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The City of Cape Town was today informed that the Cape Cultural Carnival Events Committee (CCCEC) and the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival Association (CTMCA) have withdrawn their case in the Western Cape High Court which was set to resume tomorrow, 28 December 2018.

The organisations lodged an urgent application on 16 December 2018, with the City of Cape Town and the Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association (KKKA) as the main respondents. The CCCEC/CTMCA sought relief with regard to the use of the Athlone Stadium following the City’s decision to decline their event permit applications for competitions and road marches.

The KKKA applications for the Tweede Nuwejaar Road March and their annual competitions at the Athlone Stadium were assessed and deemed compliant. The KKKA is the event organiser for the annual road march and was also granted an event permit for the Athlone Stadium. During discussions in chambers, the judge requested that the two minstrel bodies conclude a Memorandum of Agreement by 24 December 2018 detailing how both associations could be accommodated at the Athlone Stadium, which would then become an order of court. The minstrel associations failed to reach an agreement and the matter was postponed to Friday, 28 December 2018. However, today the CCCEC/CTMCA withdrew their urgent application. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town has noted the ongoing reports circulating about an incident that occurred on Clifton Fourth Beach on Sunday, 23 December 2018 where beachgoers were apparently instructed to leave the beach by private security guards.

The City would like to reiterate that public amenities are available to all members of the public and will continue to work hard to ensure safe and good quality beaches for all the people of this city and our visitors, as evidenced by the 10 Blue Flag beaches around the coastline.

We note the statement issued by the company in question, PPA, indicating that they were operating on the authority of the City of Cape Town. The statement is inaccurate.

For the record:

· The City of Cape Town has no contract with PPA

· The City has at no stage given any authority to PPA to enforce by-laws. I met with relevant Area staff this morning to confirm this

· All City beaches are open to all members of the public. While the City is able to set times of usage at beaches, we do not impose this unless there is a specific threat to public safety

· We have confirmed with Camps Bay SAPS that no incidents of rape were reported on Sunday, 23 December 2018 at Clifton Fourth beach Continue reading

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More than 4 000 motorists took the opportunity to clear their fines and warrants ahead of the festive season enabling them to start their holiday travels and the New Year on a clean slate. All indications are that the traffic fine roadshow held in the Cape Town Civic Centre from 10 – 13 December 2018 was once again a resounding success. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Legal Services Department and its partners, Traffic Services and the Revenue Department, worked together to bring City services closer to motorists this week.

The four-day traffic fines roadshow saw fines to the value of over R1,3 million being paid. Motorists had the opportunity to plead for leniency by making representations to the prosecutors for a reduced fine, making general enquiries about traffic fines and warrants, and making payment – all in one venue.

‘The City has committed to taking services to the residents and we need to walk the talk with such initiatives. The roadshow is a one-stop shop where motorists can request for a reduction in the amount to be paid for outstanding fines, query their warrants and make payment. At this time of the year especially, life gets quite hectic for us all and the convenience of having a basket of services under one roof is a good incentive to get motorists to do the right thing. I am pleased that motorists took time out to make their way to the Civic Centre and waited patiently to be served,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Councillor Sharon Cottle.

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The contract between Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS) and the Western Cape Provincial Department of Transport & Public Works makes provision for adjustments to bus fares to offset the effect of increased operational expenses.

Golden Arrow Bus Services will therefore regrettably be increasing its passenger fares by an average of 9.5% as of 31 December 2018.

The adjustment was primarily necessitated by relentless fuel price increases, which despite the recent respite, have nonetheless increased by approximately 34% in the last 18 months.

The Company has implemented rigorous cost absorption measures and continues to focus on improved efficiencies but total operational costs have still increased significantly.

In addition to the sky-rocketing cost of fuel, nationally determined wages increased by 9% and these two cost items make up approximately 74% of Golden Arrow’s total costs.  A fares adjustment is therefore unavoidable.

Passengers can postpone paying the increased fares until 13 January 2019 in the case of 10-ride Gold Card packages (which are valid for 14 days) bought on Sunday 30 December 2018 and until 5 February 2019 in the case of monthly Gold Card packages (valid for 37 days) bought on the same date.

Golden Arrow continues to strive to provide the highest quality service possible to its passengers, and despite the increase, bus travel remains a viable public transport alternative to travelling by private vehicle.

A schedule with details of selected fares is attached, alternatively the new fares can be obtained from the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63. Continue reading

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On Saturday 15 December 2018, Executive Mayor Dan Plato hosted approximately 1 500 Walking School Bus volunteers at a thank you lunch and certificate ceremony at the Cape Town Civic Centre. Read more below:

The Walking Bus initiative, which sees members of the community, specifically parents, volunteering to walk groups of children to and from school as a means to provide a safe transport corridor, was launched by Mayor Plato in 2016 during his time as Western Cape Minister of Community Safety.

Since inception, Walking Buses have been launched in more than 90 areas, with a large number in the Cape Metro, including Lentegeur, Beacon Valley, Bishop Lavis, Scottsdene, Blue Downs, Eerste River, Leonsdale, Elsies River, Bonteheuwel, Hanover Park, Manenberg, and Ocean View.

The programme is supported by schools, Metro Police, Law Enforcement, and Traffic Services, the South African Police Service (SAPS), Community Police Forums (CPFs) and local Neighbourhood Watches (NHWs). Where possible, the Walking Bus members also keep an eye on the perimeter of the schools in the areas where they operate.

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Our year-long programme of collaboration with a wide range of performing groups from throughout the Peninsula climaxes in annual extravaganza – The Cape Town Carnival.

Cape Town, 18 December 2018 – The Cape Town Carnival’s year-long programme works towards the much-anticipated one-night spectacular on 16 March 2019 on the Green Point Fan Walk.

“I’ve developed an extensive understanding of what it means to be a leader, not just in the context of the Cape Town Carnival, but in my community and in other aspects of my life. Being part of the Carnival family has influenced me to bring change in other people’s lives.”

This is what Nonkoliseko Somagu, one of the Cape Town Carnival’s lead performers –has taken away from this year’s planning for the Carnival, and she’s not alone.

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