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Langeberg Road resurfacing commencing soonResidents and road users are advised that the eastbound lane on Langeberg Road between the Fairtrees and Lubbe Roads intersection and Tara Road will be closed temporarily <p>Residents and road users are advised that the eastbound lane on Langeberg Road between the Fairtrees and Lubbe Roads intersection and Tara Road will be closed temporarily during the construction period. One of the two lanes will be closed to traffic, however, the full road width will be open during the night.<br> <br> During the day, a Stop/Go system will be in place to regulate the traffic. Also, we appeal to all road users to comply with the displayed signage and exercise caution when moving around the construction site during this period.</p><p>We anticipate that there will be congestion in the area and recommend that road users consider making use of alternative routes.</p><p>These  roadworks are implemented as part our routine maintenance and are in keeping with our commitment to improving Cape Town roads by ensuring their safety and enhancing their durability.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p><p>​</p>2021-07-29T22:00:00Z1
City’s Silvertown clinic reopens with limited services​The City of Cape Town’s Health Department has reopened the Silvertown Clinic in Athlone.<p>​</p><span><p>​​​​​‘The Silvertown clinic burned down on 28 February last year and while there are plans to rebuild the clinic, a limited service is now available,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien..</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1066px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>An interim structure was purchased with four consulting rooms, sufficient toilets and a staff room to accommodate curative services and women`s health. </p><p>‘The services are already available and we welcome our clients back at Silvertown,’ said Councillor Badroodien.</p><p>The satellite service at Hazendal will return to twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays, the Bridgetown hall will remain open five days a week for preventative services, while the curative services, TB and HIV will be on the Silvertown premises.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1066px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span>​​</span><p>‘The City’s Health Department is committed to providing services with as little interruption as possible. I encourage residents to continue their visits and bear with us as the entire Silvertown building is now demolished and the next step will be to rebuild the clinic and reinstate it to its former glory,’ added Councillor Badroodien.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2021-07-29T22:00:00Z1
Council approves recommended Planning Tribunal members​The City of Cape Town approved the preferred candidates of external members to serve on the Municipal Planning Tribunal (MPT).<p>​</p><p>The external members on the MPT are professionals from the private sector and account for nine out of the 25 members who serve on the MPT. </p><p>‘These preferred candidates all possess the level of experience and expertise required to carry out their duties as provided in planning legislation. Their knowledge of and experience within the various relevant disciplines such as land use management; spatial planning and land development is of a level which we believe will enable industry role players to contribute to Cape Town’s built environment in a meaningful and insightful manner.’ </p><p>‘The preferred candidate list reflects a good balance between new and experienced members to ensure continuity,‘ said the City’s Mayoral Committee member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt.</p><p>External members are appointed for a period of five years, and their contract is renewable once. Their full term may not exceed 10 years. </p><p>Following the interview process, it was agreed that the existing MPT Chairperson, Dave Daniels and existing Deputy Chairperson, Sydney Holden be reappointed in these designations based on their exemplary performance throughout the current term of the MPT.</p><p>All of these candidates have passed the technical assessment to assess their experience and competence and have been interviewed by the evaluation panel. The nine external preferred candidates are as follows :</p><p style="text-align:left;">1. David Daniels, Chairperson</p><p style="text-align:left;">2. Sydney Holden, Deputy Chairperson</p><p style="text-align:left;">3. Christine Havenga (new), Member</p><p style="text-align:left;">4. Louise Seaward (new), Member </p><p style="text-align:left;">5. Nigel Burls, Member </p><p style="text-align:left;">6. Pierre Smit (new), Member </p><p style="text-align:left;">7. Richard Walton (new), Member </p><p style="text-align:left;">8. Rodney Cronwright, Member </p><p style="text-align:left;">9. Wilfred Winston Johnstone, Member</p><p>The members of the MPT will be expected to:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">prepare for and attend regional panel meetings, at least once a week</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">participate in meetings</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">read reports</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">conduct site visits, and fulfil other duties and functions provided for in legislation</div></li></ul><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2021-07-29T22:00:00Z1
City making every effort to address sewer overflows in Rylands and Gatesville areasThe City of Cape Town is preparing to carry out urgent work to address the sewage spills coming from the Raapenberg pump station. The situation is being treated as a top priority and repairs will commence as soon as possible. The spills are a result of vandalised valves at the Athlone Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW). <p>The work required is complex and carries risk, both to the lives of maintenance staff, and environmental impact.</p><p>In order to effect the repairs, staff need to work inside the underground chamber, and it is important that no wastewater is flowing through the pipes and that staff are not exposed to toxic gases or Covid-19 infection. To prevent risk of drowning, it is necessary that two pump stations be shut down and wastewater diverted during the repairs. Environmental impact is a serious concern, as wastewater needs to be diverted somewhere, and diversion into the nearby Vygieskraal River would cause pollution. Environmental guidance and authorisation is required before work can commence. </p><p>There are further challenges associated with the valve replacement, as the existing valve model that was vandalised has been phased out and is no longer manufactured. The City is engaging with the valve supplier and seeking urgent solutions to this. </p><p>A detailed scope of work is being drafted. An inspection of the entire pipeline, from the mixing chamber at the intersection of Klipfontein Road all the way into Hanover Park, was conducted yesterday and confirmed that there are no blockages, and repair work can commence as soon as the factors above are in place.</p><p>Residents of affected areas including Gatesville and Rylands are advised that every effort is being made to resolve the issue as soon as possible.</p><p>The spills are a result of vandalised valves at the Athlone Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW). City teams repaired the valves on Friday 18 June, but it is suspected that the valves are still not isolating sufficiently to prevent flows from Raapenberg pump station from entering into the Cape Flats system, resulting in surcharges. <br> <br>As communicated in a recent media release (<a href=""></a>) vandalism to valves at the Athlone WWTW is behind the sewer overflows currently occurring in Hazel Road and Ashraf Avenue, Gatesville.</p><p>Currently the Cape Flats 2 sewer main is out of service for planned maintenance. The damage from attempted theft caused a problem with closing the valve which stops sewage from flowing into this system. Furthermore, the thieves caused the valve which control flow into the treatment works to become stuck in the closed position. <br> <br>The City has planned the sewer network in the area to have plenty of spare capacity, but with one main sewer already out of commission, this was not sufficient to contain overflows when valves were damaged.   <br> <br>Teams managed to restore valves to working order on Friday, however the period of downtime for the valves caused foreign objects to build up in the surrounding pipes, creating stubborn blockages which staff are still working to clear.<br> <br>City teams are vacuuming sewage from the mixing chamber in Hazel Road and the overflowing manholes downstream to try and minimise the overflows. <br> <br>In the interim, the public is advised to please avoid contact with the overflowing sewage as far as possible due to avoid health risks. <br> <br>‘Fixing these problems is complex, dangerous, and carries significant risk to both human and environmental health, should something wrong. Carrying out the repairs is far from straightforward, but residents are assured that every effort is being made to implement the measures necessary for a successful operation. Developments will be communicated in due course.</p><p>‘We call on anyone with information on who could be behind the acts of vandalism to report it to the SAPS. The City sincerely regrets inconvenience and discomfort felt by residents,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste, Alderman Xanthea Limberg. <br> </p>2021-07-29T22:00:00Z1







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