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Findings of latest State of the Central City report affirm growth in investor confidence in Cape Town<p>Last week the latest State of the Central City Report by the Central City Improvement District (CCID) was released and revealed that investor confidence has grown over the last five years, and Cape Town is the second biggest contributor to the National GDP. </p><p>About R16,232 billion of investment has been pumped into Cape Town since 2012, and just under R4,486 billion in property investment was completed.</p><p>While we are pleased with these findings, which reaffirm that our efforts in executing our Economic Growth Strategy are paying off, we will not rest on our laurels. </p><p>As part of our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP), we will work relentlessly to position Cape Town as a forward-thinking, globally competitive business destination. </p><p>We remain committed to building an opportunity city that is open for business so that we can continue to attract investment and alleviate poverty by providing much-needed jobs for the people of our city.</p><p>For cities to truly thrive, they need to be both internally focused and globally positioned when it comes to growing the economy. </p><p>This is the approach that I took to the local economy early on in my first term as the Executive Mayor of Cape Town. </p><p>It was the basis of the City’s 2012 Economic Growth Strategy, which has several key intervention areas at the core of the City’s investment attraction efforts. These include: reducing red tape, creating a one-stop-shop in my office, rolling out a business incentives programme, improving Cape Town’s reputation as a serious investment destination by establishing Invest Cape Town, and focusing on infrastructure investment to create a crowding-in effect with the private sector. Some of these interventions include an extensive broad roll-out, pursuing energy security, and growing air access to increase direct flights to Cape Town.</p><p>We have aggressively promoted Cape Town as a safe investment location, both nationally and internationally, underpinned by our clean governance record of receiving four clean audits consecutively. We are now the tech start-up capital of Africa as well as the continent’s green energy hub. </p><p>We share academic Professor Nick Binedell sentiments, who said: ‘Our entire economic future will depend on cities. Economic growth is the oxygen of our democracy and cities are the engines of economic growth’.</p><p>I believe that cities are the drivers of change and in the City of Cape Town, we work from the premise that the world owes us nothing. This is why we are proactive in our goal to attract investment into our city.</p><p>We developed a checklist of indicators that we know are top priorities for investors: </p><ul><li>They look for reliable infrastructure – we make sure to spend R6 billion on infrastructure annually</li><li>They look for fast internet – we have already installed 848 km of fibre-optic cables across the city</li><li>They want energy security – we are taking the Minister of Energy to court so that we can buy energy directly from independent power producers and so that we can reach our own goal of having 20% of our energy sourced from renewable sources by 2020</li><li>Investors want to operate in an environment with clean governance – we have received four clean audits consecutively</li></ul><p>At the end of last year, Cape Town was ranked as 21st in the world on the list of cities with the best foreign direct investment strategies by fDi Intelligence – a division of the Financial Times. </p><p>We are the only African city to appear on this prestigious ranking and we are in the company of great global cities like Amsterdam, Miami and Auckland.</p><p>This is a further testament to the strategic effort of the City in recent years to position itself as a globally competitive business destination. </p><p>As a city, if we can harness the opportunities in our dynamic export-facing industries, including tourism wherein we have recently seen record visitor figures, we can write a different story – one that does not simply read off the national script, but rather one that tells of an inclusively growing city economy. </p><p>We welcome the findings of the latest State of the Central City Report and remain committed to working with residents and businesses to ensure that we show the world that Cape Town is getting on with becoming a world-class city. </p><p><strong>End</strong></p>2017-04-23T22:00:00Z1
City rallies behind World Immunisation Week<p>The City of Cape Town appeals to parents to be very diligent in ensuring that their children receive the full course of routine vaccinations to prevent them from contracting serious illnesses. </p><p>World Immunisation Week starts today, 24 April 2017, and is aimed at raising awareness about full immunisation coverage and its importance in achieving the 2030 sustainable development goals.</p> <p>It comes shortly after the City and Western Cape Health Department concluded an immunisation campaign necessitated by a measles outbreak at a Stellenbosch school in January 2017. The campaign started on 20 February 2017, targeting children younger than five as well as adolescents under the age of 15 in the hotspot areas affected by the outbreak. A total of 32 positive cases were identified, of which three reside within the boundaries of the Cape metropolitan area. Overall, 66,3% of the targeted population was immunised during the measles campaign. </p><p>‘The positives to take out of the measles campaign include the fact that the number of cases was limited and there were no serious complications or fatalities. Collectively we managed to get 66% percent of the target population. However, there are still far too many children out there who did not receive a measles immunisation booster. World Immunisation Week puts the issue squarely back into the spotlight by reminding us that immunisation is the single most cost-effective preventive health intervention. In line with the City’s new Organisational Development and Transformation Plan, we need to work more proactively to ensure the health and safety of our communities, and we can only do this by working together. So I appeal to parents to work with us in creating a safe city by taking their children to their nearest clinic to get their vaccinations up to date,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.