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City helps strengthen the non-profit sectorThe City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Department of Social Development today concluded a two-day workshop to capacitate non-profit organisations (NPOs) working in various sectors. <p>​The City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Department of Social Development today concluded a two-day workshop to capacitate non-profit organisations (NPOs) working in various sectors. </p><span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:576px;" /><figcaption> <p>  © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure><p>The event was held to coincide with the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, commemorated each year on 17 October. Among the NPOs who attended the workshops are Women Hope for the Nation, Apex Learning Levels, and the New World Foundation.</p><p>Key focus areas included highlighting the work of the City’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department as well as its provincial counterparts, but also empowering NPOs – both registered and unregistered.</p><p> </p><p>Presentations covered a number of aspects including:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">The NPO Act and ensuring compliance</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">NPO tax law</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Sustainability in the NPO sector</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Fundraising and proposal writing</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">BBBEEE codes </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">How government funding works</div></li></ul><span>​<figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:576px;" /><figcaption> <p>  © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure></span></span>‘It’s in government’s best interests that we have an NPO sector that is working and working well. All of our social challenges require a collective and shared responsibility, because government alone cannot do it. In years gone by, far too many organisations have been forced to close their doors because of lack of access to funding or because they aren’t fully compliant and therefore missing out on opportunities. So we are investing in our NPO sector to ultimately strengthen our response to the many challenges that our communities face. Partnerships like these are crucial in terms of our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan goal to build integrated communities by working with the non-profit sector,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area South, Councillor Eddie Andrews.<p>In the last financial year, the City of Cape Town facilitated the following rebates, reductions and exemptions for the non-profit sector:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">R128,2 million for religious institutions (2 120 beneficiaries)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">R 76,7 million for public benefit/non-profit and sports organisations (1 910 beneficiaries)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">R67,2 million for agricultural organisations (618 beneficiaries)</div></li></ul><p>‘We are, however, bound by legislation that requires organisations to meet set criteria in order to access rebates and other funding. So I appeal to non-profits across Cape Town to ensure that they are compliant so they can reap the benefits. If they’re unsure of how to go about it, we encourage them to contact the City or the Western Cape Department of Social Development so we can assist them,’ added Councillor Andrews. </p><p>For more information on how to apply for the rebates, residents or organisations can contact the City’s Call Centre on 0860 103 089 or visit their nearest municipal office.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p><span><span></span><p style="text-align:left;"> </p>​​</span>2017-10-18T22:00:00Z1
MyCiTi going places with new stops, routes and timetables​The City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority is making strides in ensuring that Cape Town has an efficient public transport system.<p>​The City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority is making strides in ensuring that Cape Town has an efficient public transport system. By providing improved and more frequent transport services, the City is enhancing access to opportunities, in line with our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan.</p><p><strong>Atlantis</strong><br>Five new stops will be launched in Atlantis on 28 October 2017 as follows:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Atlantis Cemetery, which will serve Routes 235, 234, 234a and 243</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Swift, which will serve Routes 237 and 242</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Marigold, serving Routes 232, 232a and 241</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Avondale, serving Routes 232, 232a and 241 </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Grosvenor North, serving Route 233</div></li></ul><p>Atlantis has seen a steady increase in passenger demand since the launch of the MyCiTi service in the area in 2014. As a responsive City, MyCiTi will give the passengers the freedom to choose by adding a new express service which will help cut the journey time between Atlantis and the Cape Town city centre. </p><p>The new X02 Atlantis – Table View – Civic Centre route will travel from Atlantis station, stopping at Sandown, Porterfield and Table View stations and then Racecourse, Woodbridge and Woodstock station and finally to the Civic Centre station. The new X02 will shorten the journey time for passengers.</p><p>Atlantis passengers will also be able travel direct from Atlantis to Century City. The T03 route from Atlantis to Omuramba via Table View will be extended to Century City, thus removing the need for passengers to transfer at Omuramba. This direct route will enhance the experience of those commuters who are working or shopping in the busy Century City area.</p><p>Berkshire West has a new stop on the T03 route, which makes it convenient for Atlantis residents to access the new Table Bay Mall.