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City’s Ikwezi Pharmacy is Grade-A!The accolade is the cherry on top of sustained hard work from the pharmacy staff at the Ikwezi Community Day Centre, championed by their Responsible Pharmacist, Lindy Mckenzie.<p>​</p><span><p></p></span><p>The accolade is the cherry on top of sustained hard work from the pharmacy staff at the Ikwezi Community Day Centre, championed by their Responsible Pharmacist, Lindy Mckenzie.</p><p>The main objective of the South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC) pharmacy grading is to monitor the standards of Good Pharmacy Practice (GPP) in pharmacies. </p><p>This is done by way of unannounced inspections. The inspections ensure that the public is provided with a quality and comprehensive pharmaceutical service of acceptable standards.<br></p><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:901px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>The pharmacy grading is calculated using a weighted questionnaire and such grading determines the frequency of a pharmacy inspection:</p><p><strong><em>Grade A</em></strong><em>- frequency of inspection shall be every 3 years</em></p><p><strong><em>Grade B</em></strong><em>- frequency of inspection shall be every 2 years</em></p><p><strong><em>Grade C</em></strong><em> –frequency of inspection shall be every year</em></p><p>Ikwezi Pharmacy went from a Grade C facility in 2021 when Mckenzie took over as Responsible Pharmacist, to Grade A, following an unannounced inspection in July 2022.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:951px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>Among the improvements implemented were updating Standard Operating Procedures; ordering the relevant reference materials;  motivating for the installation of an air-conditioner; ensuring that the pharmacy fridges were connected to the generator and that fridge temperature monitors were installed), and sourcing a replacement pharmacy license after the original was lost in the fire at the CDC in 2019.</p><p>'I want to tip my hat to this extraordinary effort by the staff at our Ikwezi Pharmacy, and especially the Responsible Pharmacist for driving the process to make this achievement a reality. They went above and beyond in making the changes that they wanted to see in their work environment, for the benefit of the surrounding communities. They are true ambassadors for the City, and I applaud each and every one of them for the role they played in getting that Grade A status,' said the City's  Community Services and Health Portfolio Committee Chairperson, Councillor Ronel Viljoen. <br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1036px;" /> </figure><strong>​​End</strong></span><p><br></p>2022-10-03T22:00:00Z1
New Lentegeur pedestrian bridge to provide safe railway crossing, access to MyCiTi routes The pedestrian bridge will be constructed south of the R300 and west of AZ Berman Drive in Lentegeur, Mitchells Plain<p>​</p><span><p>The pedestrian bridge will be constructed south of the R300 and west of AZ Berman Drive in Lentegeur, Mitchells Plain. The closest formal streets are Moses Kottler Crescent and Portulaca Street, Watergate Estate.</p><p>This location is currently used as an informal railway crossing.</p><p>'Hundreds of pedestrians are using this point as a shortcut to get to and from the areas on the other side of the railway tracks. It is extremely dangerous to do so and this is why we are building a pedestrian bridge that will be universally accessible, with good overhead lighting and CCTV cameras to improve the general safety in the area,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Mobility, Councillor Rob Quintas.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1007px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>Last year the City consulted widely with the local community about the design and location of the pedestrian bridge. Some changes were made after residents raised concerns about crime. As such, the design was amended to ensure the open bays underneath the bridge on the west alongside the railway line are enclosed.</p><p>'In future, once the MyCiTi service is operating in these parts of Mitchells Plain, the Lentegeur pedestrian bridge will also facilitate access to the Sesame MyCiTi station that will be located about 400m away along AZ Berman Drive, opposite the Watergate Mall and Mitchells Plain Hospital. Thus, apart from providing a safe railway crossing for pedestrians, this bridge fits into our plans for expanding the MyCiTi service to the metro-south east,' said Councillor Quintas.</p><p>The contractor will be on site soon, and the work will be visible by next month.</p><p>'Local jobseekers and subcontractors will benefit from this project as the contractor is obliged to provide temporary work opportunities to local residents. There are also opportunities for local subcontractors that must be contracted to provide goods and services related to the project. <br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:709px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>'The City's investment in transport infrastructure in Mitchells Plain will benefit communities in multiple ways – from improved safety and public transport, to access to opportunities for skills development and business enterprises. We are excited about this project and I am sure residents are too,' said Councillor Quintas.