Dan Plato

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Dan Plato said : “As we await relief funding to become available from the national government, City of Cape Town officials remain hard at work assisting residents,” “Funding will be channelled ... through the Western Cape government as per legislated requirements. The city is doing its best to expedite the process as far as its powers allow” External link

iol Tuesday, December 22, 2020 4:38:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "Disaster management officials have announced that this fire was likely caused by an attempted land invasion. It is shameful that a humanitarian disaster, resulting in the total loss of people's homes and belongings, has been caused by criminal elements. Because of this criminality, thousands will now spend their Christmas having to rebuild their structures," External link

news24 Monday, December 21, 2020 10:12:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We need to clear the site and that will commence within the next hour or so. It will take about two days for the site to be cleared,” External link

eyewitness-news Friday, December 18, 2020 6:14:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We need to clear the site and that will commence within the next hour or so. It will take about two days for the site to be cleared,” External link

eyewitness-news Friday, December 18, 2020 6:14:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "Instead of policing beaches with heavily armed police officers and intimidating innocent sun bathers, the national police minister should be in our most crime-affected communities, making sure that gangsters are caught and put behind bars, making our communities safer," External link

news24 Friday, December 18, 2020 8:12:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The Mother City has been given a reprieve by not being declared a hot-spot area and the City will do everything possible to ensure compliance with the restrictions, as well as the amended restrictions that have been announced,” External link

iol Tuesday, December 15, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato wrote : “Paint City cannot accommodate approximately 1,100 and moving so many people to one tent will lead to the contravention of the regulations in a number of ways, not least of which is the requirement for social distancing, which will be impossible in terms of what you plan,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, November 26, 2020 2:07:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “I want to assure the public that we will not tolerate lawlessness in this City, and the EFF will be held accountable for the damage caused,” “Where private property has been damaged during today’s protest action, I want to encourage property owners to alert the City, so that our legal team can assess the feasibility of private property owners joining the City’s case against the EFF,” External link

citizen Saturday, November 21, 2020 9:07:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "I want to assure the public that we will not tolerate lawlessness in this City, and the EFF will be held accountable for the damage caused," "Where private property has been damaged during today's protest action, I want to encourage property owners to alert the City, so that our legal team can assess the feasibility of private property owners joining the City's case against the EFF," External link

news24 Saturday, November 21, 2020 2:23:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "I want to apologise unreservedly to the member of the public, whose name is not yet known to me, for what he experienced this morning. The manner in which this situation was handled is not what we expect from our staff," External link

eyewitness-news Friday, November 20, 2020 1:12:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “I want to apologise unreservedly to the member of the public, whose name is not yet known to me, for what he experienced this morning. The manner in which this situation was handled is not what we expect from our staff,” External link

citizen Thursday, November 19, 2020 11:55:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “It must be emphasised that the full dams are an achievement we arrived at collectively. Cape Town has always been a city of action. The measures put in place to conserve water were an indication of how determined the City was to not run out of water” External link

iol Wednesday, October 28, 2020 2:56:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato wrote : “The city has always maintained that local governments have the constitutional power and obligation to procure renewable energy,” External link

pv-magazine Tuesday, October 27, 2020 6:45:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “To all my team members, everyone who worked very hard, thank you for your support and hard work. Let me state that Grant was never my enemy, he was just a competitor. I have had a number of discussions with Grant” External link

iol Monday, October 26, 2020 2:25:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “I would be willing to stand if the party chose to nominate me” External link

iol Sunday, October 25, 2020 2:12:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Based on the first 10 500 litres of water used plus 15mm, the average bill will be R411.99 on the no-restriction, water-wise tariff. This is compared to R785.38 under the Level 6B tariff at the peak of the drought,” External link

citizen Wednesday, October 21, 2020 1:15:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We are situated in a water-scarce region so we will always need to ensure we are sustainable and future-fit,” External link

iol Tuesday, October 20, 2020 5:49:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “This includes the maintenance of infrastructure and making sure Cape Town is resilient by investing in and adding new sources to its water supply and becoming a water-sensitive city,” External link

iol Tuesday, October 20, 2020 5:49:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “I am consulting with branches and making sure they are heard,” External link

iol Wednesday, October 14, 2020 6:22:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Campaign funds for an internal party elective process are an internal matter and, therefore, no candidate can reasonably be required to publicly divulge this information. The candidate will, however, fully disclose this information to the party in order to provide assurance that no public funding or resources were used for the campaign, just as the other candidates should be required to do,” External link

iol Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:32:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The event in question was attended by a variety of persons from the community, with some wearing clothing indicating support for different political parties. There are photos of the event available that support this statement and show the true intent of the event,” External link

iol Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:32:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The last couple of weeks there were talks about whether the metro is broken, I don’t know what this means, those are not my words. I did not say those words, that would be an exaggeration. I would say there is work to be done. The pilot who refuses to see that they are flying too low and ignores the warning signals will crash into the mountain” External link

iol Tuesday, October 6, 2020 4:10:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said ( about Commission ) : “The South African Human Rights Commission [SAHRC] in recent weeks initiated court proceedings against the City of Cape Town to interdict us from preventing unlawful land occupations,” External link

citizen Friday, October 2, 2020 10:55:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said ( about Commission ) : "The South African Human Rights Commission [SAHRC] in recent weeks initiated court proceedings against the City of Cape Town to interdict us from preventing unlawful land occupations," External link

news24 Friday, October 2, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The City stands by its information and comments made to the portfolio committee on human settlements,” “In fact, the groups making these allegations staged highly publicised land invasions of CBD properties earmarked for affordable housing and social upliftment. The facts of their pro-land invasions stance are public and for all to see” External link

iol Thursday, October 1, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato added : "We have already worked throughout the lockdown to support soup kitchens with equipment and ingredients so that they can provide a warm meal to residents in need, but we have seen that many of our residents still need assistance with food aid," External link

news24 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 4:43:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “I hope Kinnear’s death will open many eyes,” External link

iol Friday, September 25, 2020 11:48:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Cape Town is one of the top tourist destinations in the world, and plays a major role in attracting many international conferences to our city. I am glad to see how the facilities in our City are being adapted to welcome guests safely once the borders are re-opened. Tourism is a crucial economic driver in Cape Town, with thousands of job opportunities being created, so I am looking forward to seeing the many international visitors once again returning to our beautiful city in the very near future” External link

africanewswire Thursday, September 17, 2020 1:57:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “From the City’s side, the food aid programme will continue, we have availed a budget of R30m and capacitated over 200 soup kitchens,” External link

iol Friday, September 11, 2020 1:53:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We need public order policing support to protect land intended for housing, community facilities, schools, transport, and basic services,” External link

iol Tuesday, September 8, 2020 11:39:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “In so doing, the court failed to consider properly, or at all, evidence put up by the City regarding the devastating social consequences of unchecked unlawful land occupations and why the remedy of counter-spoliation is necessary for the City to fulfil its constitutional obligations in respect of housing and service delivery,” External link

citizen Wednesday, September 2, 2020 3:08:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The impact of this on all municipalities and our country as a whole will be devastating,” “Court rolls will be flooded with applications by landowners, both private and public, seeking urgent and immediate determinations of whether or not a particular structure is occupied and subject to the [Prevention of Illegal Eviction from and Unlawful Occupation of Land] PIE Act requirement of an eviction order” External link

citizen Wednesday, September 2, 2020 3:08:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We will continue to stand up for the residents of our City and we will act to prevent land invasions until the ruling has been reviewed,” External link

citizen Wednesday, September 2, 2020 3:08:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : "In so doing, the court failed to consider properly, or at all, evidence put up by the City regarding the devastating social consequences of unchecked unlawful land occupations and why the remedy of counter-spoliation is necessary for the City to fulfill its constitutional obligations in respect of housing and service delivery," External link

