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New traffic officers just the ticketThe City of Cape Town’s newest traffic recruits will hit the streets just in time for the peak festive season<p>​The City of Cape Town’s newest traffic recruits will hit the streets just in time for the peak festive season. The group of 20 officers received their certificates at a graduation ceremony today after completing their studies and practical assessments.</p><span><p>In 2015 the Traffic Services Department embarked on a learnership programme to ensure the ongoing recruitment and training of officers to counter the natural attrition within its ranks. .</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span>​​​​​The graduates are the latest group of recruits to have completed the programme, just six months after 30 others graduated after walking the same road. Increasing our staff complement aligns with the City's commitment to promoting safer communities under the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan. <p>As part of the selection process to whittle down the thousands of applications received, candidates had to complete written and physical assessments. This was followed by a round of interviews, medical examinations, criminal checks and reference checks.</p><p>The group of 20 that was left standing after the rigours of the assessment then completed a 12-month Further Education and Training course in Road Traffic Law Enforcement offered in partnership with the Metro Police Training Academy. The course also included training in handling firearms, conducting roadblocks and point duty, and restraining techniques.. </p><p>‘The learnership programme has made it possible for us to replenish staff numbers where officers have retired or resigned, but it is also an opportunity to increase the number of traffic officers in Cape Town. Road safety continues to be one of our biggest headaches and so these new recruits will have their work cut out for them.</p><p>‘I encourage the new officers to wear their uniforms with pride and to be mindful of the responsibility that comes with the job. Enforcing the law fairly is crucial, but so too is changing the behaviour of road users through constant awareness and education.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:836px;" /> </figure></span><p>‘I also caution the public not to underestimate the rookies. At our recent annual awards, one of the 2016 graduates was a nominee for officer of the year after generating nearly 6 000 cases, confiscating 168 cellphones and making 49 arrests in his first year on the job. That is the calibre of officer who is donning the uniform and is indicative of the passion and enthusiasm that these graduates bring. So motorists, consider yourselves warned; and to the class of 2017, consider yourselves challenged,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2017-12-14T22:00:00Z1
Cape Town Summer Market caters for everyoneThe Cape Town Summer Market will take place over a seven-day period from 17 – 23 December 2017. It will be open to the public between 17:00 and 23:00 on each day.<p>​</p><p>The Cape Town Summer Market will take place over a seven-day period from 17 – 23 December 2017. It will be open to the public between 17:00 and 23:00 on each day.</p><p>The zones set up last year proved to be very popular and will feature again this year. This setup caters for a broad range of interests and goes beyond just selling trinkets; it’s about growing a culture of entrepreneurship and creativity.</p><p>‘I am pleased that we have found a winning formula for this family event. The various entertainment zones catering for young and old are guaranteed to keep all well entertained for the week. There will be a play zone, a kid’s zone, a sports zone and a music zone that will give families the opportunity to enjoy quality time together in a safe space. The addition of tinkering tables in the kid’s zone will allow for adventures in creativity, with activities focused on exploration and experimentation,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p><strong>Play zone</strong><br>The play zone will offer a fun experience for children in a safe and controlled environment. Activities such as a three-in-one jumping castle and giant twister will be available free of charge. Additionally, the giant Jenga (a stacking blocks game) will definitely challenge the physical and mental skills of the younger children. Children will be treated to hours of fun in a space where parents are able to keep a watchful eye while listening to the music from the nearby stage and entertainment area. </p><p><strong>Kid’s zone</strong><br>Parents and guardians can rest assured that the kid’s zone has been designed with the safety of children being top of mind. Professional child-minders who have experience in child-care will be on hand to keep a watchful eye on the little ones and ensure that they are well entertained. Creative activities will be available for them to have an enjoyable experience with their parents.