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Repair of footways in Mitchells PlainRepairing of footways.<p>The work entails the following:</p><ul><li>Demolishing and removal of existing damaged concrete footways</li><li>Reinstating layer works, where required</li><li>Constructing of protection layer at the back of footways, where required</li><li>Applying prime coat and asphalt surfacing</li><li>Repairing of guardrails, where required<br></li></ul><div>‘We are committed to keeping our residents safe while on the road and Cape Town’s roads well-maintained. Preventative work and ongoing maintenance is crucial in prolonging the lifespan of our roads and footways. Once completed, the new footways will improve pedestrian safety. </div><div><br></div><div>‘On this note I want to stress that illegal sand mining and cable theft undermine the work that we do. When people dig footways open for illegal sand mining, or excavate footways to steal cables, the safety of our residents is compromised. I urge all to please report these illegal activities to the City and the South African Police Service,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Mobility, Councillor Rob Quintas.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div>End</div><div><br>  <br></div><p><br></p>2022-08-13T22:00:00Z1
Fire and Rescue Service reflects on another mammoth yearOverall, the number of incidents were fairly static, with notable reduction in a number of categories. <div>The fires – arguably two of the biggest incidents in the past twelve months between July 2021 and June 2022 – were among 14 978 fires responded to by the City’s Fire and Rescue Service. <br></div><div><br></div><div><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:802px;" /></figure>​</span>Fires accounted for just over 66% of all incidents responded to during the period in question – the rest were special service calls, including responses to motor vehicle accidents, medical emergencies, rescues and incidents involving hazardous materials.</div><div> </div><div>An overall comparison year on year shows that the number of incidents were fairly static, with a notable reduction in a number of categories including vegetation fires and informal residential fires.</div><div> <br></div><div>‘The increases in fatalities and formal residential fires are of concern. Five of the incidents over the past year accounted for 20 fatalities. Formal house fires are up by 36%, and while there might be an inclination to point towards increased load-shedding, we do not have enough evidence to confirm such a link. It is an unfortunate reality that negligence and substance abuse continue to be contributing factors. We reiterate our call to communities and homeowners to keep fire safety top of mind at all times, and to be hyper vigilant about the use of flammable materials, cooking devices and other heat sources. It’s also crucial to ensure that your family has an emergency plan, and to teach children about what to do in the event of a fire,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. <br></div><div><br></div><div><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:880px;" /></figure>​</span>RESPONSE TIMES</div><div> </div><div>As part of its service level agreement, the Fire and Rescue Service commits to responding to at least 70% of ALL incidents within 14 minutes. </div><div> </div><div>In the third quarter (January – March) of the previous financial year, this indicator was achieved in terms of structural fires, but overall, the response time was within the 14 minute limit in only 63% of incidents.</div><div> </div><div>‘The height of summer generally sees an increase in vegetation fires, and let’s not forget the massive fire at Parliament during the third quarter. If a crew from a particular station is called to assist with a major incident, it means a slower response time to local calls, as the nearest available fire crew is further away. Another aspect to consider, is that the City’s Fire and Rescue Service provides medical and trauma responses; however, we do not have rescue vehicles at each fire station, given that there are primary emergency medical service providers. Where the Fire and Rescue Service does then respond, it means that it might take the vehicle longer to get to the scene or incident, depending on where they find themselves when the call is received.</div><div> </div><div>‘But of course, these are not the only factors that impact our response times. Attacks on firefighters continue unabated. In most instances, vehicles are stoned on route to incidents, fire crews are hindered in the execution of their duties on scene, or, as we saw in Langa earlier this year, fire hoses were cut while staff were working to extinguish the blaze. So, in many instances, fire crews will wait for an enforcement escort before going into areas, which, needless to say, affects their response times,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</div><div><br></div><div><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:802px;" /></figure>​</span>RESOURCING</div><div> </div><div>The Fire and Rescue Service will spend just over R12 million in this financial year to replace existing fire vehicles, including water tankers and pumps.</div><div> </div><div>In addition, a group of seasonal firefighters will be appointed in time for the warmer months, to assist with the increase in vegetation fires synonymous with that time of year – along with aerial firefighting appliances.<br></div><div><br></div><div><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:948px;" /></figure></span>Currently, 23 new recruits are undergoing training.  <br></div><div> <br></div><p><br></p>2022-08-13T22:00:00Z1
