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Drought crisis: more water restriction devices comingThe City is installing more water management devices for excessive users amid the current drought crisis<p>​</p><p>Dam storage levels are at 32,5%, which means useable water is at 22,5%. Collective consumption is 629 million litres per day, which is 129 million above the target of 500 million litres per day needed to build reserves for the expected harsh summer ahead. </p><p>The intricate process of restricting water supply to excessive use properties is ongoing and excessive users in the areas of Durbanville, Southfield, Retreat, Oakdale, Rondebosch, Maitland, Crawford, Three Anchor Bay and Parklands will be visited next over the coming weeks for the installation of water management devices. </p><p>‘The actions and abuse of water by some residents is unfair on those residents who are doing so much to save water. We are clamping down on people who refuse to play their part and to reduce usage. So far, 21 500 letters have been sent to excessive users. </p><p>‘The City is engaging with affected homeowners. Households will be restricted to an allocation of 350 litres per day unless an application to increase the allocation is made to the City. Such an application must be done in the form of an affidavit which will be verified by the water inspectors. In that case, City will set the water meter to a daily target that would allow each person to use their 87 litres per day in line with Level 4b restrictions.</p><p>‘The water management devices, specifically for excessive users, are the latest in a myriad drought interventions, together with large-scale pressure reduction and enormous enforcement efforts. The City’s emergency supply scheme interventions are also under way.</p><p>‘We are hoping that significant further reductions in water usage could be achieved if residents reduce water flow through adjusting their private stopcocks or water control tap. It is really important that all possible avenues are explored,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg. <br> <br>The City also reminds households that it is the property owner’s duty to detect and repair water leaks.  </p><p>How to adjust a stopcock to reduce water flow (this should ideally be done during the day):</p><ul><li>Close the stopcock by turning it in a clockwise direction, and open it again (about a half turn)</li><li>Go to the tap furthest away from the stopcock (this could be inside the house, in the back garden/yard or in an upstairs bathroom)</li><li>Open the cold water tap and see if there is sufficient water flowing</li><li>If required, adjust the stopcock a half turn at a time until a reasonable but reduced flow rate of water to the furthest cold water tap is achieved</li></ul><p>For information on how to meet the 87-litre per day usage requirement, residents should please visit the water restrictions page on the City’s website: <a href=""></a> and utilise our water calculator: <a href=""></a></p><p>Residents can contact the City via email to <a href=""></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>Water supplied by the City remains safe to drink and is tested in accordance with safety standards.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p><p> </p>2017-08-20T22:00:00Z1
Drunk taxi drivers caught gambling with their passengers’ livesIncrease in the number of taxi drivers arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and it is extremely concerning. <p>​The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service arrested six minibus-taxi drivers for driving while intoxicated during a roadblock at the intersection of Wetton Road and Rosmead Avenue in Wynberg on Saturday morning, 19 August 2017.</p><p>They were among 112 suspects arrested by traffic officers in the last four days. One of the suspects was more than 10 times over the legal limit for drivers with a public driving permit, which is 0,02 mg/l. </p><p>‘We’re unfortunately seeing an increase in the number of taxi drivers arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and it is extremely concerning. Thousands of people rely on this mode of transport every day and as if the driving behaviour of some isn’t concerning enough, the fact that alcohol comes into play as well just increases the risk to which these commuters are subjected. I call on the taxi industry to wake up to this appalling behaviour and to help us eradicate it,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>Elsewhere, traffic officers arrested 86 motorists for drunk driving, including 31 at two roadblocks in Wynberg and Claremont and 36 at a roadblock in Khayelitsha. Their Metro Police counterparts arrested 33 motorists for the same offence, including one driver who collided with a Law Enforcement vehicle in Parow on Saturday.</p><p>On Thursday evening, 17 August 2017, the City’s Ghost Squad had its hands full with illegal street races in various locations. In Bellville South, officers arrested nine motorists for reckless and negligent driving and four for driving under the influence of alcohol. On the N1 in the vicinity of Giel Basson Drive, three motorcyclists were clocked at 205 km/h. Officers gave chase and the riders all set off in different directions. The trio was eventually caught and charged with reckless and negligent driving. They were joined by three more suspects who were arrested on Marine Drive in Paarden Eiland.</p><p>In another operation focusing on illegal street racing in Bellville yesterday, officers arrested six suspects: five for reckless and negligent driving and one for driving under the influence of alcohol.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2017-08-20T22:00:00Z1
‘Tis the season for contract firefighter recruitsThe City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service has spent the last week identifying potential candidates for its seasonal firefighter posts.<span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:511px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>The City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service has spent the last week identifying potential candidates for its seasonal firefighter posts.</p><p>The service recruits 120 individuals every year to shore up its defences against vegetation fires between November and April. From Monday to Friday this week (14 – 18 August 2017), nearly 2 000 hopefuls passed through the City’s Ndabeni facility to try and clear the first hurdle: a basic fitness assessment.</p><p> </p><p>The assessment included:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">a reach test</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">a 2,4 km run within a prescribed time</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">30 sit-ups within 60 seconds</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">30 push-ups within 60 seconds</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">a 50 kg dead load carry over 100 m</div></li></ul></span><span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:381px;" /><figcaption><p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure><p>‘This fitness assessment is standard, even for candidates seeking permanent employment with the City’s Safety and Security Directorate. On paper it might not seem that daunting, but I would venture a guess that many people would struggle to complete the tasks. I want to congratulate those candidates who persevered and commiserate with those who didn’t make it this time around,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>A short video of the candidates’ efforts can be viewed here: <a href=""></a></p><p>A total of 846 candidates successfully completed the basic fitness assessment. Next, they will be required to complete written and behavioural assessments. The top overall performers will be offered contracts as seasonal firefighters and will start their firefighting training on 1 November 2017. The four-week long wildland firefighting course includes the basics of fighting vegetation fires, familiarisation with different types of equipment and specific use of the equipment through simulation drills, as well as the specific roles and functions of each staff member when responding to a vegetation fire.</p><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:490px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure><p>Seasonal firefighters are expected to work at least 40 hours a week for the duration of their contracts. Their key tasks include firefighting duties under the guidance and supervision of firefighters and officers, preparing for emergency incidents, and creating fire breaks along the urban edge (see photo above).</p><p>‘We experience anywhere between 6 000 – 9 000 vegetation fires during summer in Cape Town. Our seasonal recruits are crucial to our efforts to protect lives and property during this very busy period.</p><p>‘This is a win-win situation because we are able to increase our firefighting capabilities when we need them most, but we are also transferring skills and creating economic opportunities for our residents. An opportunity like this not only means valuable skills for the seasonal firefighter, but the character, determination and service to the community are attributes that I believe would stand them in good stead for future employment opportunities, whether in the public service or private sector. This provision of a stepping stone is in line with our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan which seeks to help equip our residents to access economic opportunities,’ added Alderman Smith.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>​​</span><p> </p>​​</span><span>​​</span>2017-08-19T22:00:00Z1
New Goodwood Municipal Court officially opensOfficial opening of the newly built Goodwood Municipal Court.<p>​The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area Central, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli, and the Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Mr John Jeffery today jointly unveiled a plaque to signify the official opening of the newly built Goodwood Municipal Court.</p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:576px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> </span>The old court building was demolished in 2016 by the City’s Transport and Development Authority (TDA) who identified the court building as part of their project to refurbish the entire precinct. In addition to the municipal court, other departments located within the precinct are Fire and Rescue Services, Disaster Risk Management, Traffic Services and TDA.<p>During her keynote address at the opening, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Councillor Raelene Arendse said, ‘The reconstruction of the Goodwood Municipal Court is in line with the values of the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan that strives to build an organisation that is customer-centric. The enhancements in the new court building will ensure that our customers have a more pleasant experience at our facility. I am proud that the quality of our services sets a benchmark for other municipalities to follow. A few have visited the City on a fact-finding mission with the intention of establishing municipal courts in their municipalities’.</p><p>The City’s partnership with the relevant stakeholders dates back to 2000, when a Memorandum of Understanding was concluded with the Department of Justice, the Director of Public Prosecutions, and other stakeholders to establish the first municipal court on 18 April 2000, known as the Cape Town Municipal Court which operated from the City Hall.</p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:473px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> Today, the City operates 11 municipal courts that are located across the metro in Parow, the CBD, Goodwood, Strand, Blue Downs, Mitchells Plain, Wynberg, Khayelitsha, Atlantis, Simon’s Town and Somerset West.<p>‘Such partnerships between the various spheres of government are crucial to enable us to deliver services successfully to our residents. Only if we work in close collaboration will we be able to make progress possible. Our customers need to be at the centre of all we do. It is important to note that some court functions, such as traffic violation representations prior to set court dates, are not limited to the residents of Goodwood and surrounding areas only, but are open to residents from outside these areas and working within the Goodwood municipal court jurisdiction area,’ said Councillor Mamkeli.</p><p>The new Goodwood Municipal Court boasts a number of enhancements such as improved access for the public to pay their fines and to make enquiries and representations. Parking is available in close proximity to the court which allows for ease of access for clients. The lighting for the court complex has been upgraded and fitted with motion sensors which help to save on electricity consumption. The access from the holding cells to the court has been newly designed in such a way that there will be minimal disruption of court proceedings.</p><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:576px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure></span></span><p>In view of the increasing workload, the court will sit on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with a dedicated magistrate, two prosecutors and administrative support staff that includes court interpreters and court orderlies.</p><p>Initially the role of the municipal courts was to primarily prosecute cases related to traffic offences. However, over the years there has been a gradual increase in the number of cases brought before the court through the municipal enforcement of the local authority by-laws and national legislation related to the following:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">The National Building Regulations</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Health legislation</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">The Business Act</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">The Municipal Planning By-law dealing with land-use issues and enforcement</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">The Streets, Public Places and Prevention of Noise Nuisances By-law, in other words prohibited behaviour and noise nuisances</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">The enforcement of the Graffiti, Informal Trading, Community Fire Safety, Air Quality, Animal and Environmental Health By-laws</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">The enforcement and prosecution of water-wasters in terms of the Water By-law, especially during this period of drought</div></li></ul><p>Municipal courts operate in accordance with, among others, the Magistrates’ Court Act, the Criminal Procedures Act, and the various Department of Justice codes.</p><p>Many years ago, the Goodwood Municipal Court dealt with a court roll of approximately 300 cases per day. More recently this number has increased to about 450 cases per day and includes first appearance cases, Section 72 cases, by-law transgressions, and arrests.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p><span><span></span><p><br> </p>​​</span><p> </p><p> </p>2017-08-17T22:00:00Z1




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