut for all staff, management and players earning more than R 20 000 a month and related equity participation in the commercial arm of Western Province Rugby.

The proposal, which was tabled by WPRFU Deputy President Zelt Marais, is not the official position of Western Province Rugby and does not have the support of the majority of the WPRFU Executive Committee or the Board.

While there are significant financial challenges in the current landscape, Western Province Rugby’s leadership moved to allay the concerns of staff, players and management as the proposal is not an option that the majority believe will be to the benefit of the Group in the long term.

Western Province Rugby currently has a commercial turnaround strategy in place and remains committed to the process adopted.

Although cash flow remains a challenge for Western Province Rugby and other rugby unions at present, the WPRFU are in the unique position of owning a number of unencumbered, high-value properties, which are intended to be utilised for the financial benefit of the Group.

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14 November 2018

Provincial Minister of Community Safety, Alan Winde has committed himself to collaborating and partnering with various stakeholders in the safety sector, to work towards making this province the safest in the country.

Speaking during the conclusion of the two-day Safer Western Cape Conference, which was held at the River Club in Observatory, Minister Winde said: “Making the Western Cape the safest province in the country will require a whole of society approach. I thank all the role players, SAPS, local and international experts, academics, civil society partners, all three spheres of government and community stakeholders, such as Neighbourhood Watches (NHW) and Community Policing Forums (CPF) for their inputs and proposals. It once again became abundantly clear that we are all responsible for safety in our society.”

The conference emphasized the complexity of the challenges we are faced with on our quest to become the safest province on the African Continent. There are clearly no silver bullets or one dimensional solutions to crime and violence. This must however not deter us from pushing back against the onslaught of criminals and those willing to use violence.

The conference clearly demonstrated the direct link between the availability of firearms and murders in the province, and this requires immediate intervention.

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MEC Fritz opens Villiersdorp Youth Café

Today, the Minister of Social Development in the Western Cape, Albert Fritz, launched the Villiersdorp Youth Café, the 9th in the province. The first Youth Café was opened 4 years ago. Since, each Youth Café has blossomed into a safe innovative space for young people.

As per the Provincial Youth Development Strategy, the Youth Café is tailored to offer services, opportunities and support (SOS) to all young people, including those broadly referred to as “NEETs”, namely young people not in employment, education or training.

Along with a good cup of coffee, the Villiersdorp Youth Café will provide high-speed internet access and computer access to budding entrepreneurs and aspirant job-seekers. In addition, the facility will render opportunities and training in agriculture and tourism.

Each of the 9 Youth Cafés across the Province helps young people take advantage of leadership courses and develop trades. No Youth Café looks the same, but each meets the varied needs of the community’s youth.

MEC Fritz said, “The Villiersdorp Youth Café is the product of a dynamic partnership between my Department and the Theewaterskloof Municipality. It is a very good example of how partnership can bring about the kinds of services, opportunities and support that are so important in the lives of our young people.”

MEC Fritz further added, “While the partnership between Theewaterskloof Municipality and the DSD was only recently formalised, the DSD has been present in Villiersdorp for the past two years working with Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrade (VPUU). This joint effort will enhance youth through skills development and job linking. The DSD has contributed nearly R2 million for youth development over the past two years in the area. This is part of the implementation of the Provincial and Departmental Youth development Strategy to enhance services to the rural youth.”

The Ministry of Social Development in the Western Cape remains committed to creating safe innovative spaces which our youth can be proud of and enjoy.

30 October 2018
Release: Immediate

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape is deeply saddened by the loss of eight lives amid raging fires in the Southern Cape area.

I commend the Western Cape Department of Local Government’s swift intervention which saw more than 400 firefighters from Cape Nature, the City of Cape Town, West Coast, Overberg and Winelands District municipalities respectively, deployed to douse the blaze. Furthermore, two helicopters, two fixed wing bombers and one SANDF helicopter are on standby and rendering aerial support.

I salute the brave men and women who are working tirelessly and under difficult conditions to control the fires and save lives. I furthermore commend volunteers who have invested their time and resources to assist those affected by the blaze.

As the DA in the Western Cape, we urge that all residents take extreme caution in affected areas and implore on residents to cooperate with emergency services in light of the ongoing evacuations taking place. I am pleased that community centres in Knysna and George have been made available for residents to take refuge.

The DA in the Western Cape will continue to assist those affected as much as possible. We stand with the people of the Southern Cape during this difficult time.

Dam levels have declined by 0,9% over the last week to 74,8 % of storage capacity. This drop is largely due to evaporation caused by the hot weather as well as a related increase in water usage.

The average water consumption increased by 37 million litres per day to 593 million litres per day for the past week.

