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City applications for seasonal lifeguards now open To ensure the safety of visitors in and around water bodies, the City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department is calling on applicants for temporary lifeguard positions at municipal swimming pools and beaches in the coming months.<p>The City of Cape Town's Recreation and Parks Department is hard at work preparing for the next summer season, even though it is quite challenging due to the national lockdown. </p><p>This includes ensuring that City-owned amenities are ready for visitors when the warmer weather returns, but also that there are enough lifeguards to help keep bathers safe in and around water bodies. </p><p>About 330 seasonal beach lifeguards and 290 municipal pool lifeguard vacancies must be filled.  </p><p>Applicants who meet the minimum requirements can find all the relevant documentation and application forms online at <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/lifeguards"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">www.capetown.gov.za/lifeguards</span></a>.  </p><p>The City will only accept electronic applications via email this year. </p><p>Recruiting seasonal lifeguards is a 23-week process on average, which includes the advertising of positions, shortlisting, physical assessments, drug testing, checking of criminal records, interviews, contract signing and induction of staff, together with the associated administration for each step of the process.  </p><p>With the current restrictions on travel between provinces, large gatherings of people, reduction in paperwork and social distancing considerations, these recruitment components have had to be redesigned. The department will be following an electronic recruitment process, with limited contact sessions, and with smaller groups of applicants. </p><p>We are planning for unpredictable crowd patterns in the 2020/21 summer season with little to no international tourists, shortened school holidays and local visitors who would likely not have leave quota to use on a holiday in Cape Town.  </p><p>Swimming pool capacities might have to be adjusted to meet social distancing requirements.  </p><p>Despite this, lifeguards would have to be prepared to perform rescues under high-risk conditions for exposure to COVID-19 at any time. Their training and orientation must now include the correct use of additional Personal Protective Equipment to keep both patients and themselves safe while performing rescues in the water and treating patients on land.  </p><p>The Drowning Prevention team is motivated to make a success of the 2020/21 summer season, and is looking forward to offering safe swimming spaces to our visitors, regardless of the challenges and uncertainties that we currently face. </p><p>The following minimum requirements must be met: </p><p><strong>Seasonal Beach Lifeguard:</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>A Grade 10 certificate or 12 months relevant lifesaving experience; or </li><li>A qualification equivalent to a Grade 10 and 6 months' voluntary duties with a surf lifesaving club and/or have worked one season as a temporary/seasonal surf lifeguard; or</li><li>A minimum of five years lifesaving experience while in possession of a Lifeguard Award with a valid annual retest</li></ul><p>In addition, you need:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>A valid Surf Lifeguard Award, Rescue Swimmer Award or equivalent with current annual retest; </li><li>A clear criminal record and no pending criminal cases, awaiting trial and/or pending sentencing cases;</li><li>To be drug free: all shortlisted applicants will be required to undergo compulsory drug testing; and</li><li>A valid Level 2 first aid certificate or you will be required to obtain one within 6 months of appointment </li></ul><p>The following would be advantageous:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>A valid Code A motorcycle licence or Code EB driver's licence.</li></ul><p> </p><p><strong>Municipal Pool Lifeguard:</strong></p><p>To apply you will need:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>A Grade 10 certificate or 12 months relevant lifesaving experience;</li><li>The ability to meet the requirements according to the standard as per Lifesaving South Africa's certificate;</li><li>To be physically fit;</li><li>A clear criminal record and no pending criminal cases, awaiting trial and/or pending sentencing cases;</li><li>To be drug free: all shortlisted candidates will be required to undergo compulsory drug testing; and</li><li>Good communication and conflict handling skills, as well as the ability to uphold the image of the City at all times.</li></ul><p>The following would be advantageous:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>A valid lifeguard certificate.