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Bellville Library celebrates centenaryThe City’s Bellville Library will be celebrating its centenary with a range of events next week which caters for its 11 495 patrons who range in age from five months to 91 years old. <span> <p> The City’s Bellville Library will be celebrating its centenary with a range of events next week which caters for its 11 495 patrons who range in age from five months to 91 years old. </p> <p>Bellville Library came into service in 1918 and was first housed in a building in Durban Road on the banks of the Elsies Kraal River with members required to pay an annual subscription fee.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure></span> <span> <p>A free public library service came to Bellville in 1964 in what is now Kruskal Avenue, but 25 years later the present library in Elizabeth Park was built. There is still some of the Kruskal history left, as some of the shelves are still being used in today's Bellville Library.</p> <p>'Bellville is one of our flagship libraries and it is truly a beacon within the community. It is more than just a space for books and provides a place where knowledge can be promoted and where residents can interact, learn, hone skills and acquire new hobbies. All libraries play a significant role in our lives and help to shape our world view. Bellville has also shown us that librarians are not just your original search engines, they're also innovators,’ said Alderman Smith.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:800px;" /> </figure></span> <span> <p>Four years ago, library patrons expressed frustration due to the increasing pressure for parking space within the Bellville CBD. In order to mitigate against a decline in the use of the library, staff worked together and introduced a takeaway service which makes getting your books as easy dropping by and picking up your order.</p> <p>When the patron comes to collect their takeaway, they can simply stop in front of the library and pop in to information (which is right at the entrance) where the books will be issued to them, without encountering any parking hassles. Loan items are only issued on production of a library card. </p> <p>The drop box, which is part of the service, allows patrons to return material when convenient and has been a hit, especially over long weekends. The box is located inside the library doors but a slot allows patrons to return items after hours.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:800px;" /> </figure>​​</span> <p>The Early Literacy Play Space in the children's department at the library offers a stimulating, interactive play area with a play kitchen and farmer’s market stand, block play area, and puppet theatre.</p><p>The library's ReadySetRead reading programme encourages young children to read 100 books with their parents or teachers for which they receive a certificate and prize. The Bookbuddies reading initiative pairs young people with younger children to improve both spelling and literacy. In addition,  the library supplies a selection of books in a crate and delivers it to crèches and preprimary schools to encourage reading in the classroom through their Books-to-Go service.</p><p>‘Bellville is one of our top circulating libraries with more than 389 955 different items accessed by patrons annually. The library has a stock of 109 794 items and it's the place where the community gets together to spend time empowering themselves. Time spent at the library, whether it is to read a book or newspaper, to search for employment, or just to relax, is never wasted. The Bellville Library has become a landmark and a space which facilitates cultural and artistic activities, contributing to a community that is well-rounded and grounded,’ said Alderman Smith.</p><p>Other libraries which celebrated milestones this year include Durbanville (45), Tygervalley (30) and Kensington (25).</p><p>Some of the activities that are planned for the Bellville celebrations next week include the launch of an online book club, a high tea, and a zero waste fashion show.</p><p>For details about library activities, please call <a>021 444 0300</a> or email <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p> <br> <strong>End</strong><br></p>2018-11-15T22:00:00Z1
City clears the decks for the festive seasonThe City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement Department has set in motion the disposal of thousands of litres of alcohol. <span><p>The City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement Department has set in motion the disposal of thousands of litres of alcohol.  <br>The disposal of the alcohol is symbolic of one of the biggest public safety headaches for the City, but also other enforcement and emergency service providers in Cape Town over the festive season. <br>In the previous financial year, our staff confiscated 16 926 bottles equating to 11 515,62 litres of alcohol.  </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>Nearly half of the alcohol was confiscated on three priority days over the 2017/18 Festive Season:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Switching on of the lights event: 1 818 bottles</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Boxing Day: 2 126 bottles</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">New Year’s Day: 3 805 bottles</div></li></ul><p>The statistics prove that, for some, there is no fun to be had without alcohol. The reality is that this blatant disregard for the law and the impact of their drinking and antisocial behaviour forces us to dedicate enforcement resources that could have been better utilised elsewhere. .</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:757px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>Based on some of the key trends our staff have observed around the concealment of alcohol on beaches and public spaces, it is clear that most people know they are breaking the law.