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Urban Waste Management helps with flood preventionCity cleansing teams remove tonnes of litter to reduce possibility of stormwater blockages that lead to flooding during rainy season<p>​</p><div>In total, over 13 000kms of street surface was cleaned, 4200 km of which was done by the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) appointees for the City’s winter readiness programme. In addition, since January 2022, more than 1950kms of road surface was mechanically swept. <br></div><div><br></div><div><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1706px;" /> </figure>​​</span><br></div><div><br></div><div>Intensified efforts to remove littering and dumped waste that could contribute to stormwater blockages have been continuing since May with the rollout of additional resources as part of the Winter Readiness programme. This has involved an appointment of 840 EPWP workers, as well as a further 1160 focusing specifically on 21 dumping hotspots throughout the City.  </div><div><br></div><div>These services improve the general state of our communities and turn Cape Town into a place where residents can live healthily, the work helps to prevent stormwater blockages as well as the flooding and disruption this causes. </div><div><br></div><div><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1706px;" /> </figure>​​</span><br></div><div>‘It is very important to try and raise awareness of all the lesser-known consequences of littering and dumping. Many residents don’t understand the link between these actions and flooding of our communities and busy roads. The City is doing its part to try and prevent this problem, but currently, there is just too much littering and dumping.</div><div><br></div><div>‘Please keep in mind that when you drop that packet or stompie on the street, the next rainfall will wash that into the drain where it will either flow out to our wetlands or the sea, or it will cause a blockage that could flood a road or people’s homes. Rather keep the waste on you until you can find a bin,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Waste Management, Alderman Grant Twigg. <br></div><div><br></div><div><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1706px;" /> </figure>​​</span><br></div><div><br></div><div>To report illegal dumping and/or if you have the culprit's vehicle registration number and/or can identify him/her please contact the following channels. </div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Telephone: 021 444 6231/ 021 444 6224 / 021 444 6223</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Email:<br><br></div><div><br></div><div>To notify the City about dumping that needs to be cleared please, call 0860 103 089. </div><div><br></div><div>Residents are also reminded that if refuse is not collected on the scheduled day, please take the bin out each day until it is collected. </div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>End </strong></div><div><br><br></div><p><br></p>2022-06-26T22:00:00Z1
Payday weekend keeps enforcement and rescue services busyStatistics showed an increase in assaults, motor vehicle accidents and dozens of arrests for drunk driving.<p>​<br></p><div>The City’s Public Emergency Communication logged 1 631 incidents over the weekend. </div><div><br></div><div>As expected, the majority of the calls are for medical assistance or by-law transgressions; however a comparison of some critical categories show a marked increase compared to the previous weekend.</div><div><br></div><div>There were 130 incidents of assault, compared to 84 the previous weekend; 49 motor vehicle accidents (34 the previous weekend) and 23 pedestrian accidents, compared to seven the previous weekend.</div><div><br></div><div>‘The payday weekend phenomenon is not new, and it is any person’s right to let their hair down after a long week or month of work. The concern is that, in too many instances, that enjoyment results in poor choices that end up getting an individual hurt, or them hurting someone else. For years we have highlighted the link between alcohol and public safety, as well as the consequences, so it really is disappointing to see the continued spike in public safety incidents whenever these payday weekends roll around.</div><div><br></div><div>The trend was even more apparent during an evening spent with our enforcement services this weekend, where more than two dozen motorists were arrested for drunk driving, and nearly a dozen others for reckless and negligent driving – during just one operation. I cannot understand how so many of our road users continue to think that this type of behaviour is okay. It is not. Your actions could put someone in the hospital, or worse, the morgue, and you behind bars for a very long time,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</div><div><br></div><div>On Saturday 25 June, the City conducted a multi-departmental operation to address criminal activity, improve safety and also respond to numerous complaints of illegal trading in Athlone and Gatesville.