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City Review - 27 June 2007

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City Review - 27 June 2007

by City of Cape Town
04 Jul 2007
City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town

News review from the City of Cape Town Council Meeting on 27 June 2007.


HEADLINES

  • City to sell vacant land in Langa
  • Traffic violation camera policy approved
  • Steenberg informal trading regulated
  • City grants funds to train specialist welders
  • Ottery social development project gets green light
  • Haasendal land sale approved
  • City housing budget increased by R75,4 million
  • Metro Police plan approved
  • City Manager to sign nuclear emergency agreements with neighbours
  • City updates Disaster Risk Management Plan
  • Athlone Power Station gets the chop
  • Green Point Common plan approved
  • Green light for City's transport plans
  • Audit Committee heads re-appointed
  • City gives notice to tourism body
  • Housing Directorate gets its name back
  • City scraps old debt of R1,5 billion
  • Ward allocations approved

CITY TO SELL VACANT LAND IN LANGA

The City of Cape Town is to sell by open tender an empty piece of land in Washington Street, Langa. The 317m2 plot near the public transport exchange is zoned for business. The sale is expected to stimulate economic growth and job creation in the area during construction and once the proposed business development is operational. (C06/06/07)
Media enquiries: Cllr Marian Nieuwoudt, Tel: (021) 400 1307 or Cell: (084) 224 0023
Andre Human, Economic and Social Development, Tel: (021) 400 366 or Cell: (084) 208 3524

TRAFFIC VIOLATION CAMERA POLICY APPROVED

Council has approved a Traffic Violation Camera Policy aimed at improving road safety in the Cape metropole. The policy is based on internationally accepted norms, sound engineering principles and the analysis of traffic trends. Cameras will be allocated more equitably throughout the Metro. (C07/06/07)
Media enquiries: Cllr Dumisani Ximbi, Tel: (021) 400 1290 or Cell: (084) 644 4754
Heathcliff Thomas, Deputy Metro Police Chief, Tel: (021) 918 2196 or Cell: (084) 641 1007

STEENBERG INFORMAL TRADING REGULATED

The City Council has approved a total of 81 informal trading bays for the Greater Steenberg - Zerilda Park Area. These bays will be leased out at R50 per month. The 11 bays at the Coniston Park Recreation Centre, which are used when government social grants are paid out, will be rented out at R25 per month. (C10/06/07)
Media enquiries: Cllr Simon Grindrod, Tel: (021) 400 1298 or Cell: (084) 200 6060

CITY GRANTS FUNDS TO TRAIN SPECIALIST WELDERS


Cape Ship Repair is to receive R200 000 from the City of Cape Town to train welders in the ship repair industry. The industry has been identified as a major role player in the local economy and is experiencing a serious shortage of qualified and experienced welders. Training will be done through a 'recognition of prior learning' (RPL) process. (C13/06/07)
Media enquiries: Cllr Simon Grindrod, Tel: (021) 400 1298 or Cell: (084) 200 6060

OTTERY SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT GETS GREEN LIGHT

Christel House SA has received the green light to rent some eight hectares of land in Ottery for the construction of a school for the underprivileged, and for social care facilities. The land in Swallowcliffe Drive was originally zoned for educational purposes. Christel House SA is a registered non-profit organisation and will pay R150 per month rent for 30 years. (C20/06/07)
Media enquiries: Cllr Marian Nieuwoudt, Tel: (021) 400 1307 or Cell: (084) 224 0023
Mansoor Mohammed, Economic & Social Development, Tel: (021) 400 2598 or Cell: (084) 241 4428

HAASENDAL LAND SALE APPROVED


Council has approved the R32,4 million sale of a 27ha portion of the Haasendal farm in Kuilsriver to Communicare. The sale was initially delayed due to objections to the sale. However a report to Council explained that the sale was part of a barter agreement whereby Communicare would sell its Bardale land to the City. (C26/06/07)
Media enquiries: Cllr Marian Nieuwoudt, Tel: (021) 400 1307 or Cell: (084) 224 0023
Ruby Gelderbloem, Property Management, Tel: (021) 400 2601 or Cell: (084) 900 1200

CITY HOUSING BUDGET INCREASED BY R75,4 MILLION

The City of Cape Town's total housing subsidy allocation for 2007/08 has been increased to R450,5 million. The initial allocation was R375 million. The additional amount was allocated after the City completed its multi-year housing programme. (C27/06/07)
Media enquiries: Cllr Dan Plato, Tel: (021) 400 1304 or Cell: (076) 832 5505
Wayne Muller, Finance, Tel: (021) 400 5122 or Cell: (084) 368 8755

METRO POLICE PLAN APPROVED

The Metro Police plan has been approved to include precinct policing. This will help to decentralise responsibility to grassroots level, by deploying station commanders to precincts. The plan aims to restore traffic law enforcement and restore confidence in the Metro Police force. (C43/06/07)
Media enquiries: Cllr Dumisani Ximbi, Tel: (021) 400 1290 or Cell: (084) 644 4754
Nowellen Petersen, Metro Police, Tel: (021) 400 1494 or Cell: (084) 771 7723

