City of Cape Town still mum over sewage infested ocean

City of Cape Town still mum over sewage infested ocean

City of Cape Town still mum over sewage infested ocean Frightening levels of E-coli pollution found on beaches from Cape Town to Durban still spell disaster for beachgoers this December. By Laura Bradfield – November 26, 2015 Nothing has been done about the 50 million litres of raw sewage, still being pumped into the Cape’s oceans daily. The public was asked to contest this unethical practice in July of this year, and responded. Amongst these letters, was this one shared publically by Dr Jo Barnes from Stellenbosch University’s Community Health Sector to the Director of Waste Management. Absolutely nothing has been done. The European Union refuses to import fish from our coastline due to the high level of toxicity found in the fish captured off our coasts. It makes you wonder, what level of toxicity does the water need to reach before the fish captured from it are no longer fit for human consumption? In a recent interview with Prof. Edda Weimann: The Professor warned of the rising danger of untreated sewage water to the public; saying the risk for children and people with immune disorders is particularly high, although she says, “the beach is a risk to everyone”. Having seen many cases of healthy swimmers and paddlers contracting infections, she confessed to no longer swimming at the beaches herself. “It is up to the public to put pressure on the City to start treating the sewage properly before pumping it into the bay. It is a danger to the public. It could result in an epidemic at any time.”– Prof. E. Weimann South Africans are at the mercy of...
City warns that vehicle licence disc renewal notices are still not being sent

City warns that vehicle licence disc renewal notices are still not being sent

27 NOVEMBER 2015 / MEDIA RELEASE City warns that vehicle licence disc renewal notices are still not being sent   Motorists whose vehicle licence discs expire on 30 November 2015 and are renewable by 22 December 2015 and those whose discs expire on 31 December 2015 and are renewable by 22 January 2016 will not be receiving renewal notices. Read more below:   The City of Cape Town asks motorists to act proactively and to check the renewal date on their existing licence disc to ensure that the necessary arrangements are made, and to renew discs online where possible. Motorists are also reminded that the National Department of Transport’s new requirements apply, i.e. of providing, amongst others, proof of residence when applying for a motor vehicle licence disc renewal.   ‘It is currently the busiest time of the year for our municipal offices, which include our motor vehicle registration centres. This, coupled with the additional requirements and also the lack of renewal notices, is affecting the turnaround time per customer. Motorists and other customers may also experience longer queues than what is the norm. We are doing everything in our power to ease any inconvenience to our residents, including deploying additional staff and moving staff between offices as hotspots arise,’ said the City’s Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson.   Proof of address includes, among others, a utility bill issued by the municipality, and a telephone account or retail store account (provided that it is not older than three months). For a full list of acceptable documents that constitute proof, residents can visit the Western Cape Government website: www.westerncape.gov.za/tpw....
The power of the masses is real!

The power of the masses is real!

The power of the masses is real! For businesses, every social media platform is an opportunity to connect with their target audience. But it’s a double-edged sword. Strategizing and managing even a couple of social media platforms is a daunting task. Especially given that businesses have many promises to keep on social media. Here is some relevant data on social media. 60% of your company mentions on Twitter occur when you aren’t at office. 42% of users who complain on social media expect a response from brands within 60 minutes. 58% of marketers state that original content (written and visual) is the cornerstone of social media marketing. As per DOMO, 2460000 pieces of content is shared every minute on Facebook. On Twitter, users tweet 277,000 times per minute. The power of the masses is...
Paris: You Don’t Want to Read This

Paris: You Don’t Want to Read This

Paris: You Don’t Want to Read This Written by Peter Van Buren  Saturday November 14, 2015 You don’t want to read this, and I take no pleasure in writing it, and no one really wants to hear it right now. But I believe it needs to be said. I join the world in grieving for the dead in Paris. I have grieved for the dead from 9/11 forward — the Australians who died in terror attacks on Bali in 2005, Londoners who died in terror attacks in 2005, the French citizens who died in the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January of this year, the Russians whose plane went down over the Sinai a week or so ago. I grieve also for those killed in smaller attacks already smuggled deep into the obscurity of our memory. And so we Tweet hashtags and phrases in high school French and post GIFs to Facebook. We know what to do; we’ve done this before. But it has to be said, especially looking at the sick repetition of the same story, that despite fourteen plus years of a war on terror, terror seems to be with us as much as ever, maybe even more. It is time to rethink what we have done and are doing. Since that day in 2001, the one with those terrible sparkling blue skies in New York, we have spied on the world, Americans at home and foreigners abroad, yet no one detected anything that stopped the Paris attacks. We gave up much to that spying and got nothing in return. Since 2001, the United States has led nations...
City events inject billions into the local economy

