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Unlicensed drivers are cause for concern​The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service issued fines to 53 unlicensed drivers at a roadblock in Mitchells Plain on Friday 20 October 2017.<p>​The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service issued fines to 53 unlicensed drivers at a roadblock in Mitchells Plain on Friday 20 October 2017. This was one of numerous roadblocks held in the last week.</p><p>In addition, officers arrested 22 motorists – 20 for driving under the influence of alcohol, one for reckless and negligent driving, and one for failing to stop when instructed to do so.</p><p>Similar roadblocks in Manenberg, Parow, Delft, Fish Hoek and Durbanville netted 119 suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless and negligent driving, assault and riotous behaviour, and possession of a stolen vehicle.</p><p>‘The statistics prove week after week that we are sitting with a massive problem. Whether it is drunk driving or driving without a valid licence, it’s clear that many road users simply have no regard for their own safety or that of others. Apart from the fact that their actions have the potential to kill someone, even just a minor collision can have dire consequences for anyone found behind the wheel of a car when they aren’t fit to drive.</p><p>‘The continued calls for increased enforcement are misplaced because it is clear that enforcement is happening. We need more serious sanctions for these transgressions. Currently, the law does not allow for the arrest of an unlicensed driver, so people will simply continue to do as they please. Even drunk driving cases take an age to finalise and many are thrown out, so there are no real consequences to force behavioural change.</p><p>‘We have been advocating for a review of national legislation to ensure more effective enforcement. In the interim, in our bid to make Cape Town safer for its residents, the City is expanding the Traffic By-law to extend traffic enforcement powers to all enforcement staff in the City, while the Western Cape Government is moving ahead with the new Provincial Traffic Act which will allow for the impoundment of vehicles of unlicensed drivers and others.</p><p>‘Similar advances are afoot with public transport vehicles that will make the enforcement efforts a great deal more effective and will radically change the driving behaviour of public transport drivers,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith. </p><p>The City’s Metro Police Department arrested 63 suspects during its operations in the last week, including 35 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol and 28 suspects for possession of dangerous weapons and drugs.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2017-10-22T22:00:00Z1
Free MyCiTi bus rides for registered job seekers on the way A few months ago we announced our intention to commence an initiative that would make job opportunities more accessible to those who are currently unemployed.<p>​Economic growth, coupled with job creation, is vital for building sustainable cities. As much as it is our responsibility to ensure that we create an enabling environment that attracts investment and skills, we also want to broaden access to these opportunities to those residents who are currently excluded from the labour market but who are desperate to earn a decent living.</p><p>A few months ago we announced our intention to commence an initiative that would make job opportunities more accessible to those who are currently unemployed. We have done a lot of work and preparations over the past five months or so in making this possible.</p><p>Today I am pleased to announce that as from Tuesday next week – that is 31 October 2017 – the City will be offering registered job seekers free MyCiTi bus rides to support them in their efforts to find employment. </p><p>Many people are giving up looking for work because it is too expensive for them to travel between their homes and other locations where they may apply for a job opportunity. Thus the initiative to offer free MyCiTi rides for registered job seekers is aimed at removing one of the main obstacles to carving a way out of poverty.</p><p>When Council adopted the City’s budget for the 2017/18 financial year, we made provision for up to R6,6 million to subsidise free MyCiTi bus rides for registered job seekers in Cape Town. </p><p>In keeping with this promise, we will provide a free myconnect card and two free journeys on the MyCiTi bus every week to support job seekers in their efforts to find employment.</p><p>This commitment underscores the key priorities in our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan which is aimed at enhancing service delivery, broadening opportunities, and striving for inclusive growth.<br> <br>Unemployed residents qualify if they are already registered on the City’s Expanded Public Works Programme job seekers’ database. The concession applies to those job seekers who are registered at Subcouncils 1, 3, 9, 10, 12, 15, 16, 23 or 24. These subcouncils fall in the MyCiTi footprint and are served by MyCiTi routes.</p><p>Job seekers who qualify will receive a free myconnect card, worth R35, loaded with a special travel package. This will allow two free one-way journeys every week on any MyCiTi route. This includes changing from one bus or route to another to reach a destination. <br> <br>Travel can take place on any week day starting between 09:00 and 10:00 or between 14:00 and 15:00. The journey can end outside of these times, but job seekers must ensure that they start their journey within these time periods.</p><p>Job seekers can make use of their free bus rides with immediate effect. Once a job seeker has received their myconnect card with the special travel package loaded on the card, they can board any MyCiTi bus to reach their destination to apply for a job opportunity.</p><p>I also want to remind those who qualify for the concession to get to know the MyCiTi system, the time schedules, and routes. It is important to know how to tap in and out at the stations and on the bus with the myconnect card as commuters can get penalties on their free myconnect cards for failing to do so.</p><p>There will be 100 000 cards available between 31 October and 20 November 2017, or until all of the myconnect cards have been issued to registered job seekers.</p><p>Importantly, this initiative is our first pilot project which we will monitor until 30 June 2018. We will use the outcome of this pilot to monitor the impact and uptake and to see whether and how we can extend the concession thereafter.