|Cape Town Stadium naming rights process kicks-off||Being able to secure a naming sponsor will be a key milestone and the next major step in managing Cape Town Stadium ||<p>The Cape Town Stadium was placed under the management of a municipal entity which was established on 1 November 2017 to ensure greater commercial flexibility and utilises a management model that is similar to the Cape Town International Convention Centre. SMSA Commercial Consultants, a joint venture company encompassing SAIL, Stadium Management South Africa and S-Factor, was the successful bidder to kick-start the process to secure a naming sponsor.</p><p>‘Being able to secure a naming sponsor will be a key milestone and the next major step in managing Cape Town Stadium as a commercially driven entity. The aim is to generate revenue through commercialisation, to bid for and to attract national and international events to our world-class stadium. This will in turn hold benefits for the economy and job creation. The ultimate goal is to incrementally reduce our dependence on City funding,’ said Lesley de Reuck, CEO: Cape Town Stadium. </p><p>‘The iconic stadium is a multi-purpose venue set in an urban park with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain, one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. Events such as the World Rugby Sevens, football (with a number of teams being hosted at the stadium), major music concerts, religious and sports events as well as exhibitions and festivals already form part of its calendar of events. The municipal entity of the stadium is developing its business model which incorporates tenants and commercial users, either of the entire stadium, or parts of its facilities and venues,’ added de Reuck.</p><p>Dr Jaques Grobbelaar, chairman of the JV, said the team is excited about the naming rights opportunities around the stadium, taking it to market and the potential of a brand being associated with the stadium. </p><p>‘Already home to major international sport, music and entertainment events, this iconic venue in beautiful surroundings could bring more tourism, events and accolades to Cape Town with the resultant benefits,’ Dr Jaques Grobbelaar. </p><p>The JV will assess the commercial potential and value of the stadium naming rights, taking into account South African and international benchmarks, competition and business models. </p><p>In addition to securing a naming rights sponsor, the JV will develop a business plan with aspects such as timeframes, branding, media and marketing exposure. The plan also needs to take cognisance of increased future value of the naming rights flowing from tenants and users of the stadium as well as the level and magnitude of the events it attracts.<br> <br><strong>End</strong><br></p>||2018-10-18T22:00:00Z||1|
|Public transport crucial to clearing the air||Pollution from motor vehicles remains the biggest challenge to ambient air quality||<p>Pollution from motor vehicles remains the biggest challenge to ambient air quality. With the continued deterioration in operating conditions of the passenger rail network, many commuters have been forced to rely upon private or public motorized transport. This has further worsened congestion on the road network, but has also resulted in an increase in vehicular emissions.</p><p>‘A number of air quality monitoring stations have recorded increased levels of nitrogen oxide (NOx), which supports the contention that vehicle emissions are on the rise. While these NOx levels are below the ambient air quality standards, it remains a cause for concern and highlights the urgent need for an efficient, well-maintained and fully functional passenger rail network,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>Cape Town’s air quality complies with the annual average ambient air quality standards. Periodic episode days do occur where the daily ambient standards have been exceeded. In the last financial year, 13 episode days were recorded. The pollutant that most frequently exceeds the standards is particulate matter (PM10), with occasional episodes where ground-level ozone exceeds allowable limits. </p><p>The severe drought experienced over the last three years has also contributed to these PM10 episodes, leading to an increase in windblown dust and also exacerbating the incidence of veld fires.</p><p>The City has a range of monitoring and evaluation systems and processes to detect and act on air pollution. This includes an air quality monitoring network that is managed by the Scientific Services Air Quality Laboratories. The network consists of 40 analysers at 14 ambient air quality monitoring stations located across the city. Currently, a process is under way to replace ageing analysers, with City Health providing R3,7 million towards the replacement cost over a three-year period. </p><p>Two years ago, the City also installed a high-powered camera monitoring network on the antennae located on Tygerberg Hills. The Air Quality Management Unit has access to live feeds from this network which allows for remote monitoring of dark smoke emissions.</p><p>The City’s Air Quality Management Unit also has a Diesel Vehicle Emissions Testing Programme to ensure that heavy-duty diesel vehicles comply with the prescribed emission rates. In the last financial year, 8 262 vehicles were tested with a failure rate of below one percent. This programme helps ensure that vehicle fleet operators maintain their vehicles in a sound and compliant operating condition.</p><p>Environmental management inspectors of the City’s Air Quality Management Unit routinely conduct compliance and enforcement audits of listed activities in terms of the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act. </p><p>‘By and large, industries are generally compliant. However, administrative enforcement actions are embarked upon where industries fail to ensure full compliance with licence conditions. The aim of these actions is first and foremost to ensure environmental protection; and secondly, they bring non-complying industries back into compliance. With a maximum fine of five million rand for a first offence prescribed by legislation, and the fact that company Directors can be held personally accountable, we find that this is a big enough deterrent to ensure good levels of compliance,’ added Alderman Smith.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>||2018-10-17T22:00:00Z||1|
|City announces designated fireworks sites||Members of the public who want to partake in the discharge of fireworks to mark Guy Fawkes and Diwali next month will have access to 11 sites designated for this purpose.||<p>Members of the public who want to partake in the discharge of fireworks to mark Guy Fawkes and Diwali next month will have access to 11 sites designated for this purpose.<br> <br>Guy Fawkes takes place on 5 November and the Hindu Festival of Lights, Diwali, follows two days later on 7 November.