City and Greater Tygerberg Partnership renew cooperation to create a better future for BellvilleThe City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Growth, Alderman James Vos, held an engagement this week with the Greater Tygerberg Partnership (GTP) where he announced the City government’s continued cooperation with the development facilitation agency for socio-economic development in the greater Tygerberg area.<span><div>This partnership brings renewed assurance for Capetonians in the catchment area that the regenerative initiatives run by the GTP will continue to grow into 2023. </div><div><br></div><div>Under the partnership, the City’s Bellville Future City Masterplan, which aims to transform the greater Tygerberg area into a second central business district, will push ahead.<br></div> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1548px;" /> </figure>​​</span>​​​​​​<span><div>‘Supporting the development of economic nodes across the metro is absolutely vital to realise more opportunities for Capetonians. This means that we can also showcase the wealth and variety of potential investments to a global audience of businesses and corporations,’ said Alderman Vos.</div><div><br></div><div>The GTP plays a pivotal role in ensuring that alignment is reached between the visions of the City government and the education, private and public sectors of Bellville. Projects in the pipeline include a community cycling initiative, experimenting with biofuel as a solution to food waste, urban greening projects, the installation of public art, the expansion of the trolley recycling and zero waste schools project, and many more.</div><div><br></div><div>‘We are very pleased that we will continue our work with the City of Cape Town and look forward to working with Alderman Vos and his team,’ said CEO of the GTP, Warren Hewitt.<br></div> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:719px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><div>‘Preserving relationships with organisations such as the GTP remains high on the City’s priority list. The agency and the City will work closely to create the innovation district, a zone specifically designed to draw public and private investment, attract entrepreneurs, start-ups, business incubators, and ultimately revitalise certain areas. Non-motorised transport alternatives - such as cycling - are also on the cards,’ said Alderman Vos.</div><div><br></div><div>‘Ultimately, a systemic challenge - like so many we face in Bellville - demands a systemic solution. That is the principle that guides all our interventions. </div><div><br></div><div>‘The GTP will work on creating initiatives that ensure better safety, security, management of public spaces, social development interventions and road infrastructure maintenance, as well as aim to alleviate wherever possible any concerns and challenges the public are facing,’ said Hewitt.</div><div><br></div><div>During 2022, the GTP will continue to link and consolidate their successful projects to multiply their impact. Their interventions in environmental and waste management such as the Zero Waste Schools Project and The Trolley and Recycling project show immense potential and have both received awards and international attention. City funding covers the development of the project and private funding covers the R50 000 installation expense at each school. </div><div><br><br></div> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure>​​</span><div>By keeping its fingers on the analytical pulse of Bellville, the GTP also plans to invest more optimally into research and innovation within the district and involve different stakeholders in finding innovative solutions in the area.</div><div><br></div><div>‘Our role is to understand the composition and personality of the Bellville area and the intricacies that are unique to it so that we may design tailored interventions with the City of Cape Town that will work,’ said Hewitt.</div><div><br></div><div>If the successes of the last term are anything to go by, this agreement will lead to positive change, said Hewitt. Past projects include the Sha’p Left Nursing Hub, located in Bellville's busy Public Transport Interchange, which is helping to give affordable, accessible primary healthcare for any one of the 30 000 people passing through on their commute every day. </div><div><br></div><div>The Trolley and Recycling project matches businesses with operators who move through Bellville with custom-designed trolleys to collect recyclable waste and remove the waste to buy-back centres in exchange for a small income.</div><div><br></div><div>In conjunction with the funding received from the public sector, the GTP acts as a facilitator between their public sector partners and private sector network.