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City provides rates rebates worth more than R1,2 billion to vulnerable groups and indigent residentsOur commitment to supporting the most vulnerable in society and alleviating poverty, the City of Cape Town provides rates rebates to those most in need.<p>​In line with our commitment to supporting the most vulnerable in society and alleviating poverty, the City of Cape Town provides rates rebates to those most in need.<br> <br>During the 2016/17 financial year, the City provided rates rebates of more than R93,8 million to 27 989 senior citizens and people with disabilities.<br> <br>The City has also waived R5,5 million in rates for indigent 2 172 residents. <br> <br>The total rates forgone in the form of rebates, exemptions, and reductions amounted to over R1,2 billion in the period ending on 30 June 2017.<br> <br>As we continue to build a world-class city and as a caring city administration, we recognise that we have to ensure that disadvantaged residents are not pushed further into poverty.   </p><p>This is part of our goal to become a more responsive and customer-centric city, with enhanced service delivery as intended by the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan. </p><p>The rebates forgone for the past financial year underlines our commitment to building a caring and inclusive city, while also maintaining prudent financial management.<br>  <br>Other rebates, reductions, and exemptions for the 2016/2017 financial year include:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">R128,2 million for religious institutions (2 120 beneficiaries)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">R 76,7 million for public benefit/non-profit and sports organisations (1 910 beneficiaries)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">R67,2 million for agricultural organisations (618 beneficiaries)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">R1,4 million for land reform beneficiaries (75)</div></li></ul><p>  <br>As promised when we delivered the City’s 2016/2017 budget for progress and opportunities, the rates rebates and exemptions ensure that rates are affordable to our residents most in need and that all residents access opportunities regardless of their socio-economic circumstances.<br>  <br><strong> </strong><br><strong>End </strong><br> </p>2017-10-17T22:00:00Z1
City of Cape Town and Airbnb sign first city collaboration agreement in AfricaToday, 18 October 2017, the City of Cape Town and Airbnb signed the hospitality platform’s first collaboration agreement with a city in Africa<span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/air.jpg" style="width:555px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>Today, 18 October 2017, the City of Cape Town and Airbnb signed the hospitality platform’s first collaboration agreement with a city in Africa. Under the agreement, Airbnb and the City will work together to promote the benefits of people-to-people tourism for Cape Town residents and their communities, and promote Cape Town across the world as a unique travel destination.</p><p>Since 2008, hosts on Airbnb have welcomed over 200 million guests in 191 countries. In Cape Town there are 17 600 active listings on Airbnb and hosts have earned a combined income of R762 million over the past 12 months. <br> <br>In the past year, hosts on Airbnb in Cape Town welcomed close to 290 000 visitors, which resulted in an estimated economic boost of R2,4 billion for the city. The typical host in Cape Town earns an additional R43 400 by sharing their home for 32 nights per year.</p><p>As part of the collaboration agreement, Airbnb and the City of Cape Town will:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;"> join forces to boost the attractiveness of Cape Town and enable Airbnb hosts to become ambassadors of the city</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;"> work together to bring community-led tourism to townships and support greater economic and social empowerment</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;"> celebrate Cape Town as an ‘Ideas Capital’ by hosting the Africa Travel Summit and bringing together 80 tourism and technology leaders from across the continent</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;"> exchange insights and learnings about travel trends and the sharing economy in order to leverage the technology and the Airbnb platform to boost local communities</div></li></ul></span><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/air2.jpg" style="width:900px;" /><figcaption> <p>   © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure></span><p>Airbnb will especially look to scale its pilot programme from earlier this year, which supported training in hospitality and technology for residents from townships across the Western Cape, to reach more women and youth in communities throughout Cape Town. The City will be invited to advise Airbnb on where to take the programme to ensure alignment with broader municipal priorities, including the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan which aims to leverage technology for progress, thus building integrated communities and enabling greater economic inclusion.</p><p>The City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, and Airbnb Global Head of Public Policy and Public Affairs, Chris Lehane, signed the agreement today in Cape Town. Airbnb has also committed to invest $1 million (R13 million) in community-led tourism projects in Africa, including Cape Town, over the next three years.</p><p>‘The City of Cape Town is building an opportunity city that creates an enabling environment for inclusive economic growth and job creation. The sharing economy has the ability to welcome more Capetonians into the tourism sector, in line with our efforts to build an inclusive city as we welcome more Airbnb guests. Cape Town is a globally competitive destination and we are creating the space for all entrepreneurs to excel,’ said Mayor De Lille.