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Unlicensed drivers are cause for concern​The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service issued fines to 53 unlicensed drivers at a roadblock in Mitchells Plain on Friday 20 October 2017.<p>​The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service issued fines to 53 unlicensed drivers at a roadblock in Mitchells Plain on Friday 20 October 2017. This was one of numerous roadblocks held in the last week.</p><p>In addition, officers arrested 22 motorists – 20 for driving under the influence of alcohol, one for reckless and negligent driving, and one for failing to stop when instructed to do so.</p><p>Similar roadblocks in Manenberg, Parow, Delft, Fish Hoek and Durbanville netted 119 suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless and negligent driving, assault and riotous behaviour, and possession of a stolen vehicle.</p><p>‘The statistics prove week after week that we are sitting with a massive problem. Whether it is drunk driving or driving without a valid licence, it’s clear that many road users simply have no regard for their own safety or that of others. Apart from the fact that their actions have the potential to kill someone, even just a minor collision can have dire consequences for anyone found behind the wheel of a car when they aren’t fit to drive.</p><p>‘The continued calls for increased enforcement are misplaced because it is clear that enforcement is happening. We need more serious sanctions for these transgressions. Currently, the law does not allow for the arrest of an unlicensed driver, so people will simply continue to do as they please. Even drunk driving cases take an age to finalise and many are thrown out, so there are no real consequences to force behavioural change.</p><p>‘We have been advocating for a review of national legislation to ensure more effective enforcement. In the interim, in our bid to make Cape Town safer for its residents, the City is expanding the Traffic By-law to extend traffic enforcement powers to all enforcement staff in the City, while the Western Cape Government is moving ahead with the new Provincial Traffic Act which will allow for the impoundment of vehicles of unlicensed drivers and others.</p><p>‘Similar advances are afoot with public transport vehicles that will make the enforcement efforts a great deal more effective and will radically change the driving behaviour of public transport drivers,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith. </p><p>The City’s Metro Police Department arrested 63 suspects during its operations in the last week, including 35 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol and 28 suspects for possession of dangerous weapons and drugs.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2017-10-22T22:00:00Z1
Free MyCiTi bus rides for registered job seekers on the way A few months ago we announced our intention to commence an initiative that would make job opportunities more accessible to those who are currently unemployed.<p>​Economic growth, coupled with job creation, is vital for building sustainable cities. As much as it is our responsibility to ensure that we create an enabling environment that attracts investment and skills, we also want to broaden access to these opportunities to those residents who are currently excluded from the labour market but who are desperate to earn a decent living.</p><p>A few months ago we announced our intention to commence an initiative that would make job opportunities more accessible to those who are currently unemployed. We have done a lot of work and preparations over the past five months or so in making this possible.</p><p>Today I am pleased to announce that as from Tuesday next week – that is 31 October 2017 – the City will be offering registered job seekers free MyCiTi bus rides to support them in their efforts to find employment. </p><p>Many people are giving up looking for work because it is too expensive for them to travel between their homes and other locations where they may apply for a job opportunity. Thus the initiative to offer free MyCiTi rides for registered job seekers is aimed at removing one of the main obstacles to carving a way out of poverty.</p><p>When Council adopted the City’s budget for the 2017/18 financial year, we made provision for up to R6,6 million to subsidise free MyCiTi bus rides for registered job seekers in Cape Town. </p><p>In keeping with this promise, we will provide a free myconnect card and two free journeys on the MyCiTi bus every week to support job seekers in their efforts to find employment.</p><p>This commitment underscores the key priorities in our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan which is aimed at enhancing service delivery, broadening opportunities, and striving for inclusive growth.<br> <br>Unemployed residents qualify if they are already registered on the City’s Expanded Public Works Programme job seekers’ database. The concession applies to those job seekers who are registered at Subcouncils 1, 3, 9, 10, 12, 15, 16, 23 or 24. These subcouncils fall in the MyCiTi footprint and are served by MyCiTi routes.</p><p>Job seekers who qualify will receive a free myconnect card, worth R35, loaded with a special travel package. This will allow two free one-way journeys every week on any MyCiTi route. This includes changing from one bus or route to another to reach a destination. <br> <br>Travel can take place on any week day starting between 09:00 and 10:00 or between 14:00 and 15:00. The journey can end outside of these times, but job seekers must ensure that they start their journey within these time periods.