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Sinovuyo Senior Citizens Club bolstered by the CityThe City has provided support to the Sinovuyo Senior Citizens Club in Ilitha Park, Khayelitsha, through the Community Development Worker Programme.<p>​The CDWP has facilitated essential training to the senior citizens of Sinovuyo, teaching them skills such as beadwork, food gardening and sewing. These training programs are designed to help the beneficiaries establish small businesses and foster economic self-sufficiency to enhance their quality of life.<br></p><p>In addition to the skill development programs, the City is running support groups where beneficiaries can share their experiences and challenges in a therapeutic environment. These sessions provide a platform for mutual support and emotional well-being. Storytelling sessions are also being organised, encouraging beneficiaries to inspire each other and promote cultural exchange, thereby strengthening community bonds.</p><p><strong> <span></span></strong></p><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><strong><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /></strong></figure><strong>​</strong>'We are committed to empowering our senior citizens with skills that provide them with an opportunity to create sustainable livelihoods. It is also great that in this case, the assistance is helping to enrich the cultural tapestry of the community,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Waste Management, Alderman Grant Twigg.<p></p><p>Furthermore, the community development worker in the area has successfully facilitated support from Albany, which has generously donated groceries to the club, as well as T-shirts for the club's annual fun walk.</p><p><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /></figure>​​</span> 'The CDWP's involvement with the Sinovuyo Senior Citizens Club exemplifies our commitment to community development and the well-being of our senior citizens,' said Dathiwe Msuthwana, Metro 2 CDWP Supervisor and Project Lead.</p><p>'In recognition of the elders' capacity to teach and guide the younger generations, we believe that these initiatives will have a lasting positive impact on the broader community of Ilitha Park,' said Alderman Twigg.</p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong><br></p>2024-06-19T22:00:00Z1
City delivers title deeds to Wesbank residentsWesbank residents are the most recent beneficiaries of title deeds as part of the City’s deed-to-door campaign.<div>‘We've appointed a service provider to solve the more difficult historic cases to make sure that as many people as possible have their deeds. We have a database of about 16 000 deeds that are owed and I have challenged the City teams to find the respective beneficiaries. Together with our title deed agents, we are visiting beneficiaries at their homes to check and update their details. These important documents prove ownership and are important for financial transactions and estate planning. A title deed is so much more than a piece of paper and we want to get them to as many beneficiaries as possible.</div><div><br></div><div>‘We are visiting areas across the metro as we find historic beneficiaries of City units who have not received title deeds. We are also calling on residents to contact us so we can deliver deeds directly to their door! We encourage residents to join us on this exciting journey as we continue to Build Cape Town Together,’ said Councillor Pophaim.<br></div><div><br></div><div><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1005px;" /> </figure>​​</span><strong>Title deed agents </strong></div><div>Our easily-identifiable title deed agents will be visiting you to verify ownership details. Once verified, you’ll need these documents: </div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Owner ID, and spouse ID, if applicable.</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Marriage certificate, if applicable. </div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>In the event of a death of a recipient, please provide a Letter of Authority, and a Death Certificate or a Will.</div><div><br></div><div>If you missed the team, bring along the required documents and visit us at the Cape Town Civic Centre, 2nd Floor Human Settlements Kiosk.</div><div><br></div><div>For more information or if you want to verify that the agents are legitimate, contact 021 444 0333 or email or visit your local housing office.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>The title deed email request must include the following information:</strong></div><div><br></div><div>Subject: Erf number and Area</div><div>Body of the email:</div><div>•          Name and Surname: (The name in which the title deed is registered)</div><div>•          ID number </div><div>•          Address</div><div><br></div><div><br><strong>END</strong><br></div><p><br></p>2024-06-19T22:00:00Z1
City tackles another collapsed sewer repair in Samora Machel The City’s Water and Sanitation team is busy repairing the seventh collapsed sewer in Samora Machel since the start of the 2023/2024 financial year. <p>​The City's Water and Sanitation Directorate is currently repairing two collapsed sewer pipelines in Samora Machel, bringing the total number of collapses in this area to seven for this financial year alone. The primary contributing factor for these recurring incidents is stubborn blockages in the sewer system due to illegal dumping of foreign items.<br></p><p>In the most recent case, a 300mm sewer pipeline collapse occurred in April 2024 along Steve Biko Road. Following an initial assessment, it was thought to be another stubborn blockage, but as the team started jetting, it was soon confirmed to be a sewer collapse and was repaired.</p><p> <span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:941px;" /></figure>​​</span>This adds to the growing number of sewer collapses attended to in close proximity in a few months including:</p><ul><li>150mm sewer pipeline in Feroza Adam Road in May 2024:currently being repaired </li><li>225mm sewer pipeline in Lilian Ngoyi Road in May 2024: currently being repaired</li><li>225mm sewer pipeline at 4485 Lilian Ngoyi Road in July 2023: repair completed in September 2023</li><li>225mm sewer pipeline at 4623 Lillian Ngoyi Road in July 2023: repair completed in August 2023</li><li>Corner of Joe Slovo and Ruth Streets in August 2023: repair completed in October 2023</li><li>4473 Lillian Ngoyi Road in September 2023: repair completed in October 2023.<br></li></ul><br><strong>City's proactive efforts</strong><br><br>Multiple sewer rehabilitation projects are planned for implementation in Samora Machel for the 2024/2025 financial year. This includes the sewer pipeline in Lilian Ngoyi, Hinsta kaPhalo, Joe Slovo, Steve Biko Drive and Helen Joseph Streets.