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City lauds local Netflix documentary as it bags major awardMy Octopus Teacher, a Netflix documentary which profiles the underwater activities of South African filmmaker, Craig Foster and his daily visits to an Octopus in False Bay,<p>​</p><p>Craig Foster is also a naturalist, co-founding a non-profit Sea Change Trust in 2012. Filmed over a full year, the movie was released in 2020. <strong>It is also nominated for an Oscar, with the awards ceremony airing later this month</strong>.<br><br>‘I wish to congratulate the team behind the film on receiving this accolade from the BAFTAs. As Mayor of this beautiful city, it gives me great joy to see our residents promoting our city, and doing so on such important topics such as marine conservation. This documentary, filmed in Cape Town, is being viewed by the world and the vast underwater world and marine life are showcased prominently, further emphasising the beauty of a different aspect of our city. Cape Town’s coastline is home to a rich and diverse undersea environment. This focus places an additional spotlight on Cape Town, which keeps our city in the minds and hearts of filmmakers, tourists and the world. I wish the team behind this documentary all the best on this recognition and look forward to it also taking home an Oscar,’ said Executive Mayor Dan Plato. <br><br><strong>The City’s Coastal Management and Biodiversity Branches have many areas of focus to conserve marine life and protect biodiversity: </strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Working in partnership with many organisations on environmental and conservation related issues (including Sea Change which Craig Foster leads)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Funds and operates the City’s Shark Spotting Programme </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Monitors the quality of near shore coastal water quality and pollution</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Monitor all of the estuaries in the city, which are partially enclosed, coastal water bodies where freshwater from rivers and streams mix with salt water from the ocean</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Responds to marine and coastal emergencies, which include whales beaching to ships stranding</div></li><li><p style="text-align:left;">Manages the conservation of the African Penguin as part of the wider Simon’s Town penguin colony around the Boulders core</p></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Dune rehabilitation projects               </div></li><li><p style="text-align:left;">Manage our Biodiversity network, which includes critical nature areas as well as 22 City Nature Reserves/Protected Areas</p></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Assist and support daily anti-poaching operations </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Manage an Alien Invasive Species Programme </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Provide environmental education programmes to school groups at all of the nature reserves   </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Manage the Helderberg Marine Protected Area on behalf of national government</div></li></ul><p>End<br></p>2021-04-13T22:00:00Z1
Residents urged to trim trees ahead of winter stormsThe City of Cape Town’s Electricity Generation and Distribution Department encourages residents to maintain their trees and vegetation growing near or alongside power lines ahead of the upcoming winter stormy season<p>​</p><span><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">A clearance of at least 3,8 metres is required between vegetation and power lines. </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Contact the City for advice on how to safely remove tree branches on private property that pose a risk to City power supply. </div></li></ul><p>Stormy weather can sometimes contribute to an increase in prolonged power outages, especially where tree branches grow over and into overhead power lines or where fragile trees fall over and damage infrastructure. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure></span><span><p><br>The City’s electricity teams are making every effort to minimise electricity outages caused by trees growing alongside overhead power lines by carrying out various tree clearing efforts on City property across the metro in preparation for winter storms. </p><p>Vegetation growing too close to overhead power lines is especially dangerous. </p><p>‘Property owners or those renting a property are urged to do this maintenance work while taking safety precautions and to ensure that there is a required clearance of at least 3,8 metres between vegetation and power lines. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:960px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>‘Residents are also reminded that branches, which encroach on streetlights, diminish their efficacy. Clearing vegetation that is already encroaching on overhead lines can be dangerous and property owners are requested to contact the City for advice and to arrange an electricity shutdown to remove branches safely. Working together, we can mitigate the risks and avoid the inconvenience caused to our residents when power lines are struck by trees during a storm,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy and Climate Change, Councillor Phindile Maxiti. </p><p><strong>Contact the City: </strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Should residents be concerned that there is a risk of trees on City property encroaching on City overhead power lines, they are encouraged to report these cases to the City’s Fault Reporting Centre on 0860 103 089 or <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Please note, during inclement weather, service requests increase and this can impact on the time required to fix an outage. The City thanks all residents for their understanding.</div></li></ul><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2021-04-13T22:00:00Z1
