|Cape Town is creating opportunities to promote key job-creating sectors||Cape Town is steadfast in its commitment to build an opportunity city where the economy thrives and employment grows each year.||<p>Today, I am pleased to announce the City of Cape Town has, through its support of Wesgro and special purpose vehicles, facilitated R1.2 billion worth of investment during the first few months of 2018. </p><p>In addition, the City’s support of sector-specific interventions ensured that 1 380 job opportunities were created and 274 people were trained between January and March 2018. </p><p>These results are proof of our efforts undertaken in line with the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan’s goals to ensure economic inclusion.</p><p>Cape Town is steadfast in its commitment to build an opportunity city where the economy thrives and employment grows each year. The City has identified priority sectors with the potential to grow and develop the city’s economy. These sectors include information communication and technology (ICT); business process outsourcing (BPO); craft and design; clothing, textiles and fashion; and renewable energy, among others.</p><p>It is encouraging to see sector bodies like the Business Process Enabling South Africa – Western Cape (BPESA WC) facilitating investment worth R262 million during the first three months of 2018. This investment resulted in 1 095 new job opportunities in the BPO sector.</p><p>BPESA WC is also working to support skills training in an industry that is reliant on a steady supply of Cape Town residents with the required skills to enable sector growth. Several pilot projects are currently underway to identify, train and provide 12-month learnership opportunities to previously unemployed residents. The intention is to place 75% of participants in work opportunities.</p><p>The City’s support also ensures the development and growth of small- and medium-size businesses (SMEs). </p><p>Six of the special-purpose vehicles supported 335 different SMEs altogether, with some 160 SMEs supported through the Craft and Design Institute (CDI). Over the past few months the CDI ‘s focus has been on export development with the showcasing of 33 export-ready producers at the NEXT 18 Trade Exhibition. GreenCape supported 87 SMEs to develop businesses in the green economy.</p><p>The City sees the current drought as an opportunity to drive innovation in green water technologies and services. GreenCape has been appointed to hold several design and innovation workshops to ensure solutions are practical and ready to implement.</p><p>Cape Town is committed to creating an enabling environment for businesses to invest and create new jobs. We will continue working hard on our efforts to bring more investment and create more jobs in diverse sectors in Cape Town. </p><p>It is important to note that the City of Cape Town works with the private sector and investors to grow our economy. It is not government’s role to create jobs but we have a keen understanding that we must create the conditions conducive to economic growth and support those sectors which are showing the most growth. By working together, we can ensure all of our residents have equal access to opportunities and by empowering residents we can redress the imbalances of our past.</p><p>With these latest results and many other successes, Cape Town has shown that we are a resilient city, and that we are committed to good governance and creating opportunities for all.</p><p><br><strong>End </strong><br></p>||2018-05-20T22:00:00Z||1|
|City service delivery in Nomzamo and Lwandle on track ||In Nomzamo and Lwandle, the City is electrifying nine informal settlements – a process which we started two months ago.
||<p>Yesterday I visited the Strand where I held a community meeting with residents of Nomzamo and Lwandle.<br><br>The City of Cape Town has been making progress in both communities to enhance service delivery.<br><br>In Nomzamo and Lwandle, the City is electrifying nine informal settlements – a process which we started two months ago.<br><br>City officials, working with a contractor, are currently in the process of finalising the electrification of 2 148 structures in Siyanyanzele, a section of Pholile and Simanyene. <br><br>We are working to complete this work by the end of July 2018.<br><br>Altogether, the City will be electrifying nine informal settlements in Nomzamo. Work on the six other areas will start in the 2018/19 financial year which commences in July. <br><br>This will take the total number of connections to 4 255 when the project is concluded. The full project is due for completion at the end of the year.<br><br>Together with this project, we also want to give back to the communities and provide lasting skills which they can use to further improve their lives.<br><br>In this regard, the City has signed a memorandum of understanding with the community last week. The agreement will offer 52 residents training in the Installation of Electricity project in Nomzamo under the EPWP programme.<br><br>This training will consist of pole climbing, installation of cables, airdac, ready boards and the installation of pole boxes.<br><br>In Lwandle we are upgrading the hostels which were built in the 1960s to accommodate about 500 male migrant workers.<br><br>The project, which was completed in February, has seen the old roofs being replaced with new zinc roof sheeting at a cost just over R1 million.<br><br>This project also created a number of job opportunities for the local community. <br><br>The City has plans to further do renovations such as staircase upgrades which will commence at the start of the 2018/19 financial year.<br><br>These projects in ward 85 and 86 underscore the City’s commitment to enhancing service delivery as intended by the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan.<br><br>The significant progress made so far is as a result of great collaboration between the various players including the community leaders and I would like to thank those involved in making it <br><br>As a caring administration, we are committed to working with residents to ensuring that these projects are a success and improve the lives of the intended beneficiaries.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>||2018-05-20T22:00:00Z||1|
