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Findings of latest State of the Central City report affirm growth in investor confidence in Cape Town<p>Last week the latest State of the Central City Report by the Central City Improvement District (CCID) was released and revealed that investor confidence has grown over the last five years, and Cape Town is the second biggest contributor to the National GDP. </p><p>About R16,232 billion of investment has been pumped into Cape Town since 2012, and just under R4,486 billion in property investment was completed.</p><p>While we are pleased with these findings, which reaffirm that our efforts in executing our Economic Growth Strategy are paying off, we will not rest on our laurels. </p><p>As part of our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP), we will work relentlessly to position Cape Town as a forward-thinking, globally competitive business destination. </p><p>We remain committed to building an opportunity city that is open for business so that we can continue to attract investment and alleviate poverty by providing much-needed jobs for the people of our city.</p><p>For cities to truly thrive, they need to be both internally focused and globally positioned when it comes to growing the economy. </p><p>This is the approach that I took to the local economy early on in my first term as the Executive Mayor of Cape Town. </p><p>It was the basis of the City’s 2012 Economic Growth Strategy, which has several key intervention areas at the core of the City’s investment attraction efforts. These include: reducing red tape, creating a one-stop-shop in my office, rolling out a business incentives programme, improving Cape Town’s reputation as a serious investment destination by establishing Invest Cape Town, and focusing on infrastructure investment to create a crowding-in effect with the private sector. Some of these interventions include an extensive broad roll-out, pursuing energy security, and growing air access to increase direct flights to Cape Town.</p><p>We have aggressively promoted Cape Town as a safe investment location, both nationally and internationally, underpinned by our clean governance record of receiving four clean audits consecutively. We are now the tech start-up capital of Africa as well as the continent’s green energy hub. </p><p>We share academic Professor Nick Binedell sentiments, who said: ‘Our entire economic future will depend on cities. Economic growth is the oxygen of our democracy and cities are the engines of economic growth’.</p><p>I believe that cities are the drivers of change and in the City of Cape Town, we work from the premise that the world owes us nothing. This is why we are proactive in our goal to attract investment into our city.</p><p>We developed a checklist of indicators that we know are top priorities for investors: </p><ul><li>They look for reliable infrastructure – we make sure to spend R6 billion on infrastructure annually</li><li>They look for fast internet – we have already installed 848 km of fibre-optic cables across the city</li><li>They want energy security – we are taking the Minister of Energy to court so that we can buy energy directly from independent power producers and so that we can reach our own goal of having 20% of our energy sourced from renewable sources by 2020</li><li>Investors want to operate in an environment with clean governance – we have received four clean audits consecutively</li></ul><p>At the end of last year, Cape Town was ranked as 21st in the world on the list of cities with the best foreign direct investment strategies by fDi Intelligence – a division of the Financial Times. </p><p>We are the only African city to appear on this prestigious ranking and we are in the company of great global cities like Amsterdam, Miami and Auckland.</p><p>This is a further testament to the strategic effort of the City in recent years to position itself as a globally competitive business destination. </p><p>As a city, if we can harness the opportunities in our dynamic export-facing industries, including tourism wherein we have recently seen record visitor figures, we can write a different story – one that does not simply read off the national script, but rather one that tells of an inclusively growing city economy. </p><p>We welcome the findings of the latest State of the Central City Report and remain committed to working with residents and businesses to ensure that we show the world that Cape Town is getting on with becoming a world-class city. </p><p><strong>End</strong></p>2017-04-23T22:00:00Z1
