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City extends well wishes to all residents and African nations on Africa Day<p>Today marks Africa Day, where we as nations of this great continent celebrate and honour our hard fought liberation and independence from the grips of oppression. </p><p>Africa as a continent has emerged from the most painful histories of oppression and colonialism, but over many decades we have stood together in solidarity with our fellow brothers and sisters to free our countries. </p><p>I often reflect and remember our neighbours who provided various forms of refuge, strength and assistance during our fight for freedom against the apartheid regime.</p><p>As an inclusive city, the City of Cape Town remains committed to the values of good neighbourliness and we continue to remember our fellow Africans in countries where there is still suffering and instability. </p><p>We call on African leaders to rise up and remain true to the principles of servant leadership and hold the best interests of their residents at heart. </p><p>We have overcome many great difficulties and we have shown that Africa is a resilient continent and indeed we are carving our place in the global village. </p><p>The City of Cape Town is determined to work with our counterparts across the continent to realise the Africa Rising narrative as we believe it is Africa’s time.</p><p>In the City of Cape Town we have a clear bias towards Africa in our strategies to promote trade and investment between our city and other African cities to ensure greater economic prosperity in our region.</p><p>As nations, we must continue to stand together in our diversity, celebrating our vibrant, colourful and dynamic cultures and people.  </p><p>There are many things which make us unique and Africa must unite to make our great continent even greater.  </p><p>God bless Africa and her sons and daughters. <br></p>2017-05-24T22:00:00Z1
City sends thousands of litres of confiscated alcohol down the drain<p>The City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement Department today started disposing of 12 000 bottles (8 169 litres) of alcohol confiscated over the past few months.</p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:550px;" /><figcaption> <p> <b>Liquor destruction </b><br>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure></span>The Department’s pound has been rapidly filling up since December, which signals the start of the festive season and a general increase in the amount of liquor confiscated from beaches and other public spaces.<p> </p><p>In terms of the City’s by-laws, the introduction, possession and consumption of liquor on beach areas is prohibited and offenders will have their liquor confiscated and receive a written notice to appear in court, with a fine of R500. The City’s regulations make provision for the public to collect their confiscated alcohol from the pound within three months, provided they pay a release fee of R1 400.</p><p><span>‘Not surprisingly, we don’t receive many requests to reclaim alcohol, which is why the pound is bursting at the seams. We’ve investigated the option of selling the alcohol and investing the money into our social services programmes but the red tape is prohibitive, in addition to ethical and logistical considerations. So, the next best thing is to destroy the alcohol,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.</span></p><p><span>The alcohol will be decanted into containers, each of which have a 1 000 litre capacity, and then transported to the Vissershok landfill site by an external service provider for final disposal. </span></p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:511px;" /><figcaption> <p> <b>The Law Enforcement team</b><br>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure><p>‘The City takes no joy in an exercise like this. Not only do we have to invest significant resources into our festive season policing plan to save intoxicated people from themselves, but it also costs us time and money to get rid of the alcohol. Every year we confiscate more alcohol over the festive season than the previous one, in spite of ongoing warnings about the fact that it is not only illegal to drink in public, but very dangerous too. While it is a feather in the cap of our enforcement staff, it also raises more questions than answers about society’s regard for the law and its relationship with alcohol,’ added Alderman Smith.</p><p>The City of Cape Town has a number of ongoing interventions that form part of its Alcohol and Other Drug Strategy. The strategy is aligned to the National Drug Master Plan and aims to reduce the health, economic and social burden caused by alcohol and drug use within the municipal region. It is also in line with our new Organisational Development and Transformation Plan which seeks to be even more proactive in tackling social issues by taking services directly to residents. The interventions include:</p><ul><li>operations to combat drunk driving</li><li>alcohol confiscations from beaches and other public spaces</li><li>treatment for alcohol and drug abuse at six sites in Tafelsig, Khayelitsha, Milnerton, Parkwood, Delft South and Manenberg</li><li>a 24-hour substance abuse helpline that is available on 0800 435 748</li><li>soft skills programmes aimed at school children to explain the effects of alcohol abuse on babies, with a specific focus on foetal alcohol syndrome </li><li>by-law enforcement</li></ul><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p></span><p> </p>2017-05-24T22:00:00Z1
City wishes Muslim residents a blessed Ramadaan<p>On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I extend my well wishes to the Muslim community as they enter the holy preparations for the month of Ramadaan. </p><p>During this period of fervent spiritual devotion through fasting, reflection, sacrifice, worship and giving, I wish all Muslim residents strength and fulfilment.</p><p>As an inclusive city, we are truly grateful for the valuable role that the Muslim community plays in our city, where their generosity and compassion for others makes a great impact in our work of building a caring city. </p><p>Through displaying the values of humanity, we are able to make a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable residents. </p><p>On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I wish you a blessed Ramadaan. </p><p>Ramadaan Mubarak – Ramadaan Kareem.</p>2017-05-24T22:00:00Z1
