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The City has launched its first service-related municipal app under the banner of the City of Cape Town. Users can find the latest load-shedding schedule for their area, report a fault, access e-Services and stay up to date with news and events. Read more below:

‘The City’s mobile app is available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Customers can view their area’s load-shedding status and timetables, use the app to log service requests, comment on public issues that affect them and log in to e-Services to access and pay their municipal bills.

‘Over the past year, the City piloted a load-shedding app to address residents’ growing demand for fast and accurate information during the load-shedding crisis. The load-shedding app was downloaded by 47,000 users on Android and 34,960 users on iOS.

‘The application not only improved services to our customers but also pushed the City’s digital transformation goals by providing lessons which are being used wider in the City for the creation of future digital applications, including the new mobile app,’ said Deputy Mayor Eddie Andrews.

The City’s new App is in line with the vision of enhancing transparency and efficiency of operations by bringing services to the digital age. The app is a fantastic resource for news about the city, events, alerts on service disruptions, and significant links to the official website.

The new App allows you to:

·Find a local councillor

·Have your say (residents to participate in local government decision-making)

·Report faults

·Read the latest news

·View the latest City events

·Info on planned service outages and road closures

‘I’m extremely excited about the progress we’ve made over the past year, the app will continuously be improved over time and we hope customers will reap the benefits of having a one stop shop for all City info. Residents can also check the status of their requests,’ added Deputy Mayor Andrews.’

Download the City of Cape Town app ad-free and at no cost from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store by searching for “City of Cape Town”. The City will be adding the App to the Huawei gallery in the coming months.

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Cape Town excited to be part of revamped World Rugby Sevens Series

World Rugby has announced a new revamped Sevens Series format which includes Cape Town. The 2023 edition will be the seventh time that the Mother City has hosted the HSBC Sevens Series. Read more below: 

Cape Town will be among eight host cities for an exciting revamp of the HSBC Sevens Series starting in December.

The rebranded HSBC SVNS festivals will feature 12 men’s and women’s teams chasing the ultimate prize, while also providing fans with a unique festival of sport, music, food and immersive experiences.

The Mother City is set to reignite its love affair with the series on 9 and 10 December 2023 when the Cape Town Sevens makes its return to DHL Stadium.

Cape Town Sevens has been voted the Best Live Experience in South Africa at the Sports Industry Awards on two occasions.

In the eight years it has been hosted in the Mother City, the tournament has attracted 650 000 spectators. The event has also contributed over R3 billion in economic activity to Cape Town.

Additionally, over 2 000 jobs were created for the last edition held in December 2022. 

‘Cape Town’s inclusion in the remodelled Sevens Series is a massive feather in our cap. Cape Town Sevens has been one of the flagship events hosted in our city for nearly a decade, has proven a popular event with record attendance every single year and provides the best live experience for spectators. The City of Cape Town has been supporting the event since it moved from Gqeberha to Cape Town and we are looking forward to continue our partnership with the organisers to ensure an exciting experience for spectators,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security Alderman JP Smith.

For more information on ticket sales, please visit SVNS.com

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Demystifying urban planning: Come see how the City does it

The public is invited to visit the Civic Centre where the City’s Urban Planning and Design Department will be showcasing its multiple projects and planning initiatives aimed at accommodating future population growth and sustainable development in Cape Town. This is also an opportunity for learners to explore careers in urban planning and design, such as architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, town planning and construction management; and for students and lecturers from tertiary institutions to meet our professionals. Those involved in property development and the built environment will find the exhibition equally informative. Read more below:

All of those who are interested in learning more about how the City manages population growth and development in Cape Town should make use of this opportunity to learn more about the policies and projects spearheaded by the City’s Urban Planning and Design Department.

‘Demystifying our work is an important part of making residents, planning professionals, and all of those who live and work in Cape Town understand how this is being done, and how to contribute to our collective effort in a meaningful way.

‘More people are moving to Cape Town in search of better lives and opportunities. The City, as a forward thinking and responsible administration, is managing this growth on multiple levels. In this sense, we are guided by spatial plans that stipulate our collective vision of how our finite land should be used, what should be developed – how, and where, to cater for our needs. These spatial development frameworks have been reviewed and revised over the past 24 months or so. Many residents and stakeholders participated in these processes. These revised frameworks assist us in creating a more equitable and liveable city, where more people will experience improvements to equalise access to opportunities, with due consideration given to the protection of our environment and natural assets, such as our coastline, sensitive and protected areas, and our cultural heritage.

‘I invite residents, learners, residents associations, our business sector and professionals involved in the urban realm, to visit the exhibition. Our officials will be present to answer any questions you may have about our policies and projects,’ said the City’s Deputy Mayor and Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Eddie Andrews.

