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Agreement between City and Stellenbosch University to support urban renewal of Bellville CBD<p>​Stellenbosch University purchased a property of some 69 hectares (erven 23974 and 1682, Bellvile) from the former Bellville Municipality in 1982 with the specific objective of establishing a satellite campus in Bellville. </p><p>Part of the property currently accommodates the University’s Business School, the School of Public Leadership, the Division for Part-time Studies and the Bellvista Lodge, while another portion is occupied by a golf driving range and toboggan track. </p><p>The remainder of the property is vacant, although large areas of the site totalling approximately 23 ha are not suitable for urban development due to an old waste dump site and a quarry which have not been sufficiently stabilised.</p><p>‘The Memorandum of Agreement concluded between the City and the University now makes provision for the development of non-academic facilities such as offices, retail space and residential facilities on the property, in addition to academic uses as per the original purchase agreement.</p><p>‘The City and University will share the net income received from the sale and/or lease of portions of the land, primarily to invest into the further development of the property,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Assets and Facilities Management, Councillor Stuart Diamond. </p><p>‘The City and Stellenbosch University have been in discussions about the development of this property for many years. Given the importance of this strategically located gateway property, we are anxious to see it utilised and developed to its full potential. As such, the decision by both parties to take hands and to deal with this property on a partnership basis was a major breakthrough in the negotiations. We are heading into a new direction which would benefit not only the two parties, but also Cape Town’s residents,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.</p><p>‘The proposed development of our Bellville Park property is an opportunity for the University to unlock the potential of a valuable asset in collaboration with the public and private sectors.</p><p>‘A combination of mixed development and the expansion of the academic campus, together with the protection of substantial areas of sensitive habitat, will benefit the University, the City, the Tygerberg business community and local communities. We look forward to this innovative and mutually beneficial partnership with the City of Cape Town and other role players in the interest of economic development and financial sustainability,’ said the Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University, Professor Wim de Villiers.</p><p>The MOA ties in with the City’s intention to revitalise the Bellville central area, inclusive of the public transport interchange. </p><p>In March 2016, the City of Cape Town’s Council adopted the Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Strategic Framework which introduced a new approach to integrated spatial and transport planning.</p><p>The TOD Strategic Framework dictates the City’s approach to long-term development by prescribing how new developments across Cape Town should happen and how existing public infrastructure should be transformed to deal with apartheid spatial inequality and the high cost of public transport and urbanisation, while also stimulating economic growth.</p><p>‘Bellville has been identified as one of the priority areas where we will either invest in the improvement of existing public transport infrastructure or provide new public transport infrastructure to ignite urban renewal, economic growth, and job creation. The purpose of transit-oriented development in this instance is to create a sustainable living environment and economy in the Bellville CBD – initiated by the City through investment in public transport and followed on by private investment in new developments in the immediate vicinity and surroundings of the public transport infrastructure. </p><p>‘The MOA thus mirrors the new strategic direction that we committed to undertake when Council adopted the new Organisational Development and Transformation Plan which identifies dense and transit-oriented growth as key to assisting us in building a more equitable and inclusive city,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>Since the conclusion of the Memorandum of Agreement, a project team with representation of both the City and the University’s administration has been established to finalise the details of a cooperative development agreement and to compile an urban design framework and a bulk infrastructure and services plan.</p><p>The development of the property is subject to various statutory approvals and the necessary applications for subdivision of portions of the property will be submitted to the City for consideration in due course.</p><p>Residents will be able to comment on these applications. The City will inform residents when we have reached this stage of the process and where and how to access the documents.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2017-05-22T22:00:00Z1
City committed to pursuing innovative financing solutions to fund climate action projects via green bonds<span><div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Note to editors</h4><p>the following speech was delivered by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange Cape Town Office’s Green Bonds stakeholder dialogue today, 23 May 2017.</p></div></div>​</span>City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Finance, Councillor Johan van der Merwe; Director of Capital Markets in the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), Donna Nemer; City Finance officials; representatives from the JSE; investors and representatives from the banking sector; ladies and gentlemen.<br><p>Good morning, goeie môre, molweni, as-salaamu alaikum, shalom.</p><p>It is my pleasure to join you all this morning and to be among stakeholders such as yourself as we prepare to take our Green Bond to the market.</p><p>Cape Town is currently experiencing the harsh impacts of climate change, with our worst drought in 100 years.</p><p>We have seen reduced annual average rainfall for the past two winters and abnormal weather patterns are set to continue with no sufficient rain predicted for the next three weeks.