Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis has written to the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality offering Cape Town’s assistance to help that city weather the threat of Day Zero.

He says the assistance would be made available in the form of technical support and advice.

The Mayor says the memories of Cape Town’s own Day Zero are still fresh in residents’ memories.

Read Hill-Lewis’ full statement here.

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Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis has announced that the City has started fast-tracking social housing projects to provide urgent much-need housing opportunities to Mother City residents.

As part of this drive up to 6,500 social housing units are being built which would soon be made available in central Cape Town, the Voortrekker Road Corridor, and Pine Road and Dillion Lane in Woodstock.

Hill-Lewis says these different housing developments are in various stages of completion.

Read Hill-Lewis’ complete statement here.

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Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula says managers at different sections of rail-network agencies will be held accountable for the failure of services that end up affecting commuters.

The Minister last week paid the Mother City a visit to gauge the progress that is being made to repair and recover the Central Line service which runs between the CBD and Pinelands.

Mbalula says infrastructure, that has now been repaired and replaced, should also be better protected.

He says it is not only the government’s responsibility to care for and protect the rail infrastructure.

Mbalula says those, employed in senior positions at the province’s rail agencies, should take more pride in their work and be more proactive in the upkeep and protection of this national asset.

He says the government has a limited budget and can’t keep on repairing damaged and vandalized rail infrastructure.

Cape Town Tourism says it is encouraged by the recovery in tourism numbers seen in the Mother City, in April of 2022.

The organization’s CEO Enver Duminy says this up-tick in visitor numbers was seen in both the domestic and international tourism segments.

Duminy says in March of 2022 they recorded a 72% recovery in domestic arrivals and a 62% recovery in international arrivals.

Get the latest updates here.

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Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis has invited international businesses, attending this year’s Mining Indaba, to set up offices here in the Mother City.

He says businesses can then use Cape Town as their base from which to interact and engage with their global partners.

Hill-Lewis officially opened the investment gathering at the CTICC this week where he welcomed more than 6,000 visitors to the City.

He says Cape Town already plays home to hundreds of other international companies and has the necessary workforce, infrastructure, and skills.

Hill-Lewis told delegates that South Africa needs serious and urgent economic reform to grow the economy, create jobs and get people out of poverty.

He says in Cape Town, the local government is showing what can be achieved with a capable state and taking bold steps towards becoming the best place in Africa to do business.

He adds that the City is ramping up our call for “functional federalism”.

This means that where other spheres of government can perform functions more effectively than the national government, those functions should be devolved.

He invited CEOs and executives of firms considering leaving South Africa for elsewhere on the continent or around the world, to not leave South Africa without finding out what Cape Town has to offer.

Read the Mayor’s complete statement here.

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