|City encourages residents to complete online Baboon Questionnaire||Cape Town is well known for its chacma baboons||<p>The questionnaire has been, and is still available online at: <a href="http://bit.ly/CCTBaboons" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/CCTBaboons</a>.<br> <br>Cape Town is well known for its chacma baboons. Many of our residential areas are near natural environments where these baboons thrive. Some of the troops keep their distance from humans, while others sometimes venture into the urban environment, and residential neighbourhoods.<br> <br>We encourage residents who live in areas close to the baboons’ natural environment, and may be affected or encounter baboons, to please complete the questionnaire. The feedback we receive through the questionnaire will provide us with valuable information and insight and will be considered when making improvements to the City’s Urban Baboon Programme.<br> <br>The Urban Baboon Programme is aimed at keeping baboons in their natural environment and out of urban areas as far as possible. It is in the interest of the safety of the baboons and residents that contact and conflict between people and baboons are minimised.<br> <br>It will take about 20 minutes to complete the questionnaire and, importantly, the City will not disclose the identities of those who participate to third parties.<br> <br>The link to the questionnaire was sent on 14 December 2020 to approximately 11 200 residents who are living in neighbourhoods adjacent to baboons’ natural habitat. The City used the e-billing database to identify these residents – i.e. by extracting residential addresses. <br> <br>We have received considerable feedback to date, but it is possible that some residents still want to participate. This is a reminder to these residents to please complete the questionnaire by Monday, 8 March 2021. <br> <br>The City also wants to inform residents that we are engaging other spheres of government, notably SANParks and CapeNature, about the Urban Baboon Programme. These engagements are also aimed at improving collaboration and decision-making on an operational level. <br> <br>‘We will provide the public with an update on the outcome of these engagements in due course, once all parties are ready to do so. Also, progress reports will serve before the City’s Mayoral Committee in coming weeks. In the meantime, I want to thank those residents who have already completed the questionnaire for setting aside the time to do so. We value your feedback,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt.<br> <br><strong> </strong><br><strong>End</strong><br> </p>||2021-02-28T22:00:00Z||1|
|Cape Town dam levels decrease to 76,3%||Residents are reminded that while water restrictions were lifted from 1 November 2020, the following permanent regulations in the City’s Water By-law still apply||<p>Residents are reminded that while water restrictions were lifted from 1 November 2020, the following permanent regulations in the City’s Water By-law still apply:<br> <br>Outdoor water use and groundwater </p><ul><li>Watering only allowed before 09:00 or after 18:00 (to avoid evaporation losses in the heat of the day). This applies to watering with municipal drinking water, and is also recommended for alternative water e.g. borehole and well-point water.</li><li>Automated sprinkler systems (where permitted) must be able to be correctly positioned and be able to be adjusted to prevent water wastage. </li><li>Hosepipes used for watering or washing vehicles, boats and caravans (when permitted) must be fitted with a controlling device such as a spray nozzle or automatic self-closing device. </li><li>No hosing down of hard-surfaced or paved areas with municipal drinking water allowed. Water users, such as abattoirs, food-processing industries, care facilities, animal shelters and other industries or facilities with special needs (health/safety related only) must apply for exemption. </li><li>Outdoor taps, except those on residential properties, must be secured to prevent unauthorised use. </li><li>The City recommends that alternative water sources like boreholes and well-point water be used sparingly and efficiently. <br> <br>Efficiency of taps, toilets and showers </li><li>The maximum flow rate of new and replaced showerheads may not exceed seven litres per minute. </li><li>The maximum flow rate of any tap installed at a washbasin may not exceed six litres per minute. </li><li>New or replaced toilet cisterns may not exceed six litres in capacity. </li><li>Basins and showers provided at public facilities must be fitted with demand-type taps.<br> <br>Swimming pools </li><li>All swimming pools must be covered by a pool cover to avoid evaporation when not in use.</li><li>Automatic top up systems using a float valve fed from a municipal drinking water source to supply swimming pools and garden ponds are not allowed.<br> <br>Car washes </li><li>Commercial car wash industries must comply with industry best-practice norms regarding water usage per car washed (e.g. recycling and re-using a minimum of 50% of the water used).<br> <br>Construction sites </li><li>Municipal drinking water may not be used to dampen building sand and other building material to prevent it from being blown away.<br> <br>Leaks:</li><li>Check your water fittings and pipes regularly for leaks. Residents can learn how to do so here.<br> <br>For more information on new water sources, guidelines around alternative water sources such as boreholes and rainwater tanks, as well as tariff information, please visit <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater">https://www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater</a> <br> <br>More information about the City’s Water Strategy can be found here: <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/general/cape-town-water-strategy">https://www.capetown.gov.za/general/cape-town-water-strategy</a> </li></ul>||2021-02-28T22:00:00Z||1|
|Murder accused out on bail arrested on firearm charges||A suspect in a murder case is back behind bars after he was arrested by Law Enforcement officers last week for possession of an illegal firearm.
