Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Dam levels supplying Cape metro increases to almost 20%, following adverse weather

Dam levels supplying the Cape metro has increased significantly to almost 20%, in just one week. This is due to the adverse weather conditions experienced in the past week.

PICTURE: City of Cape Town

Total city storage across its six major dams now stands at 93.2%, up 19% from 74.1% a week ago. The largest dam, Theewaterskloof, is at 97%

SCREENSHOT of dam levels in the Cape (Info: City of Cape Town)

With more rainfall expected this week, the City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre has asked residents to take necessary precautions to reduce the risk of flooding or fires.

‘’We plead with the community not to play in the water as there could be sharp objects in the water. We also do not know if the water is safe to play in. It also poses the risk of power lines that could possibly snapped. Also, on your premises if there are flood waters in your home, ensure electricity is switched off, and keep the necessary documents safe,’’ said Sonica Lategan, City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management spokesperson, who spoke on Bush Radio’s Sakhsizwe programme.


Done By: Elona Sibunzi

A coordinated response needed to attend tp disasters - Gift of the Givers

A coordinated response is needed to better the response to the needs of the vulnerable in an event of disasters. This is the view of NGO, Gift of the Givers.

‘’This country is prone to disasters – floods, drought, tornado, fires – and when it comes to disaster response there is not a single department taking full control. It is always shifted from one department to the next. There is no centralization to say it is declared a disaster, this one department will take control e.g. seeing that there is a 100 000 people affected, we will have a warehouse packed with necessities, we have accommodation plans in place for people that are affected now,’’ said Ali Sablay, Gift of the Givers project coordinator, who spoke on Bush Radio’s Everyday people programme on Monday.

‘’That is what emergency is about. Emergency means rapid reaction and this means assisting those as quickly as possible. How do you tell a child or grandmother, we cannot assist you because of lack of resources. No, we do not want that reaction. What we want is to say that disaster plans can be implemented if you have the right plans in place. The worst part is the poor and destitute that are suffering and we experience it first hand on the ground,’’ he added.

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Sablay expressed gratitude to the Disaster Risk management Centre, but raised concerns about the delay once the help has been requested.

‘’Once a report is given on how many people are affected, then there is a delay. All the red tape that takes place, as it goes through different departments for approval, and our work does not stop there. The sad part is the number of people affected by the current storm increases.’’

Sablay reflected on the recent storm that wreaked havoc in the Western cape.

‘’It caused total destruction, since the storm began last Sunday. You can see the extensive damage in informal settlements. Our first point of call was in ward 99 in Khayelitsha where close to 4 000 people were displaced and two weeks ago, excessive gale force winds blew away nearly 800 informal structures.’’

‘’On day one of the inclement weather, we were inundated with calls as residents in informal settlements pleaded for assistance, We sent our teams on the ground for the necessary assessment and last Sunday, when we done our humanitarian aid, we saw it was over 15 000 people affected on Day 1. Our teams assisted those in informal settlements on the Cape Flats, with hot meals, blankets, personal hygiene packs, baby packs, and we also replaced two wheelchairs. Our operations are ongoing and we will carry on for the next few days,’’ he told Everyday people’s Lerato Mashile.

He says the challenge the NGO is facing is the running out of supplies.

‘’Our supplies could not meet our demand. Literally, all the blankets in the Western Cape were handed out. We had to pull in additional resources from other warehouses in other provinces. We also had issues with accessibility to roads – in some of the areas, where it was either washed away or it was too dangerous. Although we wanted to deliver the goods, it was a challenge; Another challenge is not being at all the places at the same time. If it is 15 informal settlements calling you on the same day, and you have so many team members that toy have to split up. Our teams sometimes working from 7a.m to 1a.m the next day trying to assist the communities.’’

Sablay called on community members to assist by donating items such as blankets, personal hygiene packs, baby packs, non-perishable food items, amongst others.


Done By: Mitchum George

Police Ministry Outlines Plan to Improve Public Safety

In a recent speech, Police Minister Senzo Mchunu laid out the main goals for the police force under the new administration. The ministry's top priorities are enhancing public safety and rebuilding trust in law enforcement. Combating Violent Crimes Reducing serious crimes like murder, robbery, and attacks on women is a major focus.

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"These terrible acts have caused so much suffering, and we're going to do everything we can to stop them. Improving Police services, this includes addressing corruption, getting police more involved with communities, and upgrading stations and equipment.‘’

"Regaining the public's trust is crucial, and that means fixing issues like corruption and connecting better with neighbourhoods. Targeting Organised Crime Specialised units will tackle complex criminal networks in areas like drug smuggling and fraud,’’ he added.

