106 extortion cases opened in CT since January, says Bheki Cele

Police Minister Bheki Cele on Thursday said 106 extortion cases had been opened in Cape Town since January. Concerns around extortion across communities grew last year and an extortion priority committee was established. It includes the police, the Western Cape Department of Community Safety, and the City of Cape Town. Cele said when concern was […]

City of CT halts sewage services in Samora Machel after worker shot and crew robbed

A City of Cape Town staff member has been shot and wounded while repairing a collapsed sewer pipeline in Samora Machel. The incident occurred in Helen Joseph Street. As a result, the municipality said water and sanitation services have been temporarily withdrawn from the area until further notice. A number of sewerage facilities have been […]

City of CT enforcement agencies make 298 arrests

The City of Cape Town said that in the past week nearly 300 people were arrested on various charges, such as drunk-driving, reckless and negligent driving, and possession of drugs. In a statement released on Tuesday, mayco member for safety and security JP Smith said that of the 298 arrests, a third were for drunk […]

Cops receiving medical treatment after vehicle attacked in Mfuleni

Two police officers are receiving medical treatment after the vehicle they were travelling in came under attack in Mfuleni. The assault came after the City of Cape Town law enforcement officials demolished illegally erected shacks on Sunday. An angry crowd pelted officers with stones and later set their vehicle alight. Cases of public violence, attempted […]

City of CT: Repairs to vandalised sewage pump stations expected to cost R30 million

The City of Cape Town said that theft and vandalism of water and sewage pump stations would cost it millions of rands. Twenty-five sewage pump stations have been vandalized or impacted by theft. The city said that while a full cost analysis would be conducted, it estimated that these operating costs, including repairs and hiring […]

Well-known pastry chef and confectionist killed in drag race

At least five people have died this Easter weekend on Cape Town roads including a well-known pastry chef and confectionist who was killed during an apparent drag race. Melyssa La Vita, 30, was the owner of her cake and confectionery business called “The Cake Fairy by Melyssa” and was based in Strandfontein. City of Cape […]

Mayor Plato proposes no salary hike for City of CT staff to ease burden on residents

Mayor Dan Plato has proposed no salary increases for the City of Cape Town staff. He presented the city’s annual budget of almost R56.5 billion on Wednesday. The document will be published for public comment before approval. Plato said they would petition the Local Government Bargaining Council to not award any salary increases for staff […]

City of CT wants Portnet to investigate viability of relocating the metro’s port

The City of Cape Town wants Portnet to investigate the viability of relocating the metro’s cargo port to Saldanha. The municipality said on Tuesday the location of the container facility meant windy conditions often hamper productivity, which affected economic growth. “Last year we had a Table Mountain Cable car not operating for about 75 to […]

City of CT offers R5 000 reward for info on library vandalism

The City of Cape Town is calling on the public for assistance in curbing vandalism at its libraries. This follows a spate of attacks at facilities in recent weeks. At least seven libraries have been targeted in areas such as Retreat, Strand, Wynberg and Delft. The municipality’s Zahid Badroodien said that a R5,000 reward was […]

Heavy police presence at Kraaifontein protest, journos targeted with rocks

Protestors in Kraaifontein have pelted rocks at members of the media amid tension in the Bloekombos area. There’s a heavy police presence, but earlier there were only around 100 demonstrators on the streets. The City of Cape Town initially reported a crowd of about 3,000 people in the vicinity of the race track. As we […]