|There is no justification for violence during protest action||I am disturbed by the scenes coming out of Vrygrond, where public and private property has been damaged in the name of protest.||<p>I am disturbed by the scenes coming out of Vrygrond, where public and private property has been damaged in the name of protest.</p><p>We cannot tolerate or accept any justification for the destruction of property during protest action. We respect everyone’s right to protest but the violence and destruction cannot be condoned.</p><p>I have met with the Vrygrond Development Forum, representing the residents, twice in the last month to discuss solutions to the issues they have raised.</p><p>In addition, local Ward Councillor Gerry Gordon has on several occasions engaged with residents on issues relating to service delivery and housing.</p><p>In one of my meetings with the forum in late April, the City of Cape Town proposed three pieces of land which could be developed for the benefit of the people of Vrygrond, an option which the leadership forum was open to explore.</p><p>Following that meeting, City officials conducted a site visit with the community leaders on 10 May 2018. </p><p>As a part of the process, the officials showed the community leaders the three proposed pieces of land which could be developed for the benefit of the people of Vrygrond.</p><p>This proposal was rejected by the community leaders.</p><p>The City is prepared and committed to engaging with all communities about their concerns but this has to be done in a peaceful environment where residents are not inconvenienced by violent protests.</p><p>Individuals who use people’s genuine concerns to stoke violence and stir up racial tensions should also be condemned. </p><p>My office, as well as City officials, are always willing to engage with communities on issues and this has not changed. But we cannot allow entire communities to be held ransom by the actions of a few.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>||2018-05-20T22:00:00Z||1|
|City redirects funding for new housing around Dunoon||The TDA will spend over R42 million on the upgrade of the Dunoon minibus-taxi facility located on the corner of Potsdam and Dumani Roads.||<p></p><span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/dunoon%20housing%20developement1.jpg" style="width:507px;" /><figcaption>
<p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure></span>Picture 1 and 2: An artist impression of the proposed upgrades at the Dunoon minibus-taxi facility.<p>The City shared its vision for the development of a new neighbourhood opposite from Dunoon, as well as the details about the upgrade of the minibus-taxi facility in Dumani Road, with the Dunoon leadership during a workshop that was hosted at the Civic Centre yesterday, 19 May 2018. </p><p>‘I believe that these two infrastructure projects have the potential to turn Dunoon into well-developed neighbourhood, and that residents from Dunoon will reap the fruits of our investment for years to come,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.</p><p>The City will commence with the upgrade of the minibus-taxi facility within the next two months, if all goes as planned.</p><p>‘We expect that the new public transport hub will be fully operational within the next two years. Once completed, residents from Dunoon will have access to a first-class facility which will make their commuting experience more convenient. </p><p>‘As for the new neighbourhood which we intend to establish across from Dunoon, work is under way to prepare the land for an integrated human settlement development. We are extremely excited about these projects. I am also looking forward to further engagements with the local community once the planning process for the new neighbourhood has been finalised,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>The TDA will spend over R42 million on the upgrade of the Dunoon minibus-taxi facility located on the corner of Potsdam and Dumani Roads.</p><p>‘Nearly 8 000 commuters make use of the minibus-taxi facility on weekdays from where they travel to destinations such as Bellville, Nyanga, Centre Point, Witsand and Wolwerivier. The taxis operate from an open piece of land with no public transport infrastructure and facilities. During the winter months the area turns into a mud bath, and commuters have to queue in wind, rain and sun with no protection against the elements,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>The purpose of the project is to convert the minibus-taxi facility into a public transport interchange with covered walkways for commuters, a covered area from where the taxis will operate, an office building for meetings, shops, waiting areas, ablution facilities, and refuse storage.</p><p>‘We will host open days at the Dunoon Community Hall next month to inform the local community about the project. They will be able to see the detailed design and layout, and officials from the TDA will be present to answer their questions,’ said Councillor Herron. </p><p>The TDA has recently acquired the open land situated on the other side of the N7 highway across from Dunoon and north of Richwood.</p><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/dunoon%20housing%20development2.jpg" style="width:369px;" /><figcaption>
<p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure><p>‘On this land we intend to create a new neighbourhood complete with housing opportunities, supported by a range of community facilities and amenities. The development will include State-subsidised Breaking New Ground houses, and sites for retail- and light industrial uses will be considered during the planning process so that those living in the area will have access to job opportunities. </p><p>‘Thus, as the City we will be making the first investment in the installation of bulk infrastructure for services such as water, sanitation, and electricity, and the roads needed to lure further investment from the private sector in turning this into a viable neighbourhood in the long term,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>The City has secured the funding and budget for a professional team to design and plan the proposed development. If all goes as planned, the professional team should be appointed within the next four months.</p><p>‘We were able to confirm funding and accelerate the initiation of this project by redirecting funds that were intended for the expansion of Wolwerivier, a temporary relocation area close to Melkbosstrand, to this newly acquired site near Dunoon. The new neighbourhood is far better located. It is closer to transport and job opportunities, and opposite from the already established Dunoon neighbourhood. This shift in focus to better located housing and development is aligned with the City’s recently approved Municipal Spatial Development Framework which aims to bringing people closer to jobs and jobs closer to people. In so doing we are inhibiting urban sprawl and promoting the development of a more integrated, inclusive and efficient city,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>The City will engage with the local residents and host public participation processes once the detailed planning for the new neighbourhood has been finalised.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p></span><p> </p>||2018-05-19T22:00:00Z||1|