</p><p><strong>Facts about the Lentegeur pedestrian bridge:</strong></p><ul><li>It will provide a safe and universally accessible pathway for pedestrians to cross the railway tracks at this location</li><li>the bridge will be constructed with robust materials that are vandal-resistant and difficult to remove such as reinforced concrete balustrades </li><li>the bridge will be located in the vicinity of existing informal footpaths, where there is pedestrian movement</li><li>concrete walls, parallel to the railway track on either side of the rail line, will be installed by Prasa to ensure pedestrians use the overhead bridge</li><li>the stairways and footpaths leading to the bridge will be well-lit to improve visibility at night</li><li>CCTV cameras will be installed to monitor the area and improve safety, these will be linked to the Transport Management Control Centre</li></ul><p><strong>The City is hosting public information days and all are welcome to attend:</strong></p><ul><li>Wednesday, 12 October 2022, from 14:00 to 19:00 – Northwood Community Hall, 25 Hans Aschenborn Street, New Woodlands</li><li>Thursday, 13 October 2022, from 14:00 to 19:00 – Lobelia Community Hall on the corner of Kreupelhout Lane and Lobelia Street<br></li></ul> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1058px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>'The local community will benefit immensely from the pedestrian bridge. It will provide them with a safe and convenient pathway to cross the railway line, and given that it will be universally accessible, people in wheelchairs will be able to use it, the frail, and cyclists,' said Councillor Quintas.</p><p>If all goes as planned, the construction should be completed within 12 months.</p><p><strong>Captions:</strong> Drawings of the new Lentegeur pedestrian bridge indicate the overhead lighting to improve safety after dark, and it being universally accessible. Also, the new bridge will be about 400m away from the new MyCiTi station along AZ Berman Drive, opposite the Watergate Mall and Mitchells Plain Hospital.</p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2022-10-03T22:00:00Z1
City advises of water supply disruption in the Dreyersdal area in Bergvliet​The City’s Water and Sanitation Department will be conducting zero pressure tests on the main water supply to the Dreyersdal area in Bergvliet bounded by Simon Van Der Stel Freeway<p>Zero-pressure testing is part of the installation process for pressure management technology. Tests are done to see if there are any unmapped inflows that need to be taken into account before smart pressure reducing valves are installed. </p><p>Residents are kindly advised to store water in clean, sealed containers for use during this period and to ensure that their taps are closed to avoid water loss and/or damage when the supply is restored. </p><p>This work forms part of the City's Water Demand Management Strategy. Managing water pressure more effectively reduces the possibility of pipe bursts and water wastage.</p><p>The City sincerely regrets any inconvenience caused.</p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2022-10-03T22:00:00Z1
City-backed Masters Hockey World Cup promises action-packed ten daysThe World Masters Hockey World Cup has officially kicked off at Hartleyvale Stadium, the Western Province Cricket & Hockey Club and UCT<span><p></p></span><p>Approximately 2 750 players and support staff are in Cape Town for the duration of the tournament. The tournament, for competitors between the ages of 35 and 85 is presented biannually in host cities identified by World Masters Hockey (WMH). </p><p>WMH granted the SA Masters Hockey the right to host the 2022 edition in Cape Town for both men and women in the age categories: 45+; 50+; 55+ and 60+.<br></p><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:946px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>'Cape Town is proud to welcome all the players, team support staff and their families to the Mother City. The World Masters Hockey World Cup represents the pinnacle of competitive Masters Hockey and we are proud that our city gets to host the event's first ever edition on the African continent. We know hosting major events contributes significantly to the economy through job creation, as well as opportunities for the tourism industry and this event will certainly do that.</p><p>'More importantly for us is that events such as these leave a lasting legacy for residents and providing them with the necessary skills to use for their growth. For the City, supporting events that contribute to the development of young people forms part of the broader strategy aimed at ensuring that the youth in Cape Town have opportunities. It is therefore encouraging to see that the South African Masters Hockey Association has attached development to the World Masters Hockey World Cup – thereby casting an eye on the future,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security Alderman JP Smith.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:946px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>The tournament is taking place until Monday 10 October 2022. Spectators can watch all games for free. </p><p> </p><p>The match schedule is available <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. <br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:946px;" /> </figure><strong>​​End</strong></span><p><br></p>2022-10-02T22:00:00Z1







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