SPEECH BY ALDERMAN JP SMITH, MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY; AND SOCIAL SERVICES
Note to editors: The following excerpt is taken from a speech delivered by Alderman JP Smith, Mayco Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, at the SA Innovation Summit’s CEO lunch event today. Read more below:
The Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0 is creating a buzz globally – We have all heard or read about it, but have we really stopped and thought about the real implications – for yourselves as business and for us as government? What is apparent is that the 4th Industrial Revolution is one of the biggest disrupters of the 21st century. We are standing on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before.
How do we all (governments, business, communities) collectively make this disruptive journey, to make sure Africa takes its rightful place on the global stage? Most of all, how do we ensure that we leave no one behind – we take our residents with us on journey. Let me start by sharing with you what we as the City of Cape Town is doing to meet the disruption of this revolution.
Captain Chris van Zyl will make his first start for DHL Western Province this season against Xerox Golden Lions at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday.
Having played off the replacements bench in the last game against the iCollege Pumas, lock Van Zyl takes over the captaincy for the Currie Cup clash in Johannesburg which kicks off at 15h00 on Saturday.
Van Zyl will partner JD Schickerling in the second row, with Ernst van Rhyn shifting to blindside flank and Kobus van Dyk at openside. Salmaan Moerat and Chris Massyn will provide cover on the replacements bench.
There is one change to the front row as Michael Kumbirai comes back into the starting line-up at tighthead and Carlu Sadie makes his first appearance of the season among the replacements.
The only change to the backline sees Dan Kriel back at inside centre, with scrumhalf Paul de Wet getting an opportunity on the replacements bench.
DHL Western Province Head Coach John Dobson said that it will take an 80-minute performance to challenge the Xerox Golden Lions at Emirates Airline Park.
“We know that we will have to be accurate in all areas and sustain our effort until the final whistle if we are to come away with a win this weekend.
“Our preparations have gone well following our bye last week, but the key will be putting those plans into action on Saturday,” he said.
DHL Western Province: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 SP Marais, 10 Josh Stander, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Kobus van Dyk, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (captain), 3 Michael Kumbirai, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Ali Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Salmaan Moerat, 20 Chris Massyn, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Dan du Plessis.
The unprecedented demand for tickets to the HSBC Cape Town Sevens was underlined once more when 34,428 registrations for 163,424 tickets were received for the two-day event at www.capetown7s.com by yesterday’s closing deadline.
SA Rugby thanked the public for their support as the second phase of the ticket allocation kicked in on Thursday. Interest for the event was widespread with individuals from 35 countries signing up during the two-week registration window.
SA Rugby again warned the public against buying tickets from online agencies. There are no official re-selling agencies; they have no official access to tickets and they charge significantly above cover price for tickets which they do not have and frequently do not deliver.
No fewer than 19,950 registrations were received for the loyalty programme – which is aimed at devoted fans who have attended the South African leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournaments in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and George and plan to do so again – while there were 14,478 registrations for the ticket lottery.
“We’re very grateful for the massive response and the positive way in which supporters embraced this new ticketing registration system,” said Jurie Roux, SA Rugby’s CEO on Thursday.
“The biggest complaint about the event in the past was the ticket purchasing experience – which ended up being concentrated into a 44-minute window last year.
“Those tickets were snapped up by just 7,000 purchasers. This year we’ve been able to get 23,543 individuals to the starting line and we expect considerably more than 7,000 to be ticket holders by the end of the process.”
The Currie Cup will move closer to the business end of the competition this weekend as three teams enter the second half of their campaigns, while the Vodacom Blue Bulls will play their penultimate pool match.
The unbeaten Xerox Golden Lions and DHL Western Province will go head-to-head in a decisive match with an eye on possible home semi-finals in the competition – sponsored by DirectAxis Financial Services and Nashua. The Cell C Sharks, also undefeated, have bye.
The Toyota Free State Cheetahs, Tafel Lager Griquas, iCOLLEGE Pumas and Vodacom Blue Bulls, meanwhile, will be fighting for survival, as defeats this weekend could knock them out of the semi-final race.
The Vodacom Blue Bulls and iCOLLEGE Pumas will kick off the action at Loftus Versfeld on Friday in what is expected to be a hard-fought clash.
The men from Mpumalanga have won only one of their three matches so far, while the hosts will be determined to build on their victory last week to remain in the top four on the standings with only one pool match remaining following this clash. History favours the Pretorians, whose winning run at home against the iCOLLEGE Pumas extends beyond 1997.
Today, Premier Helen Zille visited the Metro Police Training Academy, where 71 Rail Enforcement Officers are currently being trained on rail commuter safety and infrastructure protection.
The Premier was accompanied by the City of Cape Town’s MAYCO Members for Safety and Security and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith; Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.
The training of the Rail Enforcement Officers forms part of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), signed earlier this year between the provincial Public Works and Transport Department, PRASA and the City of Cape Town.
