“Good morning, Molweni, Assalamoalaikom, Shalom,”
Welcome… To our last Sub-council meeting for the term.
It was an honour and great pleasure to have served with, amongst and beside such a dynamic team of Staff, Officials and Councillors during this term.
Though I have only been serving this SC for two and a half years I am pleased to say that we have achieved allot and many still in store to be achieved.
September is the month of Spring and Arbour month, which symbolizes the start of new life by planting a tree and to watch it grow, to beautify our surroundings and take ownership of the areas we live in.
In light of Recycling Week, the City’s Solid Waste Management Department is reflecting on its Swop Shop Pilot Project that complements existing recycling services. This initiative is targeted at reducing illegal dumping and waste to landfill, while providing economic upliftment to densely populated areas. It was trialled in six communities last year. The pilot gave residents the opportunity to exchange recyclables for items such as non-perishable food, toys, books and clothing. The City is now planning to extend this service within the successfully trialled areas, and explore expansion to new densely populated areas due to its success in reducing illegal dumping and littering.
How does the Swop Shop work?
Residents were encouraged to visit the City’s custom-built, mobile Swop Shop trailer, stationed in the selected areas for set time slots, and bring along their clean recyclables.
Cool drink bottles, detergent bottles, rigid plastic items, aluminium and steel cans were among the items residents could trade through a voucher system. For example:
• One bag of white paper equalled a R20 voucher
• Two bags of newspaper equalled a R10 voucher
• Two full bags of plastic equalled a R10 voucher
The City is proud to add the Swop Shop research initiative to its range of waste diversion initiatives that allow us to work directly with packaging and recycling industry bodies, supporting SMME development in the recycling space, and entering into partnerships with service providers and non-profit organisations to help drive widespread adoption of economically viable green economy solutions.
How to avoid sewer blockages:
Generally, (avoidable) blockages remain the primary cause of sewer overflows.
• Common causes of blockages include rags, newspaper, feminine hygiene products, nappies, wet wipes, building materials/rubble and fats/oils poured or flushed down the sink and drain
• Residents are reminded they can help prevent such sewer blockages and overflows by disposing of unwanted materials using the appropriate solid waste collections services.
• Only human waste, toilet paper and grey water should be disposed of via sinks and toilets in their homes and communities. It is illegal for residents to place any other materials into the system because it causes blockages that lead to overflows.
• If residents have any recyclables, electronics, garage waste and builder’s rubble that they need to dispose of, please make use of the City's drop-off facilities. Residents are also encouraged to make use of the recyclers map, which provides contact details of the closest private buyback centre or private recycling collectors who can collect recyclables for a small fee.
• Applying for extra bins is an important step for preventing dumping and pollution in areas with significant numbers of backyard tenants especially. In most cases, landlords do not make provision for the excess waste their tenants will generate on the property. The additional bin will be charged at the standard tariff, to cover increased costs associated with servicing the property.
The City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service continues to bring services closer to communities.
The official opening of Sir Lowry’s Pass Fire station, the fourth fire station in the Eastern District and the 32nd in the Metro.
From this station, firefighters will be able to respond quickly to possible fires in Sir Lowry’s Pass and neighbouring areas, it will cover Riemvasmaak, Uitkyk Informal Settlement and Rasta Camp Nomzamo, Lwandle, Sir Lowry’s Pass and Chris Nissen Park up to the eastern boundary between the Gordon’s Bay and Grabouw area.
Furthermore, the newly completed extension of the Onverwacht Road, which was anticipated and assisted in guiding the location of the station, will speed up response times.
The City’s Fire & Rescue Service has a proud tradition of service and we hope the new station will become an integral part of the community. Apart from responding to fires, the City’s Fire and Rescue Service is also equipped to assist with special service calls, including trauma, assault, motor vehicle accidents and hazardous material spills.
Fires or any other emergency can be directed to the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre by dialling 021 480 7700 from a cell phone or 107 from a landline.
Applications for lifeguard recruitment extended
The Recreation and Parks Department has opened a second round of applications for lifeguard recruitment to fill 300 remaining vacancies for both swimming pool and beach lifeguards. Although over 1000 applications were received, many candidates didn’t make the cut due to not having the minimum requirements listed in the job description, incomplete applications on e-recruitment and failure to complete fitness and technical competency practical assessments, among other requirements.
Lifeguard hopefuls can still apply during the second round of applications, which opened on Wednesday, 15 September 2021 and closes on 27 September 2021.
The Recreation and Parks Department would like to encourage candidates from all areas to apply as there is a shortfall of placements in local areas outside of popular beaches and tourist destinations.
All candidates have to pass a physical assessment where their capabilities and fitness level must be up to standard. Pool lifeguards are required to swim 100 metres in under two minutes, while beach lifeguards are tested to swim 400 metres in under eight minutes.
Those who wish to apply, should visit www.capetown.gov.za/lifeguards and register on e-recruitment to complete the application form online. Please note that cell phones are not compatible to complete the application online and a computer should be used.
Lifeguards have an important role in safeguarding our beautiful beaches and swimming pools and to assist and rescue swimmers in distress. Lifeguards also have an important educational role by informing beachgoers about safe swimming practices and the dangers of rip currents. Many residents will visit the beaches and swimming pools in summer and we need the assistance of qualified lifeguards to ensure a safe recreational environment. “
Let’s have a good meeting.”
Cllr Chantal Cerfontein
Subcouncil 8 Chairperson”
Matter/s arising from the Chairperson’s report: