The Motsepe Family in partnership with companies and organisations that they are associated with, have pledged R1 billion to assist with the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its related challenges that are confronting South Africa and the African Continent.

These companies and organisations are:
• Motsepe Foundation
• Sanlam
• African Rainbow Capital (ARC)
• African Rainbow Minerals (ARM)
• and others

The Founder and Chairman of the Motsepe Foundation, Dr Patrice Motsepe said:

“Several hundred million rands will immediately be made available with the primary objective of saving lives and slowing and restraining the spread of the Coronavirus. We are purchasing sanitisers, disinfectants, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and are in discussions with Government, health workers and other stakeholders to assist with acquiring other equipment and making resources available which are essential for dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic. We’ve been advised that access to water for regularly washing hands is crucial for slowing and limiting the spread of the Coronavirus. We are therefore providing water to poor rural and urban communities by purchasing water tanks (jojos), drilling and equipping for borehole water and also building sanitary facilities.

The current lockdown has an impact on the goods, equipment and services that can be purchased immediately and the goods and services which can be provided when the lockdown has been terminated. Our short to medium term interventions include building additional classrooms, computer centers and laboratories in all the 9 provinces of South Africa to assist with the excessively high number of students per classroom in some schools; particularly in the context of the current Coronavirus pandemic and the social distancing requirements. Those schools in the poor rural and urban areas which do not have internet access or facilities will be assisted with study guides, scientific calculators, dictionaries and other educational equipment and facilities identified in consultation with the Department of Basic Education, school principals and teachers.

Poor and underdeveloped communities are ill-prepared to deal with the serious challenges and consequences of the Coronavirus pandemic and are in dire need of our assistance and contributions. We are committed to contribute to the provision of quality education, infrastructure and other facilities to better prepare and equip them to deal with future pandemics or catastrophes.”

We will be working in partnership with:

• traditional leaders, kings, queens and their communities that we have been working with for the past 20 years;
• the 34 Religious and Faith-Based organisations that participate in the annual Motsepe Foundation National Day of Prayer;
• National, Provincial and Local Government authorities;
• Trade Union and other Worker Representative organisations;
• NGOs and other local community representative organisations;
• sport organisations and entities;
• local, provincial and national business and professional organisations;
• black and white farmers and their representative organisations; and
• other organisations or structures that can assist or partner with us in dealing with the current Coronavirus pandemic.

The CEO of Sanlam Ian Kirk said:

“Sanlam has a rich history of always putting our people, our clients and our country first; hence our mantra of ‘Doing well, by doing Good’. Today, we’re proud of the partnership with the Motsepe Family and its associated companies. We believe these efforts will make a meaningful contribution not only towards fighting the Coronavirus, but also in developing the long-term sustainability of South Africans, particularly in poor and rural areas. Periods of profound uncertainty like these call for us to come together to support all the prudent actions that contain the scourge of this virus and its impact on our already fragile economy.”

The CEO of ARC Dr Johan van Zyl said:

“As a nation we are in unchartered waters in terms of the scale and danger that the COVID-19 pandemic presents to South Africans. It is now time for each and everyone of us to demonstrate leadership and help. ARC is a fairly young company with limited financial resources. Yet, it remains important that we make a contribution. In this regard we are partnering with companies and organisations with which we have common interests and share common values to ensure that the positive impact we aim to make is felt.”

We have been in contact with various Ministers and MECs and will also be in contact with the Government’s Coronavirus Solidarity Fund to identify specific initiatives and projects where we can partner and work together. There may be upliftment and developmental undertakings where they are better positioned than we are, in which case we may fund or donate with them on a particular project or partnership.

We want to thank Government for their leadership and cooperation including health workers, police, soldiers, as well as Religious and Faith-Based organisations, traditional leaders, trade union and other worker representative organisations, NGOs and other rural and urban organisations. We also want to thank business and in particular the Rupert and Oppenheimer families, the employees, boards and stakeholders of the companies that the Motsepe Family is associated with, for their assistance and contributions in dealing with the current Coronavirus pandemic.

South Africans have a history of uniting and working together when confronted with major and enormous challenges. We are confident that South Africa will in the medium to long term overcome the life-threatening and economic challenges caused by the Coronavirus pandemic and continue to build a bright and inclusive future for the people of South Africa and the African continent.

Millions of learners across the country are on lockdown and the Western Cape Education Department has called on  every parent to do their bit to ensure that  learners remain focused and stimulated.

