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City appoints acting commissioner for Transport and Urban Development Authority Mr Gershwin Fortune, Portfolio Manager for Integrated Transport, has been appointed as acting commissioner for the City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) with immediate effect. <p>​</p><p>Mr Gershwin Fortune, Portfolio Manager for Integrated Transport, has been appointed as acting commissioner for the City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) with immediate effect. </p><p>Mr Fortune has 19 years’ relevant work experience which includes predominantly local government, and to a lesser extent international experience as an urban transport specialist for the World Bank.  </p><p>‘The TDA is spearheading a number of projects that are critical to the spatial transformation of our city, and in establishing an integrated public transport system that will bring down the cost of transport and the time residents spend on commuting between their homes and work. The turn-around plan for urban commuter rail, and the provision of affordable and inclusionary housing on well-located land, count among the key priorities we will be focusing on in the coming months. Mr Fortune will oversee these projects, as well as a number of other initiatives. We have a lot of work to do, and I am enthusiastic and excited about seeing these projects come to fruition,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2018-01-21T22:00:00Z1
City warns of elevated toxin levels in WildevoëlvleiWildevoelvlei has a well-established algal population dominated by species of blue-green algae (Cyanophyceae<p>​</p><p>Wildevoelvlei has a well-established algal population dominated by species of blue-green algae (Cyanophyceae). This algal group has the ability, under certain conditions, to produce toxins which can be harmful to humans and animals if ingested.</p><p>During the warm summer months, the algal population can increase dramatically. Recent monitoring and laboratory tests undertaken by the City have confirmed that the water contains blue-green algal toxins.</p><p>‘The public is urged to avoid all contact with the water at the vlei and in the outlet channel leading to the sea and discharging on a section of Noordhoek Beach. Dog-walkers should ensure that their pets remain on a leash and prevent them from drinking the water,’ said the City’s Acting Mayoral Committee Member for Area South, Councillor Suzette Little.</p><p>The harvesting, sale and consumption of shellfish from the rocky outcrops near the outlet to the sea (Klein Slangkop on Noordhoek Beach) is not advised. Shellfish, such as mussels, harvested from this area are likely to be unfit for human consumption as a result of the toxins.</p><p>The algal blooms can usually be seen  as green, blue-green, white or brown foam, scum or mats floating on the surface of the water. Exposure to the algae can cause eye irritation, skin rashes, mouth ulcers, vomiting, diarrhoea, and cold-or flu-like symptoms. Drinking or swallowing large amounts of contaminated water can be extremely dangerous.</p><p>Anyone who comes into direct contact with the blue-green algae should wash immediately with clean water. If any symptoms present, seek medical advice immediately.</p><p>‘The City will continue to monitor the water quality and keep the public informed of any developments. Water samples from the vlei are assessed regularly as part of the City’s Water Quality Monitoring Programme. Last year the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP) was adopted by Council to improve how the administration works. A key goal of this is ensuring a safe environment for all,’ said Councillor Little.</p><p>The City’s Environmental Health officials are erecting signage at various locations to warn the public and advise them of the situation. The warning signs will only be removed once the vlei is clear of all potential health risks. </p><p>‘The City is committed to the safety of residents, but we need everyone to play their part. Please don’t go to the vlei or harvest and consume shellfish from this area,’ reiterated Councillor Little. </p><p>For further information on the matter, please contact the City’s Lakeside Environmental Health Office on <a>021 444 1653</a>.</p><p> <br> <strong>End</strong><br></p>2018-01-21T22:00:00Z1
City enforcement agencies net 136 suspectsThey also saved numerous victims, including a woman who had been forced into prostitution.<p>The City of Cape Town’s Vice Squad came to the aid of a 35-year-old woman this weekend who had been forced into prostitution in Bellville. </p><p>In the early hours of Sunday 21 January 2018, officers on patrol came across a group of women on a street corner near Parksig Villas. They issued Section 56 notices to the group, but noticed a newcomer. When officers interviewed the woman, she indicated that she had been brought to Cape Town from Johannesburg under false pretences, drugged and forced into prostituting herself. The officers arranged for her transfer to a place of safety and handed the case over to the Hawks for further investigation.</p><p>‘Sadly, the plight of this woman is not unique. Human trafficking is far more common than I think many people realise. These are the most vulnerable members of our society who are exploited by ruthless criminals. While I’m sure the criminal justice system can and should do much more, one also has to remind customers that they are part of the problem because they create the demand,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>Elsewhere, the City’s Law Enforcement Department made 11 arrests for various offences, issued 2 075 fines and 100 compliance notices. </p><p>The City’s Traffic Services arrested 78 suspects including 55 for drunken driving, five for reckless and negligent driving and 11 for outstanding warrants. Officers also issued 3 535 fines for various other offences.