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Plans for Table View beachfront restoration in motionThe City’s Coastal Management Department is currently busy concluding the detailed design phase of the project<p>The City’s Coastal Management Department is currently busy concluding the detailed design phase of the project. The procurement process will commence next year for the appointment of contractors to conduct the dune rehabilitation and civil and building works. The work will commence by the end of 2022 and the aim is to complete the project towards the beginning of 2024, if all goes as planned.</p><p>‘This stretch of Cape Town’s coastline is iconic where visitors have a great view of Table Mountain in the distance. It is a key scenic route for tourists and we have locals running, walking, and enjoying outdoor activities along this popular beachfront. The Table View restoration project will deliver a high quality recreational space. I really believe that the addition of the proposed beachfront walkway is going to be a substantial public enhancement to the area.</p><p>‘Our Coastal Management Department is always looking for opportunities to enhance our coastline, in both the way that it is protected and managed and in the way that it can be of optimum benefit to the people of Cape Town. This proposed plan and investment will achieve these goals,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt.</p><p>The proposed new walkway will be approximately four metres wide and will stretch along the beachfront between White Waters Road and Marine Circle from where it will integrate with the existing walkway to Dolphin Beach. </p><p>The dune rehabilitation work is of utmost importance as it will reduce the impact of wind-blown sand on adjacent infrastructure. The aim is to provide a soft interface between the beach and infrastructure and to provide a buffering from coastal processes. </p><p>The restoration work will also include repairs to broken pavement edges and damaged boardwalks and railings; new ablution facilities and pedestrian access points, as well as the recreational facilities. </p><p>‘The Department noted that there is a great need for a continuous walkway along the coast in the Table View and Blouberg area. Many residents and visitors are walking along the beachfront but often have to navigate their way through the current parking and on narrow verges. This does not promote pedestrian road safety, nor does it provide a consistent use of the coastline as is the case along many other beaches in Cape Town. As such it was decided to add the walkway to the project,’ said Alderman Nieuwoudt.</p><p>A traffic study was undertaken earlier this year to assess where best to locate the proposed new walkway. It is proposed that the existing parking areas along the beachfront be reconfigured so that the new walkway can be constructed along the beachfront.</p><p>The City will host a public participation process to provide residents the opportunity to comment on the proposed walkway. Further details will be communicated closer to the time. </p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br> </p>2021-09-22T22:00:00Z1
Cape Town to take up red list issue with UK high commissionerI will make clear that Cape Town is destination-ready and that we have a thorough and successful vaccine rollout<p>​</p><span><p>I have been in constant communication with UK government officials about South Africa’s continued inclusion on the travel red list and will now escalate this matter with their high commissioner.</p><p>I will make clear that Cape Town is destination-ready and that we have a thorough and successful vaccine rollout.</p><p>Around 1 655 800 jabs have been administered at the 65 vaccination sites across the city.</p><p>With the vaccines now widely available, the people of Cape Town have shown up for their communities by getting their loved ones, neighbours or friends to vaccination sites or sharing information on where and how to quickly get jabbed.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" /> </figure></span><p>One such major vaccination site is the Athlone Stadium Vaccination Centre of Hope, where people can simply walk in or drive through. And last week I visited one of Cape Town’s biggest call centres, which is vaccinating staff at their workplace - just one of numerous employers doing this.</p><p>The UK government’s reasoning – the Beta variant that was first identified in South Africa - frankly does not make sense. No Beta cases have been reported in South Africa this month with the Delta variant dominant locally – as it is in the UK and most of the world.</p><p>Of course, the impact of the red list on South Africa’s economy is devastating with an estimated R26 million in much-needed revenue being lost every single day.</p><p>The Mother City has long been a favourite destination for British travellers. In 2019, readers of Britain’s Telegraph newspaper voted Cape Town their favourite city in the world for a seventh consecutive year. This month, Travel + Leisure magazine’s global audience rated ours the best city in Africa and the Middle East and the 25th best in the world.</p><p>With a variety of cultures and cuisine, natural beauty, and some of the best wines in the world, it’s clear why the Mother City is so loved!</p><p>Should the UK announce that South Africa is off the list, our Destination Marketing Organisation, Cape Town Tourism, is ready to hit the ground running with the ‘Find Your Freedom’ marketing campaign in international media, online, and in prime locations including London. We will also partner with top airlines to share the campaign on their flights.</p><p>Our points of entry are ready to welcome passengers.  Cape Town International Airport – the best in Africa – boasts a new electronic checking system making it easier to process passengers. The city also has a world-class cruise terminal at the V&A Waterfront outfitted with top-class equipment and staff, customs facilities, immigration desks, passenger infrastructure, restaurants, and baggage handling services. </p><p>I implore the UK government to base its actions in this regard on science and reason.</p><p>Remove South Africa from the red list and allow British travellers to visit their favourite holiday destination.  Let's gets this done before it's too late.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p><span>​​</span>2021-09-22T22:00:00Z1
