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City librarians read up a storm in annual competition<p>City of Cape Town librarians from across the metropole went head to head today, 21 April 2017, in the annual Amaboekies reading competition, representing their respective areas in a quiz about the books they have read. </p><p>The event has become a highlight on the annual library calendar and tests the librarians’ reading prowess and memory skills. This year Amaboekies formed part of the celebrations for World Book Day on Sunday 23 April 2017.</p><p>‘A librarian’s job is about so much more than just helping to locate a book on a shelf. They also help to create and develop readers by encouraging a love for the written word. They support struggling readers and initiate programmes to market our library services. Patrons expect librarians to have a vast knowledge about the different genres, authors and even the content of books. In short, our librarians rock at reading and books,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>Amaboekies was held at the Bellville South Civic Centre and this year the programme included experienced spoken word artists from Khayelitsha, as well as an interview with a local debut novelist, Qarnita Loxton, whose book ‘Finding Kari’ will be released in May 2017. </p><p>Another feature on the programme was the youth marimba band, iThemba Labantu, comprised of a group of talented teenagers from Philippi. </p><p>This year the team from Area A, which includes the Central, Hout Bay, Mamre, Fisantekraal and Camps Bay libraries, walked away as the winning team, while the team from Area B (Masakhane, Kuyasa, Macassar and Harare libraries) lost out by a page or two.</p><p>‘This event aims to encourage our librarians to continue being reading champions and cements their role as ambassadors of the written word,’ said Alderman Smith.</p><span><div class="image-gallery-slider img-gal-1" id="img-gal-1" data-slides="3" data-slide="1" 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:850px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>      City librarians read up a storm in annual competition</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-2"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1173px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>      City librarians read up a storm in annual competition</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-3"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>    City librarians read up a storm in annual competition</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></p><span><p> </p><p> </p>​​</span>2017-04-20T22:00:00Z1
City extends condolences to the family of PAC stalwart, Philip Kgosana<p>It is with deep sadness that we mourn the passing of a Pan-Africanist stalwart, Philip Kgosana. </p><p>As a valiant fighter in the struggle for freedom, Kgosana dedicated his life to the political cause, as the former regional secretary of the PAC for the Western Cape.</p><p>Kgosana earned his name in our country’s history books when he led 30 000 African demonstrators on a march from Langa to the Cape Town CBD on 30 March 1960 following the Sharpeville massacre. </p><p>In recognition of his contribution to our country, the City is currently processing a proposal to rename De Waal Drive after Philip Kgosana. </p><p>I was honoured to have known and stood alongside Kgosana during the darkest days of apartheid and drew from his determination as we fought together to realise freedom, justice, and equality for the people of our country.</p><p>Fellow South Africans and I will forever remember him as a brave, principled man who stood tall in his resolve against oppression. </p><p>On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I extend my deepest sympathy to Philip Kgosana’s family, friends, and fellow Pan-Africanist Congress members. </p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p><p> </p>2017-04-19T22:00:00Z1
Cape Town determined to act boldly on climate change for the sake of residents, the economy and saving the planet<span><div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Note to editors:</h4><p> <b></b>the following speech will be delivered by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the Cape Town Climate Change Coalition meeting this evening, 18 April 2017.</p></div></div>​​</span><br>Members of the Cape Town Climate Change Coalition, ladies and gentlemen.<p>Good evening, goeie naand, molweni, as-salaam alaikum, shalom.</p><p>It is a great pleasure to join like-minded people and organisations who are committed to responding to climate change in our city.</p><p>The impact of climate change has the ability to compound existing challenges in urban environments. </p><p>For this reason, the City of Cape Town is overlaying all our decisions that we make on a daily basis with the impacts of climate change. </p><p>We cannot plan anything without factoring in the impact of climate change. </p><p>Climate change is a challenge increasingly being tackled by mayors around the world. </p><p>Former New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, said: ‘Climate change may be the most complicated challenge of our time’ and in his new book ‘Climate of Hope’, he deals with how we can solve it. </p><p>Bloomberg says we can do this not by slowing down economies, but by speeding them up; not by depending on national governments, but by empowering cities, businesses and residents; not by scaring people about the future, but by showing them the immediate benefits of taking action.</p><p>We are not waiting for national governments and large corporations to act. </p><p>We are responsible for the growth and well-being of our local economies and our residents.</p><p>We therefore need to see the opportunities presented by climate change and factor in our response to climate change in all the work we do so that we can build more resilient cities. </p><p>Since I last addressed the Climate Change Coalition I can report on several new initiatives in the City. </p><p>We have a new draft Climate Change Policy which is our first dedicated climate change response policy.