|City warns of scam artist fleecing residents||The City is currently rolling out an electricity meter replacement programme, the planned replacements are free||<p>The City has received at least three reports from residents in the Strand being fleeced of thousands of rand by a person claiming to represent the City as part of an electricity and/or water meter upgrade project. The person further allegedly indicates that pensioners are being prioritised for the upgrades. They are then convinced to part with significant amounts of cash on the premise that his colleagues will arrive the following day to complete the work.<br><br>‘The City can assure members of the public that this is not the way we do things. Our field staff do not handle cash. All such transactions are done at the City’s customer care centres or via the appropriate electronic channels. We ask our residents to be vigilant,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area East, Councillor Anda Ntsodo.
<br>While the City is currently rolling out an electricity meter replacement programme, the planned replacements are free. Each replacement has a notification number on our internal systems which the City Call Centre can verify should a resident enquire. In addition, we do targeted marketing and mailbox drops of any planned work to be carried out in an area.<br>Any member of the public can verify whether visitors to their home are in fact employed by the City by:
<br></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">phoning the Call Centre on <a>0860 103 089</a> to confirm whether work is being carried out in their area</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">informing the official that they will allow them entry only once the Call Centre has verified their identity</div></li></ul><p>
<br>Residents may also ask for a letter of appointment outlining the purpose of the project on a City-labelled letterhead, signed by a City official with contact details on the letterhead.
<br>Residents should please inform the South African Police Service as well as the City if they are approached by potential criminals.</p><p>
|City steps up water conservation and demand management measures||Supply of treated effluent and installation of water efficient parts are key elements of the City’s long-standing and internationally recognised Water Conservation and Demand Management Programme||<p>The City would like to thank those who have taken the time to incorporate the use of treated effluent water in their operations, as this is going a long way towards increasing water security in our city. </p><p>Supply of treated effluent and installation of water efficient parts are key elements of the City’s long-standing and internationally recognised Water Conservation and Demand Management Programme. </p><p>Treated effluent, or recycled water, is wastewater that has been treated at a wastewater treatment plant and then piped via a separate network of pipes to various consumers. In Cape Town, this water is not used as drinking water but for irrigation and industrial purposes, and for flushing of toilets.</p><p>The City is also rolling out supply of treated effluent water for flushing toilets in areas where permanent connections exist. Special mention must be made of efforts under way in Century City, where treated effluent water has been plumbed into various buildings for toilet flushing, including the Canal Walk shopping mall, the conference centre, and various offices. Incorporation of treated effluent water for toilet flushing is also being done at the City’s wastewater treatment facilities.</p><p>In addition, retrofitting of Council buildings and Council houses with water saving fittings continues. The typical fittings in retrofits are aerators, water saving taps, water saving showerheads, dual-flush toilet cisterns, and water management devices. </p><p>The City has also partnered with the Department of Public Works to reduce consumption at its facilities. Through the installation of water saving fittings, the reduction in water pressure and a programme of leak detection and repair, a combined saving of 9,2 million litres per day has been achieved at its 20 biggest facilities which mostly include defence force bases, police stations and prisons. </p><p>‘Management of other large facilities in Cape Town should take note of the significant savings that can be achieved through using treated effluent water and the installation of water-saving systems. Taking charge of water consumption in this way, along with education and awareness programmes, is one of the most important ways larger customers can help prevent a Day Zero scenario. Not only will this assist in increasing water security, but it will also save them money. Treated effluent is supplied at a lower cost than municipal drinking water. </p><p>‘The City is continually looking to expand the treated effluent reticulation areas of the city and increase usage of treated effluent water. As such I am calling on all businesses to explore where treated effluent can replace drinking water in their processes,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg. </p><p>Residents who want to apply for a permit to collect treated effluent should please contact the City on <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org" target="_blank">email@example.com</a></p><p>Please see <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Apply/Municipal-services/Water-and-sanitation/apply-for-supply-of-treated-effluent" target="_blank">http://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Apply/Municipal-services/Water-and-sanitation/apply-for-supply-of-treated-effluent</a> for more information. </p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>||2018-03-14T22:00:00Z||1|
|City firefighters set to sizzle at carnival||This year’s carnival promises to be the biggest and best spectacle yet||<span><p>This year’s carnival promises to be the biggest and best spectacle yet. The carnival will not be complete without the City’s firefighters, who are all set to attract their fair share of attention once again. This year a contingent of Law Enforcement and Traffic Services officers will be joining their firefighting counterparts to add to the brawn and glamour. For the first time the group will have their very own float.</p>
