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City to report back on progress with spatial vision for District SixLast year the City, together with residents and interested parties, embarked on a journey to refine the overall spatial vision or Local Spatial Development Framework (LSDF) for District Six<p>​</p><p>Re-establishing the community of District Six is one of the most important redress projects the City of Cape Town is undertaking in collaboration with the National Government, the District Six community, and all other residents, interested parties, and stakeholders.</p><p>Last year the City, together with residents and interested parties, embarked on a journey to refine the overall spatial vision or Local Spatial Development Framework (LSDF) for District Six.</p><p><strong>We now invite residents, stakeholders, and interested parties to a meeting where the City will:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">report back on the progress to date with the draft LSDF, or local neighbourhood plan</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">inform all what is to happen next – among which collaborating with residents about a vision for the public realm, or public open spaces, in District Six</div></li></ul><p>Given that we are now in a third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic the meeting will happen virtually, via Zoom. A recording of the virtual meeting will be available for viewing on the City’s website by those who are unable to attend.</p><p><strong>The virtual meeting will take place as follows:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Date: Tuesday, 29 June 2021</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Time:  10:00 to 12:00</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Link to the Zoom Meeting: <a href="https://uct-za.zoom.us/j/96556989845?pwd=b3Q4M2xYU3VqNGlROW1xclJzUkRnZz09" target="_blank">https://uct-za.zoom.us/j/96556989845?pwd=b3Q4M2xYU3VqNGlROW1xclJzUkRnZz09</a></div></li></ul><p>Meeting ID: 965 5698 9845<br>Passcode: 905257</p><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.</p><p>‘The next phase of this process is a public realm study, which will assist us in identifying the public open spaces in District Six. 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>‘We all know that a community forms over time. We become a community in the places where we meet, mostly outside of our homes, and most often by chance. A community is shaped on our streets where we stop and greet, where we pass acquaintances on our way to the shop or work.</p><p>‘A community does not exist in a building. Community happens outside of our homes, in the public space, in what is often called the public realm. A community is where we recognise each other as passing individuals, but also as one when we come together. </p><p>‘At this virtual meeting on 29 June 2021, the City will inform residents about how we intend to collaborate with the community about the public realm – how we can shape and form the future District Six community with public open spaces; what we want these spaces to look like, how we want to use them, and how we want them to connect us with one another, and the other surrounding neighbourhoods. All are invited to attend, and I am encouraging residents to please make use of this opportunity,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2021-06-14T22:00:00Z1
Youth assisted in tackling bullying and gender-based violenceYoung people are facing increased pressure among their peers and in their environment, and as Youth Day celebrations commence<p>‘Young people are facing increased pressure among their peers and in their environment, and as Youth Day celebrations commence, the City’s SDECD Department is focusing on hard hitting issues to encourage young people to take action. The aim is to give them practical tools so they can keep themselves safe and be part of the solution to the scourges which ravage our communities,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.</p><p>Throughout June, the department will run an anti-bullying campaign on social media through a series of podcasts with representatives from Childline SA and the Western Cape Education Department. </p><p>The discussions focus on different types of bullying, the signs, symptoms and effects. To this end, a survivor of bullying will share her story to mobilise young people in an effort to halt their damaging behaviour.</p><p>Podcast speakers will touch on all six types of bullying including cyberbullying. </p><p>The first edition, which went live on Friday, 11 June 2021, gives information on the signs and symptoms, types and effects and can be accessed here: <a href="https://bit.ly/3gdqNXV" target="_blank">https://bit.ly/3gdqNXV</a></p><p>The second edition (going live this week on 18 June 2021) will focus on what the WCED is doing to combat bullying at schools. Bullying is included in the curriculum and teachers are trained to deal with it. There are also various processes that a child can follow should they be a victim, resources available as well as what teachers should do. </p><p>Tomorrow, 16 June 2021, the Department begins a two-day session at the Durbanville Conference Centre to celebrate and empower young people through education and skills to advocate for themselves and their communities. The session aims to teach attendees, the City of Cape Town’s READI CPT Youth ambassadors and two community youth groups, how to accomplish their goals, live healthier and more fulfilled lives and develop strategies to combat GBV from a youth perspective.</p><p>‘GBV has been highlighted significantly in the last few years and it is evident that is it not an age-group specific issue. Sadly, incidents occur among young people and with the necessary tools and skills, they can protect themselves and help combat GBV in our society. It affects us all and it will take a collective effort to stamp it out,’ said Councilor Badroodien.</p><p><strong>Other Youth Month activities include:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">On Friday, 18 June 2021, registered young people will take part in remembering the history of the country by highlighting the importance of Youth Day</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">A virtual Career Expo on 23 June 2021 where invited participants will join the livestream covering a wide range of sectors and offering young people the opportunity to meet and network with top local internal and external partners in a virtual setting. </div></li></ul><p><strong>The City’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development offers various programmes to youth aged 14 – 35 which include: </strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">The Annual #YouthStartCT Entrepreneurial Challenge </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Work Skills and Work Readiness </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Computer Training </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Leadership Skills </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Mental Health Awareness and Training</div></li></ul><p>To find out more about the SDECD’s Youth Development Programmes or to become involved, email: <a href="mailto:YouthDevelopment.SDECD@capetown.gov.za" target="_blank">YouthDevelopment.SDECD@capetown.gov.za</a></p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br> <br></p>2021-06-14T22:00:00Z1
