Today, the Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, hosted a safety engagement with the Executive Mayors of District Municipalities (DMs) at Houw Hoek Inn, Botrivier. Today’s engagement provided an overview of what safety plans are and of funding spent to date. Feedback was also given on the progress made in implementing safety plans by the DMs and of the Premier’s safety plan announced on 19 September 2019.
This safety engagement followed a workshop held at Houw Hoek Inn on 2 August 2019, where the Department determined the DM’s needs to align them with funding and strategy. Amongst those in attendance today were Executive Mayors, Municipal Managers and Mayoral Committee members from each DM and the City of Cape Town, as well as SALGA.
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 www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater 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.
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.
The mastermind behind the Springboks’ inspirational Rugby World Cup campaign, said it had been a privilege for the team to attempt to give South Africa a moment of hope.
Rassie Erasmus, South Africa’s director of rugby, said after the team’s ultimately crushing, 32-12 victory over England in Japan that the team had been inspired by the opportunity to bring some light and joy into the daily lives of their fellow countrymen
He said it had been the mental shift the team needed after the disappointment of defeat in the opening match against New Zealand – a performance the Springboks turned on its head by becoming the first team to win the title after losing a pool match.
“The first All Black game was a great test run for us in terms of handling pressure,” said Erasmus.
“We were terrible in that week in terms of talking about things and getting tense – it was a terrible build up that told us a lot about how to play the play offs.
“We were quite honest with one another about that. We started to talk a lot about what is pressure.
“In South Africa, pressure is not having a job or if one of your close relatives is murdered. In South Africa there are a lot of problems, which is pressure. We started talking about things like that.
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.
Tito Mboweni sticks to his guns: Expenditure cuts are coming.
CAPE TOWN – Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on Wednesday stuck to his guns, giving South Africa a concise picture of its public finances, and told all and sundry, including his Cabinet colleagues and fellow MPs, to prepare themselves for a bumpy ride ahead.
Mboweni used his second Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) to ask unions to work with him in reducing the state wage bill, adding that government ministers on their part would take a salary freeze, and that in all probabilities, would earn less in the future than they are currently used to.
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Fit-again wing Cheslin Kolbe returns to the Springbok team in the only change to the match 23 for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final against England at Yokohama International Stadium (kick off 11h00 SA time).
He regains the right wing berth from stand-in Sbu Nkosi in the only change to the team that eased their way to a 19-16 victory over Wales in Sunday’s semi-final.
Siya Kolisi will lead the team out for the 20th time as he becomes the eighth player in the 23 to have won 50 caps.
Rassie Erasmus, director of rugby, named the now familiar six-two split on the bench to field a settled line-up, 22 of whom will be appearing together for the fourth time in the tournament.
This line-up first played together in the play-off-clinching, 49-3, win over Italy a month ago and was retained for the quarter-final, semi-final and now final. Only Kolbe’s ankle injury interrupted the pattern.
“Chessie is fully fit and ready to go,” said Erasmus.
“It’s tough on Sbu to drop out of the 23 altogether but, like the other seven, non-playing squad members – and the two injured players back home [Trevor Nyakane and Jesse Kriel] – he has made vital contributions to our campaign.
Rassie Erasmus heaped praise on his Springbok players for carrying South Africa to a third Rugby World Cup final in an achingly tense semi-final with Wales in Yokohama on Sunday.
The Springboks were never behind in their 19-16 victory, but resilient Wales refused to be shaken off until a fourth penalty goal from the boot of man of the match, Handre Pollard, with five minutes remaining secured the victory.
There was also a try for Damian de Allende (centre) as the Boks confirmed a remarkable revival for the depths of 2016 and 2017 by emulating the teams of 1995 and 2007 to reach the Rugby World Cup final.
“We have always had the potential to be a force in world rugby and historically we have been,” said Erasmus, South Africa’s director of rugby, “but we have been through some tough times in recent seasons.”
Record defeats by New Zealand and Ireland, a first defeat by Italy and a whitewash on a tour of Europe all led to assertions that Springbok rugby was dead by the end of 2017.
But only one defeat in 11 matches in 2019 to confirm a turnaround begun in 2018 has turned those forecasts on their head. Erasmus gave the credit to the players.