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City launches online portal for built professionals The newsletter provides guidance on all matters relating to preparing building plan applications, submitting applications, as well as guidance on how to complete the required forms and documents<p>​The City’s Development Management Department who is responsible for regulating development in Cape Town, created this online portal over the past few months. The portal, inclusive of regular newsletters, is free of charge, and available to professionals and built environment practitioners who subscribe for the service.<br> <br>‘The newsletter provides guidance on all matters relating to preparing building plan applications, submitting applications, as well as guidance on how to complete the required forms and documents. All of this information is also available on the Build It Right resource portal,’ said Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment.<br> <br><strong>The Build It Right portal is designed to:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">respond to industry needs</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">keep all informed of current trends, new regulations and requirements</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">provide a reference library of searchable content</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">be easy to access</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">be easy to understand; and</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">create a platform for ongoing dialogue between the Department and built professionals</div></li></ul><p> <br>‘We have done an analysis of the building plans that were submitted to the City in recent months to determine what type of information should be available on the resource portal. By taking a closer look, we have identified that some submissions were delayed either because vital information had been omitted, or because the application did not comply with the requirements of the National Building Regulations and Standards Act. Thus, the purpose of Build It Right is to make it clear to professionals what is needed when they submit building plans for approval, and to do so in a manner that is easy to understand. I think this is a great initiative from the City and that subscribers will gain a lot of value from it,’ said Alderman Nieuwoudt.<br> <br><strong>The National Building Regulations (NBR) and Standards Act applies to the:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">construction of new buildings</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">alteration, extension or conversion of existing buildings </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">change of use of existing buildings; and </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">demolition of existing buildings or structures</div></li></ul><p> <br>The portal already features a series interpreting the NBR, as well as a series on standard processes and requirements which is basically a checklist for preparing building plans for submission. <br> <br>The Development Management Department will also use the portal from time to time to ask professionals for feedback by responding to questions or surveys. This will ensure that the content is responsive and relevant.<br> <br>Those who are interested to subscribe to the portal and newsletter can send an email to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. <br> <br>‘I’m encouraging professionals to subscribe and to please use this portal that has been created to assist the industry with building plan submissions. We will be adding new content every month and will also be sending out regular newsletters to subscribers,’ said Alderman Nieuwoudt.<br> <br> <br><strong>End</strong></p>2020-08-13T22:00:00Z1
As infection rates decline and mass job losses continue, it is time to lift the lockdownIn the Western Cape, we have passed the height of the infection rate as predicted by health experts and national government<span><p>I will write to my national counterparts to make the case for why unfettered travel between provinces must be allowed and for the lifting of the ban on alcohol and cigarettes. </p><p>COVID-19 infection rates have started to decline. In the Western Cape, we have passed the height of the infection rate as predicted by health experts and national government.  Media reports indicate that the efficacy of the lockdown has now expired. It is time to end the lockdown so that we can provide a lifeline for the remaining tourism businesses, now and not later. <br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:767px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>Cape Town tourism and related industries such as food, beverages and hospitality are heavily reliant on domestic tourism, especially business travel between our country’s economic hubs, Cape Town and Johannesburg. </p><p>In fact, between March 2018 and February 2019, travel from Cape Town to Johannesburg was the 11th busiest domestic route in the world, with almost 34 000 flights, according to Aviation Analytics  company, OAG. </p><p>Far too many businesses have already closed permanently. News of more closures are sadly all too frequent. </p><p>The economy of Cape Town is highly reliant on the tourism and related sectors for jobs and economic activity and we know that, according to the latest information from Statistics South Africa, the tourism sector added R18,1 billion to our economy and supported just over 113 000 jobs in 2018.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:2137px;" /> </figure></span><p>Together with the City of Cape Town’s official Destination Marketing and Management Organisation, Cape Town Tourism, we have developed a bounce back strategy for the tourism sector. However, this requires the reopening of inter-provincial travel at the very least.</p><p>I am confident that by reopening travel between provinces for both business and leisure, on the strict condition of the implementation of the necessary health and safety measures, we will be able to breathe life back into these vital sectors.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p><span>​​</span><span>​​</span>2020-08-13T22:00:00Z1
City completes water supply network upgrade to Blaauwberg area ahead of scheduleThe City is currently doing assessments of water supply to various areas<p>​The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation team has completed the upgrade of the 700mm bulk water supply line feeding the Blaauwberg area within approximately 21,5 hours.</p><p>This is well ahead of schedule, as the work commenced at midnight (00:00) on Thursday, 13 August 2020 and was planned to be completed tonight, on Friday, 14 August 2020, by 18:00.</p><p>Leading up to the start of the work, water supply was rerouted from other areas to help sustain water availability during the works, and it was anticipated that Blaauwberg, Melkbosstrand, Duynefontein, Atlantic Beach and the rural areas between Melkbosstrand and Atlantis would experience lower water pressure while the upgrade was in progress. Unfortunately, some unintended glitches were encountered which resulted in some of these areas experiencing temporary water supply disruption.</p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure><p>​‘This hasn’t been an easy task, so I thank the Water and Sanitation team for making every effort to complete the upgrade in the shortest and safest time possible, over a period of approximately 21 hours. It has been an extremely complex job, from planning to its completion, but this work is necessary to improve the reliability of water supply to the area.</p><p>‘The team is monitoring and assessing the water supply in the affected areas and also flushing the system where required, including Parklands, Sunningdale, Bloubergstrand, Duynefontein and Melkbosstrand, among others. If any pipe bursts occurred during the reinstatement of the water supply, water trucks will be made available to residents. There is usually a slight discolouration of the water when we do the water supply changeover after we have completed an infrastructure upgrade, but it doesn’t pose any health hazard.</p></span><p>‘I also want to thank our residents for their patience while the upgrade was under way. The City sincerely regrets any inconvenience caused during this time, however, it is imperative that the water supply infrastructure is maintained and upgraded effectively to ensure a continued, reliable supply of drinking water to residents,’ said Alderman Xanthea Limberg, Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste.</p><p>Furthermore, residents are reminded that they can submit service requests to the City via the following channels:  <br>• Phone: 0860103089 option 2<br>• SMS: 31373<br>• Email: <a href=""></a><br>• Online: <a href=""></a><br></p>2020-08-13T22:00:00Z1
Fire and Rescue incidents drop 13% year-on-yearThe City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service noticed a definite downturn in overall incidents during April and May this year, resulting in a marked reduction in overall annual statistics.<span><p>The City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service noticed a definite downturn in overall incidents during April and May this year, resulting in a marked reduction in overall annual statistics.</p><p>For the 2019/20 financial year, firefighters responded to 22 497 incidents, including fires and special service calls like motor vehicle accidents, trauma and hazmat incidents.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure><p>The total represented a 13% drop year-on-year, with a decline in several other categories, as outlined below:</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:16.66%;"><strong>Category</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:16.66%;"><strong>2019/2020</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:16.66%;"><strong>2018/2019</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:16.66%;"><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:16.66%;"><strong>% Difference</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:16.66%;"> </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Overall Incidents</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">22497</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">25877</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">↓ 13,06 %</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Special Service Calls</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">8500</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">10371</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">↓ 18,04 %</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Fire (Overall)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">13997</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">15506</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">↓   9,73 %</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Vegetation Fires</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">9694</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">11008</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">↓  11,93 %</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Informal Residential Fires</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1636</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1617</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">↑    1,17 %</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Formal Residential Fires</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1383</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1608</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">↓  13,99 %</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Fatalities</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">170</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">113</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">↑   50,44 %</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td></tr></tbody></table><p>​​</p></span><span><p>The nationwide lockdown definitely impacted on the number of calls that the Fire and Rescue Service responded to in the last few months; particularly special service calls like motor vehicle accidents and trauma incidents. </p><p>This period of course corresponded with the initial ban on alcohol and severely curtailed public movement. </p><p>The decline in the number of incidents is good news, but that is cold comfort to those families who have lost loved ones as a result of fires. <br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure></span><span><p><br>We have, in this year, had numerous incidents where fires were limited to single structures, but with multiple fatalities and we need to continue working on our fire safety efforts, in partnership with communities, as this requires a collective effort.</p><p>An analysis of the causes of residential fires for the period April to June, indicated that electrical faults and open flames accounted for just over 45% of all incidents. </p><p>The City renews its call on residents to please take fire safety seriously in the home. The dangers are apparent, and it is up to each and every one of us to ensure that our environment is as fireproof as possible. </p><p>More so, vigilance is key, particularly while cooking or using heating devices. It is also imperative to check electrical connections regularly and not to overload sockets. </p><p>The demands on our Fire and Rescue Service grow steadily each year. While we are working hard to increase our resources to meet that demand, it needs everyone to play a role. In informal settlements, we appeal to residents to ensure that structures are built in a way that allows firefighters to access the area in the event of a fire. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span>​​</span><p>The increasing attacks on our firefighters is another issue that needs addressing, because ultimately it means a slower response time to incidents, or no response at all if a situation is particularly volatile. </p><p>Fire safety is everyone’s business and key to that is ensuring the men and women who are trained to assist in your time of need are able to do their jobs without threat.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2020-08-12T22:00:00Z1







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