||<p>A suspect in a murder case is back behind bars after he was arrested by Law Enforcement officers last week for possession of an illegal firearm.</p><p>Officers on patrol in Hanover Park on Thursday, 25 February 2021, spotted the suspect at a local shop. He appeared nervous, prompting them to conduct a search. They recovered a fully loaded revolver.<br></p><p><img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre%20Assets/Revolwer%201%20March%20MPD.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:375px;" /><br></p><p>The suspect initially resisted arrest, but was taken into custody and, on arrival at the Philippi police station, it emerged that he was out on bail in connection with a 2019 murder case. </p><p>‘Much is said about visible policing and crime prevention, but we need to start taking a long, hard look at our criminal justice system as a whole. There is very little point to making arrests, only for suspects to be back on the streets the next day or in a few weeks because they are granted bail. Our Law Enforcement officers are to be commended for this arrest, but if we’re honest, we shouldn’t have persons arrested for serious and violent crimes on the streets in the first place, unless they have been cleared by the courts,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>In other Law Enforcement successes, officers arrested 46 suspects on a range of charges and issued 4 469 fines for various transgressions.</p><p>Traffic Service <br>Traffic officers had another busy week. They arrested 61 suspects, impounded 76 cellphones and 191 vehicles, and issued 74 829 fines. </p><p>Among those arrested were 40 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol, and 14 who were charged with reckless and negligent driving. </p><p>Metro Police Department<br>The City’s Metro Police officers made 47 arrests in the last week.</p><p>Among the operational successes:</p><p>Metro Police members from the Tactical Response Unit were on crime prevention patrols in Spine Road, Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain on Sunday, 28 February 2021 when they observed a VW Jetta driving next to them. The two occupants in the vehicle grew anxious and turned into Assegaaibos Street, almost causing an accident. Officers stopped the vehicle and as they approached, they witnessed the driver attempting to conceal a package. During the vehicle search, officers found two boxes containing 136 bunches of “Khat". One of the boxes was found sealed in the vehicle’s backseat and another in an open box in the boot of the vehicle. The driver also had R1 920.00 in his possession. The two males, aged 35 and 28, were arrested for being in possession of “Khat" and detained at Mitchells Plain SAPS.</p><p>On the same day, officers from the Camera Response Unit received a complaint from the Control Room of a suspect who had broken into a vehicle on the corners of Bloem and New Church Street, Cape Town. The officers reported that the suspect had been found in possession of items removed from the vehicle. The suspect was placed under arrest for theft from a motor vehicle. On further investigation, it was found that other vehicles had also been broken into in the same vicinity. The 22-year-old suspect was detained at Cape Town Central SAPS.</p><p>On Saturday, 27 February 2021, officers received information from a member of the public about drugs being sold at an address in Enkanini Informal Settlement, Khayelitsha. The house was searched and the officers found nine packets of Tik . The 43-year-old suspect was arrested for possession of drugs and detained at Harare SAPS.<br></p><p><img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre%20Assets/Drugs%20MPD%201%20March.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:891px;" /><br></p><p>On the same day, officers pulled over a VW Polo at the corner of Strand Street and St Georges Mall, City Centre. Officers detected a strong alcohol smell and arrested the 48-year-old driver for driving under the influence of alcohol. The suspect was detained at Cape Town SAPS. </p><p>‘It is likely that we will see an increase in the number of drunk driving arrests following the move to Alert Level 1 of the national state of disaster. We can only appeal to people to be sensible and make use of the many other options available to them if they insist on consuming alcohol. It is imperative that we continue to protect our health care resources by reducing the amount of trauma related emergencies that often result from such alcohol abuse. To those who ignore the rule of law, a warning that our staff will be out and about, and you will face the consequences if caught,’ added Alderman Smith.</p>||2021-02-28T22:00:00Z||1|
|The future has arrived with City’s My Clean Green Home pop-up||The City of Cape Town’s Executive Mayor, Alderman Dan Plato, as well as the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy and Climate Change, Councillor Phindile Maxiti, today, 1 March 2021, visited the City’s My Clean Green Home pop-up in Green Point Urban Park.||<p>Team Mahali, a group of recent graduates and young African professionals from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Nigeria, designed the sustainable home as part of the City’s Cape Town Future Energy Festival. The design was awarded first prize in the ultimate ‘clean green home’ design competition, which was hosted by the City in partnership with the Green building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). The brief for the competition was to design a net zero carbon home for display and exhibition purposes. Mayor Plato met with the winning team to hand over their award in December 2020.<br> <br>The compact home is the epitome of the City’s vision for its energy future. The home gives visitors a chance to walk through and experience what life could be like in a net zero carbon home.</p><span>
