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Join the City in switching off the lights for Earth Hour<p>​The City of Cape Town encourages households, government departments, and businesses to join us in switching off the lights tomorrow evening, 25 March 2017, as we commemorate Earth Hour. </p><p>Every year we join millions around the world in renewing our commitment to enhanced resource efficiency by switching off the lights in our own buildings in celebrating Earth Hour between 20:30 and 21:30. </p><p>The City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, and I will also be signing a pro-renewable energy petition which the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) has drawn up, calling on Eskom to go ahead with the Independent Power Producer’s procurement and connections. This is in line with the City’s commitment to the diversification of our energy mix, among others. The City therefore supports the WWF’s call to transition to renewable resources in generating electricity supply.</p><p>This year we are not only encouraging energy efficiency through the increased use of renewable energy, but also in the context of our drought crisis, calling on all Capetonians to join us on our journey to becoming a more efficient and resource-sensitive city. </p><p>Through our participation in Earth Hour, we hope to motivate Capetonians to help our city to become a low-carbon, more environmentally responsible city. </p><p>The City has made considerable attempts to actively address climate change and has demonstrated the exceptional will to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, with initiatives like the retrofitting of City buildings, the installation of more energy-efficient traffic and street lights, our Solar Water Heater Programme, the MyCiTi roll-out, the introduction of cycle lanes, and the active campaign to save electricity. </p><p>As a City, we must continue to drive both energy efficiency and the diversification and transformation of our energy regime. As part of our new Organisational Development and Transformation Plan, we hope to increasingly position ourselves as a centre of excellence for resource efficiency and renewable energy. </p><p>Residents can visit <a href=""></a> for useful tips and further information on how to save electricity and for more on the City’s accredited solar water heater programme.</p><p>For further information on water savings and water restrictions, residents should please visit <a href=""></a> </p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2017-03-23T22:00:00Z1
Opening of new R60 million R300/Bottelary interchange to bring much needed congestion relief to Kuils River motorists <p><span>​</span>Today the City of Cape Town, along with its partners the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works and the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) Western Cape, is delighted to officially open the new R60 million R300/Bottelary interchange – one of the most important road projects for the residents of Cape Town. </p><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:509px;" /><figcaption> <p>  © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure><p>It is only one year since we turned the first sod to construct this new interchange. <br> <br>These new connections will go a long in alleviating pressure on two of the City’s most important arterials – Van Riebeeck and Bottelary Roads where frustration is growing daily as commuters in Kuils River and surrounding communities battle congestion. <br> <br>This project is a prime example of the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP) in action. <br> <br>Last year, the City took a bold step to establish the Transport and Urban Development Authority, known as TDA Cape Town, by combining the functions of transport, urban development, and elements of human settlements into one sphere of control with the aim of reversing the effects of apartheid spatial planning. <br> <br>The TDA must ensure that the city becomes more connected and integrated, where residents have greater access to transport, economic opportunities, and affordable and inclusive residential opportunities.<br> <br>Through this project, we have brought the ODTP to life by working with developers in the area where the City, the Western Cape Government and SANRAL have partnered to build this road with some of the funding coming from the development contribution fees for future developments in this area. </p></span><p>Two of the developers, Shoprite Checkers and VDMV, contributed R5 million each to the project through their development facilitation fees. <br> <br>Their future developments, worth billions of rands in this area, will bring more than 1 000 permanent jobs. <br> <br>Today is therefore about more than just a new road to connect motorists with more ease.</p><span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:509px;" /><figcaption> <p>  © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>It demonstrates the aims and responsibilities of the City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority to combine transport with urban development as well as the benefits of the developments that will come into this area in the next few years which will provide much-needed jobs for our people. <br> <br>With ODTP we have also set out to become more responsive to needs of residents and become more customer-centric and we have fulfilled this commitment by providing this road in an area which desperately needs it. <br> <br>This project underscores the City’s commitment to infrastructure-led growth and providing residents with quality roads because we understand the important role that working roads play in economic activity by ensuring efficient movement of goods and people. <br> <br>The Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, thanks the City's partners: the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works and SANRAL Western Cape for working with us to deliver this massive project in such a short space of time.