Exhibition information:

  • Friday 28 July; Tuesday 1 August, Wednesday 2 August 2023
  • From 11:00 to 16:00
  • Civic Centre, 12 Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town
  • 2nd Floor Concourse level
  • Parking is available at the Woodstock Entrance Parking Area at the Civic Centre

The exhibition will cover:

  • Our spatial planning policy –Overviews of the newly approved Municipal Spatial Development Framework, the eight District Plans (integrated Spatial Development Frameworks and Environmental Management Frameworks), and Local Spatial Development Frameworks;
  • Some of the tools and mechanisms we are developing to assist and guide our decision making processes;
  • How we do spatial planning and how to get involved;
  • How to ensure Cape Town’s growth is managed in a way that protects our finite resources and improves our resilience against unforeseen shocks and climate change;
  • Designing for the future, come see how we design clever, liveable, sustainable spaces;
  • Our capital projects – where we are busy doing what;
  • Provide an overview of the department and the various teams that make all the work possible.

‘I hope to see residents and learners arriving in their numbers. Please set aside some time on one of these days to come view our work, and meet our professional experts,’ said Alderman Andrews.

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Bingo joins Ocean View kids clean-up for Mandela Day

Staff at the Ocean View library organised a clean-up with the children in the area as part of Mandela Day celebrations on 18 July. The event was supported by the City’s waste mascot, Bingo. Read more below:

A group of young children from Radiance Educare, an early childhood development centre in Ocean View, spent their Mandela Day inspiring others from their community to keep the area clean by participating in a clean-up event organised by staff at the Ocean View Library and the ECD principal, Isabel Petersen.

It is hoped that this effort from the youngest and most vulnerable in the community can help mobilise others against the problem of dumping. Too often people turn a blind eye against dumping by their peers, forgetting that dumping has victims, including children.

‘It is well known that Madiba had a very soft spot in his heart for children and saw them as the greatest asset to our country. If the adults in communities choose to litter and dump, it creates a negative environment, where it will be more difficult for children to reach the amazing potential that resides within them.

‘I am personally very inspired by the efforts of these children today to change their world for the better, and hope that all adults in the community can support these children in their efforts to change the world by helping to keep their community clean and healthy,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Waste Management, Alderman Grant Twigg.

 

Report illegal dumping:

 

  • The City has a 24-hour toll-free number (0800 110077) to report tip-offs about illegal dumping activity. Those convicted of illegal dumping could be fined up to R5 000, have their vehicle impounded, or face a two-year prison sentence.

 

In addition, for every report that leads to a fine and conviction, the City is offering a reward from R1 000 up to R5 000, depending on the offence.

 

  • Please call 0860 103 089 to notify the City about dumping that needs to be cleared.

 

City support for community clean-ups

The City can provide support to community-led clean-up events in the form of refuse bags and removal of bagged waste to landfill. If you are interested in this support, please consult the relevant guidelines and disclaimers, and then fill out the application form.

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Coastal Park Material Recovery Facility construction project on track

The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Waste Management, Alderman Grant Twigg, visited the construction site of the planned Coastal Park Material Recovery Facility (MRF). Once operational, this facility will allow for the dramatic increase in diversion of recyclable material from landfills in Cape Town. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Urban Waste Management Directorate is pleased that the construction of a large material recovery facility (MRF) at the Coastal Park landfill site is progressing well.

About this Material Recovery Facility:

  • It is designed to receive co-mingled clean and dry recyclables, and separate the materials so that they can be sold and used in manufacturing of new products. The MRF will create a minimum of 100 job opportunities.
  • It is expected that the facility will create capacity for sorting 65 tons of recycled material per day. This will allow the City to extend its separation at source recycling collection programme significantly. Currently expansion of recycling services in Cape Town is constrained by a lack of sorting capacity.
  • The MRF building will house mechanical separation equipment, including a bag splitter, a magnetic separator, screens, conveyors and baling facilities for various recyclable materials. The facility also has office facilities for the City and operator of the facility as well as a training centre for education on waste management.
  • This new development will also provide thousands of households in the vicinity of Coastal Park with a new formal nine-bay drop-off facility, that will accept builder’s rubble, mixed waste, garden waste as well as recyclables not taken by the MRF. The drop off will also allow for waste reclamation to recover more recyclables and reusable items that would otherwise have ended up in the landfill site.  
  • The project has already won an award for excellence in construction due to innovative techniques used in the preparatory earthworks. Since then civil services, structural work, roads and heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) installation has also been completed on site.
  • The facility is expected to start operating around mid-November 2024, but currently construction is progressing ahead of schedule.  

‘We are very pleased to see that the work on site is progressing so well that it is ahead of schedule. The project is the next key step in the City’s strategy to fundamentally change our relationship with waste and to minimise our city’s need for additional landfills in future.