<br></p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/air3.jpg" style="width:545px;" /><figcaption> <p>  © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> </span><p>‘People-to-people travel using Airbnb is bringing tourism benefits to local families and communities, and generates new revenue streams that stay right here in Cape Town. I'm delighted to be working with Cape Town on this pioneering collaboration to help promote the best of this beautiful city and its people to the world. Airbnb has so far partnered with more than 300 governments across the world and while this is our first city collaboration in Africa, we want to work together with everyone to use technology to help spread more benefits across Africa,’ said Lehane.</p><p>Executive summary of the collaboration agreement<br>The City of Cape Town-Airbnb collaboration, while not legally binding, will be executed in good faith, and is based on four strategic pillars:</p><p>1. Empowering hosts listing on Airbnb to be ambassadors for Cape Town<br>Airbnb and City of Cape Town intend to work together to raise awareness of Cape Town as a tourist destination, including certain challenges it may be facing, and to empower hosts listing on Airbnb with the tools to share the best of Cape Town with their guests. Examples include but are not limited to the following:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Airbnb and the City of Cape Town will co-host community meet-ups for hosts listing on Airbnb to share information and updates about Cape Town’s unique offerings and activities. This will include, among other things, safety information, general hosting tips, and raising awareness on how to save water</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Airbnb to send communication to both hosts and guests advising them that they are in a severely drought-restricted area and send them to official City of Cape Town resources for tips on how to save water</div></li></ul><p>2. Empower women in communities<br>Airbnb and the City of Cape Town intend to work together to empower hosting networks in lower-income communities. Examples include but are not limited to the following:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Airbnb will look to scale its technology and hospitality information partnerships to reach more women and youth in communities throughout Cape Town. The City of Cape Town will be invited to advise on where to take the programme to ensure alignment with broader municipal priorities</div></li></ul><p>3. Celebrate Cape Town as an ‘Ideas Capital’<br>Airbnb and the City of Cape Town intend to work together to celebrate Cape Town as a leader in the tourism space. Examples include but are not limited to the following:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Airbnb plans to launch an Inclusive Tourism Summit, the first of its kind, in 2018 where it will invite leaders in the tourism, development and innovation space from across the continent to Cape Town, to discuss technology and tourism and the role they can together play to build a more inclusive economy. The Summit will also give a stage to leaders in Cape Town, who are innovating in the inclusive tourism space</div></li></ul><p>4. Knowledge exchange<br>Airbnb and the City of Cape Town intend to share insights and learnings with each other to advance the sharing economy and home-sharing within Cape Town. Examples include but are not limited to the following:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">•The City of Cape Town will seek to work with Airbnb to incorporate available Airbnb aggregate data or other appropriate information when planning research on tourism and travel. In support of this research, Airbnb will share selected non-personal data on Cape Town host and guest communities. Data to be shared includes survey data of Cape Town hosts and geospatial data on hosts and guests to Cape Town</div></li></ul><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2017-10-17T22:00:00Z1
Hamilton Naki Square in Langa lays foundation for architecture award This CRU project offers housing opportunities to 463 tenants and their families<span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/CRU%20Langa%20-%20Picture%203.jpg" /><figcaption> <p>  © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>In recognition of the architectural, spatial and community-enhancing achievements, the City’s Hamilton Naki Square in Langa recently received the Cape Institute for Architecture Award for Architecture 2017.</p><p>This CRU project offers housing opportunities to 463 tenants and their families. </p><p>The planning and construction of these units was managed by the City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority, with the design expertise of Architects Associated (the architects for the project), in consultation with the City’s Assets and Facilities Management Directorate.</p><p> </p><span><p>The project cost close to R170 million and consists of 463 two-bedroom units of 40 m² each, across three-, four- and five-storey buildings. </p><p>These rental housing opportunities are aimed at those people residing in the worst hostel conditions in the city, following the development of a priority model for all hostels in Cape Town.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/CRU%20Langa%20-%20Picture%202.jpg" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure></span><p>In an effort to provide the buildings with a sense of identity, the architects used the gradation of the buildings as well as the staircases or balconies and vistas to create a unique look.