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Voice service maintenance scheduled for 6 - 8 June 2023Several incoming numbers may be disrupted between the hours of 18:00 and 20:00 from Tuesday, 6 June 2023 until Thursday, 8 June.<p>The City does not have control of the change window as it is a nationally defined process and will endeavour to limit any impact. </p><p>Where possible, the City will communicate alternative numbers to call.</p><h4>Affected numbers:</h4><ul><li>6 June: 0860 765 423    </li><li>7 June: 0800 872 201</li><li>7 June: 0800 435 748    </li><li>8 June: 0800 225 669</li><li>8 June: 0800 222 771    </li><li>8 June: 0800 212 555</li><li>8 June: 0800 110 077</li></ul><p>If the above numbers are unreachable, please dial <strong> <em><a>021 444 3578</a></em></strong> during this time period.</p><p> <strong>End</strong></p><p> <br> </p>2023-06-05T22:00:00Z1
Mayor calls for private sector participation in the Port of Cape TownCape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis has called for greater private sector participation in the Port of Cape Town to drive job-creating economic growth.<p>​</p><p>'If you're sitting in this venue today, you already know that the efficiency of a country's ports can either be one of the biggest enablers or the biggest impediments to growth, job creation and the wellbeing of its citizens.</p><p> </p><p>'And I also don't need to tell you that South Africa's ports – including this historic one across the road here – are languishing way down at the wrong end of the global ports efficiency rankings. For a country with our agricultural and mining output, that kind of bottleneck is devastating. And it is mostly self-inflicted by a State-owned entity that suffers from the same malaise as all our other state-owned entities.</p><p> </p><p>'The solution to our ports challenge is not more state, but rather less state and more private sector investment. It most certainly does not call for yet another State-owned entity, as has been proposed in the draft South African Shipping Bill. A state-owned shipping company is not the answer to our port's problems. What is urgently required is a far greater level of privatisation. And the national government knows this,' said Mayor Hill-Lewis.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Hill-Lewis said a privatised port had the potential to contribute an additional R6bn in exports, roughly 20 000 direct and indirect jobs, and over R1,6bn in additional taxes over five years according to research presented by the Western Cape's Department of Economic Development and Tourism.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p>'For a country that relies so heavily on trade and exports, it is critical that we are able to move our produce through our ports as smoothly and quickly as possible. If you want to improve efficiencies in any aspect of the South African state – whether it's the electricity grid, the postal service or the ports – you have to turn to public private partnerships.</p><p> </p><p>'It should be clear to all that state-owned entities in South Africa are the kiss of death. Eskom is the obvious example, but you can add to this Transnet, Prasa, SAA, Denel, the Post Office and many more,' Hill-Lewis told delegates.</p><p> </p><p>Hill-Lewis said that private sector participation at the container ports of Durban and Nqura, along with the 25-year Special Purpose Vehicles between Transnet Port Terminals and experienced international terminal operators, will expand infrastructure investment and enhance efficiencies at those ports.</p><p> </p><p>'There is no reason why Cape Town's port should not be included in this critical drive to modernise through private sector investment.</p><p> </p><p>'Already, this metro and this province are where all the meaningful job creation has been done in recent years, and much of this has been through our robust agriculture sector and associated industries. Just imagine what could be possible, in terms of trade and exports, if we could unblock the bottleneck of an inefficient port,' said Hill-Lewis.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><br></p>2023-06-05T22:00:00Z1
