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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="" 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="" 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="" 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
City’s Kuils River Library joins an elite pensioners’ clubThe City’s Kuils River Library turned 60 earlier this year, and celebrations were held this week to commemorate the milestone<span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:514px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>The City’s Kuils River Library turned 60 earlier this year, and celebrations were held this week to commemorate the milestone, including a birthday party with the community today, 21 October 2017.</p><p>‘Kuils River Library is a cornerstone in this community. The City acknowledges the role it plays in education and providing information and a social and recreational space for residents,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith. </p><p>The library was officially opened on 25 March 1957, although a group of residents circulated a small collection of books among themselves for decades before then.</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></span>Circa 1952, the library committee realised that they needed a dedicated building and decided to build a library. They raised funds and purchased two plots on the corner of Carinus and Van der Stel Streets, where the library still stands today.<p>In 1956 the library committee donated R5 000 and the two plots of land to the municipality. On 25 March 1957, the new Cape Dutch style building was inaugurated and on 1 April 1957 the Kuils River Library joined the Cape Provincial Library Services.</p><p>In May 1957 the first training course for librarians in the then Western Province was held at the Kuils River Library. Neighbouring towns did not have libraries and residents from Bellville, Durbanville, Brackenfell and Kraaifontein came to make use of Kuils River Library.</p><p>In 1964 Mariana Bosman was appointed as the first full-time librarian, and at that stage membership was 900 and the circulation was 33 000 per year. The library now boasts a membership of 6 290, with a circulation of more than 188 500 annually. </p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:411px;" /><figcaption> <p>  © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> </span>Since its opening, the Kuils River Library has been extended twice. The Cape Dutch building with its gable roof is rich in character and is well utilised by the whole community.<p>Kuils River Library accommodates a large number of learners and students. The library services five high schools, eight primary schools, 20 crèches, three higher education institutions, and neighbouring areas.</p><p>The library is exceptionally busy on Saturdays when families take time out to visit. </p><p>‘As I grew up in Kuils River, I started visiting the library there from around the age of five with my mother. Over the years I borrowed and read many books from there. It has been amazing to see the library faring so well and its continued growth is an indication of its contribution to the community. </p><p>‘The library is a facility that allows residents to interact, learn, communicate and share. This is in line with the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan goal to provide spaces which enable growth and learning,’ said Alderman Smith.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p><span><span></span><p> </p>​​</span>2017-10-20T22:00:00Z1
City helps strengthen the non-profit sectorThe City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Department of Social Development today concluded a two-day workshop to capacitate non-profit organisations (NPOs) working in various sectors. <p>​The City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Department of Social Development today concluded a two-day workshop to capacitate non-profit organisations (NPOs) working in various sectors. </p><span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:576px;" /><figcaption> <p>  © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure><p>The event was held to coincide with the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, commemorated each year on 17 October. Among the NPOs who attended the workshops are Women Hope for the Nation, Apex Learning Levels, and the New World Foundation.</p><p>Key focus areas included highlighting the work of the City’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department as well as its provincial counterparts, but also empowering NPOs – both registered and unregistered.</p><p> </p><p>Presentations covered a number of aspects including:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">The NPO Act and ensuring compliance</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">NPO tax law</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Sustainability in the NPO sector</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Fundraising and proposal writing</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">BBBEEE codes </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">How government funding works</div></li></ul><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>‘It’s in government’s best interests that we have an NPO sector that is working and working well. All of our social challenges require a collective and shared responsibility, because government alone cannot do it. In years gone by, far too many organisations have been forced to close their doors because of lack of access to funding or because they aren’t fully compliant and therefore missing out on opportunities. So we are investing in our NPO sector to ultimately strengthen our response to the many challenges that our communities face. Partnerships like these are crucial in terms of our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan goal to build integrated communities by working with the non-profit sector,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area South, Councillor Eddie Andrews.<p>In the last financial year, the City of Cape Town facilitated the following rebates, reductions and exemptions for the non-profit sector:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">R128,2 million for religious institutions (2 120 beneficiaries)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">R 76,7 million for public benefit/non-profit and sports organisations (1 910 beneficiaries)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">R67,2 million for agricultural organisations (618 beneficiaries)</div></li></ul><p>‘We are, however, bound by legislation that requires organisations to meet set criteria in order to access rebates and other funding. So I appeal to non-profits across Cape Town to ensure that they are compliant so they can reap the benefits. If they’re unsure of how to go about it, we encourage them to contact the City or the Western Cape Department of Social Development so we can assist them,’ added Councillor Andrews. </p><p>For more information on how to apply for the rebates, residents or organisations can contact the City’s Call Centre on 0860 103 089 or visit their nearest municipal office.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p><span><span></span><p style="text-align:left;"> </p>​​</span>2017-10-18T22:00:00Z1
