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No fireworks without a permitIn the run up to Diwali and Guy Fawkes, residents are reminded that permits are required for fireworks displays. <div>Since 2019, the City no longer provides designated fireworks sites for Guy Fawkes, Diwali and New Year’s Eve but this has not stopped residents from discharging fireworks in residential areas.</div><div><br></div><div>‘Last year, we still had a number of transgressions as residents continue to set off fireworks and were not even deterred by the lockdown measures at the time. During just four days, from 4 to 7 November 2021, the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre recorded 357 complaints about the setting off of fireworks and 63 for the selling of fireworks,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</div><div><br></div><div>Those who want to host fireworks displays can apply for a permit in terms of the National Explosives Act and the Community Fire Safety By-Law. </div><div><br></div><div>Any event where 200 or more attendees are expected, or that requires any infrastructure build, will also require an Events permit from the City.</div><div><br></div><div>Chapter 11 of the Community Fire Safety By-law, which deals with fireworks, states that a controlling authority may set aside municipal land for the purpose of the letting off of fireworks by the public, subject to such conditions as may be determined by the controlling authority and indicated by a notice at the site.</div><div><br></div><div>Persons who would like to apply for a permit to host a firework display need to apply to the South African Police Service via email, at</div><div><br></div><div>They can copy the Head of the City’s Fire and Life Safety Section in their application –</div><div><br></div><div>If the application is approved by SAPS, they then have to make contact with the Fire and Rescue Service’s Fire Life Safety Section in the area where they plan to hold the display so that a site inspection can be carried out to determine whether the site is safe for a fireworks display.</div><div><br></div><div>Apart from ensuring that there are no fire hazards in the immediate surroundings, permission also needs to be sought from residents and businesses in the area, and strict conditions have to be adhered to before, and during the fireworks display to mitigate any potential risk to public health and safety.</div><div><br></div><div>‘In recent years there has been a growing call for a ban on fireworks, but only national government has the authority to do so. Every year our enforcement departments and animal welfare organisations have their hands full on these nights. </div><div><br></div><div>‘I want to urge parents to be responsible as fireworks are dangerous and can cause serious, if not life threatening, injuries. Explosions at a close range can damage hearing, and then there is the fire risk and trauma caused to pets,’ said Alderman Smith.</div><div><br></div><div>The public is reminded that the import and sale of fireworks without the necessary permissions outlined in the Explosives Act is illegal, as is the discharge of fireworks in an area not specifically designated for it.</div><div><br></div><div>In terms of Section 30 of the Explosives Act of 1956, the use or detonation of any fireworks in any building and public thoroughfare is liable to a R200 fine; selling fireworks to a child or anyone under the age of 16 is liable to a R300 fine; allowing a child or person under the age of 16 to handle fireworks without adult supervision is liable to a R300 fine.</div><div><br></div><div>Anyone with information relating to the illegal sale or use of fireworks, can report it to the PECC on 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or to the South African Police Service on 10111.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>End</strong><br></div><p><br></p>2022-10-01T22:00:00Z1
City libraries walk the talkA new collaboration between the City of Cape Town’s Library Services and Tape Aids for the Avid Reader. <div>Due to delays with the postal service, many members of Tape Aids are struggling to receive their talking books and libraries hope this new service will facilitate access to the material. </div><div><br></div><div>The pilot project between six of the City’s libraries and Tape Aids for the Avid Reader hopes to alleviate this problem by making facilities inclusive and accessible for patrons. </div><div><br></div><div>The Central, Rondebosch, Bellville, Bellville South, Strand and Grassy Park libraries have extended their services to include Tape Aids for the Avid Reader. <br></div><div><br></div><div><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1900px;" /> </figure>​​</span>‘This means members of Tape Aids, as well as patrons to these libraries, will be able to access their talking books without having to wait for it to arrive via post. They will be able to take the CD or log onto the Tape Aids website and download the audio book to their smartphone,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia van der Ross.</div><div><br></div><div>If a patron is not a member of Tape Aids, but a member of the library, they would be able to take out the audio books. Should you not be a member of a City library, staff will assist patrons in joining Tape Aids and/or the library.</div><div><br></div><div>Tape Aids for Avid Readers’ audio library shares the gift of reading with persons who have difficulty reading, opening whole new worlds by transforming the silent written page to the spoken word in English and the majority of South Africa’s indigenous languages.