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  •   I would like to encourage the police to take all necessary measures to ensure that those responsible for the attack on the security guards are arrested and convicted CAPE TOWN South Africa January 14 2022 APO Group The Minister for Forestry Fisheries and the Environment Ms Barbara Creecy has condemned the killing of five Johannesburg city security guards in a shooting at the Goudkoppies landfill site in Devland Johannesburg on Tuesday The murder of the guards and the wounding of two of their companions is strongly condemned said the Minister Expressing her condolences to the families of the guards killed in the shooting and to the South African Municipal Workers Union the minister also wished the two injured guards a speedy recovery Although the details of the shooting are still unclear I would like to encourage the police to take all necessary steps to ensure that those responsible for the attack on the security guards are arrested and convicted Minister Creecy said Landfills play a central role in the country s efforts to improve environmental and community health and an attack of this nature that resulted in the closure of the Devland landfill must be viewed seriously the Minister added The landfill has been temporarily closed However the Department of Forestry Fisheries and Environment and the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development are supporting the municipality and Pikitup to ensure that waste management services are not negatively affected by this incident This is in addition to the support that is being enabled through the development of specific environmental interventions to ensure that the city s existing landfills are upgraded and refurbished and that new sites are licensed The recyclers who divert most of the packaging waste from the landfill have also received personal protective equipment
    Minister Barbara Creecy condemn killing of security guards killed at the Goudkoppies landfill site
      I would like to encourage the police to take all necessary measures to ensure that those responsible for the attack on the security guards are arrested and convicted CAPE TOWN South Africa January 14 2022 APO Group The Minister for Forestry Fisheries and the Environment Ms Barbara Creecy has condemned the killing of five Johannesburg city security guards in a shooting at the Goudkoppies landfill site in Devland Johannesburg on Tuesday The murder of the guards and the wounding of two of their companions is strongly condemned said the Minister Expressing her condolences to the families of the guards killed in the shooting and to the South African Municipal Workers Union the minister also wished the two injured guards a speedy recovery Although the details of the shooting are still unclear I would like to encourage the police to take all necessary steps to ensure that those responsible for the attack on the security guards are arrested and convicted Minister Creecy said Landfills play a central role in the country s efforts to improve environmental and community health and an attack of this nature that resulted in the closure of the Devland landfill must be viewed seriously the Minister added The landfill has been temporarily closed However the Department of Forestry Fisheries and Environment and the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development are supporting the municipality and Pikitup to ensure that waste management services are not negatively affected by this incident This is in addition to the support that is being enabled through the development of specific environmental interventions to ensure that the city s existing landfills are upgraded and refurbished and that new sites are licensed The recyclers who divert most of the packaging waste from the landfill have also received personal protective equipment
    Minister Barbara Creecy condemn killing of security guards killed at the Goudkoppies landfill site
    Africa11 months ago

    Minister Barbara Creecy condemn killing of security guards killed at the Goudkoppies landfill site

    I would like to encourage the police to take all necessary measures to ensure that those responsible for the attack on the security guards are arrested and convicted.

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa, January 14, 2022/APO Group/ --

    The Minister for Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Ms Barbara Creecy, has condemned the killing of five Johannesburg city security guards in a shooting at the Goudkoppies landfill site in Devland, Johannesburg on Tuesday.

    “The murder of the guards and the wounding of two of their companions is strongly condemned,” said the Minister.

    Expressing her condolences to the families of the guards killed in the shooting and to the South African Municipal Workers Union, the minister also wished the two injured guards a speedy recovery.

    "Although the details of the shooting are still unclear, I would like to encourage the police to take all necessary steps to ensure that those responsible for the attack on the security guards are arrested and convicted," Minister Creecy said.

    "Landfills play a central role in the country's efforts to improve environmental and community health and an attack of this nature that resulted in the closure of the Devland landfill must be viewed seriously," the Minister added.

    The landfill has been temporarily closed.

    However, the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment and the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development are supporting the municipality (and Pikitup) to ensure that waste management services are not negatively affected by this incident.

    This is in addition to the support that is being enabled through the development of specific environmental interventions to ensure that the city's existing landfills are upgraded and refurbished, and that new sites are licensed. The recyclers who divert most of the packaging waste from the landfill have also received personal protective equipment.

  •   At this stage only about 12 of our elementary schools can meet these instructions CAPE TOWN South Africa Jan 13 2022 APO Group On Tuesday the Minister of Basic Education confirmed in a statement issued that there are currently no plans to change the current Guidelines issued by the Department of Basic Education in terms of the Disaster Management Regulations except in relation to the number of spectators in campuses school sports There have also been no other changes to the Disaster Management Regulations that affect schools This means that even though the Minister of Education has stated in Instructions issued in July last year that all primary schools must return to full attendance and follow a risk adjusted approach depending on the direction it is taking the pandemic this has not happened Part of the reason is that the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Dlamini Zuma promulgated a regulation on July 30 2021 that establishes that the measure of social distancing in elementary schools is reduced to one meter By specifying a meter schools cannot legally ignore it At this stage only about 12 of our elementary schools can meet these instructions That means that approximately 88 of our elementary schools attend school on a rotating basis despite efforts to return to full attendance There is strong and growing evidence to suggest that the learning losses experienced by our young people are devastating and will have long term negative consequences According to the National Income Dynamics Study NIDS Rapid Mobile Coronavirus Survey CRAM released in May 2021 in 2020 South African primary school children in free schools have learned 50 75 less than they normally learn In 2021 there have continued to be significant losses of school time as a result of the rotation of schedules Various education experts such as Nic Spaull of the University of Stellenbosch have repeatedly called for an end to the rotating model as its continued implementation could result in a lost generation of students Spaull has indicated that according to projections the average third grader in June 2021 knows about the same as the average second grader in 2019 Other areas of concern are the fact that many students are not able to access the feeding program as often as they should and that intermittent school attendance is contributing to a higher dropout rate Additionally there has also been a great psychosocial impact on our students teachers and even parents Implementing a rotating model in schools is not easy It requires dedicated planning and continuous pressure to keep up with the curriculum while teaching different groups of students on different days It also creates a lot of stress on parents who need to make sure their children are supervised and that they are maintaining their home education programs WCED has been inundated with complaints from parents wanting the rotation to end The Minister said that they are exploring possibilities to return schooling to normal but we must do so responsibly We agree and believe that the responsible time to do so is now The Western Cape government s response to the COVID 19 pandemic has been based on evidence and data from the beginning As early as July last year there was a strongly worded Medical Advisory Committee MAC recommendation stating the devastating impact of rotating schooling and urging that at least elementary schools should return to full time work regardless of the distancing requirement Since then there seems to be broad agreement in the health fraternity that the most important preventive measures are vaccination masks and avoiding unventilated spaces In addition according to the most recent data provided by the Western Cape Department of Health the Western Cape has passed the peak of the fourth wave which was significantly less severe than the second and third waves So has the rest of the country Our data analysis has also shown that vaccines remain highly effective in preventing serious illness and together with the use of masks and ensuring good ventilation will be sufficient steps to normalize our response to the virus All teachers have had access to the vaccine and the number of hospitalizations has been much lower than in previous waves and the number of deaths even lower The vaccine has also been made available to all children over the age of 12 since MAC s July advisory to relax the one meter rule In an analysis of all these factors it is clear that the risks to the future of our youth are much greater than the risks posed by COVID 19 The pandemic has changed in the last two years and now we must return to a state of normalcy Depriving our children the opportunity to attend full time school in the current circumstances is no longer justified and to avoid a generational catastrophe we call on the DBE and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs to undertake the Necessary changes to the Regulations and Instructions to ensure that we can begin to offset the devastating losses that have already been incurred and that will take years to remedy We will follow all necessary processes to carry this forward in the interest of everyone in the Western Cape
    Western Cape Education calls for scrapping of the one metre rule at schools
      At this stage only about 12 of our elementary schools can meet these instructions CAPE TOWN South Africa Jan 13 2022 APO Group On Tuesday the Minister of Basic Education confirmed in a statement issued that there are currently no plans to change the current Guidelines issued by the Department of Basic Education in terms of the Disaster Management Regulations except in relation to the number of spectators in campuses school sports There have also been no other changes to the Disaster Management Regulations that affect schools This means that even though the Minister of Education has stated in Instructions issued in July last year that all primary schools must return to full attendance and follow a risk adjusted approach depending on the direction it is taking the pandemic this has not happened Part of the reason is that the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Dlamini Zuma promulgated a regulation on July 30 2021 that establishes that the measure of social distancing in elementary schools is reduced to one meter By specifying a meter schools cannot legally ignore it At this stage only about 12 of our elementary schools can meet these instructions That means that approximately 88 of our elementary schools attend school on a rotating basis despite efforts to return to full attendance There is strong and growing evidence to suggest that the learning losses experienced by our young people are devastating and will have long term negative consequences According to the National Income Dynamics Study NIDS Rapid Mobile Coronavirus Survey CRAM released in May 2021 in 2020 South African primary school children in free schools have learned 50 75 less than they normally learn In 2021 there have continued to be significant losses of school time as a result of the rotation of schedules Various education experts such as Nic Spaull of the University of Stellenbosch have repeatedly called for an end to the rotating model as its continued implementation could result in a lost generation of students Spaull has indicated that according to projections the average third grader in June 2021 knows about the same as the average second grader in 2019 Other areas of concern are the fact that many students are not able to access the feeding program as often as they should and that intermittent school attendance is contributing to a higher dropout rate Additionally there has also been a great psychosocial impact on our students teachers and even parents Implementing a rotating model in schools is not easy It requires dedicated planning and continuous pressure to keep up with the curriculum while teaching different groups of students on different days It also creates a lot of stress on parents who need to make sure their children are supervised and that they are maintaining their home education programs WCED has been inundated with complaints from parents wanting the rotation to end The Minister said that they are exploring possibilities to return schooling to normal but we must do so responsibly We agree and believe that the responsible time to do so is now The Western Cape government s response to the COVID 19 pandemic has been based on evidence and data from the beginning As early as July last year there was a strongly worded Medical Advisory Committee MAC recommendation stating the devastating impact of rotating schooling and urging that at least elementary schools should return to full time work regardless of the distancing requirement Since then there seems to be broad agreement in the health fraternity that the most important preventive measures are vaccination masks and avoiding unventilated spaces In addition according to the most recent data provided by the Western Cape Department of Health the Western Cape has passed the peak of the fourth wave which was significantly less severe than the second and third waves So has the rest of the country Our data analysis has also shown that vaccines remain highly effective in preventing serious illness and together with the use of masks and ensuring good ventilation will be sufficient steps to normalize our response to the virus All teachers have had access to the vaccine and the number of hospitalizations has been much lower than in previous waves and the number of deaths even lower The vaccine has also been made available to all children over the age of 12 since MAC s July advisory to relax the one meter rule In an analysis of all these factors it is clear that the risks to the future of our youth are much greater than the risks posed by COVID 19 The pandemic has changed in the last two years and now we must return to a state of normalcy Depriving our children the opportunity to attend full time school in the current circumstances is no longer justified and to avoid a generational catastrophe we call on the DBE and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs to undertake the Necessary changes to the Regulations and Instructions to ensure that we can begin to offset the devastating losses that have already been incurred and that will take years to remedy We will follow all necessary processes to carry this forward in the interest of everyone in the Western Cape
    Western Cape Education calls for scrapping of the one metre rule at schools
    Africa11 months ago

