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Cameras assist in cable theft clampdownThe fight against cable theft is ongoing and the impact is far reaching. Criminals do not see the families who are left without electricity<p>​</p><span><p>‘The fight against cable theft is ongoing and the impact is far reaching. Criminals do not see the families who are left without electricity, they have no sympathy for the students who cannot study after cable theft disables computers and they clearly have scant regard for the lives and livelihoods that could be lost because of exposed wires or the impact on public transport or otherwise affected infrastructure,’ said the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>The Metro Police Strategic Surveillance Unit oversees nearly 850 CCTV cameras across the metropole, excluding cameras monitoring the freeways and transport routes and interchanges.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" /> </figure></span><span><p>From January to May this year SSU detected 72 cable theft incidents in the CCTV footprint compared to the previous year where 92 incidents were detected during the same time frame.</p><p>Most of the incidents occurred in May when 23 were detected which is an exponential increase compared to the previous year when three incidents were detected.</p><p>‘So far this year eight people have been arrested for cable theft, compared to a total of 13 for the entire 2020, and this is partly due to an increase in the number of camera installations. The cameras play an important role in the early detection of criminal behaviour and enable us to respond faster when criminal activity is detected. Officers are often able to catch the criminals red handed because of an alert by the CCTV control room, preventing further damage to infrastructure, ' said Alderman Smith.</p><p>While cable theft is rife across the city, the hotspots include Belhar, Manenberg, Khayelitsha and Woodstock.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" /> </figure></span><span><p>The most incidents occur on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday with the highest frequency of incidents is occurring during 18:00 to 21:00 and 0:00 to 03:00 during the night.<br>‘Cable thieves clearly operate at a time when they think no one is watching. Knowing big brother is watching may deter some thieves and extends our enforcement footprint,’ added Alderman Smith.<br>The recorded footage can be shared with SAPS for the purposes of their investigations and gives an unbiased look at incidents where there may not be any other information or witness accounts. </p><p>Strict measures are in place to ensure the chain of custody is preserved in the handing over of footage.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" /></figure></span><p>Residents can report vandalism of City infrastructure to the City’s Call Centre on 0860 103 089 or call 107 contact number (021 480 7700). Members of the public can report cable theft or provide tip-offs to the Metals Theft Unit control room on 0800 222 771 or 021 400 2828.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br> </p><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> </figure>​​</span><span>​​</span><span>​​</span>2021-06-23T22:00:00Z1
City’s Ravensmead Park upgrade project on track​The City of Cape Town’s Ravensmead Park upgrade project is progressing well<span><p>​​​​​​The incremental upgrade project will provide much relief to the residents of the Ravensmead Park informal settlement, as 51 housing opportunities will be created through this project. This upgrade project includes formalised roads, and an internal water supply, including erf connections and internal sewer infrastructure. The Ravenmead Park project uses Alternative Building Technologies such as the Greenlite Block. The Greenlite building block is a light weight block and is easy to use during construction.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>‘We are pleased with the Ravensmead Park upgrade project progress thus far, and we are excited that it will be completed by August 2022, if all goes according to plan. The project has various phased development stages, and the next phase can only commence once the beneficiaries are relocated from their current informal structures into their newly constructed homes.<br> <br>‘The project will improve the living conditions of the residents. The City will ensure that the opportunities will accommodate the disabled and visually impaired residents from Ravensmead Park. In addition, each household will receive either a title deed or tenure certificate once the upgrade project has been completed.<br> <br>‘We remain committed to enabling opportunities and to improving the lives of the most vulnerable residents in the metro. We thank the community, City teams and contractors for the hard work and dedication on this project which will provide beneficiaries with their opportunities in the near future,’ said Councillor Malusi Booi. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>The City is increasingly looking at innovative, partnership-driven projects to enable the delivery of affordable accommodation by using various types of housing and accommodation. This is necessary to address the growing demand for affordable housing in Cape Town, as with other urban centres across South Africa. </p><p>The City’s new Human Settlements Strategy is a blueprint for the changes that are required in the housing regime to enable the larger scale delivery of affordable housing for those earning less than R22 000 per month. </p><p><strong>Read more here: </strong><a href="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a></p><p>Anonymous tip-offs welcomed to safeguard projects from unlawful occupation:<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> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /></figure></span><p>Captions<br>Photo 1: Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi and Councillor Beverley Van Reenen at the Ravensmead upgrade project.</p><p><br>End</p><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> </figure>​​</span><span>​​</span><span>​​</span>2021-06-23T22:00:00Z1
Motorists reminded of July renewal peakThe City urges motorists who are due to renew their licence discs in July to do so as soon as possible<p>The City urges motorists who are due to renew their licence discs in July to do so as soon as possible, to avoid unnecessary delays due to the expected increase in license disc renewals in the coming month. Motorists are again urged to act proactively, check the licence disc on the vehicle and plan for a longer renewal turnaround time. </p><p>Please only visit an office in person for urgent business, and do so very early in the day or use our online options where possible. If applying online, remember to plan for the processing of the licence as well as the delivery, which could take about three to four weeks through the South African Post Office. <br>   <br>‘With the current Covid-19 resurgence, we encourage customers to please make use of our online service offerings, where possible. It is important to avoid crowded areas and facilities and to only visit an office for urgent business. We remind customers that the national Covid-19 regulations still apply and the City must adhere to these. This impacts on the number of staff operating at the same time, customers allowed in the offices, and thus turnaround times. We will continue to make sure that we offer services to the best of our ability and continue to liaise with the national authorities in charge of licensing to see how the customer experience can be improved amid the high volumes. Last year, the City’s dedicated team managed to process applications for the 1,3 million registered vehicles in Cape Town in a record time of six months. This would normally take a year. We thank customers for their patience and understanding,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Finance and Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson.</p><p><strong>Tips </strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Please plan ahead. Check your licence disc renewal date. </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Customers are reminded that fines are nationally determined and the City may not unilaterally write off fines.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Please plan for a turnaround time of approximately three to four weeks currently from application to receipt of the licence when applying online via e-Services. </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">The length of queues at motor licensing offices have reduced in general. However, it may still seem long due to the social distancing and other Covid-19 measures that are in place. The waiting period is likely to increase over the peak months. </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">If customers must visit a customer office in person, please remember that there is Covid-19 screening at the entrances and a limited number of customers are allowed in at a time due to Covid-19 regulations. Social distancing is required and must be adhered to and masks are compulsory. </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Motorists only need their ID for motor vehicle licensing and registration renewals. </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">To check customer office operating hours, please visit the Operations and Service Notifications document on the City’s website. The City communicates Covid-19 operational updates as fast as possible on CTAlerts on Twitter. </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Motorists are reminded that they are not allowed to drive an unlicensed vehicle or a vehicle where a valid licence disc is not displayed. </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Motorists are further reminded to update their cell phone numbers and email addresses when applying and paying for their licences online and at licensing offices as they will be receiving renewal reminders via their cell phones or email addresses. </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Senior citizens, pregnant customers and customers with disabilities are urged to move to the front of the queue where they will be assisted as soon as possible. </div></li></ul><p><strong>Contacts</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">To register for e-Services visit: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">For motor vehicle registration and licensing assistance: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></div></li></ul><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;">ATM: contact your bank to add the City as an ATM beneficiary </div></li></ul><p> <br>End</p>2021-06-22T22:00:00Z1
What residents need to know about the Council-approved new water metering approachOver the coming months, the City of Cape Town will be implementing its revised approach to domestic metering, which encourages residents to manage their own water usage<p>​</p><p>Over the coming months, starting 1 July 2021, the City’s Water and Sanitation Department will begin the process of releasing volume-restricting water meters to ‘open flow’. Registered indigent households will no longer have a Water Management Device (WMD) with a daily volume of water allocated to the property, but will need to take responsibility for ensuring the amount of water used at the property remains within the newly increased monthly limit of 15 000 litres (15Kl). </p><p>Gradually over time, WMDs, the meters capable of restricting volumes of water allocated on a daily basis, will be replaced by conventional meters, when the WMD reaches the end of its expected lifespan. Remaining stock of WMDs will be installed where meter replacements are required, but set to ‘open flow’, during the transition period.</p><p>This approach formed part of the changes to the Tariff Policy as per the 2021/22 Tabled Budget that was approved by Council.</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:100%;"><strong>Customers who qualify for indigent</strong> <strong>benefits</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><ul><li>Existing WMD meters will be set to 'open flow', over time with effect from 1 July 2021. It will not happen immediately for all meters and will be done in phases. Customers will be notified of changes to the settings. These customers will now be required to keep their monthly water use within a limit of 15 000 litres per month (which is an average of 500 litres per day) as approved by Council.<br></li><li><strong>Water and sanitation will be provided at no charge to indigent properties, but water usage on the property may not exceed 15 000 litres per month (daily average of 500 litres)</strong>.</li></ul><ul><li>As leaks on private plumbing will be counted by the meter as part of usage, property owners must act quickly to fix leaks. Households should check their monthly bills and usage each month for any significant spikes or high monthly usage as an alert to underground leaks. (The City will still assist with once-off fixing of leaks on the indigent property where this has not been provided previously). See 'find and fix leaks' guide at <a href="" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a><br> </li><li>If water usage on the residential property is higher than 15 000 litres a month (daily average of 500 litres) for two consecutive months, a warning letter will be sent asking for the usage to be lowered to required levels by the following month.<br></li><li>If usage is higher than 15 000 litres a month (daily average of 500 litres) for a third consecutive month, despite the issued warning, then a flow restricting disc will be inserted in the meter to limit water supply to a trickle flow.</li></ul><p>These discs are designed to allow 6 000 litres (6kl) per month to the property, which is aligned with the free basic allocation provided for in South Africa's national water standards. This disc will remain in place for the following <strong>12 consecutive months</strong>. After the 12-month period has passed, the disc will be removed and the same process for the property will start again.</p><ul><li>Customers who are currently exceeding the usage limit will be informed early in the new financial year (from July 2021) to ensure further awareness of the new procedures and allowing for change of behaviour during the first two billing cycles within the new financial year before warning letters are sent to customers.</li></ul></td></tr></tbody></table><p><br>‘The City will continue to support registered indigent residents with monthly water allocation at no charge, while promoting active management of that allocation. As indicated above, the volume of water provided to qualifying indigent households is being increased, and they have the opportunity to independently manage their monthly water usage, and play an active role in the collective effort to avoid wastage and maintain a sustainable level of water use.</p><p>‘Residential property owners with tenants (including landlords with backyard tenants) should pay close attention to collective/ overall water usage on their property, and ensure it remains below the approved limit. This is the responsibility of the property owner. </p><p>‘Going forward, residents will be equipped with the necessary information to help them manage their water usage including knowing how to read their water meters and how to identify and fix leaks,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste, Alderman Xanthea Limberg. </p><p><strong>Visit</strong> <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p><strong>View the Budget here</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p><strong>Visit</strong> <a href="" target="_blank"></a> to apply for indigent relief.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2021-06-21T22:00:00Z1







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