<br></div><div><br></div><div><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1900px;" /> </figure>​​</span>The difference between the Tape Aids Hear-to-Read mini-libraries and all other libraries is that they produce all the accessible “Talking Books” available on their library shelves. </div><div><br></div><div>Their volunteer narrators and proof-readers throughout South Africa, have helped them transform over 40 000 book titles since 1958 when the non-profit organisation, Tape Aids for the Blind, was first established.</div><div><br></div><div>Since 2012, when they migrated from cassette tape formats to digital, Tape Aids has been paying it forward to benefit all persons who are visually impaired or otherwise print-disabled with conditions such as dyslexia (which affects more than 10% of our population), or autism or those with Parkinson’s or other physical or neurological disorders.</div><div><br></div><div>Tape Aids’ Talking Books are available to their members in the universal standard mp3 formats so they can be played back on any device including mobile phones. Their books have unique navigational encryption features to assist place finding by vision impaired users whilst also providing copyright protection to Publishers. </div><div><br></div><div>Working with policymakers, teachers, learners, and parents, Tape Aids is committed to building a nation of avid readers with good comprehension and pronunciation skills. </div><div><br></div><div>Tape Aids’ members can access the website <span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"century gothic", sans-serif;"><a href=""><span style="color:windowtext;"></span></a></span> by using screen-reader software that converts text to speech as well as other multi-layered accessibility features, applications and tools like audio prompts for the various functions, assisting visually impaired persons to easily navigate the website. <br></div><div><br></div><div><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1900px;" /> </figure>​​</span>Tape Aids offers a Hear-to-Read Dual Reading Method and Talking Books where audible and visual (or tactile - Braille) inputs occur simultaneously. </div><div> </div><div>‘The City’s LIS and Tape Aids are committed to raising literacy levels and building a new generation of readers. Books open up a world of escape, imagination and creativity and we will do all we can to ensure all our residents are included,’ said Councillor Van der Ross.<br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>Caption 1:</strong> Tape Aids member Desmond Jacobs is happy the service is available at Bellville Library.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Caption 2:</strong> The display at Bellville Library.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Caption 3:</strong> Patron Alte Watkins, left, receives more information on the service at the Strand Library from assistant librarian Moeniera Gabier.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>End</strong><br></div><p><br></p>2022-09-30T22:00:00Z1
City calls for innovative sustainable waste management initiatives ​The City of Cape Town’s Urban Waste Management (UWM) Directorate wants to facilitate an open and transparent process to assess the market for sustainable waste management interventions <p>Waste management businesses in Cape Town are advised that the City of Cape Town has issued a request for information (RFI) seeking information and ideas on any products, technologies or other offerings that could improve the City's waste management operations and services. </p><p>Areas of interest include: </p><ul><li><strong>Waste minimisation: </strong>Including but not limited to alternate packaging solutions, biodegradable products and any other new advanced technologies suitable for application within the City. </li><li><strong>Waste collection: </strong>Including but not limited to bin sensors, route optimisation technologies, smart applications for waste collection and any other new advanced technologies suitable for application within the City. </li><li><strong>Waste diversion: </strong>Including but not limited to separation at source, Materiel Recovery Facility (MRF) technologies, alternate treatment technologies eg in-vessel composting, open wind row composting, chipping, builders rubble re-use, and any other new advanced technologies suitable for application within the City. </li><li><strong>Recycling: </strong>Including but not limited to automated recycling vending machines, smart applications for household recycling, alternate treatment mechanism for plastic waste eg lego home solution, textile waste recycling any other new advanced technologies suitable for application within the City. </li><li><strong>Waste to energy solutions: </strong>Photovoltaic infrastructure on closed landfill facilities, anaerobic digestion, incineration, alternate treatment for biomass (diseased trees, animal carcasses, sludge's) and any other new advanced technologies in the waste industry suitable for application within the City. </li><li><strong>Landfill gas and leachate treatment: </strong>Including but not limited to landfill gas applications at closed landfills, use of landfill gas for biofuel, innovative leachate treatment solutions any other new advanced technologies suitable for application within the City. </li><li><strong>Behavioural change and education and awareness: </strong>Advanced technology applications Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR) and IoT (Internet of Things) rewards programmes etc. to assist the City in instituting a change in behaviour toward waste management in the city.