Youth Day: Mayor Plato says Cape Town remains City of hope Tomorrow, 16 June, Youth Day, is about empowerment for young people<p>​</p><p>Tomorrow, 16 June, Youth Day, is about empowerment for young people. Being employed is one of the biggest - and unfortunately in South Africa - most challenging goals that youth in South Africa can set for themselves. With the challenges facing all of us during Covid-19, it is important to look for hope – and there is hope to be found through the various efforts and initiatives aimed at job creation and helping entrepreneurs in Cape Town. </p><p>The 1976 Soweto Uprising was a demonstration of the youth wanting to build a united South Africa, with equal opportunity. It is that same commitment that we need today, to rebuild a society that is united and focused on growth. </p><p>The responsibility of governments (the public sector) is to build the environment for investment from the private sector, to create jobs. The City of Cape Town has been able to attract significant investment despite the restrictions of a national lockdown, with more than R11bn invested into Cape Town during 2020. <br>At least 40 000 jobs will be created by various major construction projects that are currently under way or are about to begin. Cape Town is also widely known as the Tech Capital of Africa with more than 550 tech companies and over 40 000 people employed in the Tech sector, which makes it bigger than Nairobi and Lagos combined.<br>These efforts have resulted in the city maintaining the lowest unemployment rate of all metros, on the expanded definition at 29,6 percent. According to the Quarterly Labour Force Survey for January to March 2021, employment in Cape Town’s formal and informal sectors increased by 20 000 to 1,384 million, while the national economy lost jobs.  </p><p><strong>City efforts to create an environment for job creation: </strong></p><p>- The annual #YouthStartChallenge gives young people between the ages of 18 and 35 the opportunity to present business ideas that have long-term potential, but also stimulate job creation. The top 100 entrants go through a process of selection, with the qualifying start-ups receiving training and development opportunities. The #YouthStartChallenge is another way we are providing a platform and support for innovation. </p><p>- The Mobile Business Hub adds to the efforts of the Business Hub located in the Cape Town CBD, by taking business support skills directly to entrepreneurs. Small businesses and entrepreneurs are a vital segment of the local economy as they employ nearly three quarters of South Africa’s workforce.</p><p>- Cape Town is the first municipality to work with the National Skills Fund to provide skills’ pipelines for high-growth sectors and to supply trained and work-ready employees.</p><p>- The Jobs Connect workforce development programme links businesses, particularly SMMEs and corporates to the appropriate talent/professionals and provides training and employment opportunities to job seekers across the City.</p><p>- The Productivity Efficiency Programme assists small businesses by helping them to proactively address challenges and prevent possible closure or job losses. </p><p>We appeal to national government to speed up Covid-19 vaccinations so our residents can return to normal life as soon as possible and so that businesses and the economy can continue with a critical recovery. The implementation of stricter lockdowns will have a negative impact on the local and national economy.</p><p>#OneCityTogether.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2021-06-14T22:00:00Z1
Beacon Valley residents receive their title deedsEmpowering residents who were previously denied access to property ownership is one of the City’s key priority areas to bring about redress<p>​</p><span><p>Alderman Twigg, together with Subcouncil 12 chairperson, Solomon Philander, handed over the title deeds to beneficiaries.</p><p>‘Empowering residents who were previously denied access to property ownership is one of the City’s key priority areas to bring about redress. The handing over of title deeds allows home owners to live in dignity in a home they can call theirs. It is an investment that will grow in value and that will become an asset for them and their loved ones. There is no greater pride than taking care of a house that you can call your own and turning it into a home.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/titledeeds%20bv1.jpg" alt="" style="width:804px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>‘Many families still live as tenants or without ownership rights in houses they have lived in for generations. Handing over title deeds is a way in which the City is able to rectify the injustices of the past.</p><p>‘As part of the education around being responsible property owners, we are partnering with the financial sector to help empower our beneficiaries with the much-needed information to make informed decisions about financial matters related to their assets, such as wills, testaments and insurance.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/titledeeds%20bv2jpg.jpg" alt="" style="width:876px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>‘Service delivery is about improving the lives of people and adding value to their livelihoods – this day is a firm demonstration of our commitment to build a caring and inclusive city,’ said Alderman Twigg.<br> </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/titledeeds%20bv3.jpg" alt="" style="width:812px;" /> </figure></span><p>Captions:<br>1: Beneficiary Samuel Petersen with Alderman Grant Twigg, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Management.<br>2: Subcouncil 12 Manager Mcebisi Johnson Fetu, Subcouncil 12 Chairperson Solomon Philander with beneficiary Elaine Morksen and Alderman Grant Twigg. <br>3. Beneficiaries.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p><span>​​</span><span>​​</span><span>​​</span>2021-06-14T22:00:00Z1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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