</p><p>The draft Climate Change Policy is a new approach for the City of Cape Town. </p><p>Previously, consideration of climate change issues fell under a more general environmental policy, however it has been recognised that climate change is such an important, cross-cutting, and consequential issue that it requires its own dedicated policy approach. </p><p>This policy highlights the importance of recognising the economic and social dimensions of climate change, in addition to the environmental consequences, and working towards implementing responses to climate change that address these economic and social issues. </p><p>The draft Climate Change Policy focuses on both climate change mitigation and adaptation and aims to address these both in an integrated and innovative way.  </p><p>The policy went out for public participation in November and December of last year. </p><p>Over 750 comments were received through the process, and many of these provided useful insights that allowed us to improve the policy. I would like to thank those of you here tonight who contributed your comments and suggestions.</p><p>It is expected that this policy will be formally adopted by Council as soon as possible.</p><p>Cape Town is a member of the C40 Climate Leadership Group (a network of over 90 cities working to reduce carbon emissions and climate risks) and a signatory of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.   </p><p>As such, the City is committed to reporting its energy and climate data to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) annually. Last year Cape Town was named one of the top five reporting cities out of the 533 participating cities globally. </p><p>The City’s Energy2040 Goal, which models a more resilient, resource-efficient and equitable future for Cape Town, commits the City to diversifying Cape Town’s energy supply and reducing carbon emissions.  </p><p>Central to this will be the ability to source 20% of Cape Town’s energy from renewable sources by 2020. This requires a significant shift in the City’s approach and control over energy supply sources. </p><p>In order to put the necessary new emphasis on energy generation, the City has established a new Directorate of Energy through our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP). </p><p>This change is in line with our ODTP transformational priorities to position Cape Town as a forward-looking, innovative, globally competitive business city and to enhance resource-efficiency and security. </p><p>This Directorate has been tasked with transforming the energy landscape in Cape Town, where we will no longer merely just be distributors of electricity but we will also generate our own clean energy.</p><p>We want Capetonians to have a greater choice over how they consume energy and the price they pay for it. </p><p>We intend to contract with independent power producers (IPPs) of renewable energy and will pursue this relentlessly, using all available means with national government to ensure it is achieved. </p><p>I have said previously that we are going to take the Minister of Energy to court to fight for our right to purchase renewable energy directly from IPPs. </p><p>We have briefed the best legal counsel in the country, led by SC Advocate Wim Trengrove, to get clarity on the best way forward in terms of claiming our right to purchase electricity from whom we so choose.</p><p>This will be a complex legal battle but it must be understood that we are doing this not just because we want to buy electricity from IPPs, but because we believe that the whole institutional regime governing energy in the country is completely outdated and needs to be reformed.</p><p>Hopefully with the City of Cape Town taking on this legal battle, it will be the start of just such a reform. </p><p>And we will promote the responsible installation of grid-tied small-scale embedded generation, particularly in the form of rooftop PV panels.  </p><p>At this time, contracts have been signed with over 80 commercial and industrial customers and 196 residential customers who are able to feed into the City’s grid.</p><p>Both the large-scale cleaner energy supply and the small-scale embedded generation projects I have just mentioned are included in the draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for 2017 – 2022.</p><p>Cape Town has also made substantial gains in energy efficiency and now, relative to other South African cities, uses significantly less electricity per unit of production and per person.</p><p>The electricity saving campaigns for both the commercial and residential sectors has been very successful in promoting energy efficiency and since 2009, the City has been leading by example by implementing energy efficiency retrofit programmes within municipal operations.</p><p>Some examples include the fact that all 1 500 traffic lights now have efficient LED bulbs and more than 25 000 street lights have been retrofitted. </p><p>The lighting retrofitting of the City’s main administrative building, the Civic Centre, has been completed where 20 000 light fittings have been upgraded to LED technology, with occupancy sensors linked to timers and daylight harvesting. </p><p>The payback period is less than three years, and the electricity demand saving of 1,2 Megawatts will save an additional R6 million in the first year and more than R36 million over the next five years. </p><p>The City has also included a specific climate adaptation response in the 2017 – 2022 IDP. The climate adaptation plan is intended to build resilience and adapt to the projected impacts of climate change, many of which are already being felt.</p><p>Climate change will have significant impacts on the availability of water in our city, and the current drought provides us with the perfect opportunity to focus on our minds on the appropriate responses to ensure that we can maintain the health and well-being our people and our economy.