<br> <br>This project has confirmed how partnerships are vital to achieving progress and responding to the needs of our residents in ways that benefit them and connect them to economic opportunities. <br> <br>Minister of Transport and Public Works, Donald Grant, said: ‘It was only a year ago when we were here together breaking ground on this important partnership between the Western Cape Government, the City of Cape Town, and SANRAL. Through this project, we demonstrated our collective commitment to addressing congestion in the city, as well as enhancing mobility and increasing access to economic opportunities. We are pleased to have been true to our commitment, with this interchange having been completed on schedule and within budget. This project is testament to what can be achieved through partnerships based on shared commitments’.<br> <br>Kobus van der Walt, SANRAL Western Region Manager said: ‘SANRAL remains committed to its mandate to plan, design, construct, manage and maintain the national road network, as the “economic arteries” of South Africa. We also remain committed to ongoing engagement and collaboration with the provincial and local government in order to ensure that the infrastructure we roll out collectively enables residents to have improved access and mobility, with the aim of enhancing economic growth’.</p></span><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:431px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure>The City has contributed 52% (R31 million) of the construction cost for the new interchanges, the Western Cape Government contributed 48% (R29 million), and SANRAL purchased the land required for the new interchange. <br> <br>During the construction phase, the benefit has already been passed onto the community, with 100 Expanded Public Works Programme jobs created worth R2,3 million. <br> <br>Apart from these major interchanges, the City has delivered a number of congestion alleviation projects in this area and more are planned in the near future.<br> <br>The widening of Amandel Road worth R18 million and the construction of Saxdown Road to the value of value of R32,5 million was completed and opened last year.<br> <br>Cape Town is the most congested city in the country as a result of increased investment and more people moving to Cape Town in search of opportunities. <br> <br>In 2015, following the Congestion Summit, the City committed R750 million over five years to address congestion in Kommetjie, Kuils River, and Blaauwberg.<br> <br>However, merely building roads will not solve the problem and in our mission to take government to the next level, we are looking at innovative ways to spur on the much-needed behavioural change. <br> <br>Our comprehensive congestion plan consists of infrastructure developments and other interventions, such as exploring car-share initiatives, flexi-time for workers, and encouraging more people to use public transport through investments such as the provision of Wi-Fi on MyCiTi buses. <br> <br>The Travel Demand Management Strategy was issued for public participation in October last year and the City received overwhelming support from residents who have also made valuable contributions in terms of how we can all pull together to reduce the number of private vehicles on our roads. <br> <br>The strategy will go to full Council for approval next week and proposes practical solutions such as flexible working hours or working from home so that we can have fewer private vehicles on the arterial routes during the traditional peak-hour periods. <br> <br>The Travel Demand Management Strategy also proposes compressed work weeks by fitting a five-day work week into four days instead. <br> <br>Apart from alleviating congestion, spending less time on the roads will improve employees’ productivity and lifestyles significantly. <br> <br>With all of these interventions, we are committed to building a city that works more efficiently and effectively and we appeal to the private sector and all residents to work with us in implementing the changes that are needed by exploring car-sharing with family, friends or colleagues or using public transport so that we can ease the traffic pressure. <p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong></strong><br><strong>End</strong></p>​​</span>2017-03-22T22:00:00Z1
Mfuleni residents glimpse City's new way of working<p>​Approximately 300 residents attended the official opening of this ODTP roadshow at the Mfuleni Community Hall, while about 600 residents passed through the expo where City staff were ready to assist with all manner of services. A total of 10 City departments attended the service delivery expo. <br> <br>The most popular services were the registration for new housing opportunities and the chance for existing applicants to update their details on the housing database.<br> <br>‘I also spent some time on a walkabout talking to our residents about the ODTP and how this process aims to deliver services that focus on our residents and ensure that they are at the centre of the City's philosophy, operations and ideas.<br> <br>‘We are ready to do things differently. In Cape Town, we are fortunate to start from a high benchmark as it pertains to service delivery but by ensuring that we focus on the needs of our residents, especially our most vulnerable, we will be able to take service delivery to the next level,’ said Councillor Ntsodo. <br> <br>ODTP roadshows are taking place across the metro.    </p> <span> <div class="image-gallery-slider img-gal-1" id="img-gal-1" data-slides="3" data-slide="1" style="height:493.5px;"><div class="image-gallery-content" style="height:414px;">​​​​ <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-1"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:800px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <a title="title" href="#"> <b></b></a> - ODTP road show.</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-2"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:877px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <b></b> - ODTP road show</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-3"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <b></b> - ODTP road show</p> </figcaption> </figure> </div><div class="image-gallery-control"><div class="image-gallery-caption"><p> <a title="title" href="#"> <b>Aerial view of Cape Town</b></a> - Loren ipsum dolor sit amet loren ipsum dolor sit amet Loren ipsum dolor sit amet.</p></div><div class="image-gallery-nav"><div class="nav-info">1 of 3</div><div class="slide-next"> <i class="icon arrow-white-next"></i> </div><div class="slide-prev">               </div></div></div></div></span><span><figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"><figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-1"> <div class="image-gallery-content" style="height:414px;"></div></figure></figcaption></span><figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"></figcaption> <div class="nav-info"><div class="image-gallery-nav"><div class="image-gallery-control"> <br> <br><strong>End</strong><br> </div></div></div>2017-03-22T22:00:00Z1
