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Repair initiative to fire-damaged Council flats on trackThe repair and maintenance initiative not only focuses on addressing the service request backlogs, but is also urgently attending to fire-damaged units.<span><p>The repair and maintenance initiative not only focuses on addressing the service request backlogs, but is also urgently attending to fire-damaged units. Most of the units had been damaged due to petrol bomb attacks, stoves being left on and unattended by tenants, and illegal electrical connections, among others. </p><p>The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi, and officials visited a Community Residnetial Unit in Surwood Walk, Hanover Park today, 26 November 2021, to check on the programme’s progress and to communicate the importance of fire safety in Council flats. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:860px;" /></figure></span><p>‘This R150 million initiative has seen incredible success since it was launched last year. Thus far, we completed repairs to more than 150 fire-damaged units in City-wide rental units. Our progress over the course of the programme has been on track and our work continues. The City’s CRUs undergo regular upgrades and maintenance with the limited budget that the City has, and with this initiative, we managed to reach many more units for their required repair and maintenance work far more quickly.</p><p>‘We urge residents to practice fire safety as we head into the festive season. Residents should remember not to leave an open flame unattended in their unit, not to cook late at night when they are tired and not to allow children to play near an open flame. If they have no other choice but to use an open flame, always place it in a can or fire-proof container surrounded by sand to reduce the risk of a fire occurring from a candle toppling over. Also keep a bucket of sand handy to douse small flames. </p><p>‘The City thanks its staff and the contractors for their hard work to this initiative this year, and we look forward to assisting many more residents over the coming weeks and into the new year,’ said Councillor Booi.</p><p><strong>Log a service request:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Human Settlements Directorate’s Call Centre: 021 444 0333</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Email: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></div></li></ul><p>Anonymous tip-offs welcomed:<br>Residents can give anonymous tip offs if they are aware of illegal activity that is taking place; that has happened or is still to happen. Please call 112 from a cell phone (toll free) and 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 for emergencies. </p><p><strong>Contact us:</strong><br><strong>Public Emergency Centre</strong>: 021 480 7700 <br><strong>Human Settlements Directorate’s Call Centre</strong>: 021 444 0333 or send a WhatsApp to 063 299 9927</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p><p><br> </p><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> </figure>​​</span>2021-11-25T22:00:00Z1
Areas affected by required routine electricity maintenance for next week, 29 November – 4 December 2021Routine regular planned maintenance takes place daily in various areas across the metro<p>​</p><p>Routine regular planned maintenance takes place daily in various areas across the metro. The City informs residents that maintenance will take place to allow them time to plan for the outage and to allow our teams sufficient time to complete the required maintenance tasks. Routine maintenance is also preceded by a door-to-door pamphlet drop. </p><p>The areas that will be affected by the routine electricity supply interruptions due to necessary maintenance are:</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>PLANNED ROUTINE ELECTRICITY MAINTENANCE 29 NOVEMBER – 4 DECEMBER 2021</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>DATE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>AREA AND LOCATION/STREET</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>START</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>COMPLETION FORECAST</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>29 November</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Kensington: </strong>Bolmear to Tygerhof mini substation</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>09:00</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>16:00</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>29 November</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Hout Bay: </strong>Whittlers substation, Peterhof substation, Grotto Way substation, Meadow, Oakwood and River Walk</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>09:00</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>16:00</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>29 November</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Wynberg: </strong>Hawthorn, Silverhurst,</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>09:00</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>15:00</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>30 November</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Rocklands:</strong> Lebombo substation and vicinity</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>08:00</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>16:00</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>1 December</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Mowbray:</strong> Loch</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>08:00</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>16:00</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>1 December</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Langa: </strong>Washington Street substation</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>08:30</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>17:00</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>1 December</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Constantia: </strong>Orchid, Lavender and Jacaranda</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>09:00</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>16:00</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>2 December</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Tygerhof: </strong>Tygerhof Substation</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>08:00</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>16:00</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>2 December</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Pinelands: </strong>Howard Mall, Howard Drive</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>08:00</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>16:00</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>2 December</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Fairways: </strong>9th Avenue</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>09:00</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>16:00</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>4 December</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Kraaifontein:</strong> 7th Avenue, Eikendal</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>08:30</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>18:30</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>4 December</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Kraaifontein: </strong>3rd Avenue, Eikendal</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>08:30</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>18:00</strong></td></tr></tbody></table><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Information is complete and correct at time of publication, but subject to change due to weather and other unforeseen conditions.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">It is the standard practice to notify customers of planned maintenance via a pamphlet delivered door-to-door ahead of work. </div></li></ul><p><strong>Tips:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Where possible, please switch off appliances at the wall socket ahead of maintenance to reduce the risk of damage caused by power surges.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">The supply could be restored at any time, therefore residents should remember to treat all electrical installations as live for the full duration of the interruption.