news24 Tuesday, September 1, 2020 11:53:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "The impact of this on all municipalities and our country as a whole will be devastating," "Court rolls will be flooded with applications by landowners, both private and public, seeking urgent and immediate determinations of whether or not a particular structure is occupied and subject to the [Prevention of Illegal Eviction from and Unlawful Occupation of Land] PIE Act requirement of an eviction order" External link

news24 Tuesday, September 1, 2020 11:53:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "The right to protect land from invasion would be severely limited by the interdict requiring the city to obtain a court order to demolish unoccupied structures, i.e. structures that do not qualify as homes," External link

iol Tuesday, September 1, 2020 11:34:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "The (High) Court failed to consider properly, or at all, evidence put up by the city regarding the devastating social consequences of unchecked unlawful land occupations and why the remedy of counter-spoliation is necessary for the city to fulfil its constitutional obligations in respect of housing and service delivery," External link

iol Tuesday, September 1, 2020 11:34:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "To put it bluntly, people illegally invade land for the financial pay-off," "They occupy the land illegally and then sell pieces of land" External link

eyewitness-news Friday, August 28, 2020 9:41:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "To put it bluntly, people illegally invade land for the financial pay-off," "They occupy the land illegally and then sell pieces of land" External link

pulse Friday, August 28, 2020 4:24:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato added : “It sets a dangerous precedent for all landowners. If left unchallenged the interdict would make it almost impossible for landowners to protect their property from unlawful occupation and to prevent people from establishing homes, albeit unlawfully, on the property of others,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, August 27, 2020 12:06:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “If left unchallenged, the interdict would make it almost impossible for landowners to protect their property from unlawful occupation and to prevent people from establishing homes, albeit unlawfully, on the property of others. The knock-on effect of the large-scale, orchestrated land invasions we have seen is simply devastating for Cape Town, its communities, residents in general and the City,” External link

mg Wednesday, August 26, 2020 7:18:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “It could be that the extent of unlawful land occupation on public land would be so extensive to the point of undermining all the state’s housing plans and the integrated development plan of this City — as well as all municipalities, for that matter — as there would be no means of protecting any land from occupation,” External link

mg Wednesday, August 26, 2020 7:18:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato added : "The granting of an interdict preventing the City from conducting any counter-spoliation to protect public land without a court order goes far beyond what the Constitution and the Prevention of Illegal Eviction from and Unlawful Occupation of Land (PIE) Act allow," External link

news24 Tuesday, August 25, 2020 11:30:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "The granting of an interdict preventing the City from conducting any counter-spoliation to protect public land without a court order goes far beyond what the Constitution and the Prevention of Illegal Eviction from and Unlawful Occupation of Land (PIE) Act allow," External link

iol Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:45:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "Over the last month we have seen violent and coordinated land invasions in over 30 different parts of the metro," External link

afp-en Tuesday, August 25, 2020 12:35:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : "I am informed officials were acting to protect social housing units from land invasion following many desperate calls for help from the community. Further, that our officers are unharmed having taken cover as shots were fired at them from within a crowd" External link

news24 Monday, August 24, 2020 11:20:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The roll-overs of funding for projects that were committed in the previous financial year, but were not completed by the end of June. The roll-overs ensure that these projects can be completed. A total of R520 million is to be rolled over, compared to the completed capital budget of R6 billion” External link

iol Friday, August 21, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato says : "During an anti-land invasion operation in Khayelitsha on 1 July 2020, an altercation ensued involving law enforcement officials after a member of the public deliberately disrobed. " External link

news24 Sunday, August 16, 2020 6:26:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "All city employees are bound by the Municipal Code of Conduct for staff. Independent disciplinary proceedings will ensure fair and impartial consideration of the matter," External link

iol Saturday, August 15, 2020 8:30:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We believe the constitutional obligation of municipalities to provide sustainable services supersedes Section 34 of the Electricity Regulation Act, and that this provision cannot obstruct a municipality’s obligation to provide the basic service of electricity to residents” External link

iol Thursday, August 13, 2020 12:16:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “And we need to be honest with residents with regards to this issue,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, August 12, 2020 7:59:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato déclaré : "Hisense emploie de plus en plus de main d'œuvre issue d'Atlantis, et cela contribue beaucoup au maintien de l'emploi" External link

french-news Wednesday, August 12, 2020 2:57:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato déclaré : "Hisense emploie de plus en plus de main d'œuvre issue d'Atlantis, et cela contribue beaucoup au maintien de l'emploi" External link

french.china.org.cn Wednesday, August 12, 2020 2:32:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "Hisense is employing more and more of the people of the Atlantis workforce and that helps a lot in regard to continued employment," "We believe Hisense may expand. If the factory were going to expand, that would mean an awful lot to this area because a couple of hundred more people will get job opportunities," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, August 12, 2020 1:18:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato stated ( about Association ) : “As Observatory residents and supporters from outside the suburb, we call on the City of Cape Town to halt current attempts to evict residents on the property at 2 Willow Road, Observatory, and enter into negotiations with the Observatory Civic Association and the Willow Arts Collective towards leasing the old circus school land for this innovative community-driven project” External link

iol Sunday, August 9, 2020 1:05:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “It is unacceptable that opportunistic elements can both announce and proceed to successfully close off major routes, vandalise infrastructure and prevent residents from going about their daily business,” External link

iol Friday, July 31, 2020 5:24:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “As MEC for community safety at the time, I knew that with Kenny Africa in charge of our traffic services I didn’t have anything to worry about” External link

iol Friday, July 31, 2020 3:21:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We said to the national minister that we are looking at a site in Khayelitsha that is full with shacks. They have moved on to a site where council wants to build 400 houses for the disadvantaged community of that area. It will take a long time to get the residents off that site and to get them legally on the housing waiting list” External link

iol Thursday, July 30, 2020 6:23:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato warned : “Attempts to invade land and illegally occupy City projects are threatening housing and human settlements projects to the value of some R1.3 billion. Should these projects be lost, it will not only be to the extreme detriment of potential and future beneficiaries, it is to the detriment of Cape Town as a community. The City is doing all it can to prevent the continued attempts to invade land and projects” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 29, 2020 7:29:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “the mainstreaming of basic service delivery to informal settlements and backyard dwellers remain a key priority for the City” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 29, 2020 7:29:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “It was agreed by all that land invasions cannot be tolerated and must be prevented. I appreciate the national minister’s support in this regard given the overwhelming coordinated nature of land invasions and related criminality,” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 29, 2020 7:29:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato explained : “This requires a mixture of accommodation types, and the City alone cannot shoulder the impact of urbanisation on its own. It needs national government collaboration as well as more private sector partnerships,” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 29, 2020 7:29:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Attempts to illegally occupy land, City projects or community facilities include several orchestrated attempts in Mfuleni, Khayelitsha, Wallacedene, Delft (Blikkiesdorp), Dunoon, Firgrove (Macassar), Milnerton and Nyanga, among others” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 29, 2020 7:29:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato added : "I will also be raising with Minister Sisulu the pending court case by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), supported by the Legal Resource Centre (LRC) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), which aims to prevent the City from carrying out anti-land invasion operations," External link

iol Tuesday, July 28, 2020 6:40:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “It cannot be that a so-called ‘shutdown’ is announced and promoted in advance by opportunistic political groupings, who plan to infringe on the rights of residents,” External link

citizen Monday, July 27, 2020 1:20:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "It cannot be that a so-called 'shutdown' is announced and promoted in advance by opportunistic political groupings, who plan to infringe on the rights of residents," External link

news24 Monday, July 27, 2020 12:50:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "It cannot be that a so-called 'shutdown' is announced and promoted in advance by opportunistic political groupings, who plan to infringe on the rights of residents," External link