<br> <br>Applicants must apply at the subcouncil office where they are registered on the job seekers’ database by presenting their identity document and completing an application form. <br> <br>I am urging businesses and potential employers to please try to schedule interviews for the late morning, midday or early afternoon to allow job seekers using the MyCiTi service to benefit from this programme.<br> <br>Job seekers registered at the following subcouncils qualify for the free MyCiTi rides:<br> </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">​Subcouncil</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">​Venue for free cards</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​1</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Subcouncil 1 office, corner of Grosvenor and Hermes Avenue, Saxonsea, Atlantis </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​3</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Summer Greens Community Hall, Tinkers Road, Summer Greens</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​9</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Subcouncil 9 office, Site B, Khayelitsha Shopping Centre</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​10</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Khayelitsha Training Centre, corner of Lwandle and Phendula Crescent, Khayelitsha </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​12</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Lentegeur Administrative Office, corner of Melkbos and Merrydale Roads, Lentegeur</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​15</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Brooklyn Library, Koeberg Road, Brooklyn</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​16</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>​- 11th Floor, 44 Wale Street, Cape Town<br>- Roads Depot, 17 Main Road, Hout Bay<br>- Hangberg Sports and Recreation Centre, ​Karbonkel Road, Hangberg, Hout Bay</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​23</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Lentegeur Administrative Office, corner of Melkbos and Merrydale Roads, Lentegeur</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​24</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Kuyasa Library, Walter Sisulu Road, Mandela Park, Khayelitsha</td></tr></tbody></table><p><br>Job seekers needing more information or assistance can call the Transport Information Centre (TIC) on 0800 65 64 63. The TIC is available 24/7 and agents can assist callers in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa. <br> <br>I am very excited about this initiative as I believe it will make a huge difference to those who are desperate to find a job. <br> </p><p><strong>End </strong><br></p>2017-10-22T22:00:00Z1
Drought crisis: guidelines for water rationingWARNING: PHASE 1 OF THE CITY’S CRITICAL WATER SHORTAGES DISASTER PLAN IS IN EFFECT. WATER RATIONING IS UNDER WAY<p>​Due to the critical nature of available water supply, all water users across the metro must expect water rationing which could lead to water supply disruptions.</p><p>This is likely to result in water supply being disrupted during peak water usage times in the mornings (between 05:00 and 09:00) and in the evenings (between 17:00 and 21:00) if usage is above the required levels. It must be noted that theoretically everyone should have water but that the duration of the outages would depend on the water usage for the area and whether it is within the water restriction levels. The City supplies sufficient water to an area, but if the demand is too high then those in high-lying areas or high-lying properties will experience some outages. The City therefore appeals to those in lower-lying areas to reduce usage to assist in terms of outages in the higher-lying areas.</p><p>Service will be restored as soon as demand decreases to within the limitations of Level 5 water restrictions. If an area is using above the daily water limit, rationing through advance pressure management will continue until the limit is reached. It is therefore difficult to pin down an exact time for the duration of supply interruptions as it depends on the behaviour of the consumers, within a pressure zone. </p><p>‘Reducing water usage remains the most vital intervention to help see the city through the summer ahead. With the help of almost half of Capetonians, as well as our pressure interventions, leak management programme and the installation of water management devices, we have brought usage down from more than 1,1 billion litres per day to the current volume – but further critical measures, such as pressure reduction, must be intensified to maintain reduced demand throughout summer.  </p><p>‘The City continues to install water management devices on the properties of delinquent water users. Almost 7 000 have been installed to date. In addition, emergency augmentation schemes are progressing. It is foreseen that between 130 and 240 million litres per day will be at some stage of production between December 2017 and May 2018. This includes land- and sea-based desalination, water reclamation, and groundwater abstraction projects, if all goes according to plan. </p><p>‘It must be noted that reducing consumption is non-negotiable, irrespective of augmentation projects coming online. We ask all water users to support us and to help us to get through this unprecedented drought which is affecting large parts of South Africa as well,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.</p><p><strong>Facts about rationing</strong><br>The City is divided into pressure zones. Pressure which controls the rate of flow of water is managed by manually or remotely manipulating pressure valves in the reticulation network. The City has been using pressure reduction to force consumption down and is now applying advance pressure reduction. As per the water restrictions, the City is supply water according to the required level. If more water is used than what is supplied, outages could be experienced. </p><p>If an area is using water above the daily limitation, pressure will be reduced to the required level to force consumption down. When consumers reduce consumption, pressure is restored.