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City calls for innovative sustainable waste management initiatives ​The City of Cape Town’s Urban Waste Management (UWM) Directorate wants to facilitate an open and transparent process to assess the market for sustainable waste management interventions <p>Waste management businesses in Cape Town are advised that the City of Cape Town has issued a request for information (RFI) seeking information and ideas on any products, technologies or other offerings that could improve the City's waste management operations and services. </p><p>Areas of interest include: </p><ul><li><strong>Waste minimisation: </strong>Including but not limited to alternate packaging solutions, biodegradable products and any other new advanced technologies suitable for application within the City. </li><li><strong>Waste collection: </strong>Including but not limited to bin sensors, route optimisation technologies, smart applications for waste collection and any other new advanced technologies suitable for application within the City. </li><li><strong>Waste diversion: </strong>Including but not limited to separation at source, Materiel Recovery Facility (MRF) technologies, alternate treatment technologies eg in-vessel composting, open wind row composting, chipping, builders rubble re-use, and any other new advanced technologies suitable for application within the City. </li><li><strong>Recycling: </strong>Including but not limited to automated recycling vending machines, smart applications for household recycling, alternate treatment mechanism for plastic waste eg lego home solution, textile waste recycling any other new advanced technologies suitable for application within the City. </li><li><strong>Waste to energy solutions: </strong>Photovoltaic infrastructure on closed landfill facilities, anaerobic digestion, incineration, alternate treatment for biomass (diseased trees, animal carcasses, sludge's) and any other new advanced technologies in the waste industry suitable for application within the City. </li><li><strong>Landfill gas and leachate treatment: </strong>Including but not limited to landfill gas applications at closed landfills, use of landfill gas for biofuel, innovative leachate treatment solutions any other new advanced technologies suitable for application within the City. </li><li><strong>Behavioural change and education and awareness: </strong>Advanced technology applications Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR) and IoT (Internet of Things) rewards programmes etc. to assist the City in instituting a change in behaviour toward waste management in the city.</li></ul><p>The City encourages submissions that use AI, AR and IoT in application to the above list. Proposed solutions should be designed to allow for adapting, upgrading and integrating with current infrastructure. The list is not intended to be exhaustive and responders are encouraged to share additional ideas. </p><p>Proposals need to specifically focus on financial sustainability, job creation and income generation capacity, skills development, behavioural change and environmental conservation. </p><p>Any information gathered will be used to support the development of procurement processes for sustainable waste management solutions within Cape Town. </p><p><strong>For more information and instructions </strong><strong>on how to make a submission please visit the link below and download the RFI document, and follow </strong><strong>the </strong><strong>instructions</strong><strong>.</strong><span style="text-decoration:line-through;"><strong> </strong></span></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a> </p><p>Please provide your inputs on or before <strong>10:00 on Monday, 31 October 2022. </strong>Please also note that all future contracts to enhance UWM services will be issued via legislated competitive tender processes. </p><p>'Human and Economic Development over the past century has created a lot of prosperity, but along with this prosperity comes a lot of waste. As waste continues to accumulate, so our need for innovative thinking and solutions becomes more urgent. I encourage all those with relevant expertise to help guide the City as we equip ourselves for a more waste-wise future,' said Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Waste Management, Alderman Grant Twigg. </p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2022-09-29T22:00:00Z1
City well on its way to recruiting 2 000 janitorial staff ​The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Directorate wants to encourage people from across the city to register on the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) jobseekers database <p>Applicants will be recruited to perform janitorial functions in the area or the informal settlement in which they live.</p><p>'The City of Cape Town was the first to establish janitorial teams for informal settlements to clean the toilets. Over the past eight years, the City has created 17 000 work opportunities through the janitorial service for the cleaning and servicing of all the toilets.</p><p>'This week, 70 full flush toilets will be handed over to the Sesikona informal settlement in Philippi East where janitors will be employed from the City's EPWP jobseekers database.</p><p>'A janitorial service helps to keep toilets clean which is essential to the well-being and health of residents who use the toilets.  They also report any issues with the toilets such as blockages and vandalism so they can be attended to.