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Long Beach car park temporarily closedThe closing of the parking area is planned from 19:00 on 22 May 2022 until 18:00 on 23 May 2022.<div>The closing of the parking area is planned from 19:00 on 22 May 2022 until 18:00 on 23 May 2022.</div><div><br></div><div>The work at the Long Beach parking area commenced on 4 April 2022 and forms part of the revamp of walkways in the Far South.</div><div><br></div><div>The project includes repairs to a damaged brick wall that used to demarcate the beach and protect the infrastructure from sand movement alongside the Long Beach parking lot.</div><div><br></div><div>Access to the beach will also be repaired.</div><div><br></div><div>‘This project is progressing well and residents and beachgoers can look forward to improved aesthetics, functionality and safe access to the beach. I also want to appeal to residents and motorists to please consider using alternative locations along the coast for their recreational activities while construction is under way. This will help minimise disruptions and ensure that the project is completed within the scheduled time. Once complete, the works will provide a significantly improved coastal experience and recreational space to the benefit of all users,’ said the Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Eddie Andrews.</div><div><br></div><div>Importantly, at Long Beach, the City can only repair the City portion of the land which covers about 30% of the area as the rest of the parking area is owned by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa). </div><div><br></div><div>End</div><div><br><br></div><p><br></p>2022-05-18T22:00:00Z1
City’s Metal Theft Unit and Durbanville Police arrest metal cover suspectsLarge quantities of stolen City metal covers found in Morningstar, Durbanville by City Metal Theft unit and police. Suspects arrested.<p>​During the months of April/ May 2022, the councillors of Wards 112 and 21 became aware of the drastic increase in the theft of metal drain, sewer, fire hydrant and electrical box covers. This was due to the increased number of service requests by the residents and especially members of the NHW.</p><div>The modus operandi appears to be as follows: Individuals steal the covers and then take them to a house in Morningstar and get paid some cash. Then the items are broken up, buried in sand on the property and the road reserve until it can be taken to the next scrap metal dealer for the final sale.  <br></div><div> </div><div>On 30 April, Ward Councillor  Hendri Terblanche contacted Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Alderman Theresa Uys when he tried to get assistance to arrest one the suspects who had two drain covers in a trolley. The suspect got away but fortunately, a member of the NHW had a photograph and could identify the suspect. Alderman Uys contacted the NHW member and residents in Morningstar to confirm his name and the address of the suspected buyer.</div><div><br></div><div>Alderman Uys then contacted Durbanville SAPS where she exchanged information. </div><div>‘SAPS complained that the City Officials at the Langeberg depot refused to open any cases, so I contacted the Executive Director for Safety and Security, Mr Vincent Botto, and within 24 hours, the City’s Metal Theft unit acted on the information,’ said Alderman Uys.</div><div><br></div><div>SAPS have requested that all City Line Department Managers be encouraged to report the theft of City property and to obtain a case number. This will assist them in being able to investigate the case.</div><div><br></div><div>The public is reminded that a reward of up to R5 000 is being offered to anyone who reports any incident or provides information related to theft and vandalism of water and sanitation infrastructure that leads to a successful arrest or recovery of stolen infrastructure.</div><div><br></div><div>‘The reward of up to R5 000 underscores the City’s efforts to combat the malicious destruction to our infrastructure. Additionally, it will help to encourage residents to be vigilant and to protect public infrastructure. A zero tolerance approach must be adopted if we are serious about tackling this attack head-on. At the end of the day, it is the public’s rates and tariffs that pay for the repair and replacement of infrastructure that is stolen and vandalised. </div><div>‘The City, residents and other stakeholders need to all work together to clamp down on theft and vandalism because these selfish acts by thieves and vandals result in sewer blockages and overflows in the streets of our communities. Anyone who provides information can do so confidentially,’ said Councillor Badroodien.</div><div><br></div><div>All witnessed or potential incidents must be reported immediately to the City’s public emergency call centre: </div><div><ul><li>107 from a landline</li><li>021 480 7700 from a cellphone<br></li></ul></div><div><strong>End</strong><br></div><p><br></p>2022-05-18T22:00:00Z1
City conducts study to tackle water pollution in Hout BayWe hope that the proposed interventions will go a long way in improving water quality in the natural water courses<p>​</p><div>The study is meant to specifically determine and quantify the responsibilities of the City’s line departments with respect to eliminating pollutants entering the Hout Bay River courses, including more robust engineering solutions, together with awareness campaigns and the promotion of organisations and small businesses dedicated to improving their immediate environments.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>A number of initial field investigations have been done, primarily in the area of Imizamo Yethu (IY). </strong></div><div><br></div><div style="text-align:left;"><ul><li>Investigating teams documented that the problems are numerous, widespread and in certain instances, complicated, where foul water from multiple sources is flowing onto the streets as surface discharge and also into the underground stormwater networks via stormwater catch pits, and open stormwater manhole covers, where these covers are stolen.<br></li><li>Solid waste dumped into the sewer network is blocking sewer systems and overflowing into the stormwater network, and into the stormwater detention ponds, causing severe contamination and health risks.