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Killarney International Raceway gearing up as Cape hub for global motorsportIn yet another milestone boost for economic growth, jobs and destination Cape Town, the City’s Mayoral Committee has recommended the approval of a new lease for Killarney International Raceway operated by Western Province Motor Club (WPMC).<span><p>While this recommendation to approve the lease must still be tabled at full Council for a final decision on 18 August 2022, the proposed transaction aims to secure the future of motorsport in Cape Town and celebrates the heritage of 75 years of motor racing success on the site. I am particularly pleased to make this announcement at Killarney on National Women’s Day. The retention of racing as the predominant use of the site is a tribute to women’s car and motorbike racers and women working behind the scenes without whom racing would not happen here. They are an integral part of Killarney’s success story.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>​​​​​​Killarney is the most used multi-purpose event venue in Cape Town with a pre-Covid total of 200 events per year, with 70 of those being charity events for worthy causes. It hosts a range of motor and motorcycling events for all people in the Western Cape, but also non-motorised sporting events like cycling, duathlons and marathons. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>The sport contributes R357 million to Cape Town’s economy while supporting an extensive industry and thousands of jobs in race manufacturing, trading, servicing, repairs, parts and accessories. It also draws international and South African competitors, manufacturers, fans, and sponsors who come for extended stays and investments. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure>​​</span><div>Western Province Motor Club (WPMC) is a non-profit amateur sporting facility. Its operations model is to break even and retain enough income to maintain and improve the extensive facility. I believe that this new lease gives WPMC the ability to do long-range planning and actively recruit key international motorsport events for the benefit of racing fans, the industry, Cape Town’s economy and the tourist destination. Motorsport at Killarney is a key component in making Cape Town Africa’s event capital.<br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>End</strong><br></div><p><br></p>2022-08-08T22:00:00Z1
Blue Monday for firearm suspectThe suspect is among hundreds arrested by the City's enforcement services in the past week<div>Metro Police Officers attached to the Gang and Drug Task Team arrested a suspect for the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition in Philippi this morning. </div><div><br></div><div>At around 08:00, officers followed up on information received and tracked down the suspect in an informal settlement in the area. He granted permission for them to conduct a search, and was found in possession of a .38 special revolver with the serial number still intact and four live rounds of ammunition (pictured). <br></div><div><br></div><div><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /></figure>​​</span>The 37-year-old suspect was arrested and detained at Philippi SAPS.</div><div> </div><div>In general enforcement in the past week, Metro Police officers made 86 arrests and issued 3 323 traffic and by-law fines.</div><div><br></div><div>LAW ENFORCEMENT</div><div><br></div><div>Officers made 183 arrests in the past week and issued 3 335 by-law fines.</div><div><br></div><div>On Friday, 5 August, LEAP officers were on patrol in Harare, Khayelitsha at approximately 23:00.</div><div><br></div><div>A pedestrian who was walking along the road suddenly started running away when he spotted the officers, but was caught after a short chase.</div><div><br></div><div>The suspect was found in possession of a firearm and 34 rounds of ammunition (pictured). He was detained at Harare SAPS.</div><div><br></div><div><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1188px;" /></figure>​​</span>TRAFFIC SERVICES</div><div><br></div><div>Officers arrested 59 motorists – 51 for driving under the influence of alcohol and eight for reckless and negligent driving.</div><div><br></div><div>During a series of integrated operations in the past week, officers impounded 145 public transport vehicles, executed 1 763 warrants of arrest, issued 32 708 fines for various traffic violations and recorded 38 322 speeding offences. </div><div><br></div><div>The highest speeds recorded were as follows: </div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>147 km/h on Marine Drive  (60 km/h zone)</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>146 km/h on the N1 at Koeberg Interchange  (70 km/h zone)</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>213 km/h on the N1 at Plattekloof road (120 km/h zone)</div><div><br></div><div>‘It blows my mind how motorists can engage in such reckless behaviour and think that it is okay. How many more times do we have to highlight the potential consequences for yourself, but also those around you before the penny will drop? How many more horrific road accidents will it take? These excessive speeds are but one of the many reasons why we undertook the review of our Traffic by-law. For too long, people have been behaving in the most shocking manner on the roads, and effectively getting away with a slap on the wrist. The measures built into the new by-law will now make people think twice, especially when their vehicle is impounded and they’re left to pound the pavement,’ said the  City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. </div><div> </div><div>PUBLIC EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION CENTRE</div><div><br></div><div>The City’s emergency call centre logged 1 777 incidents between Friday, 5 August and Sunday, 7 August.</div><div><br></div><div>These included 41 motor vehicle accidents and 21 accidents involving pedestrians.</div><div><br></div><div>There were also 156 assault cases, and 28 reports of domestic violence.</div><div><br></div><div>‘Over the past three weekends, the average number of incidents related to domestic violence has crept up to just over 25, from an average of 16 in the first three weekends of July. It’s likely that these calls are but a fraction of the number of actual incidents, but it’s incredibly disappointing to see the increase, particularly as we commemorate Women’s Month. It’s an indictment on us as a society, and we really need to do better,’ added Alderman Smith. <br></div><p><br></p>2022-08-07T22:00:00Z1
City advises of water supply disruption in Somerset WestThe Water and Sanitation Department will be tying in a newly installed pipeline to the existing water supply main along Andries Pretorius Street in the Somerset West CBD from 09:00 until 16:00 on Thursday, 11 August 2022.<div>Careful consideration has been given to the planning of this tie-in.</div><div><br></div><div>‘We always consider the impact on residents and possible water losses when we do infrastructure maintenance, repairs and upgrades and try to limit this as far as possible.  This work forms  part of the City’s water pipeline replacement programme which addresses the replacement of water supply infrastructure in accordance with set criteria. The maintenance crew will attend to the pipe replacement in the shortest possible timeframe,’ said Councillor Zahid Badroodien, Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation.</div><div><br></div><div>Consumers are kindly requested to store water upfront in clean, sealed containers for domestic consumption and  ensure that all taps are closed to prevent water loss and/or damage when the supply is restored.</div><div> </div><div>A water tanker will be located at the Roman Catholic Church in Lourens Street and another tanker will be located outside the Hottentots Holland High School in Island Road, Somerset West to provide water for domestic consumption where required.</div><div><br></div><div>The City sincerely regrets any inconvenience caused, but it is imperative that it maintains its water supply infrastructure to benefit its consumers.</div><div> <br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>End</strong><br></div><p><br></p>2022-08-07T22:00:00Z1
City advises of water supply disruption in the Summer Greens areaThe City’s Water and Sanitation Directorate will be conducting zero pressure tests on the main water supply to the Summer Greens area.<div>Zero-pressure testing is part of the installation process for pressure management technology. Tests are done to see if there are any unmapped inflows that need to be taken into account before smart pressure reducing valves are installed. </div><div> </div><div>Residents are kindly advised to store water in clean, sealed containers for 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> </div><div>This work forms part of the City’s Water Demand Management Strategy. Managing water pressure more effectively reduces the possibility of pipe bursts and water wastage.</div><div> </div><div>The City sincerely regrets any inconvenience caused.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>End</strong><br></div><p><br></p>2022-08-06T22:00:00Z1







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