<img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/clean%20green%20home.jpg" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure><p>‘It is an honour to be one of the first to visit this special future fit home. It contains ideas and a vision that we could all benefit from, even small actions can make a difference, irrespective of our walks of life. As part of the City’s actions against climate change, we are aiming to be carbon neutral by 2050. The City has committed that all new buildings in Cape Town will be net zero carbon by 2030. While net zero carbon homes are seemingly challenging to create, the aim of the competition is to showcase the technologies and building techniques that already exist and which are becoming increasingly within reach of the average household. Team Mahali’s winning design incorporates solar power generation, passive cooling, rainwater harvesting, and an edible food garden,’ said Mayor Plato.</p></span><span>
<img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/cleangreenhome2.jpg" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure><p><strong>Carbon neutrality – what is it?</strong><br>Carbon neutrality means introducing new technologies to completely clean up the fuels and activities that currently cause greenhouse gas emissions that lead to global warming, while enhancing our social, economic and environmental goals. In support of the growing global momentum to tackle climate change, Cape Town, along with other cities in South Africa and worldwide, has committed to achieving carbon neutrality and climate resilience by 2050 to keep global warming to 1,5˚C. One of the main contributors to global warming is greenhouse gas emissions from manmade sources, including buildings and transport, so reducing emissions by changing the way we live, work and exist together is vital for all of us.</p></span><p>‘The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the devastating economic impacts that global crises can have and has shown that planning for climate resilience and reducing emissions is increasingly important for all arms of government, institutions and businesses.</p><span>
<img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/cleangreenhome3.jpg" alt="" style="width:898px;" /> </figure><p>‘This is thus another exciting opportunity for our residents to see for themselves what is required to tackle our future climate challenges and opportunities. It is one thing to hear and read about climate change and the need for cities to be carbon neutral, and another to be able to walk around inside a net zero carbon home. This shows that not only do we need greater design solutions and innovation to ensure that we all become more sustainable and resilient, but that it is already possible and that households can take even small actions to increase their energy, water and waste efficiency among others,' said Councillor Maxiti. </p></span><p><strong>Virtual walk through tool – a first for a South African city </strong><br>The My Clean Green Home virtual experience of this net zero carbon home design was launched on 29 January 2021. The digital walk through provides residents with the opportunity to learn about sustainable living and better understand their electricity consumption especially. This interactive, immersive educational tool which allows the user to experience a net zero carbon home is a first for a South African city and provides a wealth of information which users can use in their own homes.</p><p><strong>Residents can experience this innovative house using this link: </strong><a href="https://www.capetownfutureenergyfestival.co.za/mycleangreenhome">https://www.capetownfutureenergyfestival.co.za/mycleangreenhome</a></p><p>The City’s Cape Town Future Energy Festival comprised a series of virtual events, which are taking place to educate adults and children on how they could use energy efficiently and make sustainable choices at home through engaging activities, tips to help households save money and information about what our energy future may look like. It aimed to create conversations inspired by climate change, energy efficiency, solar and wind power, water saving, waste reduction, smart transport and sustainable living.</p><p><strong>The exhibit is open to the public from 10:00 to 16:00 until 14 March 2021 at Green Point Urban Park. Strict access control and Covid-19 protocols will be in place to ensure the safety of all visitors and staff. As required by law, all participants are requested to wear a mask at all times.</strong></p><p><strong>For more information, see these resources:</strong><br><strong>Future Energy Festival: </strong><a href="http://www.capetownfutureenergyfestival.co.za/"><strong>www.capetownfutureenergyfestival.co.za</strong></a><br><strong>Save Electricity: </strong><a href="http://www.savingelectricity.org.za/"><strong>www.savingelectricity.org.za</strong></a><strong> </strong><br><strong>Smart Living Handbook: </strong><a href="https://bit.ly/Smartliving2020"><strong>https://bit.ly/Smartliving2020</strong></a><br> </p>||2021-02-28T22:00:00Z||1|