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Routine maintenance ensures reliable energy supplyThe City carries out critical routine maintenance on a daily basis in areas across the metro to ensure reliable supply to residents.<p>​The City carries out critical routine maintenance on a daily basis in areas across the metro to ensure reliable supply to residents. This week, the City’s energy teams have been busy in Strand, Rocklands, Claremont and Bellville, among other areas.</p><p>‘Our teams have been hard at work to ensure City electricity infrastructure is well maintained and upgraded where it is required. Maintenance work ensures that City-managed electricity supply is secure and reliable and we remind residents to please plan accordingly, so that they make alternative arrangements for the power interruptions due to maintenance and to switch off electrical appliances to ensure their safety.<br><span> </span></p><p><span><img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/Routine%20maintenance%20%20Claremont%201.jpg" alt="" style="width:906px;" /> ​​</span></p><p>When maintenance and upgrades take place, the City informs residents via letter drops as well as on the City’s social media pages, so that they have sufficient time to plan for the required outage and so that our teams have enough time to do the work. The maintenance or upgrade works are typically scheduled for four to eight hours per intervention.</p><p>‘Vandalism of City infrastructure remains a challenge for the City and we thank residents for assisting us by reporting these cases to the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the City.<br><br></p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/Routine%20maintenance%20%20Claremont%202.jpg" alt="" style="width:1010px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>‘Our teams are monitoring the hot spot regions and security detail has been deployed. The support of residents has been crucial over the last few months and we ask residents to please continue reporting these illegal acts to the SAPS and the City,’ said Councillor van Reenen.</p><p><strong>The South African Police Service remains the lead authority in crime prevention.</strong></p><p><strong><em>*It is standard practice to notify customers of planned maintenance via a pamphlet delivered door-to-door ahead of work. </em></strong></p><p><strong><em>Please note: The City does not carry out maintenance from <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Stage 3 and above</span> of load-shedding. Routine maintenance work is cancelled in the event of higher stages of load-shedding being implemented.</em></strong></p><p> <span> </span></p><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/Routine%20maintenance%20%20Claremont%203.jpg" alt="" style="width:906px;" /> </figure><p> </p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>City’s Load-shedding Application is available </strong></p><p>The City's load-shedding mobile app is available on the <a href="https://www.apple.com/app-store/">Apple App Store</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store">Google Play Store. </a></p><p>It keeps customers updated with the City's load-shedding schedule by adding their area or suburb via a map, their current location, or by searching the search box. Customers may view their area's load-shedding status and timetables, use the app to log service requests with the City or find vendors selling prepaid electricity.</p><p><strong>Report damage to municipal electrical infrastructure</strong><strong>:</strong><br>SMS: 31220 <br>Email: <a href="mailto:power@capetown.gov.za">power@capetown.gov.za</a></p><p><strong>Anonymous tip-offs welcomed:</strong><br>Residents can give anonymous tip offs if they are aware of illegal activity, such as illegal connections or unlawful occupations, that are taking place; that has happened or is still to happen. Please call 112 from a cell phone (toll free) and 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 for emergencies </p><p><br> <br><strong>End</strong></p><span></span>2022-05-17T22:00:00Z1
City highlights investment opportunities with German business chamberThis week, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Growth, Alderman James Vos, held roundtable discussions with the leadership of the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI) to discuss trade and investment opportunities that would boost Cape Town’s economy and unlock jobs.<span><p>​​​​​​<br></p><div>The SAGCCI team was led by Anja Tambusso-Ferraz, the body’s Regional Representative for the Western and Eastern Cape. </div><div><br></div><div>Tambusso-Ferraz said that there was a high degree of interest from German companies in investing further in Cape Town and praised City structures such as the Investment Facilitation Branch and bodies such as Wesgro, the trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the province, which receives funding from the City, for easing the passage of businesses from her country into the Mother City. <br></div> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> </figure></span><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/German%20meeting%201.jpg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:904px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span>​​</span><span><p>​​​​​​</p><div>‘Cape Town has proudly held strong relations with German commerce bodies, city governments and people. Germany is one of the Cape’s biggest export regions and Cape Town has long been a favourite holiday destination for people from that country. In addition, we have two existing sister city agreements with Munich and Aachen with resolutions for the socio-economic and environmental benefits of people in all the respective metros,’ said Alderman Vos. </div><div><br></div><div>Alderman Vos shared that the City continues to invest in workforce development programmes with a specific focus on high growth sectors such as Business Process Outsourcing (call centres) and green energy production.