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Think waterGP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business;GP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect1WhiteCape Town is experiencing a serious water shortage due to insufficient rainfall and fast declining dam levels. We all need to THINK WATER. <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater ">thinkwater </a>Blue<img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/drought_header6_dayzero.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Residential water restrictions explained GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business1Insufficient rainfall and fast declining dam levels have led to the current drought in Cape Town. We need to work together to change the way we use our water<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/residential-utility-services/residential-water-and-sanitation-services/Residential-water-restrictions-explained">Residential-water-restrictions-explained</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/Water%20and%20sanitation%20services%20for%20informal%20settlements%20and%20backyarders%20Header.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Commercial water restrictions explainedGP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities1Insufficient rainfall and fast declining dam levels have led to the current drought in Cape Town. We need to work together to change the way we use our water<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/work%20and%20business/commercial-utility-services/commercial-water-and-sanitation-services/Commercial-water-restrictions-explained">Commercial-water-restrictions-explained</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/2016%20commercial%20water%20restrictions%20explained%20Header.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Water saving toolkitsGP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business1To help you spread the word, we have created water-saving information packs for your home, business and hospitality industry.<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/education-and-research-materials/graphics-and-educational-material/water-saving-resources">water-saving-resources</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/WaterSavingResources-header.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Indigent grants GP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home1You can apply for an indigent grant to help pay rates, service charges or City housing rental payments.<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/local%20and%20communities/financial-relief-and-rebates/our-approach-to-financial-support/indigent-grants">indigent-grants</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/Indigent bann.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Safety and security resourcesGP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business1The City offers a variety of free interesting and educational material relating to safety and security.<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/education-and-research-materials/graphics-and-educational-material/safety-and-security-education-resources" target="_blank">safety-and-security-education-resources</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/Safety and security education resources Header Image.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Going solar in the home GP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home1Installing renewable energy in your home could result in lower electricity costs and contribute to a more sustainable Cape Town.<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/greener-living/saving-electricity-at-home/go-solar-in-the-home">go-solar-in-the-home</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/Go Solar In The Home Header.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Play and get active GP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy1Keeping our kids active through sports and outdoor play is a great way to channel their energy. <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/family-care-and-support/caring-for-your-child/play-and-get-active" target="_blank">play-and-get-active</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/Play and get active Header.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
LoadsheddingGP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business1Loadshedding power outages generally last for about 2 hours and 30 minutes, with one area being affected at a time during stage 1 and four areas being affected at a time during stage 3b.<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/residential-utility-services/residential-electricity-services/load-shedding-and-outages">load-shedding-and-outages</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/Loadshedding And Outages Header.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal

 

 

 

