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Saartjie Baartman Centre gets new beds for women and children on road to new life in Women’s MonthSince 1999, the centre has housed women who have left their homes with their children because of abuse. It provides a safe haven for them and gives them a chance to rebuild their lives.<p>​Today I had the honour of speaking to courageous women at the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children in Manenberg where I donated 50 beds to the facility.</p><p>Since 1999, the centre has housed women who have left their homes with their children because of abuse. It provides a safe haven for them and gives them a chance to rebuild their lives.</p><p>It currently accommodates more than 100 women and children survivors in the residential facility. </p><p>When we heard that some of them share beds because of a shortage, I felt that it was important for us to lend a helping hand in line with the City of Cape Town’s commitment to building a caring city. </p><p>These women and children deserve a comfortable and conducive environment to aid their recovery – which the centre is already providing – but I’m hoping these 50 beds will be able help even more.</p><p>On average, the team at Saartjie Baartman and partner organisations assist up to 600 clients for domestic- or sexual violence-related matters a month.</p><p>The abuse and killing of women and children is in an indictment on our society and calls for greater action from all sectors to stand together and put an end to this scourge.</p><p>As we commemorate Women’s Month, in this country, we face a sad crisis where men raise their hands and in too many senseless acts, kill women and children. </p><p>In Cape Town and across the country in this year alone we have seen too many abuse cases ending in women and children being killed. </p><p>That is why today I want to salute all of the women who walked away from someone or a situation that no longer cared for their well-being. </p><p>Women are too often scared to speak about abuse and people who know about the abuse but keep quiet are also at fault. </p><p>We cannot give up in the fight to rid our nation of this despicable occurrence. We have to take the lead from these courageous women who refused to be victims any longer and chose to survive with their children.</p><p>A true testament of the Saartjie Baartman Centre’s work can be seen in the lives of two of their employees who for years battled in abusive relationships and even struggled with substance abuse. After being admitted to the centre, undergoing therapy and skills training, the two women are now staff members. They join many other women who found protection and empowerment at the centre and went on to reclaim and rebuild their lives, free of abuse.</p><p>The City of Cape Town is also playing its part in fighting this scourge of violence against women and children. Over the last two years we have trained approximately 1 020 people through Mosaic and other partners to raise awareness on domestic and gender-based violence in communities in the metro.</p><p>In 2016, the City also initiated the Women for Change programme where we currently employ over 780 women living in our Council rental stock to help uplift their communities through addressing environmental and socio-economic challenges.</p><p>This programme has shown many positive results in our communities and is in line with the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan principles to enhance service delivery, to be more a more responsive and customer-centric government, and to build safe communities.</p><p>As a caring city, we also realise that winter is a difficult time of the year – especially for vulnerable groups including street people. That is why we are also donating beds to night shelters and old-age homes.</p><p>Including those delivered to the Saartjie Baartman Centre, a total of 113 beds will be going to night shelters in Elsies River, Bellville, Retreat, Somerset West and Philippi.</p><p>This is in addition to our Winter Readiness programme which kicked off in May. During this period, street people are provided with emergency beds, hygiene packs and nutritional items issued to the organisation where the individuals are placed during this period.   </p><p>The City has also disbursed aid to the value of R700 000 to 16 organisations that have all successfully applied for assistance during winter.</p><p>In our work of building a caring city, we need action from all sectors in society, but most importantly those who are suffering at the hands of abuse must take stand, claim their rights, and know that they are worth more and deserve only the best.</p><p>With everyone doing more to help this plight of women and child abuse, we can continue to make progress possible together. </p><span><div class="image-gallery-slider img-gal-1" id="img-gal-1" data-slide="1" data-slides="3" style="height:493.5px;"><div class="image-gallery-content" style="height:414px;">​​​​ <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-1"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>  Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children </p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-2"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1095px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>  Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children </p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-3"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children </p> </figcaption> </figure> </div><div class="image-gallery-control"><div class="image-gallery-caption"><p> <a title="title" href="#"> <b>Aerial view of Cape Town</b></a> - Loren ipsum dolor sit amet loren ipsum dolor sit amet Loren ipsum dolor sit amet.