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City advises of water supply disruptions in Somerset West and surrounding areasEssential work on the water infrastructure will result in the disruption of the water supply to the Heldervue, Schonenberg, Die Wingerd and Steenbras View areas.<p>​The work will result in the disruption of the water supply on Tuesday 16 July 2019 from 19:00 until 02:00, Thursday 18 July 2019 from 19:00 until 02:00, and Tuesday 23 July 2019 from 19:00 until 02:00. </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 this essential work. </p><p><strong>End</strong></p>2019-07-14T22:00:00Z1
City urges caution amid increase in residential firesThe City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service reminds residents to be extra vigilant amid an increase in residential fires this winter<p>The City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service reminds residents to be extra vigilant amid an increase in residential fires this winter.</p><p>In June 2019, the brigade responded to 150 formal residential fires. This represented a 15% increase in statistics for the same period a year ago.</p><p>The number of informal residential fires decreased from 150 to 127.</p><p>There was also a decrease in fatalities, from 12 in June 2018, to six this year.</p><p>‘Winter presents a challenge, as residents start relying on heaters, electric blankets and other methods to ward off the chill. The use of so-called galley fires, also known as imbawula, is another big risk factor, as the fumes could result in carbon monoxide poisoning. </p><p>‘Add other potential factors like electrical faults, smoking, open flames and the like, and the need for extreme vigilance becomes apparent,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>The Fire and Rescue Service, as well as the City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre, conduct hundreds of fire safety outreach sessions every year. The City has also started accelerating the installation of smoke detectors in informal settlements. </p><p>Some of the installations have been funded through ward allocation funding, while others have been partnerships with corporates in areas like Tafelsig, Steenberg, Lavender Hill, Khayelitsha and Philippi.</p><p>‘There is always a risk of fire, whether in informal settlements or formal residential areas. Like many other risks to community health and safety, fire prevention requires a collective effort. The City works continuously to increase its level of education and awareness in communities. Furthermore, we are building more fire stations and other resources to bulk up our response to when fires happen. We also call on corporates to come to the table and assist with our smoke detector rollout.</p><p>‘However, residents too have a role to play to ensure that they mitigate the risk of fires starting in the first place. Unfortunately, too many fires are still caused by human error or negligence and the increase in heat sources during this time of year, makes things even more challenging,’ added Alderman Smith. </p><p><strong>FIRE SAFETY TIPS FOR WINTER INCLUDE:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Ensure that the heater is off before going to sleep ore leaving home</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Make sure all the components like the heater, regulator and hose connectors of your unit are well-maintained and follow manufacturer guidelines closely</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Always ensure that the room in use is well-ventilated. If it becomes stuffy, open windows and doors to allow fresh air in immediately</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Carbon monoxide is a colourless and odourless gas that can go completely unnoticed yet cause serious illness or, in severe cases, death due to poisoning</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Never place clothes or other items like towels over your heater Do not move your unit while it is in use. First turn it off and wait for it to cool down a little before moving it around</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Keep heaters at least one metre (3 feet) away from all flammable objects including furniture, curtains, books and boxes</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Never leave a fireplace unattended, and ensure there are no hot embers remaining </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Keep matches and other ignition sources away from children</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Switch off electric blankets at the socket and ensure that it is not left on throughout the night</div></li></ul><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2019-07-13T22:00:00Z1
City supports sectors that drive demandThe City of Cape Town is committed to investing and supporting sectors that drive demand and makes business sense <p>​</p><span><p>Earlier today, I had the opportunity to visit the K-Way factory that is situated in Ottery to experience first-hand what goes on behind the scenes of this preferred brand. I must add that I am delighted that K-Way chose Cape Town as their home. K-Way is one of the world’s most popular manufacturers of high-end technical garments (technical refers to the type of fabrics and techniques used to manufacture the garments). This is a first and only one of its kind in South Africa.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>K-Way is also known as the manufacturing arm of Cape Union Mart, Africa’s biggest outdoor retailer and a Cape Town institution since 1933. The local factory employs over 275 people, aged between 18 and 55, which is a community of people going back to many generations.