</p> ​<figure class="figure-credits right"> <img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" /> <figcaption><p>Number of recorded diarrhoea cases</p></figcaption></figure> <p>Another child health priority for the City’s Health Department is diarrhoea prevention and treatment. During the warmer months between November and May, there is an increase in the number of diarrhoea cases. Children younger than five are particularly vulnerable to the dehydration associated with the disease. However, statistics to date indicate that the current season has been the mildest on record for a number of years, as outlined in the graph above. The number of fatalities in children under five is also down compared with previous years, with 10 recorded thus far. </p><p>‘This is certainly very good news, but we still have to wait until the end of May to get the final count of the number of cases. Diarrhoea remains a deadly disease for young children and in recent years we’ve made good progress in reducing the number of cases presenting with severe dehydration as well as the number of fatalities by implementing measures to prevent diarrhoea, but also fast-tracking cases as soon as they are detected. I commend the healthcare staff for their hard work as well as parents and caregivers who are heeding the call to familiarise themselves with the diarrhoea danger signs and present timeously for care,’ added Alderman Smith.</p><p>Some of the measures introduced to combat diarrhoea include:</p><ul><li>Providing Vitamin A supplements to children every six months to prevent diarrhoea</li><li>Giving zinc supplements to children with diarrhoea to reduce the frequency and duration of diarrhoea</li><li>Training clinic staff, particularly in emergency rehydration</li><li>Having well-functioning oral rehydration solution corners in our clinics</li><li>Fast-tracking diarrhoea cases to ensure timeous treatment</li><li>Running awareness, education and hand-washing programmes for the clients attending clinics</li><li>Taking public awareness and hand-washing campaigns door-to-door in hot-spot areas</li><li>Training community workers, Early Childhood Development staff, and informal food vendors about health and hygiene matters</li><li>Educating traditional healers about the symptoms and dangers of diarrhoea and the administration of the oral rehydration solution mixture (water, sugar and salt)</li><li>Providing general practitioners and pharmacies with a standard information package containing the local arrangements to fast-track referrals during diarrhoea season</li><li>Encouraging exclusive breastfeeding, which is one of the most important measures to prevent diarrhoea in young children</li><li>Ensuring that hospitals are on high alert and have a plan should there be an increase in the number of cases requiring admission</li></ul> <strong>End</strong> 2017-04-23T22:00:00Z1
Drought crisis: City lowers usage target as dam levels continue to decline<p>The City has lowered the collective water usage target to 600 million litres per day. </p><p>Stricter water restrictions could also be on the cards soon, subject to due process. For now, the City asks that residents stop using municipal water for all outside use and that those who are able to do so invest in greywater and rainwater harvesting, among others, for all non-potable uses. Similarly, the City is currently looking at ways to create a greater culture of water harvesting in all of its operations. </p><p>‘Residents must please reduce water for personal use immediately to below 100 litres per person per day. At the current consumption rate, 88 days of water remain.</p><p>‘We thank the many residents who have played a great role in supporting us, but now we all need to up our game. Those who use more will continue to be heavily penalised but we do not want more money from higher tariffs: residents must use less water. The climatic conditions continue to be erratic and it seems as if many water users respond directly to that – in other words, they use more water as soon as it heats up, but seemingly also when there is rain. This is not sustainable. We must use water in a consistent manner during this time of crisis,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.</p><p>The City continues to accelerate its emergency water schemes in accordance with the disaster declaration and as a result of sound, proactive governance. The exploratory phase of a pilot project for the extraction of water from the Table Mountain Group Aquifer (TMGA) is expected to begin near the end of June 2017, pending relevant processes. At this stage, the foreseen yield is approximately two million litres per day. This is because we are taking a precautionary approach to determine the sustainable yield of the TMGA and to prevent over-abstraction and environmental damage.</p><p>The City is also continuing with extensive pressure reduction programmes to reduce the flow of water at a time, as well as water losses through leakage in the pipework of the distribution system. The regulation of supply is under way in the central, southern and eastern suburbs and within the next week it will be expanded to the northern suburbs. </p><p>Consumers should not be alarmed if they experience very low pressure or if the supply in their area drops away as it will only be temporary until the balance is achieved.