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Roadworks in Khayelitsha amount to over R25mAll-in-all, the projects cover a distance of 9 160 metres in areas such as Philippi East, Browns Farm, Nonqubela, Tafelsig, and Samora Machel<p>All-in-all, the projects cover a distance of 9 160 metres in areas such as Philippi East, Browns Farm, Nonqubela, Tafelsig, and Samora Machel. </p><p>‘Every financial year, the City’s Transport Directorate allocates a budget for road maintenance projects for each area across Cape Town. I am proud to say that the team for the Khayelitsha area has excelled, despite the delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, and unrest and vandalism at some of the sites where roadworks had to be temporarily stopped in the interest of the safety of the contractors and workers. We are focused and committed to keep on delivering services to communities, and request residents to please support these projects where they are ongoing, or due to commence soon,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Alderman Felicity Purchase.</p><p><strong>Over R14 million has been allocated for projects to resurface roads, covering a distance of 6 559 meters:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Mlonji Road from Debeza to Hobohobo Streets, completed, Browns Farm</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Mdlambila Street from Mbovane Road to Mdlambila Street, completed, Browns Farm</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Luzuko Street from Govan Mbeki Road to the Cul-de-Sac, completed, Philippi East</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Govan Mbeki Road at the intersection with NY76, partially completed, work to resume in May 2021, Philippi East</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Bristol Road from New Eisleben Road to Amsterdam Street, partially completed, work to resume in May 2021, Browns Farm</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Amsterdam Street at the intersection with Kobodi and Dyushu Streets, completed, Browns Farm</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Sheffield Road from New Eisleben Road to Vietnam Drive, work to resume in May 2021, Philippi East</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Sheffield Road from Singolamthi Road to Amsterdam Street, work to resume in May 2021, Philippi East</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Moonwood Drive from Boston Street to Govan Mbeki Road, work to resume in May 2021, Philippi</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Maphongwana Avenue from Japhta K Masemola Road to Solomon Tshuku Avenue, work to resume in May 2021, Mxolisi Phetani</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Bonga Drive from Pama Road to Sulani Drive, work to resume in May 2021, Nonqubela</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Solomon Tshuku Avenue from Idaba Avenue to Japhta K Masemola Road, work to resume in May 2021, Mxolisi Phetani</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Njongo Avenue from Solomon Tshuku Avenue to Njabulo Street, work to resume in May 2021, Mxolisi Phetani</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Nyathi Street from Japhta K Masemola Road to Sulani Drive, work to resume in May 2021, Nonqubela</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Oliver Tambo Road from Helen Joseph Road to Weltevreden Parkway, work to resume within the next week, Samora Machel </div></li></ul><p><strong>A further R11,3 million has been allocated for projects to rehabilitate roads covering a distance of 2 601 meters:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Paulsberg Street from Kilimanjaro Street to Spine Road, completed, Tafelsig</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Japhta K Masemola Road from Bonga Drive to Icelekwane Street, work in progress, Nonqubela</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">White Hart Lane from Weltevreden Parkway to Eland Road, work to commence within the next week, Philippi</div></li></ul><p>‘We are excited to see all of these projects completed so that residents and road users can benefit from the improvements. Cape Town’s road network is one of the city’s biggest assets – without roads we cannot travel to work, school, or hospital; neither can we transport goods. Thus, a well-developed road network is critical for every person living and working in Cape Town. We are, therefore, conducting regular planned maintenance and improvements to keep the road network in a good condition,’ said Alderman Purchase.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2021-04-20T22:00:00Z1
City launches platform to collaborate with residentsThe City of Cape Town is the first metro to launch an online idea management system, where residents can share ideas about specific challenges the City is facing<p>​</p><p>The City of Cape Town is the first metro to launch an online idea management system, where residents can share ideas about specific challenges the City is facing, or make contributions about opportunities within the City. <br> <br>‘We have launched the <a href="" target="_blank">Collaboration Platform </a>as a pilot project and encourage members of the public to participate via the portal. We hope that over the course of the next few months, the true potential of this platform will be realised. We are very excited about how this initiative will empower our communities to help shape the future of Cape Town and we look forward to receiving innovative ideas from our residents,’ said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Councillor Sharon Cottle.</p><p>The public can now share and contribute in terms of the City’s challenges and track how their ideas are prioritised. The City will assign moderators to each of the active topics.