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One of the largest trees in the Company’s Garden has officially been recognised as a Champion Tree by the National Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries. Towering at almost 27 meters, the majestic Ficus Elastica, or Rubber Tree, has a crown diameter of 38.4 metres and stands guard at the northern entrance to Cape Town’s oldest garden.

The National Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries recently made the announcement after an amendment to the National Forests Act, 1998 was gazetted.

The Champion Tree Project started in 2003 and is a national initiative that identifies, protects and promotes exceptionally big and impressive trees in South Africa.

More than 90 trees have been identified thus far and the Ficus Elastica in the Company’s Garden stood out based on its size index and historical location.

Ficus Elastica is part of the Fig genus species, which is native to north-east India and southern Indonesia and forms part of the Banyan group of figs.

‘The City’s Recreation and Parks Department is delighted about the accolade. It is only through recognition, education and awareness that we will be better prepared to care for our trees which plays such an important role in our built environment. The recognition and acknowledgement means a lot as Champion Trees are now enjoying protected status,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.

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The City’s Safety and Security Directorate is primed to play a key role in the administration’s efforts to ensure public safety. 

The City of Cape Town’s Safety and Security Directorate is once again leading the charge to keep residents and visitors safe this festive season.

The City has, over many years, devised an operational plan that serves as a blueprint and guides enforcement efforts, but also general public safety priorities and other demands on the administration over this period, like cleaning services, traffic congestion and Events.

A summary of the operational plan is available here:

‘In just a few weeks, Cape Town will usher in the festive season with the traditional switching on of the lights event on the Grand Parade. This is one of the biggest events on our annual calendar, and but one of the many demands on our City services over the period. Apart from boots on the ground to ensure safety and security, there are road closures to manage, public safety assessments from a disaster risk perspective and even post-event clean up. Many of us will be enjoying some downtime after a long year, and we would like to express our gratitude to the thousands of City staff who will be working very hard behind the scenes to keep us safe,’ said Executive Mayor, Alderman Dan Plato.

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Today, the Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, attended the launch of the Western Cape SAPS’ Safer Festive Season Campaign at the SAPS training academy in Philippi. Minister Fritz has welcomed the launch and calls on each individual in the province to play in their part in ensuring the safety of themselves and others over the festive break. Please see photos attached.

Minister Fritz said, “I note that SAPS’ festive plan was launched at 10pm last night and has already yielded results. As the Western Cape Government, we welcome the launch of the campaign as it aims to keep every citizen of the province safe. My Department will equally play its part by capacitating Neighbourhood Watches, Community Policing Forums and related initiatives. At the same time, I call on each and every individual to ensure their own safety, and those in their care, over the festive break to make it a truly enjoyable time for all.”

Minister Fritz added, “One the most significant initiatives hosted by the Department of Community Safety to ensure safety over the festive season is the youth and safety religious programme, which is currently in its 8th year of implementation. The YSRP works with over 141 faith based organisations and keeps young people off the street and out of harm’s way over the festive break.”

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The City of Cape Town would like to encourage account holders not to wait until the last minute and rather pay their accounts as soon as possible to avoid possible debt management and legal action. Read more below:

The City is calling on all account holders to settle their accounts before year-end or face debt management actions which could negatively impact them over the festive season. Debt actions have been intensified, especially against frequent defaulters and those who are able to pay but choose not to do so. As always, the City has programmes in place to assist its vulnerable residents who genuinely do not have the means to pay.

‘We are appealing to all account holders to pay their outstanding debt ahead of the holidays, especially to prevent services from being cut off over the holiday period due to non-payment. There’s no need for those who are struggling financially to do so alone. Hoping that the debt will go away or ignoring the problem is not the answer, and there is help on offer.

‘As a caring city, we make allowance for residents who are unable to pay for basic services to make representation to the City for relief, and for those who are struggling to pay their municipal accounts to enter into an agreed arrangement/instalment plan to pay off their arrears,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Finance, Alderman Ian Neilson.

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Cape Town is one of the best-value business tourism and travel destinations for international visitors. Over the last year the city hosted 51 international association meetings, attracting over 26 000 delegates. The 30 bids secured over this last year has an estimated economic impact of more than R1.2 billion. Read more below:

It was a great pleasure to speak at the 4th Annual Tourism, Hotel Investment and Networking Conference (THINC) this morning.

My mission and vision for my directorate is to ensure we provide the environment that supports growth, so that we can attract investment which will lead to more jobs for the people of Cape Town.

Wesgro, one of the City funded Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs), specifically focuses on promoting the City of Cape Town as the destination of choice for meetings, incentive travel offered by international businesses, conferences and events (MICE).

I am proud of the successes achieved by the Bureau and I am thrilled to confirm that our City will play host to many more MICE events in the coming year, especially the World Ophthalmology, Spaceops and the HIV Research for Prevention Conferences. These conventions will bring in almost 17 000 delegates with yet more positive knock-on benefits for our city.