‘Increasing plastic pollution is also a global issue. It is affecting even very remote environments. Currently private collection of recycling is prohibitively expensive for many, and use of drop-offs is sometimes inconvenient, so I am very excited for completion of this facility. This will allow thousands more families to start cleaning and separating recyclables from their general waste for collection by the City.

‘In the meantime, we would like to encourage residents to take their recyclables, rubble and garden waste to our drop-off sites that are situated in various areas so that together we can help reduce the waste that goes to landfill,’ said Alderman Twigg.

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City commemorates Mandela Day cleaning up Langa streets

The City of Cape Town, led by Acting Mayor, Alderman Eddie Andrews, commemorated Nelson Mandela Day by dedicating 67 minutes to cleaning streets in South Africa’s oldest township, Langa, and planting a pomegranate tree at the Ikhaya leLanga centre. Read more below:

‘We are celebrating Mandela Day out in Langa, where we have partnered with the Ikhaya leLanga organisation. Our focus today is on cleaning, planting, feeding and of course sustaining,’

said the City’s Acting Mayor and Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Eddie Andrews.

This year, City officials came to Ikhaya leLanga armed with gloves, black refuse bags and brooms which were donated to the Sustainable Smart Street programme Langa ambassadors who clean the streets of Langa on a daily basis to keep the township ‘Clean, Green and Safe’. Sustainable Smart Streets is a programme and is supported by the City’s Smart Living campaign.

Ikhaya leLanga, which is isiXhosa for ‘Home of the Sun’, is a non-profit organisation which operates from an old primary school located on the corner of Ndabeni and Rubusana streets in Langa. The organisation is an innovative model that serves as a business incubator, tourism hub, gallery, provides various educational workshops, training and much more.

The theme for this year’s Nelson Mandela Day is ‘Clean, Plant, Feed and Sustain’, the City planted a pomegranate tree (more to follow soon) donated by the City’s Newlands Nursery and cleaned various streets in Langa.

‘Earlier today we planted a tree and spent 67 minutes sweeping some streets in Langa. We are doing our bit on Mandela Day and we ask that you do likewise, wherever you might find yourself, not just on this day but always be mindful of paying it forward as well,’

added Andrews.

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Young library patrons crack the code

More than 100 young people, among them patrons from 26 City libraries, participated in the Coding4Mandela event at City Hall earlier today. The event, spearheaded by Tangible Africa, was the showpiece of the ‘unplugged’ coding initiative, that saw the top teams do battle on the day. Read more below:

Ocean View Library walked away the winners of the tournament, with Excelsior High School in second place and Valhalla Park Library’s Second Team in third.

The award-winning tangible coding movement is growing and is an engagement project of the Nelson Mandela University Computing Sciences Department and the Leva Foundation.

The City’s Library and Information Services partnered with the university and the foundation to host the tournament, which is the flagship event of Tangible Africa, responsible for creating coding applications, TANKS and RANGERS, which allow participants to play offline, using minimal resources. 

Coding tests a variety of abilities and hones analytical skills such as finding errors and thinking logically.

Participants had to work in teams, which also enhanced their interpersonal and collaboration skills.

‘This is a phenomenal undertaking, and I am so excited that our libraries had an opportunity to be a part of it. I hope to see many more of our libraries sign up into the future, so that we can help develop young minds, and shape futures. I want to thank all of the partners for including the City of Cape Town – unplugged coding is a tangible way of making a difference in the lives of our patrons, irrespective of age, and the fact that it is able to break through the barriers to access such as data or top of the range electronic devices is really something to applaud. I hope that this initiative will see more participants signing up, and coding becoming a regular feature at all of our libraries,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia van der Ross.

The libraries that participated are: Camps Bay, Mowbray, Observatory, Belhar, Bonteheuwel, Goodwood, Durbanville, Milnerton, Bellville, Parow, Leonsdale, Ocean View, Hanover Park, Manenberg, Central, Pinelands, Pelican Park, Kuyasa, Rocklands, Bishop Lavis, Mfuleni, Mitchells Plain, Grassy Park, Khayelitsha, Adriaanse and Valhalla Park Library.

Unplugged coding allows libraries to bring coding to communities who do not have access to expensive resources.  

By downloading a very small app (7MB), participants can play TANKS or RANGERS offline, using the app and the tokens from the game packs.

To find out more about coding in your region, contact info@levafoundation.org 

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For the love of fynbos on Mandela Day

Today 18 July 2023, residents from the surrounding area joined the City of Cape Town’s Biodiversity Management branch at the Bothasig Fynbos Nature Reserve to volunteer their time to planting 1 900 indigenous plants in celebration of Mandela Day. Read more below:

The participating residents and nature reserve team planted over 1 900 indigenous seedling plants at the Bothasig Fynbos Nature Reserve today.

