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The City of Cape Town would like to remind residents that the City’s customer offices, which include cash receiving, account enquiries, motor vehicle registration and licensing offices, housing offices, traffic centres and municipal courts will be closed on Human Rights Day, on Saturday, 21 March 2020. Read more below:

The customer offices, which are situated in the Liberty Promenade Mall in Mitchells Plain and Table Bay Mall in Sunningdale, will also be closed.

Payment of municipal accounts (excluding motor vehicle licences) may be made at any Shoprite, Checkers, Pick n Pay, PEP, Woolworths and selected Spar shops, or at any branch of Nedbank and the Post Office.

Payment for the renewal of motor vehicle licences may be made online at www.capetown.gov.za/vehiclelicensing.

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The City of Cape Town’s refuse collection services should see steady, progressive improvement over the next three weeks. Read more below:

Disruptions to refuse removal times and subsequent backlogs have been experienced as a result of revised procedures to audit and governance processes that came into effect from 24 January 2020. This is affecting repairs to vehicles and infrastructure throughout the municipality. However, this is primarily being felt in the Solid Waste Collections service due to the high demands placed on vehicles in the service and the associated intensive maintenance programmes that are required to keep the service working normally.

Various City departments have worked day and night to finalise 709 purchase orders for the servicing of its 211 refuse vehicles in line with the new audit requirements and to continue the refuse service as best as possible, including timeously clearing backlogs. Suppliers are also being requested to speed up repairs and maintenance of vehicles to get them back on the road again. Where applicable, senior staff in the Solid Waste service has also been recalled from leave to ensure contingencies, such as redistribution of vehicles to worse-affected areas, are in place to minimise the impact on residents while the backlog of vehicle repairs is being tackled.  

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Over 1000 kids attended the Western Province KFC Mini-Cricket Provincial Festival at the PPC Newlands on the 13th March 2020.

The programme brings youngsters from across our diverse country together and not only introduces them to the wonderful game of cricket but also allows them to play and have fun.

The festival was hosted with Cobras Players Simon Khomari, Isaac Dikgale and Rory Kleinveld were all there to assist in coaching the kids and looking for talent. The Western Province Women’s team came out in full force including their coach Claire Terblanche, Proteas player and Western Province players Sinalo Jafta, Andrie Steyn and Laura Wolvaardt.

Laura has just come back from the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup and where she was picked in the World XI.

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Date                      Saturday, 14 March 2020

Venue                  V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre

Cost                       Free

Performer           YME Band

19h00

Youth In Music Excellence (YME) will showcase their talents on Saturday, 14 March from 7pm at the V&A Amphitheatre. Young talented musicians are chosen from the Youth In Music Excellence Festival in Stellenbosch to be part of the band. They represent top musicians in the Jazz genre and are awarded this position by their musical ability.

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Despite the limitations placed on her at birth and doctors saying that she will never be able to do anything by herself, Cindy has in 5 years become one of South Africa’s top Down Syndrome Field Athletes with the support of her family and her school, Club 21.
At the Sports Union for Athletes with Down Syndrome (SU-DS) World Championships in Athletics, Cindy represented South Africa in Portugal, making the top 3 for shot put, discus and javelin. Making South Africa proud, she brought home 2 silver and bronze medals.

Pictured above: Dressed in green and gold, Cindy and her team celebrate victory after the World Championships in Portugal.

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The City of Cape Town has received numerous questions about its preparedness to deal with any potential cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

COVID-19 is part of a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals. The virus is spread mainly from person-to-person (coughing, sneezing, touching affected surfaces). An infection may present with fever, coughing and shortness of breath with at least 80% of the cases being mild in nature. Residents with underlying co-morbidities such as diabetes, heart and lung conditions are at increased risk of contracting the infection.

It is important to note that South Africa’s response to the Coronavirus outbreak is being led by the National Department of Health (NDoH), with support from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), World Health Organisation, Centre for Disease Control, and other partners.

The City of Cape Town is one of the partners involved in the response – under direction from the National Health Department and the Western Cape Health Department.

City Health fulfills a complementary primary health function through its network of more than 100 clinics, as well as an environmental health function.