</p><p><strong>Brittlestar stop</strong><br>The Brittlestar stop near Melkbosstrand will now serve both directions of travel and there are four new stops along the R27, Koeberg Power Station, Duynefontein, Melkbosch and Birkenhead, serving the T02 and T03 routes.</p><p>Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain<br>Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain will now enjoy a more frequent service, with extra buses being added during peak times on the D01, D02, D03 and D04 routes. There will be buses every five minutes on D01 and D02, and every 12 minutes on D03 and D04 in the morning peak-hour period.</p><p>Passengers in Mitchells Plain should note that some D04 buses will skip the Mitchells Plain station in the morning peak-hour period.</p><p><strong>Melkbosstrand</strong><br>The Melkbosstrand and Duynefontein services will see some significant changes: </p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Route 217, i.e. Table View – Big Bay – Melkbosstrand, will terminate at Melkbosstrand station and will no longer travel to Melkbosch Village</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Route 230, i.e. Duynefontein – Melkbosstrand will connect with Route 217 at Melkbosstrand station and continue via the Melkbosch Village stop, formerly called Melkbosch to Duynefontein</div></li></ul><p>This means that passengers connecting between Table View and Duynefontein no longer need to transfer at Melkbosstrand station. The Route 230 service will no longer serve the Atlantic Beach and Brittlestar stops. Passengers wishing to access these stops can still do so by using the T03 service. </p><p>The Waratah stop will be discontinued and a new stop, Birkenhead, on the R27 will be added.</p><p><strong>Parklands</strong><br>MyCiTi will also launch a service that will link residents in Parklands with the Cape Town city centre on the T01 route, without the need to transfer at the Table View station. The new T01d Dunoon – Parklands – Civic Centre route will now travel from Dunoon along Malibongwe Drive and Sandown Road into Parklands and continue to the Civic Centre via the Table View station.</p><p>This will provide passengers in Dunoon with a shorter, more direct route to Parklands and its shopping and business hub during the peak times. </p><p>Parklands and Sandown Roads are also getting four new MyCiTi stops, i.e. Dartford, Morningfield, Discovery and Sandown East, to give the growing number of people living or working in these areas a convenient link to the service.</p><p>‘As an opportunity city, we are constantly seeking ways to connect residents, especially those who have been marginalised by the spatial legacy of apartheid, to opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach without a more efficient, reliable and affordable service. The residents have a reason to celebrate this Transport Month. They can now access work and business opportunities easier and faster. The commuters are not only saving on traveling time, but they are also getting value for their money. This is just the tip of the iceberg in achieving our 2032 goal of being a city where residents have easy access to efficient, sustainable and affordable public transport,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.</p><p>All residents can enjoy a free-ride day on the MyCiTi service on 29 October 2017.</p><p>‘On this day, commuters will have an opportunity to hop on the bus and travel as far they like and as often as they want. They can visit friends and family or enjoy being tourists in their own city, free of charge. No myconnect card is necessary on the day.</p><p>‘I encourage residents to take advantage of our popular free-ride day which will apply on all MyCiTi routes. This is also the ideal opportunity to get to know the MyCiTi routes, to visit famous heritage sites along the MyCiTi routes, and to view the artworks at the stations,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>The new service improvements call for timetable adjustments. Residents can access the <a href="" target="_blank">new timetables</a> </p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2017-10-18T22:00:00Z1
City hosts close to 600 business sector representatives calling for greater collective action in response to drought Patricia de Lille, at the City and its partners’ Energy, Water and Waste Forum at the Cape Town International Convention Centre today, 19 October 2017. <p>​Good morning, goeie dag, molweni, as-salaam alaikum, shalom.</p><p>It is a privilege to address such a large group of business leaders at a crucial stage of actions needed to navigate our way through an unprecedented drought crisis. </p><span><p>​​​​​​You are the men and women who contribute to driving our economy and who create and sustain jobs. For that I applaud you.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>For some time now, we have been positioning Cape Town as a forward-looking, globally competitive business city. Our city is a great place to live, work, visit, play and invest in.</p><p>In recent times our economic growth has outperformed the national average. That is due to the creativity and resilience of our business leaders, and due to the enabling environment and infrastructure supported by the city government.</p><span><p><br>I am appealing to that sense of creativity and resilience among you to help us safely navigate the drought.</p><p>Thank you to all the businesses who have done much to save water and drive down their consumption. But today my call to action to business is that we need your help to do much more to save water. The future of our city and all our lives and your business depends on it. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure>​</span><p>I ask that you join us in taking on a variety of actions to reduce consumption and help us enhance our water resilience. </p><p>I also want to challenge the business community to come to the table and invest in building a water resilient Cape Town. </p><p>Over the past few weeks and months, the City has announced and provided updates on our Water Resilience Plan, combining measures to reduce demand and bringing alternative sources to augment our water supplies online. </p><p>The impacts of climate change are being harshly felt as we find ourselves in an unprecedented situation which none of us has seen our lifetime, with way below average rainfall for the third winter in a row. </p><p>As a result, the City scrapped its old 30-year water plan and adopted a new scenario called the New Normal where we are no longer relying on only rainwater to fill our dams, but understand that we require a fundamental change in our behaviour with water – an increasingly scarce resource.</p><p>The New Normal also means changing our thinking and methodology of planning as we can no longer rely on old systems which served us well in their time. It is now time to change our thinking and planning with regard to water. </p><p>Our new Water Resilience Plan is on a scale that has never been done before and we need to mobilise a high level of support to make it work.</p><p>As a City, we never pretended to have all the answers and earlier this year we initiated a Request for Information/Ideas processes calling on the private sector to submit ideas to augment our water supplies. </p><p>We received over 100 submissions in response to the RFI from the market on proposed solutions that will enable the City to temporarily establish several small, intermediate and possibly even large plants to supply potable water.</p><p>We have commenced with the procurement and commissioning processes which will see non-surface water from various sources coming on line at different stages and the yields rising incrementally. </p><p>The City’s Water Resilience Task Team is working on the strategic intent to both augment the system with up to 500 million litres of non-surface water and to drive down consumption to 500 million litres a day. </p><p>In total there are about 24 planned initiatives across desalination, groundwater abstraction, and water reuse that are planned. </p><p>Beyond efforts to augment the system with these initiatives, the City is working closely with the National Government to ensure fairness in allocation of water from the supply system. </p><span><p>I am in contact with the Minister of Water and am confident she will provide support wherever needed. </p><p>We live in an increasingly resource-constrained world, where carbon emissions, energy, water or waste are all business factors to be considered. All of these factors, whether it be their abundance or their scarcity, affect the way we do business and the way we govern.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1024px;" /> </figure></span><p>At this time Cape Town is confronted by the worst drought in the history of this city, with this year’s rainfall being devastatingly low.  </p><p>The City is acutely aware of the extreme risk faced by our people and our economy if our dams run dry. </p><p>As I have said before, a well-run city will not run out of water.  </p><p>And that is the process I am leading: to secure our immediate water needs and to ensure that the city is placed on a path that is better prepared to deal with ongoing water scarcity, the New Normal.</p><p>But securing our immediate water future can only be achieved if all sectors of society assume responsibility for their roles to conserve water or make use of alternative water. </p><p>This includes households, government, the commercial sector, industry and agriculture. We need to co-own the risk.</p><p>In line with Level 5 water restrictions, we are especially targeting the commercial property sector which needs to reduce consumption by at least 20% compared to a year ago. This is the only category of water users that has not reduced demand. </p><p>I cannot stress enough that we are in the most critical phase of this crisis and the risk we all face is enormous, unless we all do more to drastically reduce our water demand. </p><p>The situation is serious. As we conclude the rainy season, dam levels stand at 37,4%, of which only 27% is easily useable.  </p><p>We now begin the long summer – a critical period during which we together must do everything possible to preserve the capacity of our dams.</p><p>The City has always been a very responsible player in the Western Cape Water Supply System – the dam system that serves our city, some surrounding municipalities and agricultural users. </p><p>Our draw down of water from the dams has been lower than our allocation as per the rules of the system.</p><p>The most critical path to preserving our dams is driving down consumption. As of Monday, consumption stood at 600 million litres a day, which is 100 million litres more than the City’s target. </p><p>If we remain at this level, the day of running out of water from our dams will arrive much sooner. </p><p>We can only ensure that we do not allow the City’s water resources to run dry if we all do much more and work together.  </p><p>Our collective water usage has dropped from over 1 billion litres a day at the start of 2017 to 600 million litres today.  </p><p>But not everyone is contributing. There are some users, particularly in the domestic household sector, using excessive amounts of water. </p><p>The figure has dropped significantly in recent weeks but still stands at about 30 000 households.  </p><p>For this reason, in the last six weeks, we have installed over 5 000 water management devices or similar devices onto the properties of excessively high water users. </p><p>These devices restrict usage to 350 litres per household per day. As of last week, we were installing these at a rate of 2 000 a week. This will drag down consumption further towards our goal.</p><p>Two weeks ago the City began aggressive pressure reduction management under Phase 1 of our water shortages disaster response. </p><p>This is in effect water rationing. Reports I am receiving this week suggest consumption is dropping, and that the intervention is yielding results.</p><p>As water rationing is intensified, some areas will be affected for short periods of time. This will lead to intermittent, localised temporary water supply disruptions.