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Using technology and data to create a digital smart cityThe City of Cape Town today, 19 January 2018, issued a request for ideas (RFI) to the market calling for submissions detailing how the City can make use of digital technology and data to enhance its performance, and enable residents and businesses to engage more actively with the City.<p>Information and ideas are sought on any products, technologies or other offerings that could leverage existing infrastructure and data. The City is interested in exploring innovative ways to deliver on its objectives as an organisation. One of the over-arching requirements is the formation of partnerships that will take advantage of the City’s significant investment in optic fibre deployment, the CCTV camera network and Wi-Fi connectivity.</p><p>Areas of Interest include the following, among others: </p><ul><li>Public safety</li><li>Infrastructure planning and maintenance</li><li>Energy efficiency</li><li>Transportation and integrated urban development</li><li>Water and waste management</li><li>Using  cloud computing technology as a disruptive model enabling clustered community commerce and to address social challenges within these communities</li></ul><p>‘The global challenges of rapid urbanisation, climate change, increased pressure on resources, and the provision of infrastructure and services all need to be addressed at the city level and the City believes that there are technology-based solutions out there that can enhance service delivery and make economic growth for residents a real possibility. Thinking outside the box and developing these solutions will help us move this city from good to great,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Councillor Raelene Arendse.</p><p>The City has to continuously evaluate its performance in the digital space, and look at new and innovative ways to keep abreast of developments and changes in this space.</p><p>Ideas will be welcomed from innovators, technologists, telecommunications specialists, advertising agencies, social entrepreneurs, engineers, architects, designers, academic organisations, NGOs, and general city enthusiasts working locally or internationally.</p><p>All respondents have from 19 January 2018 to 16 February 2018 to submit their ideas via the City’s Have Your Say platform here: <a href=""></a></p><p>This Request for Ideas (RFI) is not a request for proposal or a request for quotation, or offer or invitation for a bid, nor does its issuance restrict the City of Cape Town in its eventual implementation activities. This is an RFI only, and all information received will be used for planning purposes only.  </p><p>‘We look forward to some brilliant ideas being shared with the City. Additionally, the creation of lasting partnerships will be welcomed as we work together to make Cape Town the most digitally connected city on the continent. As the City has the data and the digital technology available to enhance service delivery, let us make use of what’s available to develop long-term solutions to enhance the lives of Capetonians,’ said Councillor Arendse.</p>2018-01-18T22:00:00Z1
City encourages ECDs to give children the best possible opportunitiesECDs are encouraged to ensure compliance for registration and parents are urged to choose the best possible option for their children<p>The City’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department will this year take a sterner approach to encourage Early Childhood Development centres (ECDs) to register their facilities. Issues such as compliance with safety, health and building regulations are facets that fall within the domain of the City and are crucial in ensuring that children have the best possible start to their school career.</p><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:431px;" /></figure>‘The registration of ECDs is crucial as it sets the tone for children’s lifelong learning. It plays a vital role in a child’s formative years and, according to legislation, each child has a right to the nationally required level of education from the ECD that they attend,’ said the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.<p> </p><p>Principals of ECDs must first approach a Western Cape Department of Social Development appointed NGO in their area who will assist them with the registration requirements. The applicant will then approach and apply for land use rights at the City’s municipal offices and submit all supporting documents such as the land use form, power of attorney and lease agreement amongst others. Site inspections will be conducted by the City’s health, fire and building inspectors in order to determine that all the site conditions and learning programmes of the centre are satisfactory.</p><p><span>​</span>‘It is important that parents ensure that the ECD of their choice is registered and that the registration certificate is displayed at the entrance of the facility. It is time that parents invest as much time in selecting an ECD for their child as they would for a primary school.  ECDs are responsible for the beginning phase of your child’s learning career. The ideas and activities they are exposed to are crucial in advancing their development.</p><p>‘I want to call on parents to ask questions and make enquiries and to take a tour around the facility to confirm that it is indeed a safe and conducive environment for learning and playing. Parents should ask about the daily programmes and what their child will learn. Finally, I want to encourage parents to become involved and to support the ECD in any way they can,’ said Alderman Smith.</p><p><strong>End</strong></p>2018-01-18T22:00:00Z1
Day Zero now likely to happen – new emergency measuresWe have reached a point of no return. Despite our urging for months, 60% of Capetonians are callously using more than 87 litres per day.<p><strong>In summary:</strong></p><ul><li>Day Zero is now likely</li><li>60% of Capetonians won’t save water and we must now force them</li><li>Punitive tariff to force high users to reduce demand</li><li>50 litres per person per day for the next 150 days </li><li>Drought Charge likely to be scrapped by Council </li></ul><p> It is quite unbelievable that a majority of people do not seem to care and are sending all of us headlong towards Day Zero. At this point we must assume that they will not change their behaviour and that the chance of reaching Day Zero on 21 April 2018 is now very likely.</p><p>The people who are still wasting water seem to believe that Day Zero just can't happen or that the City’s seven augmentation projects - set to produce around 200 million litres per day – will be enough to save us. This is not the case and, while our water augmentation programme will make Cape Town more water resilient in the future, it was never going to be enough to stop Day Zero. </p><p>The crisis has reached a new severity necessitating a series of new emergency measures:</p><p><strong>A punitive tariff</strong></p><p>We can no longer ask people to stop wasting water. We must force them. We have listened to the comments of thousands of residents asking for fairness. Council will on Friday be voting on a punitive tariff that will charge residents exponentially higher rates for water usage above 6 000 litres per month.