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Making well-maintained roads, efficient urban mobility my businessOur road networks connect us and enable business activity and job creation<p>​</p><p>I firmly believe that transport is Cape Town’s cardiovascular system. We need healthy arteries where the lifeblood moves without blockages and the integrated public transport system acts as the beating heart that connects people with opportunities.</p><p>Our road networks connect us and enable business activity and job creation. Its transport services keep us moving, and ensure goods and services are delivered. All cities need a healthy transport system to ensure the prosperity of its people. </p><p>This defines urban mobility.</p><p>Urban mobility is more important than ever. The more mobile our people, goods, and services, the better our chances of economic recovery during and post Covid-19. Productivity, job creation, and investment go hand in hand with an efficient, well-run, and reliable transport system.</p><p>Residents need a wide offering of transport services that are affordable, accessible, reliable, and a pleasure to use – be it passenger rail, minibus-taxis, the MyCiTi bus service, or e-hailing service providers. Our roads must be properly maintained and networks expanded where needed, and we must make it easy and safe for residents to walk and cycle to destinations if they so choose.</p><p>Thus, for this term of office I’ll be focusing all my efforts on improving urban mobility for all our residents by taking the actions needed to create an integrated public transport system where commuters can seamlessly transfer from one mode – be it rail, minibus-taxi, the MyCiTi bus service, e-hailing services, or non-motorised-transport – to another; to improve the reliability of our transport services, and most importantly: to bring down the cost of transport for lower income households who spend nearly 43% of their monthly household income on transport. </p><p>It is very simple: the more efficient our public transport services, the more cost-effective it will be – meaning, commuters will be paying less to get to jobs, schools, and wherever else they need to be. A single-ticketing system for all modes of transport, with one integrated schedule is crucial in establishing an efficient public transport system.</p><p><strong>Herewith my priorities for this term of office</strong>:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">First off, we are working on getting the N2 Express Service back on the road early in the new year, if all goes as planned. This will be a major achievement as thousands of commuters from Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha rely on this service to get to the Cape Town CBD. I am hoping to make an announcement about this soon.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Secondly, our passenger rail service must work – we will keep on engaging PRASA to see how we can help them with their challenges. But, we will also see what alternatives the City can explore to create a functioning and efficient passenger rail service. Passenger rail should be the backbone of public transport in Cape Town as it is the most efficient and cost effective mode of transport. The City cannot wait forever for the National Government to fix it. </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">The minibus-taxi industry is another vital partner in getting commuters to their destinations. I would like to see closer cooperation between the City and the industry as they also have a critical role to play in the future roll-out of the second phase of the MyCiTi service between the metro-south east and Wynberg and Claremont. We will further explore the formalisation of the minibus-taxi industry through the creation of taxi operating companies.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Phase 2A of the MyCiTi service is a major legacy project. We will be spending about R7,4 billion over the next five years or so to implement the service. The money will be invested in the construction of new roads and stations from Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain to Wynberg and Claremont and the acquisition of buses, preferably those equipped with green technology, to get the service on the road. This is the single biggest investment in new transport infrastructure in South Africa at the moment and I am extremely excited about the job opportunities and urban rejuvenation this investment will bring to Cape Town and its residents.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Then, on a micro-level, I will keep on focusing on the nuts and bolts of transport: to make sure our roads are well maintained, potholes repaired and stormwater infrastructure and retention ponds attended to where there are problems.</div></li></ul><p>These issues have a direct impact on residents, regardless of where they live. Capetonians have high expectations of service delivery. My purpose is to make sure we meet and exceed these expectations.<br>In the end, we all want the same things: a safe and secure life where we and our loved ones have access to opportunities and the freedom to enjoy living. Urban mobility is the ethos that enables access to opportunities and I will make this my business over the next five years.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2021-11-27T22:00:00Z1
Repair initiative to fire-damaged Council flats on trackThe repair and maintenance initiative not only focuses on addressing the service request backlogs, but is also urgently attending to fire-damaged units.<span><p>The repair and maintenance initiative not only focuses on addressing the service request backlogs, but is also urgently attending to fire-damaged units. Most of the units had been damaged due to petrol bomb attacks, stoves being left on and unattended by tenants, and illegal electrical connections, among others. </p><p>The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi, and officials visited a Community Residnetial Unit in Surwood Walk, Hanover Park today, 26 November 2021, to check on the programme’s progress and to communicate the importance of fire safety in Council flats. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:860px;" /></figure></span><p>‘This R150 million initiative has seen incredible success since it was launched last year. Thus far, we completed repairs to more than 150 fire-damaged units in City-wide rental units. Our progress over the course of the programme has been on track and our work continues. The City’s CRUs undergo regular upgrades and maintenance with the limited budget that the City has, and with this initiative, we managed to reach many more units for their required repair and maintenance work far more quickly.