The Department is planning for all eventualities – including home-based quality teaching and learning, using a variety of mechanisms including digital web-based resources, radio and televised broadcasts and catch-up programmes for when schools reopen.

The WCED’s ePortal has already been updated for home learning.

Click on the pictures below to access the resources:

Scams:
During the national COVID-19 lockdown, which is under way, residents should be aware of people posing as City officials wanting to do routine work at premises.

If staff need access to a property, residents must insist on City staff cards at the very least.

The only electricity services that continue are first line responses to network faults and breakdowns. Repairs that are imperative from a safety perspective are being prioritised. Repairs on streetlights are being done only if, after an assessment, it is deemed a safety risk for the community or electricity staff.

Water and Sanitation services continue as an essential service, however meter reading has been suspended for the period of the lockdown and affected residents will receive estimated accounts, based on their historical consumption.

All municipal workers and contractors must carry a work order number specific to that dwelling and a City-issued identification card. Residents should ask to check the official identification card before allowing anyone into their home.

The identification card must display the City logo, the name and surname of the staff member or mandated contractor, and must contain an embedded photo of the staff member or mandated contractor. Residents are not to allow anyone onto their premises until they have looked at the card and verified these details.

Any suspicious behaviour must be reported to the City’s law enforcement agencies or the City’s Fraud Hotline on 0800 323 130 or to the South African Police Service.

Key contacts
• For faults and emergencies or to report suspicious behaviour please send an SMS to 31220, or email power@capetown.gov.za or faultreport.centre@capetown.gov.za
• To check the credentials of someone purporting to be working in water and sanitation services, please email water@capetown.gov.za or SMS 31373 (max of 160 characters) or call 0860 103 089 or https://eservices1.capetown.gov.za/coct/wapl/zsreq_app/index.html

Residents can still submit water service requests related to the following, which will be attended to:
• Burst mains
• No water at a property
• Stolen meter
• Water quality complaints
• Sewer blockages/overflows
• Pump station faults/overflows
• Servicing of septic tanks
• Missing/stolen manhole covers

Electricity meter readings:
No on site meter readings are being done.
Billings will be based on estimations done over the lockdown period compared to the usage over the same period in 2019. After the lockdown period, normal billing procedures will resume.

To submit your own electricity reading:
• Register on www.capetown.gov.za/Cityconnect to insert a reading
• Read your own meter on a regular basis and send a photo of the meter reading by email to Electricity.MeterReading@capetown.gov.za or phone 021 444 6286/8432/8478/1554 or 0860 103 089 to give your meter reading

Informal Settlements:
The City deems its basic service offering within informal settlements as ‘critical services’. It continues to provide basic and essential services to existing and historic settlements in accordance with the national standards where it is possible to do so. The Western Cape Government and National Government departments as well as the City are working together to achieve enhanced COVID-19 measures for the most vulnerable groups in society.

Therefore, the City is putting in place measures to ensure the continuation of service delivery within informal settlements through the:
• Ongoing education and awareness drives in informal settlement areas
• Distribution of water supply via water tankers to specific informal settlements that do not have access to running water due to these being recently occupied through land invasion or where it is impossible to provide permanent services
• Ongoing collection of waste within informal settlements
• Ongoing sanitation services within informal settlements

Water restrictions due to municipal debt:
New restrictions due to municipal debt were suspended last week on Friday, 20 March 2020.
As for existing restrictions due to municipal debt, it must be noted: water is not cut off. It is restricted to a running trickle-flow after numerous warning letters have been sent to pay municipal debt and efforts to engage residents on debt management arrangements have not been successful. The water is not cut off, but the flow is reduced so that people can still use the water for hygiene and drinking.

We do this to prevent enormous water wastage and also to ensure that the municipality can still carry on functioning to provide services.

For the reconnection of water, please phone 0860 103 089 and elect option 2 to make a temporary payment arrangement that will be valid until the end of June 2020.

Importantly, as per the City’s Credit Control and Debt Collection Policy:
Customers should agree to an upfront payment and instalments for the next three months of:
• The current account and
• At least 1% of the total debt if the person only defaulted on two previous occasions
OR
• Current account and
• Payment of at least 10% of the total debt if the person already defaulted more than three times

Please continue to pay accounts to ensure the City remains fully functional during this crisis.

