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Lansdowne Corner closed on 4 and 5 December 2021, for Natis upgradesThe Natis is used for motor vehicle registrations and licence renewal transactions.<p>The Natis is used for motor vehicle registrations and licence renewal transactions.</p><p>We ask residents to consider using the City’s convenient e-Services options or to visit for their urgent business before Saturday, 4 December 2021. We thank customers for their understanding. </p><p>Customers may visit another City customer office closest to them, or the renewal of motor vehicle licences may be made online at <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p>Payment of pre-due date traffic fines may be made online at <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or selected Spar shops. </p><p><strong>For municipal and City rental payments:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Online: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or <a href="" target="_blank"></a> </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">EFTs: Select the City as a bank-listed beneficiary. Use only your nine-digit municipal account number as reference </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Retailers: Shoprite, Checkers, USave, Pick n Pay, PEP, Ackermans, Lewis, Top It Up, Woolworths and selected Spar shops </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;"><strong>ATM: contact your bank to add the City as an ATM beneficiary</strong></div></li></ul><p><strong>Register on e-Services</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Renew vehicle licenses</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Submit water/electricity readings</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Pay accounts online</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">View current account and account history</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Apply to receive accounts via email</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Log service requests</div></li></ul><p> <br>To register for e-Services visit: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> </p><p>Visit another office close to you: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br> <br></p>2021-11-30T22:00:00Z1
Plan to protect frontline services from R477m cut due to SALGBC wage increaseThe Collective Agreement includes a 3,5% increase for municipal employees with effect from 1 July 2021, valid for three years until 2023.<p>The Collective Agreement includes a 3,5% increase for municipal employees with effect from 1 July 2021, valid for three years until 2023.<br> <br>While the SALGBC ruling places the City under financial strain, proactive measures are under way to protect frontline service delivery from the impact of the R477 million budget cuts required to fund the wage increase.<br> <br>Funding will be attained through, inter alia, management vacancy cuts, savings from efficiencies, reductions to salary-related personnel costs, and savings from cost containment efforts.<br> <br>I have requested that we protect frontline services from budget cuts, especially in water and sanitation, safety, and community cleaning. </p><p>Where vacant posts need to be cut, these will be management posts, and not frontline service posts. Where cuts to contractual services are required, this will exclude contracts related to basic services in communities. </p><p>On this basis, the Mayoral Committee supported the funding proposal as the most viable course of action, following the bargaining council’s dismissal of the City’s exemption application.<br><br>Our application followed the devastation which has been wrought in our country by the Covid-19 pandemic, and which has been felt most personally by families in the loss of loved ones, but also in the loss of millions of jobs and the closure of tens of thousands of businesses. All of these losses and closures represent extreme financial hardship for the people involved, many of them residents of Cape Town.<br><br>This hardship has left many families without income, or with severely diminished income, and the ability of those families to absorb additional costs is now very limited indeed. <br><br>I have spoken about our common service of a higher purpose – the service of our residents and the building of a city that sets the standards for South Africa. We appreciate the effort of every single member of staff in the City who work to help build the city we envision.<br> <br>It is important to acknowledge the valuable contributions of staff working under difficult conditions throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and national lockdowns. Going forward, the commitment, dedication and professionalism from all of those employed by the City will be required even more so. Now, more than ever, we have to ensure that the City is responsive, accessible, and accountable to the needs of residents.</p><p> <br><strong>End</strong></p>2021-11-30T22:00:00Z1
City launches new layer of HIV testing strategiesThe City of Cape Town today, 1 December 2021, launched two new HIV testing strategies to increase the number of people tested for the virus.<span><p>While HIV testing rates have increased over time, the fear of stigmatisation continues to prevent many from learning their HIV status. The City of Cape Town today, 1 December 2021, launched two new HIV testing strategies to increase the number of people tested for the virus.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:962px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>To mark World AIDS Day, City Health has unveiled two new testing strategies, namely:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Index Case Testing (ICT) which encourages those with HIV to get all ‘at-risk’ contacts (sexual contact, or young children and injecting drug partner(s) within the past year) tested for HIV</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">HIV Self-Screening which allows individuals to do their own HIV test, either in the presence of, and assisted by a healthcare worker, or not</div></li></ul><p>Thus, the new strategies aim to increase the proportion of those who are HIV positive knowing their status, e.g. HIV self-screening may reach a higher proportion of people who have never tested before, and ICT aims to help those at possibly higher risk (from exposure) to test.<br> </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:871px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>Public Health facilities in Cape Town offer different types of screening kits, including a blood-based screening test kit, for a fingerprick test (Insti) and an oral swab test (Oraquick).