<img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/firefighterct2.jpg" alt="" /> </figure></span><span><p>The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith, visited the carnival workshop yesterday, 14 March 2018, where teams were hard at work putting the finishing touches to the range of floats.</p><p>‘The carnival is a colourful expression of our diverse communities and a celebration of the cultural diversity of our city. Young and old can expect to be mesmerised by wacky puppets, giant floats and elaborate costumes. Additionally, a display of well-choreographed performances by our very own home-grown talent alongside their professional counterparts is guaranteed to keep all spectators enthralled and in awe,’ said Alderman Smith.</p><p>The fan walk will come alive with an eclectic mix of dancing, singing and revelry for the carnival. Added to this mix will be the City’s own firefighters who have been working tirelessly to protect residents. Carnival-goers can enjoy the revelry and variety of food, crafts and special children’s activities from 15:00 onwards. The parade itself will begin at 19:00.</p>
<img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/firefighterct1.jpg" alt="" /> </figure></span><span><p>‘I attend the carnival every year and experience first-hand how the event unites Capetonians from all walks of life with a common purpose, which is to relax and get lost in a world of fantasy. This event should serve as an inspiration to us all. To see such a large and diverse group of people come together to create and build a world of fantasy for the evening is commendable. We all need to escape to a world of make-believe for at least one night a year to relax and unwind,’ said Alderman Smith.<br> <br>General access to the carnival is free, which makes the event accessible to everyone from across the city and beyond. <br> <br>‘Our support for the Cape Town Carnival is part of our commitment to building an inclusive city where residents have a sense of belonging. We welcome the accompanying employment opportunities and the exposure for our community and school groups. Such events also help us to position Cape Town as the events capital of Africa,’ added Alderman Smith.<br> <br>Temporary road closures will be in place to accommodate the event. This will affect the normal flow of traffic in and around the City Bowl and Green Point area. As such, road users are asked to plan their routes accordingly. </p><p>A detailed breakdown of the road closures is available here: <br><a href="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre%20Assets/Road%20closures_CTCarnival_17032018.PDF" target="_blank">http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre%20Assets/Road%20closures_CTCarnival_17032018.PDF</a></p>
<img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/firefighterct3.jpg" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure><strong>End</strong></span>||2018-03-14T22:00:00Z||1|
|City digs in smartly to install fibre-optic cabling||This pilot project within the four block radius in the city centre is part of the City’s roll-out of broadband infrastructure||<span><p>The advantage of micro-trenching is that a considerably longer distance can be cut and reinstated in a single day than most other invasive technologies. Instead of hand-digging up the road or pavement surface, the micro trencher saws through the asphalt or concrete creating a trench of typically 50 mm in width and about 500 mm deep. The City’s requirement is for a trench depth of 300 mm.</p>
<img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/fibre%20optics2.jpg" alt="" style="width:1301px;" /> </figure><p>This novel, high-tech cable duct laying technology is being used as part of a pilot project within the four block radius in the CBD along Wale, Loop, Berg and Longmarket Streets.</p><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/fibre%20optics1.jpg" style="width:304px;" /><figcaption>
© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure><p>"At some stage most of us have experienced the disruptions caused by large trenches being dug to lay fibre-optic cables. The wide open trenches on the pavements leave many individuals hot under the collar as they try to carefully pick their way through the obstacle course created. The micro-trenching method is a safer option especially for pedestrians. Technology is evolving quite quickly and we need to keep abreast of the latest and the best methods to deliver infrastructure,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Councillor Raelene Arendse.<br> <br>Using micro-trenching has the advantage that considerably longer distances can be cut and reinstated in a single day than most other invasive technologies. The only drawback is that the trench must be in a relatively straight line and it is important to ensure that there is no existing underground infrastructure which could be damaged.<br> <br>‘Residents can rest assured that careful planning is done before the micro-trenching blade is put to work. An underground radar is used to determine the existence of existing services on the planned route of the micro-trencher. In most instances the underground services can be identified, but sometimes not all services can be identified with the necessary precision, which necessitates pilot holes being dug to clarify what is underground,’ said Councillor Arendse.<br> <br>This pilot project within the four block radius in the city centre is part of the City’s roll-out of broadband infrastructure. To date, more than 920 km of fibre-optic cabling has been laid across the city. </p></span><span><p>Over 30 City-owned buildings in the CBD have already been connected to the fibre network. The intention is to eventually also have the more than 1 000 commercial buildings in the city centre connected to the City's fibre network, which is a strategic asset owned by the City and used by both City departments and commercial operators.</p>
<img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/fibre%20optics3.jpg" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure></span></span><p>‘This pilot project spanning the four blocks in the city centre is a first for Cape Town, and also the first to be conducted by a municipality in Africa for connecting all of the buildings within a CBD. Our aim is to make Cape Town the most digitally connected city on the continent,’ added Councillor Arendse.<br> <br>This is the first time that the City of Cape Town is using micro-trenching machines to lay cable ducts, though this method has been used in Gauteng for some time.<br> <br>It is only practical to use the micro-trenching machine on solid surfaces. It is not practical to use it directly in soil, unless over short distances.</p><p><strong> </strong><br><strong>End</strong><br></p><p> </p>||2018-03-13T22:00:00Z||1|