Cape Town voted best city in Africa, hotels scoop top spotsAs Mayor of this beautiful city, it gives me great joy to see the hard work of our residents and business owners rewarded with global recognition.<p>​<span>As Mayor of this beautiful city, it gives me great joy to see the hard work of our residents and business owners rewarded with global recognition.<br><p>The Cape Grace, The Silo Hotel, and Ellerman House took the first, second and third spots respectively, with the One and Only hotel taking fifth place in the World Travel and Leisure’s ‘World’s Best’ awards. </p><p>Cape Town was rated as the best City in Africa and the Middle East. It was followed by Marrakesh, Jerusalem, Fez, Dubai, Tel Aviv, Abu Dhabi, Petra, Muscat and Essaouira, completing the top 10.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:896px;" /> </figure></span></p><span><p>The City of Cape Town prides itself on good governance and providing an enabling environment for businesses to thrive. Tourism provides major employment and skills development opportunities for our residents and we have always supported this industry wherever possible. In 2020 we helped local businesses bounce back after a tough national lockdown that left almost no business untouched, and we continuously fought for the easing of lockdown restrictions to help businesses and save livelihoods. </p><p>In 2020 the City distributed over 13 000 Covid-19 toolkits to SMMEs, 10 000 kits for informal traders, thousands of masks and sanitisers, signage to help small businesses open safely after the hard lockdown and launched a number of business support programmes. To see these hotels acknowledged on the global stage is testament to the resilience of Capetonians and our commitment to looking after our future and always bouncing back stronger than before. </p><p>Many other independent organisations have acknowledged the good governance and resilience of the City of Cape Town. The Ratings Afrika sustainability survey of July 2020 acknowledged Cape Town as the most financially sustainable metro in South Africa, which was capable of absorbing the financial shock of the Covid-19 pandemic. The accolades announced this month is testament to this acknowledgement.<br>Some of the comments from travellers (listed below) outline why Cape Town is a firm favourite.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span>​​</span><p>“Every year for our World's Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city or resort based on their locations and amenities. This year, readers strongly favoured South Africa — the top five city hotels are all in Cape Town and Jo'burg.” - <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p>“This coastal city has a tendency to make even the most wanderlust-fueled traveler consider settling down. Survey responses provide more than enough evidence for this. ‘One of the most beautiful places on earth,’ wrote one reader, with another saying, ‘I'd definitely retire here!’ A third had a similar reaction: ‘When my husband and I arrived, we both immediately thought...should we move?’ Known for its temperate climate and prime position between mountains and sea, this city is a draw for travellers seeking a mix of urban exploration and nature experiences — with outdoorsy excursions like a hike up Table Mountain or a tasting tour of the winelands within easy reach before dinner and drinks on the waterfront.” - <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p><strong>End</strong></p>2021-09-22T22:00:00Z1
Tuberculosis treatment monitoring goes digital The City of Cape Town’s Health Department is excited to be part of a project to test the efficacy of a new treatment monitoring system for patients with drug-resistant Tuberculosis (TB).<p>​</p><span><p><br>The City of Cape Town’s Health Department is excited to be part of a project to test the efficacy of a new treatment monitoring system for patients with drug-resistant Tuberculosis (TB).</p><p>The project is a collaboration between City Health, the Aurum Health Institute, which is part of the ASCENT (Adherence Support Coalition to End TB) consortium and TB HIV Care (THC), which is funded by the Global Fund via the National Department of Health.  <br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1066px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>TB continues to be one of the biggest health challenges in South Africa, particularly as it relates to supporting adherence to treatment regimens. </p><p>Drug-resistant TB requires the administration of medication daily for anywhere between nine and 20 months. Erratic treatment adherence could potentially have unfavourable consequences, which may result in prolonged treatment, resistance to medication, the spread of disease and even death.  </p><p>In recent years, there have been significant changes in the treatment offered to patients with drug-resistant TB, with the introduction of new drugs and shorter, injection-free regimens. <br>In spite of these policy changes, this has not significantly improved retention in care, due to many factors such as the long duration of treatment, high medication burden, frequent side effects, socio-economic factors, substance use, and mental health issues among others. <br>‘In addition, the health system simply does not have the human resources to support across the board, so this new project, which is essentially an electronic pillbox, will allow far easier monitoring, and providing support to patients to stay the course. </p><p>‘These pillboxes can provide reminders for patients to take their medication, and provide real time updates into a back-end server on when the pillbox was opened. Additionally, they can generate digital adherence reports that can be shared with clinicians. This can be used to identify early adherence challenges and provides an opportunity for clinicians to respond appropriately with additional support to clients,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span>​​</span><p>Since the beginning of August, nearly 60 drug-resistant TB patients have been enrolled onto the project, with an average of 84% adherence in City of Cape Town facilities that have started implementing it. </p><p>‘Staff are quickly able to identify patients who have missed doses and are able to provide additional adherence support to encourage them to return to care and to address the barriers to treatment. Improving adherence to treatment will improve outcomes and contribute to reducing disease transmission in our communities. We expect to enrol more than 600 DR-TB patients over the next year onto this project.  The project will compare the treatment outcomes in these patients with previous patients to determine whether this is an intervention that may be implemented to scale in the coming years,’ added Councillor Badroodien.</p><p>The Aurum Health Institute will provide strategic project direction based on their experience in implementing similar projects, and will lead research operations and undertake a project evaluation as well as provide technical support. </p><p>TB HIV Care, funded through the Global Fund, will procure the electronic medication monitors from the service provider and will support training and implementation, ongoing site support and deploy two roving social workers who will conduct psychosocial assessments on all patients. </p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2021-09-22T22:00:00Z1







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