City in ‘sister-sister’ talks to grow economic and tourism opportunities Today, I had the honour of virtually hosting delegates from our sister City of Hangzhou<p>​</p><span><p>The meeting was attended by Mr. Du Shigen, the Deputy Director of Hangzhou Foreign Affairs Office; Mr. Zheng Yongbiao, the Deputy Director of Hangzhou Commerce Bureau and Mr. Chen Weihang, the Head of Foreign Investment Department of International Investment Promotion Center, Department of Commerce of Zhejiang Province.</p><p>‘Today, I had the honour of virtually hosting delegates from our sister City of Hangzhou. It was wonderful to renew acquaintances with like-minded people equally passionate about their city.</p><p>‘Our twinning agreement, which goes back to 2015, has allowed us to share international best practice on how to attract trade and investment and has been of mutual benefit to both cities. Trade and investment will continue to help both of our economies to recover and grow in the post Covid-19 future. I have no doubt that exchanging ideas, innovations and investment facilitation practices will be to the economic benefit of both regions,’ said Alderman Vos.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:951px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>The City of Cape Town entered into Sister City relations with the City of Hangzhou with the hope that the cities could jointly:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">promote communication and cooperation in the fields of economy, tourism and education;</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">promote business contacts through two-way investment platform and trades, while also promoting financial cooperation; and</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">promote tourism through sharing and exchange of tourist information and practices.</div></li></ul><p>Both cities share a reputation for excellent tourism offerings. Through the continued dialogue, the cities have participated in mutual promotion as tourist destinations. In addition, the two cities share a synergy of being premier educational hubs and have prompted academic and cultural exchange programmes. Today’s discussions focused on investment promotion. </p><p>'As an investment friendly destination, we had the opportunity to share Cape Town’s strategy of investment and facilitation. The City, through Invest Cape Town, our investment promotion portal, and our Investment Facilitation Unit, we are particularly proud that during the pandemic year, we have attracted R11,27 billion in investments and have created over 7 500 new jobs. </p><p>‘Globalisation is defined as a phenomenon based on international strategies, which expands business operations worldwide, especially in a post Covid-19 era. It’s an uncertain time to try to grapple with global affairs and therefore understanding how the world has evolved is crucial for future development. The City has entered into partnership agreements with a number of international cities to help establish mutually beneficial relations to promote economic growth through trade and investment with our international counterparts. Our mission is to make Cape Town the go-to-city in Africa for travel and trade.</p><p>‘From our discussions today, I can confidently say that as a premier business destination, Cape Town continues to attract significant investment.  The lockdowns – while a necessary and expedient measure – have not been without consequence, yet Cape Town remains a forward-looking globally competitive city that offers great opportunities for investors, with lower cost of operation and access to a sizeable market in the rest of South Africa and Africa,’ said Alderman Vos.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2021-04-13T22:00:00Z1
Cape Town's Heritage Tourism is moving aheadThe launch of the Ocean View Heritage Tour underlines the critical importance of adopting a holistic approach in managing and developing local tourism offerings<span><p>The City’s Economic Opportunities and Asset Management Portfolio Committee has oversight on the implementation of the City’s Tourism Development Framework.<br> <br>‘The launch of the Ocean View Heritage Tour underlines the critical importance of adopting a holistic approach in managing and developing local tourism offerings.<br> </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>‘Tourism growth is the collective domain of the public sector, private sector and the community at large. The successful implementation of the Tourism Development Framework will largely depend on the ability of the sector to establish effective and efficient partnerships across the various tiers of government and between key public, private and community-based actors. This launch is a prime example of what can happen when we collaborate with various roleplayers,’ said Economic Opportunities and Asset Management Portfolio Committee Chairperson, Councillor Anda Ntsodo.<br> </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure></span><p>‘The City of Cape Town took a huge step forward in further implementing our Ten-point Tourism Strategy with the launch of Cape Town Tourism’s 2021 Visitor Guide. When the strategy was launched a few weeks ago, one of our aims was to ensure that we show that the Mother City is a safe and affordable destination for visitors. With the new look guide’s interactive digital features, detailed information on health and safety, and advice on budget-friendly experiences all around Cape Town, I’m excited for people to rediscover the joy and diversity of our wonderful city, and to open up the tourism sector again in a big way,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, Alderman James Vos.<br> </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1500px;" /> </figure>​​<span>​​To book a heritage or coastal tour in Ocean View, contact Fuaad Williams on email <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br> <br> <br><strong>End</strong></span>2021-04-12T22:00:00Z1







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