Archive for August, 2010

City extends period for public comment on proposed new zoning scheme

August 27, 2010

A final draft of the proposed new Cape Town Zoning Scheme (CTZS) was advertised for public comment and input by interested and affected parties during March and April this year. A substantial number of comments were received during this process. The comments were subsequently reviewed in detail by the City’s Zoning Scheme Task Team and a number of changes and improvements have since been made to the final draft. A response in respect of each previous comment received has been finalised and is posted on the City’s website at http://www.capetown.gov.za

In view of the changes to the final draft, the City’s Planning & Environment Portfolio Committee (PEPCO) agreed that the amended final draft be advertised in the media for further public comment and input during September 2010.

Councillor Taki Amira, Chairperson of the City’s Zoning Scheme Task Team, said that all comments received during previous rounds of public consultation will remain valid. Further comment should therefore be limited to the updates and changes now made to the final draft. This further commenting opportunity will run for an additional 30 day period. Comments are thus invited from 01 to 30 September 2010. As in the past, written comments will again be accepted by post, hand delivery, fax, e-mail or via the City’s website. The details will appear in press advertisements.

The updated final draft CTZS regulations document with appendix (with changes indicated) is available for downloading on the City’s website at http://www.capetown.gov.za. Hard copies of the document are available for viewing at all the City’s Subcouncil offices, District Planning offices and public libraries.

“In order to read the revised regulations in context of individual property rights, property owners will once again be able to see the existing and proposed converted zoning of individual properties by means of a zoning viewer accessed through the City’s website. As complete converted zoning maps of all areas form part of a later phase of the project, these will only be advertised for comments later and will not be included in the current advertisement”, Councillor Amira said.

Following the consideration by the Task Team of further comments received during the September public consultation period, the updated final draft Zoning Scheme will be submitted to PEPCO for endorsement, subsequent to which it will be lodged with the relevant Provincial Minister for approval.

City erects new shark signage at its beaches

August 6, 2010

The City of Cape Town, in conjunction with the Shark Spotters Programme, has designed three new signs to improve shark safety on Cape Town’s beaches. These signs seek to increase awareness about the presence of sharks (Great White sharks in particular), and to guide beach users on the workings of Shark Spotting Programme.

“Significant improvements have been made to the shark warning system used by the shark spotters, and the City urges the public to familiarise themselves with this system,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services, Councillor Brett Herron.

The new signage can be found on beaches monitored by shark spotters, where the flag warning system is utilised, namely: Noordhoek Corner (the ‘Hoek’), Glencairn, Fish Hoek, Clovelly, St. James, Kalk Bay and Muizenberg. The signage is designed to be highly visible and has been strategically placed to ensure that it is accessible to all beach users.

The following changes have been made to the shark warning system:
• All flags now have a shark printed on them. This is to ensure that beach users are able to differentiate between the shark spotting flags and other, unrelated flags
• Signs indicating a ‘high risk’ have been placed on Jaggers Walk at Fish Hoek Beach – a site where the most recent shark attacks have occured. However, beach users are reminded to always be vigilant and exercise caution when they swim at any beach.
• The modified shark spotting information sign explains the meaning of the colour-coded shark warning flags; shows information on shark spotter duty shifts; provides general visibility conditions; indicates the date of the last shark sighting and lists emergency services contact details.
• A new ‘Shark Smart’ sign conveys general information on sharks in Cape Town waters as well as advice on using the ocean. These will be erected in the near future.
• The Red Flag now indicates a general shark alert, and is raised when a shark has been observed in the area in the past two hours, when an increased presence of sharks has been observed, or when conditions conducive to increased shark activity exist e.g. high fish activity or whale strandings. This flag will be lowered only when the alert is no longer necessary and will be flown in conjunction with one of the other spotting flags

The City appeals to the public to please locate and familiarise themselves with the new signs on the beach and the Shark Spotting Programme. Beach-based shark spotters are also available to answer any questions related to shark safety, and informational brochures can be obtained from them or the Save Our Seas Shark Centre in Kalk Bay. For recent shark activity and more information please visit http://www.sharkspotters.org.za

The public should continue to apply caution at the beach. Swimmers must immediately leave the water when warnings are sounded and not return to it until the shark spotters have given the all-clear.

In addition, the public are encouraged to:
• Swim in groups
• Ensure that they are visible to others when swimming
• Ensure that they do not swim when there are marine mammals (whales, dolphins, seals) in the area
• Ensure that they do not swim if a marine mammal or carcass has washed up onto the beach
• Ensure they do not swim if there is a stranded marine mammal in the area

Disruption of Water Supply in Main Road, St James, Kalk Bay and Clovelly on Thursday, 05 August 2010

August 2, 2010

The Water and Sanitation Department will be joining the upgraded 315mm diameter water supply line in Main Road, St James to the existing water reticulation network on Thursday, 05 August 2010. This involves shutting the 315mm diameter main water supply line to the area.

This will result in the disruption of the water supply to the area between Rhodes Cottage near Carisbrook Road in St James right through to Clovelly (between Main Road and Boyes Drive) from 08:30 until 20:30.

The areas impacted by this shutdown are: St James, Kalk Bay and Clovelly.

Careful consideration was given to minimise the impact/discomfort factor as far as possible.

This is the final stage of the first phase of the 315 mm diameter pipeline upgrade to this area. The next phase entails the upgrade of this 315mm diameter pipeline to Clovelly and is done in conjunction with the other service improvement projects currently underway along Main Road. This project forms part of the City’s pipeline replacement programme to timeously replace ageing or deteriorating infrastructure in order to ensure that drinking water of a high quality is provided to citizens.

Residents are kindly requested to store sufficient water in clean, sealed containers for domestic consumption to minimise the inconvenience.

A WATER TANKER WILL BE PLACED ON STANDBY AT THE ST JAMES STATION SHOULD RESIDENTS REQUIRE ANY WATER FOR DOMESTIC CONSUMPTION.

Residents must also ensure that their taps are closed whilst the work is in progress to eliminate the possibility of water loss or damage being incurred when the water supply and pressure is restored and nobody is at home.

The City wishes to apologize for any inconvenience caused. It is imperative that we maintain our water supply infrastructure to ensure the continued supply of quality drinking water to our citizens.

ISSUED BY: Communication Department, City of Cape Town

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:Farouk Robertson

Communication Officer: Water and Sanitation Department

Tel: 021 487 2318