</p><p>Furthermore, the precinct’s layout boasts a network of pedestrian routes, courts or play areas, a new public square on the corner of Bhunga Avenue and Ndabeni Street, as well as pockets of parking and allocated green spaces.</p></span><span><p>​​​​​​Walkways and narrower streets have been created in the precinct to provide tenants with a thermal buffer and shading against the harsh south-easterly wind and sand and the horizontal north-west rain.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/CRU%20Langa%20-%20Picture%201.jpg" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>‘This project showcases the value of City departments and private companies working together to improve the living conditions of our tenants and their families. The teams who worked on this project should be commended for their creativity and determination. They did not allow the challenges of the sandy Cape soil to deter the construction. Instead, they used innovatively-designed foundations and a load-bearing system that used reinforced concrete blocks for the construction of the four- to five-storey buildings. Also, the ecological footprint of this building was reduced by not using reinforced concrete structural frames.</p><p>‘Over the 20-month period of construction, this project created employment opportunities for local labour and subcontractors, through the main contractor,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.</p><p>This project is line with the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan which places our residents at the centre of service delivery and seeks to improve the way the City works and delivers services to communities. </p><p>‘This project demonstrates our commitment to providing well-located housing opportunities, helping to create safer communities through urban design, and dedicating resources to spatial transformation and job creation. Furthermore, it strikes the balance between providing affordable rental housing in Langa for low-income residents and creating an environment which is enjoyable for the community, is pedestrian-focused, and assists in addressing crime prevention through its design by making the precinct more visible and accessible to patrols,’ said Councillor Herron. </p><p>The rentals are being managed by the City’s Assets and Facilities Management Directorate.</p><p>‘We are proud that our tenants and their families are able to enjoy affordable rental accommodation which has been recognised for its architectural, spatial and community enhancing achievements. In light of going green, all of our units are also connected to solar water heaters which offers our tenants some financial relief as the demand for energy and its cost decreases.</p><p>‘The maintenance of the City’s rental stock usually forms a large part of our budget and therefore I am pleased to know that careful consideration was given to creating the robust architecture in order to reduce the level of maintenance required in future. In this way, the budget could then be spent on other needs that will benefit our tenants and their families,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Assets and Facilities Management, Councillor Stuart Diamond. </p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2017-10-16T22:00:00Z1
City working to transform Kalkfontein informal settlementKalkfontein informal settlement near Blue Downs which is being upgraded as part of the Upgrading of Informal Settlements Programme (UISP<span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/kalkfontein1.jpg" style="width:700px;" /><figcaption> <p>    © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area East, Councillor Anda Ntsodo, last week visited the Kalkfontein informal settlement near Blue Downs which is being upgraded as part of the Upgrading of Informal Settlements Programme (UISP). This upgrade includes the provision of toilets, taps, and electricity connections for each of the 833 planned serviced sites. In addition, each household will receive either a title deed or tenure certificate once the upgrade has been completed. </p><p>When title is ultimately transferred to the new owners, it empowers them to pursue economic opportunities. The sense of ownership provided by title creates a framework where residents feel better able and motivated to improve their space, and gives residents an asset they can leverage to access the formal economy. </p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/kalkfontein2.jpg" style="width:1023px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> </span></span>The City, in accordance with policy, went to significant lengths to include the community in the UISP process and community members are represented on the project steering committee. Furthermore, labour sourced from surrounding communities is being used wherever possible. <p>‘The City of Cape Town is facing an ever-increasing demand for housing, and informal settlements are likely to remain a feature in the city for the foreseeable future. This requires us to come up with innovative ways to uplift our residents in the interim, in line with the service delivery focus of the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan.</p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/kalkfontein3.jpg" style="width:1023px;" /><figcaption> <p>    © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> </span><p>‘As such, we are taking proactive measures to improve the lives of those on the housing database by providing a higher level of basic services to residents as they wait for their opportunity for formal housing, as well as formalising residents’ ownership of the land on which they live,’ said Councillor Ntsodo. </p><p>The upgrade is set for completion in the 2018/2019 financial year if all goes as planned. </p><p><br>End</p><span><span></span><p> </p>​​</span>2017-10-16T22:00:00Z1

 

 

 

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