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As part of nationwide efforts to contain outbreaks of measles, as experienced in several other provinces, the Western Cape Department of Health will be making additional booster doses available for every child under the age of 15 from 6 February until 31 March 2023. These additional measles boosters will ensure healthy and thriving children.

While only five measles positive cases have been reported in the Western Cape to date, these cases are not linked and do not meet the criteria for declaring an outbreak. The Department is, however, encouraging parents and caregivers to take up this life-saving opportunity and support the measles vaccination campaign by ensuring that they keep up with their children’s immunisation schedule and being alert to the symptoms of measles, which is a preventable disease.

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The scheduled loadshedding by Eskom has left numerous households and business owners with no other choice but to plug into generators.

However, the use of generators must comply with the Western Cape Noise Control Regulations of 2013.

It is advisable to consult with neighbours before installing a generator. Users are also urged to please take extra care in soundproofing their units in order to curb noise pollution.

Regulation 5 of the above mentioned Noise Control Regulations is applicable when the generator is operated from a residential property and states: “… A person may not use a pool pump, irrigation pump, refrigeration unit, or any heating, ventilation or air-conditioning equipment, or any similar device, in a residential area if the noise on the property projection plane exceeds 50 dBA or exceeds the residual noise level by more than 5 dBA …”

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The Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy will be conducting public hearings on the Upstream Petroleum Resources Development Bill within the Western Cape Province.

The public hearing for the Overberg will be held as follows:

Date: Saturday, 18 February 2023
Place: Victoria Hall, Caledon
Time: 10:00 - 14:00

The Upstream Petroleum Resources Development Bill seeks to separate petroleum provisions from minerals provisions as currently provided provided for in the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (the MPRDA), 2002 (Act No. 28 of 2002).

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The late David Beattie, founding member of the Cliff Path Management Group (CPMG) in 2002, was honoured by the standing members on Saturday, 4 February 2023, who presented the Beattie family with a newly constructed bench in his memory.

The bench is situated in Kwaaiwater between Siever's Point and Mossel River where the original bench footprint belonging to the Beattie family now reflects three generations on the new structure.

The small ceremony was marked by the presence of David’s wife Jane Beattie and their two children Ian and Jennifer. Councillor Kari Brice, Historian Robin Lee and CPMG Chairman, Ross Dewar and his team Tania Pretorius, Jan Cilliers and Lauren Rainbird were also present.

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The following press release has been issued by the Department of Transport and Public Works on 13 February 2023 with regard to the temporarily re-opening of the R44 with stop-and-go in place:

The section of the R44 known as Clarence Drive has been reopened to traffic with existing stop-and-go arrangements in place.

The road was closed daily from 8am to 6pm as works had to be undertaken following flood damage.

Clarence Drive (the R44) between the Grill Shack (km 53.5) and Steenbras Dam Mountain Pass (km 56.5) was closed for emergency slope stabilisation repairs.

Heavy rains on 11 and 12 December last year caused the slopes above this section of the R44 to become unstable.

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