For account payments:
• The City encourages account holders to use the City’s online e-services portal to pay their accounts
• Other payment options available to account holders include paying online using their bank’s website or via ATM, at Nedbank
• The City is already listed as a beneficiary with all major banks, so account holders do not need to load bank details when paying online. Account holders can also register with www.paycity.co.za or www.easypay.co.za to pay accounts
• To pay via ATM, account holders can simply contact their bank to add the City as an ATM beneficiary

For information on how to apply for indigent relief, please send an email to indigent.relief@capetown.gov.za or visit www.capetown.gov.za/indigentbenefits

City’s contact centre:
The City’s contact centre has a limited telephone service.

Residents are requested to please log their service requests via SMS, email, or online as far as possible.

Furthermore, services are limited to water, sanitation, and solid waste and reconnections only.

The contact centre is still operating 24/7 to ensure we attend to queries related to essential services.

The contact details are as follows:
• Email – water@capetown.gov.za
• SMS to 31373 (max. of 160 characters)
• Phone 0860 103 089
• Online – go to www.capetown.gov.za, click on ‘City Connect’ and choose the applicable option, for example to report a fault

SA Harvest has called on Capetonians to help feed the thousands of homeless on the Mother City’s streets during the national lock-down.

The organization collects pre-expired food from various businesses across the City, and then distributes it to the City’s homeless.

Chairman of SA Harvest, Gidon Novick, says donations will ensure that the most-vulnerable has access to nutritious meals during this time.

Visit the SA Harvest website for more details.

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SOUTH AFRICAN HIT FILMS, ‘SARAFINA!’ AND ‘MR. BONES’

INCLUDED IN FREE ONLINE LINEUP FOR THE LOCKDOWN PERIOD

Anant Singh and Videovision Entertainment announced today that they will make available a selection of films produced by the company for free viewing online.  These hit films will be available during the lockdown period from Friday, 27 March through to Thursday, 16 April 2020.

The first films offered on the platform are all South African favourites to entertain and inspire viewers:

 

  1. SARAFINA!, based on the stage musical, it is an inspirational film about the youth uprising of 16 June 1976, and stars Leleti Khumalo, John Kani, Robert Whitehead, Miriam Makeba, Somizi Mhlongo and Whoopi Goldberg.
  2. MR. BONES, South Africa’s Number One Box Office Comedy Hit
  3. YESTERDAY, the first South African film nominated for an Oscar starring Leleti Khumalo and directed by Darrell James Roodt.
  4. 2010 – ONCE IN A LIFETIME, which focuses on the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and the excitement and jubilation that this global event brought to South Africa and the African continent.
  5. RED DUST, an intense, courtroom drama on the backdrop of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, starring Oscar winners Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor with Jamie Bartlett.
  6. CELEBRATING MANDELA ONE HUNDRED, traces Madiba’s life from his roots in the Transkei, to becoming one of the greatest leaders the world has seen.
  7. COUNTOWN TO FREEDOM, documents the ten days leading up to our democratic elections and culminates with Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as President, and includes exclusive access to Nelson Mandela as he took the final steps on his walk from prisoner to president.
  8. A HERO FOR ALL, follows the activities of President Mandela from the run-up to South Africa’s first democratic elections and throughout his presidency.
  9. PALJAS, based on the classic Afrikaans book and directed by Katinka Heyns, explores the life of a Karoo family whose lives are changed for the better when a travelling circus leaves behind a clown.
  10. AHMED KATHRADA: A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, follows struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada’s extraordinary life journey as an activist, a Rivonia trialist, a Robben Island prisoner through to his post prison activities and the founding of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation.

The films can be accessed on the Videovision Entertainment portal on Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/showcase/6915595.

 

Singh and Videovision Entertainment have been actively involved in the Covid-19 campaign and crafted awareness videos in partnership with many stakeholders including the Nelson Mandela Foundation.  These videos can be viewed at: https://vimeo.com/showcase/6915930.

 

“For the first time in the modern age, South Africa and the entire world faces a health threat of unprecedented proportions, with uncertainty and concern.  While our President implemented measures to quell the rapid spread of the Covid-19 with the 21-day lockdown, we felt it important to offer some of our films to our nation for free viewing online.  We have selected films that are firm favourites among South Africans,” said Anant Singh.

 

Singh further said, “I commend President Cyril Ramaphosa, his cabinet and the members of the National Command Council for the swift action taken and the implementation of programmes that will hopefully quell the impact of the Covid-19 virus on our people. It is encouraging that initiatives like the Solidarity Response Fund have garnered support and I am delighted to be a participant. I urge all South Africans to take the necessary precautions against the virus and continue to practise good hygiene. May all South Africans be safe during this lockdown period and beyond. God bless us all.”