Subcouncil resolution details
Agenda item no
CHAIRPERSONS STATEMENTS AND COMMUNICATIONS
Thursday, June 18, 2020
“Good Morning Councillors, Subcouncil staff, Officials and invited guests.
Since the opening of liquor outlets, there was a spike in Gender Base Violence, Domestic Violence and shootings in our areas.
Those that fight in the 1976 and 1985 pave a way to established a non-racial society, where everybody will enjoy the fruits of our democracy and we need to honour those fallen heroes and heroines.
The President announced in his speech last night that our economic opportunities will be extended and opened, but we still need to follow the stringent rules of COVID-19.
Over the past few weeks, we have seen and experienced the impact of COVID-19 on our daily lives, the way we work and the way it has affected staff and loved ones. We are facing a pandemic that knows no bounds and discriminates against no one.
During the coming weeks, we will no doubtingly continue to see a substantial increase in the number of those who have contracted the disease and those who will not win the fight. Some of these may be loved ones, neighbours or colleagues. As this pandemic takes its toll, we express our condolences to all the families of staff who have since lost their lives to COVID-19. These colleagues are more than our heroes – they are our source of strength and we draw on their memory and their courage.
These are the most important rules currently in place, which apply to funerals and burials:
Funeral services are being held outside of City facilities subject to the relevant Alert Level and lockdown regulations. Funeral services are restricted to a gathering of a maximum of 50 people.
The Recreation and Parks department is only responsible for burials at municipal cemeteries and not the Councillors. Burials are arranged by undertakers and funeral directors through electronic bookings.
These measures have been put in place based on what is currently known about COVID-19 and is subject to change as and when national regulations are updated. Should you or a loved one have any questions about burials, please send an e-mail to Cemetery.Administration@capetown.gov.za.
While we have prepared for the worst, the City continues to actively support the Provincial Health response in reducing transmission and protecting our most vulnerable. We have done this by augmenting service delivery in our City’s hot spot areas through various measures and initiatives. This includes providing kits to small businesses with sanitiser and masks to help them re-open safely, checking compliance with social distancing and the wearing of masks at public transport interchanges, providing water to underserviced areas as well as supporting soup kitchens in our vulnerable communities. Our staff continue to ensure that we aid and assist wherever necessary.
Under Alert level 3, I am pleased that a number of services have returned to work in a safe way and subject to robust Back to Work Plans. More services will gradually return to work over the coming weeks. Please note, however, that no one may return to work if they are not part of a service with a Back to Work Plan, which has been approved by the relevant ED. It is absolutely necessary that as we enter the next phase of this pandemic, that we continue to adhere to the obligatory health measures at all times. To our frontline workers, we continue to be humbled by your service. You are the very best of who we are.
As we brace for what lies ahead, may we find solace in our unity as One City Together.
Phased re-opening of MVR and Licensing offices
Some Motor Vehicle Registration (MVR) and Licensing offices have opened to members of the public. However, these facilities are operating on a skeleton staff complement.
Visitors are encouraged to avoid long queues by making use of the 90-day grace period for licence renewals, or to make use of online services where possible. Please only visit the MVR or cash offices for urgent matters.
The 90-day grace period applies for:
•Expired driving licence cards
•Professional driving permits (PrDPs)
•Temporary driving licences
•Vehicle registration and licence renewal discs
All vehicle owners who have applied online for the renewal of vehicle licences from 26 March 2020 need to re-apply online as all of these applications have either expired or could not be processed due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
In addition, the validity period for the renewal of a motor trade number licence is extended for a further six months from 1 June 2020.
Together, we will get through this. Please look after yourselves.
THE CITY’S VALUES:
• Openness, Transparency
• Honesty, Integrity
• Tolerance, Respect, Equality Fairness
• Appreciation of Cultural differences
• Sustainability and Consensus building.
God Bless all of you.
I thank you”.
That the Chairperson’s report BE NOTED.