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I am perturbed by the increase in the number of attacks on City of Cape Town firefighters and infrastructure in the last six months.

We witnessed one of the most blatant instances when residents of Siqalo attacked firefighters responding to an incident in November last year. The delay resulted in 15 structures being destroyed by fire instead of the four that were alight when the Fire and Rescue Service teams arrived.

What appeared to be an isolated incident at the time has subsequently escalated into an untenable situation. Between 1 January and 4 April 2016, we recorded at least 17 incidents in Klipheuwel, Khayelitsha, Retreat, Vrygrond, Dunoon, Elsies River, Manenberg and Nyanga where Fire and Rescue vehicles were stoned, forcing staff to retreat from the areas in question and robbing residents of a potentially lifesaving service. Continue reading

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Toyota Cheetahs rewrite record books but Cell C Sharks halted in Auckland

Vodacom Bulls keep pressure on local leaders with win over Reds at Loftus

The Emirates Lions continued with their impressive start to the Vodacom Super Rugby campaign with a 29-22 South African derby win over the DHL Stormers at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on Saturday evening.

Wing Ruan Combrinck and replacement scrumhalf Faf de Klerk scored a try each to steer them to a deserved win, while Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies marshalled proceedings superbly for the home team. Jantjies contributed 19 points thanks to four penalties, two conversions and a drop goal.

Springbok flank Siya Kolisi stepped his way through for the Cape side’s solitary try as the visitors remain top of the first Africa Conference while picking up a picking up a losing bonus-point. Rookie flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis kicked 17 points for the visitors in another good display in the No 10 jersey. Continue reading

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Our bus does two trips per day:

  1. To fetch school children for the lessons that are facilitated in the Garden. We refer to these groups as “guided”.
  2. To fetch young children from Educare Centres as well as senior citizens. We call this the “self-guided” groups because we only provide the transport – they go into the Garden on  their own.

The transport that we offer senior citizen groups is so popular that we are normally fully booked by midyear and need to start a waiting list for the following year from  that point on. Jackie, our admin assistant, takes the bookings and can be contacted at 021 799 8670 or   Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town will deploy additional buses on the N2 Express route between Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha and Cape Town to assist commuters who may be affected by the expected delays of Metrorail trains tomorrow, 18 April 2016. The Golden Arrow Bus Service will also deploy additional buses on routes across the city to prevent commuters from being stranded. 

Firstly I want to condemn the violence and the destruction of Metrorail infrastructure and carriages that took place on Thursday evening, 14 April 2016, and the early evening of Friday, 15 April 2016, at the Kraaifontein staging yard and the Cape Town and Woodstock stations.

We cannot ignore the fact that Metrorail is in a state of crisis.

The sabotage of the service by illegal strikers and the longstanding issues with Metrorail’s infrastructure – among which defective signal systems and point detection, as well as electrical malfunction – must be addressed as a matter of urgency. Continue reading

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Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron on Friday was satisfied with the progress made by his provisional Junior Springbok training squad since they assembled in camp two weeks ago and feels there are several positives to build on as they prepare for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Manchester from 7 to 25 June.

The training squad has been hard at work at training to familiarise themselves with the structures and systems put in place by Theron and his coaching team for the international showpiece, and they capped this off with a contact session against the Western Province Rugby Institute in Stellenboschon Friday morning.

The innovation showed on attack combined with their solid defensive effort by the players impressed Theron, who said: “It was pleasing to see the players’ skill levels on attack and the way they put their bodies on the line on defence, so there are several positives we can build on as our preparation intensifies for the World Championship. The handling skills, in particular, were really impressive, and it was pleasing to see how the players mixed things up on attack. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town has decided to extend the comment period on its Draft Budget for the 2016/17 to 2018/19 financial year by a week, to 29 April 2016, in an effort to garner more public input for consideration. 

The City’s hopes that by extending the period for public comment on the Draft Budget, comprising approximately R40,7 billion for the 2016/17 financial year, it will give more residents more time to scrutinise the document and to contribute their insights and suggestions.

‘It is important that we plan with the people of Cape Town and not for them through a collaborative approach. Our residents and ratepayers must therefore scrutinise the draft budget and send us their comments for consideration.

‘We have had to look very closely at balancing the City’s operational needs with the realities on the ground and the broader context in which we are working. We have looked at where we can trim the fat, work more efficiently, get more value for money, and also alleviate the pressure on our residents where at all possible,’ said the City’s Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson. Continue reading

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