</div></li></ul><p><strong>Does planned maintenance take place during Eskom’s load-shedding?</strong><br>Yes. It is vital that the maintenance work is done, and as Eskom’s load-shedding announcements are done at such short notice, it unfortunately does happen that some areas will have a double impact of load-shedding and planned maintenance work on a given day, especially during the lower stages of load-shedding. From load-shedding Stage 4, planned maintenance is usually stopped due to the staff capacity required to implement load-shedding. Capacity might necessitate the stopping of maintenance work at lower stages too. It thus all depends on the situation at hand. Unfortunately in certain instances due to safety issues, we also have to continue with the planned maintenance otherwise bigger areas would have to be switched off at one time to still effect the necessary maintenance in the same timeframe, which would not be ideal. </p><p><strong>Please note:</strong> Service requests typically increase during Eskom’s load-shedding. Please wait at least 30 minutes to report no power after the scheduled end of load-shedding. </p><p><strong>City’s service channels</strong> (don't log the same request multiple times on multiple channels as this contributes to delays):<br><strong>Call Centre: </strong>0860 103 089<br><strong>SMS:</strong> 31220 (standard charges apply)<br><strong>Online</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2021-11-25T22:00:00Z1
City calling on applicants for skills development programmesThe City is proud of the vast range of skills development opportunities we have been offering to the residents of Cape Town over the years<p>These applications will be recorded on an open database until it is reviewed. Successful applicants will then be contacted when opportunities for these programmes become available during the financial year.</p><p>The City of Cape Town’s Education, Training and Development framework has been approved. Meaning, the City is now once again able to offer the following opportunities: the Work Integrated Learning; Skills Programme; Infrastructure Skills Development Grant and the Graduate Internship Programme to the unemployed youth in Cape Town. </p><p>‘The City is proud of the vast range of skills development opportunities we have been offering to the residents of Cape Town over the years. Now that the moratorium on our skills development programme has been lifted, I urge our unemployed youth in particular, to explore the programmes on offer and to apply. These programmes will provide learners with the stepping stone they need to jumpstart their careers. </p><p>‘I am extremely excited about the Infrastructure Skills Development Grant programme as well, as this provides a unique opportunity to graduates in Engineering and Science to get exposure in various science and engineering fields at the City. Gaining working experience at a municipality such as the City of Cape Town at any point in one’s professional life will no doubt benefit any ambitious graduate eager to make a difference,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Alderman Theresa Uys.</p><p><strong>Applications for the following programmes are now open:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;"><strong>Graduate Internship Programme (GIP) </strong>: The City offers internship programmes to graduate students who have completed their qualification at a University of Technology. The programme may be either part time or full time for the purpose of skills transfer. Applicants are required to be in the possession of a National Diploma or Degree. For more information on the GIP please see the link to the advertisement <a href="" target="_blank"></a> .This programme has a quarterly intake of graduates during the financial year.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;"><strong>Skills Programme:</strong> This programme gives practical exposure to candidates with the objective of providing structured practical learning opportunities. Applicants are required to be in the possession of a Grade 9//10/11/ or National Senior Certificate. For more information please see the link to the advertisement <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. This programme has a quarterly intake of candidates during the financial year.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;"><strong>Work Integrated Learning (WIL): </strong>The City offers a programme which integrates academic learning with its application in the workplace, where such learning is a specific requirement to obtain a formal qualification. This work experience is usually defined, with clear learning outcomes and is formally known as In-Service Training. Applicants are required to be in the possession of a National Certificate - N6. For more information please see the link to the advertisement <a href="" target="_blank"></a> . This programme has a quarterly intake of candidates during the financial year.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;"><strong>Infrastructure Skills Development Grant (ISDG): </strong>The programme prepares Engineering and Science graduates by giving them exposure in various science and engineering fields, ensuring that they are registered/eligible for registration as Professional Natural Scientists; Professional Engineers; Technologists or Technicians. Applicants are required to be in the possession of a BSc Eng/BSc Hons/ MTech/ MSc/ PhD/ BTech/M.Eng qualification in one the following diciplines:</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Civil/Chemical/Mechanical/Electrical or Industrial Engineering</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Planning</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Environmental Science</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Materials Science</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Microbiology</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Biotechnology</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Virology</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Chemical Science</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Chemistry</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Atmospheric Science</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Hydrogeology</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Geochemistry</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Hydrology</div></li></ul><p><br>For more information, please see the link to the advertisement: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. This programme has a quarterly intake of graduates during the financial year.<br><br><strong>Note to broadcasters</strong>: An audio clip is available for download: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2021-11-25T22:00:00Z1
New chapter for Masiphumelele library thanks to Ben Turok legacy<p>‘The late Ben Turok, an anti-apartheid activist, donated R1 million towards building the room and he specifically wanted it to be used as an adult learning centre. He wanted to leave a legacy for the community that would lead to their ongoing upliftment, especially for the elders. After he passed away, his widow Mary honoured his wishes and continued with the endeavour, which was managed by The Rotary. <br></p><p><img src="" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:880px;" /><br></p><div>‘We are honoured and proud to have been able to carry out his vision. The space will greatly enrich the lives of residents and I encourage our patrons over 18 years of age to utilise the library services and become actively involved in programmes designed especially for them. The different skills workshops that will be presented in the new centre will lead to the development and empowerment of the community,’ said the City’s newly elected Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia van der Ross.<br></div><div><br></div><div>At the moment, the library is running Book Club sessions and recently accommodated Deafnet (a week long workshop on sign language) at the centre.<br></div><div><br><img src="" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:880px;" /><br></div><div><br></div><div>Future plans include community workshops, business skills and other programmes designed to enhance adult development.<br></div><p><br></p><p>End<br></p>2021-11-24T22:00:00Z1







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