    Western Cape Education calls for scrapping of the one metre rule at schools

    At this stage, only about 12% of our elementary schools can meet these instructions.

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Jan 13, 2022 / APO Group / -

    On Tuesday, the Minister of Basic Education confirmed in a statement issued that there are currently no plans to change the current Guidelines issued by the Department of Basic Education in terms of the Disaster Management Regulations, except in relation to the number of spectators in campuses. school sports. There have also been no other changes to the Disaster Management Regulations that affect schools.

    This means that even though the Minister of Education has stated, in Instructions issued in July last year, that all primary schools must return to full attendance and follow a risk-adjusted approach depending on the direction it is taking. the pandemic, this has not happened. Part of the reason is that the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Minister Dlamini Zuma, promulgated a regulation on July 30, 2021 that establishes that the measure of social distancing in elementary schools is “reduced to one meter”. By specifying a meter, schools cannot legally ignore it.

    At this stage, only about 12% of our elementary schools can meet these instructions. That means that approximately 88% of our elementary schools attend school on a rotating basis, despite efforts to return to full attendance.

    There is strong and growing evidence to suggest that the learning losses experienced by our young people are devastating and will have long-term negative consequences.

    According to the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) - Rapid Mobile Coronavirus Survey (CRAM) released in May 2021, in 2020, South African primary school children in free schools have learned 50-75% less than they normally learn. In 2021 there have continued to be significant losses of school time, as a result of the rotation of schedules.

    Various education experts, such as Nic Spaull of the University of Stellenbosch, have repeatedly called for an end to the rotating model, as its continued implementation could result in a "lost generation" of students. Spaull has indicated that, according to projections, the average third grader in June 2021 knows about the same as the average second grader in 2019!

    Other areas of concern are the fact that many students are not able to access the feeding program as often as they should, and that intermittent school attendance is contributing to a higher dropout rate.

    Additionally, there has also been a great psychosocial impact on our students, teachers, and even parents. Implementing a rotating model in schools is not easy. It requires dedicated planning and continuous pressure to keep up with the curriculum while teaching different groups of students on different days.

    It also creates a lot of stress on parents, who need to make sure their children are supervised and that they are maintaining their @home education programs. WCED has been inundated with complaints from parents wanting the rotation to end.

    The Minister said that they are exploring possibilities to return schooling to normal, "but we must do so responsibly."

    We agree and believe that the responsible time to do so is now.

    The Western Cape government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been based on evidence and data from the beginning.

    As early as July last year, there was a strongly worded Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) recommendation stating the devastating impact of rotating schooling and urging that at least elementary schools should return to full-time work, regardless of the distancing requirement. .

    Since then, there seems to be broad agreement in the health fraternity that the most important preventive measures are vaccination, masks, and avoiding unventilated spaces. In addition, according to the most recent data provided by the Western Cape Department of Health, the Western Cape has passed the peak of the fourth wave, which was significantly less severe than the second and third waves. So has the rest of the country.

    Our data analysis has also shown that vaccines remain highly effective in preventing serious illness and, together with the use of masks and ensuring good ventilation, will be sufficient steps to normalize our response to the virus. All teachers have had access to the vaccine, and the number of hospitalizations has been much lower than in previous waves, and the number of deaths even lower. The vaccine has also been made available to all children over the age of 12, since MAC's July advisory to relax the one-meter rule.

    In an analysis of all these factors, it is clear that the risks to the future of our youth are much greater than the risks posed by COVID-19. The pandemic has changed in the last two years, and now we must return to a state of normalcy.

    Depriving our children the opportunity to attend full-time school in the current circumstances is no longer justified and, to avoid a generational catastrophe, we call on the DBE and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs to undertake the Necessary changes to the Regulations and Instructions to ensure that we can begin to offset the devastating losses that have already been incurred, and that will take years to remedy.

    We will follow all necessary processes to carry this forward in the interest of everyone in the Western Cape.

  •   The program shows that Cape Town is a leader in the development of a circular economy CAPE TOWN South Africa Jan 13 2022 APO Group The city of Cape Town has been awarded a Medal of Honor at the 5th Guangzhou International Awards for Urban Innovation for its association with the Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Program WISP delivered by GreenCape The awards recognize innovation that improves social economic and environmental solutions in cities and regions The city funded program was recognized for developing mutually profitable links between companies in all industrial sectors so that underused and waste resources from one company can be reclaimed reprocessed and reused by others It is a solution that allows participating companies to reduce costs improve processes create new streams of income and job opportunities all while positively impacting the environment through the reuse of waste I am exceptionally proud that the City s partnership and GreenCape funding for the implementation of WISP has resulted in a successful model of economic and environmental sustainability and that it is receiving the level of global recognition it deserves said the councilor James Vos Mayor s Committee Member for Economic Growth GreenCape CEO Mike Mulcahy said that through the program his organization has facilitated successful synergies in the food textile and manufacturing industries Our WISP team at GreenCape reaches out to businesses and industry organizes meetings and site visits and ultimately facilitates the business relationship The program shows that Cape Town is a leader in developing a circular economy said Mulcahy The city was shortlisted in the Top 15 earlier this year out of 273 initiatives from 175 cities and local governments in 60 countries and regions In the last eight years WISP has resulted in 119 000 tonnes of waste diverted from landfills 362 000 greenhouse gas emissions saved equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 46 600 households in SA More than R134 million generated in financial benefits additional income cost savings and private investments 69 permanent jobs have been created at member companies as well as 25 temporary jobs and 265 jobs across the economy in supply chains WISP is an example of the impact of simple but innovative solutions that create jobs and a cleaner environment said Councilor Vos For more information visit http www guangzhouaward org
    Cape Town: City receives medal of honour in global sustainability award
      The program shows that Cape Town is a leader in the development of a circular economy CAPE TOWN South Africa Jan 13 2022 APO Group The city of Cape Town has been awarded a Medal of Honor at the 5th Guangzhou International Awards for Urban Innovation for its association with the Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Program WISP delivered by GreenCape The awards recognize innovation that improves social economic and environmental solutions in cities and regions The city funded program was recognized for developing mutually profitable links between companies in all industrial sectors so that underused and waste resources from one company can be reclaimed reprocessed and reused by others It is a solution that allows participating companies to reduce costs improve processes create new streams of income and job opportunities all while positively impacting the environment through the reuse of waste I am exceptionally proud that the City s partnership and GreenCape funding for the implementation of WISP has resulted in a successful model of economic and environmental sustainability and that it is receiving the level of global recognition it deserves said the councilor James Vos Mayor s Committee Member for Economic Growth GreenCape CEO Mike Mulcahy said that through the program his organization has facilitated successful synergies in the food textile and manufacturing industries Our WISP team at GreenCape reaches out to businesses and industry organizes meetings and site visits and ultimately facilitates the business relationship The program shows that Cape Town is a leader in developing a circular economy said Mulcahy The city was shortlisted in the Top 15 earlier this year out of 273 initiatives from 175 cities and local governments in 60 countries and regions In the last eight years WISP has resulted in 119 000 tonnes of waste diverted from landfills 362 000 greenhouse gas emissions saved equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 46 600 households in SA More than R134 million generated in financial benefits additional income cost savings and private investments 69 permanent jobs have been created at member companies as well as 25 temporary jobs and 265 jobs across the economy in supply chains WISP is an example of the impact of simple but innovative solutions that create jobs and a cleaner environment said Councilor Vos For more information visit http www guangzhouaward org
    Cape Town: City receives medal of honour in global sustainability award
    Africa11 months ago

    Cape Town: City receives medal of honour in global sustainability award

    The program shows that Cape Town is a leader in the development of a circular economy

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Jan 13, 2022 / APO Group / -

    The city of Cape Town has been awarded a Medal of Honor at the 5th Guangzhou International Awards for Urban Innovation for its association with the Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Program (WISP), delivered by GreenCape. The awards recognize innovation that improves social, economic and environmental solutions in cities and regions. The city-funded program was recognized for developing mutually profitable links between companies in all industrial sectors, so that underused and waste resources from one company can be reclaimed, reprocessed, and reused by others.