</p><p>'Residents can support these efforts and help the City take care of the toilets to ensure they remain in working order. This can be done by reporting vandalism or blockages of the toilets as well as only disposing of toilet paper and tissues in the toilets. Generally, the majority of blockages are caused by the misuse of the sewer system, especially when items such as rags, newspapers, condoms and feminine hygiene products are disposed into the system.</p><p>'I want to encourage applicants to register on the jobseekers database to be considered for various short-term employment vacancies including these janitorial positions as this is a meaningful job opportunity,' said the City's Acting Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation, Councillor Siseko Mbandezi.</p><p>Once employed, janitors are provided with essential resources such as the standard Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) uniform, T-shirts, boots, gloves, masks and hand sanitiser for germ control and as well as tools to efficiently conduct their work. </p><p><strong>How to register</strong></p><p>Jobseekers are required to register on the City's EPWP jobseekers database at their local Subcouncil which makes them eligible for available short-term job opportunities in that area.  EPWP opportunities are allocated on a randomised basis.</p><p>'Janitorial staff will be employed on a six-month contractual basis. This is to provide equal job opportunities to as many unemployed residents as possible.  The jobseekers database does not only recruit posts for janitorial services but various short-term job opportunities that are available,' said Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Waste Management, Alderman Grant Twigg.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What to know about EPWP registration:</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Visit your local Subcouncil to register your name with the Jobseekers Database. Please bring a copy of your CV, your ID document or a valid South African work permit. </li><li>It is free. The City will not ask community members to pay for work opportunities or pay to apply for a work opportunity.</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information, contact the EPWP HelpDesk on 021 444 0032 or email <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2022-09-29T22:00:00Z1
City advises of water supply disruption in the Firgrove area​The City’s Water and Sanitation Directorate will be shutting off the water supply main to the Firgrove area<p>Careful consideration has been given to this work to ensure minimal disruption to the residents.</p><p>Residents are kindly advised to store water upfront in clean, sealed containers for domestic use during this period and ensure that their taps are closed to avoid water loss and/or damage when the supply is restored.</p><p>A water tanker will be roaming in the area to provide water for domestic use where required.</p><p>The City sincerely regrets any inconvenience caused, but it is imperative that it upgrades and maintains its water supply infrastructure to benefit its consumers.</p><p><strong>Please be advised that all sites where water and sanitation repairs and upgrades are conducted are deemed to be construction sites and as such are off limits to members of the public.   </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2022-09-29T22:00:00Z1
Learner firefighters make the gradeThe City's continued investment in its Fire and Rescue Service was highlighted once more with the graduation of 21 Learner firefighters.<span><p>The City's continued investment in its Fire and Rescue Service was highlighted once more with the graduation of 21 Learner firefighters.</p><p>The group has successfully completed their Firefighting 1 training module.</p><p>This is the foundation phase for skills and knowledge requirements to join the service, including (but not limited to):</p><ul><li>firefighter safety and PPE</li><li>building construction and property conservation</li><li>fire dynamics</li><li>fire streams and suppression</li><li>search and rescue</li><li>incident analysis<br></li></ul> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:832px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>'We welcome the new recruits with open arms. They've made so many sacrifices to get here, and will attest that it was not easy, given the level of competition to make the cut for our Training Academy. I want to extend the City's hearty congratulations on making it this far, and wish them well as they settle into their careers. Cape Town is counting on you, and that is a massive responsibility. But, we are confident in the calibre of candidates selected to join our Fire and Rescue Service's ranks, as well as the level of training provided,' said the Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1000px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>The new graduates will join their colleagues on active duty later this year.</p><p>For now, they return to the Training Academy to complete their Firefighter 2 module, which is a more advanced component including, but not limited to, vehicle extrication, more complex fires, fire scene operations, fire origin and cause, community risk reduction, etc. and a requirement for future advancement in their careers. <br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:635px;" /> </figure><strong>​​End</strong></span><p><br></p>2022-09-29T22:00:00Z1







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