In the Minister's words, "These sophisticated groups are a big threat, and we're going to dismantle them." Building Community Partnerships Collaborating with other agencies, businesses, and community groups will be key, as the Minister said, "By working together, we can pool resources and expertise to make our streets safer."

The Police Ministry's agenda reflects a renewed commitment to addressing the country's security challenges and creating a safer South Africa.


Done by Stephanie Van Rayen

Motor accidents spike due to bad weather

 The inclement weather in the past week saw a law enforcement officers arresting fewer suspects, from 333 to 201. Meanwhile, motor vehicle accidents skyrocketed.

“The inclement weather may have kept some criminals at bay, but it's been a busy week for our traffic services and emergency services who attended to at least 293 crashes ranging from fender benders to more serious incidents,” said JP Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security.

Picture by: City of Cape Town

“It's likely the tally is far higher as not all incidents are necessarily reported through the same channels. The worse the weather, the better our driving habits should be,” he added.

Smith urged motorists to take extra caution, with more rain predicted this week, he urges motorists to increase their following distance and switch on their headlights to adapt to the challenging conditions.

Smith reported that Cape Town traffic services recorded 16,604 transgressions, impounded 120 public transport vehicles and executed 1,256 warrants of arrest. They made 27 arrests, 24 were for driving under the influence of alcohol and three for reckless and negligent driving.

The metro police department made 32 arrests, including two for drunk driving.

Done by: Sihle Jezile

Kidnapped baby in Khayelitsha reunited with family

A four-month-old baby that was taken during a hijacking in Khayelitsha over the weekend has been reunited with her family. The infant had been travelling in his uncle’s bakkie at the time of the incident on Saturday afternoon.

“According to reports, the complainant was at his uncle place to deliver chicken with his white Isuzu LDV. While they were busy with the chickens in the back of the LDV, five unknown males came to them and pointed the complainant with a firearm. The suspects then took the cellular telephones of the complainant and his uncle and then got inside the LDV and drove away,’’ said Captain F.C van Wyk.

‘’Inside the LDV was the four-month old baby of the complainant. The complainant then tried to get a brick to break the window of the LDV in order for the suspects to stop but they kept on going. The complainant then immediately reported the incident at the police,’’ he added.

Van Wyk said the child was found abandoned in Makhaza near the Golden Arrow stands and was returned to his mother. The baby was taken to a medical facility for treatment. Police said the vehicle was recovered and that no arrests has been made as yet.

SAPS are probing cases of carjacking and kidnapping.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is requested to call Crime Stop on 10111.


Done By: Elona Sibunzi

More than 158 000 people affected by 'Cape of Storms'

More than 158 000 people in Cape Town have been affected by the adverse weather conditions, since the beginning of July.

In a statement on Monday, the City of Cape Town says 47 663 structures were either flooded or damaged.

Its Disaster Risk Management Centre said its teams conducted multiple briefings over the weekend to assess the impacts and monitor the efforts to address service challenges like residential flooding, flooding of roads and infrastructure, the removal of obstructions like trees from roadways, electricity outages, as well as responses to emergency incidents.

‘’Disaster Risk Management officials are continuing with assessments in communities as calls are being logged. There has been a substantial increase in calls for assistance from backyard dwellers and assessments are being made in these areas. The City's Informal Settlements Management Department issued 1090 flood kits in various informal settlements over the weekend, in addition to the kits handed out during the week,’’ said Sonica Lategan, City of Cape Town Disaster Risk Management spokesperson.

‘’Roads and Stormwater has provided milling, sand, and sandbags. Our NGO partners Al Imdaad, Islamic Relief, Gift of the Givers, Salvation Army, MEALS ON WHEELS, Mustadafin Foundation, Ashraful and SASSA have assisted affected residents with humanitarian relief.’’

‘’The collapse at Southfield Canal in Plumstead has affected two property walls, prompting the placement of sandbags and ongoing cleaning of the canal. With rivers and other water bodies already at full capacity, catchment management officials are closely monitoring these waterways. Weather-related power outages are currently affecting twenty-four areas across the city and officials are working nonstop to restore power,’’ added Lategan.

According to the centre, at least 18 huge trees were uprooted over the weekend in the areas of Bellville, Durbanville, Constantia, Tokai, Kuilsriver, Eersteriver, Noordhoek, Silvermine, Sun Valley, Lentegeur, Sunnydale, Parkwood and Redhill.

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Lategan says many roadways have been affected, wither by flooding or rockfalls and mudslides, and that work is ongoing to address these impacts.


Done By: Elona Sibunzi

Western Cape declared a disaster area following adverse weather conditions

The Western Cape has been declared a disaster area following adverse weather conditions in large parts of the province, last week.

The declaration was made on Friday following a meeting between Premier Alan Winde and the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Velenkosini Hlabisa in Cape Town.

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A follow-up meeting was held on Monday.

‘’I want to thank the minister for meeting with us [provincial government]. It is amazing how we applied or disaster on Friday and the very same day we got declaration back and I was able to sign off the government gazette today [Monday]. Unbelievable in the speed it was dealt with, and it was a sight visit and the complexity that the number of disasters our province faces and how we mitigate better in the future. Whether floods or fires, and various other climate change related, we have to learn from it.

Done By: Esobusi Mkangelwa

Monday, July 15, 2024

Kraaifontein scholar who allegedly assaulted his grandma granted bail

The 19-year-old from Kraaifontein who allegedly assaulted his elderly grandmother has been granted bail.

Luvo Nqaza appeared in the Kuilsriver Magistrates’ Court on Monday

More than a week ago, a video went viral showing the boy allegedly attacking his grandmother

He has been charged with assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and contravention of the Older Persons Act.

The court granted him free bail under the conditions that he attends school from Monday to Friday and remains under house arrest on weekends.

He will be in the care of his older sister at a different address.

The case has been postponed to 27 September for further investigation.


Done By: Elona Sibunzi

Joshlin Smith's case moves to WC High Court

The matter against Joshlin’s mother, Kelly Smith, her boyfriend, Jacquen ‘Boeta’ Appolis, Stevano van Rhyn, and Lourentia Lombaard accused of being behind the disappearance of Joshlin Smith appeared in the Vredenburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

The 6-year-old has been missing for almost five months.


The group face charges of kidnapping and trafficking in persons for the purpose of exploitation. The State alleges Joshlin was sold for R20 000.

“The state is requesting a further postponement for the purpose of investigation. The investigation remains ongoing as forensic evidence is obtained and the same is being referred for analysis. We are awaiting the outcome of forensic reports and further administrative matters,” the State submitted. It was revealed that trial is going to take place in the Western Cape High Court.

The case against the group has been postponed to 16 September. The accused will remain in custody.

Done by: Sihle Jezile

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Law enforcement operation led to several arrests in Kleinvlei

Provincial Counterfeit and Illicit Goods Team, POCC Operations team, Kleinvlei SAPS, Operation Lockdown and Law Enforcement were deployed in Kleinvlei due to the escalation in murders and attempted murders as well as a rise in vehicle hijacking in Forest Village.

“Members searched numerous residential addresses and in the process arrested several suspects for the possession of imitation firearm and driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of drugs and dealing in drugs. The seized items being 60 x sachets TIK, 900gr of uncut TIK, one sachet of Cocaine, four mandrax tablets, eight packages of compressed cannabis, 30 see through bags containing compressed cannabis weighing a combined weight of 900kg, one 9mm firearm with  nine 9mm blank rounds and an amount of R4260-00 in cash, was handed in at Kleinvlei SAPS. Total street value of the seized TIK and cocaine is estimated at R5000”, said Captain FC Van Wyk in a statement released.

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Van Wyk further added that in the early morning of Sunday, members intensified patrols in Forest Village and after spotting a white VW Polo, members stopped and searched the vehicle and found a .38 Special revolver. The occupants of the vehicle were four males and one female. The suspects were detained.

Done by: Sihle Jezile

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Give of the givers collaborate with Engen garage to aid Cape Town Storm Victims

Engen is collaborating with Gift of the Givers to provide essential relief to Western Cape residents affected by severe storms and flooding. Engen is distributing food and hygiene supplies to support displaced individuals.

Engen's corporate social responsibility efforts aim to offer quick assistance and comfort to those impacted by the damage caused by the series of cold fronts battering the region.

The Human Settlements Minister and Deputy Minister visited the affected areas and oversaw the temporary relocation of at least 500 households whose homes were flooded, as the extreme weather conditions continue

Done by: Stephanie Van Rayen

Dam levels supplying Cape metro increases to almost 20%, following adverse weather

Dam levels supplying the Cape metro has increased significantly to almost 20%, in just one week.  This is due to the adverse weather conditi...