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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
City invests in CCTV and Wi-FI services at Hanover Park PTIThe City has invested four million rand in the installation of this infrastructure at the Hanover Park PTI in its efforts to improve the commuting experience for residents <p>​</p><span><p>The City has invested four million rand in the installation of this infrastructure at the Hanover Park PTI in its efforts to improve the commuting experience for residents and to assist in creating a safer environment at the facility and the surrounding area. </p><p>‘I am pleased to see the progress the City’s Transport Shared Services team has managed to achieve over the last two weeks. If all goes according to plan commuters in Hanover Park will have access to Wi-Fi while on the premises of the PTI in July,’</p><p>‘The newly-installed CCTV infrastructure will surely assist in our efforts to provide a safer facility and area for all. These cameras will also assist to pick up number plates, once operational in July,’ said the City’s Executive Mayor, Alderman Dan Plato.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>In total, the City has invested R60 million in the programme for the current financial year ending 30 June 2021. The proposed estimated budget for the roll-out these upgrades at other PTI’s across the City in the 2021/’22 financial year amounts to R38,5 million. </p><p><strong>Thus far the following PTIs have been upgraded with CCTV infrastructure and Wi-Fi services:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Cape Town Station Deck</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Mitchells Plain Main and South</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Joe Gqabi</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Kuwait (Nolungile)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Kuyasa</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Bellville</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Wallacedene</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Durbanville</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Potsdam</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Grassy Park</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Athlone</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Wynberg</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Claremont</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Mowbray</div></li></ul><p><strong>The following PTIs have been prioritised for upgrades soon:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Dunoon</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Makhaza</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Nonqubela</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Kuils River</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Langa <br></div></li></ul> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:2201px;" /> </figure>​​</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







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