A total of 100 Rail Enforcement Officers are meant to be trained as part of the MOA, at a projected cost of R48 million per annum to operationalize this Unit.
The City and provincial government have gone outside of their constitutional mandates to contribute R16 million each, but PRASA has still not paid their share. The training is proceeding for 71 officers with the funding available from Province and City.
Dam levels have again improved solidly by 3,2% over the last week to 69,1% of storage capacity.
The average water consumption for the past week declined from 535 million litres per day to 526 million litres per day.
Earlier today, the City of Cape Town announced that it would lower water restrictions and tariffs from Level 6 to Level 5 from 1 October 2018 due to the encouraging dam recovery and the ongoing conservation efforts by Capetonians.
The reduction is based on usage hovering around the 500 million litre-mark. The City encourages its water users to stay the course and continue to conserve water to ensure that Cape Town remains in this usage band.
Former Springbok flyhalf Joel Stransky presented the Springboks with their match jerseys in Brisbane on Friday and urged the team “to do something special” when they face Australia on Saturday.
Australia host South Africa at 20h00 (12h00 SA time) at the Suncorp Stadium in the third round of the 2018 Castle Lager Rugby Championship, with both teams determined to bounce back after suffering defeats in the previous round.
Stransky, a key member of the famous 1995 Ruby World Cup team, handed the Springbok players their match jerseys in the customary team ceremony on the eve of a Test match. He is nowadays a match commentator for South African broadcaster SuperSport and a keen cyclist.
The former Springbok flyhalf shared a few words of encouragement with the players and management, before presenting each member of the 23-man squad with their match day jersey.
“It is always special to be invited into the Springbok fold, this is a very special environment,” said Stransky.
“As a former player, it is even more special to join the boys; it’s a special culture and I am really honoured to be here.
“I told them to embrace the moment and to go out and do something special when they play the Wallabies on Saturday evening.”
Springbok captain Siya Kolisi emphasised that the Boks are determined to bounce back from their disappointing defeat two weekends ago in Mendoza.
“We are excited to play again this weekend and we want to give our best again and really want to win away from home so that we can get back into contention for the competition,” said Kolisi.
The Springboks completed their preparations on Friday with their captain’s run at the Suncorp Stadium. Saturday’s match will be televised live on SuperSport 1.
The Cell C Sharks and Xerox Golden Lions will look to maintain their early dominance in the Currie Cup by stretching their winning runs to three matches in what marks the halfway stage of their pool rounds this weekend.
Both teams won their opening two games with bonus points, although they trail DHL Western Province on the standings on points’ difference, and with the competition – sponsored by Nashua and DirectAxis Financial Services – nearing the business end, the men from Durban and Johannesburg will be determined to remain at the top-end of the log for possible home semi-finals. The Capetonians, who are also unbeaten, have a bye this week.
The Cell C Sharks will host the iCOLLEGE Pumas on Friday at Jonsson Kings Park in Durban, where the visitors will look to end a losing run stretching over more than 22 seasons, and to bounce back from a 57-28 defeat against the Capetonians last week.
Interestingly, the men from Mpumalanga have scored more points than the Durbanites, but they will have to tighten up their defence, as they have conceded 37 more points in the same number of matches.
Cell C Sharks coach Robert du Preez made only two changes to his starting team, with Luke Stringer and Aphelele Fassi earning their first starts, while Springbok hooker Akker van der Merwe makes his first appearance of the season among the replacements.
The iCOLLEGE Pumas made three changes to their side, which sees Marko Janse van Rensburg, Hugo Kloppers, and Ruwellyn Isbel being drafted into the starting team.
In Kimberley, Tafel Lager Griquas will have their sights set on earning their first victory of the season when they host the Vodacom Blue Bulls on Saturday, but they will expect a tough challenge from the visitors who come of back-to-back defeats.
The Springboks will face the Wallabies on Saturday in Brisbane with a new-look front row, a reshuffled loose trio as well as a different midfield combination following the announcement of the South African match 23 on Thursday.
Rassie Erasmus, SA Rugby’s Director of Rugby, also included uncapped outside back Cheslin Kolbe on the bench, with the former Blitzbok and Junior Springbok speedster set to make his full Test debut should he join the action as a replacement.
Steven Kitshoff and Bongi Mbonambi will form a new-look front row next to Frans Malherbe, while Tendai Mtawarira and Malcolm Marx are set to play off the bench.
Siya Kolisi (captain) returns to the No 6 jersey after playing on the opposite side of the scrum against the Pumas in Durban and Mendoza. Pieter-Steph du Toit will start in the No 7 jersey and Warren Whiteley completes the loose trio at No 8.
Elton Jantjies swaps places at flyhalf with Handré Pollard, who is now amongst the replacements, with Faf de Klerk again performing the scrumhalf duties.
Erasmus also rotated his midfield, which means a first start this year for Damian de Allende, who will resume his centre partnership with Jesse Kriel. Aphiwe Dyantyi and Makazole Mapimpi (wings) and the experienced Willie le Roux completes the rest of the South African backline.