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City meets with Mfuleni community leadersThe City has attended to hundreds of faults in recent months and disconnects illegal connections to City infrastructure in Mfuleni <p></p><span><p>Mfuleni is supplied by both Eskom and the City. Eskom is responsible for the maintenance and repairs of its infrastructure, where it supplies electricity within Mfuleni.</p><p>Mfuleni has experienced massive unlawful land occupation in the past two years resulting in some of the new settlements not being serviced and residents resorting to illegal electricity connections, which are straining the distribution reticulation infrastructure. This causes overloading and premature failure of equipment. While electrification of the settlements would assist to put a stop to these illegal connections, it has not been possible because they were established on land parcels that were not proclaimed for human settlement and in some cases, on private land. The City has, however, fast tracked the reproclaiming of land parcels in the area which could be considered suitable and will soon allow those land parcels which have been proclaimed to be electrified by either Eskom or the City depending on their location.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/VAN%20REENEN_MFULENI1.jpg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>'We engaged community leaders and Eskom about solutions to resolve ongoing vandalism and illegal connections in the area. We simply cannot allow this criminality to continue. Constant repairs of the same vandalised infrastructure is not feasible and unfortunately places significant pressure on City resources. This negatively impacts our residents, who experience outages and insufficient street lighting. When the City disconnects illegal connections, criminals often reconnect and vandalise infrastructure further within hours, leaving many homes without electricity for extended periods. Between January and June 2022, illegal connections and vandalism to electricity infrastructure in the Mfuleni area cost the City more than R2 million.</p><p>'There is no justification for communities to take matters in their own hands and establish illegal connections in the absence of formal electrification. This is not only unsafe for the community but also vandalises and destroys electricity equipment and is a criminal offence. We urge residents to help us bring criminals to book by reporting illegal electricity connections to the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the City.</p><p>'We are offering a reward to anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest, confiscation of stolen or illegal goods or the handing-in of illegal or stolen goods. This reward is also applicable to information leading to the arrest of people vandalising, damaging or stealing electricity infrastructure or installing illegal connections. We call on communities across the metro to work with us to help protect community infrastructure,' said Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Councillor Beverley van Reenen.</p><p><strong>Report damage to municipal electrical infrastructure:</strong></p><p><strong>• SMS:</strong> 31220</p><p>• <strong>Email:</strong> <a href="mailto:power@capetown.gov.za" target="_blank">power@capetown.gov.za</a></p><p><strong>Anonymous tip-offs welcomed:</strong></p><p>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> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2022-08-11T22:00:00Z1
City’s Mobile Office on the way to Bellville Southhe City's Customer Relations Department mobile team will assist residents with logging queries and service requests electronically.<p>The intention is to provide customer services to communities who are far from municipal facilities such as customer care, housing and subcouncil offices or freecall lines. The City's Customer Relations Department mobile team will assist residents with logging queries and service requests electronically. To date, the mobile office team has been very effective in resolving long outstanding queries for residents.</p><p>'We are bringing our services to the residents, and affording them the opportunity to enquire and to solve issues without having to spend time and money on transport. Thus, we encourage all residents to take advantage of this opportunity and to visit the mobile office. Residents are reminded to please bring their municipal accounts and/or IDs to help ease the process,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Alderman Theresa Uys.</p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2022-08-11T22:00:00Z1
City-backed Masters Hockey World Cup just 50 days away The World Masters Hockey World Cup will take place at the Western Province Cricket & Hockey Club and Hartleyvale Hockey Stadium from 1 to 10 October 2022<p>​</p><span><p style="text-align:justify;">The World Masters Hockey World Cup will take place at the Western Province Cricket & Hockey Club and Hartleyvale Hockey Stadium from 1 to 10 October 2022.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The tournament will feature 84 teams from more than 23 countries. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The World Masters Hockey World Cup represents the pinnacle of competitive Masters Hockey (35 – 85) and is presented biannually in host cities identified by World Masters Hockey (WMH). </p><p style="text-align:justify;">WMH granted the SA Masters the right to host the 2022 edition in Cape Town for both men and women in the age categories: 45+; 50+; 55+ and 60+. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Approximately 2 750 players and support staff will be in Cape Town for the duration of the tournament.  <br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/world%20hockey1.jpg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>'The City is proud to be hosting another exciting international sporting tournament. In recent months, we have seen Cape Town come alive again with events that unite residents, and bring us together in celebration. We look forward to welcoming fans and visitors and wish the players and spectators a thrilling and successful tournament,' said Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The World Cup will also contribute to South African Hockey Association's (SAHA) Modified Hockey Programme (MHP), a legacy project aimed at introducing field hockey in the foundation and intermediate phase physical education curriculum. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The programme equips teachers with skills to use the lesson plan to expose pupils to hockey, but more importantly to movement skills, ball skills, teamwork and success. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">During the World Cup, the Modified Hockey Programme will run a development clinic for 40 children from across the metro. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">'We know hosting major events contribute significantly to the economy through job creation, as well as opportunities for the tourism industry. More importantly, these events are able to equip residents with necessary skills that they can use for success. For the City, supporting events that contribute to the development of young people forms part of the broader strategy aimed at ensuring that the youth in Cape Town have opportunities. We believe the Masters Hockey World Cup will also expose the sport to communities who would otherwise not have those opportunities,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security Alderman JP Smith.        <br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/world%20hockey2.jpg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information on the tournament, tickets and general event information, visit the SA Masters website <a href="http://www.samastershockey.co.za/" target="_blank">www.samastershockey.co.za</a>. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2022-08-11T22:00:00Z1
Links, registration for City’s online meetings about proposals for baboon-affected areas​The City of Cape Town will, as from next week, meet with residents and businesses from baboon-affected areas to discuss a suite of more sustainable proposals<p>The meetings will be online, and all residents, businesses, interest groups and affected parties are invited. </p><p>Three meetings have been added, these are for Sunnydale, Simon's Town Main (Waterfall troop) and Constantia north of Constantia Nek (Constantia 2 troop). </p><p>Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting relevant to their area, and any other meeting if they so wish.</p><p><strong>The meetings will be hosted online on Zoom. Kindly note the links, dates and times, and that </strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>registration is required</strong></span><strong>.</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>Kommetjie (Slangkop troop): Tuesday, 16 August 2022 from 18:00 to 19:30 </strong></li></ul><p>Register in advance for this meeting:</p><p><a href="https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUkduqqqDIsHdAdK2mf74PWq9A6C733wQzy" target="_blank">https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUkduqqqDIsHdAdK2mf74PWq9A6C733wQzy</a> </p><p>After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>Scarborough and Misty Cliffs (Groot Olifantsbos troop): Wednesday, 17 August 2022 from 18:00 to 19:30</strong></li></ul><p>Register in advance for this meeting:</p><p><a href="https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvf-mprz4uGtJhI3j68pQTD8Hw8es7gdEZ" target="_blank">https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvf-mprz4uGtJhI3j68pQTD8Hw8es7gdEZ</a>  </p><p>After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>Constantia south of Constantia Nek, Tokai, Zwaanswyk (Constantia 1 troop, Tokai/Zwaanswyk troops, Mountain 1 and 2 troops): Tuesday, 23 August 2022 from 18:00 to 19:30</strong></li></ul><p>Register in advance for this meeting:</p><p><a href="https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0kd-iorz0pEtE8QkNmv31122bKxJN4tY0w" target="_blank">https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0kd-iorz0pEtE8QkNmv31122bKxJN4tY0w</a>  </p><p>After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>Da Gama, Welcome Glen, Glencairn (Da Gama troop): Wednesday, 24 August 2022 from 18:00 to 19:30</strong></li></ul><p>Register in advance for this meeting:</p><p><a href="https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrcOyrpzgjH9ERHOFxx63-jlB9mOgNB4hb" target="_blank">https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrcOyrpzgjH9ERHOFxx63-jlB9mOgNB4hb</a> </p><p>After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>Simon's Town South and Murdock Valley (Smitswinkel Bay troop): Tuesday, 30 August 2022 from 18:00 to 19:30</strong></li></ul><p>Register in advance for this meeting:</p><p><a href="https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUudu-spjgqGtIBNzABl7aFvhs2SwDf8-un" target="_blank">https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUudu-spjgqGtIBNzABl7aFvhs2SwDf8-un</a> </p><p>After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.