MyCiTi going places with new stops, routes and timetables​The City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority is making strides in ensuring that Cape Town has an efficient public transport system.<p>​The City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority is making strides in ensuring that Cape Town has an efficient public transport system. By providing improved and more frequent transport services, the City is enhancing access to opportunities, in line with our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan.</p><p><strong>Atlantis</strong><br>Five new stops will be launched in Atlantis on 28 October 2017 as follows:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Atlantis Cemetery, which will serve Routes 235, 234, 234a and 243</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Swift, which will serve Routes 237 and 242</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Marigold, serving Routes 232, 232a and 241</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Avondale, serving Routes 232, 232a and 241 </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Grosvenor North, serving Route 233</div></li></ul><p>Atlantis has seen a steady increase in passenger demand since the launch of the MyCiTi service in the area in 2014. As a responsive City, MyCiTi will give the passengers the freedom to choose by adding a new express service which will help cut the journey time between Atlantis and the Cape Town city centre. </p><p>The new X02 Atlantis – Table View – Civic Centre route will travel from Atlantis station, stopping at Sandown, Porterfield and Table View stations and then Racecourse, Woodbridge and Woodstock station and finally to the Civic Centre station. The new X02 will shorten the journey time for passengers.</p><p>Atlantis passengers will also be able travel direct from Atlantis to Century City. The T03 route from Atlantis to Omuramba via Table View will be extended to Century City, thus removing the need for passengers to transfer at Omuramba. This direct route will enhance the experience of those commuters who are working or shopping in the busy Century City area.</p><p>Berkshire West has a new stop on the T03 route, which makes it convenient for Atlantis residents to access the new Table Bay Mall.</p><p><strong>Brittlestar stop</strong><br>The Brittlestar stop near Melkbosstrand will now serve both directions of travel and there are four new stops along the R27, Koeberg Power Station, Duynefontein, Melkbosch and Birkenhead, serving the T02 and T03 routes.</p><p>Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain<br>Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain will now enjoy a more frequent service, with extra buses being added during peak times on the D01, D02, D03 and D04 routes. There will be buses every five minutes on D01 and D02, and every 12 minutes on D03 and D04 in the morning peak-hour period.</p><p>Passengers in Mitchells Plain should note that some D04 buses will skip the Mitchells Plain station in the morning peak-hour period.</p><p><strong>Melkbosstrand</strong><br>The Melkbosstrand and Duynefontein services will see some significant changes: </p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Route 217, i.e. Table View – Big Bay – Melkbosstrand, will terminate at Melkbosstrand station and will no longer travel to Melkbosch Village</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Route 230, i.e. Duynefontein – Melkbosstrand will connect with Route 217 at Melkbosstrand station and continue via the Melkbosch Village stop, formerly called Melkbosch to Duynefontein</div></li></ul><p>This means that passengers connecting between Table View and Duynefontein no longer need to transfer at Melkbosstrand station. The Route 230 service will no longer serve the Atlantic Beach and Brittlestar stops. Passengers wishing to access these stops can still do so by using the T03 service. </p><p>The Waratah stop will be discontinued and a new stop, Birkenhead, on the R27 will be added.</p><p><strong>Parklands</strong><br>MyCiTi will also launch a service that will link residents in Parklands with the Cape Town city centre on the T01 route, without the need to transfer at the Table View station. The new T01d Dunoon – Parklands – Civic Centre route will now travel from Dunoon along Malibongwe Drive and Sandown Road into Parklands and continue to the Civic Centre via the Table View station.</p><p>This will provide passengers in Dunoon with a shorter, more direct route to Parklands and its shopping and business hub during the peak times. </p><p>Parklands and Sandown Roads are also getting four new MyCiTi stops, i.e. Dartford, Morningfield, Discovery and Sandown East, to give the growing number of people living or working in these areas a convenient link to the service.</p><p>‘As an opportunity city, we are constantly seeking ways to connect residents, especially those who have been marginalised by the spatial legacy of apartheid, to opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach without a more efficient, reliable and affordable service. The residents have a reason to celebrate this Transport Month. They can now access work and business opportunities easier and faster. The commuters are not only saving on traveling time, but they are also getting value for their money. This is just the tip of the iceberg in achieving our 2032 goal of being a city where residents have easy access to efficient, sustainable and affordable public transport,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.</p><p>All residents can enjoy a free-ride day on the MyCiTi service on 29 October 2017.</p><p>‘On this day, commuters will have an opportunity to hop on the bus and travel as far they like and as often as they want. They can visit friends and family or enjoy being tourists in their own city, free of charge. No myconnect card is necessary on the day.</p><p>‘I encourage residents to take advantage of our popular free-ride day which will apply on all MyCiTi routes. This is also the ideal opportunity to get to know the MyCiTi routes, to visit famous heritage sites along the MyCiTi routes, and to view the artworks at the stations,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>The new service improvements call for timetable adjustments. Residents can access the <a href="" target="_blank">new timetables</a> </p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2017-10-18T22:00:00Z1




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