<br><br>In the meantime, the City has also held three focussed blitzes in the area, supported by various City directorates, including Water and Sanitation and Urban Waste Management. The aim has been to meaningfully educate residents that illegal dumping into the sewer pipes is a major contributor to overflows in the area, to help relieve service request backlogs and to call on residents to work with the City to clamp down on overflows, dumping, stormwater blockages etc.<br> <br><br><strong>Residents can help reduce sewer blockages</strong><br><br>Some 101 service requests for sewer blockages have been logged in Samora Machel in this current financial year, compared to only 41 in the previous financial year (2022/2023). This has more than doubled the cost of unplanned repairs, which impedes on resources for planned maintenance. Reccurring blockages also compromise the durability of newly repaired sections. <br><br>Residents are reminded that collectively, a change in waste disposal methods can turn the situation around significantly. By placing rags, wet wipes, newspapers, nappies and sanitary towels in a bin as opposed to flushing away or disposing of these in open manholes, blockages can be avoided. Small businesses removing construction rubble and others running food takeaways can clear oil, remove unwanted cutaways and other high volumes of waste generated in a more responsible manner. Unfortunately, if anything other than human waste and toilet paper enters the sewer system, flow is easily disrupted, ultimately leading to sewer blockages which are only resolved when the unwanted items are removed. <br><br><strong>Let's work together to keep our sewers clear</strong><br><br>'The City's Water and Sanitation teams are working tirelessly to repair the most recent two sewer collapses in the shortest, safest time.<br><br>'Repairing collapsed sewers is often complex because of the nature of the work as various factors need to be considered such as the depth of the work that needs to take place below ground, other underground services, or the physical location of the repair, etc.<br><br>'The safety of our teams is also vital. They can only do these repairs with the support of security personnel because City staff have, unfortunately, become targets for criminals while at work delivering much needed services in communities. This, at times, means that it takes longer than planned to start doing repairs as security arrangements are made to ensure the safety of operational teams.<br><br>'If there is no behavioural change, the condition of the sewer network in Samora Machel will suffer continuous blockages, especially during the winter season when rain also seeps into the sewer network, increasing volumes unnecessarily. This is caused by another challenge with illegal stormwater-to-sewer connections compromising the sewer network.<br><br>'While the City is doing what it can to proactively and reactively help reduce sewer overflows, we depend on residents being mindful of how small day-to-day changes in discarding waste can make a huge impact on the quality of their immediate surroundings,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.<br><br> <br><strong>End</strong><br>2024-06-19T22:00:00Z1
City’s R796m Cape Flats Bulk Sewer rehabilitation on track The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Directorate is making significant progress with South Africa’s largest sewer upgrade of its kind, rehabilitating 28km of bulk sewer pipelines. <p>​To date, 25% (7kms) of this extensive, multi-phase sewer rehabilitation has been successfully completed. The remainder of the work is ongoing and is expected to be completed by 2025, if all goes as planned.<br></p><p>This bulk sewer serves an estimated 8 000-hectare catchment area across the Cape Flats. It also provides a critical link to transfer flow between two bulk wastewater catchment areas. A significant portion of the inflow originates from the Raapenberg and Bridgetown pump stations, extending approximately 14 km to the Cape Flats Wastewater Treatment Works.</p><p> <span></span></p><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:965px;" /></figure>​'This is one of the City's flagship sewer rehabilitation projects and we are pleased with the significant progress that has already been made. It will extend this infrastructure's lifespan by an estimated 100 years to the benefit of our residents.<p></p><p>'The City has invested R230 million for the current 2023/24 financial year and will invest another R263 million over the next two financial years. The aim is to build resilient sewer infrastructure through the sewer pipe replacement program to provide dignified services to our communities,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.</p><p>Since the Cape Flats Bulk Sewers were originally built in the 1960s, residential and business areas have expanded. Maintaining the credibility of this infrastructure is crucial for it to continue functioning effectively, benefiting the public not only today but for years to come.</p><p> <span></span></p><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" /></figure>​​This extensive rehabilitation is vital because:<br><p></p><ul><li>The City's infrastructure will be able to accommodate more sewage flow from the increasingly populated areas it services, future-proofing it for an ever growing city </li><li>It will help restore the structural integrity of the pipes, preventing leaks and groundwater ingress, so that the system can continue conveying sewage from properties to pump stations and wastewater treatment works</li><li>It will also protect the internal surfaces of the concrete pipes from more corrosion, which is naturally caused by hydrogen sulphide gas that is released from oxidised sewage</li><li>The existing sewer manholes will also be rehabilitated<br></li></ul>Besides using trenchless technology, which ensures that work is able to continue with minimal disruptions to residents and business in the area, this project sets itself apart from other projects of its kind. The only visible sign that work of this magnitude is being carried out is in the form of some staff and vehicles at manhole access points. Meanwhile underground, the pipeline is profiled by a robotic crawler, which uses lasers to record the state of the inside of the pipe. Data is then sent to officials above ground who are able to determine exactly which method to use for rehabilitation.<br><br>There are varying trenchless methods available, however with this project, Spirally Wound Pipes (SWP) is used. SWP is especially imported from SWP Systems GmbH Germany and meets ASTM F1697-18 standard, which is guaranteed to last up to 100 years. The lining consists of a single, continuous strip of PVC, which is spirally wound into the existing pipeline via a winding machine, positioned at the base of an existing manhole or access chamber. This process creates a single continuous PVC pipe in the existing host pipe. Once completed, the robotic crawler is used again to ensure that work has been completed in a satisfactory manner.  <div><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>End</strong><br><p><br></p></div>2024-06-18T22:00:00Z1







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