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR FINANCE, ALDERMAN IAN NEILSON

The City of Cape Town continues to disconnect services of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). The disconnections should not affect the operation of the trains and thus commuters.

This is as a result of PRASA repeatedly failing to pay municipal rates and services debts of approximately R114 million to the City, of which R98 million is the arrears amount.

Eskom recently disconnected some of PRASA’S train operations for non-payment of debt to the value of only R6,5 million leaving passengers stranded and no trains operating.

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Scheduled maintenance on the water supply line in the Buh-Rein Estate and Mosselbank areas will cause low water pressure in these areas between 5 March and 27 March 2020. Read more below:

Residents of Buh-Rein Estate and Mosselbank areas are advised that repair work will take place on the water supply line currently feeding their areas between 5 March and 27 March 2020.

The City is making adjustments to the water network in the area to ensure supply is maintained, and although residents will likely notice a drop in water pressure, we do not expect any supply interruptions as a result of this work.  

Residents are also advised to make sure that taps are left in the closed position during this period to prevent any water loss and/or water damage when supply is restored. Residents are advised to store water in clean, sealed containers for use during this period. 

The City sincerely regrets any inconvenience that may be caused. 

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After months of international premieres and sold-out performances, director Oliver Hermanus’ latest film, MOFFIE, will premiere on the local circuit next week – finally reaching his “intended audience…my fellow South Africans.”

The story of a young conscript who battles to survive compulsory service in apartheid-South Africa’s military while confronting toxic masculinity and coming to terms with his sexual orientation, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September of last year. Since that sold-out performance in Italy, MOFFIE and Hermanus have garnered high praise from critics and audiences across the globe.

In recent weeks, in anticipation of the film’s South African premiere on 13 March, 2020, Hermanus shared and discussed the film with a select few gay men for whom he has great admiration, and sat down to talk about their experience of the word “moffie.” These conversations form part of the #calledamoffie campaign by Portobello Productions – the team behind the movie – to denuclearize the word and the hurt it has caused so many people. Videos of these conversations are available to watch on the film’s website, www.moffiefilm.com and features actor Armand Aucamp, comedians Marc Lottering, Pieter-Dirk Uys and Casper de Vries, TV and radio personality Rian van Heerden, politician Siphesihle Dube, fashion designer Lukhanyo Mdingi, business consultant and founder of the Gay Pages, Rubin van Niekerk, sexual health activist Phumlani Kango, and Damian Engelbrecht, the first openly gay contestant on the reality series Boer Soek ‘n Vrou. Among the topics the videos touch on, is how the word “moffie” has affected their lives.

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SA Rugby welcomed Mitchum SA into their sponsorship family after Mitchum secured a new one-year partnership as an associate sponsor for Vodacom Super Rugby.

Vodacom Super Rugby is the largest rugby union competition in the Southern Hemisphere, consisting of a total of 15 teams – five from New Zealand, four each from South Africa and Australia as well as one team each from Argentina and Japan – dating back to the 1990s.

“We are excited to welcome Mitchum to our sponsorship family and look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with a partner that is enthusiastic about rugby and the sustainability of the game,” said Jurie Roux, SA Rugby CEO.

“To attract such a sponsor in a tough economic climate is not only testimony to the lure of rugby as a sport and Vodacom Super Rugby as one of the top sporting competitions in South Africa, but also for the return on investment that Mitchum see in associating with SA Rugby and our brands.”

Roux said Mitchum has come on board as one of two associate sponsors to Vodacom Super Rugby and formed an integral part of SA Rugby’s plans of improving the quality of rugby to the fans each year.

“Without sponsors, sport will struggle and we’re fortunate that we have South African companies that are passionate about growing rugby,” Roux added.

Ndungu Wanjohi, Marketing Director at Revlon South Africa, said: “Mitchum is excited to come on board as an associate sponsor for the international competition.

“The association of our brand and that of Vodacom Super Rugby is a natural one that serves Mitchum and our strategy in a manner that makes sense for many reasons. We believe this new sponsorship deal will take our brand exposure to even greater heights.

“The sponsorship of Vodacom Super Rugby represents a renewed and passionate commitment by us to the future of the sport in South Africa with a particular emphasis on the ever-growing support which Vodacom Super Rugby is enjoying year on year.”

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