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Traffic arrest statistics throw a spotlight on motorists’ behaviourDuring the roadblock, officers recorded 216 offences, which included 22 arrests for driving under the influence. One motorist’s breathalyzer reading was 1.04mg/L, which is nearly five times the legal limit. <p>​​</p><span><p>During the roadblock, officers recorded 216 offences, which included 22 arrests for driving under the influence. One motorist’s breathalyzer reading was 1.04mg/L, which is nearly five times the legal limit. <br><br>These statistics represent a fraction of the transgressions that the City’s Traffic Service records on a daily basis.<br><br>Below is a snapshot of key offences recorded between October 2018 and March 2019:<br></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.33%;">​OFFENCE</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.33%;">​October ’18 – March ‘19</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.33%;">​October ’17 – March ‘18</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Driving while intoxicated</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​ 1 761</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​ 1 573</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Reckless and negligent driving</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​ 442</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​ 462</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Outstanding warrants executed </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​97 368</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​ 65 723</td></tr></tbody></table><p><br>  <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:948px;" /></p> ​​</span><span><p>‘The statistics are bittersweet. On the one hand it points to the hard work of our traffic officers to curb the lawlessness on our roads, but on the other hand it also means that too many road users do not take road safety seriously. We have seen some success through various campaigns by the City and from the provincial government, raising awareness of the dangers of drunk driving, speeding and pedestrian safety. However, it is clear that we need to keep driving the message of responsibility,’ said Executive Mayor, Dan Plato. <br><br>The City of Cape Town has introduced a number of initiatives and additional resources in the last decade to improve road safety. These include:<br></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">The introduction of the Ghost Squad which meant policing in unmarked, high performance vehicles to address illegal street racing in particular </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Other specialised units to deal with transgressions by the public transport sector</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">The launch of the evidentiary breath testing technology to reduce turnaround times in drunk driving cases</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">The introduction of Operation Reclaim to track down motorists with outstanding warrants</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">The introduction of a 24-hour traffic presence on the roads</div></li></ul> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>In the most recent addition, the City implemented administrative changes to give effect to additional powers to the Law Enforcement Department, which allows them to deal with all traffic-related legislation. The change came about after the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services issued the new Peace Officers’ Declaration late last year. It is envisaged that all 1 500 officers, which include auxiliary or volunteer law enforcement officers, would have undergone the primary phase of the training by December 2019.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:940px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>‘What this means is that law enforcement officers will now be able to enforce not just the municipal Traffic By-law, but also the provisions of the National Road Traffic Act. This will further strengthen our enforcement capabilities, although as the statistics have shown, increased enforcement is not an effective deterrent. </p><p>‘The reality is that, while we increase the number of drunk driving arrests year after year, we have no idea what happens to these cases once they are handed over to the criminal justice system. However, lengthy delays in court cases are well documented. Until motorists see the consequences of drunk driving through expedited convictions and publication of conviction rates, they will not change their behaviour,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p><p> </p>2019-05-17T22:00:00Z1
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
No greater joy than owning a homeEmpowering residents who were previously denied access to property ownership is one of the City’s key priority areas.<span><p>Empowering residents who were previously denied access to property ownership is one of the City’s key priority areas.</p><p>‘The handing over of title deeds allows homeowners to live in dignity in a home that they can call their own. There is no greater pride than taking care of a house that you can call your own and turning it into a home. When the home is taken care of, it is an investment that grows in value and that becomes an asset for the homeowners and their loved ones,’ said Alderman Twigg.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>At the ceremony, Ms Maria Jacobs, was thrilled to receive the title deed to her property.</p><p>‘I am extremely glad to receive my title deed today, 37 years after I had moved into my residence. Through all of my challenges, I am happy to be alive and to be present at this momentous occasion,’ said Ms Jacobs.</p><p>Homeowner, Ms Angeline Cupido, said that she was looking forward to making valuable changes to her home.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>‘For a very long time, I longed to undertake renovations to my home. Now that I have received the title deed, I am able to fulfil my desire to improve my living conditions,’ said Ms Cupido.</p><p>Homeowner, Ms Denise Julies, said that the long wait was over.</p><p>‘Today I received my title deed after having moved in 38 years ago. I am sincerely thankful to the politicians and the administration of the City for making this possible,’ said Ms Julies. </p><p>‘Service delivery is about improving the lives of people and adding value to their lives. It is part of the City’s commitment to building a caring city.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure></span><p>‘Owning a home for many people is something that they only dream of. We are pleased to be part of tuning the dream into a reality. The formal handover of title deeds is a remarkable event that transforms lives and empowers,’ said Alderman Twigg.</p><p><strong>CAPTIONS</strong><br><strong>Picture 1: From left to right: Alderman Grant Twigg, Ms Maria Jacobs and Councillor Sheval Arendse</strong><br><strong>Picture 2: From left to right: Alderman Grant Twigg, Ms Angeline Cupido and Councillor Solomon Philander</strong><br><strong>Picture 3: From left to right: Alderman Grant Twigg, Ms Denise Julies and Councillor Sheval Arendse</strong></p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p><span>​​</span><span>​​</span>2019-05-16T22:00:00Z1







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