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Capetonians act for a cleaner Mother City City's efforts to keep the City clean gains momentum<p>​</p><div>Since the City of Cape Town launched the #SpringCleanCT campaign, the public have enabled us to do more together through various community clean-ups.<br></div><div><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure>​</span>The City is happy to report that community-led clean-ups have resulted in over 26 800 bags of litter, including recyclables, being removed in the past two weeks of the campaign. </div><div> </div><div>‘It is encouraging to see more people joining the #SpringCleanCT campaign. It is all of our responsibility to ensure we keep our communities clean. The City has also added 300 temporary workers to pick up litter around hotspots, which is showing results,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Waste Management, Alderman Grant Twigg.<br></div><div><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> </figure>​​</span><img src="" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:880px;" /><br></div><div> </div><div>The City has launched a 24-hour toll-free number to report tip-offs about illegal dumping activity. Those convicted of illegal dumping could be fined up to R5 000, have their vehicle impounded, or face a two-year prison sentence. In addition, for every report that leads to a fine and conviction, the City is offering a reward from R1000 up to R5000, depending on the offence.</div><div> </div><div>‘I am happy to see that our solid waste by-law enforcement unit has been busy alongside our awareness teams in handing out fines for those who were found in transgression. A total of 149 notices were issued in the past two weeks,’ said Alderman Twigg.</div><div> <span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure>​​</span>The public can use the below contact details to communicate with the City about illegal dumping in their area:</div><div> </div><div>24-Hour toll-free Tip-off line: 0800 110077</div><div><strong>Email:</strong> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style=""></span></div><div>To notify the City about dumping that needs to be cleared, please call 0860 103 089. Please include photographs or details that can help Law Enforcement identify and penalise the culprits.</div><div> </div><div>Get involved by organising or joining a clean-up</div><div>   </div><div>Tag your clean-up with <strong>#SpringCleanCT</strong> to show your pride in our beautiful mother city!</div><div> </div><div>Feel free to include us on:</div><div><strong>Twitter:</strong> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="">@CityofCT</span>, <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="">@Geordinhl</span>, and <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="">@GrantTwigg</span></div><div> <br></div><div><strong>Facebook:</strong> City of Cape Town, <strong>Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis</strong>, and <strong>Alderman Grant Twigg</strong></div><div>  <br></div><div>For more info, visit: <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style=""></span></div><div> </div><div><strong>End</strong><br></div><div><br><br></div><p><br></p>2022-09-25T22:00:00Z1
Heritage Day weekend marked by increase in trauma casesThe comparative weekend statistics showed increases in a number of categories.<p>​A cursory glance at the comparative weekend statistics recorded by the PECC shows not only an increase in overall incidents, but also increases in the number of assaults, domestic violence calls and road accidents involving both motor vehicles and pedestrians.<br></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" style="text-align:center;"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;">​Category<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;">16 - 18 September​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;">23 - 25 September​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Overall number of incidents<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​1 724<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​1 870<br></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Assault (physical and other)<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​122<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​172<br></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Domestic violence<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​27<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​34<br></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Motor vehicle accidents<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​38<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​49<br></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Pedestrian/vehicle accidents<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​11<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​15<br></td></tr></tbody></table><p><br></p><p>'We tend to see an increase in these categories as we near month-end, so the statistics are sadly not surprising. However, it's disappointing and once again highlights the relationship between trauma cases and alcohol consumption. It's important to note that this is likely not the complete picture, as some cases might be reported to other entities, and then of course, there are cases that go completely unreported, for various reasons,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p><strong>LAW ENFORCEMENT</strong></p><p>Officers made 137 arrests for various offences including possession of drugs, firearms, imitation firearms and other dangerous weapons.</p><p>They also issued 3 541 notices for various by-law offences.</p><p>Officers attached to the Housing Safety Unit arrested a 23-year-old suspect on 18 September 2022 for possession of an imitation firearm, after responding to a complaint of anti-social activities at a rental stock unit in Bellville South.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">On the same day, officers arrested a 33-year-old man for the illegal sale of liquor at another rental stock unit in the same area. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">They responded to a complaint, and during an inspection of the premises, officers spotted beer crates stacked in the backyard.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">They then found two freezers in a Wendy House on the property, filled with bottles – the tenant could not produce a liquor license, and was detained at Bellville SAPS.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>TRAFFIC SERVICE</strong></p><p>A total of 38 052 speeding offences were recorded and 30 721 fines were issued for various traffic violations. </p><p>Officers impounded 106 public transport vehicles and executed 1 575 warrants of arrest. </p><p>A total of 41 arrests were made for the following offences: </p><ul><li>36 for driving under the influence of alcohol   </li><li>five for reckless and negligent driving </li></ul><p>During an operation in Mitchells Plain on Sunday, 25 September 2022 to address complaints around illegal street racing, officers issued 413 fines for various offences in terms of the National Road Traffic Act and arrested four suspects for attempted robbery.