City adds two more ECD centres to its portfolio<p>The City of Cape Town's Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department is nearing the finish line in the construction of a new Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre in Delft. The construction project is the latest in a series of ongoing interventions to ensure easier access to quality ECD facilities for children in areas of greatest need in the metropole. It comes hot on the heels of the completion of the Nantes ECD in Silvertown, Athlone which is fully operational. </p><p>Built at an overall cost of R8,8 million, the Nantes ECD is just under 500 m² and includes three classrooms for children aged three to four, and two classrooms for four- to five-year-olds. There is also a baby area, sick bay, staff room, ablutions, kitchen area and a store room. Outside, the facility boasts two equipped play areas, a food garden, a recycling area, and a collection and drop-off zone. The centre is able to house over 100 children. </p><p>The Delft ECD Centre in Delft South will be able to house up to 200 children and is expected to be operational towards the end of May. Built at an overall cost of R13 million, the centre features a number of unconventional design and construction features, resulting in a saving of approximately 30%. The building focuses heavily on the reuse of materials and nearly 1 500 m² of pavers were reclaimed from a demolition site and reused at the school. Recast stormwater drainpipes were also used as windows. </p><p>The Nantes and Delft ECD centres bring to 32 the number of City-owned ECDs under the Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department which are leased to private operators. </p><p>‘The City is committed to giving as many children the opportunity of a quality early learning platform as possible. That is why, in conjunction with our build programme, we offer assistance to hundreds of private ECD operators every year through training and resources, but also work closely with the Western Cape Government Department of Social Development to help unregistered ECDs achieve compliance. Many people become frustrated by the rigorous process they have to go through to become registered, but that is what the Children’s Act dictates. It is a national piece of legislation designed to promote child safety and everyone has to abide by it,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith. </p><p>The City is spending R2,7 million on ECD resourcing and training for staff in this financial year. The training covers a range of areas from first-aid training to business administration, while registered ECDs are also supplied with toys, learning materials, fire extinguishers, etc. This support is in line with the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan which prioritises building integrated communities where residents can thrive and make progress. </p><p>In addition, the City has collaborated with the Western Cape Department of Social Development on ECD registration drives in Belhar, Ocean View, Wallacedene, Macassar, Wesbank, Milnerton and Atlantis. There are approximately 3 000 ECDs in Cape Town – fewer than half of them are registered. </p><p>‘Research has shown that a lack of quality opportunities and interventions during early childhood can significantly disadvantage young children and diminish their potential for success. The stark reality is that there is huge demand for childcare services and for many parents the deciding factor is affordability, which presents a major challenge. We must remember that how we invest in children today will shape them tomorrow. As a City, we are committed to understanding the challenges of ECDs and providing real support for this vital sector of our education system,’ added Alderman Smith. </p><div class="image-gallery-slider img-gal-1" id="img-gal-1" data-slides="3" data-slide="1" style="height:493.5px;"><div class="image-gallery-content" style="height:414px;">​​​​ <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-1"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/ECD-Centre-Apr-2017-1.jpg" alt="" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;">Early Childhood Development Centre </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-2"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/ECD-Centre-Apr-2017-2.jpg" alt="" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;">Early Childhood Development Centre </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-3"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/ECD-Centre-Apr-2017-3.jpg" alt="" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;">Early Childhood Development Centre </figcaption> </figure> </div><div class="image-gallery-control"><div class="image-gallery-caption"><p> Delft and Nantes Early Childhood Development Centres</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>​​ <p> <b>End</b></p> 2017-04-22T22:00:00Z1
Hundreds of young people participate in City’s fifth annual Cape Town Games<p>The City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department today hosted the fifth annual Cape Town Games at the Sarepta Sports and Recreation Centre in Kuils River. The event saw approximately 700 participants, aged between 12 and 17, vie for top honours.</p><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/CT%20Games1.jpg" style="width:512px;" /><figcaption> The Parks Department hosted the Cape Town Games at the Sarepta Sports and Recreation Centre in Kuils River.</figcaption></figure></span><p>The participants are the cream of the crop and had to make their way through various qualifying rounds to reach the finals, including:</p><ul><li>games at their local community recreation facility which involved more than 20 000 participants across the city</li><li>sub-area level games featuring approximately 5 000 participants</li><li>area-level games where they were among 3 000 participants</li></ul><p><span>​​</span>‘The idea behind the Cape Town Games is to provide a platform for people with a range of interests to develop their abilities and compete at a city-wide level, whether it is in board games, traditional games, pool, or table-tennis. Not everyone wants to put on a uniform and kick a ball across a goal line.