</p><p>‘We urge residents to practice fire safety as we head into the festive season. Residents should remember not to leave an open flame unattended in their unit, not to cook late at night when they are tired and not to allow children to play near an open flame. If they have no other choice but to use an open flame, always place it in a can or fire-proof container surrounded by sand to reduce the risk of a fire occurring from a candle toppling over. Also keep a bucket of sand handy to douse small flames. </p><p>‘The City thanks its staff and the contractors for their hard work to this initiative this year, and we look forward to assisting many more residents over the coming weeks and into the new year,’ said Councillor Booi.</p><p><strong>Log a service request:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Human Settlements Directorate’s Call Centre: 021 444 0333</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Email: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></div></li></ul><p>Anonymous tip-offs welcomed:<br>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. </p><p><strong>Contact us:</strong><br><strong>Public Emergency Centre</strong>: 021 480 7700 <br><strong>Human Settlements Directorate’s Call Centre</strong>: 021 444 0333 or send a WhatsApp to 063 299 9927</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p><p><br> </p><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> </figure>​​</span>2021-11-25T22:00:00Z1
Areas affected by required routine electricity maintenance for next week, 29 November – 4 December 2021Routine regular planned maintenance takes place daily in various areas across the metro<p>​</p><p>Routine regular planned maintenance takes place daily in various areas across the metro. The City informs residents that maintenance will take place to allow them time to plan for the outage and to allow our teams sufficient time to complete the required maintenance tasks. Routine maintenance is also preceded by a door-to-door pamphlet drop. </p><p>The areas that will be affected by the routine electricity supply interruptions due to necessary maintenance are:</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>PLANNED ROUTINE ELECTRICITY MAINTENANCE 29 NOVEMBER – 4 DECEMBER 2021</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>DATE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>AREA AND LOCATION/STREET</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>START</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>COMPLETION FORECAST</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>29 November</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Kensington: </strong>Bolmear to Tygerhof mini substation</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>09:00</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>16:00</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>29 November</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Hout Bay: </strong>Whittlers substation, Peterhof substation, Grotto Way substation, Meadow, Oakwood and River Walk</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>09:00</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>16:00</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>29 November</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Wynberg: </strong>Hawthorn, Silverhurst,</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>09:00</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>15:00</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>30 November</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Rocklands:</strong> Lebombo substation and vicinity</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>08:00</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>16:00</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>1 December</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Mowbray:</strong> Loch</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>08:00</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>16:00</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>1 December</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Langa: </strong>Washington Street substation</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>08:30</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>17:00</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>1 December</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Constantia: </strong>Orchid, Lavender and Jacaranda</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>09:00</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>16:00</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>2 December</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Tygerhof: </strong>Tygerhof Substation</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>08:00</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>16:00</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>2 December</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Pinelands: </strong>Howard Mall, Howard Drive</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>08:00</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>16:00</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>2 December</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Fairways: </strong>9th Avenue</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>09:00</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>16:00</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>4 December</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Kraaifontein:</strong> 7th Avenue, Eikendal</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>08:30</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>18:30</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>4 December</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Kraaifontein: </strong>3rd Avenue, Eikendal</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>08:30</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>18:00</strong></td></tr></tbody></table><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Information is complete and correct at time of publication, but subject to change due to weather and other unforeseen conditions.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">It is the standard practice to notify customers of planned maintenance via a pamphlet delivered door-to-door ahead of work. </div></li></ul><p><strong>Tips:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Where possible, please switch off appliances at the wall socket ahead of maintenance to reduce the risk of damage caused by power surges.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">The supply could be restored at any time, therefore residents should remember to treat all electrical installations as live for the full duration of the interruption.