</div><div><br></div><div>The SAGCCI delegation did however highlight that delays by South African authorities in processing work permits were a major stumbling block for international companies wanting to establish or expand their operations locally. <br></div> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> </figure></span><span><p>​​​​​​Aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt to labore n <a href="#" title="title">consequntur magni dolores</a> reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/German%20Meeting%202.jpg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1357px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span>​​</span><div>‘I confirmed with the delegates that I will be taking up this issue with our counterparts in the National Government just as we did with the remote worker visa which I first began highlighting more than a year ago and which President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed is being looked into,’ said Alderman Vos. </div><div><br></div><div>Later this month, Alderman Vos and a team from Cape Town Tourism, the City’s official Destination Marketing Organisation, will be going to key European source markets on a trade mission with City officials where he will highlight the investment offerings of Cape Town and aim to land more travel and trade opportunities for the metro.</div><div><br></div><div>‘As we push ahead with Cape Town’s economic growth, we must firm up our partnerships with business and industry leaders and showcase the full potential of our great city,’ said Alderman Vos.  </div><div><br></div><div><strong>Caption 1</strong>: Alderman James Vos, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Growth (second from left) with the SAGCCI team and officials from the City’s Economic Growth Directorate.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Caption 2</strong>: Alderman James Vos, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Growth (first from left) with the SAGCCI team and officials from the City’s Economic Growth Directorate.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>End</strong><br></div><p><br></p>2022-05-17T22:00:00Z1
JOINT STATEMENT ON DISPUTE SETTLEMENTJOINT STATEMENT ON DISPUTE SETTLEMENT<p>​WBHO, Stefanutti Stocks and Aveng Africa (“the Contractors”) have engaged positively with the City of Cape Town (“the City”) and have reached an agreement to settle a dispute which dates back to 2014 and relates to the construction of the Greenpoint Stadium, which began in 2007. <br><br>Since 2010, the South African construction sector has contracted in scale and capacity, with limited infrastructure spend by government over the last decade, compounded by the lacklustre economy and the Covid pandemic. These challenges have seen several industry failures while others, including Aveng, have divested of their South African construction businesses.<br>While both the City and the Contractors remain confident of their respective legal positions, it has been mutually agreed that it is in the best interests of all parties to amicably settle the matter rather than prolong an extended and costly arbitration and court process. This will allow for future positive engagements between the City and the Contractors.<br><br>The settlement includes a payment of R31,3 million by each Contractor, over the next three years, and a commitment to Corporate Social Investment projects in the City by WBHO and Stefanutti Stocks.<br> <br><strong>End</strong></p>2022-05-17T22:00:00Z1
Mayor welcomes R135m settlement in construction collusion matter​I welcome the dispute settlement of approximately R135 million between construction firms and the City of Cape Town<p>​I welcome the dispute settlement of approximately R135 million between construction firms and the City of Cape Town, the only metro to succeed in bringing a claim to the point of settlement arising from the FIFA World Cup construction collusion. <br><br>Attorneys acting for the City advised acceptance of the latest settlement proposal by construction firms ahead of the arbitration hearings, and following earlier rounds of talks.<br><br>Throughout the process, the City has emphasised that any settlement be a matter of public record, and not subject to confidentiality.<br><br>The settlement will see R93 million in cash payments to the City over a stipulated timeframe, and a minimum R42,5 million social investment of solar energy systems, guaranteed to the City for sites of its choosing.<br>This settlement serves to dissuade collusion of this type in the future, and concludes what would otherwise have been a protracted arbitration.<br><br>The construction industry has felt the impact of the last decade of weak economic growth, and the recovery of this sector is crucial to growth and jobs.<br><br>Cape Town is committed to enabling meaningful economic growth, backed by a programme of raised infrastructure investment and faster land release for development, especially for more affordable housing. <br><br>We look forward to constructive partnerships with all stakeholders towards these goals, based on principles of fairness and public value.<br>  <br><strong>End</strong></p>2022-05-17T22:00:00Z1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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