</p><p><strong>These trends include:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Using children to smuggle alcohol in to events</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Decanting alcohol into cooldrink bottles</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Hiding alcohol in the beach sand to avoid detection</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Choosing open access beaches like Strand, Camps Bay and Clifton over beaches where access control is in effect, and where vehicles and bags are searched upon arrival</div></li></ul><p>Persons who are found with alcohol are fined R500 and provided with a receipt listing the exact items confiscated, in the event that they want to reclaim their goods upon paying an impoundment release fee of R624. Alcohol is kept in storage for three months, after which it is disposed of in terms of the City’s By-laws, as you will witness today.</p><p>The destruction of alcohol usually elicits varied responses … from those fully in support to others who are aghast at the waste of good alcohol. A few even lambast the City.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:784px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p><strong>Let me reiterate that much of our festive season planning revolves around mitigating the impact of alcohol. For example:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">We have increased our lifeguard complement to 334, because alcohol is one of the biggest contributors to drownings and sea rescues</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">We exhaust overtime budgets and resources to ensure an increased presence on the roads to safeguard the public from drunk drivers</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Over the last few years, we have devised and implemented the Identikidz project at priority beaches to safeguard unsupervised children who get lost or hurt</div></li></ul><p>The enforcement services do their best to safeguard the public, but this is ultimately a problem that requires a change in mindset. The irresponsible use of alcohol remains too firmly entrenched in our social fabric and we need to start acknowledging that and calling out those who abuse alcohol.</p><p>While we find that alcohol confiscations is a big area of interest to the media and the public, there is so much more that goes into our planning to ensure that we keep Cape Town safe over this very busy period. A host of departments will join in the overall effort to ensure the safety of residents and visitors, from enforcement and rescue services to transport and cleansing services. </p><p><strong>At a glance, by the numbers</strong>:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">1 343 Metro Police, Traffic and Law Enforcement staff to ensure policing in priority areas, both autonomously, but also through joint operations with other role-players like SAPS </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Eight joint operations centres operate across the metropole</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">334 lifeguards on duty at our beaches and shark spotters at eight beaches</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">900-plus professional firefighters at our disposal in the event of a major incident; 120 seasonal firefighters, two helicopters and a spotter plane to assist with combatting wildfires </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">1 888 temporary workers to assist with beach/business area cleaning</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Disaster Risk Management and Social Development staff on duty at 14 beaches on priority days to run the Identikidz programme </div></li></ul><p>This plan is our blueprint that we have developed and refined over a number of years. Even then, it is not static and can be amended to deal with any new challenges we might have to deal with. The plan, in conjunction with regular meetings throughout the festive season involving all relevant City departments and external stakeholders from SAPS to the NSRI and the SPCA, ensure that we keep abreast of developments and are able to divert resources as and when necessary.</p><p>However, even the best laid plans come to naught without the buy-in of all concerned. I therefore call on the public to please do their part by adhering to the law, following the instructions of enforcement and emergency staff; particularly lifeguards on the beaches or at the public swimming pools, and taking responsibility for their own safety where it is within their control.</p><p><strong>A summary of the Festive <a href="" target="_blank">Season Operational Plan </a>is available.</strong></p><p><strong>For a snapshot of some of the resources devoted to the Festive Season Operational Plan, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.</strong></p><p><strong>For a snapshot of some of the key statistics from the previous Festive Season, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.</strong><br></p><p><strong>End</strong></p>2018-11-14T22:00:00Z1
City shocked at senseless killing of security guards at Sweet Home developmentThe City of Cape Town is stunned and saddened by the murder of two security guards working on-site at the Sweet Home Incremental Development Area (IDA) in Philippi which is currently under construction<p>The City of Cape Town is stunned and saddened by the murder of two security guards working on-site at the Sweet Home Incremental Development Area (IDA) in Philippi which is currently under construction. The two guards were shot and killed on Sunday evening as they began their shift to protect the development from thieves and vandals who have been targeting the contractor’s equipment. </p><p>An IDA is a development where residents are given designated plots which are upgraded to formal houses over time.  </p><p>These guards worked for the third consecutive security company hired to protect the site. Two previous security companies were unwilling to continue working in the area due to criminals violently targeting the development. The City has also attempted to employ people from the surrounding community. However, they also resigned due to fears for their safety.</p><p>Despite every effort being made to ensure that this development which will improve the lives of some of our poorest residents can continue, the City has now been forced to suspend construction as workers are too fearful to continue with the project.</p><p>‘It is unforgivable that a project that can do so much good in a community where it is so sorely needed is being targeted like this. The City and I extend our deepest condolences to the families, friends and co-workers of these men,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg. </p><p>‘City workers and contractors are targeted by criminals all over Cape Town, and this often gets in the way of effective service delivery. We are therefore again calling on anyone who might have information on who is behind these attacks to please report it to the South African Police Service so that those responsible can be put where they belong, in prison, and that construction and development in the area can resume. Too often these criminals escape the consequences of their actions,’ said Cllr Limberg.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2018-11-13T22:00:00Z1