</div></li></ul><p><strong>Does planned maintenance take place during Eskom’s load-shedding?</strong><br>Yes. It is vital that the maintenance work is done, and as Eskom’s load-shedding announcements are done at such short notice, it unfortunately does happen that some areas will have a double impact of load-shedding and planned maintenance work on a given day, especially during the lower stages of load-shedding. From load-shedding Stage 4, planned maintenance is usually stopped due to the staff capacity required to implement load-shedding. Capacity might necessitate the stopping of maintenance work at lower stages too. It thus all depends on the situation at hand. Unfortunately in certain instances due to safety issues, we also have to continue with the planned maintenance otherwise bigger areas would have to be switched off at one time to still effect the necessary maintenance in the same timeframe, which would not be ideal. </p><p><strong>Please note:</strong> Service requests typically increase during Eskom’s load-shedding. Please wait at least 30 minutes to report no power after the scheduled end of load-shedding. </p><p><strong>City’s service channels</strong> (don't log the same request multiple times on multiple channels as this contributes to delays):<br><strong>Call Centre: </strong>0860 103 089<br><strong>SMS:</strong> 31220 (standard charges apply)<br><strong>Online</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2021-11-25T22:00:00Z1
City calling on applicants for skills development programmesThe City is proud of the vast range of skills development opportunities we have been offering to the residents of Cape Town over the years<p>These applications will be recorded on an open database until it is reviewed. Successful applicants will then be contacted when opportunities for these programmes become available during the financial year.</p><p>The City of Cape Town’s Education, Training and Development framework has been approved. Meaning, the City is now once again able to offer the following opportunities: the Work Integrated Learning; Skills Programme; Infrastructure Skills Development Grant and the Graduate Internship Programme to the unemployed youth in Cape Town. </p><p>‘The City is proud of the vast range of skills development opportunities we have been offering to the residents of Cape Town over the years. Now that the moratorium on our skills development programme has been lifted, I urge our unemployed youth in particular, to explore the programmes on offer and to apply. These programmes will provide learners with the stepping stone they need to jumpstart their careers. </p><p>‘I am extremely excited about the Infrastructure Skills Development Grant programme as well, as this provides a unique opportunity to graduates in Engineering and Science to get exposure in various science and engineering fields at the City. Gaining working experience at a municipality such as the City of Cape Town at any point in one’s professional life will no doubt benefit any ambitious graduate eager to make a difference,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Alderman Theresa Uys.</p><p><strong>Applications for the following programmes are now open:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;"><strong>Graduate Internship Programme (GIP) </strong>: The City offers internship programmes to graduate students who have completed their qualification at a University of Technology. The programme may be either part time or full time for the purpose of skills transfer. Applicants are required to be in the possession of a National Diploma or Degree. For more information on the GIP please see the link to the advertisement <a href="" target="_blank"></a> .This programme has a quarterly intake of graduates during the financial year.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;"><strong>Skills Programme:</strong> This programme gives practical exposure to candidates with the objective of providing structured practical learning opportunities. Applicants are required to be in the possession of a Grade 9//10/11/ or National Senior Certificate. For more information please see the link to the advertisement <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. This programme has a quarterly intake of candidates during the financial year.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;"><strong>Work Integrated Learning (WIL): </strong>The City offers a programme which integrates academic learning with its application in the workplace, where such learning is a specific requirement to obtain a formal qualification. This work experience is usually defined, with clear learning outcomes and is formally known as In-Service Training. Applicants are required to be in the possession of a National Certificate - N6. For more information please see the link to the advertisement <a href="" target="_blank"></a> . This programme has a quarterly intake of candidates during the financial year.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;"><strong>Infrastructure Skills Development Grant (ISDG): </strong>The programme prepares Engineering and Science graduates by giving them exposure in various science and engineering fields, ensuring that they are registered/eligible for registration as Professional Natural Scientists; Professional Engineers; Technologists or Technicians. Applicants are required to be in the possession of a BSc Eng/BSc Hons/ MTech/ MSc/ PhD/ BTech/M.Eng qualification in one the following diciplines:</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Civil/Chemical/Mechanical/Electrical or Industrial Engineering</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Planning</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Environmental Science</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Materials Science</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Microbiology</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Biotechnology</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Virology</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Chemical Science</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Chemistry</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Atmospheric Science</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Hydrogeology</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Geochemistry</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Hydrology</div></li></ul><p><br>For more information, please see the link to the advertisement: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. This programme has a quarterly intake of graduates during the financial year.<br><br><strong>Note to broadcasters</strong>: An audio clip is available for download: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2021-11-25T22:00:00Z1







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