<br></li><li>The discharge of grey water onto the streets through washing machines, bucket discharging, overtopping sewer manholes and other effluents are discharging directly onto the streets of IY and ultimately onto the main road and river systems. The proposed interventions on these challenges will be the reinstatement of strategic stormwater inlets along the streets, as well as a number of stormwater to sewer low-flow diversion works. To date, five sewer to stormwater low-flow diversions are already constructed, and a further five similar low-flow diversions are planned during this calendar year.</li><li>Discarding solid waste directly into the sewer manholes, which blocks the network, resulting in raw sewage overflowing from manholes. Lockable sewer manhole covers are being tested by the City, with three lockable manhole covers already being installed in IY. More lockable manhole covers will be considered for this area.<br></li><li>Solid waste entering the stormwater network (catch pits and pipes) and river systems (open water courses). The proposed solution is that litter socks should be placed at strategic outfalls. To date, one litter sock was installed at the Victoria Road stormwater outfall and another two litter socks are planned to be installed at the end of May 2022.  <br></li><li>Direct connections from sewer systems to stormwater systems and standpipes with washdown aprons connected directly to stormwater structures. Investigations to eliminate these cross-connections have commenced as part of this comprehensive study. </li><li>Invegetated disturbed land and steep topography resulting in scouring and sediments run off. The comprehensive study, which is under way, will recommend pro-active solutions.<br></li></ul></div><div><br></div><div>‘We hope that the proposed interventions will go a long way in improving water quality in the natural water courses, but the City must not lose focus on the ultimate goal of eliminating contamination not only in the natural water courses, but primarily at the source of the problems,’ said Councillor Zahid Badroodien, Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation.</div><div><br></div><div>In this regard, the City, on 23 April, hosted an education and awareness campaign in Hout Bay to educate the community on drain blockages, illegal dumping and how to manage their waste pest infestation and general unhygienic conditions.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>End</strong></div><div><br><br></div><p><br></p>2022-05-18T22:00:00Z1
Routine maintenance ensures reliable energy supplyThe City carries out critical routine maintenance on a daily basis in areas across the metro to ensure reliable supply to residents.<p>​The City carries out critical routine maintenance on a daily basis in areas across the metro to ensure reliable supply to residents. This week, the City’s energy teams have been busy in Strand, Rocklands, Claremont and Bellville, among other areas.</p><p>‘Our teams have been hard at work to ensure City electricity infrastructure is well maintained and upgraded where it is required. Maintenance work ensures that City-managed electricity supply is secure and reliable and we remind residents to please plan accordingly, so that they make alternative arrangements for the power interruptions due to maintenance and to switch off electrical appliances to ensure their safety.<br><span> </span></p><p><span><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:906px;" /> ​​</span></p><p>When maintenance and upgrades take place, the City informs residents via letter drops as well as on the City’s social media pages, so that they have sufficient time to plan for the required outage and so that our teams have enough time to do the work. The maintenance or upgrade works are typically scheduled for four to eight hours per intervention.</p><p>‘Vandalism of City infrastructure remains a challenge for the City and we thank residents for assisting us by reporting these cases to the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the City.<br><br></p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1010px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>‘Our teams are monitoring the hot spot regions and security detail has been deployed. The support of residents has been crucial over the last few months and we ask residents to please continue reporting these illegal acts to the SAPS and the City,’ said Councillor van Reenen.</p><p><strong>The South African Police Service remains the lead authority in crime prevention.</strong></p><p><strong><em>*It is standard practice to notify customers of planned maintenance via a pamphlet delivered door-to-door ahead of work. </em></strong></p><p><strong><em>Please note: The City does not carry out maintenance from <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Stage 3 and above</span> of load-shedding. Routine maintenance work is cancelled in the event of higher stages of load-shedding being implemented.</em></strong></p><p> <span> </span></p><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:906px;" /> </figure><p> </p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>City’s Load-shedding Application is available </strong></p><p>The City's load-shedding mobile app is available on the <a href="">Apple App Store</a> and <a href="">Google Play Store. </a></p><p>It keeps customers updated with the City's load-shedding schedule by adding their area or suburb via a map, their current location, or by searching the search box. Customers may view their area's load-shedding status and timetables, use the app to log service requests with the City or find vendors selling prepaid electricity.</p><p><strong>Report damage to municipal electrical infrastructure</strong><strong>:</strong><br>SMS: 31220 <br>Email: <a href=""></a></p><p><strong>Anonymous tip-offs welcomed:</strong><br>Residents can give anonymous tip offs if they are aware of illegal activity, such as illegal connections or unlawful occupations, that are 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 </p><p><br> <br><strong>End</strong></p><span></span>2022-05-17T22:00:00Z1







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