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City calls for artists to show offThe Emerging Artists Programme is a City initiative aimed at assisting under-resourced emerging artists based in Cape Town to access opportunities and build capacity<span> <p> <br>'The Emerging Artists Programme is a City initiative aimed at assisting under-resourced emerging artists based in Cape Town to access opportunities and build capacity. It focusses primarily on artists who’ve not had the benefit of resources, training and exposure as a result of historic inequality and under-development,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien. </p> <p>The free programme has a capacity building training component that will give artists the opportunity to showcase their work as the near month long programme concludes with an exhibition.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure></span> <span> <p>'During the early stages of their careers, artists often face financial stress and struggle to access resources. This programme will give artists the necessary tools and the practical skills to help them leverage opportunities. This is a pilot incubation programme with possible continuing opportunities,' said Councillor Badroodien.</p> <p>The artist training programme will start at the end of May and will consist of sector-specific workshops and excursions.</p> <p><strong>Workshop themes to be covered: </strong> </p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Introduction to the arts: A broad overview of the Arts sector in South Africa</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">From Studio to Gallery: An in-depth workshop designed to evaluate and build capacities of artists to access and leverage opportunities</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Emerging Artist Exhibition: This workshop will be a practical implementation of the skills acquired to develop and implement an exhibition</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Education excursions to cultural spaces located in Cape Town</div></li></ul> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure></span> <span> <p> <br>If you are a practising emerging visual artist and would like to participate in the capacity building programme, focusing on understanding the process of and getting ready to exhibit your work, you can apply for the possible selection to the Emerging Artists Capacity Building Programme: Getting Exhibition Ready.</p> <p>The programme will take place on Fridays and Saturdays and all sessions are compulsory. The programme is free. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure></span> <p>Interested artists can please call Dammon Rice on <a>082 717 0993</a> for application forms which must be returned no later than Wednesday 22 May. An application can also be requested via email to <a href="" target="_blank"></a> </p><p> <br> <strong>End</strong><br></p> <span>​​</span>2019-05-16T22:00:00Z1
City advises of water supply disruptions in the Kuils River areaThe City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department will be performing a zero pressure test on the water infrastructure in the Kuils River area.<p>The work will result in the disruption of the water supply on Monday 20 May 2019 from 21:00 until 04:00 on Tuesday 21 May 2019. </p><p>The affected areas will include Sonneike, Brandwag, the section from Jan Kriel School to Mikro Park (bounded by the R300), Amandel Road, Van Riebeeck Road and Langverwacht.</p><p>Residents are kindly requested to store water in clean, sealed containers for use during this period.</p><p>It is advisable to keep all taps closed during this period to prevent any water loss and/or damage when the water supply is restored.</p><p>This work forms part of the City’s Water Demand Management Plan and will significantly reduce the occurrence of pipe bursts and subsequent water losses.</p><p>The City apologises for any inconvenience that may be caused.</p><p><strong>End</strong></p> 2019-05-16T22:00:00Z1
City punts the benefits of Kangaroo Mother CareThe City of Cape Town’s Health Department is doing its bit to promote Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC).<span><p>The City of Cape Town’s Health Department is doing its bit to promote Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC).</p><p>KMC is a method of caring for a baby where the mother nurses the infant on her bare chest day and night. The infant only wears a woollen cap and nappy and is kept upright using a piece of cloth wrapped around the mother chest. The mother wears a shirt over the infant and covers with a blanket. </p><p>This skin‐to‐skin contact between mom and baby was first used in Colombia, South America, in the late 1970s with phenomenal success for babies born with low birth weight (less than 2,5 kilograms). Since then KMC was integrated into hospital care around the world. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>International KMC Awareness Day is observed on 15 May annually, and to mark the occasion, City Health hosted an event at Nolungile Clinic in Khayelitsha to help spread the message about the benefits of care method.