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Kalk Bay harbour parking area gets a facelift We have improved the access to the parking area by formalising the layout with asphalt surfacing and line markings<p>​</p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:431px;" /><figcaption> <p>    © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure></span>The upgrade of the Kalk Bay harbour parking area formed part of the Main Road rehabilitation project which included the restoration of parking areas along this scenic route from Muizenberg to Clovelly in the Far South.<p>‘At first glance the upgrade of the parking area at the Kalk Bay harbour may not seem that important, but the revitalisation of this area makes a huge difference to the local community and visitors. Previously the traffic along Main Road would back up considerably with long queues forming due to the constrained parking conditions at the harbour.</p><p>‘We have improved the access to the parking area by formalising the layout with asphalt surfacing and line markings. These measures assist with traffic flow along Main Road which is very busy during the tourist season, over weekends, and during peak hour periods on weekdays,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.</p><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:511px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure><p>An important aspect of the rehabilitation project was to increase the versatility of the area through intelligent urban design, and additional features.</p><p>‘We have, for example, added a play area for children, as well as a paved recreational area next to the parking area which can be used for markets, fairs, exhibitions, and other community events. We have installed benches along the walkways to the rocky shore where visitors can watch the sunrise over False Bay and Simon’s Town in the distance.</p><p>‘Again, the walkways may not seem that significant but, coupled with additional streetlights and the benches, the features make this area more accessible to the public so that they can fully enjoy the natural beauty of this space with its 360 degree views,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>New red brick stairs lead from the parking area to the lower section of the harbour.</p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:511px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure></span></span>‘The retaining wall is cladded with sandstone that was excavated during the rehabilitation of Main Road in prior months. Previously, visitors had to walk around the parking area and in the traffic to get to the lower section of the harbour below. Thus, the steps provide safe and easier access to visitors,’ said Councillor Herron.<p>The local community was involved in this project right from the start.</p><p>‘We presented concepts to residents who made suggestions. Their contributions were taken into account and I am happy to say that we have received overwhelming support for this project. We can achieve a lot and can make this city even greater when we work together. I am confident that visitors and the local community will benefit from this upgrade for years to come,’ said Councillor Herron. </p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p><span><span></span><p> </p>​​</span><p> </p>2018-02-22T22:00:00Z1
Launch of the Greater Cape Town Water Fund Pilot Project The fund will contribute towards clearing alien vegetation that has grown on top of our aquifers to increase rainwater recharge and increase the sustainable yield of groundwater.<p>Cities are major contributors to climate change. Although they cover less than 2% of the earth’s surface, cities consume 78% of the world’s energy and produce more than 60% of all carbon dioxide and significant amounts of other greenhouse gas emissions, mainly through energy generation, vehicles, industry, and biomass use. At the same time, cities are extremely vulnerable to climate change. The World Bank forecasts that water availability in cities could decline by as much as two thirds by 2050 as a result of climate change and competition from energy generation and agriculture.</p><p>The reality is that many cities have not yet addressed climate change. However, when properly planned, capacitated, and managed through the appropriate governance structures, cities can be places of innovation and efficiency. Together with their local authorities, they have the potential to diminish the causes of climate change and effectively protect themselves from its impacts. This project which is being launched here today is an example of how cities can increase their resilience to climate change.</p><p>The project was initiated in 2014 when the City of Cape Town reached out to The Nature Conservancy (TNC) requesting it to establish a Water Fund for Cape Town. In 2015 a TNC delegation visited Cape Town and we agreed on Atlantis as the right location to run a pilot for four main reasons:</p><ul><li> It serves as an example for other managed aquifers </li><li> It is in a key biodiversity area </li><li> We are able to create much-needed jobs for the local communities </li><li> Thirsty invader plants have a negative impact on the biodiversity and on water resources </li></ul><p>The City of Cape Town however looks forward to work hand in hand with TNC and our partners to expand this work to benefit the greater Cape Town region. </p><p>Without water the city’s economic growth is limited, jobs are affected, it impacts stability in the region and has severe social consequences, especially on our poor communities.</p><p>It is time to think differently about our relationship with water. Water can no longer be taken for granted. The City of Cape Town, in collaboration with national and provincial government, industry and residents of Cape Town are working hard to avoid the immediate threat of running out of water.  </p><p>But the threat to our water supply will not be simply avoided by receiving good rainfall this winter. We have to make sure that we plan for the medium term and position the city to cope with the unknown. That means among other things less reliance on surface water and a greater appreciation for diverse water supply options.</p><p>The City recognises the contribution by the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation and commits to work with the Greater Cape Town Water Fund Partners to manage our water resources to ensure the region continues to serve its people. As we navigate the drought that has hit our region, it is important for us at all times to ensure that we build stronger partnerships to ensure that we can withstand the water-related shocks of the future. I wish this project every success, and look forward to seeing the results.</p><p> <strong>End</strong></p>2018-02-21T22:00:00Z1