</p></div><div class="image-gallery-nav"><div class="nav-info">1 of 3</div><div class="slide-next"> <i class="icon arrow-white-next"></i> </div><div class="slide-prev"> <i class="icon arrow-white-prev"></i>​</div></div></div></div>​​</span><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2017-08-21T22:00:00Z1
Construction of KTC community-driven housing project in Nyanga commences​The City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) is investing approximately R36 million in the construction of 235 houses and civil infrastructure for the KTC Phase 3 housing development in Nyanga.<p>​The City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) is investing approximately R36 million in the construction of 235 houses and civil infrastructure for the KTC Phase 3 housing development in Nyanga.<br> <br>The 235 houses will be built via an assisted People’s Housing Process (PHP), which is a community-run project where the beneficiaries appoint a contractor for the top structures and manage the project themselves via an elected support organisation. The City will assist the support organisation in the management, quality control and accounting of the project.<br> <br>The civil engineering services have already been installed. Construction of the houses will take approximately 14 months. Processes to implement electrical infrastructure are also under way.<br> <br>Beneficiaries for this project, including 100 elderly people and two people with disabilities, have been selected from Nyanga.<br> <br>‘The City of Cape Town has not turned a blind eye to the realities, such as the housing database backlog and overcrowded backyards, which are indicative of the need for housing opportunities that exists. Therefore, today’s sod-turning signifying the start of the construction of the KTC Phase 3 PHP project should be celebrated because it is an example of a housing development that is responding to this very need.<br> <br>‘Through this housing project, 235 beneficiaries will be empowered as first-time property owners and, together with their families, they will have access to improved living conditions.<br> <br>‘Also, in keeping with our commitment to building an inclusive city by enhancing access for residents with special needs, the homes for our beneficiaries with disabilities will have wheelchair ramps, wider doors, and modified bathrooms to suit their needs,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area Central, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli.<br> <br>The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron, said that this project is in line with the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan was adopted by Council last year to improve the way in which the administration works and delivers services.<br> <br>‘This housing project is near local amenities and the public transport corridor, which is in keeping with the City’s commitment, going forward, to provide housing opportunities closer to where beneficiaries work or close to public transport. <br> <br>‘Some of the key priorities pursued by the Transport and Urban Development Authority are to promote security of tenure for residents in less formal areas and to partner with the private sector and other government departments in addressing the housing need in Cape Town.<br> <br>‘We are making every effort to ensure that service delivery, through the provision of housing opportunities, reaches some of our most vulnerable residents who have been registered on the housing database for many years and who qualify for housing opportunities.<br> <br>‘Following today’s sod-turning, we wish the beneficiaries all the best as they work together and embark on their new journey to take control of the construction of their houses and build their future. We are looking forward to joining in on the celebration of their new homes when the project has been completed,’ said Councillor Herron.<br> </p><span><p>​​​​​</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1346px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p><strong>End</strong><br></p>2017-08-21T22:00:00Z1