</p><p>The table below outlines the difference between the current and the proposed punitive tariffs:</p><span><div class="mobile-scroll"><br>  <table> <caption></caption> <thead style="text-align:center;"><tr><th style="width:149px;">Consumption per month</th><th style="width:197px;">Current tariffs - total household water bill</th><th style="width:178px;">New tariff - total household water bill</th></tr></thead><tbody style="text-align:center;"><tr><td style="width:149px;">6 000 litres</td><td style="width:197px;">R28.44</td><td style="width:178px;">R145.98</td></tr><tr><td style="width:149px;">10 500 litres</td><td style="width:197px;">R109.50</td><td style="width:178px;">R390.82</td></tr><tr><td style="width:149px;">20 000 litres</td><td style="width:197px;">R361.06</td><td style="width:178px;">R1 536.28</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1" style="width:149px;">​35 000 litres</td><td rowspan="1" style="width:197px;">​R1 050.04</td><td rowspan="1" style="width:178px;">​R6 939.57</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1" style="width:149px;">​50 000 litres</td><td rowspan="1" style="width:197px;">​R2 888.81</td><td rowspan="1" style="width:178px;">​R20 619.57</td></tr></tbody></table></div>​​​</span><p> </p><p>I will personally fight to ensure that the proposed punitive tariff exempts those who are using less than 6 000 litres per month.</p><p>Provision will be made for households larger than four people to ensure that they are not unfairly penalised. We ask residents to contact the City beforehand on <a href=""></a> or enquire at their nearest walk-in centre.</p><p>The proposed Drought Charge is likely to be dropped after a massive outcry from Capetonians that it was unfair. I understand that response and it has personally been a tough lesson for the City. I just want you to know that the City proposed the charge because we wanted to keep delivering important and essential services during this crisis. I wanted to continue making Cape Town a city that delivers opportunities for all. We are now going to have to make deep cuts to important projects. </p><p><strong>50 litres per day for 150 days</strong></p><p>We will be moving to level 6B restrictions with a new limit of 50 litres per person per day to make up for the many months of missing the 500 million litre per day collective consumption target. The new restrictions will come into effect on 1 February 2018. </p><p>The new daily collective consumption target is now 450 million litres per day. This will be in place for 150 days after which the City will reassess the situation. Level 6B restrictions will also limit irrigation using boreholes and wellpoints.</p><p><strong>Advanced Day Zero preparation</strong></p><p>The City has also advanced its planning for Day Zero with approximately 200 sites having been assessed. The City will be announcing everyone’s local collection points from next week so that communities can begin preparing for that eventuality. </p><p>We will also be making detailed Day Zero contingency plans available soon to answer all questions that residents and businesses might have.</p><p>In terms of the City’s work, we have been working hard to reduce demand through advanced pressure management, massively ramping up the installation of water management devices at high consumption households.  Our teams are also significantly intensifying the leak detection and repair programme, and we are rolling out education and awareness campaigns and extending our use of the treated effluent system which offsets the use of the drinking water for non-potable purposes.<br>Teams are working around the clock to deliver the emergency plan for desalination, groundwater and water reuse. But, as I have already said, this alone will simply not be enough to avoid Day Zero without savings from all residents.</p><p>Cape Town, this is the moment where we can bring about the fundamental behaviour change that is needed to save us all from running out of water.</p><p>The time to act for everyone’s sake is now. So if we reduce the demand enough now, we can still get our water delivered to our houses and not have to queue daily for our allocation.</p>2018-01-17T22:00:00Z1
Record income, passenger numbers for MyCiTi service Nearly 220 000 passenger journeys were recorded on the four N2 Express routes in November 2017.<p>A total of 219 157 passenger journeys were recorded on the four N2 Express routes operating between the Cape Town central business district (CBD), Kuyasa in Khayelitsha and Kapteinsklip in Mitchells Plain.</p><p>‘The first two MyCiTi routes to the metro-south east became operational in July 2014 and the other two commenced in October and November 2015, respectively. I am elated to say that during the past two years the number of passenger journeys on the four N2 Express routes has nearly doubled from 111 109 in November 2015 to 219 157 in November last year,’ said Councillor Brett Herron, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development.</p><p>Moreover, up to 99% of the MyCiTi buses that operated on the N2 Express routes during the afternoon peak hour period in November 2017 – that is between 15:00 and 19:00 on weekdays – were on time. </p><p>‘The major increase in the passenger numbers confirms that more and more commuters from the Metro South-east are relying on the MyCiTi service to get to work and school. That said, it is important to also acknowledge that the exceptional growth of the MyCiTi passenger numbers in Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha coincides with the deterioration of the Metrorail Central line over the same period. On this note, I want to add that we are doing all we can to assist the rail commuters from the Metro Ssouth-east by deploying more buses on the N2 Express routes as and when the passenger demand so requires,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>The City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority is also hosting a rail summit next month where role-players from across the board will convene to devise temporary solutions with the intention to stabilise the ailing urban rail service and to prevent a complete collapse of the Central line.</p><p>Another key milestone is that the MyCiTi bus service generated an estimated income of R21 409 327 from fares, advertising, events and chartered services in November 2017.</p><p>‘This is a record income, and the highest since the inception of the MyCiTi service in May 2010. A year-on-year comparison indicates that the income derived from the MyCiTi system has increased by over R2 million or 10,4% in November 2017 when compared with November 2016. This is a major achievement, and confirmation of our commitment to providing an affordable, but sustainable, public transport service to Cape Town’s residents,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p><strong>End</strong><br></p>2018-01-17T22:00:00Z1






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