news24 Monday, July 27, 2020 9:26:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “It cannot be that a so-called ‘shutdown’ is announced and promoted in advance by opportunistic political groupings, who plan to infringe on the rights of residents,” External link

citizen Monday, July 27, 2020 9:24:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : "It cannot be that a so-called 'shutdown' is announced and promoted in advance by opportunistic political groupings, who plan to infringe on the rights of residents," External link

news24 Monday, July 27, 2020 6:22:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “If the applicant obtains this relief, it would be almost impossible for landowners to protect their property from unlawful occupation and to prevent people from establishing homes, albeit unlawfully, on the property of others,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, July 27, 2020 4:08:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The Adderley Street fountain is an iconic feature in the Cape Town CBD I am thankful to the officials who have worked to restore this landmark within the CBD. This fountain should serve as a reminder to everyone of what can be achieved when we work together to overcome hardships” External link

iol Sunday, July 26, 2020 6:20:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said ( about Cyril Ramaphosa ) : "The hospitality and tourism sectors are vital to Cape Town's economy, but because of the national government regulations, they are facing complete financial ruin. Hundreds of thousands of jobs are in jeopardy, putting further strain on government resources, and limiting efforts to grow our economy," "I call on President Cyril Ramaphosa to give urgent attention to the legitimate concerns of our hospitality and tourism sectors. Various sensible proposals have been made by the representative bodies for these industries, and national government can no longer ignore their plight" External link

news24 Friday, July 24, 2020 6:11:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato announced : "Attempts to illegally occupy land, City projects or community facilities include several orchestrated attempts in Mfuleni, Khayelitsha, Wallacedene, Delft (Blikkiesdorp), Dunoon, Firgrove (Macassar), Milnerton and Nyanga, among others" External link

news24 Thursday, July 23, 2020 9:49:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : "The City, together with law enforcement agencies, is doing its best to thwart the attempts, but it is mostly large-scale, well-planned, well-funded and orchestrated invasions. Actions to prevent the invasions or illegal occupations are also being met in some areas with extreme violence and destruction of property and the breaking down of community facilities," External link

news24 Thursday, July 23, 2020 9:49:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : "A strong message must be sent that wanton acts of vandalism are unacceptable and only rob the community of much-needed services" External link

news24 Tuesday, July 21, 2020 9:42:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "It is disturbing and upsetting that a City service, which assists those with special needs who cannot make use of conventional transport, has been the subject of an attack. I am appalled at the actions of the perpetrators and call on the authorities to bring these callous criminals to book" External link

news24 Tuesday, July 21, 2020 9:42:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "It is disturbing and upsetting that a City service which assists those with special needs who cannot make use of conventional transport, has been the subject of an attack. I am appalled at the actions of the perpetrators and call on the authorities to bring these callous criminals to book," External link

news24 Tuesday, July 21, 2020 6:42:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "The future of the clinic extension will have to be decided now. It is a desperately needed facility and was built in answer to President Ramaphosa's call for local governments to ready themselves for the rise in Covid-19 infections," "More public money, which ironically could have been used to create housing opportunities and deliver other services, will now have to be spent on keeping the facility secure and possibly doing repairs and replacing expensive medical equipment" External link

news24 Monday, July 20, 2020 6:32:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Cape Town’s economy is highly reliant on tourism and related sectors for jobs and economic activity and we know, according to the latest information from Statistics South Africa, that the tourism sector added R18.1-billion to our economy and supported just over 113 000 jobs in 2018,” External link

iol Monday, July 20, 2020 9:35:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : "A sports facility was planned for the invaded site, but the growth of structures now jeopardises this community development opportunity. In Wallacedene this week, residents watched as play equipment was uprooted in a children’s play park by land invaders who have built illegal structures on the land," "The City’s logsheets on land invasions show we are currently facing eight or more illegal land invasions a day across the metro, stretching our resources to the limit" External link

iol Sunday, July 19, 2020 3:54:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato responded : “Yes, it was negative for the City,” External link

citizen Saturday, July 18, 2020 7:35:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “But I got the sense he doesn’t want to talk to me,” External link

citizen Saturday, July 18, 2020 7:35:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato responded : "Yes, it was negative for the City," External link

news24 Saturday, July 18, 2020 4:33:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "But I got the sense he doesn't want to talk to me," External link

news24 Saturday, July 18, 2020 4:33:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Capetonians will now benefit from additional activities through the access to parks. This will assist in enabling daily exercise to increase mental and physical well-being during this challenging time,” External link

iol Monday, July 13, 2020 5:12:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “I am sure our residents will appreciate having these spaces to exercise and enjoy some fresh air. In line with safety regulations, we appeal to residents to continue to practice great caution when venturing outside,” External link

iol Monday, July 13, 2020 5:12:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We will await the findings of the independent investigators in this regard. I have asked that this matter be concluded by no later than Friday, 10 July,” External link

iol Tuesday, July 7, 2020 4:28:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We will await the findings of the independent investigators in this regard. I have asked that this matter be concluded by no later than Friday, 10 July,” External link

iol Monday, July 6, 2020 6:20:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "I have the pictures in front of me. He had clothes on," External link

news24 Friday, July 3, 2020 1:59:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "I want to make it clear that this is not the type of conduct that we tolerate in this city. This is why we have immediately suspended four officers while the matter is investigated without delay," "While the investigation into the conduct of the law enforcement officers and the circumstances surrounding the situation is ongoing, as the mayor of this city, I want to acknowledge that (the gentleman's) dignity was impaired and I am truly sorry for what he experienced" External link

iol Friday, July 3, 2020 7:22:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : "The judge also emphasised that the City has a responsibility to protect the land against invasion and is allowed to remove any new illegally erected structures with immediate effect. Since then, there have been near daily attempts to further invade the land. " External link

iol Friday, July 3, 2020 7:22:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said ( about Lindiwe Sisulu ) : “While evictions are not permitted under the lockdown, the courts, as well as the national Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu, have made it clear that municipalities across South Africa have a duty to prevent illegal land invasions,” “This particular area in Khayelitsha was illegally invaded during the first weeks of the national lockdown and the City responded to requests from the local community to remove the illegally erected structures” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, July 2, 2020 5:47:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "Having watched the video of law enforcement officers responding to an illegal land invasion in Khayelitsha yesterday, and the shameful circumstances that Mr Bulelani Qholani was subjected to, I want to make it clear that this is not the type of conduct that we tolerate in this City," External link

news24 Thursday, July 2, 2020 3:20:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "Since then, there have been near daily attempts to further invade the land. Efforts to prevent illegal land invasions across South Africa require an increasing amount of resources from local municipalities and provinces. From 2018 to date, 357 hectares of private and public land has been invaded in Cape Town alone," External link

news24 Thursday, July 2, 2020 3:20:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said ( about Lindiwe Sisulu ) : "While evictions are not permitted under the lockdown, the courts, as well as the national Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu, have made it clear that municipalities across South Africa have a duty to prevent illegal land invasions," "This particular area in Khayelitsha was illegally invaded during the first weeks of the national lockdown and the City responded to requests from the local community to remove the illegally erected structures" External link

news24 Thursday, July 2, 2020 1:49:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We must continue to strengthen our support and compassion for our fellow residents. These donations are intended to assist organisations feeding residents in need and, as a caring city, we are doing all we can to help residents,” External link

citizen Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:28:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The opposition party will always have something to say, but the fact of the matter is that the AG has given the City an unqualified audit opinion, with findings. We are dealing with a R50bn budget and of course there will be issues, but it does not mean we have not done our jobs,” External link

iol Wednesday, June 10, 2020 8:30:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The last personal contact I had with Shahied was during Ramadan where we cooked food for people. It was a wonderful evening. To see his passion. He had plans to even go deliver food to people in Hermanus. He was a person with a heart for the people and community,” External link

