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Following a request to rename Keizersgracht in District Six to its historical name of Hanover Street, I am now calling on residents and interested and affected parties to share their views as part of an official public participation process. 

With the legacy of Apartheid still present in many aspects of our daily lives, we need to be mindful of the ways in which we can contribute to addressing the wrongs that were committed. One such way is to restore historical names of places, streets and facilities that may have been changed during Apartheid. While there are many hardships that people will remember, there are some names that bring joy to our communities, and with that the memories that have positive associations.

The City recently received a proposal for Keizersgracht in District Six to be renamed Hanover Street.

The forced removals that took place during Apartheid will always bring painful memories to those who resided in District Six. The proposal is that the renaming could assist in igniting good memories for those who suffered from and experienced these removals. Continue reading

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The City’s Electricity Generation and Distribution Department has focused much attention on ensuring that tree encroachment on overhead power lines is minimised as this is a big cause of electricity outages, especially when the stormy weather hits. Read more below:

The City’s Electricity Generation and Distribution Department has been making every effort to minimise electricity outages caused by tree encroachment on overhead power lines, particularly during adverse weather conditions.

As part of ongoing maintenance and in preparation for winter, approximately R15 million has been spent on various efforts across the city. This includes the trimming of trees in various areas, including the Wynberg, Muizenberg, Mowbray, Parow, Helderberg, Bloemhof and Oostenberg depot distribution areas, where tree encroachment on overhead power lines is common.

Work has also been done to address the problem of open pole top boxes to prevent water ingress which also contributes to outages in winter, in various areas, including the Gugulethu and Mitchells Plain depot distribution areas.

Further efforts also include general maintenance of power lines and converting overhead power lines to underground power lines where necessary.

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On Thursday, 27 June 2019, the City of Cape Town hosted a certificate handover ceremony for 28 beneficiaries of the City’s Kader Asmal Skills Development Programme to recognise their participation and dedication during the first year of the programme. The wife, Louise and son, Adam of the late Professor Kader Asmal were also in attendance. The City has invested a total of R3,48 million in the programme to equip students and workers with the skills and knowledge required for work opportunities within the Environmental Management sector. Read more below:

The City launched the Kader Asmal Skills Development Programme last year and has since then achieved encouraging results. The programme provides thorough in-field experience for various graduates and workers who eagerly seek a career within the Environmental Management sector. The training spans over a period of three years where participants work within the Invasive Species Unit in the City’s Biodiversity Management branch. Here they gain a sound understanding of wetland rehabilitation and invasive species management.

‘We are well aware that graduates and workers mostly struggle to gain in-field experience within the environmental management sphere. We aim to bridge this gap by identifying roles which are most in demand within this field and tailoring a programme which equips beneficiaries with the required skills. Our main objective is to provide an opportunity for these participants to gain two to three years’ of practical experience, which is the minimum requirement for most entry-level positions within the industry,’ said the City’s Acting Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Grant Twigg.

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DHL Western Province and Shark action in White Rivers to close out Youth Weeks

The 2019 edition of the Under-13 SA Rugby Craven Week and Under-16 SA Rugby Grant Khomo Week will conclude in dramatic fashion on Friday with DHL Western Province and the Sharks meeting each other in the final match of both tournaments.

The DHL Western Province Under-13’s have treated their opponents in their three matches so far as mere speedbumps and will be keen to get going against the Sharks, who scored an impressive win over the Bidvest Waltons Golden Lions on Thursday. Their wins ensured that the two teams were the only undefeated sides in the tournament.

The Under-16 SA Rugby Grant Khomo Week will see the Cape side – who has scored 18 tries and conceded only three – take on the KwaZulu-Natalians, who are also still undefeated, although they played to a draw against SWD on Wednesday.

Thursday’s action at the scenic Rob Ferreira High School marked the third round of the Under-13 SA Rugby Craven Week.