<br> <br>The City of Cape Town is committed to investing and supporting sectors that drive demand and makes business sense. The City provides about R10 million per annum in funding support to the clothing and textile sector, which is testament to our support for this important sector in the local economy. This includes the Craft and Design Institute, the Cape Town Fashion Council, CLOTEX, and the Cape Clothing and Textile Cluster. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:917px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span>​​</span><span><p>Cape Town traditionally has a comparative advantage in clothing and textiles and the sector continues to employ over 24 734 people, with a recorded export value of over R3,5 billion in 2018, which means investing in this sector makes business sense. </p><p>Following on my previous engagements, I remain committed to providing my support to the clothing manufacturing sector by commissioning research to measure and analyse the economic contribution of Cape Town’s traditional CMT sector. </p><p>The research will be used to direct future City initiatives within the sector. In doing this, we can then make informed decisions about this sector.  This will also allow us to look at market trends and be in a position to anticipate changes in the market and come up with adequate proactive responses.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:914px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>Cape Town is also home to various other leading home grown apparel businesses that include Prestige, Pep Clothing, Jacques Hau, Peter Blond, House of Monatic, GL Clothing, TCI Apparel, and Keedo. </p><p>I look forward to visiting these stakeholders and engaging with them to see how we can work together to overcome challenges, drive demand and ensure that these businesses continue to grow and thrive in Cape Town.</p><p>Cape Town is fast becoming the focal point of innovation in Africa, and with its numerous thinkers, innovators and design-led entrepreneurs, it was ranked as Africa’s most innovative city in the 2018 Innovation Cities Index. Cape Town is also positioned as the leading tech city in Africa. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1170px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span>​​</span><p>Our competitive advantage in the innovation and technology spaces can be injected into the Clothing and Textile sector to take advantage of the opportunities in innovations in fashion technology, for example, smart fabric, virtual fitting rooms, and carbon fibre applications. </p><p>‘We’re proudly Cape Town. This city is one of the best places in the world for garment manufacturing. It’s the clothing manufacturing hub of Africa. The skill and ability of the people in this industry is impeccable,’ said K-Way General Manager, Bobby Fairlamb.</p><p>I reiterate, that Cape Town is the design hub in Africa, and we are open for business. </p><p><strong>End</strong><br></p>2019-07-11T22:00:00Z1
Vuyiseka Multi-purpose facility in Phillipi East being revampedFirst developed in 1987, the Vuyiseka Multi-purpose facility is situated in the heart of Phillipi East. It was established as a badminton facility as part of the City of Cape Town’s bid for the Olympic Games at the time.<span><p>First developed in 1987, the Vuyiseka Multi-purpose facility is situated in the heart of Phillipi East. It was established as a badminton facility as part of the City of Cape Town’s bid for the Olympic Games at the time.</p><p>The facility was previously occupied by a school that made use of the classrooms while the City’s Recreation and Parks Department managed the two sports halls and outdoor sports facilities. The Provincial Department of Education subsequently vacated the facility in 2017.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure></span><span><p><br>‘The City’s aim is to take up office space within the facility in order to provide direct access to services to the surrounding community. These include services such as Law Enforcement, Revenue, Subcouncil services, Urban Management, Health and Housing, as well as Informal Settlement Management. This forms part of the City’s commitment to building a caring City and rationalising services to create somewhat of a one-stop-shop for residents,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Management, Alderman Grant Twigg.</p><p>The revamp of this facility includes the rehabilitation of the ablutions, the replacement of the roof, wall cladding, waterproofing and water connection, all at a cost of R7,3 million, which was undertaken during the previous financial year.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>In the current financial year, work will include the installation of security access and stone-guards, electrical reticulation and lighting, additional ablutions, dry-walling to turn previous classrooms into offices, internal and external painting, upgrading of the parking area, external sports facilities and landscaping. A budget of about R20 million has been set aside for this work.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>‘Currently, residents and businesses in Phillipi need to travel to surrounding areas such as Nyanga, Gugulethu, Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha in order to gain access to City services.  Service delivery is about improving and adding value to people’s lives.  It is a means through which the City is able to avail itself within close proximity to the needs of our residents,’ added Alderman Twigg.</p><p><strong>End</strong></p>2019-07-11T22:00:00Z1







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