<br> <br>‘Our main aim with this platform is to facilitate creative problem-solving so that we can make optimal use of limited resources, and to further enhance our decision making,’ said Councillor Cottle. <br> <br>Cities across the world are demonstrating how collaborative technologies and idea management systems such as the City’s <a href="" target="_blank">Collaboration Platform </a>can enable a deeper understanding of the needs of residents. As such, it also assists to build constructive relationships with various stakeholder groups via these user friendly platforms.</p><p>The Organisational Effectiveness and Innovation team will manage the platform and facilitate the idea submission process with an innovation forum within the City. The forum consists of various members of City management from the respective line departments. <br> <br>The ideas will be assessed by subject matter experts based on a specified set of criteria to utilise the ideas with the most potential. Those who come forward with innovative ideas will receive notifications as their submissions move through the different stages. <br> <br>Registered members will also be able to interact on the platform by commenting on, and voting for, the ideas submitted by others.<br> <br>The City of Cape Town <a href="" target="_blank">Collaboration Platform </a>can be accessed via the City’s website, where members of the public will be requested to register in order to participate. Residents are encouraged to regularly log into the CCT <a href="" target="_blank">Collaboration Platform </a>and check for announcements around new challenges.<br> </p><p><strong>End</strong><br></p>2021-04-20T22:00:00Z1
Crowdfunding campaign to refurbish Bellville clock tower The City of Cape Town welcomes the crowdfunding campaign to refurbish the clock tower and gardens at the Bellville Civic Centre.<p>Bellville’s international music legends Fokofpolisiekar, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Francois van Coke, Loki Rothman and Hiram Koopman, and local designer Rich Boy Clothing, have all thrown their weight behind this crowdfunding campaign that was launched on 8 March 2021. <br> <br>The Greater Tygerberg Partnership (GTP) has set a minimum target of R150 000 to repair the four clock faces and install new lighting to enhance the tower at night. <br> <br>The dilapidated fountains will be restored as a striking centre piece with new lighting. Functional art designed for people to meet, greet, relax and play will complete the design. Part of the longer term vision is for the gardens around the clock tower and fountain to be fully redeveloped as well.<br> <br>‘We welcome the campaign and invite local residents and businesses to pledge their support and get behind this drive in improving Bellville’s public spaces. The Bellville CBD with its unique location and diversity of land uses plays an important role in Cape Town’s economy. <br> <br>‘Being Cape Town’s second CBD, the City is focusing on the regeneration and revitalisation of this area. It is a long-term project that entails short-term interventions to create an environment that is attractive for investment. Given that the City has prioritised Bellville for regeneration, we have also allocated significant resources to assist with the improvement of the urban management of the area.</p><p>‘The initiative from the GTP to refurbish the clock tower in Bellville adds value and supports the City’s ongoing efforts in this area. The GTP is one of the City’s key partners in the revitalisation drive, and the imminent refurbishment of the clock tower will make a huge difference to the look and feel of the area,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt.<br> <br>The Thundafund campaign offers rewards to donors, including unique bundles of signed merchandise from Bellville musicians Die Heuwels Fantasties, Francois van Coke and Loki Rothman. Bellville-born saxophonist Hiram Koopman donated a pair of custom Converse trainers. There is a chance for contributions of all sizes, from R100 up to R3 000, for a brick inlaid with the name or company logo of the donor to be featured in the design of the refurbished clock tower and fountain. Companies who want to make a CSI investment will receive a Section 18A certificate for tax purposes. <br> <br>‘Cities around the world are improved and enhanced by small groups of active citizens who choose to make a contribution in whatever way they can. The Clock Tower Project is one such opportunity. The fundraising campaign is designed to spark the imagination of all citizens in Bellville, who feel a connection with the city and who want to see it enhanced and improved. We really want to get the whole community behind this campaign, for everyone to play their part in creating a functional and beautiful public space,’ said GTP CEO, Warren Hewitt.<br> <br><strong>The full project will be delivered in three phases: </strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Phase 1: to restore the clocks and refurbish the fountain, R150 000 needed</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Phase 2: to redevelop the gardens surrounding the clock tower and Civic Centre buildings, R3 850 000 needed; and</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Phase 3: to build a new amphitheatre that can be used for community events, a further R2 500 000.</div></li></ul><p> <br><strong>How to donate:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Donations can be made on Thundafund here: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">For more information, email GTP project manager, Marcus Fourie, at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</div></li></ul><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong><br> <br></p>2021-04-19T22:00:00Z1
