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City hosts meeting about draft neighbourhood plan for District SixThe City invites residents, stakeholders, and interested parties to a meeting where attendees will have the opportunity to comment on the draft LSDF, and to ask questions<p>​Last year the City, together with residents and interested parties, embarked on a journey to refine the overall spatial vision for District Six. The collaboration resulted in a draft neighbourhood plan or Local Spatial Development Framework (LSDF) that has been available for public comment since 1 September 2021. </p><p>The City invites residents, stakeholders, and interested parties to a meeting where attendees will have the opportunity to comment on the draft LSDF, and to ask questions. Officials from the City’s Urban Planning and Design Department will also provide feedback on the progress with the draft LSDF.</p><p><strong>The meeting will be hosted in-person, as well as online. The details are as follows:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Wednesday, 27 October 2021</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">From 10:30 to 13:00</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">At the Subcouncil 16 Chambers in Wale Street</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">The link to the virtual meeting: <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc"></font></span></a> </div></li></ul><p>‘The City is not involved with the restitution process, but we are responsible for creating an overall spatial vision for District Six in collaboration with the District Six community, and other residents. The purpose of this spatial plan is to re-establish this once vibrant neighbourhood, to create a sense of belonging, and to establish a multicultural community. I request all residents to please participate and to comment on the draft LSDF for District Six,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt.</p><p>The City is also collaborating with nominated representatives from the District Six community and stakeholders in finalising a public realm study, which will assist the City in identifying the public open spaces in District Six. </p><p>The public realm is the spaces between buildings such as streets, squares, green spaces, and pedestrian areas that are freely accessible to people.</p><p>‘To date, the nominated Caretakers have participated in two very productive face-to-face public realm improvement co-design workshops for District Six. The representatives are from various groups, communities, interested and affected parties, and stakeholders. The purpose of the co-design workshops is to develop a framework for proposed public spaces, priorities for these and design guidelines – the look and feel and uses – of the public realm of District Six. We are really excited about this collaboration and still have four more co-design workshops left,’ said Alderman Nieuwoudt.</p><p>The Public Realm Study will inform the draft LSDF for District Six that is available for public participation and comment until 31 October 2021. </p><p>The draft LSDF is available on the City’s website at <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc"></font></span></a>.</p><p>The LSDF and related Public Realm Study are aspects that the City can implement. They are separate from, but will enhance the housing project of the National Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development that is currently under way as part of the restitution process.</p><p><br><strong>End<span aria-hidden="true"></span></strong></p>2021-10-24T22:00:00Z1
Non-motorised transport facilities in Khayelitsha in the spotlightAlmost every trip begins with walking or cycling, be it between the home and a bus or train station, or parking bay to the office<p>​</p><span><p>‘Almost every trip begins with walking or cycling, be it between the home and a bus or train station, or parking bay to the office. Thus, it is befitting that non-motorised transport facilities form part of our basic delivery initiatives. We are a city committed to deploying services that will give our residents a sense of safety when moving in and around their areas. Khayelitsha is the biggest township in Cape Town and most of our residents depend on public transport to get around and often have to walk to the stations and need safe walking areas,’ said the Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Councillor Rob Quintas.</p><p>The non-motorised improvements were implemented along the following roads:</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure></span><span><p><strong>Spine Road</strong> <br>A total length of approximately 2,3km of the NMT improvements were completed along Spine Road from Jeff Masemola Road to Mew Way in 2011. NMT improvements along the southern side of Spine Road include a generous NMT facility for use by pedestrians and cyclists, dropped kerbs with tactile paving for those with special needs, soft landscaping such as tree planting, and hard landscaping such as paving and seating.<br><br>As part of the Spine Road NMT project, a roundabout or traffic circle was implemented at the intersection with Lwandle and Walter Sisulu Roads. The roundabout acts as a traffic calming measure and improved road safety, including safety for pedestrians. <br><br><strong>Lwandle Road </strong><br>NMT improvements along Lwandle Road from Spine Road to Parma Road was completed in 2013 and covers a total length of approximately 1,4km. <br><br>NMT improvements along Lwandle Road extends from Spine Road north up to Parma Road and include sidewalks, dropped kerbs, soft landscaping, hard landscaping and bus and minibus-taxi embayments and traffic calming to allow children and residents a safe crossing.