</p><p>Officers participating in the operation spotted a security guard involved in a scuffle with another individual on the corner of Eisleben and Spine Road.</p><p>The security guard managed to get away, and the other person jumped into a silver Toyota Corolla that sped off. </p><p>Officers pursued the vehicle, and managed to stop it – the security guard positively identified the person who tried to rob him, and four occupants in the vehicle were taken to Mitchells Plain SAPS. </p><p>There was also an allegation that the vehicle has been used in a number of robberies in the Portlands area – this is under investigation by SAPS.</p><p>'Many of the City's enforcement successes are the result of either tip offs from the public, or a visible enforcement presence. It underscores the importance of boots on the ground, because it not only means quick turnaround times and catching perpetrators in the act, but it increases the level of trust between communities and enforcement services, which in turn increases the number of tips that are relayed,' added Alderman Smith.<br></p><p><br></p>2022-09-25T22:00:00Z1
City's Mfuleni Sondela project making steady progress The project is expected to benefit in excess of 400 households and is expected to be completed by the end of the current financial year. <p>​The project is expected to benefit in excess of 400 households and is expected to be completed by the end of the current financial year.<br><br></p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure>​​‘We are pleased to see the excellent progress that has been made on site. The City is committed to providing dignified housing opportunities to residents and this project is testament to that. This is in line with the City’s commitment of bringing greater formality to informal settlements where it is possible to do so. Thank you to the project team, which is ensuring its successful completion and the community, which is supporting it,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi, who visited the site today.<br><br></span><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure>​</span><div><strong>Help the City to protect its affordable housing projects. Anonymous tip offs are welcome:</strong></div><div>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 cellphone (toll free) and 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 for emergencies.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>End</strong><br></div><span><br></span><br>2022-09-25T22:00:00Z1
Metered-taxi customers, operators encouraged to download City app about supply and demand Hail-and-ride customers and metered-taxi operators, urged to participate in the supply and demand survey. <p>​The questionnaire, facilitated through the cellphone application, is intended for customers who make use of metered-taxis that are hailed at a rank or through a company, or e-hailing platforms such as Bolt, InDriver, and Uber; as well as for operators who provide these services, whether they have a legal operating licence or not. Also, the survey is anonymous.<br></p><div> <span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> </figure></span></div><p>All interested parties have until midnight on 17 October 2022 to download the app, and complete the survey.</p><h4>The application is called CCT Transport Questionnaire, and is available for download from:</h4><ul><li>Google Play Store – <a href="" target="_blank"><i class="icon link-external"></i></a></li><li>Apple App Store – <a href="" target="_blank"><i class="icon link-external"></i></a></li><li>Huawei App Gallery – <a href=""><i class="icon link-external"></i></a></li></ul><p>Once the app is downloaded, the questionnaire starts off by asking whether the person participating is a customer, or an operator. After the participant has selected the applicable response, the appropriate questionnaire will follow for completion.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:2670px;" /></figure> <p>​​​‘I am calling on all Capetonians who make use of these services to please download the app and participate in the survey. While we are of the view that the state should ideally not need to engage in trying to measure market demand, nor stipulating market supply, the current law requires that we follow a clear and transparent process to decide on the issuing of new operating permits by the Western Cape Provincial Regulatory Entity (PRE). </p><p>‘By participating in this survey you will help us determine how many operators Cape Town needs. Thus, customers will in the end benefit from telling us where the gaps are so that we can address these in a systematic and planned manner.</p><p>‘The questionnaire is aimed at informing us of the customer’s hail-and-ride experience. For example, participants are asked about their trip start locations, how long they usually wait for the operator to arrive, how often they travel and at what times. It should take about five minutes, if that long, to complete the questionnaire,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Mobility, Councillor Rob Quintas.</p><p>As for operators, the City is calling on all metered-taxi operators – whether hailed at a rank or through a company, or e-hailing platforms – to complete the questionnaire. </p><p>‘When I met with the leadership of the Western Cape E-hailing Association on 18 August 2022, I made a commitment that the City would double its efforts to gather the data we need regarding metered-taxi and e-hailing services in Cape Town. We have responded by developing this application and questionnaires, and now we need operators to also do their part by participating.</p><p>‘The purpose of the questionnaire is to provide us with critical data to more accurately determine the factors to apply in whether the City can support the issuing of any new operating licences by the PRE.</p><p>‘The questions posed to operators focus on their operating hours, waiting times between trips, busiest and quietest times. The latter is important because the long-term sustainability of the industry is key. I am thus urging operators to please make use of the opportunity and complete this anonymous questionnaire so that we can attend to the licensing issue as a matter of urgency. The more data we collect, the better, as this will enable us to make an informed decision. </p><p>‘By working together we can create an operating model that is in the interest of customers and operators, and the businesses facilitating these services,’ said Councillor Quintas.</p><p>Caption: The City developed a survey to determine the demand for and supply of metered-taxi services across the city. The survey is facilitated on a cellphone application that is available for downloading from app stores right now. The closing date for participation is 17 October 2022. Once the app is downloaded, the questionnaire starts off by asking whether the person participating is a customer, or an operator. Once the participant has selected the applicable response, the appropriate questionnaire will follow for completion. </p><p> <strong>End</strong></p>2022-09-25T22:00:00Z1







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