mg Monday, June 8, 2020 6:13:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato added : "We know that many have already lost their jobs or fallen on hard times. That's why we are raising the indigent threshold to R7,000 income per month, and increasing the rates discount for many in this category," External link

allafrica Thursday, May 28, 2020 5:53:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato added : “We know that many have already lost their jobs or fallen on hard times. That’s why we are raising the indigent threshold to R7,000 income per month, and increasing the rates discount for many in this category,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, May 27, 2020 4:38:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The adjustments budget (2019/20) clearly shows the Covid-19 crisis is not a once-off disruptive event. It will have long-term impacts on the City’s operations and programmes, its income sources for service delivery and on the general socioeconomic welfare of its residents and ratepayers,” External link

iol Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato announced : “No new funding for the crisis has been made available by the national government,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, May 21, 2020 7:32:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “While local government might not have the core delivery mandate for social relief, the city is playing its part to assist vulnerable residents who are bearing the brunt of the nationwide lockdown,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, May 21, 2020 7:32:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “All of this forms part of the Dynamic Operating Framework that was rapidly developed and adopted during the early days of the lockdown, and continues to be tweaked as new data becomes available,” External link

citizen Monday, May 18, 2020 9:23:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “This will greatly supplement our existing efforts to support and equip soup kitchens throughout the metro to provide a warm meal to thousands of residents in need,” External link

citizen Monday, May 18, 2020 9:23:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "It is disconcerting that MSF have resorted to distorted criticism of the City rather than volunteering professional services to assist with the care of the homeless”. MSF has responded, saying: “In order to set the record straight, MSF stands by the findings of assessments by our medical staff done at shelters for vulnerable groups during lockdown in South Africa in recent weeks. " External link

iol Thursday, May 7, 2020 1:26:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The City confirmed that the intention was that this was always a temporary site as had been relayed to the applicants before the application was brought. "The court was critical of the fact that the applicants, despite being advised of the City’s intentions, had nevertheless approached the court,” External link

iol Thursday, May 7, 2020 1:26:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “a small number of individuals failed the initial screening process when they originally entered the site three weeks ago, and were sent for Covid-19 testing and were appropriately accommodated in an isolation tent. All tests came back negative” External link

dailymaverick Monday, May 4, 2020 3:19:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Some individuals refused these offers and insisted to be removed from the facility and returned to the areas from where they were originally collected by bus,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, May 4, 2020 3:19:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “I am calling on residents to please continue to practice physical distancing when they are out exercising. Wear a face mask, or a cloth to cover your mouth and nose when you leave home. Do not congregate or exercise in groups. This is for your own safety, and for the safety of others,” External link

citizen Friday, May 1, 2020 6:39:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The court was critical of the community’s application in that it in effect sought to evict the homeless persons from the shelter during a pandemic and without citing the homeless persons as respondents in the application,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, May 1, 2020 4:37:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “As has always been the intention, the shelter will be closing over the coming weeks, and the occupiers will move in a phased approach to a number of decentralised sites,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, May 1, 2020 4:37:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The City of Cape Town and Western Cape Government are working together to ensure a proactive and effective response to the pandemic. Due to the identified shortfall of hospital beds, we need to make use of the available resources at our disposal to adequately address the outbreak and to treat patients on a large-scale. This facility is well-placed with the necessary infrastructure to easily allow the site to be used as a temporary hospital” External link

africanewswire Thursday, April 30, 2020 1:15:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "this donation will take us very very far, and we will definitely engage with other parties on the Cape Flats" External link

peopledaily Friday, April 24, 2020 4:19:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “While I fully understand the stress and pressure many of our residents are facing as a result of the national government Covid-19 lockdown, resorting to violence and breaking the law is never the answer,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, April 23, 2020 4:50:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “There is no doubt that we are operating under difficult and extraordinary circumstances, and we have not escaped the nationwide challenges of shelter operations, especially in the early set-up phase. But together with the existing shelter network, Cape Town has likely achieved the country’s highest per capita service reach to the homeless during lockdown,” External link

mg Tuesday, April 21, 2020 3:24:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “It must be stressed that the emergency shelter is a temporary holding location for purposes of the lockdown. Homeless persons are also not held against their will. Plans are under way to arrange shelter placement or reintegration for all persons at the facility who wish to take up this offer,” External link

mg Tuesday, April 21, 2020 3:24:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We have gangsters, alcoholics and drug addicts all living together and we have professionals on duty to look at their needs. Yes, we get the one or two drug addicts screaming out loud at times, but this is all part of their withdrawal systems. I, therefore, question the findings of the assessment team that no doctors are on duty,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, April 20, 2020 1:49:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : "this donation will take us very very far, and we will definitely engage with other parties on the Cape Flats" External link

xinhuanet_en Saturday, April 18, 2020 5:48:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “I want to call on those political opportunists now, please stop politicising a very serious situation. We are doing whatever we can to ensure that our services continue, that we provide shelter for those who need it, and we are doing it with little to no warning ahead of time. Municipalities across the country are in the same boat, and we are all doing our best to make this work,” External link

mg Thursday, April 16, 2020 10:55:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The community screening and testing initiative started country-wide on Monday, 6 April 2020 to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 in vulnerable communities,” External link

iol Thursday, April 9, 2020 6:31:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We are still dealing with the issue of finding sites. We are still looking at sites to unlock and I’d like to also stress that previously, when we had space available, the homeless did not want to assist the City. Now, when we have this outbreak, they want to be assisted. All spheres of government are involved” External link

iol Thursday, April 9, 2020 3:57:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "The number one priority for all spheres of government must be to complete the relocation operations as soon as possible. City teams are working around the clock on our responsibilities in this regard," External link

iol Tuesday, April 7, 2020 11:51:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Unfortunately, for reasons that are still unknown to me, the removal of the refugees from the church at Green Market Square on Thursday, carried out by SAPS, was premature and did not conform to our agreement in this regard,” “The Wingfield site was not yet ready for occupation and the church refugees were moved to the Paint City site by SAPS without the city’s agreement, while that site was also not yet ready” External link

businessday Monday, April 6, 2020 6:04:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “It is also important to note, that while the city did not support the removal of the church refugees to the Paint City site as it was contrary to prior agreements reached with the national government, the fact is that the removal has taken place and any resultant overcrowding and/or health risks that are triggered at that site will need to be dealt with by all three tiers of government on a co-operative basis,” External link

businessday Monday, April 6, 2020 6:04:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "As part of the process, health screenings will be conducted upon registration at the site, so that we are able to identify individuals who may be at risk due to pre-existing conditions," External link

iol Friday, April 3, 2020 6:10:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Furthermore, we appeal to residents to take into account that the distribution of social grants will commence tomorrow (Monday)… We are therefore expecting an increase in the number of persons who will leave their homes to collect their grants and to visit the shops to stock up on essential goods,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, March 30, 2020 3:09:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “All eye-testing equipment is sanitised after each user. Staff have been issued hand sanitiser, and gloves and masks are on order. Additional sanitation of all work surfaces has been implemented,” “The number of occupants has been limited as per the queuing system” External link

businessday Tuesday, March 17, 2020 8:37:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Tazne did not deserve to die like that. Her mother and father will never see their daughter getting married, they will not see the children of their children” External link

dailymaverick Saturday, February 29, 2020 8:40:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "I trust president Cyril Ramaphosa will look into minister Cele’s comments and take appropriate action regarding his attempts at obstructing the city and provincial governments’ efforts in trying to bring extra policing where he, as the national minister, has failed," External link

iol Saturday, February 22, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said ( about Bheki Cele ) : “Minister Cele should apologise to the people of Cape Town for his disgraceful utterances,” External link