</div><div><br></div><div>Officers issued 865 fines for various traffic and bylaw transgressions, and arrested 22 individuals for outstanding warrants, possession of drugs, dangerous weapons and stolen property, and for dealing in liquor.</div><div><br></div><div>The goods of four illegal traders were impounded and three traders were fined for ignoring compliance notices previously served on them. </div><div><br></div><div>Nine individuals were fined for not having any trading permits and three for trading at bus benches. One woman was also arrested for damage to City property after she allegedly damaged a vehicle with an iron bar and bricks.</div><div><br></div><div>‘The City supports the right of residents to make a living, and has, in recent years committed to a number of concessions for informal traders, particularly to soften the economic impact of Covid-19. However, traders are required to have permits and the City is duty-bound to ensure that everyone complies with the law. A situation where traders who have complied with the law and acquired permits have to trade alongside stallholders who have not, has generated complaints that the City could not ignore,’ added Alderman Smith.</div><div><br></div><div>GENERAL ENFORCEMENT: 20 – 26 JUNE 2022</div><div><br></div><div>On the roads, the City’s Traffic Service made 51 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol and 16 for reckless and negligent driving.</div><div><br></div><div>Officers also impounded 174 public transport vehicles and executed 1 294 warrants of arrest for outstanding fines and summonses.</div><div><br></div><div>A total of 36 356 speeding offences were recorded and 28 939 fines were issued for various traffic violations. </div><div><br></div><div>Metro Police officers arrested seven motorists for driving under the influence, out of a total of 161 arrests for the week. They also issued 2 951 fines for traffic  and bylaw transgressions.</div><div><br></div><div>On Sunday 26 June 2022, Metro Police officers alerted the CCTV control room that they were assisting SAPS members in the search for a vehicle that was taken during a house robbery. </div><div><br></div><div>According to tracking data, the vehicle was stationary in Hanover Park, but then started moving towards Bonteheuwel.</div><div><br></div><div>Officers found the vehicle abandoned in the area, and their CCTV colleagues were then able to detect that two suspects exited the vehicle and were about to board a minibus taxi.</div><div><br></div><div>Officers arrested the duo and detained them at Bishop Lavis SAPS for further investigation.</div><div><br></div><div>Meanwhile, Law Enforcement officers made 80 arrests in the past week, and issued 3 333 notices. </div><div><br><br></div><p><br></p>2022-06-26T22:00:00Z1
City advises of water supply disruption affecting the Bellville South area Residents of Bellville South area should expect water supply disruptions from 20:00 on Wednesday evening, 29 June 2022.<p>​</p><div>Careful consideration has been given to the planning of this work to ensure minimal disruption to the water supply in the affected area. </div><div> </div><div>This work forms part of the City of Cape Town’s Water Demand Management Strategy. Installation of bulk meters helps identify unusual consumption patterns and enhances targeted leak detection and maintenance programmes.  </div><div> </div><div>Residents are advised to store water upfront in clean, sealed containers for domestic use during this period and to ensure that their taps are closed to avoid water loss and/or damage when the supply is restored. </div><div> <br></div><div>The City regrets any inconvenience caused.</div><div> </div><div> </div><div><strong>End</strong><br></div><p><br></p>2022-06-26T22:00:00Z1
Services at your doorstepMobile Office to visit Retreat and Table View.<p>​Retreat:<br>On Tuesday, 28 June 2022, CRM services will be at the Retreat Community Hall at the Corner of Marks Boulevard and Cradock Road in Retreat between 09:30 and 13:30.</p><p> </p><p>Table View:<br></p><p>On Thursday, 30 June 2022, CRM services will be at the Leibrandt van Niekerk Community Hall at the Corner of South Road and Free Way in Table View between 09:00 and 15:00.</p><p>The Customer Relations Department’s Mobile Office will assist with general municipal account enquiries including rates, sewage, electricity, water, refuse collections, potholes and all other account enquiries. They will also assist with general enquiries relating to City Parks, Urban Waste, Property Management, Valuations, and all other general enquiries. </p><p>‘The Mobile Office was initiated to enhance service delivery in the remote areas of Cape Town. We want to give residents an opportunity to engage with officials about their municipal accounts and other services. Thus, I encourage residents to please make use of this opportunity and remember to take their IDs or municipal accounts with them, to help ease the process,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Alderman Theresa Uys.</p><p><br>End</p>2022-06-26T22:00:00Z1







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