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Hamilton Naki Square in Langa lays foundation for architecture award This CRU project offers housing opportunities to 463 tenants and their families<span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" /><figcaption> <p>  © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>In recognition of the architectural, spatial and community-enhancing achievements, the City’s Hamilton Naki Square in Langa recently received the Cape Institute for Architecture Award for Architecture 2017.</p><p>This CRU project offers housing opportunities to 463 tenants and their families. </p><p>The planning and construction of these units was managed by the City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority, with the design expertise of Architects Associated (the architects for the project), in consultation with the City’s Assets and Facilities Management Directorate.</p><p> </p><span><p>The project cost close to R170 million and consists of 463 two-bedroom units of 40 m² each, across three-, four- and five-storey buildings. </p><p>These rental housing opportunities are aimed at those people residing in the worst hostel conditions in the city, following the development of a priority model for all hostels in Cape Town.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure></span><p>In an effort to provide the buildings with a sense of identity, the architects used the gradation of the buildings as well as the staircases or balconies and vistas to create a unique look.</p><p>Furthermore, the precinct’s layout boasts a network of pedestrian routes, courts or play areas, a new public square on the corner of Bhunga Avenue and Ndabeni Street, as well as pockets of parking and allocated green spaces.</p></span><span><p>​​​​​​Walkways and narrower streets have been created in the precinct to provide tenants with a thermal buffer and shading against the harsh south-easterly wind and sand and the horizontal north-west rain.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>‘This project showcases the value of City departments and private companies working together to improve the living conditions of our tenants and their families. The teams who worked on this project should be commended for their creativity and determination. They did not allow the challenges of the sandy Cape soil to deter the construction. Instead, they used innovatively-designed foundations and a load-bearing system that used reinforced concrete blocks for the construction of the four- to five-storey buildings. Also, the ecological footprint of this building was reduced by not using reinforced concrete structural frames.</p><p>‘Over the 20-month period of construction, this project created employment opportunities for local labour and subcontractors, through the main contractor,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.</p><p>This project is line with the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan which places our residents at the centre of service delivery and seeks to improve the way the City works and delivers services to communities. </p><p>‘This project demonstrates our commitment to providing well-located housing opportunities, helping to create safer communities through urban design, and dedicating resources to spatial transformation and job creation. Furthermore, it strikes the balance between providing affordable rental housing in Langa for low-income residents and creating an environment which is enjoyable for the community, is pedestrian-focused, and assists in addressing crime prevention through its design by making the precinct more visible and accessible to patrols,’ said Councillor Herron. </p><p>The rentals are being managed by the City’s Assets and Facilities Management Directorate.</p><p>‘We are proud that our tenants and their families are able to enjoy affordable rental accommodation which has been recognised for its architectural, spatial and community enhancing achievements. In light of going green, all of our units are also connected to solar water heaters which offers our tenants some financial relief as the demand for energy and its cost decreases.</p><p>‘The maintenance of the City’s rental stock usually forms a large part of our budget and therefore I am pleased to know that careful consideration was given to creating the robust architecture in order to reduce the level of maintenance required in future. In this way, the budget could then be spent on other needs that will benefit our tenants and their families,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Assets and Facilities Management, Councillor Stuart Diamond. </p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2017-10-16T22:00:00Z1
City working to transform Kalkfontein informal settlementKalkfontein informal settlement near Blue Downs which is being upgraded as part of the Upgrading of Informal Settlements Programme (UISP<span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:700px;" /><figcaption> <p>    © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area East, Councillor Anda Ntsodo, last week visited the Kalkfontein informal settlement near Blue Downs which is being upgraded as part of the Upgrading of Informal Settlements Programme (UISP). This upgrade includes the provision of toilets, taps, and electricity connections for each of the 833 planned serviced sites. In addition, each household will receive either a title deed or tenure certificate once the upgrade has been completed. </p><p>When title is ultimately transferred to the new owners, it empowers them to pursue economic opportunities. The sense of ownership provided by title creates a framework where residents feel better able and motivated to improve their space, and gives residents an asset they can leverage to access the formal economy. </p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:1023px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> </span></span>The City, in accordance with policy, went to significant lengths to include the community in the UISP process and community members are represented on the project steering committee. Furthermore, labour sourced from surrounding communities is being used wherever possible. <p>‘The City of Cape Town is facing an ever-increasing demand for housing, and informal settlements are likely to remain a feature in the city for the foreseeable future. This requires us to come up with innovative ways to uplift our residents in the interim, in line with the service delivery focus of the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan.