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City urges residents and visitors to use public transport during festive season The City plans to prevent and alleviate gridlock conditions along routes to popular destinations over the festive season.<p>The City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority, in conjunction with the City’s Traffic Service, will over the next five weeks intervene to prevent and alleviate gridlock conditions along the Atlantic Seaboard and the False Bay coastline between Strandfontein and Muizenberg.</p><p>‘We have been implementing this strategy for the past four years and intend to do so once again. The interventions will happen on an ad hoc basis – thus, as and when needed. More importantly, the interventions may affect those travelling in private vehicles in particular. I therefore urge residents and visitors to make use of public transport as far as possible,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.</p><p>The MyCiTi service has a number of routes to and from popular spots across Cape Town – in particular to and from Sea Point, Bantry Bay, Clifton, Camps Bay and Hout Bay. </p><span><blockquote cite="#"> <p> <em>​​​​​​</em><em>‘Traffic congestion has become a regular occurrence along the Atlantic Seaboard during the holiday period. The best solution remains to avoid travelling to this area in private vehicles, and to rather opt for public transport, walking, and cycling as far as possible. The MyCiTi service offers a hassle-free option for those who do not want to be stuck in gridlock traffic while searching for limited on-street parking</em>.'<b>Brett Herron</b><cite>City of Cape Town's Mayoral Committee Member: Transport and Urban Development</cite></p></blockquote></span><p>Visitors can park their private vehicles in the city central business district or foreshore area and use the MyCiTi bus service or any other public transport service to reach the beaches along the Atlantic Seaboard, in particular on 26 December 2017 and 1 January 2018, which are popular beach days in perfect weather conditions.</p><p><strong>Atlantic Seaboard</strong><br>Those who have visited the Atlantic Seaboard during the festive season in prior years will know that parking is limited and that it can easily take two to three hours to travel between Sea Point and Camps Bay by car.</p><p>Interventions will take place on an ad hoc basis at the main entry points to the Atlantic Seaboard as and when gridlock conditions necessitate it.</p><p>In Sea Point and Bantry Bay, interventions may take place at the following intersections: <br>• Queens and Beach Roads<br>• Queens and Victoria Roads<br>• Queens and Regent Roads</p><p>In Camps Bay, interventions may take place at the following intersections:<br>• Houghton Road and Camps Bay Drive<br>• Victoria and Houghton Roads</p><p>‘MyCiTi buses, coaches, minibus-taxis and tour operators will have preferential access to the Atlantic Seaboard during the interventions. Those travelling in private vehicles may be stopped at these intersections and redirected back to where they were coming from until the traffic congestion has been alleviated to an acceptable level. Thus, private vehicles could be directed away from their desired destination for as long as it takes for the gridlock situation to subside,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p><strong>Far south</strong><br>The roadworks along Main Road, one of the Southern Peninsula’s most scenic access routes, were completed last month. Residents and visitors to the suburbs of Muizenberg, St James, and Kalk Bay can now fully enjoy the benefits of Main Road, but should expect heavy traffic during the festive season.</p><p>Road users should also expect delays along Kommetjie Road (M65), and Ou Kaapse Weg (M6) between Noordhoek Road and Kommetjie Road, due to the major upgrades taking place along these sections. </p><p>The roadworks will be suspended as from 16 December 2017 until 7 January 2018, but the traffic flow will be affected along Kommetjie Road in particular as the road is very narrow along certain sections, with restricted walkways for pedestrians.</p><p><strong>Table Mountain</strong><br>Visitors to Table Mountain are also strongly advised to make use of the MyCiTi service as Kloof Nek Road becomes congested during the festive season. There is also limited parking available in the vicinity of the cableway station.</p><p>‘The MyCiTi shuttle service to the Upper Table Mountain stop is free of charge, meaning visitors need only pay on Route 107 (Camps Bay) from the central business district to the top of Kloof Nek Road, where they can disembark at the Kloof Nek Stop situated at the Kloof Nek Road/Tafelberg Road intersection. From there, commuters should transfer to the Route 110 bus – the free Table Mountain shuttle service – to the Upper Tafelberg stop and disembark at the cableway station,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>The same applies to passengers who are departing from the cableway station: they embark at the Upper Tafelberg stop and will transfer to MyCiTi Route 107 at the Kloof Nek Stop at the Kloof Nek Road/Tafelberg Road intersection. </p><p>The free shuttle on Route 110 runs every 10 to 15 minutes.</p><p>Commuters are reminded that they need a myconnect card to travel on the MyCiTi bus service. A myconnect card can be purchased for R35 from selected station kiosks and participating retailers across the city.</p><p>The City will also extend the operating hours of the MyCiTi bus service on routes to the V&A Waterfront and Canal Walk, and the beaches on selected days during the festive season.</p><p>Visitors and residents are advised to visit the <a href="https://myciti.org.za/en/home/" target="_blank">MyCiTi website</a> for more information about the timetable changes, or to phone the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2017-12-06T22:00:00Z1