</p><p><strong>Sports zone</strong><br>The sports zone is part of the successful Fives Soccer programme where the whole family can take part as a team.</p><p><strong>Music zone</strong><br>For music enthusiasts there will be non-stop entertainment on stage in the music zone until 22:00 every night.</p><p>‘A new addition to the summer market is a local talent competition designed to make the market memorable and get the crowds involved. This competition gives our unknown talent the platform to perform and celebrates the unique and diverse talents of Cape Town. One of our home-grown talents will walk away with R25 000 in prizes, including the opportunity to record a single written and produced by Chad Saaiman and the Stereotype Talent team, who have created several hit songs over the past decade,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area North, Councillor Suzette Little.</p><p>The competition, dubbed Summer Song 2017, targeted young people between the ages of 18 and 30 years. Auditions are currently under way and those who qualify for the next round will compete live on stage at the summer market. On the final night of Summer Song contest, the top three contestants will compete for the prize and hometown glory.</p><p>Additionally, DJ Uncle Cal (Calvin Peters), who is also known as the afro-ninja DJ, will make sure that everyone is well entertained, with music appealing to a wide audience. To add to the line-up there will be various bands as well as roaming magicians and jugglers to keep young and old enthralled throughout the evening.</p><p>In addition to the various activity zones, more than 100 vendors will have a variety of products on offer. The stalls will be set up along Government Avenue and this will give shoppers the opportunity to look for that last-minute, special gift.</p><p>‘The layout and character of the market fit well with the setting of the Company’s Garden and the variety of things to do will make it a worthwhile outing for young and old. The product mix will cater for a range of price options, while maintaining high quality levels. The point of the Cape Town Summer Market is to create a good business environment for traders by attracting customers, while at the same time ensuring that the market is fun for all ages,’ added Councillor Little.</p><p>‘Over the years we have tried and tested various options for the summer market and I believe we have come up with a winning formula. Looking back at last year’s numbers, more than 93 000 people in total visited the summer market. This is a call to families to come out and enjoy some quality time together in a relaxed atmosphere. All indications are that the Cape Town Summer Market 2017 will be a memorable one. While residents are out and about, they should not forget to stop over in Adderley Street to admire the stunning festive lights as well,’ added Alderman Smith.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2017-12-13T22:00:00Z1
Festive season office hoursSee our 2017 festive season office hours.<p> <strong>Customer call centre</strong></p><p>The Customer Relations Department will close at 13:00 on Friday, 15 December 2017. The water queue will remain open as it is an essential service.</p><p>However, you can still report water-related issues at 0860 103 089 - please choose Option 2.</p><p>You can still log service requests via the following channels:</p><ul><li>Email <a href=""> <em></em></a><em> for </em>water-related queries</li><li>Email <a href=""> <em></em></a><em> </em>for account related queries</li><li> <a href="">Log a service request</a></li><li>SMS <i><a>31373</a></i> for water queries</li><li>SMS <i><a>31220</a></i> for electricity queries </li><li>Whatsapp <i> <a>063 407 3699</a></i> for water-related queries</li></ul><p> <strong>Revenue offices</strong></p><p>The following opening hours apply to the cash receiving; account enquiries; motor vehicle registration; housing; traffic centre offices and municipal courts.</p> <span> <div class="mobile-scroll">​​<br> <table> <caption>2017 festive season hours</caption> <thead><tr><th>Date</th><th>Offices</th><th colspan="1">Hours</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>15 December 2017</td><td>Traffic centres; municipal courts</td><td colspan="1">​Closed from 13:00</td></tr><tr><td>16 December 2017</td><td>Cash receiving; account enquiries; motor vehicle registration; traffic centres; housing; municipal courts</td><td colspan="1">​Closed</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1">22 December 2017</td><td rowspan="1">​Cash receiving; account enquiries; housing; municipal courts</td><td rowspan="1" colspan="1">​Closed from 13:00</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1">​23 - 26 December 2017</td><td rowspan="1">​Cash receiving; account enquiries; motor vehicle registration; traffic centres; housing; municipal courts</td><td rowspan="1" colspan="1">​Closed</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1">​29 December 2017</td><td rowspan="1">​Cash receiving; account enquiries; housing; municipal courts</td><td rowspan="1" colspan="1">​Closed from 13:00</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1">​30 December 2017 - 1 January 2018</td><td rowspan="1">​Cash receiving; account enquiries; motor vehicle registration; traffic centres; housing; municipal courts</td><td rowspan="1" colspan="1">​Closed</td></tr></tbody></table></div>​​​</span> <p>Find out more on Liberty Promenade festive season operating hours (<a href="" target="_blank">English</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">Afrikaans</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">isiXhosa</a>).