</li></ul><p><strong>Seasonal Senior Beach Lifeguard:</strong></p><p>To apply for this position, you need to have at least one of the following:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>A Grade 12 certificate with a minimum of two years' of professional surf lifeguard experience; or</li><li>A qualification equivalent to a Grade 12 with a minimum of two years' professional experience; or</li><li>A minimum of 10 years lifesaving experience while in possession of a Lifeguard Award with valid annual retests; or </li><li>Experience as a lifesaving club Squad Leader for five years or more, while in possession of a Lifeguard Award with valid annual retests</li></ul><p>In addition, you need:</p><ul><li>A valid advanced First Aid Level 3 Certificate or equivalent;</li><li>A minimum of two years professional Surf Lifeguard experience;</li><li>A valid surf lifeguard award, rescue swimmer award or equivalent with current annual retest;</li><li>A willingness to attend occupational health and safety training;</li><li>A valid, appropriate law enforcement qualification (Peace Officer) or willingness to attend relevant training;</li><li>A clear criminal record and no pending criminal cases, awaiting trial and/or pending sentencing cases;</li><li>To be drug free: all shortlisted candidates will be required to undergo compulsory drug testing; and</li><li>A valid Code EB vehicle driver's licence<br><br><br>The following would be advantageous:</li></ul><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Supervisory Skills Training Course certificate or equivalent;</li><li>Surf Proficiency Award (SPA) instructor's certificate or equivalent;</li><li>Valid Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) driver's certificate;</li><li>Valid skipper's licence;</li><li>Valid professional driver permit.</li></ul><p><strong>Senior Municipal Pool Lifeguard:</strong></p><p>To apply, you need:</p><ul><li>A Grade 10 certificate; </li></ul><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>The ability to meet the requirements according to the qualifying standard as per Lifesaving South Africa;  </li><li>At least 24 months (four seasons) relevant experience;  </li><li>To be physically fit;</li><li>A clear criminal record and no pending criminal cases, awaiting trial and/or pending sentencing cases;</li><li>To be drug free: all shortlisted candidates will be required to undergo compulsory drug testing; and</li><li>Good communication and conflict handling skills, as well the ability to uphold the image of the City at all times</li></ul><p>The following would be advantageous:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>A valid lifeguard certificate;</li><li>Proven supervisory experience</li></ul><p>'Each year our lifeguards do a phenomenal job keeping bathers safe and going the extra mile when longer work hours are required. They do more than just monitor activity in the water, but are also there to save lives and ensure everyone obeys the rules. Being a lifeguard takes strength and courage, and I want to encourage applications for these positions,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien. </p><p>Lifeguards will be placed at 24 beaches, seven tidal pools and 35 municipal swimming pools.  </p><p>Applications close on Wednesday, 12 August 2020. </p><p>Only electronic copies of completed application forms will be accepted to ensure the safety of the applicant and staff. </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>AREA</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>CONTACT</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>TELEPHONE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>EMAIL</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Area 1 (North)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Elvina Cupido</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">021 444 3785</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">lifeguard.north@capetown.gov.za </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Area 2 (East)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Shireen Albrecht</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">021 814 1277</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">lifeguard.east@capetown.gov.za </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Area 3 (Central)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Samuel Thomas</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">021 444 7646</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">lifeguard.central@capetown.gov.za </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Area 4 (South)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Dylan Geland</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">021 444 6808</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">lifeguard.south@capetown.gov.za </td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>End</strong></p>2020-08-05T22:00:00Z1
Table Mountain cableway hiker service now openSince the reopening of all national parks and the closure of Lion’s Head, there has been a welcome influx of hikers to Table Mountain National Park.<p>In response to this, the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company (TMACC) has opened a service, to provide a safe descent for hikers from its top station.</p><p>The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, Alderman James Vos, welcomed this service, which will be available only on weekends. </p><p>‘Tourism is and will remain a key industry in our City and it is central to our economic recovery. Iconic attractions like Table Mountain and the Cable Car attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to our beautiful City each year. Obviously, the global COVID-19 pandemic has seen travel and tourism closed. As we begin to reopen, we must do so in a manner that protects employees and visitors.</p><p>‘The City has made many submissions to the relevant national counterpart as well as President Cyril Ramaphosa to lobby for the unfettered reopening of the tourism and related sectors for leisure, on the strict condition that all health and safety protocols are in place,’ said Alderman Vos.</p><p>Wahida Parker, Managing Director at the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company, said: ‘The service for hikers will operate on Saturdays and Sundays only between 08:00 and 15:00. Tickets will only be available for purchase online or in the Wi-Fi lounge at the top station.’