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Join Western Cape on Wellness (WOW) and the Chrysalis Youth Academy tomorrow in their walk against gender-based violence. White ribbons will be handed out on the walk.

“As we walk, we remember those who have been injured and those who have died. We raise our voices not so that we can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard”

Where: Green Point Lighthouse, 100 Beach Road, Mouille Point, Cape Town.

When: Saturday, 9th November 2019, 09h00 until 11h00

Dress: Wear comfortable clothing, a black T-shirt, walking shoes & bring your water

Thank you for helping us to Create a Culture of Wellness Together!

Following their impressive win over England at the Rugby World Cup final last week, South Africa’s national rugby team, the Springboks, have embarked on a national trophy tour to celebrate with the country.

Cape Town is the final leg of the Victory Tour, where the team will celebrate with thousands of supporters in some parts of the metro.

The City of Cape Town, in conjunction with the South African Rugby Union (SARU), has been working hard over the last week to put together a celebration to honour the team as well as the millions of fans who have been cheering for them during the tournament.

‘As the City of Cape Town and citizens of this beautiful country, we are proud of the hard work this team has put in and which has culminated in them being crowned World Champions.

‘We are ready to welcome them to Cape Town for a gees-filled victory parade and I want to call on all of Cape Town to come out and show their support for our Bokke. We want to show our gratitude to them for bringing home the cup and making all of South Africa so proud of them.  We are also thrilled that, as a cherry on top, Cape Town will be the home of the Webb Ellis Cup for the next four years,’ said Executive Mayor Dan Plato.

The victory parade will kick off with a mini concert at City Hall and Grand Parade on Monday 11 November 2019 at 11:00 before the team takes the Webb Ellis Cup on a tour of the CBD, Langa, Belhar and Elsies River.

While waiting for their heroes, fans gathering on the Grand Parade will be entertained by special performances from Early B, Fancy Galada, the SA Navy Band and other local entertainers.

The culmination of the world’s largest global DJ competition; Red Bull 3Style, is coming to South Africa this December and Mzansi’s top-notch DJs; DJ Cassie, Eighty6, Sash B, GREMLIN, DJ LATiNO and DJ Shameless will go up against one another for an opportunity to compete on a global scale. The winner of the national final will head to the tenth edition of the Red Bull 3Style World DJ Championships in Moscow, Russia, in April next year.

With the local edition scheduled to take place at the District NightClub, for the first time in Cape Town, on Saturday, 14 December 2019, Red Bull 3Style has been advancing and celebrating the culture of DJing since 2010. The six local DJs will prove their skills and ability to get a party jumping in a 15-minute mix showcasing at least three music genres.

The format of the competition will enable each competing DJ to play a combination of at least three musical genres within a 15 minutes slot, aiming to impress the judges and the crowd. The skills needed to become South Africa’s top partyrocker will be judged on the DJ’s originality, skills, music selection and crowd response.

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Recent rains have given a welcome boost to the dams supplying the City. Dams were 84,5% full as of this morning, 4 November 2019, up by 2,4% from the previous week. Although dams are relatively full, this is more due to reduced water consumption than the end of drought. Rainfall this winter is still below average. 

While there seems to be much excitement all round as dam levels increase, the City of Cape Town asks residents to please keep in mind that rainfall this year was again below average. This is the 5th Winter running that this has been the case.

On the upside, the data shows that residents are still using water conservatively, with consumption for the past week down to 600 million litres/day. Currently the consumption target for the City is 650 million litres/day.

‘As we come to the end of the 2019 rainy season, residents should be congratulated on their approach to water saving up to this point, as this has been absolutely crucial to our recovery thus far. However, there still remains significant uncertainty around how much rain we are likely to get in years to come, and as such, we believe it is wise to maintain a water-wise approach for the short to medium term.

‘Residents should do their best to remain conscious of, and responsive to restriction levels as this will ensure the right balance between minimising inconvenience and ensuring water is available for the City to function. However, if consumption patterns this winter are anything to go by, maintaining a sustainable level of consumption should be no problem for our citizens. ’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste, Alderman Xanthea Limberg.

Please visit for all water-related information and Frequently Asked Questions.

The City of Cape Town’s Urban Management Directorate has sophisticated plans to transform the newly upgraded Grand Parade market into a modern, vibrant, commercially sustainable environment through its e-permit system with individual traders.

The Grand Parade market has been in existence for a number of years. The Wednesday and Saturday markets have become an institution and, over time, has been complemented by daily trading on the edge of the square.

The location of the Grand Parade market and the history of informal traders in the area creates the prime opportunity to transform the newly upgraded market into a modern, vibrant, and commercially sustainable environment .

Currently the City has month-to-month lease agreements with the traders’ associations, who in turn lease out the trading bays to each informal trader operating in that precinct.

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