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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’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
Comment period extended for proposed revised road schemes to revitalise Bellville CBDThe City’s Urban Mobility Directorate has identified future road upgrades that are critical to the regeneration of the Bellville Central Business District (CBD). <p>​The proposed extensions, upgrades and realignments relate to the key transport routes of Robert Sobukwe Road, Carl Cronjé Drive, Tienie Meyer Road, Willie Hofmeyer Avenue and Reed Street. <br></p><div><strong>The purpose of a road scheme</strong><br><br></div><div>‘A road scheme is a forward planning mechanism cities use to make the implementation of new road infrastructure possible when the demand for additional capacity arises, usually due to population growth and development. Simply put, a road scheme reserves land that will be needed for new roads in future. By reserving this land, the city’s planners ensure that when needed, the land can be used to either add lanes, link roads, provide dedicated lanes for public transport services such as the MyCiTi bus service, introduce non-motorised transport facilities, or extend existing roads. The purpose of the proposed revised road schemes for Bellville is to enable the City to build, upgrade and realign these roads when needed as we foresee immense growth for the Bellville CBD in future,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Mobility, Councillor Rob Quintas.</div><div><br></div><div>The City recently undertook a review of the existing transportation planning for the Bellville CBD. This review was initiated by the Bellville Future City Master Plan, and the recently approved Local Spatial Development Framework for the Bellville CBD; and also to address the existing road schemes that are older than 30 years.</div><div><br></div><div>The proposed northward extension of Robert Sobukwe Road and eastward extension of Tienie Meyer Road are vital to improve mobility and access; and the future regeneration potential of the Bellville CBD. These arterials are also essential to the surrounding areas; required for longer distance urban mobility; supportive of road-based freight and public transport services; and thus, the economic growth of Bellville and surrounds. </div><div><br></div><div><strong>The proposed revised road schemes are as follows:</strong><br><br></div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>extension, upgrade, addition of dedicated public transport lanes and realignment of Robert Sobukwe Road from the interchange with Voortrekker Road to the N1 interchange</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>extension, upgrade and realignment of Carl Cronje Drive </div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>extension of Tienie Meyer Road eastwards towards Strand Road </div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>extension of Willie Hofmeyer Avenue southward, to link Bill Bezuidenhout Avenue with Robert Sobukwe Road. This will add an additional north-south mobility route that crosses the railway line</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>extension of Reed Street</div><div><br></div><div>It is important to add that road reserves can accommodate several modes of transport – be it additional lanes for private vehicles or for public transport services such as the MyCiTi bus service, or walking and cycle lanes.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Impact of the proposed road schemes:</strong><br><br></div><div>The proposed road schemes will impact existing access roads and the functioning of current intersections. More details are available on the City’s Have-Your-Say page. </div><div><br></div><div><strong>How to comment: </strong><br><br></div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Email: (Quote reference: 110232416)</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Online: visit </div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Written submissions: Sub council 6 Office, Bellville Civic Centre, Voortrekker Road, Bellville</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>In person – visit the local library: Bellville Public Library, Carl Van Aswegen St, Bellville, Cape Town, 7530</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>The closing date for comments is Friday, 28 June 2024<br></div><p><br></p>2024-06-18T22:00:00Z1
High Court grants eviction order for various Cape Town CBD occupationsThe order includes a standing interdict against any further unlawful occupation of these areas and further City-owned public spaces by respondents identified in the application.<p>The order relates to various unlawful occupation hotspots along Buitengracht Street, FW De Klerk Boulevard, Foregate Square, taxi rank and Foreshore, Helen Suzman Boulevard, Strand Street, Foreshore/N1, Virginia Avenue and Mill Street Bridge in the city. The order includes a standing interdict against any further unlawful occupation of these areas and further City-owned public spaces by respondents identified in the application.</p><p>The ruling comes after a lengthy court process since the initial granting of an order for eviction notices to be served in February 2023. The hearing of the matter was then delayed until October 2023 by an eleventh-hour notice to oppose filed by a Johannesburg-based NGO. Judgment was eventually handed down on 18 June 2024.</p><p>Over time, City Social Development officials have made repeated offers of social assistance to those unlawfully occupying public spaces in the city, including offers of dignified transitional shelter at NGO-run night shelters and City-run Safe Spaces.</p><p>Safe Spaces aim to reintegrate people into society, or reunite them with family. Services include dignified transitional shelter coupled with social programmes to assist people off the streets sustainably. Personal development planning and employment opportunities are made available, as are referrals for mental health, medical, and substance abuse treatment.</p><p>'The City welcomes this order, which will enable the restoration of public places for all to use in Cape Town's CBD. The court has affirmed City Safe Spaces as dignified transitional shelter, and the offer of spaces at these facilities still stands for those who have not yet accepted. Accepting social assistance to get off the streets is the best choice for dignity, health, and well-being, and the City has gone to great lengths to extend every offer of care to individuals unlawfully occupying public places in various parts of the metro. </p><p>'Where offers of help to get off the streets have been persistently refused, we continue to seek the court's help as a last resort. No person has the right to reserve a public space as exclusively theirs, while indefinitely refusing all offers of shelter and social assistance,' said Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis.</p><p>The High Court further granted the City two similar eviction orders in recent months for central Cape Town. The Sheriff carried out eviction orders for the remaining unlawful occupants at the Green Point Tennis Courts on 22 February, and in the vicinity of the Nelson Mandela Boulevard intersection with Hertzog Boulevard, Old Marine Drive, and Christiaan Barnard Bridge on 10 April. </p><p>The City further expects the imminent launching of an eviction application for the area surrounding the Castle of Good Hope by the land custodian, the national Department of Public Works.</p><p><strong>City expanding Safe Space dignified transitional shelter</strong></p><p>The City is spending over R220 million in the next three years to expand and operate its Safe Space transitional shelters beyond the current 770 beds across the CBD, Bellville, and Durbanville facilities.</p><p>The City currently operates two Safe Spaces at Culemborg in the east CBD which offer 510 shelter beds across the facilities, with a new 300-bed Safe Space in Green Point set to open in the coming months.</p><p>The City also recently supported a 63% bed boost to the CBD's Haven Night Shelter, expanding this facility from 96 to 156 beds via a R500 000 cost contribution. During last winter, the City further enabled several NGOs to add 300 more temporary bed spaces to cope with additional shelter demand, including the deployment of 184 EPWP workers to assist NPOs.</p><p>The City further runs the Matrix substance abuse treatment programme, with an 83% success rate for clients, addressing a key driver of why people end up on the streets.</p><p>In the 12 months ending June 2023, the City helped almost 3 500 individuals with shelter placement or referrals to an array of social services. This includes 2 246 shelter placements, 112 family reunifications and reintegrations, 1 124 referrals to social services, and over 880 short-term contractual job opportunities via the Expanded Public Works Programme.</p><p>The City's Safe Space model includes:</p><ul><li>dignified shelter,</li><li>comfort and ablutions,</li><li>two meals per day,</li><li>access to a social worker on-site,</li><li>personal development planning,</li><li>various social services including ID Book and social grant assistance,</li><li>family reunification services</li><li>access to substance and alcohol abuse treatment,</li><li>skills training,</li><li>help finding a job, and</li><li>access to EPWP work placement</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2024-06-18T22:00:00Z1







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