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Revitalisation of Grand Parade and City Hall to boost tourism and job creation<p>The City’s Naming and Nomination Committee this morning, 29 June 2017, considered the report on the outcome of the public participation process about the proposed heritage project to commemorate the life and work of Madiba and those who were involved in South Africa’s transition to democracy.</p><p>‘We have discussed the report and have recommended to the Executive Mayor that the City accept the donation of a life-size statue of the late former president, Nelson Mandela, from the Western Cape Government. Should the Mayor and full Council agree with the recommendation, the statue will be installed on the balcony at the City Hall where Madiba delivered his first public address after his release from prison on 11 February 1990,’ said the Chairperson of the City’s Naming and Nomination Committee, Councillor Brett Herron.</p><p>The committee supports this project as it is key to the City’s vision to redevelop City Hall and the Grand Parade as civic spaces. </p><p>‘City Hall and the Grand Parade have great potential as tourist attractions and could contribute significantly to local job creation and economic opportunities. Those who have recently visited the Grand Parade in particular will be aware of the challenges we face in keeping the area clean and attractive. Given its location next to the Castle and opposite City Hall, we now have the opportunity to turn this historic landmark into prime cultural tourism destination,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>The proposed project is a joint effort between the City and the Western Cape Government’s Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs and the Sport Department. </p><p>‘Any investment that will boost our local tourism sector by extending the tourist season, creating special destinations in Cape Town itself, and which will encourage tourists to spend more time and money in our city, is worth every cent. Our residents need jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities and we will leave no stone unturned in pursuing this objective,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>The Grand Parade and City Hall have been the theatre of many national and local events and activities. The area has presided over civic protests and public jubilation. </p><p>‘Constructed in 1905, the City Hall is a major public heritage asset. It is one of South Africa’s most imposing early 20th century buildings, an exemplary building of its type and an important visual icon of Cape Town. Set against Table Mountain, it forms a dramatic backdrop to the Grand Parade – the City’s main place of public gathering which we also intend to revitalise through this project,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>The Western Cape Government will fund the Nelson Mandela statue which is to be donated to the City, should the Mayor and Council concur with the Naming and Nomination Committee’s recommendation.</p><p>‘Thus, the procurement of the proposed statue will be at no cost to Cape Town’s ratepayers. The City has, however, budgeted approximately R1,3 million for the operational costs, inclusive of the ongoing maintenance of the exhibition and statue. The R1,3 million must be seen as an investment in the neglected area adjacent to Darling Street. All of us – be it job seekers, artists, entrepreneurs, tourists or ordinary Capetonians – will share in the long-term benefits of uplifting and redeveloping these spaces,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>The memorialisation and permanent exhibition at the City Hall form part of the National Liberation Heritage Route, an initiative of the National Heritage Council and the National Department of Tourism.</p><p>It is proposed that the permanent exhibition at the City Hall will consist of interpretive panels, audio-visual equipment, and interactive displays, to commemorate Madiba’s legacy and to honour the organisations and people who were involved in the liberation struggle, the events leading up to Mandela’s release, and the transition to democracy.</p><p>‘The City Hall falls within the National Liberation Heritage Route, but little has been done to date to highlight its prominence and the significant events that took place here in 1990. The permanent exhibition will assist us to mine the full potential of the City Hall by turning it into a popular tourist attraction where visitors can visualise the events and have a full experience of our journey to democracy. Numerous people and organisations had a hand in one of our nation’s most historic moments and we want to honour them as well,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>The development of a Madiba legacy route is included in the Western Cape Government’s Project Khulisa which intends to add approximately 100 000 jobs to the local tourism sector.</p><p>The Madiba legacy project traces former President Mandela’s footsteps in the Western Cape and City Hall counts among one of the four significant sites in the province.</p><p>‘Counting among the main pillars of the City’s new Organisational Development and Transformation Plan is to create a city based on integrated communities, economic inclusion and access to opportunities. The proposed exhibition and statue of Madiba will give the area and surrounds a much-needed economic injection and assist with job creation,’ said Councillor Herron. </p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2017-06-28T22:00:00Z1
