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A new face for Industrial Ring RoadWe are implementing the works at night to minimise the level of inconvenience to road users and residents<div>The roadworks are scheduled to take place at night from 18:00 until 06:00. It is part of routine maintenance and includes the milling of the existing road surface and replacing it with a new asphalt road surface.</div><div><br></div><div>‘We are implementing the works at night to minimise the level of inconvenience to road users and residents. However, residents can expect a level of noise pollution during this time. We appeal to residents to please bear with us during the construction period. Once done, they will enjoy a smoother and safer commuting experience,’said the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Mobility, Councillor Rob Quintas.</div><div><br></div><div>Motorists must please note that traffic moving in both directions will be affected. Flag personnel will direct traffic through temporary detours around the work area.</div><div><br></div><div>Work areas will be demarcated to regulate traffic flow and motorists and residents are advised to please exercise extra caution. </div><div><br></div><div>Where possible, the City recommends that motorists consider using alternative routes to avoid unnecessary delays and inconvenience.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>End</strong></div><div><br><br></div><p><br></p>2022-07-05T22:00:00Z1
Rise to the challenge of a plastic free July Waste produced by households and businesses poses a significant challenge to the waste disposal industry<p>​</p><div><a href="" target="_blank">Plastic Free July </a>is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution, so we can have cleaner streets and oceans, and beautiful communities. The movement aims to create a platform on which to share ideas for how to minimise plastic pollution, and motivate people to be a part of the solution. </div><div><br></div><div>Waste produced by households and businesses poses a significant challenge to the waste disposal industry. This makes it everyone's responsibility to reduce waste wherever possible, and to find environmentally responsible ways of diverting waste from landfills.</div><div><br></div><div>The City of Cape Town has developed a suite of resources where any resident can learn how to minimise their negative impact on the environment.<a href="" target="_blank"> The City’s Smart Living Handbook</a> gives detailed background, guidance and ideas on how to do this.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Some top tips include:</strong></div><div><ul><li>Use refillable cups at your local coffee shop, or reusable containers for takeaways where possible</li><li>Avoid take-away straws and cutlery where possible - rather bring a set with you</li><li>Buy only what you need</li><li>Buy in bulk and cut down on products with lots of packaging - refills and concentrates generally require less packaging</li><li>Take your own bags to grocery stores</li><li>Buy products that are made from recyclable or recycled materials</li><li>Choose durable products that won’t need to be replaced often</li><li>Avoid buying disposable products where possible</li></ul></div><div><br></div><div>‘Consumers have enormous buying power and in the light of the promulgated Extended Producer Responsibility regulations, we urge all residents to challenge retailers about their plastic packaging,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for  Urban Waste Management, Alderman Grant Twigg</div><div><br></div><div>Furthermore, Plastic-free July is a good platform to remind Cape Town that the City has been working for some time to create a legislative and policy environment that facilitates waste minimisation, including the reduction of single-use plastic. In terms of the 2009 Integrated Waste Management By-law, all businesses and industries that generate waste are required to have a waste management plan in place, which includes:</div><div style="text-align:left;"><ul><li>Assessment of the quantity and type of waste that will be generated; </li><li>Description of the services required to store, collect, transport and dispose of such waste; </li><li>Description of how they intend separating recyclable and non-recyclable material at the point of source; </li><li>Waste minimisation and pollution prevention plans of such waste generator; </li><li>Impact or potential impact on the environment of the waste created by them; </li><li>Type or characteristics of waste produced of an environmentally sensitive nature or the amount of natural resources that are consumed in the manufacturing or production process that result in waste; and </li><li>Targets for waste production through waste minimisation, re-use, recycling and recovery measures or programmes that can minimise the consumption of natural resources and the method of disposal of waste.</li></ul></div><div><br></div><div>Such a waste management plan should not just be seen as a regulatory requirement, but as a tool to operate your business more efficiently, resulting in savings due to less resource wastage.  </div><div><br></div><div>More in-depth information and advice on reducing or recycling your packaging waste can be found at the following links:</div><div><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Reduce your waste</a> </li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Recycling guide</a> </li></ul></div><div><br></div><div>For the City’s part, one example of a successful way it is minimising plastic is the Fifty/50 wheelie bin initiative, where new wheelie bins are made from 50% recycled bins, recovered from customers’ damaged bins. The initiative has diverted more than 1,2 million kgs of condemned bins from landfill. The initiative has also saved the City between R25,00 and R28,00 per Fifty/50 wheelie bin purchased, equating to approximately R1,5 million per year since it was initiated in November 2014.</div><div><br></div><div><ul><li>This initiative was one of the waste minimisation interventions that earned the City joint first place in the Local Authority Recycling Innovation category in the Petco awards in March 2021. Furthermore, the Fifty/50 bins were named 2015's ‘Best Recycled Product of the Year’ by the South African Plastics Recycling Organisation, which was the first ever government entry into this competition, beating more than 30 other product finalists in four different categories.</li></ul></div><div>‘We call on residents to avoid single use plastic in their lives using the tips outlined above, and businesses (including informal businesses), to ensure they have a waste management plan in place. It is really amazing how much waste you can avoid if you live, work and shop with waste minimisation in mind.</div><div><br></div><div>‘There are many difficulties and challenges that come with establishing new landfills, and developing a culture of waste minimisation is key to relieving pressure on our existing facilities while new sites are being established for Cape Town. If all of our four million residents can do just a little bit better to reduce their footprint on the planet, the combined impact can be very significant,’ said Alderman Twigg. </div><div><br></div><div>The City is concerned about the impact of plastics, including micro-plastics, on our marine and coastal environment. As such, the Environmental Management Department has undertaken various projects in an attempt to reduce the quantity of plastic entering our coastal environment. These include:</div><div style="text-align:left;"><ul><li>Partnering with research institutes to better understand key sources of plastic, and how plastic circulates in the coastal environment</li><li>Public awareness and educational campaigns on plastic use and litter reduction</li><li>The trialling of ‘no bin’ zones in the coastal zone to encourage members of the public to take waste home</li><li>The installation of litter nets at stormwater outlets and booms at canals</li></ul></div><div><br></div><div>‘Plastic pollution is a major challenge given the multiple sources from extensive geographic areas, including from international waters, and the longevity of plastic in the natural environment. The City remains committed to reducing plastic entering our natural environment and will continue to explore solutions, including the potential for public-private sector partnerships, to have a meaningful and positive impact on plastic pollution,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Eddie Andrews.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Capetonians can also divert residential or commercial waste recyclables from landfill via several waste management services, including drop-off sites, private recycling collection services or buy-back centres, industrial symbiosis and waste exchange or community-based programmes.</div><div><br></div><div>The City also runs a residential recycling collection service (known as Think Twice) in some areas at the moment, which is planned to expand progressively. Residents can check if they fall within the Think Twice areas, as well as find private waste management companies throughout Cape Town on the map:  <a href="" target="_blank">Waste Recyclers Map</a> ( It is imperative that we actively participate in our local waste minimisation programmes and in so doing we will reduce our impact on our beautiful environment.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>End</strong></div><div><br><br></div><p><br></p>2022-07-05T22:00:00Z1