City participates in global access to information campaignThe Carter Center has selected 13 cities from around the world, including Cape Town, to participate in its first global Inform Women, Transform Lives campaign<span>​​​​<p>This initiative formally got under way at Retreat Library yesterday – one of 14 libraries participating in the initiative - as the next phase of training women in digital literacy skills via the SmartCape PCs in public libraries kicks off. </p><p>Each city was tasked with selecting an initiative to connect women to an existing municipal service or structure to enable them to access important information to advance their lives. The programme will run until October, but will have a lasting positive impact on the women who receive the training. <br> <br>Due to the fires in Cape Town, the Executive Mayor Dan Plato was unable to attend as scheduled, but had said that the campaign was of great value to women in these communities.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:745px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>‘Through this campaign, hundreds of women from various communities will ultimately benefit through the empowering skills that they gain towards digital and information literacy and the shared learning groups. The women participating in this initiative will gain greater access to information about city services and will empower themselves to access opportunity. The women of our city have hopes and aspirations to be leaders and activists. They also care for their communities and families. Therefore, this campaign is an important way to remind women of the services and opportunities that are available to them within the City of Cape Town and how they can utilise City services to broaden their access to opportunities,’ said Executive Mayor Dan Plato. <br> <br><strong>How the campaign will work for our city:</strong> </p><p>The first part of the campaign includes 10 participants who will be selected to become part of the programme at each of the 14 participating libraries. Each participant would need a library card to access the service, which allows them to make use of the wealth of knowledge and various resources at these facilities.</p><p>Once they have gone through a six-week engagement process with various components, they will become information activists who enable others within their communities to be empowered with the necessary skills to access information. <br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:716px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span>​​</span><p>Over the course of the six-week training programme:<br>- They will receive digital training, including the use of the SmartCape service at public libraries.<br>- Learning circles will provide a platform for sharing experiences and for enabling access to municipal information and programmes that are targeted at women development, while leveraging technology for progress and economic inclusion. <br>- A total of 420 women will ultimately benefit from this initiative. <br> <br>The 14 libraries that will participate in the Inform Women, Transform Lives project are: </p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Mamre</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Du Noon</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Scottsdene</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Langa</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Hout Bay (for women in the Hangberg and Imizamo Yethu community)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Nazeema Isaacs (based in Khayelitsha)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Kuyasa</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Melton Rose (the Kleinvlei community)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Adriaanse </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Delft South </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Manenberg</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Hanover Park</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Weltevreden</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Retreat </div></li></ul><p>The skills training through SmartCape is a key component. </p><p>The SmartCape service was launched in 2005, and is designed to help Cape Town residents access the internet, free of charge. </p><p>SmartCap provides a portal into municipal services and the various opportunities available. <br>The women can also access study areas and general areas for browsing. In the digital age, libraries have become a key source of information for many people who may not have access to the internet from their homes, thereby providing a host of additional resources to those who choose to benefit and tap into this free service.<br>The overall international campaign was launched on International Women’s Day on 8 March as a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. </p><p>Access to information is a fundamental right under the UN Declaration of Human Rights, and is critical for the exercise of civil, political, social and economic rights.<br> <br>‘Our libraries are a critical resource within communities and provide an almost endless source of learning. City libraries are symbolic as sources of knowledge that are in line with this campaign’s purpose: to facilitate greater access to information, specifically for the women of our city. This initiative also precedes the launch of SA Library Week, which focuses on what libraries offer patrons in communities. I am sure the Carter Center campaign will be of great benefit to those involved and create open opportunities for women,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.</p><p><strong>Other cities around the world participating include: </strong><br>Atlanta Georgia, Amman, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Colombo, Dhaka North, Dublin, Guatemala City, Uganda, Lima, Monrovia and Sao Paulo.</p><p>Caption 1: From left: Magdalene Hoffman, Shireen Smith, Leonie Adendorf, Celeste Williams, Morieda Dien, Rafeeqa Sterries,  Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services & Health Cllr Zahid Badroodien, Amiena Fortune, Shaa-iqah Dien, Levonia Lendis,  Anneliza Petersen, Carmen Fowkes (flower dress -head librarian at Retreat Library and programme facilitator), Kathleen Bailey (spectacles - librarian).</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2021-04-19T22:00:00Z1







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