</div><div><br></div><div>‘Tygerberg and the surrounding areas are vital to greater Cape Town’s economic growth. There are several construction projects under way such as that of a mixed-use precinct at Parow Centre and Stellenbosch University’s Biomedical Research Institute. The area also boasts more than 220 retail companies. Several key retail developments are also under way, such as the building of high-tech storage centres for a major shopping chain. I’m very happy to share that investment values in the area between 2015 and 2019 were more than R600 million per year. Between 2010 and 2021, approved building works in the area reached R7,3 billion. The partnership with GTP is essential to unlocking further opportunities in the area and I look forward to working closely with their team,’ said Alderman Vos.</div><div><br></div><div>The three years ahead are filled to the brim with potential. As an influential private organisation that is intimately knowledgeable about the area, the GTP is well equipped to create large-scale social and economic change. </div><div><br></div><div><strong>Caption 1:</strong>  Alderman James Vos, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Growth with Warren Hewitt, CEO: GTP</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Caption 2:</strong> Mercia Kleinsmith, Sub-council Chairperson (Bellville), Alderman James Vos, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Growth and Warren Hewitt, CEO: GTP.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Caption 3:</strong>  Warren Hewitt, CEO: GTP; Alderman James Vos, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Growth; Chris Matthee, Precinct Manager: Voortrekker Road Corridor CID; Frank Cumming, Director: Urban Catalytic Investment within the Economic Growth Directorate.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>End</strong><br></div><p><br></p>2022-08-13T22:00:00Z1
City is first in Africa to invest in water supply catchment partnershipThe City of Cape Town is the first city in Africa to make a significant investment in the rehabilitation of the rainfall catchment areas which feed our water supply dams. The City is contributing R50 million in the 22/23 financial year to a partnership coordinated by The Nature Conservancy, which clears thirsty alien invasive plants (AIPs) so that more water reaches our dams.<span><div>Climate change is a reality, and the City is taking proactive steps to ensure that our water sources are conserved and protected. Clearing of alien invasive plants is a key component of the City’s Water Strategy. By removing water-guzzling plants from key parts of the dam catchment, our surface water supply is maximised as more rain water can flow into the dams.</div><div><br></div><div>The City recognises the importance of healthy catchments in our water future and that’s why we’ve invested actively through a multi-partnership programme, the Greater Cape Town Water Fund (GCTWF) restoring the catchments of Wemmershoek, Berg River and Steenbras dams. This was in response to scientific reports which showed that over 55 billion litres of water - about two months of water for Cape Town - was being lost every year to alien invasive plants such as pine, gum and wattle trees.<br></div> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><div>Experts estimated that this loss was set to double to 100 billion litres of water every year, within 20 years, if not addressed. This is the most cost-effective supply intervention we have as part of our diverse mix of sources we’re bringing online to ensure a more secure water supply in future. It’s estimated that Cape Town will grow substantially over the coming decades, so this is an important initiative. </div><div><br></div><div>‘To turn the water losses into gains, this programme is tackling 54,300 hectares which should be cleared to increase water yield into our dams. To date, through the GCTWF, the City contributed to clearing 4,617 hectares, 370 green job opportunities have been created (165 women and 103 youth) and 243 people have been trained. <br></div> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>‘At a recent event held on 27 July 2022, this progress was celebrated and the highly-skilled and brave individuals who clear the hectares of alien invasive plants under difficult conditions high up in the mountains were recognised. It requires nerve and the ability to scale difficult, steep mountain terrain and remove the alien invasive plants from the high-angle slopes in the upper reaches of the catchment areas. The City also thanked The Nature Conservancy (TNC) for coordinating the programme, and the many other organisations and companies which contribute to this partnership. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure>​​</span><div>‘The City will continue to work with stakeholders and partners to make the most of opportunities to optimise the economic, social and ecological benefits of our regional water resources,’ said Councillor Zahid Badroodien, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation. </div><div><br></div><div><strong>Caption 1:</strong>  Alungile Mayekiso (left) and Asavela Ncaphayi (right).</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Caption 2:</strong> Ademola Ajagbe, TNC Africa Regional Managing Director; Louise Stafford TNC South Africa Program Director; Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis and Mike Webster, the City’s Executive Director for Water and Sanitation.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Caption 3:</strong> Group photo.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>End</strong><br></div><p><br></p>2022-08-13T22:00:00Z1







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