citizen Friday, February 21, 2020 4:27:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “This is absolute nonsense and shows the minister’s complete lack of understanding of the laws of our country,” External link

citizen Friday, February 21, 2020 4:27:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : "Improving access to affordable electricity is a key deliverable that we are investigating… Whatever they [IPPs] might have available, we want to know that so that we can become self-sufficient so that we don't rely on Eskom so much and get rid of this load shedding nightmare," External link

eyewitness-news Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:43:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We need urgent clarity from the government on the roles and responsibilities for municipalities and other stakeholders in terms of the new generation capacity regulations in the Electricity Regulation Act,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, February 17, 2020 2:37:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “In my speech I said that I noted the AG concerns of irregular expenditure I said that in my speech. And then I said…Shut up…listen to what I have to say. They (the ANC) are deliberately doing this. They are interrupting me” External link

iol Wednesday, January 29, 2020 5:04:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "We are pleased to extend our long-standing relationship with the Cape Town Ladies Open as part of the Sunshine Ladies Tour series," External link

irishsun Monday, January 20, 2020 3:59:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “It’s not something we could trust in that situation,” External link

news-yahoo Thursday, January 2, 2020 11:20:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “It’s not something we could trust in that situation,” External link

orlandosentinel Thursday, January 2, 2020 8:54:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “It’s not something we could trust in that situation,” External link

nytimes Thursday, January 2, 2020 8:40:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “It’s not something we could trust in that situation,” External link

nytimes Thursday, January 2, 2020 1:32:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “It is clear that urgent proactive interventions are needed,” External link

citizen Sunday, November 24, 2019 12:17:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Entrepreneurship should be seen as one of the solutions to unemployment and it is crucial that they should be given support to get their businesses up and running. In South Africa, nearly 7 million people are unemployed, 29% of the population,” External link

AfricaNews-English Saturday, November 2, 2019 1:23:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato commented : "I am a fan of our Cape Town teams, and was deeply honoured to have been visited by the Blitz management team who will receive great support in the city, and wish them well for the second season of MSL2.0," External link

irishsun Monday, October 28, 2019 10:46:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Grant is a big boy, he is a game player and he understands this process. This is part of the process we say our things openly and transparent. This is not a concern for us” External link

iol Wednesday, October 2, 2019 3:07:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “All residents facing eviction and homelessness from private rental accommodation will not only be provided with emergency accommodation near to where they live‚ but will be supported at court through a guaranteed right to legal representation‚” “No-one should have to choose between being made homelessness and living 30km from good infrastructure‚ services and employment” External link

businessday Tuesday, October 1, 2019 12:21:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The upgrade of the kiosk area means that this popular space in the heart of the CBD can be preserved for the enjoyment and safety of many locals and tourists,” “The upgrade has also allowed for additional safety, as there is now a dedicated area for law enforcement agencies to have a permanent and significant presence at the Grand Parade. During my engagement with the traders, we received much positive feedback about the improved public space and their trading spaces,” External link

iol Friday, August 23, 2019 3:23:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "The approved rezoning application for the Salt River Market site will provide for 723 residential units, of which 216 will be social housing opportunities for qualifying beneficiaries, as well as business premises and informal trading and 119 parking bays," External link

iol Tuesday, August 13, 2019 9:15:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “was not brought to his attention” External link

iol Sunday, August 11, 2019 12:10:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Let me now share with you some good news, as some of you may have already heard, our dam levels are now over 72 percent full. And our residents continue to be water-wise, for which we are very thankful as this is a clear demonstration of the wonderful working relationship that government should have with its residents. As a result of these levels, we will, of course, be looking at relaxing tariffs at the end of the hydrological year in October/November to provide some additional relief to our residents” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 31, 2019 8:31:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Good morning, I’d like to start today with a moment of silence out of respect for the victims of the Masiphumelele fire that has left at least one person dead and hundreds homeless” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 31, 2019 5:27:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “For our two colleagues who passed away in the solid waste department, Siyabulela Elaija Mtshagi, and Cecil Esteruizen, and for Constable Songezo Khetiwe, who was killed in the line of duty in Delft protecting the people of this city,” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 31, 2019 5:27:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We have set aside a combined total of nearly R350 million for the maintenance and reconstruction of the city’s roads, as well as new roads and links to alleviate congestion in the worst affected areas,” External link

citizen Friday, July 19, 2019 5:45:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We have set aside a combined total of nearly R350 million for the maintenance and reconstruction of the city’s roads, as well as new roads and links to alleviate congestion in the worst affected areas,” External link

iol Friday, July 19, 2019 4:11:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The city is already compliant with most of what is contained in the gazetted regulations, and we welcome the fact that they have now been formalised,” External link

iol Wednesday, June 19, 2019 2:16:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "While we are excited to present this event to the residents of Cape Town, we have not yet taken a decision and our residents will be asked to give their input once the feasibility study hopefully confirms that we can indeed host Formula E in our beautiful city. We will follow all the stringent procedures and requirements that we have in place for events to ensure that all those who will be affected are satisfied with the process" External link

news24 Wednesday, June 5, 2019 5:33:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato added : "An economic injection and the accompanying job creation opportunities for our local communities are just some of the benefits of bringing Formula E to Cape Town. The cars run on 100 percent renewable energy and having such an event here would also assist us in raising awareness and taking action against air pollution," External link

news24 Wednesday, June 5, 2019 5:33:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “clearly Prasa and Metrorail need to invest much more to keep our trains and commuters safe. Not doing so is outright negligence” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, April 24, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato asked : “Cape Town Central station has been the target of at least seven, and possibly eight, separate arson incidents since July 2018. Surely after the first incident you put the most stringent measures in place to ensure this doesn’t happen again? How is it that criminals can so brazenly burn our trains time and again and get away with it?” “If we are to maintain law and order in this city there needs to consequences for criminal actions, and it is only national government’s SA Police Service , through their detective services, and the National Prosecuting Authority who can get results with these cases,” External link

businessday Monday, April 22, 2019 9:08:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We have noted concerns about safety within the CBD and we want people to feel safer, so what you see today is part of our direct attempts to address crime and will hopefully result in an improvement in responding to incidents of crime in the CBD. We believe the extra officers will help bolster efforts to address crime in the CBD” External link

citizen Monday, April 15, 2019 7:39:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The South African Police Service (Saps) remains the primary law enforcement agency responsible for safety, but has been under-resourced for a number of years. We are taking proactive steps to address crime in the CBD, and work with the Saps and all safety partners to address safety concerns,” External link

citizen Monday, April 15, 2019 7:39:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "What you see today is part of our direct attempts to address crime and will hopefully result in an improvement in responding to incidents of crime in the CBD," External link

iol Monday, April 15, 2019 3:50:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "We are pleased that following a funding commitment from the national government the building of this facility for higher learning can now get under way," External link

iol Saturday, April 6, 2019 6:10:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "We believe that quality and responsive education and training is the most effective way of empowering people and preparing them for work. I look forward to seeing the doors of this world-class education facility open in the near future," External link

iol Saturday, April 6, 2019 6:10:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We are pleased that following a funding commitment from the national government the building of this facility for higher learning can now get under way,” External link

citizen Saturday, April 6, 2019 4:20:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We believe that quality and responsive education and training is the most effective way of empowering people and preparing them for work. I look forward to seeing the doors of this world-class education facility open in the near future,” External link

citizen Saturday, April 6, 2019 4:20:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “I think it is fantastic that Cape Town International has again scooped this very prestigious award. I must thank Airports Company South Africa for all their hard work in managing Cape Town International and making it the top airport in Africa yet again. This award also belongs to the people who work at the airport, who welcome our visitors with smiles on their faces, and who ensure the highest level of professionalism in the service they provide” External link