</p><p>‘The skin-to-skin contact with the mother regulates the baby’s body temperature to the same as in the uterus, making the infant feel safe. The baby can breastfeed on demand and picks up weight much faster. KMC also provides the baby with stimulation, love and protection’, said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1533px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>Kangaroo Mother Care is critical for nursing premature and low birth weight infants, reducing the time the baby needs to stay in hospital and decreasing hospital costs.  </p><p>The risk factors for low birth weight include:<br>• Alcohol and drugs consumption during pregnancy;<br>• Smoking during pregnancy;<br>• Mother’s poor nutrition</p><p>KMC also provides a wealth of benefits, such as increasing the bond between mom and baby, reducing mortality and morbidity rates from serious infections and apnoea, encouraging exclusive breastfeeding and decreasing the risk of neglect and abandonment.</p><p>It is the ‘natural’ way of nursing a human infant to complete the ‘gestation’ outside the uterus.  </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1898px;" /> </figure></span><p>‘The skin-to-skin contact counteracts the harmful effects of separation anxiety after the birth, that is believed to be a cause of behavioural disorders later in life. At the same time, the mom is empowered to play an active role in the care of the newborn baby from day one. When fathers become involved in supporting moms to practice KMC, they too improve the bond with the infant, a precious contribution to reduce rates of violence towards children. Health care workers should make a pointed contribution to develop a greater awareness of KMC. The community at large needs to be better informed and supportive of this practice. Nursing and medical staff must assist and encourage mothers to practice KMC’, added Councillor Badroodien. <br> <br>Education and awareness of Kangaroo Mother Care is being extended to all City Health facilities as part of the basic antenatal care services.</p><p><strong>End</strong><br></p><span>​​</span><span>​​</span><span>​​</span>2019-05-15T22:00:00Z1
City bulks up its Volunteer Law Enforcement Inspectorate <p>​</p><span><p>The Auxiliary Service is a volunteer corps of nearly 500 members. Since its inception in 2013 it has fulfilled an important role in expanding the capacity of the City’s Law Enforcement Department. </p><p>The volunteers were under the supervision of permanent law enforcement staff members but in October 2018 the first 10 inspectors from within the volunteer ranks were appointed to take over the role of supervision.  </p><p>Seven more inspectors have now been appointed after having completed extensive training which included peace officer and traffic warden training; basic firearm training; enforcement of by-laws and supervisory training. These members have been part of the programme for more than two years.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>‘These newly appointed inspectors will play an important supervisory role within the auxiliary service. This will give them the opportunity to learn new skills, to gain experience and to be an important interface between the community and the Law Enforcement Department,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>Some of the core responsibilities will be to manage the auxiliary staff members in collaboration with the area coordinator. Duties will include the management of resources, effective deployment as well as training and administrative monitoring. </p><p>The following inspectors were appointed: </p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Kobus Vivier and Paul Willeman (Kuils River)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Arthur Thomas Joubert (Melkbosstrand) </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Ryno Gerstner and Sean Coltman (Brackenfell)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Gershwin Maxim (Parow)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Jonty Mylne (Wynberg)</div></li></ul> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1060px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>‘I would like to congratulate the new inspectors who have shown that through perseverance and unselfish service to one’s community, one can make a difference. They are setting a fine example and are an inspiration to all of us. We wish them well when they lead from the front in our efforts to create a safe environment for our residents. </p><p>‘Our Law Enforcement Department has developed a proud tradition of working well with the voluntary corps and we will keep on creating opportunities in the safety and security environment for volunteers to be our eyes and ears in crime prevention and information gathering. Their hard work and dedication and conducting patrols for long hours on end does not go unnoticed. They are our ambassadors in creating awareness and helping the City to build strong relationships with our communities.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:732px;" /> </figure></span><p><br>‘Cape Town has the only policing reservist service which is run by a municipality in South Africa and we are very proud of this innovation and the impressive arrests and safety record it is achieving,’ said Alderman Smith.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p><span>​​</span>2019-05-15T22:00:00Z1







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