    It is a solution that allows participating companies to reduce costs, improve processes, create new streams of income and job opportunities, all while positively impacting the environment through the reuse of waste.

    "I am exceptionally proud that the City's partnership and GreenCape funding for the implementation of WISP has resulted in a successful model of economic and environmental sustainability and that it is receiving the level of global recognition it deserves," said the councilor. James Vos, Mayor's Committee. Member for Economic Growth.

    GreenCape CEO Mike Mulcahy said that through the program, his organization has facilitated successful synergies in the food, textile and manufacturing industries.

    'Our WISP team at GreenCape reaches out to businesses and industry, organizes meetings and site visits, and ultimately facilitates the business relationship. The program shows that Cape Town is a leader in developing a circular economy, ”said Mulcahy.

    The city was shortlisted in the Top 15 earlier this year, out of 273 initiatives from 175 cities and local governments in 60 countries and regions.

    In the last eight years, WISP has resulted in:

    119,000 tonnes of waste diverted from landfills; 362,000 greenhouse gas emissions saved (equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 46,600 households in SA); More than R134 million generated in financial benefits (additional income, cost savings and private investments); 69 permanent jobs have been created at member companies, as well as 25 temporary jobs and 265 jobs across the economy in supply chains.

    "WISP is an example of the impact of simple but innovative solutions that create jobs and a cleaner environment," said Councilor Vos.

    For more information, visit: http://www.guangzhouaward.org/

  •   Three observation aircraft and two Huey helicopters and a Black Hawk have been deployed since Saturday to provide additional aerial firefighting capability CAPE TOWN South Africa January 11 2022 APO Group Forestry Fisheries and Environment Ms Minister Barbara Creecy praised some 300 firefighters who have been fighting the blaze in the Overberg region of the Western Cape since Saturday The fire which reportedly started at the Department s pine plantation in the Kleinmond area has destroyed more than 4 000 hectares of vegetation The Department of Forestry Fisheries and the Environment is observing with concern the fire that broke out in Kleinmond in the Western Cape As a matter of course the Area Fire Protection Association Overberg is expected to compile a fire report on the facts related to the source origins of the fire Minister Creecy said In the interest of public accountability the Director General of the Department has asked the Acting Executive Director of SANParks to conduct an assessment of the Kleinmond fire SANParks services have been hired as they have internal capacities to carry out an evaluation of this nature The scope of the assessment will include the origins and causes of the fire if there were fire breaks and other preventive measures and any other factor that could have exacerbated the fire said the Minister Once the evaluation has been received and processed by the Department the findings and recommendations will be made public The Fire Work Department is on the ground and air resources continue to assist with suppression efforts at the Klienmond fire in the Overberg District of the Western Cape Working on Fire has deployed 169 firefighters and management including helicopter pilots and support personnel five fire trucks two transport buses and three bakkies to assist fire authorities in Overberg Kleinmond with ongoing fire suppression efforts from Saturday January 8th 2022 A total of 116 additional firefighters from local municipalities have been deployed Since Saturday three observation aircraft and two Huey and one Black Hawk helicopters have been deployed to provide additional aerial fire suppression capability Additional air assets remain on hold at Stellenbosch Airfield and Newlands Fire Base Helicopters and planes have already made 284 drops of water during 65 hours in the air Our WoF teams are assisting the Overberg District Municipality Overstrand Municipality Provincial Disaster Management Cape Nature and the Department One structure has reportedly burned down with no loss of life so far Since the summer fire season officially began in the Western Cape on December 1 2021 including Kleinmond the team has helped fight and extinguish 22 fires across the province The fire in the Kleinmond area of Overberg has been fueled by high temperatures and hurricane force winds The forest fire is also believed to have burned most intensely in areas plagued with invasive exotic vegetation However the fynbos which is destroyed during a forest fire depends on fire to germinate and thrive
    Minister Barbara Creecy commends firefighters for efforts to bring Overberg blaze under control
      Three observation aircraft and two Huey helicopters and a Black Hawk have been deployed since Saturday to provide additional aerial firefighting capability CAPE TOWN South Africa January 11 2022 APO Group Forestry Fisheries and Environment Ms Minister Barbara Creecy praised some 300 firefighters who have been fighting the blaze in the Overberg region of the Western Cape since Saturday The fire which reportedly started at the Department s pine plantation in the Kleinmond area has destroyed more than 4 000 hectares of vegetation The Department of Forestry Fisheries and the Environment is observing with concern the fire that broke out in Kleinmond in the Western Cape As a matter of course the Area Fire Protection Association Overberg is expected to compile a fire report on the facts related to the source origins of the fire Minister Creecy said In the interest of public accountability the Director General of the Department has asked the Acting Executive Director of SANParks to conduct an assessment of the Kleinmond fire SANParks services have been hired as they have internal capacities to carry out an evaluation of this nature The scope of the assessment will include the origins and causes of the fire if there were fire breaks and other preventive measures and any other factor that could have exacerbated the fire said the Minister Once the evaluation has been received and processed by the Department the findings and recommendations will be made public The Fire Work Department is on the ground and air resources continue to assist with suppression efforts at the Klienmond fire in the Overberg District of the Western Cape Working on Fire has deployed 169 firefighters and management including helicopter pilots and support personnel five fire trucks two transport buses and three bakkies to assist fire authorities in Overberg Kleinmond with ongoing fire suppression efforts from Saturday January 8th 2022 A total of 116 additional firefighters from local municipalities have been deployed Since Saturday three observation aircraft and two Huey and one Black Hawk helicopters have been deployed to provide additional aerial fire suppression capability Additional air assets remain on hold at Stellenbosch Airfield and Newlands Fire Base Helicopters and planes have already made 284 drops of water during 65 hours in the air Our WoF teams are assisting the Overberg District Municipality Overstrand Municipality Provincial Disaster Management Cape Nature and the Department One structure has reportedly burned down with no loss of life so far Since the summer fire season officially began in the Western Cape on December 1 2021 including Kleinmond the team has helped fight and extinguish 22 fires across the province The fire in the Kleinmond area of Overberg has been fueled by high temperatures and hurricane force winds The forest fire is also believed to have burned most intensely in areas plagued with invasive exotic vegetation However the fynbos which is destroyed during a forest fire depends on fire to germinate and thrive
    Minister Barbara Creecy commends firefighters for efforts to bring Overberg blaze under control
    Africa11 months ago

    Minister Barbara Creecy commends firefighters for efforts to bring Overberg blaze under control

    Three observation aircraft and two Huey helicopters and a Black Hawk have been deployed since Saturday to provide additional aerial firefighting capability.

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa, January 11, 2022 / APO Group / -

    Forestry, Fisheries and Environment, Ms Minister Barbara Creecy praised some 300 firefighters who have been fighting the blaze in the Overberg region of the Western Cape since Saturday.

    The fire, which reportedly started at the Department's pine plantation in the Kleinmond area, has destroyed more than 4,000 hectares of vegetation.

    “The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment is observing with concern the fire that broke out in Kleinmond in the Western Cape. As a matter of course, the Area Fire Protection Association (Overberg) is expected to compile a fire report on the facts related to the source / origins of the fire, Minister Creecy said.

    “In the interest of public accountability, the Director General of the Department has asked the Acting Executive Director of SANParks to conduct an assessment of the Kleinmond fire. SANParks services have been hired as they have internal capacities to carry out an evaluation of this nature. The scope of the assessment will include the origins and causes of the fire, if there were fire breaks and other preventive measures and any other factor that could have exacerbated the fire, ”said the Minister.

    Once the evaluation has been received and processed by the Department, the findings and recommendations will be made public.

    The Fire Work Department is on the ground and air resources continue to assist with suppression efforts at the Klienmond fire in the Overberg District of the Western Cape.

    Working on Fire has deployed 169 firefighters and management, including helicopter pilots and support personnel, five fire trucks, two transport buses and three bakkies to assist fire authorities in Overberg (Kleinmond) with ongoing fire suppression efforts. from Saturday January 8th. 2022. A total of 116 additional firefighters from local municipalities have been deployed.

    Since Saturday, three observation aircraft and two Huey and one Black Hawk helicopters have been deployed to provide additional aerial fire suppression capability. Additional air assets remain on hold at Stellenbosch Airfield and Newlands Fire Base. Helicopters and planes have already made 284 drops of water during 65 hours in the air.

    Our WoF teams are assisting the Overberg District Municipality, Overstrand Municipality, Provincial Disaster Management, Cape Nature and the Department.

    One structure has reportedly burned down, with no loss of life so far.