eyewitness-news Saturday, March 30, 2019 12:15:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Cape Town routinely features on lists of the world’s most beautiful cities and is ranked among the top tourist destinations across the globe. So we have good reason to be proud of what we have to offer and to take pride in our surroundings,” “We want to make sure that our beaches, urban parks and tourist attractions, as well as your local neighbourhood, stay safe and sparkling clean because we know that unchecked grime can lead to crime” External link

businessday Monday, March 18, 2019 2:16:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato says : “99% of those coming into the Western Cape, the two of us pay for them, they can’t fend for themselves. Lots and lots of our budgets go to them, unfortunately, and that is a challenge,” External link

iol Monday, February 18, 2019 7:45:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato added : "It’s very important for foundation phase learners to have the necessary tools so that they can do their work and study hard. This donation will enable learners to concentrate on their lessons and help them succeed in their education. Some learners face challenges and, as a caring city, we must offer our support" External link

iol Thursday, February 14, 2019 2:28:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “they cannot cover all parts of the peninsula” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, January 31, 2019 1:41:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : "I was very happy to see how friendly and professional our staff are. Some of the problems they deal with are difficult ones, but they always act in a professional manner and this shows with customer satisfaction ratings. The customer feedback survey indicates that customers are generally satisfied with service that they receive from the call centre and our team is committed to maintaining the highest level of customer service," "I’ve asked the call centre management for a report on the nature of the calls so that we can look at how best to streamline our responses to service requests and ensure we deal with some of these challenges before they become a problem for our residents," External link

iol Wednesday, January 16, 2019 5:19:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The people of Cape Town deserve a safe and reliable public transport system. Rail should be commuters’ mode of choice because commuting by rail is more affordable, and it’s the most efficient mode of transport when operating optimally,” “The REU’s successes to date give me a good reason to believe that this unit will assist us in stabilising the urban rail service over the next few months. With less crime and vandalism, we can expect a decrease in delays and cancellations, and with that, we can expect more commuters opting for trains as opposed to road-based transport,” External link

citizen Wednesday, January 9, 2019 9:49:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The people of Cape Town deserve a safe and reliable public transport system. Rail should be commuters’ mode of choice because commuting by rail is more affordable, and it’s the most efficient mode of transport when operating optimally,” “The REU’s successes to date give me a good reason to believe that this unit will assist us in stabilising the urban rail service over the next few months. With less crime and vandalism, we can expect a decrease in delays and cancellations, and with that, we can expect more commuters opting for trains as opposed to road-based transport,” External link

iol Wednesday, January 9, 2019 7:09:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said ( about Cape Police ) : “Many persons have asked why the City did not act,” “It should be noted that, during public order policing situations, the South African Police Service assumes command over all policing staff on the scene. Senior SAPS officials in charge of the situation at Clifton on the day would not allow City and SPCA staff to act to prevent the slaughter” External link

citizen Monday, December 31, 2018 7:49:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Staff in the City of Cape Town know what is expected of them,” External link

citizen Monday, December 31, 2018 4:43:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Even though some political organisations will exploit any opportunity to drive a racial wedge in our society, this is something we must never allow,” External link

citizen Friday, December 28, 2018 6:10:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said ( about Cape Argus ) : “I would like the national government to fix train services so that more residents can get to work and access jobs,” “I want to see more people benefit from housing opportunities provided by the city council and I want to see Cape Town continue to be the city of investment, with the lowest unemployment among the big metros in South Africa” External link

iol Friday, December 28, 2018 10:15:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The impact of the incident is felt across South Africa but also across the world because tourists come from across the world to visit South Africa. This negativity around crime, specifically at a key point like the airport, we cannot tolerate that” External link

iafrica Thursday, October 19, 2017 9:36:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Police let go of thousands of reservists that impact the police’s visibility in many communities including Philippi and Marikana area,” External link

enca Wednesday, October 4, 2017 8:35:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : "A top team of detectives is working around the clock and following up on all leads," External link

enca Tuesday, October 3, 2017 1:43:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "The scourge of gangs, drugs and guns in our communities leaves too many people fearing for their life and too many innocent lives lost in the crossfire," External link

thetimes-za Thursday, February 9, 2017 10:23:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : "It is now one year later and we are still no closer to providing the law enforcement resources needed to address the problems our communities face," External link

thetimes-za Thursday, February 9, 2017 10:23:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We don’t ever want to see what has happened in Khayelitsha again,” External link

iol Thursday, December 29, 2016 9:44:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Be vigilant. It is clear that police are being targeted,” External link

iol Tuesday, December 13, 2016 10:30:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : "Mrs De Bruyn phoned me on Sunday afternoon," "She said to me, 'Mr Plato, please ask Mr Hendricks just to give my car back.' So I said to her, 'I do have his cell number and I will give him a call and I will ask him to do everything possible to return the car'" External link

thetimes-za Friday, December 9, 2016 8:16:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato added : “The alleged details surrounding her death serve as a horrifying reminder why we have to extend our 16 Days of Activism campaign for No Violence Against Women and Children to 365 days of action,” External link

enca Tuesday, December 6, 2016 3:36:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “This is a chilling realisation of the dangers women face in their own communities – even more so for women from the LGBTQI community,” External link

enca Tuesday, December 6, 2016 3:36:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We will not allow cowardly criminals to get away with their crimes unpunished. We will do everything in our power to ensure the safety of the people of the Western Cape and our police officers,” External link

iol Sunday, November 27, 2016 1:58:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We are very shocked and traumatised by the latest attack on police officers. Looking at the task they had to fulfil, dealing with a domestic violence case, and the sadness that a woman police officer” External link

iol Thursday, November 24, 2016 1:50:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Police will leave no stone unturned to find the perpetrators and they must rot in jail,” External link

iol Wednesday, November 23, 2016 6:43:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “This is a victory for every person living in the Western Cape. The regular release of statistical information on reported crime enable all law enforcement agencies and safety structures to adequately and timeously adapt strategies to better respond to crime realities, in real time,” External link

iol Thursday, September 1, 2016 7:13:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The number of killings in any single community is a grave cause for concern, let alone in such a small time period. That is why I will be meeting with the Delft community and the leaders tomorrow (Thursday) evening to listen to the grievances and try to establish what the root causes of the problematic scenario is” External link

iol Thursday, September 1, 2016 1:36:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Is that your role and responsibility?” External link

iol Monday, August 29, 2016 4:00:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “I condemn in the strongest possible terms the attack on police officers this morning in Delft,” External link

iol Monday, June 13, 2016 6:07:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Crime stats should not belong only to the police but should be used to inform the public of risks in their communities and empower strategic action from the entire safety fraternity‚” External link

thetimes-za Friday, June 10, 2016 10:57:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The ANC’s blanket approach of requesting investigations from the police, Hawks, and Public Protector on ‘whether anyone should be prosecuted’, will ensure that any investigation must include the serious content of the information provided to me in affidavits,” External link

iol Wednesday, May 18, 2016 8:05:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The affidavits allege corruption and criminal activity within SAPS as well as the ANC’s political links to gangs,” External link

iol Wednesday, May 18, 2016 8:05:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The ANC’s blanket approach of requesting investigations from the police, Hawks, and Public Protector on ‘whether anyone should be prosecuted’, will ensure that any investigation must include the serious content of the information provided to me in affidavits,” External link

iol Wednesday, May 18, 2016 7:04:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The affidavits allege corruption and criminal activity within SAPS as well as the ANC’s political links to gangs,” External link

iol Wednesday, May 18, 2016 7:04:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Previously there were no breakthroughs with this case. It has been a top priority for police since the first attacks. So making six arrests now is a massive breakthrough for the police” External link