</p><p>While we are asking residents and businesses to reduce their consumption, we have to find innovative ways of bringing alternative water resources into our system.</p><p>The City is currently accelerating emergency water schemes which include drilling boreholes into the Table Mountain Group Aquifer and a small-scale desalination package plant, located along Cape Town’s north-western coastline.</p><p>In the event that there is another winter of below average rainfall, the City will be expanding and accelerating the abovementioned emergency schemes even further.</p><p>The capital costs of the emergency schemes are currently estimated at R315 million over three financial years.</p><p>In implementing these projects to address the drought and mitigate and adapt to climate change, we need to be innovative and diversify our financing mechanisms and these efforts will require partnership with the private sector.</p><p>The City of Cape Town as a member of the C40 Cities and the Global Covenant of Mayors has committed to the Paris Agreement of COP21 and it is imperative that we act on these commitments by implementing projects that will address climate change effectively.</p><p>We have to walk the talk if we are to truly deliver tangible climate action projects that not only protect our most vulnerable residents, but also ensure the sustainability of our city and especially our economy.</p><p>Last year I penned a piece along with the former Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, where we said that over two-thirds of total investment in infrastructure in the next 15 years will be made in cities.</p><p>More people are living in cities than ever before and by 2050 around 70% of the global population will live in urban areas.</p><p>In Africa alone, there will be nearly 800 million more people living in cities than today.</p><p>To provide for all these new urban dwellers, we need more buildings, more bridges, more public transport, and more energy. Above all, we need investors to come to the table.</p><p>City governments often struggle to raise the funds they need for urban mobility projects like rail or bus rapid transit. There is a significant gap between the supply and demand for urban infrastructure.</p><p>Despite the challenges, the economic and environmental arguments for increasing our investments are crystal clear.</p><p>Investing in more compact, connected, efficient cities with world-class public transport systems can spur economic growth – ensuring returns for cities and investors, while also having positive side-effects for the well-being of residents and for the climate.</p><p>Sustainable cities also have healthier air, reduce the time wasted in traffic, and have lower greenhouse gas emissions.</p><p>We need to spend a little now to save a lot in the future. Devising ways to scale financing for infrastructure in cities and to shift capital flows to make sure new projects are sustainable is the next great challenge.</p><p>To do this, we need to empower cities financially and boost local resources for urban infrastructure.</p><p>The first step for cities is to improve access to private finance by improving creditworthiness.</p><p>The City of Cape Town has been a leader in managing public funds having received four consecutive clean audits and being the only metro to have received a clean audit in the last financial year.</p><p>We also have the highest possible credit rating for a South African municipality from Moody’s.</p><p>We are hopeful that the investor response to our green bond will be favourable, given our strong credit rating (National credit rating of and our credibility in delivering meaningful initiatives to enhance the sustainability of our City.</p><p>These standards must be put to good use and this is where we start our journey to find more innovative and diverse financing models as we can no longer do things the way we used to do them and expect greater results.</p><p>We intend to issue our inaugural green bond to the value of R1 billion, which is part of the City’s own contributions to fund the City’s Climate Change Strategy.</p><p>For this bond, the City’s identified projects are in the process of being accredited through the Climate Bonds Initiative Standards.</p><p>All of the projects funded through the proceeds of the bond will thus carry certification of the Climate Bonds Initiative.</p><p>This will provide investors with the assurance that the bond is a true Green Bond.</p><p>In developing the associated Green Bond Framework, we have identified a suite of eligible projects for which the proceeds of the bond will contribute towards the overall funding thereof.</p><p>The projects to be funded by the green bond are a mix of adaptation and mitigation initiatives, all of which are aligned to the City’s Climate Change Strategy. The projects include:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">water management initiatives</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">sewerage effluent treatment</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">rehabilitation and protection of coastal structures</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">purchase of electrical buses</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">floodplain mitigation</div></li></ul><p>In order to further ensure the viability of our Green Bond in the market, Moody’s will conduct a green bond assessment (GBA) and a credit rating which will add to the confidence levels in the investment programme.</p><p>The City has embarked on an Organisational Development and Transformation Plan where we are taking Cape Town to the next level by being more responsive, more proactive and positioning Cape Town as a forward-looking globally competitive business destination.</p><p>Our transformational priorities also include a focus on resource efficiency and dense transit-orientated development.</p><p>In a few weeks’ time, I will be leading a delegation as we embark on our Green Bond Roadshow in Cape Town and in Gauteng.</p><p>The roadshow is being arranged by Rand Merchant Bank and I look forward to engaging with you all in even greater detail in mid-June.</p><p>We are committed to this process as we understand the need to be innovative if we are to properly address the challenges of our time and protect our livelihoods and our planet for future generations.</p><p>In closing, I am pleased to see that the next item on today’s programme is ‘How and why investors are driving this market: what investors want to see’.</p><p>As a City we have seen that working with the private sector is an effective way of getting things done.</p><p>I am happy to hear that investors have realised how important it is to invest in climate aware or low-carbon projects.</p><p>For me it is important that Cape Town delivers on the projects that promote resource efficiency, allow the economy to grow, and protect residents from the harsh impacts of climate change.</p><p>The market can only work with investors and I join the call for more investors to become players in the green space.</p><p>Thank you, baie dankie, enkosi, shukran.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2017-05-22T22:00:00Z1