City’s investment and job creation partnerships yield positive resultsYouth from previously disadvantaged communities in the Cape Flats have benefitted from the employment opportunities on offer<p>The investments and jobs created via the SPV initiative were facilitated through the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector, including investments in the renewable energy, manufacturing, medical waste industries as well as the hospitality industry.<br><br>Youth from previously disadvantaged communities in the Cape Flats have benefitted from the employment opportunities on offer.<br>The bulk of the jobs that were created in the BPO sector encompass call centres and off-shoring as a result of the value proposition offered by Cape Town as an investment destination in the following areas:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">the availability of a strong talent pool</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">first-world infrastructure</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">an enabling environment</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">significant cost savings</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">a strong foundation in contact centres and niche areas of work</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">evolving capabilities for next-generation services for digital contact centres</div></li></ul><p>‘The sectors mentioned below have been identified as priority sectors due to their potential to grow and develop the City’s economy and contribute to job creation. Additionally, the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) sector is also a major contributor to skills development in digital literacy. A total of 108 beneficiaries have been trained in ICT-related skills programmes for the period January–December 2018. The upcoming skills programme that is set to run between May and April 2019 will see a total of 154 beneficiaries being trained in BPO-related skills training programmes,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, Alderman James Vos.</p><p>Collectively, Business Process Enabling South Africa (BPeSA) Western Cape, Wesgro and GreenCape have facilitated investments to the value of R1,2 billion and in the process have created 2 286 employment opportunities for the period 1 July – 31 December 2018.</p><p>The City’s Enterprise and Investment Department funds these SPVs and Wesgro annually to deliver sector programmes and projects that are aligned with the City’s strategic priorities. The following entities (SPVs) collaborate with the City on programmes and projects to facilitate growth and development in the sectors indicated:<br></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>​Entity</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>​</strong><strong>Sector responsibility</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​BPeSA</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Call Centre and BPO (off-shoring) industry  </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Wesgro</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Investment and trade promotion in the Western Cape</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Craft and Design Institute</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Craft and design industry</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Cape Town Fashion Council</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Fashion industry</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​CLOTEX </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​​Clothing and textile industry</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> ​<span aria-hidden="true"></span>Cape Clothing and Textile Cluster</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Clothing, textile, footwear and leather manufacturing industry</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">GreenCape</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Green economy</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Western Cape Economic Development Partnership (WCEDP)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​An entity which seeks to improve the performance of the city and regional economic development system in support of the OneCape2040 goal of creating a resilient, inclusive and competitive city and region</td></tr></tbody></table><p><br>‘The City needs to do all it can to empower residents, especially youths, with skills that will help them to secure future employment. We cannot do this alone, therefore such partnerships will help us to achieve our objective of being a caring city that creates opportunities for its residents to help improve their lives. This is one of the ways we can eradicate poverty. </p><p>‘We also have two other Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) skills projects in the pipeline for the current financial year and intend to upscale skills training in the BPO sector which will see 515 beneficiaries being trained. The reports for these projects will serve before Council next month. I am confident that they will be approved. My new portfolio has the potential to ensure that we continue to be the go-to city on the African continent and globally for business, trade and tourism. We have a diverse economy that is creating jobs and keeping unemployment low. I will continue to build on this success by working with industries and communities to invest in projects and programmes that will drive demand and make business sense.</p><p>‘My immediate priority has been to schedule engagements with key sectors and business partners to understand their challenges, and further explore growth opportunities. Together we are going to ensure optimal return from our joint efforts,’ added Alderman Vos.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2019-01-23T22:00:00Z1
