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.
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: http://bit.do/FestiveSeasonPreparednessPlan_2019-2020
‘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.
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.”
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.
The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department will be performing a zero pressure test on the water infrastructure in the Mamre area. Read more below:
The work will result in the disruption of the water supply on Monday, 18 November 2019 from 10:00 until 14:00.
Residents are kindly requested to store water in clean, sealed containers for use during this period.
It is advisable to keep all taps closed during this period to prevent any water loss and/or damage when the water supply is restored.
This work forms part of the City’s Water Demand Management Plan and will significantly reduce the occurrence of burst pipes and subsequent water losses.
The City apologises for any inconvenience that may be caused.
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.
Amid controversy over the Boks not passing by certain areas in Port Elizabeth such as the Northern Areas and certain spots in Uitenhage, the tour was seen by what could’ve been hundreds of thousands. The Bok trophy tour started in Pretoria and Jozi where after they moved to Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth. The final leg of the tour continues today in Cape Town. There were reports of tyres being set alight in the Northern Areas after residents were upset because the tour did not include them after waiting for hours. SA Rugby has apologised on its Facebook page reasoning the high traffic volumes and running way behind schedule. According to my watch they were probably running around 3 hours late, which is unavoidable with congestion and what looked like a logistical nightmare for the team on the ground literally running alongside the 4 or so buses. I also noted that the players were notably burnt out and looked extremely exhausted and they probably cannot wait to finally be with their families and sleep in their own beds after more than two months.
We were on the media bus and had a birds eye view of what was transpiring and it blew my mind how many people came out on a fairly ominous day with 50% chance of rain, to see their heroes. Unbelievable scenes as roads were blocked and thousands upon thousands lining the streets to see the Rugby World Cup winners!
All in all a lovely day and experiencing such euphoria was unbelievable.
Here’s to the 2023 trophy tour!
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 fifth and final leg of the Springboks’ RWC Trophy Tour will take place in Cape Town on Monday.
The route plan for Cape Town is as follows (all time approximate):
10h30: Tour starts at City Hall and bus departs along Darling Street
Left onto Adderley Street
Right onto Wale Street
Left onto Long Street
Right onto Buitensingel
Right onto Loop Street
Right onto Strand Street
Left onto Adderley Street
Right onto Hertzog Boulevard onto Nelson Mandela Boulevard
13h00: Second leg via N2 to Langa, Belhar and Elsies River
13h30: Take Bhunga Avenue offramp
Right onto Washington Drive towards Jakes Gerwel and right towards N2
14h30: Depart for Belhar via N2 and R300 onto Stellenbosch Arterial
Right onto Symphony Way into Robert Sobukwe
15h15: Left onto De la Rey Street through Ravensmead
Left onto Francie van Zijl Drive towards Uitsig and Elsies River
Left onto Jakes Gerwel onto the N2 and back to the hotel (arrival approximately 17h00)
The third and fourth legs of the Springboks’ RWC Trophy Tour will take place in East London on Saturday and Port Elizabeth on Sunday, with the final leg scheduled for Cape Town on Monday. The first two legs were in Gauteng and Durban.
The actual bus trips are for filming purposes only and that no media will be allowed on the bus, however, you are free to position yourself along the route for footage.
The route plan for East London on Saturday, 9 November (all times approximate):
09h30: Parade starts at East London City Hall
Proceed along Oxford Street
Left into Park Avenue
Right onto the North West Expressway
Left into Douglas Smith Highway
Right into Windyridge Road
Right into Parkside Road
Right into Greenpoint Road
Left into Dunoon Road
Left onto Mdantsane Access Road
Right onto link road towards Woolwash Road
Left into Woolwash Road
Along Scenery Park Main Road
Left onto Mdantsane Access Road
Right into Masaule Road
Right towards Kakaza
Left into Billie Road
Along Spine Road
Left into Link Road
Right onto Voortrekker Road R102
Into Mayfair Avenue
Into Devereaux Avenue past Vincent Park Shopping Mall
Right into Old Transkei Road
Left into Galway Road
Right into John Bailie Road
Left into Link Road
End at Moore Street
The route plan for Port Elizabeth on Sunday, 10 November (all times approximate):