Operation Exodus ready to rideDuring the previous festive season, 1 034 public transport vehicles were checked before departure in the run-up to Christmas Eve.<p>The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service rolls out Operation Exodus tomorrow, 8 December 2017.</p><p>Operation Exodus sees traffic officers checking the fitness of all vehicles leaving public transport interchanges, including Joe Gqabi, Bellville and Cape Town Station. Vehicle check points and speed checks are also set up in the vicinity of the interchanges. </p><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/Operation%20Exodus.jpg" style="width:511px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure></span><p>Any vehicle that is found not to be roadworthy is suspended and prohibited from travelling further. Officers will also screen vehicle loads to guard against over-loading and ensure that all driver and vehicle documentation is in order prior to departure. This will help to keep road users safe, in line with the objectives of the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan to </p><p>‘Operation Exodus isn’t popular in some circles, but it could mean the difference between life and death for hundreds of innocent people making their way to holiday destinations around the country. I commend the bus and taxi operators who willingly submit to the checks because it tells me they have the best interests of their passengers at heart.</p><p>‘I also urge passengers to do their bit by holding drivers to account for their actions. Of late, we are seeing more and more taxi drivers being arrested for drunk driving while transporting passengers. I sincerely hope that long-distance operators are more responsible, especially considering the unnecessary carnage that is far too commonplace on our roads,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>During the previous festive season, 1 034 public transport vehicles were checked before departure in the run-up to Christmas Eve. Of these, 24% of vehicles failed the roadworthy test. Midibuses accounted for a 36% failure rate and minibuses 30%. The failure rate for buses was 8%.  </p><p>After the City’s examiners have checked a vehicle, the number of passengers, driver and vehicle details are recorded on a monitoring sheet and a sticker that is affixed to the vehicle’s windscreen as part of the Western Cape Government’s Sticker Project. This makes it easier for traffic officers to conduct spot checks as the vehicle travels through the province.</p><p>‘Our collective focus on public transport is key to all of our efforts to make our roads safer over the festive season. Free vehicle inspections, which are part of our Public Transport Sticker Project, have become a common feature during both the Easter and festive season exodus periods when many holiday-makers are making use of long-distance public transport to get to their various destinations. Making sure that these vehicles are safe and roadworthy limits the risk of them being involved in fatal crashes along the way. We will continue to support these efforts that make public transport safer for those who rely on it over this period,’ said the Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works, Donald Grant.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2017-12-06T22:00:00Z1
City makes treated water available to keep industry going<p>​Today I visited the Potsdam Wastewater Treatment Works where the City of Cape Town is making treated wastewater available to businesses dependent on water.</p><p>By using treated water, businesses are reducing their use and reliance on drinking water. This is one of many ways in which the City and businesses are adapting to water scarcity and stretching drinking water supplies for essential use.</p><p>Treated effluent is the final product from the treatment of sewers which meets the general authorisation standard for discharge into the rivers for irrigation. It is further filtered and pumped into the network for further use. This network is separate from the potable water reticulation network which supplies drinking water.</p><p>Although many residents and businesses have done well to reduce their consumption of water, we are still not saving enough water to avoid Day Zero. If dam levels reach 13,5% the City will be forced to turn off most taps and residents will have to collect water daily from collection sites across the city. </p><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/Potsdam%201.jpg" style="width:585px;" /></figure><p> The City remains steadfast in its commitment to creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive and to doing everything we can to bring additional sources of water on stream. </p><p>The City is using and reusing every drop of water we can. Treated wastewater is made available to businesses.</p><p>The City is also using treated wastewater to clear stormwater drains and unblock sewer pipelines as well as at parks and at some Fire and Rescue Service facilities.</p><p>More than 200 businesses are using treated effluent from permanent pipelines, while 150 businesses are collecting treated effluent at wastewater treatment works and draw-off points. These include stormwater and sewer cleaning companies, construction companies, painting companies, boat-cleaning companies, car washes, movie production companies, the Cape Town International Airport, outdoor improvement companies, manufacturing companies and drilling companies. They are all using treated effluent in their operations.