    Since the summer fire season officially began in the Western Cape on December 1, 2021, including Kleinmond, the team has helped fight and extinguish 22 fires across the province.

    The fire in the Kleinmond area of ​​Overberg has been fueled by high temperatures and hurricane-force winds. The forest fire is also believed to have burned most intensely in areas plagued with invasive exotic vegetation. However, the fynbos, which is destroyed during a forest fire, depends on fire to germinate and thrive.

  •   We reiterate that the report of the Fire and Rescue Services only contains preliminary observations of the firefighters during the development of their work CAPE TOWN South Africa January 10 2022 APO Group Parliament has taken note of a public statement from the National Union of Education Health and Allied Workers Nehawu which organizes the staff of Parliament which has instructed its members not to appear on the premises of Parliament due to alleged health and safety problems at work The union s statement is based on the Fire and Rescue Services fire and safety report released by the city of Cape Town on Friday Parliament wishes to inform that on 2 January 2022 the Parliament s Accountant sent a communication to the members of the staff informing them of the restriction of access to the premises of Parliament due to the fire incident which has resulted in the cordoning off of the affected buildings for security reasons investigation by law enforcement and the evaluation of the multidisciplinary team of engineers from the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure Due to these restrictions the physical presence of the majority of staff members with the exception of the management directly responsible for handling the fire incident is not expected until further notice We reiterate that the report of the Fire and Rescue Services only contains preliminary observations of the firefighters during the development of their work It does not purport to provide conclusive results and evidence regarding the cause and circumstances surrounding the fire incident nor does it offer a safety assessment of the other parliamentary buildings that were not affected by the fire The Board of Parliament remains committed to the spirit of last week s debate between the President of the National Assembly and the Union leadership which includes a number of additional commitments to try to resolve union complaints and work together after the fire incident Public exchanges during this time of crisis remain useless and may negatively affect the ongoing process of implementing the institutional recovery and business continuity plan
    Announcement by Nehawu to Withdraw Staff from Precincts of Parliament
      We reiterate that the report of the Fire and Rescue Services only contains preliminary observations of the firefighters during the development of their work CAPE TOWN South Africa January 10 2022 APO Group Parliament has taken note of a public statement from the National Union of Education Health and Allied Workers Nehawu which organizes the staff of Parliament which has instructed its members not to appear on the premises of Parliament due to alleged health and safety problems at work The union s statement is based on the Fire and Rescue Services fire and safety report released by the city of Cape Town on Friday Parliament wishes to inform that on 2 January 2022 the Parliament s Accountant sent a communication to the members of the staff informing them of the restriction of access to the premises of Parliament due to the fire incident which has resulted in the cordoning off of the affected buildings for security reasons investigation by law enforcement and the evaluation of the multidisciplinary team of engineers from the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure Due to these restrictions the physical presence of the majority of staff members with the exception of the management directly responsible for handling the fire incident is not expected until further notice We reiterate that the report of the Fire and Rescue Services only contains preliminary observations of the firefighters during the development of their work It does not purport to provide conclusive results and evidence regarding the cause and circumstances surrounding the fire incident nor does it offer a safety assessment of the other parliamentary buildings that were not affected by the fire The Board of Parliament remains committed to the spirit of last week s debate between the President of the National Assembly and the Union leadership which includes a number of additional commitments to try to resolve union complaints and work together after the fire incident Public exchanges during this time of crisis remain useless and may negatively affect the ongoing process of implementing the institutional recovery and business continuity plan
    Announcement by Nehawu to Withdraw Staff from Precincts of Parliament
    Africa11 months ago

    Announcement by Nehawu to Withdraw Staff from Precincts of Parliament

    We reiterate that the report of the Fire and Rescue Services only contains preliminary observations of the firefighters during the development of their work

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa, January 10, 2022 / APO Group / -

    Parliament has taken note of a public statement from the National Union of Education, Health and Allied Workers (Nehawu), which organizes the staff of Parliament, which has instructed its members not to appear on the premises of Parliament due to alleged health and safety problems at work. The union's statement is based on the Fire and Rescue Services fire and safety report released by the city of Cape Town on Friday.

    Parliament wishes to inform that, on 2 January 2022, the Parliament's Accountant sent a communication to the members of the staff, informing them of the restriction of access to the premises of Parliament due to the fire incident, which has resulted in the cordoning off of the affected. buildings for security reasons, investigation by law enforcement and the evaluation of the multidisciplinary team of engineers from the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure.

    Due to these restrictions, the physical presence of the majority of staff members, with the exception of the management directly responsible for handling the fire incident, is not expected until further notice.

    We reiterate that the report of the Fire and Rescue Services only contains preliminary observations of the firefighters during the development of their work. It does not purport to provide conclusive results and evidence regarding the cause and circumstances surrounding the fire incident, nor does it offer a safety assessment of the other parliamentary buildings that were not affected by the fire.

    The Board of Parliament remains committed to the spirit of last week's debate between the President of the National Assembly and the Union leadership, which includes a number of additional commitments to try to resolve union complaints and work together after the fire incident Public exchanges during this time of crisis remain useless and may negatively affect the ongoing process of implementing the institutional recovery and business continuity plan.

  •   We cannot hope to deliver a city of shared dignity security and prosperity while people suffer the oppression of violent crime CAPE TOWN South Africa January 7 2022 APO Group Cape Town is committed to building and expanding Cape Town s police powers and resources because given the failings of the national police service this is the only way we can keep Capetonians safer Inexplicably a former city mayoral candidate Brett Herron has proposed that we resign and shut down successful examples of local policing like the Security Investigations Unit SSIU Herron appears to be actively working to undermine Cape Town s local police powers in an effort to strengthen the hand of National Police Minister Bheki Cele with whom Herron s political party is associated at the national level If he gets his way the criminals and corrupt cops will get away with it and the residents will pay the price Far from handing over police and enforcement powers to the national Minister this administration is working hard to delegate many more of those powers to Cape Town where we know we will use them to better protect residents from both criminals and the failed nation state We know like any resident who lives in fear of crime every day that residents trust and depend on Cape Town s policing capabilities far more than they rely on any other sphere of government It is regrettable that Herron appears willing to endanger residents by weakening Cape Town s police powers for political reasons Residents cannot rely on SAPS to keep them safe While there are many hard working SAPS officers the fact remains that it is another national service that is in sharp decline with devastating consequences for the lives of citizens Cape Town must and will do to keep residents safer because unlike politicians seeking to centralize police powers in the hands of Bheki Cele we understand that we cannot hope to deliver a city of dignity security and shared prosperity for so long weather while people suffer the oppression of violent crime and the constant anxiety that comes with feeling unsafe The return to power will accelerate over the next decade in public transportation electricity and surveillance and it will happen whether the national government likes it or not because all the crucial national services that the public depends on are failing The City s Safety and Security Investigations Unit is also extraordinarily successful making Herron s objections doubly bizarre This unit was established in 1994 to address internal discipline ensuring that Cape Town maintains its record for the lowest levels of corruption among its police and police personnel so that we do not degenerate into the bribery accepting chaos observed in the police forces elsewhere In South Africa It is because of the work carried out by the unit that Cape Town maintains its record for the lowest levels of corruption among its police and police personnel The role of the SSIU was expanded to deal with criminal cases related to city infrastructure and city rental stock where units had been hijacked by gangs and criminal activities While this remains a priority for SSIU the unit also functions to assist the South African Police Service SAPS and city enforcement agencies with surveillance reporting which is the tracking and follow up of recorded criminal cases through the courts As such the SSIU is responsible for deploying investigators who will conduct surveillance reports on drug and firearms cases at the 10 crime hotspots to ensure that we obtain convictions in these cases They will act in support of the excellent results being achieved by the almost 1 000 agents of the Law Enforcement Promotion Program LEAP that are deployed at these critical points LEAP like SSIU is an innovation of this government in partnership with the Western Cape Provincial Government designed to compensate for the slack left by the decline and lack of resources of the SAPS Thanks to the work of the SSIU we have been able to recover 30 city council vehicles hijacked between 2020 and 2022 achieve 2 920 convictions together with city enforcement agencies and the South African Police Service SAPS between 2016 and 2021 Conduct observation reports of more than 23 000 arrests made by enforcement personnel of the city for drug possession driving while under the influence possession of firearms and ammunition Achieving a large number of significant convictions for drugs firearms copper theft robbery extortion and even assisting in Interpol investigations that led to the apprehension of wanted persons Unlike Herron this administration is not prepared to sacrifice these successes in law enforcement and the safety of Capetonians simply to please Cele and the national government
    Effort to weaken local policing powers endangers the lives of Capetonians
      We cannot hope to deliver a city of shared dignity security and prosperity while people suffer the oppression of violent crime CAPE TOWN South Africa January 7 2022 APO Group Cape Town is committed to building and expanding Cape Town s police powers and resources because given the failings of the national police service this is the only way we can keep Capetonians safer Inexplicably a former city mayoral candidate Brett Herron has proposed that we resign and shut down successful examples of local policing like the Security Investigations Unit SSIU Herron appears to be actively working to undermine Cape Town s local police powers in an effort to strengthen the hand of National Police Minister Bheki Cele with whom Herron s political party is associated at the national level If he gets his way the criminals and corrupt cops will get away with it and the residents will pay the price Far from handing over police and enforcement powers to the national Minister this administration is working hard to delegate many more of those powers to Cape Town where we know we will use them to better protect residents from both criminals and the failed nation state We know like any resident who lives in fear of crime every day that residents trust and depend on Cape Town s policing capabilities far more than they rely on any other sphere of government It is regrettable that Herron appears willing to endanger residents by weakening Cape Town s police powers for political reasons Residents cannot rely on SAPS to keep them safe While there are many hard working SAPS officers the fact remains that it is another national service that is in sharp decline with devastating consequences for the lives of citizens Cape Town must and will do to keep residents safer because unlike politicians seeking to centralize police powers in the hands of Bheki Cele we understand that we cannot hope to deliver a city of dignity security and shared prosperity for so long weather while people suffer the oppression of violent crime and the constant anxiety that comes with feeling unsafe The return to power will accelerate over the next decade in public transportation electricity and surveillance and it will happen whether the national government likes it or not because all the crucial national services that the public depends on are failing The City s Safety and Security Investigations Unit is also extraordinarily successful making Herron s objections doubly bizarre This unit was established in 1994 to address internal discipline ensuring that Cape Town maintains its record for the lowest levels of corruption among its police and police personnel so that we do not degenerate into the bribery accepting chaos observed in the police forces elsewhere In South Africa It is because of the work carried out by the unit that Cape Town maintains its record for the lowest levels of corruption among its police and police personnel The role of the SSIU was expanded to deal with criminal cases related to city infrastructure and city rental stock where units had been hijacked by gangs and criminal activities While this remains a priority for SSIU the unit also functions to assist the South African Police Service SAPS and city enforcement agencies with surveillance reporting which is the tracking and follow up of recorded criminal cases through the courts As such the SSIU is responsible for deploying investigators who will conduct surveillance reports on drug and firearms cases at the 10 crime hotspots to ensure that we obtain convictions in these cases They will act in support of the excellent results being achieved by the almost 1 000 agents of the Law Enforcement Promotion Program LEAP that are deployed at these critical points LEAP like SSIU is an innovation of this government in partnership with the Western Cape Provincial Government designed to compensate for the slack left by the decline and lack of resources of the SAPS Thanks to the work of the SSIU we have been able to recover 30 city council vehicles hijacked between 2020 and 2022 achieve 2 920 convictions together with city enforcement agencies and the South African Police Service SAPS between 2016 and 2021 Conduct observation reports of more than 23 000 arrests made by enforcement personnel of the city for drug possession driving while under the influence possession of firearms and ammunition Achieving a large number of significant convictions for drugs firearms copper theft robbery extortion and even assisting in Interpol investigations that led to the apprehension of wanted persons Unlike Herron this administration is not prepared to sacrifice these successes in law enforcement and the safety of Capetonians simply to please Cele and the national government
    Effort to weaken local policing powers endangers the lives of Capetonians
    Africa11 months ago