City Health focuses on the family as diabetes screenings double The City of Cape Town's Health Department has recorded more than 30 000 clients who were screened for diabetes.<p>The City of Cape Town's Health Department has recorded more than 30 000 clients who were screened for diabetes from January to June this year and staff expect to double the total number of screenings for last year, which came to 21 000 (January to December).</p><p>'City Health has embarked on a drive to encourage those in high-risk groups to come to our clinics for screening. Clients who fall into these high-risk groups include people with a family history of diabetes, those who are overweight, lead a sedentary lifestyle and have unhealthy habits such as smoking. Age also plays a factor with your risk increasing as you approach middle age,' said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.<br>'Most of the cases are Type 2 diabetes, which is largely preventable through adopting a healthy lifestyle. This includes regular physical activity, a healthy and balanced diet, and maintaining a healthy weight. Family life and one’s living environment has a key role to play in addressing the risk factors associated with diabetes. Families can learn how to live a healthy lifestyle through our clinics’ education, awareness and treatment programmes for lifestyle diseases,' said Alderman Smith.<br>City clinics have reported a significant increase in lifestyle related disease over the past decade, especially in poorer communities. </p><p>Treatment involves not only medication, but lifestyle changes and, to help residents, the City has launched the second leg of its Live Well Challenge at the St Vincent Community Day Centre in Area Central today.</p><p>The campaign is an initiative that aims to get residents to participate in an eight-week programme that will teach them about healthy eating and exercise.</p><p>Globally, chronic lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke and cancer cause an estimated 41 million deaths every year. In the Western Cape, diabetes is the number one cause of premature death in women.</p><p>The Live Well Challenge aims to change attitudes and get people on the right track. </p><p>The initiative is a collaborative effort between the four departments within the City’s Social Services Directorate. </p><p>In addition to the work done at clinics, recreation centres run a host of programmes to promote exercise; libraries stock reading materials on these issues; and the Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department champions worthy causes like this one by channelling community members to the opportunities that are available. </p><span><div class="image-gallery-slider img-gal-1" id="img-gal-1" data-slides="3" data-slide="1" style="height:493.5px;"><div class="image-gallery-content" style="height:414px;">​​​​ <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-1"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <a title="title" href="#"> <b></b></a>The Live Well Challenge aims to change attitudes and get people on the right track</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-2"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1004px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <b></b>The Live Well Challenge aims to change attitudes and get people on the right track</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-3"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:778px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <b></b>The Live Well Challenge aims to change attitudes and get people on the right track</p> </figcaption> </figure> </div><div class="image-gallery-control"><div class="image-gallery-caption"><p> <a title="title" href="#"> <b>Aerial view of Cape Town</b></a> - Loren ipsum dolor sit amet loren ipsum dolor sit amet Loren ipsum dolor sit amet.</p></div><div class="image-gallery-nav"><div class="nav-info">1 of 3</div><div class="slide-next"> <i class="icon arrow-white-next"></i> </div><div class="slide-prev"> <i class="icon arrow-white-prev"></i>​</div></div></div></div>​​</span><p> </p><p>The Live Well Challenge consists of eight sessions, and will be held on a weekly basis at a community hall in the areas where the initiative will be rolled out. </p><p><strong>Each session is structured as follows:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">30-minute health education session followed by a brief group discussion </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Biometric assessment (weight, blood, glucose level, etc.) to let participants monitor their progress</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">30-minute physical exercise session </div></li></ul><p>The programme is run consecutively, allowing participants to join at any time and still complete all eight health education sessions. On completion of the health education sessions, participants are encouraged to continue with the weekly exercise class.  </p><p>Some of the key aspects of the programme are outlined here: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> </p><p>During the next few months, several more sites will be launched and residents are encouraged to watch their local community newspapers or find out from their local clinic whether their area is included in the pilot project.</p><p>‘The International Diabetes Foundation estimates that 80% of cases of Type 2 diabetes is preventable through the adoption of a healthy lifestyle. This programme is just the first step residents can take towards healthier and more productive lives,’ said Alderman Smith.</p><p><strong>End</strong></p>2018-11-13T22:00:00Z1







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