Drought crisis warning: Water use must be brought down by 100 million litres immediately<p>Water is only permitted for essential use. </p><p>The metro, as the largest water user of the Western Cape Water Supply System, has achieved the 20% savings target set by the National Department of Water and Sanitation. We thank all residents, businesses and government departments for their water saving efforts but we simply have to do a lot more as consumption remains too high.</p><p>We are asking all water users to reduce their water usage to 100 litres per person per day. </p><p>Cape Town is experiencing the harsh impacts of climate change, with reduced annual average rainfall and abnormal water patterns. No sufficient rain is predicted for the next three weeks. </p><p>In terms of stepping up our response to water leaks and complaints, the City of Cape Town has allocated R22 million to employ additional staff for our first-line response teams who are deployed to attend to water faults reported to our call centre.<br> <br>Approximately 75 additional staff members have been employed to improve our response time to water complaints. These teams are able to identify the problem, do some repairs and/or isolate the leak, and call in the appropriate level of response to do major repairs. <br> <br>The additional staff members are also deployed to deal with any water management device complaints and faults. </p><p>Since the implementation of water restrictions, the City’s call centre and first-line response teams have been inundated with calls about water faults and leaks. </p><p>The City’s staff attend to approximately 800 water and sanitation complaints related to water leaks and faults on a daily basis and teams are doing all they can to expedite their response to water complaints. Teams prioritise cases and are sent to the sites where the most losses occur first to minimise the amount of water being lost. </p><p>‘As it pertains to the City, we continue to use all current means to drive down consumption. There are some residents in this city who have already cut their consumption down to one-third of what they used to use, but others have seemingly taken the decision that their needs are more important than anyone else’s. We will continue to crack down on those water users. Every single water user must use less than 100 litres per person per day. This is not negotiable,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg. </p><p>The City is continuing large-scale pressure reduction programmes across Cape Town to force down consumption. Other emergency interventions are under way and as dam levels decline, the City will start to implement a lifeline supply which entails reducing the water pressure to a very low level across the metro. Furthermore, the City is actively monitoring the use of the top 100 residential users to ensure that corrective measures are taken. </p><p>Residents are reminded to use water only for drinking, washing and cooking:</p><ul><li>Only flush the toilet when necessary. Don’t use it as a dustbin. ‘If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down’</li><li>Take a short two-minute shower. A standard (non-water saving) showerhead can use as much as 16 litres per minute</li><li>Collect your shower, bath and basin water and reuse it to flush your toilet, and for the garden and cleaning (bear in mind that greywater use has some health and hygiene risks you must avoid; keep hands and surface areas sanitised/disinfected)</li><li>Defrost food in the fridge or naturally rather than placing it under running water</li><li>Use a cup instead of running taps in the bathroom or kitchen for brushing teeth, shaving, drinking etc. </li><li>Wait for a full load before running washing machines and dishwashers. The rinse water from some washing machines can be reused for the next wash cycle</li><li>Switch to an efficient showerhead which uses no more than 10 litres per minute, as per the City’s by-laws</li><li>Upgrade to a multi-flush toilet and/or put a water displacement item in the cistern which can halve your water use per flush </li><li>Fit taps with aerators or restrictors to reduce flow to no more than 6 litres per minute, as per the City’s by-laws</li></ul><p>How to check for leaks on your property:<br>1.    Close all taps on the property and don’t flush the toilets<br>2.    Check and record your meter reading <br>3.    Wait 15 minutes and record the meter reading<br>4.    If there is a difference in your meter reading, you have a leak<br>5.    Call a plumber if it is not a DIY job </p><p>One leaking toilet wastes between 2 600 and 13 000 litres per month, depending on the flow rate of the leak. A leaking tap wastes between 400 and 2 600 litres per month.</p><p>Residents can contact the City via email to <a href=""></a> for queries 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>For further information, residents should please visit the water restrictions page on the City’s website: <a href=""></a> </p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p><p><strong></strong> </p>2017-05-21T22:00:00Z1
