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City’s enforcement agencies confiscate nearly 20 illegal firearms in a monthOn 1 August 2021 at approximately 19:25, LEAP officers were patrolling in Rolbal Street, Beacon Valley area where shooting was reported earlier in the evening<p>​</p><span><p>Law Enforcement Officers recovered 11 firearms in July. One confiscation happened in Atlantis on 15 July, while officers attached to LEAP recovered ten firearms – four in Nyanga, two in Hanover Park and one in Khayelitsha, Delft and Bishop Lavis respectively. This included a confiscation on Saturday, 31 July 2021 when LEAP officers were on patrol  in Brown’s Farm  when they observed a suspicious male. They searched the suspect and found him in possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition, including one empty case. The suspect, firearm and ammunition were booked in at the South African Police Service.</p><p>On 1 August 2021 at approximately 19:25, LEAP officers were patrolling in Rolbal Street,  Beacon Valley area where shooting was reported  earlier in the evening. A member of the public alerted officers to a firearm that was thrown on a roof by three alleged gang members.<br> <br>Officers found a 9mm firearm on the roof, along with a magazine containing 14  rounds of ammunition and another round in the chamber. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure>​​<span>The City’s Metro Police Department confiscated five firearms, 50 rounds of ammunition and two imitation firearms in July. <p>‘Confiscating an illegal firearm means preventing  a potentially serious crime from happening and protecting innocent lives from being lost. The latest recovery of an illegal handgun with a loaded magazine and one round chambered is a possible indication that the gang members were about to use the firearm. It also indicates that they are not afraid to use the illegal firearm while knowing very well that it is unlawful. There are far more illegal firearms in the possession of criminals then those we have confiscated. Our consistent and increased confiscation of illegal firearms send out a clear message to criminals that we will not allow them to roam the streets of our communities,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.<br><br>During general weekly enforcement operations, Law Enforcement officers arrested 63 suspects for offences such as metal theft and possession of drugs, and issued 3 236 fines.<br><br>Apart from  the many enforcement operations conducted by officers they also go above and beyond the call of duty to  protect lives. On 22 July 2021 Law Enforcement officers assisted a woman from Mitchell’s Plain who tried to commit suicide next to the R300. Officers succeeded in calming the woman in their patrol car as they waited for an ambulance that took her to hospital for professional medical assistance.</p><p><strong>Metro Police </strong></p><p>During weekly operations, officers arrested 58 suspects for crimes which included domestic violence and commercial crime. Officers also issued 2 546 fines.<br><br>On 1 August 2021 Metro Police officers were busy with a  routine vehicle inspection in the Delft area. Officers attempted to stop a White VW Jetta at Delft Main Road but the driver ignored the instruction and drove away. Officers pursued the vehicle and managed to stop it at Duller Road. Officers approached the driver and they noticed that inside the vehicle there were two 750 ml bottles of beers opened.  The driver who tried to run away assaulted the officers but the officers managed to apprehend him. He was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol, failing to comply with a lawful Instruction, assaulting an officer, reckless and negligent driving and resisting arrest. The 30-year-old suspect was detained at Delft SAPS.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1898px;" /> </figure>​​</span></span><span><p><strong>Traffic Service </strong><br>During weekly patrols officers arrested 56 suspects, impounded 21 vehicles, 82 cell phones and issued 32 646 fines.</p><p>On Sunday, 1 August 2021 officers from the Ghost Squad  stopped a suspicious vehicle in Stellenbosch and Main Roads, Delft with two male occupants and discovered dagga inside the vehicle. The suspects  were arrested for possession of, and dealing in dagga. The suspects were taken to Delft SAPS.</p><p>‘We will intensify our fight against crime and assist the South African Police Service to get the criminals off the street. As I said before, arresting suspects and opening criminal cases is the first hurdle in crime prevention. The second important part is a court case and prosecution.   It’s time for the criminal justice system to improve efficiency and increase successful convictions, added Alderman Smith. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:642px;" /> </figure><strong>End​​</strong></span>2021-08-01T22:00:00Z1