Match summaries:

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Junior Springbok coach Chean Roux shuffled his team for their World Rugby U20 Championship bronze playoff at the Racecourse Stadium in Rosario on Saturday, with four players – David Kriel (centre), David Coetzer (flyhalf), Sanele Nohamba (scrumhalf) and Kudzwai Dube (prop) – earning their first starts in the competition.

Roux made six changes to the starting XV that ran out against France in the semi-final, with the other new faces in the team to face Argentina being flankers Celimpilo Gumede and Jaco Labuschagne.

They replace Marnus Potgieter (centre), James Mollentze (flyhalf), Jaden Hendrikse (scrumhalf), Sibusiso Sangweni, Dylan Richardson (both flankers) and Dian Bleuler (prop) respectively.

“We suffered a few injuries in the last match, which forced us to make a few changes, but I also think it is important to get fresh players on the field who can inject a new energy into the side after a disappointing performance against France,” said Roux.

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The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department will be conducting pressure management operations in a number of areas across the metro as indicated in the table below. 

Residents are advised to please take note of the date and time as per the following schedule:

Date Time Affected suburbs
Monday 24 June 2019 20:00 – 00:00 Big Bay, Blouberg Hills Estate, Sandown Estate, Dune Ridge and Bloubergstrand
Tuesday 25 June 2019 18:00 – 00:00


Wednesday 26 June 2019 20:00 – 00:00 Sunningdale and Blouberg Sands

All taps should be kept closed during this period to prevent any water loss and/or damage when the water supply is restored. Residents are kindly requested to store water in clean, sealed containers for use during this period if required.

The City apologises for any inconvenience that may be caused.

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Transitioning from Fluorinated gases (and others) to green cooling solutions a key focus on RAC workshop and the fight to #BeatAirPollution

Stellenbosch, with a focus on air pollution during World Environment Month, DEA&DP and the Free State of Bavaria hosted a technical workshop on transitioning to green cooling solutions.

The industrial refrigeration and air conditioning sector contributes to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, because these applications make use of fluorinated gases, as refrigerants. These “F-gases” have high global warming potentials that are up to several thousand times more potent than carbon dioxide (CO2). DEA&DP’s mandate has always been to advocate for a more resilient and sustainable environment by encouraging the switch to energy efficient and climate-friendly cooling technologies.

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The SuperSport Rugby Challenge final between the Pumas, and Tafel Lager Griquas in Saldanha on Sunday might be a repeat of last year – when the two sides contested the final in Oudtshoorn with Pumas winning – but that is one of the few unchanged aspects of the SSRC in 2019.

The 2019 tournament saw a newcomer in Zimbabwe Academy – playing out of False Bay Rugby Club in Constantia – as well as a new format with eight teams each split into the North and South Sections. It also delivered new venues (and then some!) to all contestants, with games played from Paternoster on the West Coast to KwaNyamazane in the northeast corner of South Africa.

A first ever final (and Rugby Festival) in the Transnet Saldanha Stadium on Sunday will add another feather in the cap for all concerned and for the referee, Ben Crouse, another box ticked in what has proved to be a globe-trotting year.

Crouse in February and March took charge in a number of matches in the USA Major League Rugby (MLR) competition, which prepared him well for the travels he undertook in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge this year.

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The Under-16 and Under-18 teams of DHL Western Province came through the SA Rugby Under-16 and SA Rugby Under-18 Girls Week undefeated in Johannesburg when the two national tournaments concluded on Friday.

The Under-16 team won all three matches and held sway over Border in their final match of the tournament played at Jeppe Boys High with a 41-12 win. The Blue Bulls and SWD teams earlier played to an exciting draw in their Under-16 clash and were the only other teams not suffering defeats during the 24 matches played since Monday.

In the Under-18 Week, DHL Western Province shared the undefeated spoils with hosts, Bidvest Waltons Golden Lions, who also looked strong en route to their three wins, including a five-try win over Boland today.

The Cape side won 17-3 against the Blue Bulls to lower the Pretoria team’s flag for the first time this week.

The two tournaments provided an exciting platform for 736 female players to showcase their talents.

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