Proposed heritage protection will affect restoration, maintenance and alteration of properties in Bo-KaapThe City’s proposal to include the Bo-Kaap area in a Heritage Protection Overlay Zone (HPOZ) is aimed at conserving the neighbourhood’s unique historical character and way of life<p>The City’s proposal to include the Bo-Kaap area in a Heritage Protection Overlay Zone (HPOZ) is aimed at conserving the neighbourhood’s unique historical character and way of life by managing development in a sustainable and considered manner. <br> <br>‘The public participation process for the proposed HPOZ for the Bo-Kaap area commenced last week Friday. I’m urging property owners, in particular, to read the guideline document so that they can understand the impact of the proposed zoning, and to submit their comments to the City before or on 22 February 2019,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt.</p><p>All land units within the City have a base zoning that determines what the land can be used for, and how the land may be developed. A Heritage Protection Overlay Zone sets additional development rules over and above the provisions of a base zoning. Thus, development applications for properties within an HPOZ are assessed more critically, with additional focus on the impact that the development proposal will have on the heritage value of the building and site, and the area at large.</p><p>‘At least 615 properties in the Bo-Kaap will be affected by the City’s proposed HPOZ. In other words, the heritage value of these properties must be protected and enhanced when owners want to undertake alterations, restorations, and general maintenance. As for new developments, the proposed HPOZ will not prevent development, but new development of open land in the Bo-Kaap will have to be appropriate and desirable in terms of the impact it may have on the heritage value of the area,’ said Alderman Nieuwoudt.</p><p>The bulk of the heritage resources – these are buildings and open sites – in the Bo-Kaap are Grade III and must be managed by the City, should the proposed HPOZ be approved:<br></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Grade IIIA properties are nearly as significant as provincial heritage sites. These properties have high heritage significance, including architectural value, and are associated with the socio-historical story of the Bo-Kaap within greater Cape Town</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Grade IIIB properties are typical of the Bo-Kaap and could be described as a landmark building or place</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Grade IIIC properties are typical examples of the Bo-Kaap architecture which form the setting, character, and context of the neighbourhood</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Potential Grade III are buildings that are older than 60 years and have been much altered over the years. These buildings may appear at first glance not to be worthy of conservation but could be rehabilitated or restored to improve their heritage value</div></li></ul><p>‘The majority of properties in the Bo-Kaap are Grade IIIC. These are, among others, the bright coloured terrace houses that are iconic and characteristic of the Bo-Kaap. These houses, known as huurhuise, give visitors a rare glimpse of city living where boundary walls are mostly absent and neighbours and children are still mingling in the street. Should the HPOZ be approved, the community-oriented character of the Bo-Kaap street will be protected, meaning owners won’t be allowed to install solid high boundary walls that isolate the house from the street,’ said Alderman Nieuwoudt.</p><p>The City has a heritage database that residents and land owners can use to determine whether their properties have heritage value. The database can be accessed as follows:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">By visiting <a href="https://citymaps.capetown.gov.za/EGISViewer" target="_blank">https://citymaps.capetown.gov.za/EGISViewer</a></div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">By sending an email to <a href="mailto:heritage.management@capetown.gov.za" target="_blank">heritage.management@capetown.gov.za</a></div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">By phoning the Environment and Heritage Resources Information Centre on <a>021 487 2012</a> </div></li> </ul> <p>‘For some actions, owners don’t need City approval. For example, normal gardening activities that don’t include the removal of mature trees or hedges. Minor maintenance such as repainting, but this doesn’t include the painting of decorative features such as stone, metal, ceramic, and unpainted wood that form part of the historical building. Or, internal alterations that aren’t visible from the outside as long as these don’t affect the structural soundness of the building,’ said Alderman Nieuwoudt.</p><p>Generally speaking, owners of properties in an HPOZ are expected to conserve the area’s historical character by doing alterations that are in keeping with the character and style of the building; by retaining as many of the original and heritage characteristics as possible when altering or adding to a historical building; and by repurposing an old building instead of demolishing the structure.</p><p>‘This may sound very complicated and some property owners may feel overwhelmed, or even confused. But the City has heritage professionals at all of the Spatial Planning district offices who will assist and advise homeowners and this advice is free of charge,’ said Alderman Nieuwoudt.</p><p>The main purpose of an HPOZ is to prevent inappropriate development and alterations within an area of significant heritage value. The HPOZ also allows the City to impose conditions to the approval to ensure that the heritage value of the building or site is protected or enhanced.</p><p>The proposed HPOZ for the Bo-Kaap extends to the Table Mountain National Park, and includes the northern green verges to the north-west of Strand Street, and includes Buitengracht between the intersections with Carisbrook and Strand Street.</p><p>The guideline document is available on the City’s website at <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/haveyoursay" target="_blank">www.capetown.gov.za/haveyoursay</a> and provides information about the history of the Bo-Kaap and the purpose of the HPOZ, the heritage principles, how the proposed HPOZ will be implemented and managed, and the implications to property owners and potential developers.</p><p>Other relevant information such as frequently asked questions and answers, as well as maps of the proposed HPOZ, is included in the guideline document.</p><p> <strong>Apart from being accessible online, the document is available for public viewing during office hours at the following venues:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Subcouncil 16 office on the 11th floor at 44 Wale Street</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Metro Office on the 5th floor at 44 Wale Street</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Table Bay District Planning Office on the 2nd floor of the Media City Building on the corner of Adderley Street and Hertzog Boulevard</div></li></ul><p> <strong>Objections and comments, together with reasons, may be submitted before or on 22 February 2019:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">By sending an email to <a href="mailto:lums@capetown.gov.za" target="_blank">lums@capetown.gov.za</a></div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Online at <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/haveyoursay" target="_blank">www.capetown.gov.za/haveyoursay</a></div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">By visiting the Metro Office or Table Bay District Planning Office </div></li></ul><p>The City will also host a sectoral hearing at the Civic Centre on Saturday 9 February 2019, where community-based organisations and the business sector will make oral presentations. </p><p> <strong>End</strong><br></p>2019-01-23T22:00:00Z1