</p><p><strong>Water rationing guidelines</strong></p><p><strong>Do:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Keep between 5 and 10 litres of water available for drinking use only for the household during rationing (average of four persons per household). Please use your discretion</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Keep additional water for pets. Pet owners should use their own discretion</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Reconsider your water usage during peak water usage times. Flatten out the peak by showering (for no more than a minute) later in the evening or before 06:00 in the morning or do your washing after 21:00, as an example. Check for updates on advanced pressure management on CTAlerts (<a href="http://www.twitter.com/cityofctalerts" target="_blank">www.twitter.com/cityofctalerts</a> and the City’s website (<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater">www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater</a>). Definitive advance timetables of the outages cannot be provided as water systems must be managed flexibly to avoid damage to critical infrastructure. Rationing does not work like electricity load-shedding. Unlike load-shedding where areas were switched off and on for a two-hour period, pressure management is introduced and remains active in an area all the time. This will provide sufficient water to most households most of the time. In instances of steep slopes or double-storey buildings local to an area, this reduction in pressure is likely to cause constraints. As outages due to increased use are beyond the City’s control, it is more difficult to use pressure management than load-shedding to manage demand. The City will, however, provide as much information as possible relating to areas to be rationed approximately 24 hours ahead of time</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">When you experience a loss of water supply and before you contact the City’s call centre, please check your neighbour’s supply first to see whether it is likely a case of rationing. Higher-lying properties will likely experience a higher risk of rationing</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">If you reside in or operate from multi-storey buildings, ensure that the water supply system (booster pumps and roof-top storage) is in working order in compliance with the Water By-law (<a href="http://cct.gov.za/xAjse" target="_blank">http://cct.gov.za/xAjse</a>)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Ensure that all taps are closed when not in use to prevent damage/flooding when the supply is restored. Ensure that you take the necessary steps, such as speaking to your insurer if possible, to mitigate potential damage and for fire prevention. The City is not liable for any impact on or damage to private infrastructure resulting from the rationing or associated operations, in accordance with the Water By-law (<a href="http://cct.gov.za/xAjse" target="_blank">http://cct.gov.za/xAjse</a>)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">When supply is restored, the water may appear to be cloudy from the extreme pressure reduction exercise. Please do not waste the initial water. Store it and use it for flushing</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Store essential water in a cool, dark place away from light and dust</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Bottles must remain sealed to prevent contamination</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Clearly label water storage containers as ‘drinking water’ as opposed to non-drinking water</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Where containers (other than bottles) are to be used for storage, ensure these are cleaned and disinfected</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Keep non-drinking water for flushing, particularly multi-storey buildings as the upper floors may not have water during pressure management cycles</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Use less toilet paper as this requires less water to flush and prevents blockages. Only flush when required and close the lid of the toilet when flushing toilet bowls where urine has not been flushed. Use appropriate disinfectants and face masks and gloves where required</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Wet wipes and sanitary pads are not to be flushed down toilets as these cause blockages – place these items in the bin </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Do not use your toilet as a dustbin</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Switch to one-ply toilet paper to prevent blockages when you choose to ‘let it mellow’</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Ensure that any non-municipal supply water for drinking purposes is acquired from reputable companies who adhere to national safety standards. The City advises against bulk water acquisition unless a company can prove that they have not tapped into the municipal supply. If in doubt, contact the City to investigate</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Use waterless hand-sanitiser where possible</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Ensure that all fire extinguishers are in legal working condition. If possible, acquire fire extinguishers or increase the number of fire extinguishers in homes and buildings</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Note that there may be a build-up of air within the water system when supply is restored</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Note that toilets that use flush-masters will be ineffective due to the low pressures</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Note that high-pressure solar water heaters are not at risk of damage from low water pressure or short periods of no pressure (water outages). In cases of low water pressure, the geyser or storage tank will be refilled at a slower rate and the solar water heater will not be adversely affected. Even in cases of water outages or zero pressure, high-pressure solar water heaters that are installed correctly can withstand short periods of time (a few days at a time) without water with no adverse effect on the pump or the panel. </div></li></ul><p><strong>Don’t</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Store excessive municipal water </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Waste a drop of water</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Where non-drinking water is kept for flushing, this should not be stored for longer than a couple of days. Please use your discretion. Please note:</div></li></ul><ol><li><div style="text-align:left;">Borehole water: