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Metro Police officers derail cable theft suspects’ getaway<p>​Three cable thieves had their getaway foiled when Metro Police officers arrived on the scene yesterday.<br> <br>Officers responded to a complaint about cable theft in progress at Nyanga railway station and found the suspects, aged between 30 and 33 in possession of railway copper cable.<br> <br>They were detained at Manenberg police station.<br> <br>‘The attack on infrastructure, particularly of the rail network, is relentless. The speedy reaction of the Metro Police officers is commendable, but it is imperative that the criminal justice system secures convictions and lengthy jail terms for cable thieves. This will send a message that cable theft and other infrastructural damage cannot be condoned. Apart from the massive impact on communities, it continues to hamper our economy at a time when we can ill afford it,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.<br> <br>Elsewhere, Metro Police officers arrested 13 suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless and negligent driving and the possession of drugs. <br> <br>In one incident, officers assisted the South African Police Service with the execution of a search warrant in Site 5 informal settlement in Table View. They found 113 bankies of dagga, two carrier bags of dagga and R168 in cash.  A 31-year-old suspect was detained at Milnerton SAPS.<br> <br>On the streets, traffic officers made 48 arrests, impounded 83 vehicles, 95 cellphones and issued 52 064 fines.<br> <br>‘The number of traffic fines issued shows that, as traffic volumes increase, so  does the continued poor behaviour from many road users. Motorists have a responsibility to drive with caution, to keep within the speed limit and the applicable regulations, and importantly -  to respect other road users,’ added Alderman JP Smith.<br> <br> <br><strong>End</strong></p>2020-09-27T22:00:00Z1
New homes for first-time homeowners in R55m Belhar Pentech project This project will provide 340 beneficiaries with homes and is expected to be completed soon, if all goes as planned<p>​</p><span><p>This project will provide 340 beneficiaries with homes and is expected to be completed soon, if all goes as planned. Ms. Trudy Horne (62), Ms. Barbara Sauls (70) and Ms. Myrtle Lockey (67) are among the new homeowners. </p><p>Councillors Phelisa Mzolisa, Xolani Joja, Rhoda Bazier and Bridgitte Truter joined in congratulating the beneficiaries. </p><p>‘We are so grateful to now have handed over 188 homes to beneficiaries despite the immense challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown periods. Owning a home means much more to them than having a roof over their heads. It signifies the restoration of dignity to some of our most vulnerable residents.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>‘Our beneficiaries are reminded that as property owners, they are now responsible for their homes, which have become their assets. As such, they are encouraged to maintain their homes and secure them for their loved ones in future by including it in their wills. As financial assets, these homes enable security, physically and financially, for the beneficiaries and their families. It is so important that we safeguard our projects against illegal occupation and that we ensure that the rightful beneficiaries are given a chance. To guarantee a fair and systematic approach, we allocate opportunities in accordance with the City’s Allocation Policy and source beneficiaries from qualifying and registered people on our highly controlled Housing Needs Register. We encourage our communities and beneficiaries to continue to work with us to make progress possible,’ said Councillor Booi.</p><p>The project, which is a Breaking New Ground one, includes the building of semi-detached and free-standing single-storey houses, as well as the installation of electrical infrastructure, street lighting, open spaces and sidewalks.</p><p>A number of other projects to provide housing opportunities to thousands of beneficiaries are also under way across the metro.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>‘We are working hard across the metro and looking at all options to see how we can help to enable the delivery of housing opportunities at on a greater scale. We need radical national housing reform, innovation and greater private sector partnerships if we are going to keep up with the enormous demand for housing opportunities for those earning less than R22 000 per month. Our draft Human Settlements Strategy proposes some interventions that are required. It is out for public participation and we encourage members of the public to have a look at it and to have their say,’ said Councillor Booi. </p><p><strong>View and comment on the draft Human Settlements Strategy</strong><br>Please visit <a href="" target="_blank"><strong></strong>a/haveyoursay</a>. In addition, the executive summary of the strategy is available in three official languages at subcouncil offices during the public participation period which closes on 30 November 2020.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure></span><p><strong>Unlawful occupation: Anonymous tip-offs welcomed:</strong><br>Residents can give anonymous tip offs if they are aware of illegal activity that is taking place; that has happened or is still to happen. Please call 112 from a cell phone (toll free) and 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 for emergencies.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2020-09-27T22:00:00Z1