‘We are encouraged by our helpful and friendly neighbours who volunteered their time and effort at the Bothasig Nature Reserve today as we celebrated Mandela Day, one plant at a time. Preserving our natural environment for future generations is an important act of love and care. Today these volunteers contributed to our efforts in restoring the natural heritage of the Bothasig Fynbos Nature Reserve. These residents contributed their time to make their natural environment more liveable for all residents in the area,’ said the City’s Deputy Mayor and Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Eddie Andrews.

The plant species that was planted today included Serruria aemula (critically endangered), Serruria trilopha (critically endangered), Serruria fasciflora (near threatened), Salvia aurea, Lampranthus bicolorLeucadendron salignum, Lampranthus reptans (near threatened), Plecostachys serpyllifolia, Passerina corymbosa, and Metalasia muricata.

Some of the restoration activities included:

  • the sowing of indigenous vegetation seeds
  • planting of different locally indigenous plant species grown from seed or cuttings at the restoration facility at Westlake

The plants originated from the Bothasig Fynbos Nature Reserve itself, the N1/N7 interchange and Fort Ikapa; these are donor sites from where vegetation material is sourced and selected to ensure the genetic integrity of the local plant populations at the reserve.

More about the Bothasig Fynbos Nature Reserve:

It is a 10 hectare gem located within the corners of Bosmansdam Road and Potsdam Road in Bothasig, and is managed by the City’s Biodiversity Management Branch. The management includes implementing restoration methods to improve the condition of the Critically Endangered Cape Flats Sand Fynbos vegetation found at the reserve.

The reserve is proclaimed as a Nature Reserve under the National Protected Areas Act.

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City joins in celebrating 20 years of Mandela Rhodes Foundation

The City of Cape Town was honoured to be invited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation and to congratulate the work the foundation has done in building a culture of hope, which aligns in many ways with the vision of Cape Town as a City of Hope. Read more below:

City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Alderman Theresa Uys represented the City at the gala dinner held at Century City Conference Centre on Saturday, 15 July 2023.

The foundation is one of Nelson Mandela’s three official legacy organisations and was founded in 2003 in partnership with the Rhodes Trust.

Its purpose is to build exceptional leadership capacity in Africa.

The foundation funds and empowers young Africans who aspire to use their talents to serve their societies and the African continent. This is done by providing a postgraduate scholarship for young leaders to study in South Africa and participate in a residential Leadership Development Programme. The foundation’s programme is built on Nelson Mandela’s belief that leadership begins with inner transformation, and the founding principles of reconciliation, education, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

According to the foundation’s founding principles, the partnership with the Rhodes Trust was seen as an: “act of reconciliation and, specifically, reparation: a way to return some of Cecil John Rhodes’s wealth to its origins in Africa. Mr Mandela’s intention was to ‘close the circle of history’ by utilising Rhodes’s resources for the advancement of Africa, helping to address the inequalities that result from the grave legacies of colonialism and apartheid.

The purpose of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation is to build exceptional leadership capacity in Africa. To this end, it funds and empowers young Africans who aspire to use their talents to serve their societies and our continent.

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation provides a highly competitive postgraduate scholarship for young African leaders to study in South Africa and participate in a residential Leadership Development Programme.

More than 622 Mandela Rhodes Scholarships have been awarded to talented young leaders from 33 African countries.

‘We support the work the foundation does and have much respect for the success it has achieved in providing opportunities for the youth in Africa over the years. The City of Cape Town has also committed itself to providing hope to various young and ambitious individuals in the city. Over this last financial year alone, we have provided training and development opportunities to 1 053 individuals. This includes 750 external trainee and bursary opportunities, and 303 apprentices. The City will continue in its efforts to advance the youth in Cape Town by prioritising those in need of aid to further their studies in order to provide them with hope and a future,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Alderman Theresa Uys.

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MyCiTi bus accident under investigation

The City of Cape Town’s Urban Mobility Directorate is awaiting an accident report regarding the collision of a MyCiTi feeder bus last night,17 July 2023 along Buitenkant Street in Cape Town. Details about the accident will be shared once this is received. Read more below:

The accident occurred at 18:45 last night, and while the cause of the accident is yet to be determined, the result was a collision of MyCiTi bus D148, on route 103, into private property along the road.

‘As far as we know, seven people sustained minor injuries and were discharged from hospital last night. It is unclear what has caused the accident, and we await the findings of the investigation,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Mobility, Councillor Rob Quintas.

The vehicle operating company contracted to the City, who employs the bus driver, is required to submit an accident report to the City and to report the incident to the South African Police Service for investigation.

The City is committed to providing a world-class public transport system to our residents, and threats to safety are regarded in a most serious light. We ask that the public please be patient while we await further information.


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