</p><p>This process does not result in a complete shutdown of the water reticulation system, but it will severely limit available water supply in the system per day. </p><p>The City cannot provide definitive timetables of the disruptions as the water systems must be managed flexibly to avoid damage to critical infrastructure. </p><p>In terms of stepping up our response to water leaks, the City has reduced water losses to 14%, below the national average of 20%. We are now working towards lowering this to 10 – 5%.</p><p>Earlier this year, we invested in additional resources to reduce water lost through leaks by allocating R22 million to employ additional staff in the Water and Sanitation Department, with an additional 24 teams part of our front-line response teams to combat water leaks and water wastage. </p><p>We are also improving efficiencies in our operations and City facilities are being retrofitted with water-efficient fittings. </p><p>My call to businesses today is to also step up proactive maintenance of your infrastructure by checking for water leaks and having them repaired as soon as possible. </p><p>I again want to thank all households and businesses that have made great efforts to conserve water. I know it has been challenging, but the impacts we face by not changing our behaviour are far too severe and we can avoid that. </p><p>From now through the hot holiday season, it is essential that we all do everything possible to conserve water. </p><p>We are not leaving anything to chance. As much as we are driving initiatives to bring down consumption and bring online more water, we are at the same time building contingency plans for worst-case events. This is what a responsible government does.</p><p>Nevertheless, I am confident that together we can safely navigate this period. But let us not be complacent. There is strength in numbers and this will only work if we all do as much as we can to adapt to the New Normal.  </p><p>We are entering the holiday season. Our city is one of the finest holiday destinations in the world and the tourism sector is an important part of our economy.  </p><p>Let it be clear that we are open for business. Tourism water use is largely offset by a slowdown in industrial and commercial water use and by Capetonians leaving the city to holiday elsewhere. </p><p>Nevertheless, in the coming days we will be launching a massive awareness campaign for our visitors called ‘Save like a local’. </p><p>It will supplement the broader summer campaign to locals as we drive awareness around maintaining low consumption, even when the temperatures rise.</p><p>To our partners in business, the drought situation is indeed serious. This is not a drill. But there is a plan to avoid water shortages. That plan has roles for government, business, and households. </p><p>So to business I ask you to join us in taking a variety of actions.  </p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Continue to seek efficiencies in water use wherever possible to drive down demand</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Promote and seek feasible opportunities to use alternative water</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Engage with your staff and customers on ways to reduce water. There are plenty of downloadable resources from the City’s ThinkWater website to assist with engagement</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Construct your own contingency plans for worst-case scenarios </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Become a water ambassador and showcase your successes</div></li></ul><p>Thank you for joining the efforts of Team Cape Town to navigate this drought. We are a creative and resilient city. Let’s join forces to do even more.</p><p>Thank you, baie dankie, enkosi. </p><p><br><strong>End </strong></p>2017-10-18T22:00:00Z1
City provides rates rebates worth more than R1,2 billion to vulnerable groups and indigent residentsOur commitment to supporting the most vulnerable in society and alleviating poverty, the City of Cape Town provides rates rebates to those most in need.<p>​In line with our commitment to supporting the most vulnerable in society and alleviating poverty, the City of Cape Town provides rates rebates to those most in need.<br> <br>During the 2016/17 financial year, the City provided rates rebates of more than R93,8 million to 27 989 senior citizens and people with disabilities.<br> <br>The City has also waived R5,5 million in rates for indigent 2 172 residents. <br> <br>The total rates forgone in the form of rebates, exemptions, and reductions amounted to over R1,2 billion in the period ending on 30 June 2017.<br> <br>As we continue to build a world-class city and as a caring city administration, we recognise that we have to ensure that disadvantaged residents are not pushed further into poverty.   </p><p>This is part of our goal to become a more responsive and customer-centric city, with enhanced service delivery as intended by the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan. </p><p>The rebates forgone for the past financial year underlines our commitment to building a caring and inclusive city, while also maintaining prudent financial management.<br>  <br>Other rebates, reductions, and exemptions for the 2016/2017 financial year include:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">R128,2 million for religious institutions (2 120 beneficiaries)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">R 76,7 million for public benefit/non-profit and sports organisations (1 910 beneficiaries)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">R67,2 million for agricultural organisations (618 beneficiaries)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">R1,4 million for land reform beneficiaries (75)</div></li></ul><p>  <br>As promised when we delivered the City’s 2016/2017 budget for progress and opportunities, the rates rebates and exemptions ensure that rates are affordable to our residents most in need and that all residents access opportunities regardless of their socio-economic circumstances.<br>  <br><strong> </strong><br><strong>End </strong><br> </p>2017-10-17T22:00:00Z1




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