City events inject billions into the local economy

City events inject billions into the local economy   Cape Town has increasingly become a popular events destination of choice. Testimony to this is the significant year-on-year increase in the number of events being hosted in the city. Aside from the huge economic injection into the local economy, the creation of much-needed jobs is also welcomed. While these jobs may be temporary in nature, they afford the individuals an opportunity to gain on-the-job training. Read more below:    The City of Cape Town supported 45 events in the first quarterof 2013 (July to September). This number increased steadily to 90 events in 2014 and to a phenomenal 165 events in 2015. The economic spin-offs from these events hold enormous benefits for the city and its residents. This year there has been a mix of events hosted across the city. A number of national junior sporting events took place at indoor venues during the mid-year school holidays and a range of cultural events and music festivals featured on the events calendar. Other indoor events that were well suited for the winter season were the Innovation Summit, the Maker Faire and various entrepreneurship conferences. Winter festivals seem to be gaining some ground on the more traditional events and this year they took place in Somerset West and Durbanville.   Added to this mix are the bigger sporting events that attract a large number of domestic and international participants and media. These events are the biggest contributors to local coffers. While it is not always possible to establish the economic contribution of all events, the international exposure for the city is phenomenal. The City’s support is part of...
Has Facebook Accidentally Revolutionised Recruitment with its Latest Change?

Has Facebook Accidentally Revolutionised Recruitment with its Latest Change?

Has Facebook Accidentally Revolutionised Recruitment with its Latest Change? From prominence.social This week, Facebook announced a change to the way their messaging systems work, which has the potential to significantly impact the way recruiters reach out to prospective candidates. HeadHunter’s insight: In short, the change means that you are virtually guaranteed to have your recruitment message at least read by a large proportion of Facebook’s massive, and more importantly, very active, audience (that’s 1.5 billion people, 84% of which check it daily, to be precise). The potential of this new feature for recruitment is massive (just look at the example we mocked up above), especially when it comes to connecting with passive talent. With LinkedIn InMails remaining the most popular cold prospecting tool (email is still favoured for warm leads), it is about time there was another option that, when used correctly, has the potential to generate higher response rates. In short, the change means that you are virtual… and for those who are not clear, virtual is a term used by Henri Bergson, Gilles Deleuze and Manuel DeLanda to denote potentiality as being equally real to actuality, but in a different manner....
Social Media Hiring : This doesn’t work if your culture sucks

Social Media Hiring : This doesn’t work if your culture sucks

Social Media Hiring : This doesn’t work if your culture sucks Some people are still skeptical about social media recruiting, though I can’t figure out why. The success stories on both companies and individuals finding their dream match through a social media recruitment campaign keep rolling in. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other emerging platforms are being used by job seekers to network and plan their next career move. With the transparency inherent in social media, employers can learn about candidates like never before. Unlike a resume, social platforms can give you acomprehensive picture of whom you’re hiring. There’s no question that social media is changing the way business works — and the trend goes well beyond marketing. Savvy companies are looking to social media trends to assist with their recruiting and hiring. One of the easiest ways to use social media for recruiting is to review an applicant’s own public postings and accounts, providing a better picture of him or her as a potential employee. But be careful. Once you review a candidate’s online profile, a court will assume you are aware of that person’s “protected characteristics” that are often part of their online postings.   These characteristics include gender and race as well as those that are not always evident in a face-to-face interview such as religion, age, sexual orientation or disability. In such cases employers need to be particularly careful not to expand their interview questions or decision-making beyond legal interview limits. Social media also allows for connections with candidates in a more personal and engaging manner. Social media can be used to form relationships with candidates and create an outlet of communication that may...
Criminals fail to outrun City’s Ghost Squad