</p><p>Job seekers can make use of their free bus rides with immediate effect. Once a job seeker has received their myconnect card with the special travel package loaded on the card, they can board any MyCiTi bus to reach their destination to apply for a job opportunity.</p><p>I also want to remind those who qualify for the concession to get to know the MyCiTi system, the time schedules, and routes. It is important to know how to tap in and out at the stations and on the bus with the myconnect card as commuters can get penalties on their free myconnect cards for failing to do so.</p><p>There will be 100 000 cards available between 31 October and 20 November 2017, or until all of the myconnect cards have been issued to registered job seekers.</p><p>Importantly, this initiative is our first pilot project which we will monitor until 30 June 2018. We will use the outcome of this pilot to monitor the impact and uptake and to see whether and how we can extend the concession thereafter.<br> <br>Applicants must apply at the subcouncil office where they are registered on the job seekers’ database by presenting their identity document and completing an application form. <br> <br>I am urging businesses and potential employers to please try to schedule interviews for the late morning, midday or early afternoon to allow job seekers using the MyCiTi service to benefit from this programme.<br> <br>Job seekers registered at the following subcouncils qualify for the free MyCiTi rides:<br> </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">​Subcouncil</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">​Venue for free cards</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​1</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Subcouncil 1 office, corner of Grosvenor and Hermes Avenue, Saxonsea, Atlantis </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​3</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Summer Greens Community Hall, Tinkers Road, Summer Greens</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​9</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Subcouncil 9 office, Site B, Khayelitsha Shopping Centre</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​10</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Khayelitsha Training Centre, corner of Lwandle and Phendula Crescent, Khayelitsha </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​12</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Lentegeur Administrative Office, corner of Melkbos and Merrydale Roads, Lentegeur</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​15</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Brooklyn Library, Koeberg Road, Brooklyn</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​16</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>​- 11th Floor, 44 Wale Street, Cape Town<br>- Roads Depot, 17 Main Road, Hout Bay<br>- Hangberg Sports and Recreation Centre, ​Karbonkel Road, Hangberg, Hout Bay</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​23</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Lentegeur Administrative Office, corner of Melkbos and Merrydale Roads, Lentegeur</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​24</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Kuyasa Library, Walter Sisulu Road, Mandela Park, Khayelitsha</td></tr></tbody></table><p><br>Job seekers needing more information or assistance can call the Transport Information Centre (TIC) on 0800 65 64 63. The TIC is available 24/7 and agents can assist callers in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa. <br> <br>I am very excited about this initiative as I believe it will make a huge difference to those who are desperate to find a job. <br> </p><p><strong>End </strong><br></p>2017-10-22T22:00:00Z1
City enforcers set a benchmark for neighbourhood safety rookies City of Cape Town’s Gang and Drug Task Team (GDTT) has made 453 arrests in a cluster of crime hotspots over the quarter July to September 2017<span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:378px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>The City of Cape Town’s Gang and Drug Task Team (GDTT) has made 453 arrests in a cluster of crime hotspots over the quarter July to September 2017. The successes came from more than 300 autonomous and joint operations with the South African Police Service and other City enforcement agencies as well as general patrols in Athlone, Atlantis, Bishop Lavis, Delft, Elsies River, Grassy Park, Hanover Park, Kraaifontein, Manenberg, Mitchells Plain, Ocean View, Ravensmead and Steenberg.</p><p>One-third of the arrests were for motorists caught driving under the influence of alcohol. Officers also recorded nearly 3 000 traffic offences and 747 by-law offences. They confiscated 1 567 units of drugs, seven firearms, and 252 rounds of ammunition. In the last three weeks, officers have upped the ante by recovering 12 firearms – the latest being a .38 special revolver and 11 rounds of ammunition found in possession of a suspect in Manenberg yesterday, 21 October 2017.