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EOAM Portfolio Committee visits Cape Town Market in Epping​Today, the Economic Opportunities and Asset Management (EOAM) Portfolio Committee together with EOAM Mayoral Committee Member Alderman James Vos conducted an oversight visit.<p>​This lease transaction secures the significant strategic economic asset in the form of a world-class fresh produce market while re-capitalising an ageing capital asset funded by a partial rental offset.  See <a href=""></a></p><p>The upgrade includes accommodating the Buitemark traders within the expanded market footprint. The refurbishment has commenced with the construction and relocation of the Truck Stop, which will improve efficiency and accessibility for deliveries and collections at the market.</p><p>Alderman James Vos expressed his delight at the progress made and explained that this is a significant step in upgrading and modernising this strategic economic asset so that it can continue to provide jobs and food security to our communities.</p><p>‘The long-term tenure is in keeping with the City’s Business Facilitation, Retention and Expansion focus, which speaks to the specific needs of businesses supported by a dedicated Real Estate Services Unit which unlocks the opportunity to extract the best socio-economic return and the optimisation of municipal assets,’ said Alderman Vos.</p><p>Councillor Anda Ntsodo, the Portfolio Committee chairperson, commended the CTM management for keeping the market operating while navigating Covid-19 and construction challenges. </p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2021-05-17T22:00:00Z1
City switches on households in Chris Hani and Tembisa, Samora Machel The City switched on the electricity to 40 households in the Chris Hani and Tembisa informal settlements in Samora Machel, Philippi.<p>​The City’s Electricity Generation and Distribution department spent more than R430 000 to connect the 40 households to the electricity grid in the Chris Hani and Tembisa communities. Councillor Maxiti was joined by residents and the leadership of Ward 33 and Subcouncil 23.<br> <br>‘Over the past few months, the City has made great strides in connecting households to the electricity grid across the metro. The electrification project commenced in April this year and was completed on Friday, 14 May 2021. We are pleased that this project was completed ahead of schedule and will immediately improve the living conditions of our residents ahead of the coming winter months.<br> <br>‘The City commends the staff in the Electricity Generation and Distribution Department for their hard work on the completed electrification projects as well as the numerous ongoing projects across the metro.  We will continue to make every effort to improve the lives of our residents.<br> <br>‘We also remind residents to help us protect infrastructure by reporting electricity theft, vandalism and illegal connections to the City or to the South African Police Service. In City-supplied areas and on City-owned land, almost all informal settlements in the metro have been connected to electricity, where it has been possible to do so,’ said Councillor Maxiti. <br> <br><strong>To report damage to municipal electrical infrastructure:</strong><br>•       SMS: 31220<br>•       Email: <a href=""></a><br> <br><strong>Anonymous tip-offs welcomed:</strong><br>Residents can give anonymous tip offs if they are aware of illegal activity that is taking place; that has happened or is still to happen. Please call 112 from a cell phone (toll free) and 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 for emergencies.<br> <br> <br><strong>End</strong><br> </p>2021-05-17T22:00:00Z1
Maintain trees before storms start to reduce outagesCape Town residents are encouraged to trim any trees and vegetation growing on their property.<ul><li>Tree branches, which encroach on overhead power lines, often lead to power outages and damage to electricity infrastructure when they break or swivel in stormy weather. </li><li>This is often also the reason for prolonged area outages, which can be prevented. </li></ul><p>A clearance of at least 3,8 metres is required between vegetation and power lines. Residents may contact the City for advice on how to safely remove tree branches on private property that pose a risk to City power supply. </p><p>Storms can sometimes contribute to an increase in prolonged power outages, especially where tree branches grow over and into overhead power lines or where fragile trees fall over and damage infrastructure. The recent storm experienced across the metro served as a reminder for all residents about the possibility of such an occurrence taking place.</p><p>The City’s electricity teams have made every effort to minimise electricity outages caused by trees growing alongside overhead power lines by carrying out various tree clearing efforts on City property across the metro, in areas including Newlands, Claremont, Plumstead, Wynberg, Rondebosch, Westridge, Audas Estate, Humanshof, Briza, Goedehoop, Pearl Rise and Helena Heights, Goodwood, Monte Vista and suburbs in the Brackenfell, Kuils River and Kraaifontein areas.