City donates wheelchairs to residents in DelftSelfless local heroes who are serving a range of vulnerable groups and those most in need of our help in Delft<p>​​​​​​Today I had the pleasure of spending an inspiring morning with many selfless local heroes who are serving a range of vulnerable groups and those most in need of our help in Delft. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1028px;" /> </figure> <span> <p>​​​​​​These local community organisations play an important role in our efforts to build a caring city. I commend and thank them for their work as they recognise the importance of serving the community but especially empowering those with disabilities. </p> <p>Today, as part of the City’s work to build a caring city, I handed over 16 wheelchairs to beneficiaries from Delft. These residents will now have greater mobility and will be empowered to do more for themselves.</p> <p>Each year the City donates wheelchairs to residents in need. Last year a total of 83 wheelchairs were given to beneficiaries across the city.</p> <p>The City’s Social Development Department offers a range of programmes and support services to assist vulnerable groups and senior citizens such as home-based care and recreational activities.</p> <p>As a firm testament of our partnership with important community structures, Delft ward councillors host regular programmes with organisations in the area who provide assistance to and care for vulnerable groups. </p> <p>Some of the outstanding work is led by the Delft Disability Forum which was formed by Epilepsy South Africa and is coordinated by social worker Jaydene Basson in collaboration with Councillor Michelle Adonis. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:930px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span>​​</span><span> <p>​​​​​​The forum’s main objective is to provide projects in the community which maintain and enhance both individual and collective wellbeing. To achieve these objectives, the forum meets on a weekly basis at The Hague Recreational Centre to plan and implement various activities such as recreational afternoons, self-help groups, capacity-building workshops, and to provide economic and educational opportunities as well as family support. </p> <p>The Delft Disability Forum was launched in September last year when various role-players came together including Epilepsy South Africa, the City’s Recreation and Parks department, the Department of Social Development, the Masithembele Centre, Quad Para Association Western Cape, African Legend, the Oasis Day Centre, Roosendal Special School and the Delft Community Health Centre. </p> <p>Through ward allocation funding the local councillor also made provision for sporting equipment for the various recreational activities on offer for vulnerable groups. </p> <p>All of these combined efforts are making a positive impact in the lives of the vulnerable residents who are often forgotten and who do not always have access to tools to help them lead a normal life.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1133px;" /> </figure>​​</span> <p>We have seen time and time again that when we empower vulnerable groups, they are able to make positive contributions in their communities. </p><p>I thank all the councillors and community groups for their hard work and passion for people with disabilities. Their commitment is to be commended and is of great value to the beneficiaries and the City’s collective efforts to build a caring city. </p><p>There are many other heroes and excellent community groups across Cape Town and I want to thank them as well for the great work they do to uplift our communities. </p><p>By empowering more people with disabilities through recreational and self-help activities, we are showing that we can make progress possible together and that we can turn obstacles into opportunities for all. </p><p> <strong>End</strong> </p>2018-02-21T22:00:00Z1
City libraries launch PressReaderThousands of newspapers and magazines from around the world are now available at the fingertips of visitors to any of the City of Cape Town’s 104 libraries<p>With the launch of the PressReader app, the City’s library patrons will now be able to access content from more than 7 400 publishers from over 100 countries, including 220 top South African publications.<br>​<br> The PressReader app was launched at City of Cape Town libraries this week.<br></p><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 src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:417px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>Launch of PressReader 2018.​</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-2"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>Launch of PressReader 2018</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-3"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:417px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>Launch of PressReader 2018.</p> </figcaption> </figure> </div><div class="image-gallery-control"><div class="image-gallery-caption"></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><p>​The app allows visitors to the library to download their favourite publications onto their personal gadgets, for free, to read at their leisure. <br><br> The titles range from the Cape Argus and Sunday Times to Huisgenoot, Top Gear, Vanity Fair, Popular Mechanics and any and every publication one can think of.<br><br>Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith, attended the launch of PressReader at the Kuyasa Library in Khayelitsha, where he was joined by excited patrons.<br><br> ‘Reading is exercise for the brain. The more widely we read and the more varied the input, the better informed we are and our horizons are expanded. Reading widely aids our development and improves our knowledge of the world around us,’ said Alderman Smith.<br><br> The app is available on any smartphone, tablet or laptop.<br><br> Patrons are able to download full publications which they are able to read offline at a later stage without requiring internet access. Once you’ve accessed the app in a library, you can continue to download material remotely for seven days.<br><br> ‘I encourage patrons to download the app and start reading their favourite publications from around the world. Visit another country without leaving your lounge, learn about another culture or follow fashion and technology trends without spending a cent,’ said Alderman Smith.<br><br> Other features of the app include instantly translating content into 17 languages, while the audio feature allows you to listen to articles on the go.</p><p> <strong>End</strong></p>2018-02-21T22:00:00Z1






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