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City records on average 380 incidents per severe weather episodeWith winter in full swing and more rain in the forecast for the coming days, the DRMC has calculated that it recorded 760 incidents during June 2019.<p>With winter in full swing and more rain in the forecast for the coming days, the DRMC has calculated that it recorded 760 incidents during June 2019.</p><p>The DRMC coordinates the City’s response to incidents that impact on the safety and well-being of residents. </p><p>In June, the DRMC received weather warnings from the South African Weather Service on two occasions.</p><p>Severe weather fallouts reports included flooding to varying degrees; roofs damaged or blown off by strong winds; trees and branches had fallen down, blocked drains, and power outages, amongst others. </p><p>The DRMC recorded the following notifications:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">139 leaking/blown off/roof repair or other storm roof-related notifications </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">346 fallen trees on roads, overhead cables, and other tree related notifications</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">84 electricity outages reported between 21 and 23 June 2019</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">191 incidents were reported relating to blocked roadways and flooding in formal and informal areas</div></li></ul><p>‘We are grateful for the winter rain, as it is crucial to efforts to replenish our dams, but the City is also mindful of its responsibility to protect those who are vulnerable when storm-like conditions hit the city. The focus of the City’s emergency services is always on protecting life as a first priority, to avoid damage to property or the environment and to minimise disruption,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. </p><p>When a call is received, it is assessed in terms of what services are required, and whether it is a routine matter or requires emergency action. </p><p>The City’s DRMC ensures that all the required services, both internal and external are notified and mobilised as per the winter readiness plan.  Internal role-players include the City’s departments responsible for water and sanitation, transport and storm water, electricity, informal settlements, public housing, building inspectors and safety and security.  External stakeholders include the Social Security Agency of South Africa (SASSA), the SPCA and several others.</p><p>‘The incidents are prioritised, and staff will respond accordingly. It is therefore extremely important that anyone in need of assistance provides as much detail as possible, as that helps determine where on the list of priorities the incident can be placed if need be, particularly when staff are overrun with requests for assistance,’ added Alderman Smith.</p><p>Fake news, amplified by instant messaging and social media platforms, has become a source of concern for the City’s first responders. One such example was the hurricane warning that circulated recently. The hoax message resulted in a flood of calls to the DRMC from concerned residents.</p><p>‘Our appeal to the public is to not share these messages until they are verified. It creates unnecessary panic, and blocks the emergency lines which means persons who need assistance struggle to get through. </p><p>‘We also ask that the public help our disaster risk reduction efforts by making sure that their immediate environment is flood and fire secure, that they have a family disaster risk plan in place, in the event of an emergency, and that they report any illegal dumping and blockages of the stormwater system, as this is a major contributing factor to localised flooding during times of heavy downpours,’ said Alderman JP Smith.</p><p><strong>End</strong><br></p>2019-07-15T22:00:00Z1
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
Road safety a priority for City’s Traffic ServiceDuring scheduled roadblocks throughout the City, officers arrested 138 suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol, whilst a stolen vehicle was recovered in Mitchells Plain <p>​</p><p>During scheduled roadblocks throughout the City, officers arrested 138 suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol, whilst a stolen vehicle was recovered in Mitchells Plain and the suspect taken to the South African Police Service(SAPS).</p><p>The occurrence of Illegal street racing in the Durbanville area is a big concern with officers arresting 18 suspects; 14 for driving under the influence of alcohol and four for reckless and negligent driving. Officers also issued 10 fines for various other offences.</p><p>‘This is not the first time that so many motorists were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in the Durbanville area. The total lack of responsibility and disregard for the safety of other road users is concerning and we will step up our efforts to bring irresponsible drivers to book’, said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>During other enforcement operations in the southern suburbs, officers arrested 23 suspects, which included 20 for driving under the influence of alcohol, two for reckless and negligent driving, and one for fraud.  </p><p>The Transport Enforcement Unit arrested two taxi drivers with outstanding warrants to the total value of  R107 100.  On Sunday, 14 July 2019, an officer stopped and impounded a taxi on Somerset Road in the Green Point area, and on further investigation it was found that the driver had 39 outstanding warrants to the value of R95 700. The driver, a 41-year-old male from Gugulethu was arrested and taken to Wynberg SAPS.</p><p>Earlier today, officers responded to a complaint of reckless driving on the N1. Upon arrival officers observed a taxi driving recklessly on the left shoulder of the road. The taxi was stopped and the driver, a 22-year-old male from Khayelitsha was arrested. The taxi was transporting 22 school children aged between six and 13. The taxi only had seating capacity for 16 passengers. Additionally, the driver had no licence, or permit and had four outstanding warrants to the value of R11 400.</p><p>The above  impoundments and outstanding warrants follow the arrest of a driver last month, during an illegal street racing operation, with 44 outstanding warrants to the value of  R97 350.</p><p>‘The City’s enforcement agencies are doing outstanding work amidst difficult circumstances. I would like to thank the public who are our eyes on the roads for alerting Traffic Services of those drivers who demonstrate no respect for the rules of the road. To put the lives of innocent children at risk merely to increase the amount of passengers transported is shocking. The driver and owner of the taxi should take full responsibility and not  be allowed back on the road. Reckless driving not only endangers the lives of passengers but places thousands of law abiding motorists at risk, which we will not tolerate,’ added Alderman Smith.                                                                                                                                                                                         </p><p><br>End</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







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