A glance at news from 2017

2017-12-19 06:00

As the year draws to a close, People’s Post takes a look at some of the breaking news in 2017.

January

. Following the rollout of extra City of Cape Town Law Enforcement officers during the festive season, the Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID) and the Long Street Association secure the dedicated services of 18 officers for a year.

. New surveillance is planned for District Six by ward councillors Dave Bryant and Brandon Golding, with a portion of each councillor’s ward allocation budget being allocated towards a CCTV surveillance camera beneath the Russell Street bridge.

February

. The Mouille Point Maze becomes a safety concern after the owner’s death, with the City of Cape Town stepping in to prevent vandalism and vagrancy.

. A pilot project to ease homebound traffic in the afternoons in the CBD provides six traffic wardens in a partnership between the City of Cape Town and the CCID.March

. Six proposals for the areas under the unfinished bridges in the foreshore go on display for the public to view and comment on.

. The City of Cape Town unveils a plan to create a safe space for homeless people to live, which will provide a sleeping spot and access to services.April

. Security concerns are raised after drug paraphernalia is found at the Mill Street skate park in isolated incidents.

. A steering committee to improve the management of the Grand Parade is set up to work closely with the City Hall Steering Committee, which is driving the building’s R27m refurbishment plan.

May

. The process to name De Waal Drive after PAC struggle icon Phillip Kgosana begins.

. A motion to increase the number of Law Enforcement officers in ward 115, which includes the CBD, is submitted to the subcouncil. It is later confirmed that a lack of manpower will not allow for this increase.June

. With 10 buildings under construction in Sea Point and another nine in the planning stages, community groups say the developments and increased property prices are slowly driving out residents who have lived in the area for years.

. A dedicated Law Enforcement officer on Long Street, funded through the ward 115 allocation budget and based in upper Long Street, collects over R96 000 in fines in just one month.

July

. The Sea Point public swimming pool is closed for repairs after the facility took a battering during a heavy storm in June.

. A proposal to enlarge the control of a municipal entity, to manage the Cape Town Stadium on behalf of the City of Cape Town, looks to include the Green Point Urban Park.August

. Sea Point business owners are fuming following a more than 50% increase in parking tariffs, which they say is hurting their bottom line. The area sees an increase in parking tariffs from R2.80 every 15 minutes (R11.20 an hour) to R4.40 per 15 minutes (R17.60 per hour).

. A R40m project to upgrade the Strand Street concourse, built as an underground pedestrian walkway in the early 1970s, is completed.September

. A legal dispute between the Bo-Kaap Civic Association, the City of Cape Town and the developer of a proposed high-rise building is named as the cause of delays in the approval of five heritage protection overlay zones.

. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz Mocaa) is officially opened at the V&A Waterfront after R600m is pumped into the four-year project.

October

. A development in the inner City looks to give new life to one of Cape Town’s historical squares, as commercial regeneration specialist Urban Lime steadily acquires properties around Church Square, a national monument.

. Cape Town Central Police Station posts the highest number of crimes in the country for the top 17 most serious crime categories.

November

. The tender to restore the Lightfoot Memorial Fountain, which stands in honour of missionary Archdeacon Thomas Lightfoot (1831–1904), is put out to public tender.

. A pilot project to improve the management of St George’s Mall and Greenmarket Square, in a partnership between the City of Cape Town and the CCID, is extended for another six months.

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