The City reminds water users that no watering of gardens or filling up/topping up of swimming pools with municipally-supplied water is allowed under Level 5 water restrictions. The Level 5 tariffs are still on the higher end of the tariff scale and thus water still costs more.

It is expected that the National Department of Water and Sanitation will make its decision known in December about what the water usage limit for Cape Town will be for the year ahead. Until then, it is required that water usage remains in the lower 500 million litre usage band.

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I strongly condemn the spate of child rape and abuse in Cape Town and the Western Cape.

In the past couple of weeks we have seen horrendous cases of child abuse and rape circulate in the media. These include the rape of a 9 year old girl by a 17 year old boy in Blikkiesdorp; a child rape game reported in the Daily Voice called ‘treintjie’ targeting young boys; and the rape and murder of 4-year-old Iyapha Yamile from Khayelitsha.

I commend the South African Police Services (SAPS) for the arrests they have made thus far, and call on communities to support them to build solid cases and bring the perpetrators of these crimes to book.

Any families whose children have been sexually abused or raped must immediately report such incidences to the police. The police will then report the matter to the Department of Social Development, after which we will deploy our social workers. Family members and victims of abuse can also call the DSD Hotline on 0800 220 250 for support.

Child abuse and rape has no place in our society. I call on all men, women and children to stand up and make their voices heard, if you see something, say something! We must work better together if we are to end these cruel and barbaric acts against children.

We all have a role to play as government, civil society, religious leaders, and families. I call on parents and communities to be extra vigilant especially of children who will shortly be enjoying their December holidays.

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In today’s Cultural Affairs and Sports committee, it was revealed that they have invested R171.264 million in upgrading and building of new library facilities to improve community library services, particularly in rural areas. The Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sports (DCAS) presented their 2017/2018 Annual Report to the relevant standing committee.

The department also revealed that more than half of all low fee and no fee schools benefit from the After School Game Changer programme and that all new libraries built during the year under review have been in rural areas across the Western Cape. The After School Game changer reaped positive rewards after recording an impressive participation of over 72 043 learners, an 85% target success rate.

In supporting the programme, the department allocated R52.707 million for the Mass Participation and Sports Development Grant. Furthermore, in a recent survey, 82% of learners participating in the programme, indicated feeling safe or as safer than they would at home in the After School environment.

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Dam levels have declined slightly by 0,2% over the last week to 76 % of storage capacity.

The average water consumption for the past week increased from 546 million litres per day to 563 million litres per day.

Cape Town must try its very best to remain in the lower 500 million litre per day usage band until another limit is imposed by the National Department of Water and Sanitation. This decision is likely to be made in December.

Although the metro has emerged successfully from a crisis situation, consumers are reminded that the permitted usage under Level 5 restrictions is 70 litres per person per day and that the Level 5 tariffs are still on the higher end of the tariff scale. This should be remembered when it comes to household budgeting.

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Premier Helen Zille says the raising of the Clanwilliam dam wall must be a priority for the national Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and should be completed without any further delays.

Speaking during the relaunch of the Clanwilliam dam wall project, Premier Zille said: “I welcome the relaunch of this project today and commend Minister Nkwinti for ensuring that this project is revived again. I do however caution against complacency, as there has been gross mismanagement of this project and it is 5 months overdue.”

In 2007 at the conclusion of a feasibility investigation, it was determined that the dam wall could be raised by 13 metres. The original completion date of 21 May 2018, was first set down by the Water and Sanitation Department’s Construction unit as far back as June 2013.

DWS staff, contract personnel and various equipment have been located in Clanwilliam since 2014, waiting for the project to start. This has cost the taxpayer an estimated R100 million to date. The Department of Water and Sanitation then announced that it has run out of money to complete the dam wall raising, despite R2 billion being allocated to the project by National Treasury as far back as 2013/14.

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Dam levels rose only slightly by 0,3% over the last week to 76,2 % of storage capacity.

The average water consumption for the past week increased from 520 million litres per day to 546 million litres per day.

Level 5 water restrictions and tariffs are in place and were lowered from Level 6 as an interim measure to provide some relief to residents. For now, Cape Town must do its very best to remain in the lower 500 million litre per day usage band until another limit is imposed by the National Department of Water and Sanitation. This is likely to happen in December.

The permitted usage under Level 5 restrictions is 70 litres per person per day.

Level 5 restriction don’ts

· No watering/irrigation with municipal water is allowed. Nurseries or customers involved in agricultural activities, or those with gardens of historical significance, may apply for exemption

· No topping up (manual or automatic) of swimming pools with municipal drinking water is allowed

· No washing of vehicles, including cars, taxis, trailers, caravans or boats allowed with municipal drinking water

· No washing or hosing down of hard surfaces with municipal water

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