</p><p>There are immediate interventions that are being undertaken to respond to the drought crisis.</p><p>We simply have to save water while there is still water to be saved. Councillor Xanthea Limberg will elaborate on the various efforts under way later on. </p><p>We are currently reviewing our 30-year water plan to give greater consideration to climate change so that we can to see a shift where Cape Town will become a water-sensitive city.</p><p>This concept means managing all urban water (stormwater, groundwater, rivers and treated wastewater effluent) in an integrated way, with the ultimate aim of being able to use these as sources of drinking water.  </p><p>I will also be inviting a water expert, Mr Leslie Darling from the Chicago Infrastructure Trust, to visit the City of Cape Town to share best practice solutions with our Water and Sanitation Management Department. </p><p>We will also be meeting with the business community in the next few weeks to engage with them on some of their water supply and conservation ideas because we realise that again in this time of crisis, there are many opportunities to be tapped into.</p><p>We fundamentally have the opportunity to improve resource efficiencies in our local economy, whether it is water, energy, waste or biodiversity. </p><p>Our provincial government has also asked me to briefly share with you some of their initiatives aimed at tackling climate change, such as the Western Cape Climate Change Response Strategy and SmartAGri Implementation Plan.</p><p>In recognising that the Western Cape is already a water-stressed province, in 2014 the Western Cape Government launched the Western Cape Climate Change Response Strategy which is a coordinated climate change response and will guide the collective implementation of innovative projects as well as the search for opportunities that combine a low-carbon development trajectory with increased climate resilience, enhancement of ecosystems and the services they provide, as well as economic growth and job creation.    </p><p>The focus of the Strategy is on pragmatic approaches to be implemented locally in an integrated way.</p><p>The Strategy includes a number of focus areas and priority programmes which include water security and management, food security, healthy communities, and biodiversity ecosystem goods and services, which all have strong linkages with our water resources.  </p><p>A core focus of the Strategy was the mainstreaming of climate change responses into sectoral functions and operations.  </p><p>The SmartAgri Implementation Plan launched in 2016 was the first climate change response sector plan developed in the Western Cape. </p><p>SmartAgri is a partnership project between the Departments of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs and Development, which is a roadmap for actionable and prioritised initiatives that will take the agricultural sector towards greater resilience in the face of climate challenges.  </p><p>In closing, I was recently invited to become a member of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate which is an initiative aimed at exploring how countries can achieve economic growth while dealing with the risks of climate change.  </p><p>With the former President of Mexico and the former Nigerian Minister of Finance as the chair and co-chair respectively, I share a commissioner role along with the former Mayor of Rio and various members from the global academic sector and the private sector. </p><p>Among other things, this initiative has a strong emphasis on encouraging compact, connected and coordinated development, which aligns well with the new strategic priority of the City of working to achieve dense and transit-oriented growth and development.  </p><p>Considerable work is planned by the City in this area over the next five years, all of which will contribute to both mitigating and adapting to climate change.</p><p>Through the Global Commission I intend to both share some of the successes in Cape Town on responding to climate change, but also to critically engage with other government leaders about how to seek economic opportunities in responding to climate change.</p><p>Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for your commitment to responding to climate change in general, and to the drought crisis in particular.</p><p>I look forward to hearing more about what our partners and members of the business community are doing this evening.</p><p>Thank you, baie dankie, enkosi, shukran. </p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2017-04-18T22:00:00Z1
Bringing the world to Africa at World Travel Market Africa<span><div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Note to editors:</h4><p> <b></b>the following speech was delivered by the City’s Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson, at the opening of the World Travel Market Africa exhibition at the Cape Town International Convention Centre today, 19 April 2017. </p></div></div>​</span><p>Good morning, Minister Alan Winde, MP James Vos, MP Patrick Atkinson, Tim Harris (CEO of Wesgro), Sisa Ntshona (CEO of SA Tourism), Enver Duminy (CEO of Cape Town Tourism), Richard Mortimer and Carol Weaving of Reed Exhibitions.</p><p>It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to Cape Town for the opening of World Travel Market (WTM) Africa. A special welcome to all those from around the world and from the rest of South Africa. I hope you will enjoy yourself here and achieve great success from this exhibition.</p><p>The City of Cape Town is a proud host and sponsor of WTM Africa, and we are delighted to welcome the world’s top tourism industry buyers, travel advisors, trade visitors and exhibitors to our city.</p><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:476px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> Cape Town is not only a holiday destination, but also a world-class events, business, arts and culture destination. Cape Town is the events and conferences capital of Africa.