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Firefighters give two-week old baby a second chance at lifeA group of Belhar firefighters followed up their lifesaving heroics with a heart-warming act of kindness last week.<p>​</p><span><p>A group of Belhar firefighters followed up their lifesaving heroics with a heart-warming act of kindness last week.</p><p>On 1 June 2019, the firefighters were called on to resuscitate two-week old Bronlyn-Lee Jansen.</p><p>The baby’s mother had rushed her to the fire station, desperate to get help for her daughter who had stopped breathing and had started turning blue.</p><p>Firefighters jumped into action, clearing mucus from her airways and administering oxygen, and after several tense minutes, Bronlyn-Lee started crying and regaining her natural colour.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1020px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>‘Usually, we don’t have good results on babies. We try our utmost and give our utmost support and expertise to the patient, and this time we were lucky to revive this baby. So there’s a good ending to this story,’ said firefighter Alroy Pieterse.</p><p>Pieterse’s colleague, Liesl George initiated the follow-up visit.</p><p>‘I just had to see her, alive and kicking, because when they left the station, we never heard from them again, and I just had to see her. And I went to their house, and then the mom came out and she was all pink and dressed up and she looked so cute,’ said George.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:938px;" /> </figure></span><span><p><span aria-hidden="true"></span>On Friday 14 June 2019, mom Chantel and her now four-week-old baby visited the Belhar fire station to thank the staff for their heroics.</p><p>But she was in for a pleasant surprise, as firefighter George had also rallied her colleagues and contacts to collect an assortment of baby clothes and products to hand over to their young patient.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:903px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span>​​</span><span>​</span><p>‘These selfless acts where staff members go above and beyond the call of duty fill me with immense pride, because it embodies the spirit of safety and security, which is to serve and protect our residents. I applaud the actions of the staff members, not only in saving the life of little Bronlyn-Lee, but also the added joy they’ve brought to her and her family through their kind-heartedness,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p><span>​</span>2019-06-17T22:00:00Z1
City advises on road closures for the State of the Nation Address (SONA) - 20 June 2019The City of Cape Town is ready to accommodate the official opening of the 6th Parliament on Thursday 20 June 2019. <p>The National Government and the South African Police Service (SAPS) have requested that extended road closures be effected in the city, to accommodate the event.</p><p>Temporary road closures in the Central Business District will take effect on Thursday from 06:00 until midnight.</p><p>There will be limited road closures in effect for rehearsals today, Tuesday 18 June and tomorrow, Wednesday 19 June from 17:00</p><p>Road users are requested to acquaint themselves with the closures and to plan their routes accordingly.</p><p>A detailed list of the road closures, parking restrictions and alternative routes can be found here <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br></p><p> <strong>End</strong><br></p>2019-06-17T22:00:00Z1
City advises of water supply disruptions in the Sunningdale and Blouberg Sands areasEssential work will result in the disruption of the water supply to the Sunningdale and Blouberg Sands areas. Read more below:<p>The work will result in the disruption of the water supply on Wednesday 19 June 2019 from 20:00 until 00:00. </p><p>Residents are kindly requested to store water in clean, sealed containers for use during this period.</p><p>All taps must be kept closed during this period to prevent any water loss and/or damage when the water supply is restored.</p><p>The City apologises for any inconvenience that may be caused while conducting these emergency repairs.</p><p><strong>End</strong><br></p>2019-06-17T22:00:00Z1
Additional time to submit innovative, sustainable energy solutionsThe City of Cape Town has extended the deadline to submit innovative, sustainable energy solutions to 30 June 2019 due to widespread interest.<p>A Request for Information (RFI) was issued to appeal for innovative solutions to the energy crisis, among other objectives such as:</p><ul><li>to gather information and assess market interest to conceptualise, fund and implement sustainable energy and green economy projects </li><li>to improve service delivery to residents</li><li>to alleviate energy poverty and;</li><li>to contribute to the low carbon development pathway that the City is pursuing.</li></ul><p>‘The City continues to look at an array of innovative energy solutions, as part of ongoing efforts to become more sustainable and resilient. This is to ensure that Cape Town moves away from the country’s current sole dependence on Eskom for power and to drive cleaner sources of energy in line with the City’s commitment of reducing carbon emissions drastically in the face of climate change. The RFI will help us to enable the extraction of greater economic and employment benefits in the green economy in a sustainable manner.</p><p>‘Technology is changing rapidly and we are looking to the market, universities, our residents and other stakeholders to help build a greener, more sustainable future as climate change impacts us all. Alternative sources of energy, alternative ways of meeting our energy needs and alternative ways of thinking of solutions will also help us to bridge the divide that exists in our society in general by ensuring that all residents of Cape Town and citizens of South Africa, for that matter, have equal access to safe and cleaner energy through a mix of resources and approaches. The City would like to thank everyone who has already submitted their proposals. We look forward to receiving additional proposals in the next two weeks,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy and Climate Change, Councillor Phindile Maxiti.</p><p><strong>Some areas of interest for the City:</strong></p><ul><li>the use of artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and Internet of Things</li><li>renewable energy</li><li>demand side management and load shifting</li><li> energy efficiency</li><li>smart metering</li><li>micro-grids in un-electrifiable areas and backyard dwellings</li><li>alternative mobility</li><li>alternative waste management</li></ul><p><strong>How to submit an idea</strong></p><ul><li>Please submit workable proposals by no later than close of business on 30 June 2019</li><li>Participants may submit one or more submissions depending on which areas of interest they are addressing</li><li>Please visit <a href=""></a> and click on the trending button labelled “submit a sustainable energy solution”. Alternatively please visit: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></li></ul><p><strong>End</strong><br></p>2019-06-17T22:00:00Z1







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