The City of Cape Town encouraging the unemployed to join it’s jobseekers database

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The City of Cape Town, as part of thier efforts to build an opportunity city in which they make progress possible together with oit’s residents, is calling on all jobseekers to register on the City’s jobseekers database at their local subcouncil office.

‘It is from this database that we provide work opportunities to those seeking work in our city. We know that there is no opportunity like a job opportunity and this administration is committed to alleviating the plight of the most vulnerable residents of our city’, said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Social Development and Early Childhood Development, Councillor Suzette Little.

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Those on the jobseekers database will be considered for work through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). Employment through the EPWP is temporary, with contract appointments varying in length.

Since 2011, the City has created more than 100 000 work opportunities through the EPWP.

EPWP projects now occur at nearly 950 sites around the city, providing economic relief for EPWP workers and helping to improve service delivery.

Residents can access short-term work opportunities through the EPWP by registering on the subcouncil’s jobseekers database. Workers are randomly chosen from the database and are notified by telephone when they are selected for possible job opportunities.

In order to register, residents must visit their local subcouncil office in person. Those residents who are already registered must make sure that they update their details at their local subcouncil office regularly to improve their chances of employment. Jobseekers who do not update their details in a 12-month period will have their registration re¬moved from the database. Jobseekers are requested to update their information should any of their details change and must also remember to re-register if they have moved from one place to another in the city.

New strategy to improve metered taxi services

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The City of Cape Town has developed a new strategy, intended to improve the metered taxi services in the city. In addition to more appropriate fare regulation and significant changes to metered taxis’ pick-up conditions, the new by-law to stem from this strategy will set minimum service standards as well.

The moratorium on the issuing of new operating licences for the metered taxi industry will be lifted on 1 December 2014 and all new applications will be dealt with in terms of the new strategy.

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The intention of this strategy and the subsequent vehicle standards and safety specifications, policies and by-law is to improve the performance and service delivery of the metered taxi industry in the city. The interventions to be developed will systematically address issues of concern such as:

  • electronic hailing (e-hailing)
  • the quality of vehicles
  • poorly trained drivers
  • relatively high tariffs that are unrelated to the quality of service rendered
  • the lack of services outside the Cape Town central business district (CBD)
  • the lack of universal accessibility for passengers with special needs
  • inadequate regulation and law enforcement

‘This transition will not happen overnight but over a period of three years to enable the industry and the City to adapt accordingly. Through this strategy, Transport for Cape Town (TCT) also intends to address the challenges faced by the industry, as pointed out by the metered taxi operators during six City-led workshops that were held in April this year,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.

In terms of the new strategy, metered taxis will no longer be constrained by a pick-up radius but allowed to pick up and drop off passengers anywhere in the city. TCT, in developing the new strategy, consulted with the Western Cape Metered Taxi Council and did a comparative study of international best practice in cities such as New York, Dublin, Sydney and Nairobi.

Illegal operators will be provided with a window period to legalise their operations by applying for an operating licence as a base operator.

It is envisaged that the necessary policies and by-law will be developed during the current financial year, that the new fare structure will be piloted in 2015/16, and that the other changes will follow thereafter.

‘These changes will enhance the status and accountability of the metered taxi industry, while at the same time improving residents’ confidence and trust in their services. Furthermore, this strategy is part of our commitment to building a City that is well-run and caring to residents and visitors alike, as well as to road users with special needs by improving on the universal accessibility of metered taxis,’ said Councillor Herron.

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Mothers Standing Up To Gangsterism

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On the 5th of November 2014 Africa Unite hosted a dialogue at 6 Spin restaurant with a group of women from the Hanover Park Community located in Cape Town.

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This dialogue was requested by the female role models on how to deal with the challenges of gangsterism facing this are on the Cape Flats.

It has been noted that most of the problems expressed during this open dialogue, was the concern of gangersterism in this area and the effect it has on daily living.\

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Due to the concern raised a need for a woman’s support group was realized. With a strong focus on children, activities will be created to help support affected families and interact with gangs and drug dealers with the bond being children,.

This movement is intended to extend to all areas of Hanover Park. The next meeting will be held on the 20th of November 2014.

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A New Flag For South Africa (The epitome of ubuntu-ness and it’s Eco friendly)

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No, we’re not getting a new National Flag…they are building one and YOU can be a part of it!