<br><p>WTM Africa, as well as its two co-located events, ILTM Africa and ibtm Africa, bring together all the stakeholders that are helping us to realise this vision. </p><p>ILTM Africa focuses on the luxury travel experience, while ibtm Africa brings together key decision-makers from the meetings, events and incentives industry.</p><p>As the leading B2B exhibition for Africa’s leisure travel industry, WTM Africa caters to both inbound and outbound markets. Over the next few days you will have the opportunity to engage with a diverse array of offerings, both on the exhibition floor and in the various workshops, panel discussions, and conference sessions, which will be led by internationally acclaimed experts. </p>​​</span>I trust that the exhibitors will make the most of this opportunity to generate sales leads, raise brand awareness, and develop and maintain relationships. With around 700 exhibitors and a jam-packed programme, I am sure that you will be spoilt for choice.<p>Our vision to expand our tourism offering for both local and international visitors includes strengthening links between Cape Town and other major cities.</p><p>Many African cities are enjoying growth in a number of sectors and are eager to expand their offering to the rest of the world. Cape Town has long been a strategic meeting point between east and west, and is therefore an ideal gateway to new markets in the rest of Africa. </p><p>With the launch of the Cape Town Air Access Initiative, the City, together with the Western Cape Government, Airports Company of South Africa, and a number of airlines, has successfully secured a number of non-stop direct flights to a set of strategic destinations.</p><p>Since its inception in 2015, Cape Town Air Access has landed seven new routes and facilitated 10 route expansions for our region, with 500 000 additional seats added during 2016 alone.</p><p>The team is currently focused on developing the business cases and negotiating with airlines for non-stop routes to the United States, Asia and a number of strategic destinations in the rest of Africa, and we are confident that there will be continuing growth in the direct connections between Cape Town and key international cities.</p><p>As an opportunity city, we are also working to create an enabling environment for the growth of emerging tourism entrepreneurs. This year, the City of Cape Town has once again selected a number of local entrepreneurs to participate in WTM Africa.</p><p>The entrepreneurs will be afforded a unique opportunity to showcase their products and services, and engage directly with some of the world’s top travel and tourism industry buyers.</p><p>Of these 20 entrepreneurs, 10 are returning from last year, with a brief to secure at least five meetings a day with national or international buyers.   </p><p>The exposure that these up-and-coming entrepreneurs will receive is invaluable. WTM Africa affords them an opportunity to meet potential distributors and buyers, test market interest, evaluate the competition, identify strategic partners, and position themselves globally. </p><p>This year, I am also looking forward to experiencing a new feature on the City of Cape Town stand, which will give visitors the chance to experience the thrill of paragliding off Signal Hill or the excitement of sandboarding on the Atlantic dunes near Cape Town, all through virtual reality. I encourage you all to take the time to enjoy this virtual reality experience as well.</p><p>Another highlight for the City this year is our participation in a panel discussion on travel tech potential in Cape Town, which will be facilitated by the City’s Director of Enterprise and Investment, Lance Greyling. </p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:514px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> </span>Travel technology is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world, and the Travel Tech Show at WTM Africa provides the perfect platform for suppliers to meet with key decision-makers across the world looking to source technology systems.<br><p>Join our team in the Travel Tech Theatre tomorrow as we discuss the travel tech potential in Cape Town and share the benefits of establishing your business in the city. </p><p>You’ll hear from local start-ups that are disrupting the travel industry and discover how Cape Town is incubating the next generation of tech talent. Some of the topics that will be covered include blogging, social media, mobile, tech and hospitality technology.</p><p>And finally, for those who are more inclined toward art than technology, I am pleased to announce an exciting new addition to Cape Town’s cultural landscape: the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), set to open at the V&A Waterfront in September. </p><p>This museum will comprise over 9 500 m², spread over nine floors. With the goal of developing a new art-loving, museum-going audience, one entire floor will be dedicated to education.</p><p>The Zeitz MOCAA will showcase the Zeitz Collection, founded in 2002 by Jochen Zeitz, and will be Africa’s first major museum of contemporary art, representing work from both Africa and the diaspora.  </p><p>As the most visited site in Africa, with over 24 million visitors annually, the V&A Waterfront is the perfect venue to share the cultural artefacts and ideas of Africa with the world. The Zeitz MOCAA is sure to become an iconic part of the Cape Town experience, and we look forward to being home to this major new cultural institution.</p><p>In conclusion, I hope that you make the most of the packed WTM Africa programme, and that you have remembered to schedule in some extra time to enjoy the sites and experiences of our beautiful city. </p><p>Thank you for joining us this morning, and enjoy the show.  </p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2017-04-18T22:00:00Z1




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