Capetonians encouraged to cherish Cape Town’s everyday HeritageHeritage management is often mistakenly perceived as the practice and privilege of protecting and preserving selected moments or monuments of our past, whose value in today’s world may or may not be challenged<span>​​​​​<p>Heritage management is often mistakenly perceived as the practice and privilege of protecting and preserving selected moments or monuments of our past, whose value in today’s world may or may not be challenged. </p><p>Our tangible heritage resources are diverse and undoubtedly valuable, and in large parts of our City co-exist alongside everyday heritage and practices. This can be referred to as living heritage or intangible cultural heritage. It is a contested subject, but with research rapidly emerging around the world, it is presenting new values and ideas that are being integrated into the popular understanding of heritage, the law and how it is applied.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1068px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>The National Heritage Act’s definition of Living heritage includes “cultural traditions, oral histories, performance, ritual, popular memory, skills and techniques, indigenous knowledge systems and a holistic approach to nature, society and social relationships”.<br> <br>‘Living heritage is linked to our identity and includes practices that can bring people together to create a deeper understanding of our past, to move us towards a shared, inclusive and representative heritage future. But living heritage does not exist in isolation and it is easy to compartmentalise it.  It is inextricably linked to our inherited built environment. Living heritage can relate to the lanes that lead down to the springs and streams to collect water in Newlands Village.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>‘It can be the stoeps and verandas where food is shared and where children are watched while playing in the street, and where neighbours have communed for generations. Living heritage may exist in memory and in open spaces, seemingly devoid of a past, but in which former residents may have been forcibly removed in the wake of the Groups Areas Act. Living heritage may even be the Athaan (call to prayer) sounding out across the neighbourhoods,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt.<br> <br>One such physical marker of living heritage is the corner shop. Traced back to the turn of the 19th century, the corner shop proliferated in Cape Town. Commonly, it had a place of residence attached for the shopkeeper with an associated Victorian terrace.<br> <br>The corner shops sprung up as Indian migrants sought economic opportunity. It was highly regularised by the government, who wanted to hold and control economic power. These shops soon became places of social gathering, and of security for the working class, who could not afford basic supplies on a daily basis. The shopkeeper would allow patrons to buy on credit, which became known as the practice of “koep oppie boekie” (buying on credit).<br> <br>It was a means to survive and this practice still continues, with businesses still held in the same family line today. Similarly, local butcheries, cobblers, fruit and vegetable sellers and tailors were the backbone and social capital of the community.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure></span><p>Cultural heritage is therefore more than what is visible and tangible. It is the everyday and the mundane, as well as the extraordinary and monumental. It is the oral histories, knowledge systems and social relationships which are more significant when they are connected to a place. The job and responsibility of heritage now is also to make the “everyday” more visible and include it in our place-making. </p><p>‘Thus, I want to encourage all residents to cherish the importance of the everyday heritage in our city and make every effort to visit a corner shop, sit in a park, take a taxi (while social distancing), walk the streets of Cape Town, taste and smell the food, and remember the past, acknowledge its value in the present, and imagine what an inclusive heritage future could look like, before the end of this Heritage Month. These places carry a rich history that needs to be passed on to the next generation,’ said Alderman Nieuwoudt.</p><p><strong>End</strong><br></p><span>​​</span><span>​​</span><span>​​</span>2020-09-27T22:00:00Z1
Earthquake response among the many disaster readiness plans in Cape TownCity's reponse to weekend Earthquake and temors.<p>​The City of Cape Town notes the widespread public interest in the tremors that were experienced in parts of the metropole over the weekend.</p><p>There have subsequently been some questions about Cape Town’s readiness to deal with the impacts of an earthquake, and whose responsibility it is to coordinate such a response.</p><p>There are numerous aspects to consider – first of which is what qualifies as a major earthquake.</p><p>According to the Council for Geoscience (CGS), the difference between an earthquake and an earth tremor lies in the magnitude of the event. </p><p>Within the South African context, a seismic event with a magnitude lower than 4.0 is considered a tremor. </p><p>Although earthquakes cannot be predicted and we do not have early warning systems for them, the CGS does have tsunami sensors and early warning systems to ensure the public is notified of any impending tsunami threats.</p><p>In the event of a major earthquake, the Council for Geoscience and South African Weather Service will be the lead agencies. </p><p>The City’s Disaster Coordinating Team will co-ordinate responses to the potential impacts, involving both internal and external agencies including the SAPS, SANDF, EMS Urban Search and Rescue, SPCA etc. </p><p>The City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre has emergency response plans for a range of potential disasters, including earthquakes – these plans are reviewed annually and disaster readiness exercises with all relevant role players are held to test systems on an ongoing basis.</p><p>As with any potential disaster, an effective response relies on the involvement of all concerned, including the public. </p><p>Information on what residents can do in the event of an earthquake, is available here: <a href=""></a></p><p>The public is further reminded that the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre (PECC) should be their primary contact point in the event of an emergency.</p><p>We urge residents to save the number on their cellphone: 021 480 7700. The PECC is also contactable from a landline, by dialling 107.</p><p> <br>End</p>2020-09-27T22:00:00Z1







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