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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER: TRANSPORT FOR CAPE TOWN, COUNCILLOR BRETT HERRON

Each year Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority, undertakes major maintenance projects to mitigate and limit potential flooding associated with the winter rainfall season. Read more below:

By the end of May 2016, the planning department of Transport for Cape Town (TCT) would have spent more than 90% of our budget intended for the maintenance and cleaning of stormwater infrastructure, channels, canals and rivers.

Apart from the proactive maintenance and planned cleaning undertaken by TCT’s eight district offices, the personnel from TCT’s 20 local road depots across the eight areas also do reactive maintenance as and when residents report blockages to the City through the C3 fault reporting notification system. Continue reading

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On Thursday afternoon, 19 May at around 15h00 Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services (EMS) was contacted by the captain of a fishing vessel 300 nautical miles off our Western Coastline experiencing a cardiac event.

The 43 year old captain, a US Citizen from the fishing vessel, Iron Maiden informed EMS of chest pains and numbness in his fingers. He indicated his intention to continue to Saldanha Bay for medical attention, but out of concern for his safety we alerted the 22nd squadron from Ysterplaat Airforce Base as well as the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) to please assist and intervene.

On Saturday morning at 7h00 EMS personnel alongside an MRCC crew boarded a 22ndsquadron helicopter and proceded to collect the captain 60 nautical miles from Saldanha Bay.

At 10h34 the captain was safely transferred by EMS ambulance from Ysterplaat Airforce Base to Christiaan Barnard Hospital in a critical but stable condition.

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30 patients were treated on scene for chlorine gas inhalation in Green Point at around 9h00 this morning. Another 11 patients with more severe exposure symptoms were rushed to Green Point Day Hospital as well as Grootte Schuur and New Somerset Hospitals by Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services and ER24.

An unmarked Chlorine gas cylinder found on the corner of Bay and Fritz Sonnenberg roads, opposite the City Park building is believed to be responsible for the incident.

chlorine gas exposure can result in symptoms of acute airway obstruction including wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and dyspnea.

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The Vodacom Bulls are back from a difficult Australian trip and will be determined to lift their game at Loftus Versfeld and avoid a record fifth straight loss against their fierce southern rivals, the DHL Stormers, when the sides meet in the late Saturday Vodacom Super Rugby fixture. Kick-off is at 19h20.
The men from Pretoria returned home from their Australian trip with only one win from three matches. The Capetonians, on the other hand, travel to the North on the back of a fortuitous draw against the Sunwolves in Singapore last weekend, where a last-gasp converted try salvaged a 17-17 result in the Far East. Another bruising local derby is expected in Pretoria.

Earlier, the Emirates Lions will be looking to consolidate their position at the top of the South African group standings. However, in order to do that they will have to overcome a stiff challenge from Argentine Jaguares. It will be the first local fixture on Saturday, which kicks off at 15h00 at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg. Continue reading

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This from news24.com:

Komatipoort – Despite evidence suggesting otherwise, an Mpumalanga local municipality has denied barring EFF leader Julius Malema from using municipal stadiums to address his supporters.

The decision comes barely days after leaders of political parties pledged to abide by the provisions of the South African Electoral Code not to sabotage other parties during election campaigns.

Nkomazi municipality spokesperson Cyril Ripinga confirmed that the municipality had taken a decision that no activities would be allowed to take place in all the local stadia, as the pitches had been damaged during a recent soccer tournament.

Full story here:

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/mpumalanga-municipality-bans-malema-event-eff-20160519

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There are just three changes to the DHL Western Province team to take on the Steval Pumas in Nelspruit this weekend.

Following their convincing victory against the EP Kings at City Park, coach John Dobson has been able to maintain some valuable continuity for the match which kicks off at 19h00 at Mbombela Stadium on Friday.

With Grant Hermanus sidelined due to a hip-pointer injury Devon Williams moves to fullback, and his place on the wing is taken by the returning Khanyo Ngcukana, while in midfield Tim Whitehead slots in at outside centre.

The only change in the forward pack sees JD Schickerling make his first appearance of the campaign, with Meyer Swanepoel moving to the replacements bench.

Dobson said that while it is encouraging to have some settled combinations, his team know they are in for a tough examination up in Nelspruit. Continue reading

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Damian de Allende will earn his 50th Vodacom Super Rugby cap for the DHL Stormers in the clash with the Vodacom Bulls at Loftus Versfeld this weekend.

The 24-year-old centre made his debut for the DHL Stormers in 2013, and has since established himself as a key player, winning the 2015 SA Vodacom Super Rugby Player of the Year award.

De Allende will link up with Johnny Kotze in midfield with co-captain Juan de Jongh sidelined due to a hamstring strain, while Leolin Zas returns from suspension to take Kotze’s place on the wing.

The only other change to the backline which started against the Sunwolves in Singapore sees scrumhalf Nic Groom swop places with Louis Schreuder who starts on the replacements bench.

In the loose trio Schalk Burger will start at No.8, with Nizaam Carr shifting to flank and Rynhardt Elstadt moving to the replacements bench. Continue reading

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Five urban artists, four with their roots in Mitchells Plain and another from Heideveld, are the creators of the vibrant artwork that has been installed at the MyCiTi station in the Town Centre in Mitchells Plain recently. Read more below:

To date, Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the City of Cape Town’s transport authority, has commissioned more than 50 artworks at MyCiTi stations across the city.

‘We use this as an opportunity to showcase the talent of our local artists and to give visitors a sense of who we are. As such, we have requested five renowned street artists – also known as graffiti artists – from the metro-south east to create visual images depicting the heritage, culture and vibe of the Town Centre in Mitchells Plain, using spray-paint as their medium,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.

To their families they are known as Wayne Beukes, Maxwell Southgate, Tony Coetzee, André Beukes and Rayaan Cassiem – but as artists and to their admirers the five men go by the names of Conform, Mak1One, Ice7, Drone and Rayzer. Apart from Rayzer who is originally from Heideveld, all of the other urban artists were born in Mitchells Plain.

Mak1One also created the mural for the Omuramba MyCiTi station in Racecourse Road in Milnerton, and Conform contributed to the artwork at the Circle East and Turfclub MyCiTi stations. Continue reading

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