    Effort to weaken local policing powers endangers the lives of Capetonians

    We cannot hope to deliver a city of shared dignity, security and prosperity while people suffer the oppression of violent crime.

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa, January 7, 2022 / APO Group / -

    Cape Town is committed to building and expanding Cape Town's police powers and resources because, given the failings of the national police service, this is the only way we can keep Capetonians safer.

    Inexplicably, a former city mayoral candidate, Brett Herron, has proposed that we resign and shut down successful examples of local policing like the Security Investigations Unit (SSIU). Herron appears to be actively working to undermine Cape Town's local police powers in an effort to strengthen the hand of National Police Minister Bheki Cele, with whom Herron's political party is associated at the national level. If he gets his way, the criminals and corrupt cops will get away with it and the residents will pay the price.

    Far from handing over police and enforcement powers to the national Minister, this administration is working hard to delegate many more of those powers to Cape Town, where we know we will use them to better protect residents from both criminals and the failed nation state.

    We know, like any resident who lives in fear of crime every day, that residents trust and depend on Cape Town's policing capabilities far more than they rely on any other sphere of government. It is regrettable that Herron appears willing to endanger residents by weakening Cape Town's police powers for political reasons.

    Residents cannot rely on SAPS to keep them safe. While there are many hard-working SAPS officers, the fact remains that it is another national service that is in sharp decline, with devastating consequences for the lives of citizens.

    Cape Town must and will do to keep residents safer because, unlike politicians seeking to centralize police powers in the hands of Bheki Cele, we understand that we cannot hope to deliver a city of dignity, security and shared prosperity for so long. weather. while people suffer the oppression of violent crime and the constant anxiety that comes with feeling unsafe.

    The return to power will accelerate over the next decade, in public transportation, electricity and surveillance, and it will happen, whether the national government likes it or not, because all the crucial national services that the public depends on are failing.

    The City's Safety and Security Investigations Unit is also extraordinarily successful, making Herron's objections doubly bizarre.

    This unit was established in 1994 to address internal discipline, ensuring that Cape Town maintains its record for the lowest levels of corruption among its police and police personnel so that we do not degenerate into the bribery-accepting chaos observed in the police forces elsewhere. In South Africa.

    It is because of the work carried out by the unit that Cape Town maintains its record for the lowest levels of corruption among its police and police personnel.

    The role of the SSIU was expanded to deal with criminal cases related to city infrastructure and city rental stock where units had been hijacked by gangs and criminal activities.

    While this remains a priority for SSIU, the unit also functions to assist the South African Police Service (SAPS) and city enforcement agencies with "surveillance reporting", which is the tracking and follow-up of recorded criminal cases. through the courts.

    As such, the SSIU is responsible for deploying investigators who will conduct surveillance reports on drug and firearms cases at the 10 crime hotspots to ensure that we obtain convictions in these cases.

    They will act in support of the excellent results being achieved by the almost 1,000 agents of the Law Enforcement Promotion Program (LEAP) that are deployed at these critical points. LEAP, like SSIU, is an innovation of this government (in partnership with the Western Cape Provincial Government) designed to compensate for the slack left by the decline and lack of resources of the SAPS.

    Thanks to the work of the SSIU, we have been able to:

    recover 30 city council vehicles hijacked between 2020 and 2022 achieve 2,920 convictions together with city enforcement agencies and the South African Police Service (SAPS) between 2016 and 2021 Conduct observation reports of more than 23,000 arrests made by enforcement personnel of the city for drug possession, driving while under the influence, possession of firearms and ammunition. Achieving a large number of significant convictions for drugs, firearms, copper theft, robbery, extortion, and even assisting in Interpol investigations that led to the apprehension of wanted persons.

    Unlike Herron, this administration is not prepared to sacrifice these successes in law enforcement and the safety of Capetonians simply to please Cele and the national government.

  •   The professional team recommended that the New Assembly Building is not secure it should be cordoned off and closed with immediate effect to restrict access CAPE TOWN South Africa January 7 2022 APO Group In consultation with the HAWKS a professional in house DPWI team comprised of highly qualified structural civil electrical and mechanical engineers has conducted and completed a preliminary high level visual assessment of the damage including the safety aspect of the site due to the recent fire in Parliament The team arrived in Cape Town on Monday morning January 3 2022 Parliament and SAPS provided access to engineers this week for the inspection of the interior of the old and new assembly Unfortunately due to the high temperatures in the building on Monday January 3 2022 and the outburst from the National Assembly side around 5 00 p m that continued throughout the night the professional team was only able to begin their evaluation on Tuesday January 4 2022 January 2022 in the afternoon The visual assessment of the professional team began with the Old National Assembly and then proceeded to assess the structural damage in the New National Assembly Based on preliminary visual inspections there is evidence of severe structural damage major spalling to the slabs The slabs affected by the damage are the 2nd 3rd and 4th floors In addition to the above there are large cracks in the walls of the second and third floors The professional team recommended that the New Assembly Building is not secure it should be cordoned off and closed with immediate effect to restrict access The Department has activated the appropriate arrangements for the recruitment of a team of independent specialized engineers to carry out more detailed evaluations and tests of the strength of the material The National Treasury has agreed to speed up the process to hire the team of independent specialist engineers as quickly as possible The preliminary visual assessment report and photos were released to the HAWKS and we are unable to share it because it is part of the crime scene evidence
    Minister Patricia De Lille on preliminary assessment of parliament fire
      The professional team recommended that the New Assembly Building is not secure it should be cordoned off and closed with immediate effect to restrict access CAPE TOWN South Africa January 7 2022 APO Group In consultation with the HAWKS a professional in house DPWI team comprised of highly qualified structural civil electrical and mechanical engineers has conducted and completed a preliminary high level visual assessment of the damage including the safety aspect of the site due to the recent fire in Parliament The team arrived in Cape Town on Monday morning January 3 2022 Parliament and SAPS provided access to engineers this week for the inspection of the interior of the old and new assembly Unfortunately due to the high temperatures in the building on Monday January 3 2022 and the outburst from the National Assembly side around 5 00 p m that continued throughout the night the professional team was only able to begin their evaluation on Tuesday January 4 2022 January 2022 in the afternoon The visual assessment of the professional team began with the Old National Assembly and then proceeded to assess the structural damage in the New National Assembly Based on preliminary visual inspections there is evidence of severe structural damage major spalling to the slabs The slabs affected by the damage are the 2nd 3rd and 4th floors In addition to the above there are large cracks in the walls of the second and third floors The professional team recommended that the New Assembly Building is not secure it should be cordoned off and closed with immediate effect to restrict access The Department has activated the appropriate arrangements for the recruitment of a team of independent specialized engineers to carry out more detailed evaluations and tests of the strength of the material The National Treasury has agreed to speed up the process to hire the team of independent specialist engineers as quickly as possible The preliminary visual assessment report and photos were released to the HAWKS and we are unable to share it because it is part of the crime scene evidence
    Minister Patricia De Lille on preliminary assessment of parliament fire
    Africa11 months ago

    Minister Patricia De Lille on preliminary assessment of parliament fire

    The professional team recommended that the New Assembly Building is not secure, it should be cordoned off and closed with immediate effect to restrict access.