CITY MANAGER TO SIGN NUCLEAR EMERGENCY AGREEMENT

Council has authorised the City Manager to sign an agreement with neighbouring municipalities to regulate the evacuation of people in the event of a nuclear emergency at Koeberg. These include the Cape Winelands, Stellenbosch, Drakenstein, Witzenberg, Breede Valley, West Coast, Swartland, Saldanha Bay, Overberg and Theewaterskloof municipalities. (C44/05/07)
Media enquiries: Cllr Dumisani Ximbi, Tel: (021) 400 1290 or Cell: (084) 644 4754
Greg Pillay, Emergency Services, Tel: (021) 597 5009 or Cell: (084) 711 7723

CITY UPDATES DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT PLAN

The City of Cape Town has approved the updated Municipal Disaster Risk Management Plan. The plan is aimed at facilitating multi-agency and multi-jurisdictional co-ordination in pro-active and re-active programmes in the Cape metropole. (C45/06/07)
Media enquiries: Cllr Dumisani Ximbi, Tel: (021) 400 1290 or Cell: (084) 644 4754
Greg Pillay, Emergency Services, Tel: (021) 597 5009 or Cell: (084) 711 7723

ATHLONE POWER STATION GETS THE CHOP

Council has approved the decommissioning of the Athlone Power Station. The Electricity Services Department will now appoint a specialist consultant to prepare a tender and oversee the proper decommissioning of the facility. Once decommissioned, the turbine and boiler hall, the two reduced smoke stacks and the remainder of the site will be transferred to the City's asset register. Council has stipulated that if buildings are being demolished, the materials should be used for building houses on serviced sites. (C48/06/07)
Media enquiries: Cllr Ian Neilson, Tel: (021) 400 1306 or Cell: (083) 306 6730
Dr Les Rencontre, Tel: (021) 446 2007 or Cell: 084 563 3411

GREEN POINT COMMON PLAN APPROVED

The Green Point Urban Park Framework has been approved by full Council and will now be submitted to the MEC for Environment, Planning and Economic Development for final approval. (C49/06/07)
Media enquiries: Dave Hugo, Service Delivery Integration, Tel: (021) 400 3722 or Cell: (084) 628 0120
Pieter Cronje, Communication, Tel: (021) 400 4592 or Cell: (082) 465 4965

GREEN LIGHT FOR CITY TRANSPORT PLANS

The City of Cape Town's Integrated Transport Plan and its Public Transport Plan have been approved. These plans encapsulate the municipality's vision to transform and restructure the transport industry by 2010. One of the key strategies is travel demand management which promotes a range of sustainable and cost-effective travel modes for commuters. (C51/06/07)
Media enquiries: Cllr Elizabeth Thompson, Tel: (021) 400 1218 or Cell: (072) 336 0497
Eddie Chinnappen, Executive Director: Transport, Roads and Stormwater, Tel: (021) 400 1168 or cell: (084) 222 0111

AUDIT COMMITTEE HEADS RE-APPOINTED

The current Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the City's audit committee have been re-appointed for another three-year term. They are Mr Aklaaq Mahmood (Chair) and Ms Bertina Engelbrecht (Deputy Chair). (C56/06/07)
Media enquiries: Cllr Ian Neilson, Tel: (021) 400 1306 or Cell: (083) 306 6730
Sharonne Adams, Internal Audit, Tel: (021) 400 3165 or Cell (084) 287 1766

CITY GIVES NOTICE TO TOURISM BODY

The City Council is to give Cape Town Routes Unlimited (CTRU) a year's notice of its intention to terminate its funding of the destination marketing body. Cllr Simon Grindrod will head a task team to propose a way forward regarding destination marketing for Cape Town. (C58/06/07)
Media enquiries: Cllr Simon Grindrod, Tel: (021) 400 1298 or Cell: 084 200 6060
Theuns Vivian, Economic and Social Development, Tel: (021) 483 9270 or Cell: (084) 800 0748

HOUSING DIRECTORATE GETS ITS NAME BACK

The Directorate of Integrated Human Settlements will revert back to its former name, namely the Directorate of Housing. This is to improve better communication and identification with the department. (C61/06/07)
Media enquiries: Cllr Dan Plato, Tel: (021) 400 1304 or Cell: (076) 832 5505
Hans Smit, Housing, Tel: (021) 704 7232 or Cell: (084) 443 1000

CITY SCRAPS OLD DEBT OF R1,5 BILLION

Council has approved the writing off of R1,5 billion in bad debt accumulated before September 2003. The recoverability of these debts is deemed highly unlikely and not cost effective. A report to Council listed all the actions taken to recover the debt. It also confirmed the success of the 'pink letter campaign'. (C62/06/07)
Media enquiries: Cllr Ian Neilson, Tel: (021) 400 1306 or Cell: (083) 306 6730
Derek Harris, Finance, Tel: (021) 400 2270 or Cell: (084) 630 7386

ISSUED BY JAN KRUGER, COMMUNICATION DIRECTORATE, Tel: (021) 400 1292
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