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Elevating Cape Town through responsible tourism The City of Cape Town's Tourism and Place Marketing Branch gathered tourism industry businesses at our pavilion during the World Travel Market Africa this week.<p>​</p><span><p>​​​​​​</p><div>This pivotal event, occurring at the continent’s largest travel trade show, underscores our bold commitment to fostering responsible tourism practices. It's a testament to our shared dedication to cultivating destinations that not only captivate visitors but also enrich the lives of our residents.</div><div><br></div><div>I take great pride in witnessing our industry partners and operators embrace this significant moment. For us, the recognition of responsible tourism signifies a pledge to craft destinations that are not only captivating but also sustainable and inclusive.<br></div> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/Responsible%20Tourism%20Pledge.jpg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:951px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><div>The signing of the pledge serves as a precursor to the launch of a new Responsible Tourism Charter later this year. It also aligns with the UN World Tourism Organisation's 2024 theme of ‘Sustainable Journeys. Timeless Memories’.</div><div><br></div><div>The objectives of our Responsible Tourism drive are multifaceted:</div><div><br></div><div>1. Promote awareness of the specific touchpoints outlined in our City’s charter.</div><div>2. Solicit input from businesses on how the principles of responsible tourism can be seamlessly integrated into their daily operations.</div><div>3. Position the City of Cape Town as a progressive and desirable destination, committed to responsible tourism practices.<br></div> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/Responsible%20Tourism%20Pledge%202.jpg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:951px;" /> </figure>​​</span><div>In line with these objectives, we recently commissioned a Universal Access study. The findings of this research will be unveiled to the public during Tourism Month in September. These insights will play a pivotal role in implementing universal access measures within the tourism industry, driving responsible growth, and contributing to sustainable development.</div><div><br></div><div>Furthermore, I am optimistic about the economic benefits that responsible tourism practices will bring to our city. By embracing sustainability and inclusivity, we can create new economic opportunities and jobs, ensuring that Cape Town remains a vibrant and thriving destination for generations to come.</div><div><br></div><div>End<br></div><p><br></p>2024-04-13T22:00:00Z1
Your City in 60 secondsCatch up on the latest important City news updates with your City in 60 seconds.<p>Each week, we share a new video giving you a snapshot of what we are up to in your community.</p><div class="responsive-media"> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mir_Z8xD5eU?si=NnTezHYfu1MN4Y5y" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0"></iframe>  </div> <br> <div style="clear:both;margin-bottom:5px;"> <figure class="figure-credits left" style="margin:0px 15px 10px 0px;"><a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Media-and-news/Budget%20boost%20for%20the%20informal%20economy"><img class="responsive" alt="Budget boost for the informal economy" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/Informal-Trading-380.jpg" /> </a></figure><a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Media-and-news/Budget%20boost%20for%20the%20informal%20economy"><strong>Budget boost for the informal economy</strong> </a><br>The City is investing a total of R118,5 million in local economic development infrastructure and upgrades, and the provision of business training this financial year. </div><div style="clear:both;margin-bottom:5px;"> <figure class="figure-credits left" style="margin:0px 15px 10px 0px;"><a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Media-and-news/Learn%20to%20swim%20splashes%20down%20at%20City%20pools"><img class="responsive" alt="Learn to swim splashes down at City pools" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/Swimming-lessons-380.jpg" /> </a></figure><a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Media-and-news/Learn%20to%20swim%20splashes%20down%20at%20City%20pools"><strong>Learn to swim splashes down at City pools</strong></a><br>More than 2 000 eager aqua fanatics across all ages have participated in water safety programmes at City swimming pools in recent months. </div><div style="clear:both;margin-bottom:5px;"> <figure class="figure-credits left" style="margin:0px 15px 10px 0px;"><a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Media-and-news/Cape%20Town%20opens%20another%20new%20Safe%20Space%20homeless%20shelter"><img class="responsive" alt="Cape Town opens another new Safe Space homeless shelter" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/Shelter-opening-380.jpg" /> </a> </figure><a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Media-and-news/Cape%20Town%20opens%20another%20new%20Safe%20Space%20homeless%20shelter"><strong>Cape Town opens another new Safe Space homeless shelter</strong> </a><br>Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis has officially opened the City’s new Safe Space shelter to help more homeless people off the streets in the Durbanville area. </div> <br> <br> <div style="clear:both;background-color:#ffffdd;padding:10px;border:1px solid #cccccc;text-align:center;margin-top:40px;border-radius:8px;font-weight:bold;">For life-threatening emergencies, call 021 480 7700 from any phone or 107 from a landline.</div> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br>2024-04-11T22:00:00Z1