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa, January 7, 2022 / APO Group / -

    In consultation with the HAWKS, a professional in-house DPWI team comprised of highly qualified structural, civil, electrical and mechanical engineers has conducted and completed a preliminary high-level visual assessment of the damage, including the safety aspect of the site due to the recent fire. in Parliament. The team arrived in Cape Town on Monday morning, January 3, 2022.

    Parliament and SAPS provided access to engineers this week for the inspection of the interior of the old and new assembly.

    Unfortunately, due to the high temperatures in the building on Monday, January 3, 2022 and the outburst from the National Assembly side around 5:00 p.m. that continued throughout the night, the professional team was only able to begin their evaluation on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. January 2022 in the afternoon.

    The visual assessment of the professional team began with the Old National Assembly and then proceeded to assess the structural damage in the New National Assembly.

    Based on preliminary visual inspections, there is evidence of severe structural damage (major spalling) to the slabs. The slabs affected by the damage are the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors. In addition to the above, there are large cracks in the walls of the second and third floors.

    The professional team recommended that the New Assembly Building is not secure, it should be cordoned off and closed with immediate effect to restrict access.

    The Department has activated the appropriate arrangements for the recruitment of a team of independent specialized engineers to carry out more detailed evaluations and tests of the strength of the material.

    The National Treasury has agreed to speed up the process to hire the team of independent specialist engineers as quickly as possible.

    The preliminary visual assessment report and photos were released to the HAWKS and we are unable to share it because it is part of the crime scene evidence.

  •   We are pleased to announce that SONA 2022 will take place at Cape Town City Hall CAPE TOWN South Africa January 7 2022 APO Group Parliament s Presiding Officers met this morning to consider various reports on the options available for the business continuity of Parliament s work including the holding of the State of the Nation Address SONA After a sad and devastating week in which the fires that started on Sunday and destroyed the Parliament buildings including the National Assembly NA and sections of the Old Assembly House we make a solemn commitment that despite the devastation of the disaster we will not allow a situation where the work of Parliament is derailed or interrupted in some way In line with this commitment Parliament reaffirms its willingness to host its flagship program on Thursday 10 February 2022 at 7 00 p m The fires which firefighters fought for more than 70 hours severely damaged the NA building including the NA chamber where official NA sessions and joint sessions of both Houses of Parliament are held both in NA and Joint Regulation of Parliament The great damage has forced the institution to find an alternative off site location to host this important event on the parliamentary calendar and in the country The NA House was a building of great historical significance and rich heritage and it represented the evolution of our Parliament from apartheid to democracy It was there that Members of Parliament met to pass laws make binding decisions hear important announcements and host the Joint Sessions of the two Houses of Parliament the NA and the National Council of Provinces NCOP Parliament must find a suitable venue for the President of the Republic of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa to present SONA 2022 SONA is the only occasion that brings together the three arms of the state the legislative the executive and the judiciary under one ceiling The Governing Board thanks the Provincial Government of the Western Cape and Cape Town for submitting offers for the use of their seats for the affairs of Parliament They have featured the Cape Town International Convention Center City Halls and City Hall In this regard after great consideration and after a thorough on site inspection of alternative locations we have decided on the most suitable facility that meets our requirements We are pleased to announce that SONA 2022 will take place at Cape Town City Hall The City Hall was considered a technically suitable place in terms of infrastructure and its capacity It is also an appropriate place considering its historical importance which is embedded in the minds and hearts of South Africans Cape Town City Hall is the first place where the founding president of our democratic South Africa former President Nelson Mandela addressed the nation after his release from prison on February 11 1990 with President Cyril Ramaphosa at his side Once again on May 9 1994 the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu introduced Tata Mandela to thousands of jubilant South Africans on the same balcony after his election in NA as the first Democratic president In this regard President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation from City Hall 32 years since that historic occasion in 1990 The Hall which was built in 1905 is a historical landmark that now houses a full size statue of Tata Nelson Mandela on its balcony from where he addressed people for the first time after his release from prison The statue was installed in 2017 An exhibition within the City Hall dedicated to Madiba is a permanent feature We have ensured that this decision to host SONA outside the NA House is made in accordance with the Joint Rules of Parliament that determine where a Joint Session can be held The President convenes this Joint Session of the NA and the NCOP annually to deliver SONA in terms of section 42 5 of the Constitution read with Joint Rule 7 of the Joint Rules of Parliament Since it is a joint session of the two houses of parliament the president of the NA and the president of the NCOP are the hosts of the event which is attended by all three branches of the state The Joint Rules also prescribe inter alia the venue for the joint session of Parliament Article 8 of the Joint Regulation establishes that joint sessions are held in the Assembly Chamber The Rules of Procedure also adequately establish the procedures for the sitting and conduct of Members of Parliament Rule 2 of the Joint Rules provides for unforeseen matters In terms of Rule 2 1 the President and the President acting jointly may issue a decision or make a rule regarding any matter that the Joint Rules do not provide In this sense a joint rule made by the Speaker and the President will allow SONA to take place in a place other than the House of Assembly The rule will remain in effect until a Rules Committee decision is made on the rule Section 2 of the Act on the Powers Privileges and Immunities of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures defines the precincts of Parliament as any area of land and any building or part of a building under the control of Parliament including the chambers in which the develop the procedures of the chambers conducted and the galleries and hallways of the chambers and include all other parts of the buildings and committee rooms and other meeting places used for the affairs of Parliament and in connection with the work of Parliament as long as they are so used Article 2 2 establishes that when a Chamber or a committee meets beyond the seat of Parliament this law applies as if the premises where the Chamber or committee is located were within the premises of Parliament Therefore article 2 of the law allows any business of Parliament to take place elsewhere Section 3 of the Act reinforces that control of the venue rests with the Speaker and the President regardless of location Board members look forward to a successful SONA As South Africans we are resilient people we have overcome many difficulties in the past Therefore we will rise from these ashes and rebuild restore renew and march forward in our continuing effort to build a democratic non racial non sexist united and prosperous society that we all aspire to Once again we want to thank members of the media for all the cooperation during this difficult week and assure South Africans that no stone will be left unturned to get to the bottom of what happened this week The institution s work will continue as planned
    South Africa: Decision of the Presiding Officers on alternative venue to host 2022 State Of The Nation Address
      We are pleased to announce that SONA 2022 will take place at Cape Town City Hall CAPE TOWN South Africa January 7 2022 APO Group Parliament s Presiding Officers met this morning to consider various reports on the options available for the business continuity of Parliament s work including the holding of the State of the Nation Address SONA After a sad and devastating week in which the fires that started on Sunday and destroyed the Parliament buildings including the National Assembly NA and sections of the Old Assembly House we make a solemn commitment that despite the devastation of the disaster we will not allow a situation where the work of Parliament is derailed or interrupted in some way In line with this commitment Parliament reaffirms its willingness to host its flagship program on Thursday 10 February 2022 at 7 00 p m The fires which firefighters fought for more than 70 hours severely damaged the NA building including the NA chamber where official NA sessions and joint sessions of both Houses of Parliament are held both in NA and Joint Regulation of Parliament The great damage has forced the institution to find an alternative off site location to host this important event on the parliamentary calendar and in the country The NA House was a building of great historical significance and rich heritage and it represented the evolution of our Parliament from apartheid to democracy It was there that Members of Parliament met to pass laws make binding decisions hear important announcements and host the Joint Sessions of the two Houses of Parliament the NA and the National Council of Provinces NCOP Parliament must find a suitable venue for the President of the Republic of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa to present SONA 2022 SONA is the only occasion that brings together the three arms of the state the legislative the executive and the judiciary under one ceiling The Governing Board thanks the Provincial Government of the Western Cape and Cape Town for submitting offers for the use of their seats for the affairs of Parliament They have featured the Cape Town International Convention Center City Halls and City Hall In this regard after great consideration and after a thorough on site inspection of alternative locations we have decided on the most suitable facility that meets our requirements We are pleased to announce that SONA 2022 will take place at Cape Town City Hall The City Hall was considered a technically suitable place in terms of infrastructure and its capacity It is also an appropriate place considering its historical importance which is embedded in the minds and hearts of South Africans Cape Town City Hall is the first place where the founding president of our democratic South Africa former President Nelson Mandela addressed the nation after his release from prison on February 11 1990 with President Cyril Ramaphosa at his side Once again on May 9 1994 the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu introduced Tata Mandela to thousands of jubilant South Africans on the same balcony after his election in NA as the first Democratic president In this regard President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation from City Hall 32 years since that historic occasion in 1990 The Hall which was built in 1905 is a historical landmark that now houses a full size statue of Tata Nelson Mandela on its balcony from where he addressed people for the first time after his release from prison The statue was installed in 2017 An exhibition within the City Hall dedicated to Madiba is a permanent feature We have ensured that this decision to host SONA outside the NA House is made in accordance with the Joint Rules of Parliament that determine where a Joint Session can be held The President convenes this Joint Session of the NA and the NCOP annually to deliver SONA in terms of section 42 5 of the Constitution read with Joint Rule 7 of the Joint Rules of Parliament Since it is a joint session of the two houses of parliament the president of the NA and the president of the NCOP are the hosts of the event which is attended by all three branches of the state The Joint Rules also prescribe inter alia the venue for the joint session of Parliament Article 8 of the Joint Regulation establishes that joint sessions are held in the Assembly Chamber The Rules of Procedure also adequately establish the procedures for the sitting and conduct of Members of Parliament Rule 2 of the Joint Rules provides for unforeseen matters In terms of Rule 2 1 the President and the President acting jointly may issue a decision or make a rule regarding any matter that the Joint Rules do not provide In this sense a joint rule made by the Speaker and the President will allow SONA to take place in a place other than the House of Assembly The rule will remain in effect until a Rules Committee decision is made on the rule Section 2 of the Act on the Powers Privileges and Immunities of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures defines the precincts of Parliament as any area of land and any building or part of a building under the control of Parliament including the chambers in which the develop the procedures of the chambers conducted and the galleries and hallways of the chambers and include all other parts of the buildings and committee rooms and other meeting places used for the affairs of Parliament and in connection with the work of Parliament as long as they are so used Article 2 2 establishes that when a Chamber or a committee meets beyond the seat of Parliament this law applies as if the premises where the Chamber or committee is located were within the premises of Parliament Therefore article 2 of the law allows any business of Parliament to take place elsewhere Section 3 of the Act reinforces that control of the venue rests with the Speaker and the President regardless of location Board members look forward to a successful SONA As South Africans we are resilient people we have overcome many difficulties in the past Therefore we will rise from these ashes and rebuild restore renew and march forward in our continuing effort to build a democratic non racial non sexist united and prosperous society that we all aspire to Once again we want to thank members of the media for all the cooperation during this difficult week and assure South Africans that no stone will be left unturned to get to the bottom of what happened this week The institution s work will continue as planned
    South Africa: Decision of the Presiding Officers on alternative venue to host 2022 State Of The Nation Address
    Africa11 months ago