</p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:429px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> </span>‘These arrests and confiscations exclude the successes attributed to the South African Police Service (SAPS). However, given that SAPS handles the dissemination of their crime statistics differently, it’s not possible to give an accurate global view. What the statistics do show is that officers are in fact on the ground and making a difference, in spite of perceptions to the contrary.That said, we need more resources for all enforcement agencies but also greater parity between the arrest statistics and conviction statistics. Many of the successes we are able to report on come via community members and it’s disheartening for them to see perpetrators out on the street the very next day or week. So if we are going to bolster community confidence and make a meaningful impact in the fight against crime, then there needs to be greater emphasis on effective prosecutions,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith. </span><span>​<br><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:485px;" /><figcaption> <p>   © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>The GDTT focuses much of its efforts on the worst crime-affected areas in the city, with resources redeployed in line with risk assessments of the various flashpoints. In the quarter under review, Manenberg and Hanover Park accounted for 40% of the team’s interventions. </p><p>‘The decision on where to deploy and when is largely based on intelligence received from the SAPS as well as our own observations and intelligence derived from the ShotSpotter gunshot detection system. It’s not always ideal, because apart from the areas where ShotSpotter is deployed, we do not have accurate information about the threat levels. This is why the City proposed the implementation of neighbourhood safety teams that will provide a dedicated enforcement presence in troublesome areas. This whole-of-society approach to fighting crime is in line with our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan. The first 120 neighbourhood safety team officers are set for deployment by the end of November in Delft and we are excited to see what impact this approach will have on crime and policing thereof,’ added Alderman Smith.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>​​</span>2017-10-21T22:00:00Z1
City’s Kuils River Library joins an elite pensioners’ clubThe City’s Kuils River Library turned 60 earlier this year, and celebrations were held this week to commemorate the milestone<span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:514px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>The City’s Kuils River Library turned 60 earlier this year, and celebrations were held this week to commemorate the milestone, including a birthday party with the community today, 21 October 2017.</p><p>‘Kuils River Library is a cornerstone in this community. The City acknowledges the role it plays in education and providing information and a social and recreational space for residents,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith. </p><p>The library was officially opened on 25 March 1957, although a group of residents circulated a small collection of books among themselves for decades before then.</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> </span></span>Circa 1952, the library committee realised that they needed a dedicated building and decided to build a library. They raised funds and purchased two plots on the corner of Carinus and Van der Stel Streets, where the library still stands today.<p>In 1956 the library committee donated R5 000 and the two plots of land to the municipality. On 25 March 1957, the new Cape Dutch style building was inaugurated and on 1 April 1957 the Kuils River Library joined the Cape Provincial Library Services.</p><p>In May 1957 the first training course for librarians in the then Western Province was held at the Kuils River Library. Neighbouring towns did not have libraries and residents from Bellville, Durbanville, Brackenfell and Kraaifontein came to make use of Kuils River Library.</p><p>In 1964 Mariana Bosman was appointed as the first full-time librarian, and at that stage membership was 900 and the circulation was 33 000 per year. The library now boasts a membership of 6 290, with a circulation of more than 188 500 annually. </p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:411px;" /><figcaption> <p>  © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> </span>Since its opening, the Kuils River Library has been extended twice. The Cape Dutch building with its gable roof is rich in character and is well utilised by the whole community.<p>Kuils River Library accommodates a large number of learners and students. The library services five high schools, eight primary schools, 20 crèches, three higher education institutions, and neighbouring areas.</p><p>The library is exceptionally busy on Saturdays when families take time out to visit. </p><p>‘As I grew up in Kuils River, I started visiting the library there from around the age of five with my mother. Over the years I borrowed and read many books from there. It has been amazing to see the library faring so well and its continued growth is an indication of its contribution to the community. </p><p>‘The library is a facility that allows residents to interact, learn, communicate and share. This is in line with the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan goal to provide spaces which enable growth and learning,’ said Alderman Smith.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p><span><span></span><p> </p>​​</span>2017-10-20T22:00:00Z1






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