City advises motorists to keep their record clearPeople who are arrested on outstanding warrants are either released on a warning with a new court date or taken into custody<p>​</p><div>In the first five months of this year, City Traffic Officers executed 30 924 warrants.<br><br></div><div>For April and May alone, the value of the warrants attached to the arrests was over R25 million.<br><br></div><div>‘Among these arrests were several individuals who find themselves on our list of Top 100 offenders or scofflaws. There is no way that someone can amass dozens, if not hundreds of fines and not be aware of them. Nor is it possible that it is purely accidental. They clearly have no regard for law and order, and are taken into custody when apprehended,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.<br><br></div><div>People who are arrested on outstanding warrants are either released on a warning with a new court date or taken into custody.</div><div>There, they have to await a court appearance to apply for bail, and if they are unable to pay the bail amount they remain in custody until their trial date.<br><br></div><div>In addition, any person with outstanding warrants is unable to transact on the national Traffic Information System (Natis), which means they are unable to renew their vehicle licence, driving licence or transfer ownership of a vehicle.<br><br></div><div>‘These scenarios need not apply if motorists are accountable for their actions and pay their fines on or before the due date. Ideally, motorists should abide by the law and not incur fines in the first place but we all know that the reality is a very different story. The City thanks those motorists who do take responsibility for their actions and who settle their fines timeously. The scofflaws should take their cue from you, or run the risk of getting into very serious trouble,’ said Alderman Smith.<br><br></div><div>Since 1 July 2022, the City has switched to Pay@ as the new online and retailer third-party service provider for fine payments. </div><div> </div><div>Motorists are advised that fines and warrants can now be viewed and paid online at <a href="" target="_blank"> </a>– this includes fines pre-dating 1 July 2022.</div><div> </div><div>Other electronic payment methods are available by:</div><div><ul><li>Card: VISA, Mastercard </li><li>EFT: ABSA, FNB, Nedbank, Capitec, Standard Bank <br></li><li>Scan to Pay: Masterpass, Snapscan, Zapper, FNB, Nedbank, ABSA </li></ul></div><div> </div><div>In the event that a motorist wants to pay their fines in person at a retailer, they can pay at selected SPAR shops,<strong> if the fine pre-dates 1 July 2022.</strong></div><div> </div><div>Fines issued <strong>as from</strong> <strong>1 July</strong> can be paid at selected SPAR shops, as well as Ackermans, Builder’s Warehouse, Game, Makro, PEP and Pick n Pay. </div><div><br></div><div>From 1 August 2022 these fines can also be paid at Shoprite/Checkers Money Market kiosks.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>End</strong></div><div><br><br></div><p><br></p>2022-07-05T22:00:00Z1
237 informal households in Pholile B connected to electricity gridSome 237 households in the Pholile B informal settlement in Nomzamo were connected to the electricity grid today, 6 July 2022. <div>The City connected 237 households to the electricity grid in the Pholile B informal settlement in Nomzamo, Strand, today, 6 July 2022. In City-supplied areas and on City-owned land, where it is possible to do so, almost all older informal settlements in the metro have been connected to electricity. The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Councillor Beverley van Reenen, and other dignitaries attended the switch on.<br></div><div><br></div><div><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:720px;" /> </figure>​​</span><br></div><div><br></div><div>‘It was a special day for the City and Pholile B community. Staff and contractors have been working on this project since 2018 and it is expected to be completed during the current financial year, if all goes according to plan.</div><div><br></div><div>‘We are especially pleased that this project will immediately improve the living conditions of residents especially in the winter months. This electrification project will enhance the community’s living conditions as well as the safety of the residents who can now move away from dangerous open flames for lighting and warmth. </div><div><br></div><div>‘The City thanks the community for their patience while the work continues and we remain committed to providing electricity services where it is possible to do so.</div><div><br></div><div>‘We encourage residents to look after the infrastructure and report any tampering and illegal connections. Any suspicious activities may be reported to the South African Police Service (SAPS) or to the City. In recent months, the City has seen a significant increase in vandalism and damage to its electrical infrastructure in some areas, and attacks on City staff and contractors continue,’ said Councillor Van Reenen. </div><div><br></div><div><strong>To report damage to municipal electrical infrastructure:</strong></div><div><strong>•</strong><span style="white-space:pre;"> </span><strong>SMS: </strong>31220</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span><strong>Email: </strong></div><div><br></div><div><strong>Anonymous tip-offs welcomed:</strong></div><div>Residents can give anonymous tip offs if they are aware of illegal activity that is taking place; that has happened or is still to happen. Please call 112 from a cell phone (toll free) and 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 for emergencies.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div>End<br></div><p><br></p>2022-07-05T22:00:00Z1







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