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Today, the Minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz, co-hosted the Senior Citizens’ Capacity Building event together with ward 48 at the Dulcie September Hall in Athlone. Please see photos attached.

Minister Fritz said, “In the Western Cape, there are approximately 520 000 people over the age of 60. This is a large population of people, and recent research indicates that this number is set to grow, as more and more people are living longer. In fact, it is believed that the first person who will live to 200 years old has already been born!”

“While the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) manages Old Age Homes (OAHs); the Department of Health supports the elderly by providing medication, physical rehabilitation, assistive devices such as wheelchairs and other health needs. In addition, the Western Cape DSD ensures that each meal served at elderly homes is nutritious and enjoyable. However, this is just a small snippet of how this caring government’s vision for the elderly comes into fruition,” said Minister Fritz.

Minister Fritz further added, “The WC DSD understands that in your golden years, your body is not as strong as it once was. For this reason, we fund 119 frail care facilities throughout the Province and we work tirelessly to ensure that the minimum norms and standards are monitored. In fact, we speedily and readily perform oversight over any facility which is reportedly contradicting these norms and standards. This Department is moving away from placing older persons in residential facilities, which can be alienating, and instead are focussing on providing the sort of support and social infrastructure that keeps elderly residents in their homes and with their families for as long as possible.”

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If you’re looking to explore the greater Cederberg region, Clanwilliam might be the perfect place to base yourself. Clanwilliam is a small town in the Olifants River valley in the Western Cape, South Africa, and lies about 200 kilometres north of Cape Town. Being surrounded by various tourism routes, you can rest assured that adventure will find you.

Rooibos Route

The Cederberg mountain region is the only place in the world where you will find Rooibos growing naturally. Clanwilliam is known as the Rooibos capital and is a great place to experience this unique and healthy South African product first-hand.

The Rooibos Route, launched on 14 August 2014, offers a wide variety of different Rooibos experiences – a unique way to learn more about this interesting plant. From cultivation and history to activities and treats, there’s something for young and old to enjoy. You can also plan your own trip and enjoy all of this at your own pace. Visit their website to plan your custom-made Rooibos Route – www.rooibos-route.co.za

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The DHL Stormers will head into the 2019 Vodacom Super Rugby season with a new apparel sponsor in BLK.

BLK have joined the Western Province Rugby sponsorship fold, in an initial two-year deal that will see them produce both the DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province jerseys going forward, bringing with them a proven track record in making quality sports apparel.

Created in 2011, BLK produces innovative, quality player tested apparel and accessories. It is the relentless pursuit of perfection during both design and production which has enabled BLK to evolve and build a reputation as the toughest and most durable sporting brand on the planet.

The all-new 2019 BLK home DHL Stormers jersey features a modern twist on the traditional blue and white hoops, a silhouette of the iconic Table Mountain on the back, #WeStandTogether text on the inner collar and encapsulates both the DHL Stormers’ traditions and the beauty of Cape Town. It will be a great addition to any game-day merchandise collection.

The away jersey is a markedly different black design with a yellow trim and a new-age take on the traditional hoops in the form of soundwaves which symbolise the thunder of the storm and the noise made by the DHL Newlands Faithful.

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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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