</p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:1023px;" /><figcaption> <p>    © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> </span><p>‘As such, we are taking proactive measures to improve the lives of those on the housing database by providing a higher level of basic services to residents as they wait for their opportunity for formal housing, as well as formalising residents’ ownership of the land on which they live,’ said Councillor Ntsodo. </p><p>The upgrade is set for completion in the 2018/2019 financial year if all goes as planned. </p><p><br>End</p><span><span></span><p> </p>​​</span>2017-10-16T22:00:00Z1
City libraries get scientific boost in isiXhosa and isiZuluUnderstanding science helps us to embrace the subject as it won’t seem so foreign, encourages young children to choose careers in science, and helps us to make informed decisions.<span>​ <figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:511px;" /><figcaption> <p>  © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure></span>Author and journalist, Lucy Hawking, worked with leading global scientists to write adventure stories based on scientific facts to arouse an interest in and fascination for science among young readers. <p>She has written six books in the George Greenby series, where George and his friend Annie travel across the universe to fight the forces of evil using scientific information, facts and theories they learn along the way. </p><p>The books have been translated into over 40 languages, including isiXhosa and isiZulu, thanks to a collaboration with the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa.</p><p>The books were launched at the Central Library on Monday evening, 16 October 2017, and copies will be available at various City of Cape Town libraries including Central, Kuyasa and Harare.</p><p>As a self-confessed and committed geek, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith, said everything possible must be done to advance the cause of science.</p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:511px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure></span>‘I believe we need to develop young minds that are more curious about science, its principles, and problem-solving. Understanding science helps us to embrace the subject as it won’t seem so foreign, encourages young children to choose careers in science, and helps us to make informed decisions. Science provides the spark children need to realise they can help solve problems. It not only teaches them about the world around them, but also gives them a healthy dose of scepticism. If we do not inspire children to love science, we are doomed,’ said Alderman Smith.<p>Creating awareness and possibilities of new and exciting careers and economic opportunities is one of the goals of the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan.</p><p>‘By exposing our children to science in a fun and exhilarating way, we hope to make them aware of the scientific options and inspire many of them to choose a career that solves problems in our country and around the world,’ added Alderman Smith.</p><p>With a background in journalism, Oxford graduate Lucy Hawking regularly gives talks on popular science for diverse audiences across the globe. She has won several scientific awards and accolades. In 2015, Hawking was awarded a grant from the United Kingdom Space Agency to create resources for primary school children.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2017-10-16T22:00:00Z1
Drought crisis: desalination, augmentation process under way; not cancelledContrary to allegations emerging over the weekend, the City of Cape Town’s augmentation programme is progressing with urgency. <p>​Contrary to allegations emerging over the weekend, the City of Cape Town’s augmentation programme is progressing with urgency. </p><p>The first tender batch which was issued comprised small-scale temporary containerised desalination plants (with a combined yield of approximately 15 million litres per day) in Hout Bay, Granger Bay and Dido Valley. </p><p>Tenders received were, however, non-responsive. The tenders are being re-advertised and these initiatives have not been cancelled. </p><p>The augmentation programme consists of more than the first tenders. The City is pursuing a mix of alternative water resources (desalination, groundwater and water reclamation) together with aggressively reducing consumption to ensure that existing surface water can sustain us through to winter 2018. </p><p>The City has to ensure that we run a fair process for all competitors, receive a product that the City has asked for, and that Cape Town needs. The City has an appeal process in terms of the Municipal Systems Act which is a platform for bidders to raise disputes or appeals on tender processes.</p><p>All tender processes are being conducted in accordance with the City’s Supply Chain Management Policy which complies with national legislation. Neither the Mayor, nor any politicians, are part of the tender processes. </p><p>We encourage bidders to participate in the tender. The private sector is part of the solution to securing Cape Town’s water future. </p><p>Initially 17 sites were explored, but this was reduced to 10 sites after environmental considerations were factored in. Furthermore, the sites must be situated close to the reticulation system for the water supply to enter the supply system. </p><p>All programmes are continuing. During this time of heightened concern on the subject of water, it is now more important than ever for information that is shared to be factual and for stories not to be proliferated solely for the fanning of sensationalist fires. </p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2017-10-15T22:00:00Z1



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