<br> <br><strong>The City reminds the public that the discharge of fireworks on these days will only be allowed at the following sites:</strong><br> </p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Athlone Stadium parking area (eastern side), Klipfontein Road, Athlone</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Wesfleur sports field, Reygersdal Drive, Atlantis</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Bishop Lavis sports field, Lavis Drive, Bishop Lavis</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Metropolitan sports grounds, Melkhout Street, Bonteheuwel</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Blue Downs sports field</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Delft Central sports grounds, Main Road, Delft</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Macassar Beach parking area, Macassar Road </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Swartklip sports complex, Swartklip Road, Mitchells Plain</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Sarepta sports complex</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Strandfontein Pavilion</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Tourism Centre, Athens Road, Table View beachfront</div></li></ul><p> <br>All designated fireworks areas will be patrolled by City Law Enforcement and Metro Police as well as a fire inspector to ensure the safety of all concerned. The discharge of fireworks will not be allowed after 23:00 on Guy Fawkes and Diwali, with New Year’s Eve being the exception.<br><strong> </strong><br><strong>Residents are reminded of the following:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Only fireworks bought at an accredited shop may be discharged according to the instructions on the package</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Fireworks may only be discharged at the designated sites and out of range of structures or vehicles</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Children must be supervised at all times when around fireworks</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Do not light fireworks inside any type of container</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Never discharge fireworks while under the influence of intoxicating substances</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">The Community Fire Safety By-law prohibits the use of Chinese lanterns</div></li></ul><p>In terms of Section 30 of the Explosives Act of 1956, the use or detonation of any fireworks in any building and public thoroughfare is liable to a R200 fine; selling fireworks to a child or anyone under the age of 16 is liable to a R300 fine; and allowing a child or person under the age of 16 to handle fireworks without adult supervision is liable to a R300 fine.<br> <br>‘Children and animals are often the victims of fireworks-related injuries and this year I want to focus on reducing the number of injuries to these vulnerable groups during Guy Fawkes. I urge parents to keep a watchful eye over their children and to ensure that they are supervised at all times. In the meantime, pet owners should keep their pets indoors as far as possible as pets are left traumatised, particularly by the illegal discharge of fireworks in residential areas,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.<br> <br>‘Just yesterday, Law Enforcement officers confiscated illegal fireworks at a shop in the Pelican Park Centre. A fine of R1 500 was issued for selling fireworks without a permit and I’m sure they’ll confiscate more fireworks in the next few weeks. I want to remind the public once more to please be our eyes and ears and to blow the whistle on the illegal sale of fireworks,’ said Alderman Smith.<br> <br>Members of the public with information relating to the illegal sale or use of fireworks should report this to the City’s Public Emergency Call Centre on 107 from a landline or <a>021 480 7700</a> from a cellphone; or to the South African Police Service on <a>10111</a>. </p><p>
|Emergency 107 makes for a fairytale ending||As part of efforts to raise awareness about the centre’s role in an emergency, the City commissioned the Bridgetown Theatre Company to put together a production aimed at primary school learners. ||<span>
<p>As part of efforts to raise awareness about the centre’s role in an emergency, the City commissioned the Bridgetown Theatre Company to put together a production aimed at primary school learners. </p>
<p>The production is being performed at 10 schools this week in Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain, Hout Bay, Ocean View, Rondebosch, Bellville, Langa, Atlantis and Dunoon.
<br>The interactive play highlights the <a>021 480 7700</a> number by teaching learners a jingle to help memorise the number and portrays scenarios where calling the number would come in handy.</p>
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<p>The production pulls in well-known fairy tale characters like Cinderella, the Big Bad Wolf, Prince Charming and Goldilocks who find themselves in situations requiring assistance with a medical emergency or a crime in progress. Children are picked from the crowd, dressed in appropriate uniform and then brought on stage to help save the day, whether extinguishing a fire, arresting a criminal or providing medical assistance.</p>
<p>Each scene has a happy ending, and the production also includes a question and answer session where children discuss what they’ve learnt. </p>
<p>‘The PECC has visited hundreds of schools since its establishment in 2000, but we decided to breathe new life into our education and awareness strategy and what better way than to engage children in this manner? </p>
<p>‘At the end of this week, we will conduct a debriefing session before we plot the way forward, but ultimately, we would want to roll this out to even more schools. This type of production and the important message that we’re imparting is likely to resonate with children and, who knows, they could be the heroes of their own stories in the event of an emergency because they’d know where to turn for help,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.</p>
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<p>The PECC staff answered nearly 500 000 calls in the 2017/18 financial year. They dispatch resources based on the type of incident requiring attention. Alternatively, calls are relayed to external agencies like the Metro Emergency Medical Service (Metro EMS).</p><p>‘The emergency call centre is one of our most crucial resources, particularly over the festive season when they are often the first port of call in times of trouble. While we are directing our awareness efforts at children, I also encourage adults to ensure that they have the number saved on their cellphone. In an emergency, every second counts and the last thing you need is scrambling for contact details for the appropriate emergency services,’ added Alderman Smith.</p><p>The Public Emergency Communication Centre can be contacted by dialling 107 from a landline or
<a>021 480 7700</a> from a cellphone.</p><p>