Credit card facilities now available at all City customer centres<span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:511px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>The successful roll-out of credit card payment facilities for all City of Cape Town customer service centres is now complete. </p><p>This includes all motor vehicle renewal offices, revenue walk-in centres and cash offices, traffic and municipal courts, building plan offices, as well as city resorts and swimming pools.</p><p>‘The provision of credit card facilities across the city has been very well received by customers who enjoy the efficiency of this payment option,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Finance, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.</p><span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:511px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure><p>Since the initial introduction of credit card facilities in 2016, approximately 400 000 transactions have been processed via this payment option. The total income received via credit card payments thus far amounts to approximately R243 million.</p><p>‘The credit card facilities have definitely improved the level of convenience for our customers and this is a practical example of how the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan, our new way of working, prioritises delivering the highest standard of services in an efficient manner. It forms part of our commitment to focusing on customer-centricity, where we place residents at the centre of our thinking in all we do,’ added Councillor Van der Merwe.</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><p>The City will accept payments of up to R7 000 per transaction by credit or debit card from 1 July 2017, and from any other means of payment which does not hold any cost implications for the client. This amount covers most transactions by our clients, be it for motor vehicle licences, rates and services bills, or other sundry payments. The City will, however, reclaim the relevant bank charges for any payment over R7 000.  </p><p>The City encourages customers to make electronic payments for large transactions with the City, as this will result in minimal bank reclaims of banking charges. Currently, more than 60% of payments to the City are done via EFT payments.</p><p>In view of the successful roll-out of credit card payment facilities and the rise in card and EFT payments, the City plans to phase out the cheque payment method over the next few months.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>​​</span><p> </p>​​</span><p> </p>​​</span>2017-06-28T22:00:00Z1
Introduce your children to new possibilities with a free library card!<p>​The City wants more children to reap the benefits of joining the library and be empowered to reach for the stars.</p><p>If your child is between 7 and 13 years old, register them for a free library card at one of the <a href="">City’s 104 libraries</a> and take them on a journey of discovery.</p><p>From books, newspapers and access to the Internet, to holiday programmes, board games and educational activities, your child will have access to an assortment of opportunities to expand their horizons and make new friends.</p><p><strong>Giveaway</strong></p><p>Twenty of our libraries are offering you even more reason to register your child for their free library card. Each of them is offering a gift to the first 50 children that register from 1 – 24 July 2017.</p><p>The first 50 children will each receive a drawstring bag with a lanyard and delicious brain food goodies, including peanut butter, an energy bar and flavoured milk. </p><p>The 20 libraries participating in this offer are:</p><ul><li><a href="">Crossroads</a></li><li><a href="">Delft</a></li><li><a href="">Elsies River</a></li><li><a href="">Fisantekraal</a></li><li><a href="">Hangberg</a></li><li><a href="">Heideveld</a></li><li><a href="">Langa</a></li><li><a href="">Lotus River</a></li><li><a href="">Lwandle</a></li><li><a href="">Macassar</a></li><li><a href="">Mamre</a></li><li><a href="">Mfuleni</a></li><li><a href="">Moses Mabhida</a></li><li><a href="">Nyanga</a></li><li><a href="">Ocean View</a></li><li><a href="">Philippi East</a></li><li><a href="">Scottsdene</a></li><li><a href="">Sir Lowry’s Pass</a></li><li><a href="">Tafelsig</a></li><li><a href="">Valhalla Park</a></li></ul><p>Help your child step into a community of adventurers and imagine a greater future with their own library card.</p><p>For more information on the registration process, contact your <a href="">nearest library</a>.</p><p> </p>2017-06-27T22:00:00Z1
Drought crisis: winter water-saving awareness efforts ramped up<span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>The City is currently focusing its attention on making residents and water users aware of the need to build water reserves during the winter months, especially in light of the harsh summer that is expected. This means continuing to reduce water usage even though the weather is cooler and wetter. </p><p>Metro-wide, the City’s area-based mayoral committee members, as well as City staff, water inspectors and law enforcement officers, are continuing to spread the message of saving water even though it is winter. </p><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" /><figcaption> <p>  © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure></span><p>‘Our dam levels remain critically lower than usual during the start of the winter and we don’t know when we’ll get rainfall or how much rain will fall. We are worried that our water users will start to relax their efforts and use more water because it is winter. We have had many enquiries from members of the public asking us whether we are now out of the woods and whether water restrictions have been removed. We are therefore using all of our resources to spread the word that we must continue to save water while we have it, come rain or shine,’ said Councillor Ntsodo. </p><p>The City is envisioning stricter water restrictions. If implemented, Level 4b restrictions would help to adjust the water usage target downwards to 500 million litres of collective water use per day from the current target of 600 million litres per day. </p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" /><figcaption> <p>  © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure></span></span>The City’s Water Resilience Task Team has been set up to boost the City’s response to drought, to ensure that acute water shortages are avoided, and to transform Cape Town’s water landscape into one that ultimately relies less on rainwater. <p>The City continues with all of its planned and proactive interventions, such as pressure reduction programmes and emergency work, as well as taking tough action on those who contravene the existing Level 4 restrictions. <br> <br>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 on how to adhere to the less than 100-litre usage requirement, residents should please visit the water restrictions page on the City’s website: <a href=""></a> </p><p><br>End</p>2017-06-27T22:00:00Z1



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