iol Tuesday, March 17, 2015 9:16:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato added : “The problem of gangs and drugs in Cape Town and the Western Cape still exceeds the functional capability of the SAPS to stem the tide. It is a problem which needs the assistance of all agencies and the co-operation and support of communities as well,” External link

iol Monday, March 16, 2015 11:58:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : "To make it clear, this project is not a department of community safety sanctioned initiative. The SAPS, an entity which the Western Cape government has no operational control over, needs to answer whether it is a programme initiated by them or why the system has been endorsed by the local sector commander," External link

businessday Wednesday, March 11, 2015 2:19:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "To make it clear, this project is not a department of community safety sanctioned initiative. The SAPS, an entity which the Western Cape government has no operational control over, needs to answer whether it is a programme initiated by them or why the system has been endorsed by the local sector commander," External link

bdlive Wednesday, March 11, 2015 2:16:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "I talked predominantly to coloured people and they say the system is not racist. They say people are taking this out of proportion," "The card is a reference card for work only" External link

thetimes-za Tuesday, March 10, 2015 8:26:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “For me, the key in all of these robberies to detect is, who is behind this - is it syndicates?” External link

iol Wednesday, February 18, 2015 11:49:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : "It is critical that Saps is not used as muscle for hire against opposing voices or for party-political gain," External link

thenewage Sunday, February 15, 2015 6:24:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “It is critical that Saps is not used as muscle for hire against opposing voices or for party-political gain,” External link

iol Sunday, February 15, 2015 5:21:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “I condemn this heinous act and call on the community to assist the police wherever possible to ensure justice is served,” External link

iol Tuesday, February 3, 2015 4:09:00 PM EAT



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Dan Plato said : “As we await relief funding to become available from the national government, City of Cape Town officials remain hard at work assisting residents,” “Funding will be channelled ... through the Western Cape government as per legislated requirements. The city is doing its best to expedite the process as far as its powers allow” External link

iol Tuesday, December 22, 2020 4:38:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "Disaster management officials have announced that this fire was likely caused by an attempted land invasion. It is shameful that a humanitarian disaster, resulting in the total loss of people's homes and belongings, has been caused by criminal elements. Because of this criminality, thousands will now spend their Christmas having to rebuild their structures," External link

news24 Monday, December 21, 2020 10:12:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We need to clear the site and that will commence within the next hour or so. It will take about two days for the site to be cleared,” External link

eyewitness-news Friday, December 18, 2020 6:14:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We need to clear the site and that will commence within the next hour or so. It will take about two days for the site to be cleared,” External link

eyewitness-news Friday, December 18, 2020 6:14:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "Instead of policing beaches with heavily armed police officers and intimidating innocent sun bathers, the national police minister should be in our most crime-affected communities, making sure that gangsters are caught and put behind bars, making our communities safer," External link

news24 Friday, December 18, 2020 8:12:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The Mother City has been given a reprieve by not being declared a hot-spot area and the City will do everything possible to ensure compliance with the restrictions, as well as the amended restrictions that have been announced,” External link

iol Tuesday, December 15, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato wrote : “Paint City cannot accommodate approximately 1,100 and moving so many people to one tent will lead to the contravention of the regulations in a number of ways, not least of which is the requirement for social distancing, which will be impossible in terms of what you plan,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, November 26, 2020 2:07:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “I want to assure the public that we will not tolerate lawlessness in this City, and the EFF will be held accountable for the damage caused,” “Where private property has been damaged during today’s protest action, I want to encourage property owners to alert the City, so that our legal team can assess the feasibility of private property owners joining the City’s case against the EFF,” External link

citizen Saturday, November 21, 2020 9:07:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "I want to assure the public that we will not tolerate lawlessness in this City, and the EFF will be held accountable for the damage caused," "Where private property has been damaged during today's protest action, I want to encourage property owners to alert the City, so that our legal team can assess the feasibility of private property owners joining the City's case against the EFF," External link

news24 Saturday, November 21, 2020 2:23:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "I want to apologise unreservedly to the member of the public, whose name is not yet known to me, for what he experienced this morning. The manner in which this situation was handled is not what we expect from our staff," External link

eyewitness-news Friday, November 20, 2020 1:12:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “I want to apologise unreservedly to the member of the public, whose name is not yet known to me, for what he experienced this morning. The manner in which this situation was handled is not what we expect from our staff,” External link

citizen Thursday, November 19, 2020 11:55:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “It must be emphasised that the full dams are an achievement we arrived at collectively. Cape Town has always been a city of action. The measures put in place to conserve water were an indication of how determined the City was to not run out of water” External link

iol Wednesday, October 28, 2020 2:56:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato wrote : “The city has always maintained that local governments have the constitutional power and obligation to procure renewable energy,” External link

pv-magazine Tuesday, October 27, 2020 6:45:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “To all my team members, everyone who worked very hard, thank you for your support and hard work. Let me state that Grant was never my enemy, he was just a competitor. I have had a number of discussions with Grant” External link

iol Monday, October 26, 2020 2:25:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “I would be willing to stand if the party chose to nominate me” External link

iol Sunday, October 25, 2020 2:12:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Based on the first 10 500 litres of water used plus 15mm, the average bill will be R411.99 on the no-restriction, water-wise tariff. This is compared to R785.38 under the Level 6B tariff at the peak of the drought,” External link

citizen Wednesday, October 21, 2020 1:15:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We are situated in a water-scarce region so we will always need to ensure we are sustainable and future-fit,” External link

iol Tuesday, October 20, 2020 5:49:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “This includes the maintenance of infrastructure and making sure Cape Town is resilient by investing in and adding new sources to its water supply and becoming a water-sensitive city,” External link

iol Tuesday, October 20, 2020 5:49:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “I am consulting with branches and making sure they are heard,” External link

iol Wednesday, October 14, 2020 6:22:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Campaign funds for an internal party elective process are an internal matter and, therefore, no candidate can reasonably be required to publicly divulge this information. The candidate will, however, fully disclose this information to the party in order to provide assurance that no public funding or resources were used for the campaign, just as the other candidates should be required to do,” External link

iol Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:32:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The event in question was attended by a variety of persons from the community, with some wearing clothing indicating support for different political parties. There are photos of the event available that support this statement and show the true intent of the event,” External link

iol Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:32:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The last couple of weeks there were talks about whether the metro is broken, I don’t know what this means, those are not my words. I did not say those words, that would be an exaggeration. I would say there is work to be done. The pilot who refuses to see that they are flying too low and ignores the warning signals will crash into the mountain” External link

iol Tuesday, October 6, 2020 4:10:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said ( about Commission ) : “The South African Human Rights Commission [SAHRC] in recent weeks initiated court proceedings against the City of Cape Town to interdict us from preventing unlawful land occupations,” External link

citizen Friday, October 2, 2020 10:55:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said ( about Commission ) : "The South African Human Rights Commission [SAHRC] in recent weeks initiated court proceedings against the City of Cape Town to interdict us from preventing unlawful land occupations," External link

news24 Friday, October 2, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The City stands by its information and comments made to the portfolio committee on human settlements,” “In fact, the groups making these allegations staged highly publicised land invasions of CBD properties earmarked for affordable housing and social upliftment. The facts of their pro-land invasions stance are public and for all to see” External link

iol Thursday, October 1, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato added : "We have already worked throughout the lockdown to support soup kitchens with equipment and ingredients so that they can provide a warm meal to residents in need, but we have seen that many of our residents still need assistance with food aid," External link

news24 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 4:43:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “I hope Kinnear’s death will open many eyes,” External link

iol Friday, September 25, 2020 11:48:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Cape Town is one of the top tourist destinations in the world, and plays a major role in attracting many international conferences to our city. I am glad to see how the facilities in our City are being adapted to welcome guests safely once the borders are re-opened. Tourism is a crucial economic driver in Cape Town, with thousands of job opportunities being created, so I am looking forward to seeing the many international visitors once again returning to our beautiful city in the very near future” External link