</p><p>‘In accordance with our strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols, we are only allowing a maximum of 26 people plus the cabin master per ride in the cable car. No person will be permitted to enter the cable car without a mask. To ensure the safety of hikers and our team, we will also sanitise the cable car after every ride.’</p><p>Details of TMACC’s strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols to protect the health safety of its visitors can be viewed on its website: <a href="https://www.tablemountain.net/">https://www.tablemountain.net/</a></p><p>‘Together with the City of Cape Town’s official Destination Marketing Organisation, Cape Town Tourism, we have worked extensively on the tourism bounce back strategy to ensure that we breathe life back into the tourism industry and plot a sustainable and inclusive future for this vital and vibrant sector,’ said Alderman Vos.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2020-08-05T22:00:00Z1
City has spent almost R1 billion on rental flats, worked on 854 staircases The City of Cape Town’s Public Housing Department has spent close to R1 billion in maintenance and upgrades to its Community Residential Units (CRUs), including the intricate work on fixing and replacing staircases.<p>Since 2018 the City’s Public Housing Department has replaced or upgraded 854 staircases, and the City will continue to address the concerns raised by our residents. </p><p>For the 2019/20 financial year, the City’s Public Housing Department successfully carried out more than 20 974 service requests, this averages to about 1 700 service requests per month. The City has more than 45 000 rental units in its housing stock portfolio primarily to assist its indigent residents. </p><p>As a temporary measure, the City installs scaffolding staircases, while the work is planned and carried out. The City’s scaffolding is erected by authorised contractors, who are accountable to Occupational Health and Safety Agents. The independent agent inspects and ensures that the temporary scaffolding is installed according to the correct methods and safety standards applicable to that of temporary scaffold access/staircases. The scaffolding is then inspected by a structural engineer to further ensure the safety of the staircases and our residents. The City encourages its tenants to notify it of any concerns around safety or where staircases or scaffolding has been damaged or vandalised. The City will attend to the service requests as a matter of urgency. </p><p>Staircase replacements and upgrades have been done across the metro, including in Hout Bay, Atlantis (Protea Park, Robinvale and Saxson Sea) and Scottsdene; Macassar and Lwandle; Hanover Park, Elsies River (Avonwood, Leonsdale, Adriaanse, Clarkes Estate, Trinity Place, Springbok Place and Avon Estate), Ravensmead, Heideveld, Manenberg, Parkwood, Lavender Hill and Retreat. </p><p>‘The funding spent to date, the service requests dealt with and the City’s responsiveness are testament to our commitment to our tenants and to the importance we place on their living conditions. The City’s dedicated teams are working tirelessly to ensure that the staircases that have been identified for urgent repairs, are attended to as soon as possible and that temporary safety measures are put in place to deal with any safety issues. </p><p>‘As a result of ageing infrastructure and the large number of staircases, not to mention the intricate engineering work required to do replacements and repairs, some have required urgent work, and we ensure our residents that the work continues. </p><p>‘It is our duty to ensure that our residents have safe access to their rental homes. We thank our residents for their patience while staff are carrying out the work,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi. </p><p>If tenants would like to lodge service requests, please contact the Human Settlements Directorate’s Call Centre on 021 444 0333 or email <a href="mailto:MyEstate@capetown.gov.za">MyEstate@capetown.gov.za</a> for more information.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2020-08-05T22:00:00Z1
City advises of low water pressure or supply interruptions in the Blue Downs area​Residents of the Blue Downs area, including Tuscany Village and Nuwe Begin, are advised that they will experience low water pressure or disruptions to water supply over the next 24 hours.<p>The area around the leak is currently being drained to allow for repairs to take place. The actual repair work will also result in the complete suspension of water supply to Tuscany Village (Nuwe Begin). This work is currently scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, 7 August 2020 between 09:00 and 14:00.</p><p>While the site is being prepared for repair work, the above-mentioned areas will experience low water pressure or possible intermittent supply, most commonly in multi-storey buildings and higher-lying areas. </p><p>Residents are advised to store water in clean sealed containers for domestic use during this time. Furthermore we request that residents only use water for essential purposes until repairs are complete, as this will help minimise the extent of pressure drops and supply interruptions. </p><p>The City sincerely regrets any inconvenience caused, but it is imperative that we maintain our water supply infrastructure in a manner that will ensure the provision of good quality drinking water to our residents. </p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2020-08-05T22:00:00Z1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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