Afrikaans nuus @16:30, 16 Januarie 2019

Written by on 16/01/2019

Nuus by Michelle Augus

There has been mixed reaction from taxi operators about the refurbishment of the Cape Town station deck taxi rank. Construction vehicles have moved onto the premises to kickstart the city ‘s two million rand project. Taxi operators have been relocated to the nearby Grand Parade. The station deck is a key transit interchange for thousands of commuters daily and also houses businesses and informal traders. Although some say they understand that the upgrade is necessary, others complain that the space at the parade is not big enough for all their vehicles.

Police in the Western Cape say members of the public who live in gang infested area are more forthcoming with information. This helps them in their fight to combat gang related crime. In the latest incident in Bonteheuwel, members of their Tactical Response Team attached to Operation Thunder, followed up on information about a suspect with alleged links to a local gang in the area. His premises were searched and an illegal 9mm pistol and eight rounds of ammunition were found in his baby’s bag. The 33-year old man is due to make an appearance in Bishop Lavis Magistrates’ Court once charged.

The City of Cape Town has urged Caeptonians to comment on a proposal to include the Bo-Kaap into a Heritage Protection Overlay Zone, HPOZ. Apart from being the earliest established Muslim community in South Africa, the Bo-Kaap is the city’s oldest surviving residential neighbourhood. Cape Town Mayor, Dan Plato says the HPOZ is aimed at conserving the neighbourhood’s unique historical character and way of life. He says the Bo-Kaap is under pressure due to it’s close proximity to the CBD, which is driving a high demand for properties in the area. The public participation process is set to commence this Friday and the cut off date for comments is the 22nd of February.

The Western Cape Ministry of Local Government has once again appealed to municipalities to rather contact them directly when water assistance is needed. This follows a donation of 50 thousand litres of water by the humanitarian organisation, Gift of the Givers, to the Kannaland Municipality in the Little Karoo. The organisation received a call from Zoar residents last week asking for drinking water, followed by a formal request by the municipality. Ministerial spokesperson, James Brent-Styan, says there are protocols to follow and they have teams that can deal with such issues in a quick and coordinated manner.

The Independent Electoral Commission says voting is proceeding well in three areas of the Western Cape holding by-elections today. Several political parties are contesting two wards in the City of Cape Town and one in the Bergriver municipality on the West Coast. IEC provincial head Courtney Sampson says voting stations opened at 7 this morning and they will remain open until 9 tonight, after which vote counting will start.

The Overstrand wildfire may be contained, but residents are still dealing with the fallout.Water and electricity supply have been affected by damage to water meters and power lines.Water tankers have been placed at two locations in Betty’s Bay, while a contractor has been replacing damaged metres.Councillor Charmaine Resandt says water and power have been restored for most residents.

A pair of lions is roaming free in the Karoo today more than 180 years after the last Karoo lions were wiped out by hunters.Last night, a male and a female crossed the threshold of their boma into their new home at Samara Private Game Reserve.The lions came from the Kwandwe Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape and were released as part of a re-introduction project.


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