The Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services has revealed that many prisons in South Africa are in a state of disrepair. This has raised several safety concerns for both the staff and prisoners. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI), responsible for repairs, has been unresponsive or slow to act, despite an impressive budget of over R8billion. The Parliamentary Committee overseeing prisons has only been informed of the most severe cases, leaving lesserknown issues unaddressed.
The Upper Kenilworth Improvement District (UKID) and Pinelands City Improvement District (PLICD) have recently received approval to operate in their respective areas after months of seeking support. These nonprofit organizations aim to enhance neighborhood safety, cleanliness, and social development by collecting fees from property owners through the City’s rates billing system.
Gordon’s Bay, a charming town located on the Western Cape’s edge, is set to receive a series of road layout and access modifications surrounding its bustling Village Plaza. Spearheading the project, the City’s Urban Mobility Directorate, in collaboration with the Village Plaza Centre’s owners and EFG Engineers, aims to enhance road safety and accessibility to the shopping hub. These changes will not only enhance safety but also provide an opportunity for the town to evolve into a more pedestrianfriendly and accessible space.
The Western Cape Government (WCG) and City of Cape Town (CoCT) are mourning the death of LEAP officer Siphelo Magwa. The 25yearold officer was a victim of a fatal shooting in Crossroads during his offduty hours. He was with his brother and another individual in a vehicle when they were ambushed by three assailants who fired multiple rounds, leaving all three dead at the scene. Magwa had been stationed in the unit at Mitchells Plain and was a committed LEAP officer.
The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Directorate has scheduled a comprehensive planned maintenance work for the water supply infrastructure in several areas, including Bellville CBD, Triangle Farm, Bellville South, Labiance, Greenlands, Glenhaven, and Stikland. This article provides information on the scope of the maintenance work, its purpose, and how residents can prepare for it.
A horrifying bus crash occurred on Saturday evening on the N2 between Mosselbay and Voorbaai, resulting in six deaths and around 32 injuries. The incident involved a collision between two buses, leaving survivors traumatized and authorities scrambling to investigate the cause of the accident.
Over the past week, Cape Town’s enforcement departments have carried out a comprehensive operation, leading to the arrest of 283 suspects and the issuance of 59,834 fines for various offenses. The city’s authorities have expressed their concern regarding the high number of road accidents and are calling for citizens to take responsibility for their own safety and that of others.
The City of Cape Town’s waste removal staff is facing violent threats and extortion attempts while delivering services in the Kosovo informal settlement and the surrounding Philippi East area. Despite the challenges, the City’s frontline delivery staff continues to provide doortodoor waste collection, area cleaning services, and waste disposal shipping containers.
On 14th May 2023, the City of Cape Town announced a new initiative aimed at providing convenient access to various city services and assistance from City officials. The initiative includes the deployment of a Mobile Office in Khayelitsha and the Basket of Services at Lentegeur’s Civic Centre.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Limpopo successfully conducted a road freight operation resulting in the arrest of 26 individuals. These individuals were aged between 19 and 45 and had committed various offenses. The operation took place on Friday, 12 May 2023, along the R555 road in Sekhukhune, which is a part of the Burgersfort policing area.
In the first quarter of 2023, Cape Town’s Metro Police and Law Enforcement Departments made significant strides in their fight against crime, resulting in a notable increase in arrests and confiscations. This article will delve into the factors that contributed to this achievement, the challenges faced by the City’s Safety and Security personnel, and the importance of individual accountability in securing lasting change.
The Wilderness Search and Rescue Western Cape (WSAR) team has seen a recent surge in incidents and urges outdoor enthusiasts to exercise caution when exploring nature. The WSAR has had to respond to five situations in a short period, requiring the aid of both professionals and volunteers.
Mpumalanga Province, located in the northeastern part of South Africa, has experienced a surge in rainfall that has resulted in a significant increase in water levels in various dams and catchment areas. As of the weekly state of reservoirs report dated 08 May 2023, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has released data indicating that the average dam levels in the province have risen from 98.5% to 98.8%. Although this is a welcome development, residents are still encouraged to conserve water due to the country’s overall water scarcity.
Recently, Premier Alan Winde and Western Cape Minister of Mobility Ricardo Mackenzie embarked on a journey from Cape Town to Bellville to assess the state of the city and province’s railway system. Their goal was to witness firsthand the challenges and progress of the train service and understand the concerns and needs of daily commuters.
The Western Cape Government is bracing itself for a challenging winter season, made worse by cold weather and extended load shedding. During a Disaster Management Centre briefing, Anton Bredell, Western Cape Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs, and Development Planning, emphasized the importance of readiness in the face of these challenges.
South Africa’s Eskom has committed to restoring power in various areas of the North West Province by the end of the business day. This comes after an explosion at the Mahikeng main substation in Golfview caused power outages in several parts of the Mahikeng Local Municipality. The affected areas include Golfview, Riviera Park, Mahikeng CBD, Danville, Majemantsho, Dihatshwane, and Mosiane View.