The City continues to deliver title deeds to beneficiariesAlderman Grant Twigg's title deed handover.<p>​Alderman Twigg was joined by PR Councillor Kyle Carls (Ward 7), who assisted with the title deeds process. </p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure><p>​‘Empowering residents who were previously denied access to property ownership is one of the City’s key priority areas to bring about redress. The handing over of title deeds allows homeowners to live in dignity in a home they can call theirs. It is an investment that will grow in value and that will become an asset for them and their loved ones. There is no greater pride than taking care of a house that you can call your own and turning it into a home.</p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure><p>​‘Many families still live as tenants or without ownership rights in houses they have lived in for generations. Handing over title deeds is a way in which the City can rectify the injustices of the past,’ said Alderman Grant Twigg, Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Management. </p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure>​​</span></span></span><p>‘Thank you very much to the City of Cape Town because they did such a good thing for me.  Thank you all,’ said Alida Groves.</p><p>‘As part of the education around being responsible property owners, we are partnering with the financial sector to help empower our beneficiaries with the much-needed information to make informed decisions about financial matters related to their assets, such as wills, testaments and insurance.</p><p>‘The Covid-19 regulations has forced us to think out of the box. Where we in the past, invited beneficiaries to community engagements to collect their title deeds, we are now hand delivering it to their homes. Covid-19 cannot stop us from rendering services and restoring dignity to our communities and residents. Service delivery is about improving the lives of people and adding value to their livelihoods – Today is a firm demonstration of our commitment to build a caring and inclusive city,’ said Alderman Twigg.</p><p>Caption 1:  Alida Groves</p><p>Caption 2: Alderman Grant Twigg, Alida Groves, Councillor Kyle Carls</p><p>Caption 3:  Alderman Grant Twigg and Patricia Esau<br></p>2021-08-01T22:00:00Z1
City continues to monitor RietvleiThe City’s monitoring of poor water quality at Rietvlei is showing that the heavy rainfall and stormwater ingress into sewers in recent weeks<p>​</p><p>The City’s monitoring of poor water quality at Rietvlei is showing that the heavy rainfall and stormwater ingress into sewers in recent weeks, and resultant sewage overflows, is likely behind continued elevated levels of E.coli in Rietvlei. </p><p>All water to Rietvlei is channelled via the Bayside Canal, which is likely to be impacted in the case of a sewer blockage, or stormwater ingress in surrounding areas or a fault at a pump station. The canal, like all water bodies in the City, is also susceptible to polluted urban runoff.</p><p><strong>Please note that Rietvlei is not connected to the Diep River, except during large flood events, not experienced to-date for this year.</strong></p><p>The City has been conducting regular water tests to monitor the water quality, and continues to investigate possible undiscovered pollution sources based on these results. </p><p><strong>These investigation efforts include:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Condition assessments of the infrastructure to determine irregularities, e.g damage or illegal cross connections needing attention</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Stormwater ingress to sewer inspections where there is suspicion of sewer system hydraulic overload during rainy seasons</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Ongoing random inspections of business premises to monitor compliance with the Stormwater Management By-law and the Wastewaster and Industrial Effluent By-law.  </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Monitoring of stormwater outlets during wet and dry seasons draining into the Rietvlei.   </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Conducting proactive inspections of other potential pollution sources.</div></li></ul><p><strong>City’s efforts in Rietvlei area:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Ongoing maintenance efforts are underway to help pump stations in the area cope with high volumes of stormwater and foreign objects. This includes new valves and an electrical control panel worth about R4,6 million at the Table View East pump station.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">A barrier wall was also constructed in mid-July to prevent the Table View West pump station from flooding during rainfall, as this lead to a breakdown and sewage overflows previously.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Efforts to unblock sewers are ongoing.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Table View East pump station will be upgraded at a cost of R30 million. This is part of the estimated R62 million long-term upgrade of the Table View bulk sewer, which includes the Table View West pump station, planned to be completed by 2028/29. </div></li></ul><p>Residents are assured the health of waterways is a top strategic priority for the City under the new post-drought Water Strategy, which aims to transition Cape Town to a Water Sensitive city over the next two decades through a combination of major infrastructure investment and behaviour change.</p><p>Residents are reminded that sewers should only be used to dispose of human waste, toilet paper and grey water. </p><p>The City regrets the inconvenience caused to the public during this time, however the safety of water users is important, and as such, the waterbody will reopen as soon as the test results indicate it is safe to do so. </p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2021-07-31T22:00:00Z1