Flexi-time for officials, car-pooling and parking incentives to be adopted by Council<p>​‘The draft Travel Demand Management Strategy was issued for public participation in October last year when we asked residents and interested parties to comment on the City’s proposals on how to change motorists’ travel behaviour. We have received overwhelming support from residents who have also made valuable contributions in terms of how we can all pull together to reduce the number of private vehicles on our roads,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.</p><p>The City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority is spending R750 million on road infrastructure projects over a period of five years to address congestion in Kommetjie, Kuils River and Blaauwberg. However, building new roads alone will not solve this challenge in the long-term. Experience the world over has proven that new road capacity is usually taken up within a matter of months and that construction cannot stay ahead of the growing demand due to rapid urbanisation.</p><p>As such, interventions to address and change commuter behaviour – how and when they travel – are needed to complement the City’s road infrastructure projects.</p><p>‘The only way out of constant gridlock is by changing our travel patterns and our over-reliance on private vehicles. The strategy proposes practical solutions. For example, by implementing flexible working hours or remote working arrangements for employees, we will have fewer private vehicles on the arterial routes during the traditional peak-hour periods. The City will lead by example. As a large employer, we expect our implementation of this strategy to lead the way and in the next few months some officials will be allowed to work remotely from satellite offices for a number of days or hours a week, to begin and end working at non-standard times within limits set by management, or to work from home during the peak and then travel to work during the off-peak period. I will also share these proposals with our counterparts at the Western Cape Government, which employs a large number of officials who travel to the Cape Town CBD every day,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>With the implementation of the City’s new Organisational and Development Transformation Plan (ODTP), the administration has been divided into four geographical areas to focus on and improve service delivery to communities in those areas.</p><p>‘This decentralised management model will make it easier for the City to implement the proposals in the TDMS because, in terms of the ODTP, a significant number of officials can be redeployed from central offices to satellite offices where they can work more efficiently,’ said Councillor Herron. </p><p>Although the TDMS mainly focuses on the interventions that the City can make, residents and local businesses – in particular those with offices in central business districts – must also explore similar possibilities.</p><p>‘Many residents spend three hours on the city’s arterial routes during the peak-hour traffic periods because historic and inflexible working hours require us to start and finish working between 08:00 and 17:00. Cape Town’s spatial and geographical layout also exacerbates traffic congestion because commuters travel in the same direction towards centres of employment. We therefore need the private sector to investigate how they can better manage their employees’ working hours. Apart from working from home or flexi-hours, private businesses can allow some employees to work a compressed work week. This means fitting a five-day work week into four days instead. Apart from alleviating congestion, spending less time on the roads will improve employees’ productivity and lifestyles significantly,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>The TDMS also makes proposals on how residents should be encouraged to make more sustainable travel choices, be it by using public transport services and walking or cycling where feasible, or car-pooling.</p><p>‘Congestion affects all of us and we must share the responsibility in doing something about it. I often hear motorists who drive alone in their cars complaining about bumper-to-bumper traffic. It is ironic because those among us who are travelling in single occupancy cars are the very cause of the problem that we are complaining about. Residents who live and work in the Cape Town CBD can use the MyCiTi bus service, walk or cycle, or use a taxi. Car-pooling could be a practical option for those living further away. Residents who live in close proximity to one another and work in the same area could drive together. It may take some effort to arrange in the beginning, but once the pattern is established it could easily become a habit. The more residents buy into this idea, the fewer single occupancy cars we will have on the roads. What is more, it will save commuters a lot of money for fuel and it will save our environment because we will have less air pollution,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>Increasing the cost of parking and ultimately reducing the availability of parking bays counts among the interventions that the City can take over time to reduce the attractiveness of private vehicle use to business districts. </p><p>Measures such as parking cash-outs for large employers (starting with the City) can be used to encourage officials to use other modes of transport – thus, employees who have subsidised parking or get it as part of their remuneration package are offered the cash equivalent of the parking cost.</p><p>‘In the end we want fewer cars on the road during the peak-hour periods, less congestion, and reduced travel times for all commuters at all times. We want to see more people walking, cycling, riding together, and using public transport. It is possible to achieve these goals if residents and the private sector join the City in our efforts,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p><br><strong>End </strong><br></p>2017-03-21T22:00:00Z1




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