Mayor De Lille appoints City’s first Chief Resilience Officer<p>​In partnership with 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, the City of Cape Town today announced the appointment of Craig Kesson as its Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) during the City’s resilience agenda-setting workshop. 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) is dedicated to building resilience in cities around the world.</p><p>The CRO is an innovative new position in the City of Cape Town to lead the City’s resilience efforts and engage with stakeholders, resilience experts, and 100RC staff in developing a comprehensive resilience strategy. Mr Kesson’s appointment as the CRO has been officially endorsed by Council. </p><p>This follows the announcement of the City of Cape Town becoming a part of 100RC in May 2016. </p><p>Cape Town was chosen from more than 325 applicants on the basis of our willingness, ability, and need to become resilient in the face of future challenges. </p><p>As a member of 100RC, the City of Cape Town will gain access to tools, funding, technical expertise, and other resources to build resilience to the challenges of the 21st Century. </p><p>Mr Kesson’s designation as CRO is an addition to his existing duties as Executive Director in the Directorate of the Mayor. Mr Kesson will not receive any additional remuneration in his position as the CRO. </p><p>Mr Kesson has fulfilled a number of senior strategy, policy, management, and communication roles during his six years in the City administration. He has also advised a number of metro governments. </p><p>He is a graduate of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the University of Stellenbosch Business School, the University of Liverpool, and the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar. His specialisations are in public policy and strategy, project portfolios, and operations modelling. <br> <br>‘I am pleased that Council has endorsed Craig’s appointment as CRO. We have high expectations of the CRO. Craig has impressive abilities to align strategy with implementation, monitoring, and evaluation and hence I am confident that he will be able to institutionalise improved resilience responses into the City administration,’ said City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille.</p><p>Mr Kesson’s appointment has also been welcomed by the 100 Resilient Cities President, Michael Berkowitz.</p><p>‘City governments are on the front line of dealing with acute shocks and chronic stress. Cape Town is part of a group of cities leading the way on resilience to better prepare for, withstand, and recover more effectively when disruption hits. Craig joins a network of peers from cities across the globe that will share best practice and surface innovative thinking. Through this partnership, Craig will become a global leader in resilience, and will be an asset for Cape Town and other cities around the world – forging new partnerships and new solutions for the city,’ said Mr Berkowitz.</p><p>Today’s workshop brought together a diverse set of stakeholders from across city government, academia, non-profit organisations, and the private sector in an effort to identify the resilience vulnerabilities that the city is facing. </p><p>Participants identified and discussed the city’s priority challenges and the extent to which further resilience can be attained. More information on the identified stresses and shocks will be shared with the public as the process of crafting the City’s first resilience strategy unfolds.</p><p>Some of the stakeholders who participated in the agenda-setting workshop today include the Black Management Forum, academics in the fields of environmental and geographical science and climate change adaptation, the Western Cape Police Ombudsman, Habitat for Humanity, the Development Action Group, Sustainable Energy Africa, GreenCape, and others. </p><p>The City’s engagement with the diverse set of organisations represents a commitment to participatory democracy, inclusiveness, and the principles of the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan to become a more progressive, responsive, proactive, and customer-centric administration.</p><p>Each city in the 100RC network receives four concrete types of support:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Financial and logistical guidance for establishing an innovative new position in city government, a Chief Resilience Officer, who will lead the city’s resilience efforts</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Technical support for development of a robust resilience strategy</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Access to solutions, service providers, and partners from the private, public, and non-governmental organisation sectors who can help them develop and implement their resilience strategies</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Membership in a global network of member cities who can learn from and help each other</div></li></ul><p>‘We are thrilled to formally begin our partnership with 100RC. With the support of 100RC, we will identify some of the key resilience challenges that the city is facing, develop a strategy to address these challenges, and put resources in place to implement that plan. For the City of Cape Town, urban resilience is a core factor in achieving our strategic objectives to build a caring, inclusive, safe, opportunity and well-run city. Cities are the drivers of change and we stand ready to tackle the challenges and create a better Cape Town for the people of our great city,’ added Mayor De Lille.</p><p>The process of developing this strategy and further consultations will be led by the CRO who will use the data and information sourced from today’s workshop as a starting point. </p><p>For more information on 100RC, residents can visit: <a href=""></a></p><span><div class="image-gallery-slider img-gal-1" id="img-gal-1" data-slide="1" data-slides="3" style="height:493.5px;"><div class="image-gallery-content" style="height:414px;">​​​​ <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-1"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <a title="title" href="#"> <b></b></a>City of Cape Town today announced the appointment of Craig Kesson as its Chief Resilience Officer (CRO)</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-2"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1031px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <b></b>City of Cape Town today announced the appointment of Craig Kesson as its Chief Resilience Officer (CRO)</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-3"> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"></figcaption></figure></div><div class="image-gallery-control"><div class="image-gallery-nav"><div class="slide-prev"> <i class="icon arrow-white-prev"></i>​</div></div></div></div>​​</span><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2017-05-18T22:00:00Z1




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