</p><ul><li><strong>Sunnydale, Capri, Imhoff's Gift, Heron Park, Ocean View (Slangkop troop): Wednesday, 14 September 2022 from 18:00 to 19:30</strong><br><br>Register in advance for this meeting:<br><br><a href="https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrdeygrjMpHNHY_0oZBBvB1pbxRzDHM4Bk" target="_blank">https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrdeygrjMpHNHY_0oZBBvB1pbxRzDHM4Bk</a> <br><br>After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.<br><br> </li><li><strong>Simon's Town main (Waterfall troop): Thursday, 15 September 2022 from 18:00 to 19:30</strong><br><br>Register in advance for this meeting:<br><br><a href="https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvd-ysrDwsHtBlCZsoDZC3KqXxjTtVyHfL" target="_blank">https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvd-ysrDwsHtBlCZsoDZC3KqXxjTtVyHfL</a> <br><br>After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.<br><br> </li><li><strong>Constantia north of Constantia Nek (Constantia 2 troop): Thursday, 22 September from 18:00 to 19:30</strong><br><br>Register in advance for this meeting:<br><br><a href="https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMpd-mprj8uGd3D1VAlG042splSN0N30UIw" target="_blank">https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMpd-mprj8uGd3D1VAlG042splSN0N30UIw</a> <br><br>After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.<br><br> <strong>The City's initial proposals include the following, and may be expanded following the outcome of the upcoming engagements:</strong></li></ul><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Work with communities in finding sustainable solutions suitable to each community's unique circumstances and needs</li><li>The installation of strategic and virtual fences where the environment allows, with permission from SANParks and residents' support</li><li>Establishing Special Rating Areas (SRAs) in baboon-affected suburbs where the special rates can fund solutions to keep baboons out of the urban area</li><li>An overlay zone as part of the City's Development Management Scheme, imposing conditions on new developments in areas close to baboons' natural habitat</li><li>Improved law-enforcement of the City's by-laws, in particular the Integrated Waste Management and Animal Keeping By-laws</li><li>A grant-in-aid for a welfare organisation to respond to injured wild animals and wild animals in distress across the whole metro, including baboons</li><li>Involving all relevant City departments to improve waste management, electricity installations (so that baboons are not electrocuted), road signage warnings, and so forth to ensure City operations are baboon friendly</li><li>Assisting communities with education on baboon proofing and awareness</li><li>To work with SANParks and CapeNature on a Memorandum of Understanding to govern baboon management in the Cape Peninsula</li><li>To assist the joint Task Team consisting of representatives from SANParks, CapeNature, together with other key roleplayers, and the City with the development of a workplace and participative approach for the management of a sustainable population of baboons on the Cape Peninsula<span style="text-decoration:line-through;"> </span></li></ul><p>In June 2022, SANParks, CapeNature, and the City of Cape Town, agreed to work together and engage other key roleplayers to initiate a more sustainable approach for the management of the Chacma baboon population in the Cape Peninsula. </p><p>The outcome of the City's meetings with residents, businesses, and interested and affected parties, will be presented to the joint Task Team consisting of SANParks, CapeNature, and the City, together with other key role players. </p><p>The Task Team is responsible for the transition to a more sustainable approach with the intention to have this in place, or in progress, by 30 June 2023. This is when the City's three-year contract with NCC Environmental Services, who is currently managing the Urban Baboon Programme on the City's behalf, is coming to an end. </p><p>Given this end-date, the City is meeting with residents and businesses from baboon-affected areas to discuss a wide range of proposals.</p><p>'The City proposes that under the new approach, communities will become directly involved in devising and implementing solutions that are suitable to their unique circumstances. Our intention is to facilitate, support, and guide local solutions for local challenges.</p><p>'I encourage residents and interested parties to please attend these meetings. The more people participate in this process, the better the outcomes will be. The success of the new approach will rely on the support and active participation of affected communities and residents,' said the City's Deputy Mayor and Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Eddie Andrews.</p><p>The comments and proposals received at these meetings will be presented to the joint Task Team who is responsible for the transition to a more sustainable approach for the management of the Chacma baboon population in the Cape Peninsula. </p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2022-08-11T22:00:00Z1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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