</p><p>Just after midnight on Tuesday 16 January 2018, two officers attached to the Ghost Squad were on patrol along the N2 near Langa when they saw a vehicle on the shoulder of the road with its hazards on. As the officers stopped to investigate, they saw four suspects run away from the scene. Officers soon established that the occupants of the light delivery vehicle had been robbed by the suspects and one of them had been stabbed. Officers drove into Langa with one of the victims and soon apprehended one of the four suspects after he was positively identified by the victim.</p><p>After returning to the crime scene, a red Hyundai stopped alongside and the driver indicated that he too had been robbed by a gang of four youths who forced him into a trench, stabbed him and robbed him of his cellphone and watch. The driver positively identified the suspect in custody as being among those who attacked him.</p><p>The Metro Police Department meanwhile arrested 47 suspects including 17 motorists for drunken driving and 30 suspects for a range of offences which include the illegal possession and dealing in drugs, possession of suspected stolen property, possession of dangerous weapons, possession of illegal ammunition, possession of an imitation firearm, theft out of a motor vehicle, and cable theft.</p><p>On Thursday 18 January 2018, officers made four arrests after following up on traffic infringements they witnessed. </p><p>In Mitchells Plain, officers on patrol in Woodlands saw a white Honda spinning its wheels at an intersection. As they approached the vehicle, the driver sped off and the officers gave pursuit. The driver drove into a cul-de-sac where he and his passenger jumped out of the vehicle, locked it and ran away. Officers spotted a replica firearm on the driver’s seat and waited for the suspects to return. They did so sometime later, and both were arrested for possession of an imitation firearm. The driver faces an additional charge of reckless and negligent driving.</p><p>In Claremont, Metro Police officers were conducting a crime prevention operation when the saw a Toyota Quantum with trailer attached disobeying a red traffic light. The driver refused to stop when instructed and was eventually forced off the road after a short chase. While officers were interviewing the driver, a motorist stopped and indicated that the trailer attached to the Quantum had been stolen from his residence in Wynberg a few hours earlier. The driver and his passenger were arrested for possession of suspected stolen property and an additional charge of reckless and negligent driving was added to the driver’s charge sheet.</p><p>‘We’ve had numerous cases where apparent run-of-the-mill traffic transgressions result in staff unearthing more serious crimes. The recent successes by our Metro Police Department are a timely reminder. There’s often criticism about vehicle checkpoints or roadblocks or why our staff are policing minor traffic infractions and not tackling real crime. The response is that criminals are not static, but move around and this is but one way of slamming the brakes on crime. The maxim that 'he who controls the roads controls crime' applies here,’ added Alderman Smith.</p><p><strong>End</strong><br></p>2018-01-21T22:00:00Z1
Using technology and data to create a digital smart cityThe City of Cape Town today, 19 January 2018, issued a request for ideas (RFI) to the market calling for submissions detailing how the City can make use of digital technology and data to enhance its performance, and enable residents and businesses to engage more actively with the City.<p>Information and ideas are sought on any products, technologies or other offerings that could leverage existing infrastructure and data. The City is interested in exploring innovative ways to deliver on its objectives as an organisation. One of the over-arching requirements is the formation of partnerships that will take advantage of the City’s significant investment in optic fibre deployment, the CCTV camera network and Wi-Fi connectivity.</p><p>Areas of Interest include the following, among others: </p><ul><li>Public safety</li><li>Infrastructure planning and maintenance</li><li>Energy efficiency</li><li>Transportation and integrated urban development</li><li>Water and waste management</li><li>Using  cloud computing technology as a disruptive model enabling clustered community commerce and to address social challenges within these communities</li></ul><p>‘The global challenges of rapid urbanisation, climate change, increased pressure on resources, and the provision of infrastructure and services all need to be addressed at the city level and the City believes that there are technology-based solutions out there that can enhance service delivery and make economic growth for residents a real possibility. Thinking outside the box and developing these solutions will help us move this city from good to great,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Councillor Raelene Arendse.</p><p>The City has to continuously evaluate its performance in the digital space, and look at new and innovative ways to keep abreast of developments and changes in this space.</p><p>Ideas will be welcomed from innovators, technologists, telecommunications specialists, advertising agencies, social entrepreneurs, engineers, architects, designers, academic organisations, NGOs, and general city enthusiasts working locally or internationally.</p><p>All respondents have from 19 January 2018 to 16 February 2018 to submit their ideas via the City’s Have Your Say platform here: <a href=""></a></p><p>This Request for Ideas (RFI) is not a request for proposal or a request for quotation, or offer or invitation for a bid, nor does its issuance restrict the City of Cape Town in its eventual implementation activities. This is an RFI only, and all information received will be used for planning purposes only.  </p><p>‘We look forward to some brilliant ideas being shared with the City. Additionally, the creation of lasting partnerships will be welcomed as we work together to make Cape Town the most digitally connected city on the continent. As the City has the data and the digital technology available to enhance service delivery, let us make use of what’s available to develop long-term solutions to enhance the lives of Capetonians,’ said Councillor Arendse.</p>2018-01-18T22:00:00Z1






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