Drought crisis: more water restriction devices comingThe City is installing more water management devices for excessive users amid the current drought crisis<p>​</p><p>Dam storage levels are at 32,5%, which means useable water is at 22,5%. Collective consumption is 629 million litres per day, which is 129 million above the target of 500 million litres per day needed to build reserves for the expected harsh summer ahead. </p><p>The intricate process of restricting water supply to excessive use properties is ongoing and excessive users in the areas of Durbanville, Southfield, Retreat, Oakdale, Rondebosch, Maitland, Crawford, Three Anchor Bay and Parklands will be visited next over the coming weeks for the installation of water management devices. </p><p>‘The actions and abuse of water by some residents is unfair on those residents who are doing so much to save water. We are clamping down on people who refuse to play their part and to reduce usage. So far, 21 500 letters have been sent to excessive users. </p><p>‘The City is engaging with affected homeowners. Households will be restricted to an allocation of 350 litres per day unless an application to increase the allocation is made to the City. Such an application must be done in the form of an affidavit which will be verified by the water inspectors. In that case, City will set the water meter to a daily target that would allow each person to use their 87 litres per day in line with Level 4b restrictions.</p><p>‘The water management devices, specifically for excessive users, are the latest in a myriad drought interventions, together with large-scale pressure reduction and enormous enforcement efforts. The City’s emergency supply scheme interventions are also under way.</p><p>‘We are hoping that significant further reductions in water usage could be achieved if residents reduce water flow through adjusting their private stopcocks or water control tap. It is really important that all possible avenues are explored,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg. <br> <br>The City also reminds households that it is the property owner’s duty to detect and repair water leaks.  </p><p>How to adjust a stopcock to reduce water flow (this should ideally be done during the day):</p><ul><li>Close the stopcock by turning it in a clockwise direction, and open it again (about a half turn)</li><li>Go to the tap furthest away from the stopcock (this could be inside the house, in the back garden/yard or in an upstairs bathroom)</li><li>Open the cold water tap and see if there is sufficient water flowing</li><li>If required, adjust the stopcock a half turn at a time until a reasonable but reduced flow rate of water to the furthest cold water tap is achieved</li></ul><p>For information on how to meet the 87-litre per day usage requirement, residents should please visit the water restrictions page on the City’s website: <a href=""></a> and utilise our water calculator: <a href=""></a></p><p>Residents can contact the City via email to <a href=""></a> for queries about the water pressure reduction, or to report contraventions of the water restrictions (evidence should be provided to assist the City’s enforcement efforts), or they can send an SMS to 31373.</p><p>Water supplied by the City remains safe to drink and is tested in accordance with safety standards.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p><p> </p>2017-08-20T22:00:00Z1
Drunk taxi drivers caught gambling with their passengers’ livesIncrease in the number of taxi drivers arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and it is extremely concerning. <p>​The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service arrested six minibus-taxi drivers for driving while intoxicated during a roadblock at the intersection of Wetton Road and Rosmead Avenue in Wynberg on Saturday morning, 19 August 2017.</p><p>They were among 112 suspects arrested by traffic officers in the last four days. One of the suspects was more than 10 times over the legal limit for drivers with a public driving permit, which is 0,02 mg/l. </p><p>‘We’re unfortunately seeing an increase in the number of taxi drivers arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and it is extremely concerning. Thousands of people rely on this mode of transport every day and as if the driving behaviour of some isn’t concerning enough, the fact that alcohol comes into play as well just increases the risk to which these commuters are subjected. I call on the taxi industry to wake up to this appalling behaviour and to help us eradicate it,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>Elsewhere, traffic officers arrested 86 motorists for drunk driving, including 31 at two roadblocks in Wynberg and Claremont and 36 at a roadblock in Khayelitsha. Their Metro Police counterparts arrested 33 motorists for the same offence, including one driver who collided with a Law Enforcement vehicle in Parow on Saturday.</p><p>On Thursday evening, 17 August 2017, the City’s Ghost Squad had its hands full with illegal street races in various locations. In Bellville South, officers arrested nine motorists for reckless and negligent driving and four for driving under the influence of alcohol. On the N1 in the vicinity of Giel Basson Drive, three motorcyclists were clocked at 205 km/h. Officers gave chase and the riders all set off in different directions. The trio was eventually caught and charged with reckless and negligent driving. They were joined by three more suspects who were arrested on Marine Drive in Paarden Eiland.</p><p>In another operation focusing on illegal street racing in Bellville yesterday, officers arrested six suspects: five for reckless and negligent driving and one for driving under the influence of alcohol.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2017-08-20T22:00:00Z1




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