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:802px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span>​​</span><span><p>​​​​​​<strong>Walter Sisulu Road </strong><br>NMT improvements along Walter Sisulu Road from Spine Road to Steve Biko Road was completed in 2013 and covers about 1km in total length. <br>NMT improvements along Walter Sisulu Road extend from Spine Road south to Steve Biko Road and include sidewalks, dropped kerbs, soft landscaping, hard landscaping and bus and minibus-taxi embayments. As part of this project, the area in front of the court was paved and public places were created under the Dignified Urban Spaces Programme. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:904px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>‘This morning, I saw first-hand how the NMT is helping residents from Khayelitsha move safely and with ease. I had the privilege of standing outside the court and watched with admiration as people were being dropped off outside. On the other side, people were either waiting on the pavement or walking to the mall. The facilities were built for the people to bring them closer to amenities like the Lookout Hill Hall, the court and the mall, to name but a few. The NMT includes public places for people so socialise and for recreational purposes. The NMT also includes designer construction and block paving to add character and make it aesthetically pleasing,’ said Councillor Quintas.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2021-10-24T22:00:00Z1
Busy week for enforcement departments as 218 arrestedOfficers attached to the Law Enforcement Advancement Plan were responsible for 59 of the arrests.<p>​‘Officers attached to the Law Enforcement Advancement Plan were responsible for 59 of the arrests. One of these led to the recovery of a firearm and illegal ammunition in Hanover Park, which were hidden in the suspect’s crotch. An officer noticed the man acting in a suspicious manner and when he was searched, the gun and nine rounds were found. Our officers are not daunted by seemingly ingenious hiding places, because they know each weapon confiscated is a potential life saved,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.<br> <br>Traffic officers arrested 40 suspects, impounded 132 vehicles, 117 cell phones and issued 68 957 fines.<br> <br>Of those arrested, 13 were for driving under the influence.<br> <br>‘Our officers will continue to clamp down on drunk drivers, especially in the lead up to the festive season. Road users are urged to help us make this a safe season for everyone by not getting behind the wheel, or crossing freeways, when they’ve been drinking. It’s not worth risking your life or that of your loved ones,’ said Alderman Smith.<br> <br>Metro Police officers made 103 arrests during the past week.<br> <br>On Saturday, 23 October 2021, officers patrolling Spine Road and JK Masemola, Khayelitsha, spotted a vehicle driving recklessly and decided to pull it over. <br> <br>The 31-year-old driver was arrested for drunk driving and while officers were en route to drop his vehicle at his residence, the passenger was arrested after he offered the officers R100 to release the driver. <br> <br>In other successes, Metro Police officers also issued 3 267 traffic fines, 721 bylaw fines and confiscated drugs include the following: </p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">20 half mandrax tablets</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">13 x whole mandrax tablets </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">26 x packets of tik</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">five x Heroin Units</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">one x packet of Khat</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">21 x bankies tik</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">one x packet of cocaine</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">72 x stoppe dagga </div></li></ul><p> <br> <br><strong> End</strong></p>2021-10-24T22:00:00Z1
City’s destination marketing campaign to bring the world back to Cape TownIt gives me great pleasure to see that Cape Town has been voted Africa’s leading city destination in this year’s World Travel Awards (WTA).<p>​</p><span><p>It gives me great pleasure to see that Cape Town has been voted Africa’s leading city destination in this year’s World Travel Awards (WTA). It is fitting that we got the news just a day before the launch of the City’s destination marketing campaign that aims to bring the world back to the Mother City.</p><p>And a round of applause to the teams at Table Mountain, which was voted the continent’s leading tourist attraction, and Cape Town International Airport, which was awarded the title of Africa’s leading airport. These awards are recognition of your sterling work during extraordinarily difficult times. Looking to the future, I believe that it will be products and experiences just like these that will set us apart from other destinations and deliver a world-class standard to visitors. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>​​​​​​</p><p>With Cape Town and its landmarks receiving this recognition – especially after 20 months of the pandemic and national lockdown – it is a feather in the cap of City officials and our industry partners such as Cape Town Tourism (CTT), the City’s official Destination Marketing Organisation (DMO), who all work hard to keep our city top of mind for a global and domestic audience. </p><p>It is my distinct pleasure that the campaign that we are launching today is rooted in the City’s six pillar destination marketing communication plan that aims to capture the fullness of our offering as the Mother City and positions Cape Town as the premier destination to visit and explore, study, work, play and experience, invest, or quite simply live. </p><p>From today, and over the coming months, people using bus stops, subway stations and other high-traffic locations around Munich, London and New York will see our billboards and digital screens with scenes showing the wide variety of experiences and beauty in Cape Town. </p><p>With almost 40% of 2019’s international visitors to the Western Cape from the US, UK and Germany, our plan is to target these global markets first, especially as many Northern Hemisphere residents look to escape their harsh winter weather. It is for this reason, that I invited the three countries’ consul-generals to join us at the launch – and they obliged. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1092px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>Place Marketing branding will then go out in airports in Johannesburg and Durban as part of our continued efforts to drive local travel and investment. With the national lockdown forcing many employees to work remotely, there has been an uptick in South Africans from other parts of the country packing their bags and ‘semigrating’ to our shores, and this is something I want to capitalise on. </p><p>I would like to explore how we can ramp up our marketing to places across Africa. My aim is to secure more sister city agreements and partnerships in markets across the continent. Foreign Africans comprised 74,3% of international visitors to South Africa in 2019. Through the Air Access initiative, which receives funding from the City, we have built a successful air connectivity programme with cities around the continent and worldwide, and so it makes sense to further develop this for the benefit of travel and trade, and show that Cape Town is a proudly African city. </p><p>This campaign is launching at a critical moment: the UK – the biggest single source of travellers to the Western Cape – recently announced that it had removed South Africa from its red list. The UK government’s long-awaited announcement followed weeks of lobbying by the City and our industry partners. The decision saw an immediate surge in flight bookings and some estimates say as many as 300 000 UK travellers might head our way this summer. With readers of Britain’s Telegraph newspaper voting Cape Town as their favourite city in the world for seven consecutive years and Travel + Leisure magazine’s global audience rating ours the best city in Africa and the Middle East, I think we should prepare for a massive influx of travellers!</p><p>There is similar optimism from the US: United Airlines announced this week that it will be resuming flights between New York and Johannesburg and will soon restart its Cape Town route. In 2019, we had three flights per week from New York to Cape Town, which was made possible through our Air Access initiative. I had the distinct pleasure to lead a delegation of City officials to New York for in-depth talks with the NYC & Company destination marketing group and United Airlines’ executives.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:791px;" /> </figure></span><p>I must highlight that, while international tourists spent R19 billion in the province in 2019 (and with 97% of those travellers coming to Cape Town during their visit, we get a sense of how much of that was spent in the city), our goal with this campaign is to reach people around the world who are looking for a destination for a variety of reasons. </p><p>For instance, I am still appealing to the National Government to launch a remote worker visa. Cape Town is ranked as one of the top global destinations for digital nomads and enabling the visa - with specific parameters such as not working for a local employer - would simply require provisions to the Immigration Act for a period longer than three months. </p><p>Expanding on our marketing campaign, our DMO CTT will then roll out its ‘Find Your Freedom’ initiative, which will have interactive videos. They will also partner with tour operators, agencies and airlines such as Germany’s Lufthansa with the objective of converting interested travellers into actual visitors. My priority is to drive that conversion and see more people make bookings, because it is those bookings that benefit our local businesses and industries.</p><p>As the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and simply as a Capetonian, I understand how dependent communities and businesses are on the visitor economy. Tourism directly contributed 3% to South Africa’s GDP in 2018 and that does not even take into account the value to industries such as manufacturing or transport. </p><p>Prior to Covid-19, around 150 000 people in Cape Town are employed in jobs related to tourism, making it the sector with the highest growth and employment potential in the city. But this is not just about one industry. We must also consider its ripple impact on other industries. </p><p>When people come to Cape Town from the other side of the country, continent or world, they don’t just come to lie on our beaches or go up the mountain (although I would argue those are reason enough!). They buy the products made by our businesses and visit the communities showing our history and cultures. </p><p>It is through the experience of travel that a local delicacy becomes a global phenomenon; a design seen on the streets of Khayelitsha makes its way to the catwalks of London, and investors of green technology initiatives in Atlantis transfer their curiosity to signing on the dotted line. This translates into more sustained livelihoods and jobs for the people of our city. </p><p>Travel reveals the opportunities and innovation that Cape Town has on offer. And that’s why our destination marketing strategy delivers our unique value proposition. </p><p>For the first time in almost two years, we can safely welcome travellers from far and wide. And they are certainly eager to return! </p><p>This is our moment, Cape Town.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p><span>​​</span><span>​​</span><span>​​</span>2021-10-24T22:00:00Z1







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