Criminals fail to outrun City’s Ghost Squad

Criminals fail to outrun City’s Ghost Squad CITY OF CAPE TOWN 21 SEPTEMBER 2015 MEDIA RELEASE Bigshot TV City traffic officers were led on their fair share of high-speed chases this weekend, but the law-breakers came off second best. Read more below: A motorist will appear in court soon, after fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run incident in Athlone and leading the City of Cape Town’s Ghost Squad on a high-speed chase. The driver, in a Toyota Cressida, hit a female pedestrian on the corner of Klipfontein and Hazel Roads just before 22:00 on Saturday 19 September 2015. Ghost Squad members on patrol in the area gave chase as the motorist sped off towards Gugulethu. He eventually came to a stop after colliding with another vehicle in Crossroads and then fled on foot, but officers caught up with him. The suspect was taken to the Athlone Police Station and will appear in court on charges of reckless and negligent driving and fleeing the scene of an accident. Hours later, the Ghost Squad arrested three motorists for reckless and negligent driving while responding to complaints of illegal street racing in Mitchells Plain. Two others were arrested for drunk driving – one of whom refused to stop, leading officers on a chase which eventually ended in Philippi. He was found to be four times over the legal blood-alcohol limit. ‘In both cases, these motorists are facing charges additional to those which put them on our radar in the first place. The lesson here is to just pull over and take responsibility for your actions,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for...
Bigshot TV on Facebook – a World First

Bigshot TV on Facebook – a World First

Bigshot TV on Facebook – a World First Bigshot TV Plans BigShot Media, who are undoubtedly the leading endurance sports event TV Production Company in Africa joined forces with Paparazzi Studios and Majohi Consultants to launch Bigshot TV on 10 October 2015 with a full program line-up they will stream live off the Bighsot TV Facebook Page, a world first.   The technological breakthrough is as a result of months of testing by BigShot Live and showcased on Bighost TV, a division of BigShot Media, the production company that’s responsible for the TV coverage of many of South Africa’s most significant mountain bike and triathlon events, including the ABSA Cape Epic, Cape Pioneer Trek, DuToit Tankwa Trek and the Standard Bank Ironman. Bigshot TV is all about combining creativity and technology to deliver quality viewing that is freely available directly on the Facebook platform internationally. Simply visit the Facebook page at this URL link https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bigshot-TV/959482407422078?ref=hl and ‘LIKE’ the page. To watch Bigshot TV Live, all you have to do is click on the LIVE TV button on top of the Bigshot TV Facebook page where you normally find the buttons for PHOTOS – FRIENDS – EVENTS – VIDEOS etc. to view. You can also ‘share’ the page to various other social media platforms are at the bottom of the LIVE TV page at this URL link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bigshot-TV/959482407422078?sk=app_1481957128771221 Sneak preview for the Bigshot TV line-up A sneak preview of the Bigshot TV Program Line-up promises cover across various topics showcasing West Coast talent and news with 5 categories including entertainment, music, movies, tourism, extreme events & sport, a Bigshot Car show, Bigshot Schools, a virtual...
Bigshot TV a World First

Bigshot TV a World First

Bigshot TV a World First Media Release: Friday 4 September 2015 by Heidi Croxford The Tour of Homewood mountain bike stage race will make technology history when it becomes the first mountain bike stage race to offer live-streaming coverage for the complete event on BIGSHOT TV a world first straight off the Bigshot TV Facebook page  Action from the three-day race, which will be based at the Fancourt Golf Estate in the town of George in South Africa’s Western Cape province, will be able to be followed via a livestreaming feed on Bigshot TV The technological breakthrough is as a result of months of testing by BigShot Live and showcased on Bighost TV, a division of BigShot Media, the production company that’s responsible for the TV coverage of many of South Africa’s most significant mountain bike and triathlon events, including the ABSA Cape Epic, Cape Pioneer Trek, DuToit Tankwa Trek and the Standard Bank Ironman. BigShot Media, who are undoubtedly the leading endurance sports event TV production company in Africa. joined forces with Paparazzi and Majohi and is launching Bigshot TV on 10 October 2015 with a full program lineup they will stream live off the Bighsot TV facebook Page, another world first. They are all about combining creativity and technology to deliver quality viewing and we have no doubt they will make a success of this pioneering project at the Tour of Homewood,” The Tour of Homewood The Tour of Homewood starts on Friday 4 September and comprise of three stages with distances ranging from 55-76km per day with 1200–1700m of vertical ascent. Each stage will start and finish at...