    South Africa: Decision of the Presiding Officers on alternative venue to host 2022 State Of The Nation Address

    We are pleased to announce that SONA 2022 will take place at Cape Town City Hall.

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa, January 7, 2022 / APO Group / -

    Parliament's Presiding Officers met this morning to consider various reports on the options available for the business continuity of Parliament's work, including the holding of the State of the Nation Address (SONA). After a sad and devastating week in which the fires that started on Sunday and destroyed the Parliament buildings, including the National Assembly (NA) and sections of the Old Assembly House, we make a solemn commitment that, despite the devastation of the disaster, we will not. allow a situation where the work of Parliament is derailed or interrupted in some way.

    In line with this commitment, Parliament reaffirms its willingness to host its flagship program on Thursday 10 February 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

    The fires, which firefighters fought for more than 70 hours, severely damaged the NA building, including the NA chamber, where official NA sessions and joint sessions of both Houses of Parliament are held, both in NA and Joint Regulation of Parliament. The great damage has forced the institution to find an alternative off-site location to host this important event on the parliamentary calendar and in the country.

    The NA House was a building of great historical significance and rich heritage, and it represented the evolution of our Parliament from apartheid to democracy.

    It was there that Members of Parliament met to pass laws, make binding decisions, hear important announcements, and host the Joint Sessions of the two Houses of Parliament, the NA and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP).

    Parliament must find a suitable venue for the President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, to present SONA 2022. SONA is the only occasion that brings together the three arms of the state, the legislative, the executive and the judiciary under one ceiling.

    The Governing Board thanks the Provincial Government of the Western Cape and Cape Town for submitting offers for the use of their seats for the affairs of Parliament. They have featured the Cape Town International Convention Center, City Halls and City Hall.

    In this regard, after great consideration and after a thorough on-site inspection of alternative locations, we have decided on the most suitable facility that meets our requirements.

    We are pleased to announce that SONA 2022 will take place at Cape Town City Hall.

    The City Hall was considered a technically suitable place in terms of infrastructure and its capacity. It is also an appropriate place considering its historical importance, which is embedded in the minds and hearts of South Africans.

    Cape Town City Hall is the first place where the founding president of our democratic South Africa, former President Nelson Mandela, addressed the nation after his release from prison on February 11, 1990, with President Cyril Ramaphosa at his side.

    Once again, on May 9, 1994, the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu introduced Tata Mandela to thousands of jubilant South Africans on the same balcony after his election in NA as the first Democratic president. In this regard, President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation from City Hall, 32 years since that historic occasion in 1990.

    The Hall, which was built in 1905, is a historical landmark that now houses a full-size statue of Tata Nelson Mandela on its balcony from where he addressed people for the first time after his release from prison. The statue was installed in 2017. An exhibition within the City Hall dedicated to Madiba is a permanent feature.

    We have ensured that this decision to host SONA outside the NA House is made in accordance with the Joint Rules of Parliament that determine where a Joint Session can be held.

    The President convenes this Joint Session of the NA and the NCOP annually to deliver SONA in terms of section 42 (5) of the Constitution, read with Joint Rule 7 of the Joint Rules of Parliament.

    Since it is a joint session of the two houses of parliament, the president of the NA and the president of the NCOP are the hosts of the event, which is attended by all three branches of the state.

    The Joint Rules also prescribe, inter alia, the venue for the joint session of Parliament.

    Article 8 of the Joint Regulation establishes that "joint sessions are held in the Assembly Chamber."

    The Rules of Procedure also adequately establish the procedures for the sitting and conduct of Members of Parliament.

    Rule 2 of the Joint Rules provides for unforeseen matters. In terms of Rule 2 (1), the President and the President, acting jointly, may issue a decision or make a rule regarding any matter that the Joint Rules do not provide.

    In this sense, a joint rule made by the Speaker and the President will allow SONA to take place in a place other than the House of Assembly. The rule will remain in effect until a Rules Committee decision is made on the rule.

    Section 2 of the Act on the Powers, Privileges and Immunities of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures defines the precincts of Parliament as any area of ​​land and any building or part of a building under the control of Parliament, including "the chambers in which the develop the procedures of the chambers conducted and the galleries and hallways of the chambers "; and include all other parts of the buildings and committee rooms and other meeting places used for the affairs of Parliament and in connection with the work of Parliament, as long as they are so used.

    Article 2 (2) establishes that "when a Chamber or a committee meets beyond the seat of Parliament, this law applies as if the premises where the Chamber or committee is located were within the premises of Parliament."

    Therefore, article 2 of the law allows any business of Parliament to take place elsewhere. Section 3 of the Act reinforces that control of the venue rests with the Speaker and the President, regardless of location.

    Board members look forward to a successful SONA.

    As South Africans we are resilient people, we have overcome many difficulties in the past. Therefore, we will rise from these ashes and rebuild, restore, renew and march forward in our continuing effort to build a democratic, non-racial, non-sexist, united and prosperous society that we all aspire to.

    Once again, we want to thank members of the media for all the cooperation during this difficult week and assure South Africans that no stone will be left unturned to get to the bottom of what happened this week. The institution's work will continue as planned.