City commences with road resurfacing in the City Centre ​The City of Cape Town’s Urban Mobility directorate hereby advises residents of the resurfacing of roads in Gardens, Oranjezicht, Vredehoek and the Tamboerskloof area.<p>'The roadworks will include the resurfacing of the affected roads and the painting of road markings. There will be an application of new asphalt surfacing layer and repairs on the identified roads and of course, general cleaning of the stormwater infrastructure will also be done as this is essential ahead of our rainy season. The team has started on Signal Hill Drive this week. I would like to thank road users for their patience over the next couple of weeks as our teams complete the work as efficiently as possible,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Mobility Councillor Rob Quintas. </p><p>Portions of the following roads will be resurfaced: </p><p><strong>Gardens:</strong></p><ul><li>Glen Crescent </li><li>Invermark Crescent </li><li>Hofmeyr Street </li><li>Union Avenue </li><li>Rustic Road </li><li>Kotze Street </li><li>Ivanhoe Street</li><li>Camp Street</li><li>Dorman Street</li><li>Malan Street</li><li>Leeuwendal Crescent<br><br> <br><strong>Oranjezicht:</strong></li></ul><ul><li>Hiddingh Avenue</li><li>Rosebank Place</li><li>Schoonder Street <br><br><strong> </strong><br><strong>Signal Hill Drive, Lions Head</strong><br><br><strong> </strong><br><strong>Tamboerskloof:</strong></li></ul><ul><li>Quarry Hill Road</li><li>Bay View Avenue</li><li>Milner Road</li><li>Tamboerskloof Road. <br><br><strong> </strong><br><br><strong>Vredehoek:</strong></li></ul><ul><li>Vredehoek Avenue</li><li>Gardenia Avenue </li><li>Barnham Avenue <br><br><strong> </strong><br><strong> </strong><br><br><strong>End</strong></li></ul>2024-04-11T22:00:00Z1
Budget for new fleet, facilities upgrades and a more accessible and responsive City The City's Building for Jobs Budget 2024/25 was tabled at its Council meeting in March and is now available for public comment.<p>'The City's Building for Jobs Budget 2024/25 was tabled at its Council meeting in March and is now available for public comment. The Corporate Services Directorate is best described as the City's nerve centre as it is the hub of information and knowledge management and provides support to other directorates to deliver on their mandates. </p><p>'We are also responsible for the City's interaction with the public where the main priority is to make the administration more accessible, responsive and accountable to our residents. I encourage residents to please peruse the City's draft budget, and to submit comments by 30 April 2024, this is an important opportunity to make your voice heard,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Alderman Theresa Uys.</p><p><strong>The main capital projects for the new financial year are as follows:</strong></p><ul><li>R175 million for new fleet and to replace aged plant equipment</li><li>R119 million for the Core Application Refresh project to upgrade the City's core applications</li><li>R32 million for the installation of broadband infrastructure at City facilities</li><li>R5,4 million for the installation of generators and inverters to mitigate the impact of load-shedding on City facilities</li><li>R13 million for the upgrade of City facilities, among which the fleet facilities at Bellville, Hillstar, and Ndabeni; and the planning and detail design of the upgrade to the Somerset West municipal offices</li></ul><p>The directorate's operational budget for 2024/25 is R4,2 billion to ensure the City's core business continues and that other directorates can deliver on their mandates. </p><p><strong>Counting among the operational expenses are:</strong></p><ul><li>the management of over 6 000 vehicles and plant equipment</li><li>the management of 159 City buildings; 120 clinics; 102 libraries and 38 Early Childhood Development Centres</li><li>the management of 31 fire stations, 19 Metro Police offices, 31 traffic centres, and 54 Law Enforcement offices</li><li>the management of 11 municipal courts</li><li>information systems and technology</li><li>the interface with residents such as the City's Call Centre</li><li>training, and </li><li>support services to Councillors, Council, and Subcouncils</li></ul><p>'Managing the City's fleet, for example, is no easy task. Over 6 000 vehicles and plant equipment need to be available at all times, repaired and maintained, managed, and tracked and monitored. Many of our aged fleet items have reached the end of their economic life and must be replaced, thus, we are setting aside funding to accelerate the fleet replacement programme. Similarly, the buildings under our watch need to be maintained, refurbished, and managed so that residents have access to dignified spaces wherever they may go to do business with the City,' said Alderman Uys. </p><p><strong>Comment on the Building for Jobs Budget 2024/25 by 30 April 2014. </strong></p><p><strong>To view the tabled budget, please visit: </strong><a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/budget" target="_blank"><strong>www.capetown.gov.za/budget</strong></a></p><p>View the subcouncil public meeting schedule (subject to updating where applicable) at: <a href="https://bit.ly/Budget2024_25Meetings" target="_blank">https://bit.ly/Budget2024_25Meetings</a></p><p><strong>Written comments</strong></p><p>By email: <a href="mailto:Budget.Comments@capetown.gov.za" target="_blank">Budget.Comments@capetown.gov.za</a></p><p><strong>Verbal inputs</strong></p><p>Phone: 0800 212 176</p><p>For assistance to comment in English, Afrikaans or isiXhosa, please phone 0800 212 176</p><p>Visit <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/HaveYourSay" target="_blank">www.capetown.gov.za/HaveYourSay</a> for more information.</p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><br></p>2024-04-11T22:00:00Z1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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