City hosts inter-faith prayers for rain and calls for all hands on deck to manage drought crisis <p>​Good afternoon, goeie midday, molweni, as-salaamu alaikum, shalom.</p><p>Thank you all for joining me today in what is a difficult time for Capetonians and the rest of the province as we are in the midst of the worst drought in 100 years.</p><p>I have called for prayers today and asked our religious leaders to guide us and their congregants in praying for much-needed rains.</p><p>Over the past two winter seasons, Cape Town has experienced way below annual average rainfall as we feel the harsh impacts of climate change. </p><p>We are a water-scarce region and we know that there is not enough rain predicted for the winter rainy season which we are usually accustomed to at this time of year. </p><p>Since the beginning of the year, I have been instructing our Water Management Department to move our medium- to long-term plans forward and expand these plans as we need solutions right now. </p><p>We are now moving to Level 4 restrictions and we have set a daily overall collective usage target of 600 million litres. </p><p>We have yet to meet this target, but the abnormal hot weather at this time of the year has meant that we are also losing water due evaporation. </p><p>We must do more as residents, businesses and government departments to reduce our consumption by drastically changing our behaviour.</p><p>The only way we can make an impact is by breaking out of the business-as-usual mind-set because we are in a crisis.</p><p>The Level 4 water restrictions mean that, among others, all garden watering is prohibited and no topping up swimming pools is allowed.</p><p>This week, our dam level storage stands at 20,7%. With the last 10% of the water mostly being unusable, dam levels are effectively at 10,7%. </p><p>We are now asking all residents to bring their water consumption down to 100 litres per person, per day. </p><p>This is possible if we only use water for essential bathing, drinking and cooking. </p><p>Over the past few months, we have been proactively engaging with residents and businesses.</p><p>I have personally visited some of the high consumption households asking them to drastically reduce their consumption immediately and repair any leaks on their properties. </p><p>I have also met with the business sector and personally called some of those businesses identified as high consumers and they have committed to working with us to conserve water. </p><p>I must thank Capetonians for bringing down their consumption, but we still need to do a lot more. </p><p>In terms of other interventions, we are stepping up our response to water leaks and complaints by allocating R22 million to employ additional staff. These staff members are able to repair leaks and attend to water management device faults. Approximately 75 additional staff members have been employed to improve our response times to water complaints. </p><p>We are also continuing large-scale pressure reduction programmes across Cape Town to force down consumption. </p><p>Other emergency interventions are under way and as dam levels decline, the City will start to implement a lifeline supply which entails reducing the water pressure to a very low level across the metro. </p><p>The City is currently expanding emergency water supply schemes which include:</p><ul><li>emergency drilling of boreholes into the Table Mountain Group Aquifer (TMGA), with a yield of approximately 2 million litres per day and expanding that to a yield of 10 million litres per day</li><li>a small-scale desalination package plant with a yield of approximately 2 million litres per day and expanding it to an additional 2 million litres per day</li><li>a small-scale water re-use for drinking use plant, with a yield of 10 million litres per day</li><li>drilling and expanding a well field into the Cape Flats Aquifer, with a combined yield of 5 million litres per day</li></ul><p>The capital costs of the emergency schemes amount to R315 million. The City’s Water Management Department will be funding these projects primarily via internal reprioritisation. </p><p>In mid-June, we are also hosting an exhibition where we have invited companies with innovative water savings solutions to showcase their ideas to the public at the Canal Walk shopping mall. </p><p>The exhibition will include solutions and ideas for residents and businesses to help them save more water.</p><p>Finally, I have convened a task team to expedite our response to this crisis. </p><p>We are going to need all hands on deck. As I have called on residents and businesses to work with us, I am also calling to religious leaders to help us and pray for rain.</p><p>I communicated to the senior executive management team in the City this week that no expense will be spared to manage the crisis and ensure water supply, so too will no stakeholder be spared and we are committed to working with all sectors and all residents to make sure that we preserve our water supply, but also find new solutions.</p><p>The City has appointed a Chief Resilience Officer who is working with a range of experts in Cape Town and internationally by drawing from expertise and solutions used in other cities where they have successfully addressed drought. </p><p>I have asked that people are freed up from their other duties in the City to focus solely on water.</p><p>I want to assure Capetonians that we are doing everything we can and it is being done with the greatest measure of urgency.</p><p>I am appealing to all residents again to please change their mind-sets and water behaviour. Things simply cannot go on as normal as drought will become the new normal and we have to adapt because we will all suffer if there is no water. </p><p>We can only save water while we still have water to be saved. </p><p>Thank you once again to all the religious leaders for coming out to pray today and I ask that the prayers for rain continue each day and every time you gather your congregants. </p><p>Thank you, baie dankie, enkosi, shukran.</p><p>God bless.</p><p> <br> <strong>End</strong></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 class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="display:none;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>City hosts inter-faith prayers for rain </p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-2"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="display:none;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>City hosts inter-faith prayers for rain </p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-3"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="display:none;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>City hosts inter-faith prayers for rain </p> </figcaption> </figure> </div><div class="image-gallery-control"><div class="image-gallery-caption"><p>City hosts inter-faith prayers for rain </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> 2017-05-24T22:00:00Z1



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