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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.

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Story via bushradio:

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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43 radio stations facing closure in South Africa

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.

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Pic: sarugbymag

Pic: sarugbymag

Sunday, 20 October 2019

The Springboks produced a second half revival to clinch a place in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals after a ‘nervous’ first 40 raised hopes for a packed home crowd of a repeat of the ‘Miracle of Brighton’ which had seen Japan turn the rugby world on its head with victory over South Africa four years ago.

The Springboks stretched away from an edgy two-point halftime lead (5-3) with 21 unanswered points in the second half.

Makazole Mapimpi scored two more tries to take his tally to 13 in 12 Tests, while Faf de Klerk finished off a 40-metre rolling maul to claim the third.

“We’re happy to be through to the semi-finals but we were very nervous at halftime,” said Rassie Erasmus, South Africa’s director of rugby.

“Overall we were nervous going into this match; playing Japan with their home support and the way they played against Ireland and Scotland and they were definitely building momentum today.

“Going in at halftime we were only a few points up and having left a few tries out there, there was definitely a bit of a lull and a quietness in our change room.

“But I think after being together for 17 weeks the guys knew which buttons to push to get ourselves out of that lull and come and produce it in the second half. I’m proud of that. We’re through to the semi-finals and hopefully we can pull it through.”

Erasmus credited Bok captain Siya Kolisi, Duane Vermeulen and the other senior players for doing the key talking.

“If guys miss tackles and there’s a lack of commitment and there are effort errors, harsh words might help,” said Erasmus.

“But if it’s a bad pass or a missed opportunity or a skill error then it’s more a question of trying to get the guys confidence up and I guess that was the challenge at halftime.

“That’s where Siya and Duane and those guys did well at halftime. I think Siya and the boys did most of the talking and sorted that out.”

Kolisi said: “The message at halftime was to be patient and trust our plan. Our maul and our scrum were working. We didn’t take our opportunities in the first half, but we didn’t want to change anything, especially when we got turnover ball.

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The City of Cape Town has identified a site in the Foreshore as an alternative remote holding area for minibus-taxi operators who have been displaced from the Station Deck facility.

The site is situated on the harbour side between DF Malan and Christiaan Barnard Streets and borders on FW de Klerk Boulevard.

Work is underway to convert this site under the freeway bridge into a temporary holding facility to accommodate approximately 270 minibus-taxis. The work includes the flattening of the parking surface, dropping of kerbs to provide access and exit points, the installation of guardrails along FW de Klerk Boulevard, and the installation of road signs and temporary water and sanitation services.

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The overall value of the funding for various events and competitions, approved by the City’s Special Events Committee, will be just under R6 million. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town has approved the disbursement of the R4,572 million in cash funding to support the upcoming minstrel events.

Additional support of R1,3 million for City services and the waiver of costs for City-owned venues will form part of the package of support for the associations. The contribution to minstrel events for the City’s 2019/20 financial year will thus total R5,872 million.

The funding will support six associations to host events, including Tweede Nuwe Jaar, other minstrel competitions and the Malay choir competitions.

After deliberations at the Special Events Committee (SpevCo) meeting, the City proposed financial support to each association as follows: Continue reading

Nearly a year ago, the City of Cape Town, in partnership with Milnerton Estates and Garden Cities developers, commenced with the dualling of Sandown Road and Malibongwe Drive up to the Potsdam interchange. Read more below:

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The project is making good progress and is scheduled to be completed by July 2020, if all goes as planned.

The developer, Milnerton Estates, is funding the bulk of the costs for the construction for the dualling of Sandown Road and Malibongwe Drive, as well as the upgrade of the Potsdam interchange.

Garden Cities, another developer, is undertaking the bulk of the funding for the dualling of Sandown Road from Sunningdale Drive to Parklands Main Road.

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Pic: news24

Pic: news24

The City of Cape Town notes the ongoing misreporting around the fireworks issue.

On Friday 11 October 2019, we announced that the City will not have designated sites this year for Diwali, Guy Fawkes and New Year’s Eve.

We further indicated that while there have for years been calls to ban fireworks outright, the City does not have the power to do so.

That this translated into a ‘ban’ on fireworks is disappointing, but not surprising.

While many have welcomed the decision to not have the designated sites, individuals within the Hindu community have expressed their dissatisfaction about the impact this will have on Diwali later this month.

The fact is that organised fireworks displays can still be applied for, because the City has not imposed a ban on fireworks – we have simply decided not to have designated City sites this year.

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The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department will be performing a zero pressure test on the water infrastructure in the Plattekloof area. Read more below:

The work will result in the disruption of the water supply on Tuesday 1 October 2019 from 20:00 until 02:00.

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 pipe bursts and subsequent water losses.

The City apologises for any inconvenience that may be caused.

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