</p><p>The department has spent more than R3,4 million to prepare for winter storms. </p><p><strong>Vegetation growing too close to overhead power lines is especially dangerous. </strong></p><p>‘Property owners or those renting a property are urged to do this maintenance work while taking safety precautions and to ensure that there is a required clearance of at least 3,8 metres between vegetation and power lines.</p><p>‘Residents are also reminded that branches, which encroach on streetlights, diminish their efficacy. Clearing vegetation that is already encroaching on overhead lines can be dangerous and property owners are requested to contact the City for advice and to arrange an electricity shutdown to remove branches safely. By working together, we can mitigate the risks and avoid the inconvenience caused to our residents when power lines are struck by trees during a storm,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy and Climate Change, Councillor Phindile Maxiti. </p><p><strong>Contact the City: </strong><br>• Should residents be concerned that there is a risk of trees on City property encroaching on City overhead power lines, they are encouraged to report these cases to the City’s Fault Reporting Centre on 0860 103 089 or <a href=""></a>.<br>• Please note, during inclement weather, service requests increase and this can impact on the time required to fix an outage. The City thanks all residents for their understanding.</p><p>For more information on why you should trim your trees, please visit: <a href=""></a></p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2021-05-17T22:00:00Z1
City vaccinators get to workThe overflow facility at the Brackenfell Clinic is the first local government site to participate in the second phase of the national Covid-19 vaccination drive.<p>The City of Cape Town is pleased with efforts to get the second phase of Covid-19 vaccinations off the ground. </p><p>City Health is among the many partners involved in ramping up vaccinations to the general public and achieving herd immunity against Covid-19.</p><p>Nearly 300 of the department’s staff members have been trained as vaccinators, and yesterday, Monday, 17 May 2021, the Brackenfell Clinic’s overflow site became the first City facility to administer vaccines to the public.</p><p>It is envisioned that seven more City Health facilities will make it on to the list of vaccination sites in the coming weeks out of a total of 70 planned locations.</p><p>‘This has been a long time coming, and as the City, we are pleased that the public vaccination drive is now finally underway. We will do all we can to ensure that the process runs smoothly, so that we can help our residents, communities and businesses return to life as we know it, as soon as possible. As a resident over 60, I was encouraged by health professionals to be vaccinated and was proud to get my vaccination this morning. It was a quick and painless process and I commend the professionalism of the staff on duty. To our older residents, I want to encourage you to register for the vaccine if you haven’t done so already, and if you have questions or concerns, speak to the staff at your local clinic,’ said Executive Mayor, Alderman Dan Plato.</p><p>The Western Cape received a total of 33 900 doses of Pfizer vaccine from National government to kick start phase 2. During the first day of operations, the 12 vaccinations were conducted at Brackenfell.</p><p>Today, a further 24 vaccinations are scheduled.</p><p>‘We are starting small, to iron out any teething problems that may come from what I’m sure we all agree is a mammoth undertaking. Communication on this vaccination drive is key, not only to ensure that persons know where and when to go for their vaccines, but also to address vaccine hesitancy, and to reach communities where internet and data access are very real challenges.</p><p>‘As at 13 May, only 217 698 people have registered for phase 2 of the vaccination drive. This represents only 29% of the eligible population in the province. Of this population, in the city, only 28% of our eligible population have registered thus far. I also want to reiterate the call to younger persons to assist the older persons in their home, street and community at large with the national online registration process. It is only by working together that we will make this Covid-19 vaccination drive a success,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.</p><p>Those over  the age of 60 are reminded that they can register using the USSD code *134*832# to register free of charge, or send the word “REGISTER” via WhatsApp to 0600 123 456.</p><p>Where access to internet or data is a barrier, residents can use the City’s wifi enabled public facilities and 55 wifi enabled libraries to register on the Electronic Vaccine Data System (EVDS) using their own devices.<br> <br>Each person registering will require an ID number and a cell phone number where they can receive details of their appointment.</p><p>We appeal that those who registered only come to a facility once they have received a SMS confirming the date, time and location for their vaccination to be administered. </p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br> <br></p>2021-05-17T22:00:00Z1







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