</p><p>Construction-related activities where treated wastewater can be used include:<br>•         Sub-base material for reinstating asphalt as per City specification<br>•         Construction of road sub-base layers not sensitive to water quality requirement<br>•         All construction site dust control<br>•         Washing off of retarder from concrete<br>•         Terrace works compaction<br>•         Earthworks compaction<br>•         Trench backfilling<br>•         Cleaning of construction equipment<br>•         Spraying on compacted surfaces</p><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/Potsdam%203.jpg" style="width:431px;" /></figure><p>Currently the City has made available seven treated water draw-off points to businesses – including the two points in Goodwood and Thornton which opened this week. </p><p>The City has made R2,4 million available to make 24 treated water draw-off points available to businesses.</p><p>Using treated wastewater on site also makes financial sense because at R5,30 (including VAT) per kilolitre (1 000 litres) it is much cheaper than using potable water. More importantly, using treated wastewater helps Cape Town to conserve the potable water supply. </p><p>As Capetonians we are changing our relationship with water – a scarce resource. We have to adapt to use every drop of water several times where possible – be it as drinkable or non-potable water. I commend these companies that are adapting to the New Normal.</p><p>Water reuse will make Cape Town a more resilient city for the future. </p><p>We can only avoid Day Zero of we all work together by saving water while the City works on additional supply projects. This team effort will see us beat this drought. </p><p>Businesses that want to apply can visit the <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Apply/Municipal-services/Water-and-sanitation/apply-for-supply-of-treated-effluent/Apply%20for%20supply%20of%20treated%20effluent" target="_blank">City’s website</a>.<br><span></span></p><p><span><strong>END​​</strong></span></p>2017-12-06T22:00:00Z1
City ready to welcome visitors and host the third Cape Town Sevens SeriesCity of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille hosted a media briefing today to welcome the HSBC Sevens World Series to Cape Town<p>It is my pleasure to congratulate the Springbok Sevens squad for winning the Dubai leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series this past weekend. </p><p>It’s also an honour for me to share a stage again with our SA Rugby CEO, Jurie Roux; BlitzBokke coach, Neil Powell; Springbok Sevens captain, Philip Snyman; and one of the stars of the victory in Dubai, Seabelo Senatla. </p><span></span><p>It’s good to have them back home. Welcome to Cape Town. Capetonians are behind you because they’ll be here at the stadium in their numbers this weekend rooting for you to clinch a win in the Mother City. </p><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/7s%20briefing%202%20%281%29.jpg" style="width:511px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure><p>​I also want to welcome all of the international and local rugby supporters to our city.</p></span><p>The City of Cape Town is once again honoured to have all players, coaches, team staff and organisers in the most beautiful city in the world. Hosting this event for the past three years has certainly added major credibility to our status as the events capital of Africa. </p><p>Sporting events are also an integral part of our efforts to build an inclusive city as they bring people from all over the country together united in their love for sport, creating the extraordinary vibe that only the Sevens can bring.</p><p>The Cape Town leg of the Sevens World Series was named as the Best Live Sports Experience in South Africa at the Discovery Sport Industry Awards earlier this year. This is indeed something we can jointly be proud of. The organisers and the fans made this happen.</p><p>The past two years of hosting this tournament has added tremendous value to the city and its people who made this one of the top events in Cape Town. Last year was particularly impressive because we had over 115 000 people attending the Cape Town Sevens over the two days.</p><p>These numbers have significant economic spin-offs for the city, which means residents get to benefit from us hosting such an enormous global event.  </p><span>​</span><span>​</span><span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/7s%20briefing%202%20%282%29.jpg" style="width:511px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure></span><span>In 2016, the tournament’s total direct impact on city’s economy was R432 million, and resulted in the creation of 1 400 jobs while also showcasing Cape Town as an international destination through live global TV coverage.</span><p>As Africa’s leading travel destination, we know the ripple effect by way of job creation during the events and after.</p><p>The increased spending at our attractions and across the hospitality industry are all a welcome injection into the local economy.</p><p>I am confident that our residents and visitors will bring even more energy to make this year’s Cape Town leg the best one yet. The tickets for this year’s tournament were snapped up in two hours – an amazing feat – and we are really excited for another thrilling sold-out affair.</p><p>We wish all visitors and teams a wonderful stay in Cape Town.</p><p>Finally, but most importantly, Cape Town is in the midst of a severe drought but this doesn’t have to affect our celebrations and spirit. Our residents are working hard with the City to save water and only use water for essential purposes. </p><p>We ask that all visitors join us on this mission and Save like a Local. We need everyone’s help to beat this drought. </p><p>Please help us save water by adhering to the restrictions, but by all means bring your best to make this year’s HSBC Cape Town Sevens a phenomenal one. </p><p>Once again, on behalf of the City of Cape Town, I welcome you.</p><p>Good luck to all the teams and special wishes to our champions, the BlitzBoks as they defend their Sevens crown. Cape Town is behind you all the way.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2017-12-05T22:00:00Z1

 

 

 

 

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