City Of Cape Town (Cape Town)

8 November 2012

South Africa: Media Release and Statement By Executive Mayor, Alderman Patricia De Lille, At Festive Season Media Briefing Held At the Civic Centre

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High wind speeds caused the collapse of a temporary scaffolding structure leaving one died and 19 injured.

press release

I would like to start today's proceedings by expressing my condolences on behalf of the City of Cape Town to the family and friends of the member of the public who passed away as a result of injuries caused by last night's tragic accident outside Cape Town Stadium.

I would also like to express my sympathies to the people who were injured and assure them all that they are in the City's thoughts and prayers and that we all wish them a speedy and full recovery.

Of the 12 people hospitalised last night, there has been one sad death, another who remains in a serious condition and the remaining 10 members of the public affected are being closely monitored.

I would also like to give the assurance that the City has moved proactively to institute an independent external investigation into the causes of the incident.

The investigation will be headed by a structural engineering firm.

A City of Cape Town team is also already working with the SAPS and the event organisers as part of the investigation process. We have been assured of, and are grateful for, the full cooperation of the event organisers, BIG Concerts.

I would also like to recognise the professional and swift response of the emergency service personnel who were immediately on the scene of last night's accident to provide the necessary medical care.

Last night's tragedy underscores the need for careful preparation for major events. To this end the City has been working to ensure that we are fully prepared for the forthcoming Festive Season.

As part of our commitment to build a Safe and Caring City, we have put in place a comprehensive plan to enhance public safety during the Festive Season.

Every year around this time, the City welcomes thousands of visitors who come here for leisure travel or to visit their loved ones.

The aim of the City's Festive Season Plan is to increase visible policing to minimise road accident; tackling alcohol and drug related crimes; targeting drunk drivers through holding roadblocks; assisting motorists to ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy; keeping the city clean and providing prompt and adequate emergency services when they are needed throughout the city.

It also ensures that all City facilities, such as municipal swimming pools are managed effectively and able to cope with the increased demand.

Our law enforcement teams will enforce all municipal by-laws with a view to protecting the rights of all who visit our city.

The City's key service delivery depots will be fully operational to ensure that locals and visitors alike can enjoy the best of Cape Town, in safety.

I would like to make a special appeal to all residents, parents and visitors to take personal responsibility for their own safety, and further ensure that their actions do not expose other people to harm.

I would also like to thank the thousands of City officials who will be working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that our beaches, roads and key amenities are clean and secure.

To this end, I will be visiting all our key service delivery depots starting on the 9^th December 2012 to show my appreciation for the work they do.

It is as a result of their dedication that the rest of us will be able to have a fun-filled and joyous Festive Season.

Issued by: Integrated Strategic Communication and Branding Department, City of Cape Town

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