City’s non-stop mitigation efforts contain Zeekoevlei pollution The sewer overflow was the result of heavy rains leading to significant stormwater ingress, damaged manholes in the vicinity and infrastructure damage due to illegal dumping into the sewer system<p>​</p><p>The sewer overflow was the result of heavy rains leading to significant stormwater ingress, damaged manholes in the vicinity and infrastructure damage due to illegal dumping into the sewer system. The spill has now been contained with no further seepage into the vlei. This follows successful efforts to divert most of the seepage away from the vlei and into the nearby cut off drain and wastewater pond system. </p><p>The City has been conducting regular water tests to monitor the water quality. Due to the high E. coli count, the water quality in Zeekoevlei remains above levels deemed safe for intermediate recreational contact. Water quality monitoring continues.</p><p><strong>Efforts to date include:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;"><strong>Sandbags</strong> being placed around overflowing manholes in an attempt to mitigate and divert the flow from entering the Zeekoevlei. </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">I<strong>dentification and repair</strong> of damaged manholes which were a likely significant contributor to the sewer overflows. Going forward, these manholes will need to be redesigned and built higher above the ground. The chimneys of the damaged manholes are currently in the process of being reconstructed.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;"><strong>Emergency repairs</strong> to the inlet works at the Cape WWTW due to the overwhelming of screw pumps which had been progressively damaged by illegal dumping and wear and tear of the mechanical infrastructure. Ordinarily, the wastewater pond system would compensate for sewer overflows related to screw pump failure, but in this instance heavy rains, stormwater ingress, and damaged manholes in the area impacted the effectiveness of fail-safe measures. Nine temporary pumps were used at the inlet to assist in diverting some of the sewage away from the vlei. Most of the sewage entered into the sub surface cut off drains with some of the sewage going into the wastewater pond system. </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;"><strong>A draft Rehabilitation and Repair plan </strong>for Zeekoevlei sets out immediate steps between now and April 2022 regarding roads and picnic area, terrestrial ecosystem, banks of the vlei, and the water body. A consultant will be appointed to further develop this plan. Some urgent superficial cleaning of the banks is already taking place. </div></li></ul><p><strong>The City is now taking immediate rehabilitation steps, including:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">clearing of sludge, sand, litter and debris from the access road, paved side road and picnic sites; </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">reinstatement and repair of brick paving; </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">repair of tarred access road where subsidence has occurred; </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">removal of a one metre edge of sludge, vegetation and litter;</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">removal of litter washed in due to sewage flow; and</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">bank shaping and revegetation. </div></li></ul><p>Attention to the water body is critical and an upgrade of the main Zeekoevlei weir will be looked at to assist in improving the water quality and removing sediment, which will mitigate the inflow and accumulation of sewage.</p><p>The City will continue to engage with stakeholders to find ways to address concerns holistically, and has further responded to the pre-directive issued by the Western Cape Government’s Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning regarding the pollution at Zeekoevlei.  </p><p><strong>Major Infrastructure programme to improve resilience</strong></p><p>The City is investing billions over the next decade to upgrade water and sanitation infrastructure. Upgrades will also consider how to make infrastructure more resilient against damage from illegal dumping and abuse of the sewer system.</p><p>Illegal dumping is also a major driver of damage to manholes, and the City continues to consider design innovations in response to this, while also replacing over 300 stolen and damaged manhole covers every single month. </p><p>The R350 million upgrade to the inlet works at the Cape Flats Wastewater Treatment Plant, for example, will consider the installation of mechanical screens to mitigate against infrastructure damage from material that is illegally dumped into the sewer system.</p><p>In the interim, residents are reminded that sewers should only be used to dispose of human waste, toilet paper and grey water. The City asks residents to please help spread awareness throughout their communities. </p><p><strong>Rondevlei Rehabilitation Plan</strong></p><p>Residents are advised that Rondevlei and Zeekoevlei are adjacent separate water bodies. Some recent sewage spills have impacted on Rondevlei, but surface-flow from Zeekoevlei will not flow into Rondevlei.</p><p>A previous sewer spill occurred on the southern end of Rondevlei between the 9-10 July due to a manhole on the Retreat/Seawinds line which was vandalised. Staff were unfortunately mugged and shot at while doing repairs, but were fortunately unharmed. </p><p>A trench was dug by the City’s Sewer Reticulation team to mitigate the impact on the nature reserve. This particular sewer spill did not enter Rondevlei itself.  A mitigation/rehabilitation plan is being planned for the area. This will include scraping of areas in and around the affected areas in the nature reserve, and removing the scraped polluted material to a suitable disposal site. Ongoing water quality monitoring is taking place.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2021-07-31T22:00:00Z1







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