City offers assistance to Prasa to enhance safety of residents after Philippi land invasionThe City of Cape Town’s Human Settlements Directorate has liaised with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) following the illegal invasion and erection of structures along the Philippi railway line<p>The City of Cape Town’s Human Settlements Directorate has liaised with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) following the illegal invasion and erection of structures along the Philippi railway line. The engagement stems from the City’s concerns about the safety of the community and residents who have illegally occupied this Prasa-owned land. </p><p>The City has therefore offered to assist with the dismantling and removal of the unoccupied structures due to the immediate health and safety concerns that exist. It is therefore imperative that immediate steps are taken to protect this Prasa-land from illegal occupation. </p><p>Earlier today I conducted a site inspection of the land in question. </p><p>Although we absolutely understand the acute need for housing opportunities amid great demand and space constraints that we are faced with due to Cape Town’s terrain and geographical position as a peninsula, we must also consider the health and safety aspects that could affect our residents. Housing delivery must also continue to happen in a fair and structured way to ensure that there is no queue jumping. </p><p>Nobody is allowed to occupy or invade land without the consent of the owner.<br>Every city in South Africa acts to protect land from invasion. It is a constitutional duty, but the obligation to protect land from invasion is also the result of practical considerations. When land is invaded, we are all affected. Illegal land invasions are affecting our service delivery plans, our social stability and the financial planning of the city.<br>New informal settlement areas that have resulted from recent land invasions have not been planned or budgeted for. </p><p>We remain committed to improving the lives of our residents in informal settlements. According to the 2017/18 Annual Report, 97,3% of our households have access to electricity, 98,4% have access to refuse removal and 94,3% have access to sanitation. Land invasions place our programmes at risk.</p><p>The City is currently reassessing some of its processes to see how our anti-land invasion operations can be optimised, and to enhance partnerships. </p><p>We look forward to working with Prasa and other government institutions to ensure that the law is upheld and that we are able to provide assistance to our people in the most fair and structured way possible. </p><p>Please call the City’s emergency number by dialling <a>107</a> from a landline or <a>021 480 7700</a> from a cell phone; alternatively, call 112 toll-free from a cell phone to alert the City about land invasions. We also call on property owners, especially those with large tracts of land, to take reasonable measures to safeguard their land from invasion. </p><p> <br> <strong>End</strong><br></p>2019-01-22T22:00:00Z1
City appalled at malicious destruction of smart parkThe City of Cape Town is dismayed at the wanton destruction and vandalism which has turned the multi-million rand Seawinds Smart Park<span>The City of Cape Town is dismayed at the wanton destruction and vandalism which has turned the multi-million rand Seawinds Smart Park, near Lavender Hill, into nothing more than a pile of rubble and ash, and reduced the building to a charred skeleton.</span><div><span><br><p>There is nothing left of the park which was opened a mere 16 months ago and which, for that brief time, provided families with world-class features that included a water play area where children could learn about the water cycle and splash around in shallow water; a younger children’s play area; a multipurpose playground; two multipurpose courts that could host a variety of ball games; a picnic area and covered stage; as well as outdoor exercise areas.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/smart%20park1.jpg" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>These features are now burned to ash, vandalised or stolen. The park has been damaged to such an extent that it is unrecognisable as the same space it was when it opened. </p><p>Built at a cost of R7,6 million, the facility was opened on Heritage Day, 24 September 2017.</p><p>At the time it was a heartwarming launch as the aim of the park was to bring people together for shared experiences and to build on a lasting legacy for our children.</p><p>Sadly, criminals have destroyed this facility and the ideal it stood for. Families no longer have a beautiful, safe place to enjoy and the children of the area now have even less recreational space to call their own. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/smart%20park2.jpg" alt="" style="width:800px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>The selfish deeds of those behind these malicious crimes often affect the most vulnerable in our communities, the very people that need to use community spaces to empower themselves.</p><p>The City cannot fight the scourge of vandalism and destruction alone. Each one of us needs to be more responsible. We must report acts of vandalism and theft to the police and law enforcement as and when we witness them. This requires both active citizenry and exercising our moral duty to do what is right. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/smart%20park3.jpg" alt="" style="width:666px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>The City’s Community Services and Health Department will be actively seeking long-term solutions to abate this reprehensible behaviour. We will work together with communities, the South African Police Services, Law Enforcement and other stakeholders. The task of restoring dignity in our community spaces requires unwavering commitment and civic duty from all of us.</p><p>In the end, there is only so much government can do. Vandalism and theft are behavioral issues which affect all of us in one way or another. They’re social ills which need to be addressed speedily so that we may focus our attention on more pressing issues facing our communities. </p><p><strong>End</strong><br></p></div>2019-01-22T22:00:00Z1

