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During the City of Cape Town’s Urban Sustainability Internship Programme awards ceremony which was held on Friday 29 January 2016 at the Two Oceans Aquarium, six interns were honoured for their outstanding contributions. Read more below:

The City’s Urban Sustainability Internship Programme offers interns the opportunity to enhance, reinforce and strengthen their academic knowledge and practical skills, making them more marketable for job opportunities because of their work experience.

‘The past 10 years of investment is testament to the City’s commitment to creating opportunities for young professionals and empowering them, through skills development, to promote and contribute to our environmental sustainability. The programme has proven its success and effectiveness in producing exceptional young professionals over the past decade. Continue reading

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The City will simulate an emergency exercise in Simon’s Town to test the response of various agencies to a rail disaster. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre is coordinating a safety exercise at the Simon’s Town railway station on Tuesday 2 February 2016, simulating a rail disaster.

The exercise is being done in collaboration with various other agencies including the City Fire and Rescue Service, Metrorail, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, Transnet, the South African Police Service, the South African National Defence Force, the National Sea Rescue Institute, Emergency Medical Services and Forenic Pathology Services.

The scenario will involve a train colliding with a diesel tanker en route to the Simon’s Town Naval Base, causing the train to catch alight. A hazardous spill will also form part of the scenario. Members of the public – pet owners in particular – are advised that smoke grenades and thunder flashes will be used. Continue reading

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Sun International’s Zambian property, The Royal Livingstone has been voted into Africa’s top ten best places to visit by tourists.

The five star hotel, situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, was chosen out of hundreds of possible places that the well heeled have access to in Africa.
A survey, conducted by the New World Wealth report, reveals which safari destinations in Africa are the most popular, but while The Royal Livingstone is a hotel, not a lodge, it was – nevertheless – voted as a preferred destination.
The report stated that South Africa remained the most popular destination on the continent. However, lodges dotted across Africa, and the Royal Livingstone Hotel, were singled out in the top ten super luxury category.

The hotel, renowned for its superb service and colonial-inspired décor, is named after the famous explorer David Livingstone.

Graeme Stephens, CEO of Sun International said: “We are delighted with the accolade, but not at all surprised. The Royal Livingstone is quite unique, situated as it is on the banks of the mighty Zambezi, overlooking the seventh natural wonder of the world, Victoria Falls.

“We are very proud of all our staff at the Royal Livingstone who embody service excellence. This acknowledgement from the world’s richest tourists is really a tribute to their dedication. Our people go that extra mile to ensure guest satisfaction, and it appears to have paid off.”

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The City Hall Clock is once again running on time after several glitches and subsequent repairs to this half-scale replica of Big Ben in London. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town undertook emergency repairs on the iconic City Hall clock after it stopped working in November 2013, and had been operated manually for short periods of time up until the fault was addressed and repaired.

‘Restoration and repairs have been completed on the City Hall clock and it is once again in full working order,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Garreth Bloor.

The clock in the turret is modelled on London’s Big Ben and is exactly half the size. It strikes the hours and chimes the Westminster Quarters.

‘A few contractors were called in to assess the problems, and it was decided that we needed to find a more specialised subcontractor who has the experience and a better understanding of historical clock mechanisms,’ explained Councillor Bloor. Continue reading

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Building kits are currently being issued to the 24 families who lost their homes during yesterday’s fire. The City of Cape Town, with the help of supporting organisations, has been making every effort to expedite the process to ensure that the families who have been affected by fires in Imizamo Yethu are able to rebuild their lives, through the issuing of building kits and the provision of humanitarian relief. Read more below:

Most recently, 27 families were affected by a fire that took place near the reservoir in Dontse Yahke, Hout Bay yesterday, 1 February 2016.

Currently 24 enhanced emergency kits are being issued to the families whose structures were completely damaged. Three relocation kits have been issued to the families whose structures were partially affected.

All of the timber poles that are handed out as part of these kits have been treated with fire-retardant paint prior to being issued.

The enhanced emergency kit includes nails, poles, galvanised corrugated steel roof sheets, a door with a lockset or padlock, and a window. The City of Cape Town is the only metro in the country that assists residents affected by fires and floods in this manner. Continue reading

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Golden Arrow Bus Services is pleased to announce the appointment of Derick Meyer as its new General Manager.

Meyer joined the company in 1981 and has since occupied a number of management positions, specialising in scheduling and operations, including his most recent as Manager of our subsidiary company, Table Bay Rapid Transit.

According to Chairman of the Golden Arrow Board Yunis Shaik, Meyer comes with a wealth of experience and a unique range of institutional knowledge. “On behalf of the Board of Directors I would like to extend a warm welcome to Derick Meyer as he steps into the post of General Manager. We have full confidence in his ability to make this position his own and wish him well in his new position,” says Shaik.

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Burger King joins other major brands in eliminating eggs from hens confined in battery cages

Cape Town — Burger King has committed to eliminating eggs produced by hens confined in cages from its egg supply chain by switching to 100 percent cage-free eggs.

The announcement comes via Burger King’s parent company, Restaurant Brands International. It applies to all the company’s brands worldwide—including Burger King and Tim Hortons, Canada’s largest restaurant chain—with a goal of accomplishing the transition in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico by 2025.

Throughout the world, a large proportion of egg-laying hens are confined for their whole lives in wire battery cages, so small they cannot even fully stretch their wings.

Elissa Lane, deputy director for Humane Society International, said: “Burger King joining the cage-free movement in Mexico is a clear signal that the future of egg production is cage-free.  We look forward to seeing Burger King set a similar timeline for its restaurants in Asia, Africa, and the rest of Latin America.”

Other companies that have committed to sourcing 100 percent cage-free eggs include Grupo Bimbo, Marriott International, Nestle and Unilever. Globally, the cage-free movement includes dozens of the food industry’s largest players.

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