</p><p> <strong>Drop-off facilities</strong></p><p>The following opening hours will apply to our drop-off facilities:</p> <span> <div class="mobile-scroll">​​<br> <table> <caption>2017 festive season hours</caption> <thead><tr><th>Date</th><th>Hours</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>24 December 2017</td><td>09:00 - 13:00</td></tr><tr><td>26 December 2017</td><td>Closed</td></tr><tr><td>31 December 2017</td><td>09:00 - 13:00</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1">​1 January 2018</td><td rowspan="1">​Closed</td></tr></tbody></table></div>​​​</span> <p> </p><p> </p>2017-12-13T22:00:00Z1
City to convene urgent summit about commuter rail crisisCommuting by train in Cape Town is stressful and degrading – you are exhausted once you reach your destination and then you still have to work an eight-hour day<p>​</p><p>A rail summit will be hosted early in the new year when the City of Cape Town will meet with role-players from the private sector, business leaders, and other interested and affected parties to devise short-term interventions to address the current crisis that rail commuters face on a daily basis.</p><p>‘This morning I took the Metrorail northern line to experience what the conditions are like for commuters who travel between the northern suburbs and Cape Town station. The overcrowding, frustration, anxiety, and desperation of those who needed to get on the train to get to work were similar to what I personally saw and experienced on my commute on the Metrorail Central Line on 30 November. </p><p>‘We departed from Kraaifontein station shortly after 06:00. The carriage was packed beyond capacity – I did not expect this, given that the schools are closed and some people are already on leave. At one of the stations I was nearly pushed through the open door as desperate men and women were trying to get onto the train while others were trying to get off. It was harrowing, and I may have ended up on the tracks were it not for a young man who pulled me back in. Those making use of Metrorail literally have to fight their way in and out of the carriages every day. Commuting by train in Cape Town is stressful and degrading – you are exhausted once you reach your destination and then you still have to work an eight-hour day. </p><p>‘We simply cannot allow commuters to be subjected to these inhumane conditions indefinitely. Thus, I have decided to call for a rail summit where we all have to gather and work on a crisis plan to address the most pressing issues as a matter of urgency,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.</p><p>The president of the Cape Chamber of Commerce, Janine Myburgh, accompanied Councillor Herron on the commute from Kraaifontein station to Cape Town station.</p><p>‘Commuters are being let down. They are subjected to trauma every time they have to get on and off the trains. I expected the carriage to be overcrowded, but it was much worse than I could have imagined. Any effort to improve the rail system must be supported,’ said Myburgh.</p><p>The TDA has devised a business plan which stipulates how the City intends to take over passenger rail. Council on 26 October 2017 approved the plan and agreed that the takeover must happen gradually so that the City can plan ahead, acquire the necessary skills, and develop the additional capacity to ensure the long-term sustainability of passenger rail.</p><p>‘We need to engage with National Government for the necessary approvals and funding for taking over commuter rail in an incremental and structural manner. It may take at least another 24 months before we can take over some of the functions that are currently being managed by Metrorail. That said, we are facing a real risk that passenger rail in Cape Town could collapse before this happens.</p><p>‘Thus, in January I will take senior business leaders with me on Metrorail’s Central Line so that they too can see what their employees face day after day. I am hoping that once business leaders have personally experienced the rail commute they will have a better understanding of what we are facing and what we can do to address the most pressing issues while the City is working on the longer-term strategy of taking over the urban rail function,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2017-12-13T22:00:00Z1






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