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The V&A Waterfront has become the first African company of its size and magnitude to achieve Diamond class status under the Heritage Environmental Management classification.
The V&A Waterfront’s journey with Heritage Environmental Management began in 2012 with a Silver classification. After establishing a Sustainability Committee, the Waterfront soon rose to Gold and then Platinum classification.
To achieve Platinum class, businesses must have a fully integrated environmental management system in place, and must score a minimum of 94% on their annual environmental sustainability audits.
To proceed to Diamond classification, the Waterfront had to demonstrate a continued socially responsible commitment towards environmental practices and community involvement. A further condition was that the Waterfront consistently attains Platinum status for a minimum period of five years, as it had done.
The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) along with the rest of South Africa commemorates National Disability Rights Awareness Month annually between 3 November and 3 December.
For the 2019/2020 financial year, DSD has committed R 160.9 million for programmes and initiatives for people with disabilities across the province. In 2009/10 financial year , the budget was a mere R 50. 85 million, compared to R 160, 9 million budgeted for the current financial year. Between 2014 and the end of March 2019, the Department increased the access of ‘persons with disabilities ‘ and their care givers/ parents and families to specialised support services from 55 323 to 99 800.
The current budget allocation has enabled DSD to provide funding for more than 220 Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) which includes, residential care facilities for adults and children with disabilities, day-care centres for both children and adults with disabilities, protective workshops and social service organisations.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities does not attempt to define disability per se but rather recognises disability as an evolving concept and that disability results from the interaction between the persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinders their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.
The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi, together with representatives from the Social Housing Company (SOHCO), Ward Councillor, Dave Bryant, and other dignitaries today, 4 November 2019, took a walk on the site in Pine Road, Woodstock which is earmarked for a social housing development. It is expected to become a flagship social housing partnership project for the City. Read more below:
On 31 October 2019 Council approved the sale of land in Pine Road and Dillon Lane in Woodstock for the development of social housing rental units. The deeds of sale for the Pine Road and Dillon Lane sites are expected to be concluded at the end of November 2019, if all goes according to plan.
‘We are visiting the site today to show Cape Town how strongly we believe in the social housing model and ask all in Cape Town to help us to reimagine the future Cape Town that we want: one where people live closer to where they work and to where the opportunities are and where apartheid’s enduring grip on the spatial patterns of our cities can be increasingly loosened going forward.
Following council approval, the City of Cape Town will be entering into a multi-year agreement with the DSTV Mitchells Plain Festival. Read more below:
The City of Cape Town will sign a new three-year agreement with the organisers of the popular DSTV Mitchells Plain Festival and will endeavor to enter into multi-year agreements with other community-orientated events.
This means the City will support the festival for the 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 financial years.
This will include City and Event services namely Electricity Services, Law Enforcement, Metro Police Services, Traffic Management Services, Fire & Rescue Services, Solid Waste, Disaster Risk Management as well as waiver of venue costs for Westridge Gardens.
‘The DSTV Mitchells Plain Festival is one of Cape Town’s biggest annual events, attracting roughly 40 000 people every year and it is one residents always look forward to attending.
The City has been informed that a decision has now been made to cancel this weekend’s Drift City event, after consulting the South African Weather Service. It is most unfortunate that the event has now been scuppered twice by predicted strong winds and the City is hopeful that 2020 will be kinder to the event organisers. The Drift City team has indicated that ticket refunds will be available from Monday 4 November 2019. They can be contacted at Pr@driftcity.co.za.
The City of Cape Town’s Health Department officially opened their eighth Matrix® site for alcohol and drug treatment, this time in Scottsdene, Kraaifontein. Read more below:
The City is proud to offer the Matrix® programme at an eighth site and within the local community health facility. This will improve access to a range of evidence based treatment interventions to address alcohol and drug related issues, especially in the lead up to the festive season. This is a stressful time for many people for a number of reasons and can be a trigger for substance abuse. It’s also the time of year when alcohol is a prominent feature during celebrations,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.
For the last financial year, July 2018 to the end June 2019, there has been 2 258 screenings at the other seven sites with the clean drug test rate for clients at 83% during the same period.
The City of Cape Town recently endorsed employees from the Spatial Planning and Urban Development departments to complete a course in property development and investment at the University of Cape Town. The candidates selected for this training are urban planners and project managers who work within the spatial planning and urban catalytic investment teams at the City. Read more below:
In an effort to orient its urban development programmes and projects towards an investment-led focus, the City has recently invested in the training of some professionals within its spatial planning and urban development teams. One of the aims is to promote the understanding within these teams of how the public sector plays a role in creating an enabling environment which promotes economic growth and sustainability.
Cape Town’s legendary radio star STAN MARS has been named the host of the upcoming wrestling extravaganza at Grand West! Don’t miss Good Hope fm’s midmorning voice as the ringmaster when The Africa Wrestling Alliance (AWA) in conjunction with Top Stars Wrestling (TWS) battles it out during the COLLISION TOUR.
TSW will be bringing a world-class roster with, consisting of wrestlers from all over the globe while in turn AWA stars such as Johnny Palazzio, “Mad” Jack-Maverick, Freakshow, Little Hillbilly and Mike Xander, amongst others, take on the best that TSW will be presenting, including NXT star Monster Tarver and 2nd generation wrestling star, Wes Brisco.
The massive event, action-packed for the whole family to enjoy, will take place at the Grand Arena, GrandWest Casino in Cape Town on Wednesday, 30 October 2019.
Over and above these attractions, a bonus event will also be taking place with a match between Amber Nova (Impact Wrestling and WWE NXT) and Kelly Klein (the current Ring of Honour Women’s champion).
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As we at Bush Radio fight to keep the station going financially through our crowdfunding campaign and engagements with government, we are concerned to learn of developments to close up to 43 community radio stations in South Africa.
The National Community Radio Forum (NCRF), of which Bush Radio is a founding member, today issued a press statement highlighting the plans of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to shut down certain stations for various reasons.
Today we commemorate Black Wednesday 42 years ago – October 19, 1977 – when the apartheid government banned several newspapers, organisations and journalists.
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Alderman Dan Plato today launched his pothole-repair campaign to tackle areas where potholes need fixing as part of his drive to sharpen service delivery. Mayor Plato visited two areas with the city’s road repair staff and assisted with repairs.
‘The purpose of this campaign is to refocus on the basics of service delivery and to remind residents that we are committed to ensuring that more people experience the benefit of efficient service delivery. The formation of potholes during winter is a common occurrence as it is directly related to the heavy rainfalls and the age or condition of the roads. Now that the weather conditions are more favourable, city road repair teams will be hard at work repairing potholes and undertaking general maintenance across the city to ensure that the roads you drive, travel to work on, cycle on, are in good condition. We have a plan to do permanent repairs to ensure a better quality repair,’ said Executive Mayor Dan Plato.
This campaign is part of a Back-to-Basics approach to service delivery. The City’s Roads Department spent R38 million addressing 19929 pothole incidents during last financial year (2018/19). Water is the main cause of potholes, but it can also form due to diesel spillages, vehicle collisions, fires, and inadequate road drainage. In addition to pothole-fixing, R287 million is spent on resurfacing roads per annum.