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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
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
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







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