</p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/CT%20Games%202017.jpg" style="width:512px;" /><figcaption><p>The event includes sporting codes such as table tennis, 4-a-side soccer, and netball as well as other games like pool, dominoes, chess and more. </p> </figcaption> </figure></span>‘One of the priorities of the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan is to build integrated communities. Events like this do just that by catering for all young people and ensuring that our various programmes appeal to them.<p>‘This event and those leading up to it aim to encourage mass participation in physical activity and to showcase some of the activities taking place at the various community centres and recreation hubs in the city. It also gives those attending our programmes at the recreation centres an event to aim for and train towards,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>The event includes sporting codes such as table tennis, 4-a-side soccer, and netball as well as other games like pool, dominoes, chess, Marabaraba, board games, dibeke and drie stokkies, among others, in a competition format.</p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/CT%20Games4.jpg" style="width:512px;" /><figcaption> <p>  Approximately 700 teenagers, aged between 12 and 17, attended the Cape Town Games.</p> </figcaption> </figure> ​</span>‘Events such as these empower our youth and promote higher self-esteem. The physical benefits for our participants include maintaining a healthy body, preventing chronic diseases, and learning the skills necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Sports also has the profound ability to connect people. It cuts across social, religious and economic barriers and is one of the most significant peace-keeping tools in any community,’ said Alderman Smith.2017-04-21T22:00:00Z1
City librarians read up a storm in annual competition<p>City of Cape Town librarians from across the metropole went head to head today, 21 April 2017, in the annual Amaboekies reading competition, representing their respective areas in a quiz about the books they have read. </p><p>The event has become a highlight on the annual library calendar and tests the librarians’ reading prowess and memory skills. This year Amaboekies formed part of the celebrations for World Book Day on Sunday 23 April 2017.</p><p>‘A librarian’s job is about so much more than just helping to locate a book on a shelf. They also help to create and develop readers by encouraging a love for the written word. They support struggling readers and initiate programmes to market our library services. Patrons expect librarians to have a vast knowledge about the different genres, authors and even the content of books. In short, our librarians rock at reading and books,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>Amaboekies was held at the Bellville South Civic Centre and this year the programme included experienced spoken word artists from Khayelitsha, as well as an interview with a local debut novelist, Qarnita Loxton, whose book ‘Finding Kari’ will be released in May 2017. </p><p>Another feature on the programme was the youth marimba band, iThemba Labantu, comprised of a group of talented teenagers from Philippi. </p><p>This year the team from Area A, which includes the Central, Hout Bay, Mamre, Fisantekraal and Camps Bay libraries, walked away as the winning team, while the team from Area B (Masakhane, Kuyasa, Macassar and Harare libraries) lost out by a page or two.</p><p>‘This event aims to encourage our librarians to continue being reading champions and cements their role as ambassadors of the written word,’ said Alderman Smith.</p><span><div class="image-gallery-slider img-gal-1" id="img-gal-1" data-slides="3" data-slide="1" style="height:493.5px;"><div class="image-gallery-content" style="height:414px;">​​​​ <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-1"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/Library_TEAM%20SPIRIT.jpg" alt="" style="width:850px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>      City librarians read up a storm in annual competition</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-2"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/Library_fun%20times.jpg" alt="" style="width:1173px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>      City librarians read up a storm in annual competition</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-3"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/Library_challenge.jpg" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>    City librarians read up a storm in annual competition</p> </figcaption> </figure> </div><div class="image-gallery-control"><div class="image-gallery-caption"><p> <a title="title" href="#"> <b>Aerial view of Cape Town</b></a> - Loren ipsum dolor sit amet loren ipsum dolor sit amet Loren ipsum dolor sit amet.</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>​​</span><p><br><strong>End</strong></p><span><p> </p><p> </p>​​</span>2017-04-20T22:00:00Z1

 

 

 

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