<br> <br>In the event that an individual’s self-test is positive, they will undergo the usual HIV rapid testing by a lay counsellor or nurse, in accordance with the National HIV Testing Algorithm.<br> <br>‘Forty years ago, the world saw the first visible signs of HIV. So much has changed since then, and the virus that once saw alarming fatality rates is now a manageable chronic disease. However, a lot still depends on getting tested, because if you don’t know your status, you cannot start the lifesaving treatment that has been developed for HIV/Aids. </p><p>‘These new testing strategies are part of the City’s ongoing search for new ways to find undiagnosed people, and offer them treatment so that they remain healthy. It is a massive step forward, and I hope that the public will embrace what is on offer to them, and make informed choices about their health and that of their loved ones,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia van der Ross.<br> </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:962px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span>​​</span><span>​​Apart from the new testing strategies, City facilities have also started with the roll-out of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) services. This is an HIV prevention programme which allows people who test HIV negative to choose to take a daily tablet to prevent them from contracting HIV.<br> <br>This preventative treatment is recommended especially for people who are at high risk of contracting HIV, and will be provided to anyone requesting it. People have the choice of starting and stopping this preventative treatment based on their perceived risk at that period in their life.<br> <br>City facilities are also focussing on making access to treatment more streamlined for those that are on treatment for HIV. <br> <br>Anti-Retroviral Treatment Clubs continue to offer an efficient service for those stable on treatment, and in addition, staff have also started providing alternative ways for medication parcels to be collected, including setting up trailers outside health facilities, alternative pick-up points and Sha’p Left collections.<br> <br> <br><strong>End</strong></span>2021-11-30T22:00:00Z1
City and tourism partners show they care through TravelWise initiativeExperiencing the immediate impact on the stranded passengers at Cape Town International Airport along with the unfolding shock for people working in the hospitality industry<p>​</p><span><p>Our immediate first step was containment of the situation. This meant responding with urgency to what’s going on. Our official Destination Marketing Organisation, Cape Town Tourism (CTT) immediately activated their TravelWise programme to assist passengers who were desperately trying to leave on the last flights out of Cape Town. </p><p>Those people were left stranded and we helped them with logistics such as transport and accommodation requirements. We will continue to help those who are affected, whether it’s travellers who are in limbo or businesses who are depending on those travellers. It’s been great to be part of the dedicated efforts, over the last few days, to ensure we show that Cape Town cares for our visitors after these very unfortunate and sudden travel bans.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>​​​​​​</p><p>The CTT TravelWise programme also ensures that our visitors are safe when in Cape Town. On arrival you are provided with the most up to date safety information, emergency contact numbers and safety tips while out and about in Cape Town.</p><p>Last week, I was invited to do the opening address at a quarterly industry safety briefing hosted by CTT. I was so proud to have been invited to this industry session that was attended by the South African Police Service (SAPS), Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID), SANPARKS, Consular Generals and tourism industry members. These bodies have combined efforts to ensure safety is a key priority leading into our festive season. While all of us continue to adjust to the changes in our world, there are safety trends to watch for, which were identified by these relevant bodies and solutions discussed to ensure our locals and our visitors are safe.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:892px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>Another way CTT are equipping visitors for a safe holiday is with the recent announcement of their partnership with safety response app, Namola. The main aim of this partnership is to give visitors and locals peace of mind wherever you go. Namola is an app that pinpoints your location, immediately gives you an emergency operator to talk to, and gets you the help you need and does so speedily.</p><p>While safety and security in Cape Town present a serious challenge when it comes to tourism in a popular destination for tourists and visitors, now more than ever during these uncertain times, travellers and locals alike need to know that, while they are out and about in Cape Town, they have quick access to an emergency operator to get help should they need to. Namola is free to download and can be accessed easily from your smartphone. If you have safety concerns or need help immediately, just open the app and tap. It's that simple. The app then uses your phone’s GPS location to tell nearby responders who you are and where you are. Trained operators will confirm details and dispatch help from near-by police, sentinels or other emergency officials, so I strongly encourage you to download this app, if you are a visitor or a Cape Town local.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1213px;" /></figure></span><p>We remain committed to ensuring our destination is safe and ready to welcome travellers again and I am proud of the collaborative efforts of our official Destination Marketing and Management Organisation, SAPS, CCID, SANPARKS and Namola. We facilitate year-round programmes focusing on the prevention of tourist and visitor safety incidents through community, stakeholder and enforcement engagements, and implement the use of technology to ensure a safer Cape Town.  </p><p>Caption 1:   From left to right: Jeremiah Foster (Cape Town Tourism), Mumeeb Hendricks (CCID), Thembekile Simango (SANPARKS), James Vos (MMC - City of Cape Town), Ricardo Meyer (Law Enforcement), Captain Ezra October (SAPS), and Lisa Hosking (Cape Town Tourism). </p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> </figure>​​</span><span>​​</span><span>​​</span>2021-11-30T22:00:00Z1







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