A South African flag is being built (or planted) Camdeboonear near Graaff Reinet. It will be so big that it can be seen from space. Awesome

The word Camdeboo is derived from the Khoi word meaning ‘green pool’ or ‘green hippo pool’ from the Khoi Cam-/Kam- ‘green’ and -debo(o) ‘pool, hippo pool’. This area is steeped in heritage and culture and now that it’s home to The Giant Flag and you can join us in putting the Camdeboo back on the map!

In the true spirit of Ubuntu the whole world is invited to join in. You can be a part of this by adopting a plant or solar panel

it will be viewable from space and the size of 66 soccer fields, The Giant Flag will not only claim its place as a natural wonder, but also as a new model of economic stimulus for previously disadvantaged communities

Add to that tourism and the great effect that the Spekboom will have on the environment just makes it WONDERFUL.

So please go to the The Giant Flag and be a part of it. You won’t be sorry.

SWAT Team ‘Save’ Halloween At Children’s Hospital

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A SWAT team in Toledo, Ohio, dressed up as superheroes and popular comic book characters for Halloween this year, for a special trick-or-treat visit to Promedica Toledo Children’s Hospital.
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The children were seated down to watch a “news” report that a devious villain, called Dr. Trickster, had plotted to stop Halloween from happening.

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The team then made their appearance outside the windows of the hospital by rappelling down the side of the building, to carry out a staged fight to arrest the villain.

Watch the heartwarming video to see the kids enjoying their special Halloween celebration with the SWAT team.

The Pokémon Philosphy

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What people don’t know about me is that I was… and still kinda am  a great Pokémon fan.

For those that don’t know, Pokémon started as a NES game and then become a very succesful tv series and movie franchise. In most incarnations of the fictional Pokémon universe, a Trainer that encounters a wild Pokémon is able to capture that Pokémon by throwing a specially designed, mass-producible spherical tool called a PokéBall  at it. If the Pokémon is unable to escape the confines of the Poké Ball, it is officially considered to be under the ownership of that Trainer. Afterwards, it will obey whatever its new master commands, unless the Trainer demonstrates such a lack of experience that the Pokémon would rather act on its own accord. Trainers can send out any of their Pokémon to wage non-lethal battles against other Pokémon; if the opposing Pokémon is wild, the Trainer can capture that Pokémon with a Poké Ball, increasing his or her collection of creature

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So the fact that I love gaming you can safely assume that I have played all the games brought out in the franchise, and the Pokémon game that I particular remember and really love is Pokémon Black & White

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(I’m probably going to sound like such a stoner BUT….)

I really feel the game asks a lot of philosophical questions, answers you never ask yourself but you need to know. In my opinion the search for life’s meaning plays a big part in the plot of the game. Main characters go through adventures ordinary people can relate, asking questions for example what the purpose of their life, actions and ambitions are and if the ends justify the means.

… they even have a whole PETA plot incorporated into the storyline.

So the game starts with your playable character and two of your friends, who go on this great journey where they meet new people, catch Pokémon and battle other Pokémon trainers.

… think Ash’s adventure from the first season.

One of your friends is obsessed with finding herself and finding out what she wants to  do with her life. and what person can’t relate to that. As a 4th year I too still wrestle with questions on who I want to become and what I want to do with my life.

Your other friend is obsessed with beating all the gym masters and becoming the strongest trainer of them all, to become the ultimate Pokémon champion. At one point of the game, the current Pokémon champion asks him why he wants to become the strongest trainer and what he wants to do once he becomes the strongest.

So while I was playing, at moments i would be catch myself looking out of the window, staring into the nothingness, contemplating my life, like I just read a Maya Angelou poem…

Now the villains of the story are Team Plasma and their goal is to convince all Pokémon trainers to set their Pokémon free, due to Pokémon being wild and their need to be free.

Team Plasma’s actions are full of moral ambiguity. Yes, their beliefs is good but their actions are bad and it makes you ask the question does the end justify the means.

okay, okay, I will concede I putting a lot of meaning into this and sometimes you just want to play a game but this really intrigues me and I firmly believe by asking yourself these questions will help you achieve your destiny, what ever that may be.

So people of the palace, until next time

Stay Awesome

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