do not use for drinking</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Sea water: do not use to flush toilets and do not drink </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Spring water: not for drinking purposes</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">From rivers/wetlands: do not drink. Use only for non-drinking purposes. When collecting non-drinking water, it is best to use gloves and any regulated household disinfectant can be used. If in doubt contact your nearest City Environmental Health Office</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Greywater: do not drink. Use only to flush the toilet</div></li></ol><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Fall for ‘chancers’ and thieves who purport to be from the City to install water-efficient gadgets in private homes in an effort to gain access to your premises</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Shower for more than a minute</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Use alternative sources of water for outdoor use at all. Use it only indoors for flushing due to the severity of the crisis</div></li></ul><p>Please note water restrictions and water usage targets may be changed at short notice in an effort to respond to the crisis at hand. This is a resilient municipality with resilient residents and businesses. </p><p>Let’s save, Cape Town! Together.</p><p>An online toolkit has been developed with various resources for all to use to help us to drive this message. Please see our website <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/" target="_blank">www.capetown.gov.za</a> to access material that you may require. This toolkit will be updated regularly. </p><p>For information on how to meet the daily water usage requirement, residents should please visit the water restrictions page on the City’s website: <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater" target="_blank">www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater</a> and utilise our water calculator: <a href="http://bit.ly/ThinkWaterCalculatorCT" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/ThinkWaterCalculatorCT</a></p><p>Residents can contact the City via email to <a href="mailto:water@capetown.gov.za">water@capetown.gov.za</a> for queries about the water pressure reduction, or to report contraventions of the water restrictions (evidence should be provided to assist the City’s enforcement efforts), or they can send an SMS to 31373.</p><p>For more information on water management devices, please visit <a href="http://cct.gov.za/mXos4" target="_blank">http://cct.gov.za/mXos4</a></p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2017-10-22T22:00:00Z1
City enforcers set a benchmark for neighbourhood safety rookies City of Cape Town’s Gang and Drug Task Team (GDTT) has made 453 arrests in a cluster of crime hotspots over the quarter July to September 2017<span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/ROOKIES2.jpg" style="width:378px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>The City of Cape Town’s Gang and Drug Task Team (GDTT) has made 453 arrests in a cluster of crime hotspots over the quarter July to September 2017. The successes came from more than 300 autonomous and joint operations with the South African Police Service and other City enforcement agencies as well as general patrols in Athlone, Atlantis, Bishop Lavis, Delft, Elsies River, Grassy Park, Hanover Park, Kraaifontein, Manenberg, Mitchells Plain, Ocean View, Ravensmead and Steenberg.</p><p>One-third of the arrests were for motorists caught driving under the influence of alcohol. Officers also recorded nearly 3 000 traffic offences and 747 by-law offences. They confiscated 1 567 units of drugs, seven firearms, and 252 rounds of ammunition. In the last three weeks, officers have upped the ante by recovering 12 firearms – the latest being a .38 special revolver and 11 rounds of ammunition found in possession of a suspect in Manenberg yesterday, 21 October 2017.</p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/ROOKIES3.jpg" style="width:429px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> </span>‘These arrests and confiscations exclude the successes attributed to the South African Police Service (SAPS). However, given that SAPS handles the dissemination of their crime statistics differently, it’s not possible to give an accurate global view. What the statistics do show is that officers are in fact on the ground and making a difference, in spite of perceptions to the contrary.That said, we need more resources for all enforcement agencies but also greater parity between the arrest statistics and conviction statistics. Many of the successes we are able to report on come via community members and it’s disheartening for them to see perpetrators out on the street the very next day or week. So if we are going to bolster community confidence and make a meaningful impact in the fight against crime, then there needs to be greater emphasis on effective prosecutions,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith. </span><span>​<br><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/ROOKIES4.png" style="width:485px;" /><figcaption> <p>   © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>The GDTT focuses much of its efforts on the worst crime-affected areas in the city, with resources redeployed in line with risk assessments of the various flashpoints. In the quarter under review, Manenberg and Hanover Park accounted for 40% of the team’s interventions. </p><p>‘The decision on where to deploy and when is largely based on intelligence received from the SAPS as well as our own observations and intelligence derived from the ShotSpotter gunshot detection system. It’s not always ideal, because apart from the areas where ShotSpotter is deployed, we do not have accurate information about the threat levels. This is why the City proposed the implementation of neighbourhood safety teams that will provide a dedicated enforcement presence in troublesome areas. This whole-of-society approach to fighting crime is in line with our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan. The first 120 neighbourhood safety team officers are set for deployment by the end of November in Delft and we are excited to see what impact this approach will have on crime and policing thereof,’ added Alderman Smith.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>​​</span>2017-10-21T22:00:00Z1

 

 

 

 

 

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