</li></ul><p>The City encourages submissions that use AI, AR and IoT in application to the above list. Proposed solutions should be designed to allow for adapting, upgrading and integrating with current infrastructure. The list is not intended to be exhaustive and responders are encouraged to share additional ideas. </p><p>Proposals need to specifically focus on financial sustainability, job creation and income generation capacity, skills development, behavioural change and environmental conservation. </p><p>Any information gathered will be used to support the development of procurement processes for sustainable waste management solutions within Cape Town. </p><p><strong>For more information and instructions </strong><strong>on how to make a submission please visit the link below and download the RFI document, and follow </strong><strong>the </strong><strong>instructions</strong><strong>.</strong><span style="text-decoration:line-through;"><strong> </strong></span></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a> </p><p>Please provide your inputs on or before <strong>10:00 on Monday, 31 October 2022. </strong>Please also note that all future contracts to enhance UWM services will be issued via legislated competitive tender processes. </p><p>'Human and Economic Development over the past century has created a lot of prosperity, but along with this prosperity comes a lot of waste. As waste continues to accumulate, so our need for innovative thinking and solutions becomes more urgent. I encourage all those with relevant expertise to help guide the City as we equip ourselves for a more waste-wise future,' said Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Waste Management, Alderman Grant Twigg. </p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2022-09-29T22:00:00Z1
City well on its way to recruiting 2 000 janitorial staff ​The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Directorate wants to encourage people from across the city to register on the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) jobseekers database <p>Applicants will be recruited to perform janitorial functions in the area or the informal settlement in which they live.</p><p>'The City of Cape Town was the first to establish janitorial teams for informal settlements to clean the toilets. Over the past eight years, the City has created 17 000 work opportunities through the janitorial service for the cleaning and servicing of all the toilets.</p><p>'This week, 70 full flush toilets will be handed over to the Sesikona informal settlement in Philippi East where janitors will be employed from the City's EPWP jobseekers database.</p><p>'A janitorial service helps to keep toilets clean which is essential to the well-being and health of residents who use the toilets.  They also report any issues with the toilets such as blockages and vandalism so they can be attended to.</p><p>'Residents can support these efforts and help the City take care of the toilets to ensure they remain in working order. This can be done by reporting vandalism or blockages of the toilets as well as only disposing of toilet paper and tissues in the toilets. Generally, the majority of blockages are caused by the misuse of the sewer system, especially when items such as rags, newspapers, condoms and feminine hygiene products are disposed into the system.</p><p>'I want to encourage applicants to register on the jobseekers database to be considered for various short-term employment vacancies including these janitorial positions as this is a meaningful job opportunity,' said the City's Acting Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation, Councillor Siseko Mbandezi.</p><p>Once employed, janitors are provided with essential resources such as the standard Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) uniform, T-shirts, boots, gloves, masks and hand sanitiser for germ control and as well as tools to efficiently conduct their work. </p><p><strong>How to register</strong></p><p>Jobseekers are required to register on the City's EPWP jobseekers database at their local Subcouncil which makes them eligible for available short-term job opportunities in that area.  EPWP opportunities are allocated on a randomised basis.</p><p>'Janitorial staff will be employed on a six-month contractual basis. This is to provide equal job opportunities to as many unemployed residents as possible.  The jobseekers database does not only recruit posts for janitorial services but various short-term job opportunities that are available,' said Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Waste Management, Alderman Grant Twigg.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What to know about EPWP registration:</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Visit your local Subcouncil to register your name with the Jobseekers Database. Please bring a copy of your CV, your ID document or a valid South African work permit. </li><li>It is free. The City will not ask community members to pay for work opportunities or pay to apply for a work opportunity.</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information, contact the EPWP HelpDesk on 021 444 0032 or email <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2022-09-29T22:00:00Z1







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