  •   This is a good time to make sure your child s overall immunizations are up to date as well CAPE TOWN South Africa January 7 2022 APO Group With the holiday season in the rearview mirror the City is calling on residents to kick off the new year with a vaccine if they haven t already or a booster shot if eligible The city of Cape Town is introducing vaccination services at four additional sites this week The non profit organization Khethimpilo will host pop up vaccination sites on a rotating basis at the following community day centers between 9 00 AM and 3 00 PM Luvuyo CDC in Khayelitsha on Mondays and Tuesdays Gordon s Bay CDC on Wednesdays Dr Ivan Tomms CDC on Thursdays Town Two CDC in Khayelitsha on Fridays The city already has 12 fixed vaccination sites that are supplemented by area based mobile vaccination vans introduced in August last year We are making more resources available to reach both the unvaccinated population and to facilitate access to people who are now eligible to receive their booster doses A lot of information is spreading about vaccines and booster shots and it is important that our residents take a moment to familiarize themselves with all the new developments over the past month and line up to receive their vaccines or booster shots as the case may be said Councilor Patricia Van der Ross a member of the Mayor s Committee for Community Services and Health Just before Christmas the National Department of Health announced that booster shots had been approved for both Pfizer and Johnson amp Johnson Anyone who has received their two doses of the Pfizer vaccine should receive a booster dose six months after their second dose is given Anyone who has received a Johnson amp Johnson vaccine which is a single dose is eligible for a booster dose two months later The public is reminded that children between the ages of 12 and 17 are also eligible for a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine With the new school year just a few weeks away now is a great time to vaccinate your child Vaccines are safe but they are also easy to administer In fact it s a good time to make sure your child s overall immunizations are up to date as well No need to register beforehand just visit any of the vaccination sites and take your identity card passport refugee permit or asylum seeker permit with you If you don t have these documents the staff at the vaccination sites will register you and vaccinate you added Councilor Van der Ross
    Coronavirus- South Africa: City increases its vaccination capacity
      This is a good time to make sure your child s overall immunizations are up to date as well CAPE TOWN South Africa January 7 2022 APO Group With the holiday season in the rearview mirror the City is calling on residents to kick off the new year with a vaccine if they haven t already or a booster shot if eligible The city of Cape Town is introducing vaccination services at four additional sites this week The non profit organization Khethimpilo will host pop up vaccination sites on a rotating basis at the following community day centers between 9 00 AM and 3 00 PM Luvuyo CDC in Khayelitsha on Mondays and Tuesdays Gordon s Bay CDC on Wednesdays Dr Ivan Tomms CDC on Thursdays Town Two CDC in Khayelitsha on Fridays The city already has 12 fixed vaccination sites that are supplemented by area based mobile vaccination vans introduced in August last year We are making more resources available to reach both the unvaccinated population and to facilitate access to people who are now eligible to receive their booster doses A lot of information is spreading about vaccines and booster shots and it is important that our residents take a moment to familiarize themselves with all the new developments over the past month and line up to receive their vaccines or booster shots as the case may be said Councilor Patricia Van der Ross a member of the Mayor s Committee for Community Services and Health Just before Christmas the National Department of Health announced that booster shots had been approved for both Pfizer and Johnson amp Johnson Anyone who has received their two doses of the Pfizer vaccine should receive a booster dose six months after their second dose is given Anyone who has received a Johnson amp Johnson vaccine which is a single dose is eligible for a booster dose two months later The public is reminded that children between the ages of 12 and 17 are also eligible for a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine With the new school year just a few weeks away now is a great time to vaccinate your child Vaccines are safe but they are also easy to administer In fact it s a good time to make sure your child s overall immunizations are up to date as well No need to register beforehand just visit any of the vaccination sites and take your identity card passport refugee permit or asylum seeker permit with you If you don t have these documents the staff at the vaccination sites will register you and vaccinate you added Councilor Van der Ross
    Coronavirus- South Africa: City increases its vaccination capacity
    Africa11 months ago

    Coronavirus- South Africa: City increases its vaccination capacity

    This is a good time to make sure your child's overall immunizations are up to date as well.

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa, January 7, 2022 / APO Group / -

    With the holiday season in the rearview mirror, the City is calling on residents to kick off the new year with a vaccine, if they haven't already, or a booster shot, if eligible.

    The city of Cape Town is introducing vaccination services at four additional sites this week.

    The non-profit organization, Khethimpilo, will host pop-up vaccination sites on a rotating basis at the following community day centers between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM:

    Luvuyo CDC in Khayelitsha on Mondays and Tuesdays Gordon's Bay CDC on Wednesdays Dr. Ivan Tomms CDC on Thursdays Town Two CDC in Khayelitsha on Fridays

    The city already has 12 fixed vaccination sites that are supplemented by area-based mobile vaccination vans, introduced in August last year.

    “We are making more resources available to reach both the unvaccinated population and to facilitate access to people who are now eligible to receive their booster doses. A lot of information is spreading about vaccines and booster shots, and it is important that our residents take a moment to familiarize themselves with all the new developments over the past month and line up to receive their vaccines or booster shots. as the case may be, ”said Councilor Patricia Van der Ross, a member of the Mayor's Committee for Community Services and Health.

    Just before Christmas, the National Department of Health announced that booster shots had been approved for both Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.

    Anyone who has received their two doses of the Pfizer vaccine should receive a booster dose six months after their second dose is given.

    Anyone who has received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is a single dose, is eligible for a booster dose two months later.

    The public is reminded that children between the ages of 12 and 17 are also eligible for a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

    “With the new school year just a few weeks away, now is a great time to vaccinate your child. Vaccines are safe, but they are also easy to administer. In fact, it's a good time to make sure your child's overall immunizations are up to date as well.

    'No need to register beforehand; just visit any of the vaccination sites and take your identity card, passport, refugee permit or asylum seeker permit with you. If you don't have these documents, the staff at the vaccination sites will register you and vaccinate you, 'added Councilor Van der Ross.

  •   Investigators will access the buildings once they receive confirmation from the multidisciplinary team of engineers CAPE TOWN South Africa January 6 2022 APO Group The Presiding Officers of Parliament headed by the President of the National Assembly NA Mrs Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula and the President of the National Council of Provinces NCOP Mr Amos Masondo are satisfied with the overall progress made in the containment of fire and the investigations that are being carried out in the compound of the Parliament The Governing Board can confirm today that the various teams from the Cape Town Fire and Rescue Department who worked tirelessly to contain the blaze have completely withdrawn from the parliamentary compound Since firefighters contained the outbreak during Tuesday morning firefighters had remained at the scene until last night monitoring the situation and combing the interior of buildings for any possible outbreaks The firefighters worked more than 71 hours with indescribable courage and bravery to contain the fire More than 300 men and women were deployed 60 fire extinguishing devices and two specialized aerial teams were used during the three day battle against the fire The Fire Department turned over the affected buildings to the Crime Priority Investigation Directorate also known as the Hawks to investigate the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate and devastating fire incident that began Sunday Engineers from the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure are also on site to determine if the affected buildings are safe for Hawks access Investigators will gain access to the buildings once they receive confirmation from the multidisciplinary team of engineers including structural electrical and forensic experts Meanwhile preparations for the State of the Nation Address SONA to be delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa on February 10 2022 are at an advanced stage This afternoon the Board of Directors will meet with the Mayor of Cape Town to inspect possible alternative venues such as the Municipal Chambers the Cape Town International Convention Center and the City Hall The inspection follows the offer of the Western Cape Provincial Government and the City of Cape Town for the use of these venues for both SONA and Budget s speech The Governing Board will announce the approved location soon
    South Africa: Firefighters withdraw from Parliament; buildings handed over to Hawks
      Investigators will access the buildings once they receive confirmation from the multidisciplinary team of engineers CAPE TOWN South Africa January 6 2022 APO Group The Presiding Officers of Parliament headed by the President of the National Assembly NA Mrs Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula and the President of the National Council of Provinces NCOP Mr Amos Masondo are satisfied with the overall progress made in the containment of fire and the investigations that are being carried out in the compound of the Parliament The Governing Board can confirm today that the various teams from the Cape Town Fire and Rescue Department who worked tirelessly to contain the blaze have completely withdrawn from the parliamentary compound Since firefighters contained the outbreak during Tuesday morning firefighters had remained at the scene until last night monitoring the situation and combing the interior of buildings for any possible outbreaks The firefighters worked more than 71 hours with indescribable courage and bravery to contain the fire More than 300 men and women were deployed 60 fire extinguishing devices and two specialized aerial teams were used during the three day battle against the fire The Fire Department turned over the affected buildings to the Crime Priority Investigation Directorate also known as the Hawks to investigate the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate and devastating fire incident that began Sunday Engineers from the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure are also on site to determine if the affected buildings are safe for Hawks access Investigators will gain access to the buildings once they receive confirmation from the multidisciplinary team of engineers including structural electrical and forensic experts Meanwhile preparations for the State of the Nation Address SONA to be delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa on February 10 2022 are at an advanced stage This afternoon the Board of Directors will meet with the Mayor of Cape Town to inspect possible alternative venues such as the Municipal Chambers the Cape Town International Convention Center and the City Hall The inspection follows the offer of the Western Cape Provincial Government and the City of Cape Town for the use of these venues for both SONA and Budget s speech The Governing Board will announce the approved location soon
    South Africa: Firefighters withdraw from Parliament; buildings handed over to Hawks
    Africa11 months ago

    South Africa: Firefighters withdraw from Parliament; buildings handed over to Hawks

    Investigators will access the buildings once they receive confirmation from the multidisciplinary team of engineers.

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa, January 6, 2022 / APO Group / -

    The Presiding Officers of Parliament, headed by the President of the National Assembly (NA), Mrs. Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and the President of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Mr. Amos Masondo, are satisfied with the overall progress made in the containment of fire and the investigations that are being carried out in the compound of the Parliament.

    The Governing Board can confirm today that the various teams from the Cape Town Fire and Rescue Department, who worked tirelessly to contain the blaze, have completely withdrawn from the parliamentary compound. Since firefighters contained the outbreak during Tuesday morning, firefighters had remained at the scene until last night, monitoring the situation and combing the interior of buildings for any possible outbreaks.

    The firefighters worked more than 71 hours with indescribable courage and bravery to contain the fire. More than 300 men and women were deployed, 60 fire extinguishing devices and two specialized aerial teams were used during the three-day battle against the fire.

    The Fire Department turned over the affected buildings to the Crime Priority Investigation Directorate, also known as the Hawks, to investigate the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate and devastating fire incident that began Sunday.

    Engineers from the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure are also on site to determine if the affected buildings are safe for Hawks access.

    Investigators will gain access to the buildings once they receive confirmation from the multidisciplinary team of engineers, including structural, electrical and forensic experts.

    Meanwhile, preparations for the State of the Nation Address (SONA) to be delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa on February 10, 2022, are at an advanced stage.

    This afternoon, the Board of Directors will meet with the Mayor of Cape Town to inspect possible alternative venues, such as the Municipal Chambers, the Cape Town International Convention Center and the City Hall.

    The inspection follows the offer of the Western Cape Provincial Government and the City of Cape Town for the use of these venues for both SONA and Budget's speech.

    The Governing Board will announce the approved location soon.

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