Cape Town’s marine manufacturing industry sails oceans of opportunityThere continues to be an incredible demand for Cape-made boats with local manufacturers processing orders for every work day of 2023 <p>​</p><span><p>Alderman Vos highlighted the local industry's achievements in the past year.</p><p> <br></p><p>'There continues to be an incredible demand for Cape-made boats with local manufacturers processing orders for every work day of 2023 and contracting with major international organisations such as the New Zealand Navy, the United Nations and SpaceX,' he said.</p><p> </p><p>The evening celebrated the emergence of new talents on the local scene with individuals such as Lorato Motshabi being awarded for the 'Rising Talent: Women Recognition' and Paul and Mary-Clare Tomes being recognised for 'Rising Talent: Excellence in Sustainability'. Trainees of various programmes were highlighted, such as a cohort of young students who have graduated from the Superyacht Training Academy, a maritime institute providing internationally recognised training for professional yacht crew. <br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>Industry leaders were acknowledged through categories such as 'The Giants: In Service Excellence' wherein Abdul Waggie took the top spot.</p><p> </p><p>'The academy's marked intake of students from 67 in 2021 to 140 this year shows that more and more Capetonians from communities across the metro are taking advantage of the significant professional opportunities of the marine manufacturing industry. This is notable alongside the fact that Cape Town's coastline contributes around R40 billion to GDP per annum. With marine manufacturing specifically, 70% of South Africa's products in 2020 were made in the Western Cape. Whether your interest is in engineering, architecture, or design, Cape Town's boat-building industry has a place for you,' said Alderman Vos.</p><p> </p><p>As part of the recognition of marine manufacturing as an industry with growth potential, the City partners and funds BlueCape, a specialised entity that focuses on research and skills development, including boat-building, superyachts, and ocean sports, and how that links to related industries.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>'The City is on a mission to continuously lay the foundations for economic development. Marine manufacturing is one of the industries in which there are oceans of opportunity to be found,' said Alderman Vos.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2023-06-05T22:00:00Z1
City celebrate World Environment Day The Recreation and Parks Department hosted events to celebrate World Environment Day <p>​The Recreation and Parks Department facilitated three events to mark World Environment Day.</p><p>On Friday, 2 June 2023, the Department was joined by the Biodiversity Management Branch and volunteers at the Batavia Street Public Open Space (POS) in Bothasig to reintroduce Protea species that have become extinct locally.</p><p>The Batavia Street POS was chosen by community members who observed rare and endangered Cape Flats Sand Fynbos species. Community members took the initiative to ensure that the POS is managed to protect these unique species and to improve the overall conservation of the space.</p><p>Species planted included the critically endangered<em> </em>strawberry spiderhead (<em>Serrura aemula</em>), endangered<em> </em>sunshine conebush<em> </em>(<em>Leucadendron salignum</em>) and<em> </em>the<em> </em>Thistle Sugarbush<em>  (Protea scolymocephala)</em><em>.</em></p><p><strong>High resolution photographs are available here:</strong> <a href=""><strong></strong></a></p><p>On Monday, 5 June 2023, the Recreation and Parks Ecological Management Team, volunteers, residents of Penhill and two local groups - the Ikamva group from Eerste River and the Buzani Kubawo Inyanga Association group from Mfuleni - planted various fynbos species and scattered seeds from more than 20 plant species at Penhill Conservation area in Eerste River. These include Thistle Protea, Bakkerbos, Cancer Bush, Blue African Sage, Padsabos and others.</p><p><strong>High resolution photographs are available here:</strong> <a href=""><strong></strong></a></p><p>On Tuesday, 6 June 2023, the Recreation and Parks Department was joined by community members in sowing and scattering seeds of local fynbos species at the Jack Muller Park in Bellville. </p><p> <strong>High resolution photographs are available here:</strong> <a href=""><strong></strong></a></p><p><strong> </strong>'Parks and public open spaces in our urban environment are important community assets and fosters an appreciation of nature, right on our doorsteps. Through these community-driven initiatives, we contribute to the ecological improvement of parks and other public open spaces, while also fostering a sense of ownership and a co-responsibility to protect and maintain these spaces. These initiatives enable communities to take pride in their parks and create a lasting legacy,' said Mayoral Committee Member, Councillor Patricia Van der Ross.</p><p> <strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2023-06-05T22:00:00Z1







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