 

 

 

 

Apply for exemption from water restrictionsAll water users are encouraged to save water and adhere to water restrictions, but exemption is approved in special circumstances.GP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business1<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Apply/Municipal-services/Water-and-sanitation/Apply-for-exemption-from-water-restrictions">Apply-for-exemption-from-water-restrictions</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/City%20Connect%20Header%20Image.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Saving water in the homeWater is a precious resource and since we are in the midst of a serious drought we all have to learn how to use it carefully. Every action each of us takes to save water in our home makes a difference!GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business1<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/greener-living/water-wise-in-the-home/save-water-in-the-home">save-water-in-the-home</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/Saving%20water%20in%20the%20home%20Header.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Alternative water sources for the homeThe City is promoting the responsible use of alternative water, including grey water, rainwater, and groundwater from boreholes/well points.GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business1<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/greener-living/water-wise-in-the-home/alternative-water-sources-for-the-home">alternative-water-sources-for-the-home</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/Alternative%20and%20recycled%20water%20sources%20for%20your%20business%20Header.jpg" width="1440" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Saving water in your business or organisationWater is a precious resource and since we are in the midst of a serious drought we all have to learn how to use it carefully. Every action each of us takes to save water makes a difference!GP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business1<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/work%20and%20business/commercial-utility-services/commercial-water-and-sanitation-services/saving-water-in-your-business-or-organisation">saving-water-in-your-business-or-organisation</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/Understanding%20the%20cost%20of%20water%20and%20sanitation%20for%20businesses%20Header.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Alternative and recycled water sources for your organisationThe City is promoting the responsible use of alternative water sources that help to minimise the amount of drinking water used from our dams, which is important during a drought.GP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business1<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/work%20and%20business/commercial-utility-services/commercial-water-and-sanitation-services/alternative-and-recycled-water-sources-for-your-business-or-organisation">alternative-and-recycled-water-sources-for-your-business-or-organisation</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/Alternative%20and%20recycled%20water%20sources%20for%20your%20business%20Header.jpg" width="1440" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Apply for replacement wheelie bin The City will replace or repair a damanged or stolen wheelie bin free of charge. GP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business1<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Apply/Municipal-services/solid-waste/Apply-for-replacement-wheelie-bin" target="_blank">Apply-for-replacement-wheelie-bin</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/City Connect Header Image.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Pay and renew your vehicle licence There are a number of different options you can use when paying for and renewing your vehicle licence renewal. GP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business1<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Pay/Driving-and-vehicles/Vehicle-licences/Pay-your-vehicle-licence" target="_blank">Pay-your-vehicle-licence</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/City Connect Header Image.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Dam levelsThe dam levels are critical for Cape Town’s water supply and are a key contributor to the Day Zero water dashboardGP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business1<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/residential-utility-services/residential-water-and-sanitation-services/this-weeks-dam-levels">this-weeks-dam-levels</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/drought_header13.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Water mapThe City of Cape Town’s water map provides information on household water use, treated effluent collection points and water pressure management zones.GP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business1<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/residential-utility-services/residential-water-and-sanitation-services/cape-town-water-map">cape-town-water-map</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/drought_header13.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal

 

 

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