</p><p>Upcoming water- and resilience-related events to take note of are as follows:</p><ul><li>9 May 2017: City briefs top business leadership and investors on the drought crisis. This is the first of a set of planned engagements</li><li>5 June 2017: World Environment Day – City’s water-wise expo of water-saving devices and ideas for home and small business use</li><li>June 2017 (day to be confirmed): Mayor’s Festival of Ideas, where suppliers of large, utility-scale water- supply and saving equipment can share their ideas and offerings with City officials</li></ul><p>Residents can contact the City via email to <a href=""></a> for queries or to report contraventions of the water restrictions (evidence should be provided to assist the City’s enforcement efforts) or they can send an SMS to 31373.</p><p>For further information, residents should please visit the water restrictions page on the City’s website: <a href=""></a> </p> <p>End</p>2017-04-23T22:00:00Z1
City adds two more ECD centres to its portfolio<p>The City of Cape Town's Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department is nearing the finish line in the construction of a new Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre in Delft. The construction project is the latest in a series of ongoing interventions to ensure easier access to quality ECD facilities for children in areas of greatest need in the metropole. It comes hot on the heels of the completion of the Nantes ECD in Silvertown, Athlone which is fully operational. </p><p>Built at an overall cost of R8,8 million, the Nantes ECD is just under 500 m² and includes three classrooms for children aged three to four, and two classrooms for four- to five-year-olds. There is also a baby area, sick bay, staff room, ablutions, kitchen area and a store room. Outside, the facility boasts two equipped play areas, a food garden, a recycling area, and a collection and drop-off zone. The centre is able to house over 100 children. </p><p>The Delft ECD Centre in Delft South will be able to house up to 200 children and is expected to be operational towards the end of May. Built at an overall cost of R13 million, the centre features a number of unconventional design and construction features, resulting in a saving of approximately 30%. The building focuses heavily on the reuse of materials and nearly 1 500 m² of pavers were reclaimed from a demolition site and reused at the school. Recast stormwater drainpipes were also used as windows. </p><p>The Nantes and Delft ECD centres bring to 32 the number of City-owned ECDs under the Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department which are leased to private operators. </p><p>‘The City is committed to giving as many children the opportunity of a quality early learning platform as possible. That is why, in conjunction with our build programme, we offer assistance to hundreds of private ECD operators every year through training and resources, but also work closely with the Western Cape Government Department of Social Development to help unregistered ECDs achieve compliance. Many people become frustrated by the rigorous process they have to go through to become registered, but that is what the Children’s Act dictates. It is a national piece of legislation designed to promote child safety and everyone has to abide by it,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith. </p><p>The City is spending R2,7 million on ECD resourcing and training for staff in this financial year. The training covers a range of areas from first-aid training to business administration, while registered ECDs are also supplied with toys, learning materials, fire extinguishers, etc. This support is in line with the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan which prioritises building integrated communities where residents can thrive and make progress. </p><p>In addition, the City has collaborated with the Western Cape Department of Social Development on ECD registration drives in Belhar, Ocean View, Wallacedene, Macassar, Wesbank, Milnerton and Atlantis. There are approximately 3 000 ECDs in Cape Town – fewer than half of them are registered. </p><p>‘Research has shown that a lack of quality opportunities and interventions during early childhood can significantly disadvantage young children and diminish their potential for success. The stark reality is that there is huge demand for childcare services and for many parents the deciding factor is affordability, which presents a major challenge. We must remember that how we invest in children today will shape them tomorrow. As a City, we are committed to understanding the challenges of ECDs and providing real support for this vital sector of our education system,’ added Alderman Smith. </p><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="" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;">Early Childhood Development Centre </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-2"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;">Early Childhood Development Centre </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-3"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;">Early Childhood Development Centre </figcaption> </figure> </div><div class="image-gallery-control"><div class="image-gallery-caption"><p> Delft and Nantes Early Childhood Development Centres</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"> <i class="icon arrow-white-prev"></i>​</div></div></div></div>​​ <p> <b>End</b></p> 2017-04-22T22:00:00Z1




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