africanewswire Thursday, September 17, 2020 1:57:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “From the City’s side, the food aid programme will continue, we have availed a budget of R30m and capacitated over 200 soup kitchens,” External link

iol Friday, September 11, 2020 1:53:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We need public order policing support to protect land intended for housing, community facilities, schools, transport, and basic services,” External link

iol Tuesday, September 8, 2020 11:39:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “In so doing, the court failed to consider properly, or at all, evidence put up by the City regarding the devastating social consequences of unchecked unlawful land occupations and why the remedy of counter-spoliation is necessary for the City to fulfil its constitutional obligations in respect of housing and service delivery,” External link

citizen Wednesday, September 2, 2020 3:08:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The impact of this on all municipalities and our country as a whole will be devastating,” “Court rolls will be flooded with applications by landowners, both private and public, seeking urgent and immediate determinations of whether or not a particular structure is occupied and subject to the [Prevention of Illegal Eviction from and Unlawful Occupation of Land] PIE Act requirement of an eviction order” External link

citizen Wednesday, September 2, 2020 3:08:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We will continue to stand up for the residents of our City and we will act to prevent land invasions until the ruling has been reviewed,” External link

citizen Wednesday, September 2, 2020 3:08:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : "In so doing, the court failed to consider properly, or at all, evidence put up by the City regarding the devastating social consequences of unchecked unlawful land occupations and why the remedy of counter-spoliation is necessary for the City to fulfill its constitutional obligations in respect of housing and service delivery," External link

news24 Tuesday, September 1, 2020 11:53:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "The impact of this on all municipalities and our country as a whole will be devastating," "Court rolls will be flooded with applications by landowners, both private and public, seeking urgent and immediate determinations of whether or not a particular structure is occupied and subject to the [Prevention of Illegal Eviction from and Unlawful Occupation of Land] PIE Act requirement of an eviction order" External link

news24 Tuesday, September 1, 2020 11:53:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "The right to protect land from invasion would be severely limited by the interdict requiring the city to obtain a court order to demolish unoccupied structures, i.e. structures that do not qualify as homes," External link

iol Tuesday, September 1, 2020 11:34:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "The (High) Court failed to consider properly, or at all, evidence put up by the city regarding the devastating social consequences of unchecked unlawful land occupations and why the remedy of counter-spoliation is necessary for the city to fulfil its constitutional obligations in respect of housing and service delivery," External link

iol Tuesday, September 1, 2020 11:34:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "To put it bluntly, people illegally invade land for the financial pay-off," "They occupy the land illegally and then sell pieces of land" External link

eyewitness-news Friday, August 28, 2020 9:41:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "To put it bluntly, people illegally invade land for the financial pay-off," "They occupy the land illegally and then sell pieces of land" External link

pulse Friday, August 28, 2020 4:24:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato added : “It sets a dangerous precedent for all landowners. If left unchallenged the interdict would make it almost impossible for landowners to protect their property from unlawful occupation and to prevent people from establishing homes, albeit unlawfully, on the property of others,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, August 27, 2020 12:06:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “If left unchallenged, the interdict would make it almost impossible for landowners to protect their property from unlawful occupation and to prevent people from establishing homes, albeit unlawfully, on the property of others. The knock-on effect of the large-scale, orchestrated land invasions we have seen is simply devastating for Cape Town, its communities, residents in general and the City,” External link

mg Wednesday, August 26, 2020 7:18:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “It could be that the extent of unlawful land occupation on public land would be so extensive to the point of undermining all the state’s housing plans and the integrated development plan of this City — as well as all municipalities, for that matter — as there would be no means of protecting any land from occupation,” External link

mg Wednesday, August 26, 2020 7:18:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato added : "The granting of an interdict preventing the City from conducting any counter-spoliation to protect public land without a court order goes far beyond what the Constitution and the Prevention of Illegal Eviction from and Unlawful Occupation of Land (PIE) Act allow," External link

news24 Tuesday, August 25, 2020 11:30:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "The granting of an interdict preventing the City from conducting any counter-spoliation to protect public land without a court order goes far beyond what the Constitution and the Prevention of Illegal Eviction from and Unlawful Occupation of Land (PIE) Act allow," External link

iol Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:45:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "Over the last month we have seen violent and coordinated land invasions in over 30 different parts of the metro," External link

afp-en Tuesday, August 25, 2020 12:35:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : "I am informed officials were acting to protect social housing units from land invasion following many desperate calls for help from the community. Further, that our officers are unharmed having taken cover as shots were fired at them from within a crowd" External link

news24 Monday, August 24, 2020 11:20:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The roll-overs of funding for projects that were committed in the previous financial year, but were not completed by the end of June. The roll-overs ensure that these projects can be completed. A total of R520 million is to be rolled over, compared to the completed capital budget of R6 billion” External link

iol Friday, August 21, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato says : "During an anti-land invasion operation in Khayelitsha on 1 July 2020, an altercation ensued involving law enforcement officials after a member of the public deliberately disrobed. " External link

news24 Sunday, August 16, 2020 6:26:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "All city employees are bound by the Municipal Code of Conduct for staff. Independent disciplinary proceedings will ensure fair and impartial consideration of the matter," External link

iol Saturday, August 15, 2020 8:30:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We believe the constitutional obligation of municipalities to provide sustainable services supersedes Section 34 of the Electricity Regulation Act, and that this provision cannot obstruct a municipality’s obligation to provide the basic service of electricity to residents” External link

iol Thursday, August 13, 2020 12:16:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “And we need to be honest with residents with regards to this issue,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, August 12, 2020 7:59:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato déclaré : "Hisense emploie de plus en plus de main d'œuvre issue d'Atlantis, et cela contribue beaucoup au maintien de l'emploi" External link

french-news Wednesday, August 12, 2020 2:57:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato déclaré : "Hisense emploie de plus en plus de main d'œuvre issue d'Atlantis, et cela contribue beaucoup au maintien de l'emploi" External link

french.china.org.cn Wednesday, August 12, 2020 2:32:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "Hisense is employing more and more of the people of the Atlantis workforce and that helps a lot in regard to continued employment," "We believe Hisense may expand. If the factory were going to expand, that would mean an awful lot to this area because a couple of hundred more people will get job opportunities," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, August 12, 2020 1:18:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato stated ( about Association ) : “As Observatory residents and supporters from outside the suburb, we call on the City of Cape Town to halt current attempts to evict residents on the property at 2 Willow Road, Observatory, and enter into negotiations with the Observatory Civic Association and the Willow Arts Collective towards leasing the old circus school land for this innovative community-driven project” External link

iol Sunday, August 9, 2020 1:05:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “It is unacceptable that opportunistic elements can both announce and proceed to successfully close off major routes, vandalise infrastructure and prevent residents from going about their daily business,” External link

iol Friday, July 31, 2020 5:24:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “As MEC for community safety at the time, I knew that with Kenny Africa in charge of our traffic services I didn’t have anything to worry about” External link

iol Friday, July 31, 2020 3:21:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We said to the national minister that we are looking at a site in Khayelitsha that is full with shacks. They have moved on to a site where council wants to build 400 houses for the disadvantaged community of that area. It will take a long time to get the residents off that site and to get them legally on the housing waiting list” External link

iol Thursday, July 30, 2020 6:23:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato warned : “Attempts to invade land and illegally occupy City projects are threatening housing and human settlements projects to the value of some R1.3 billion. Should these projects be lost, it will not only be to the extreme detriment of potential and future beneficiaries, it is to the detriment of Cape Town as a community. The City is doing all it can to prevent the continued attempts to invade land and projects” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 29, 2020 7:29:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “the mainstreaming of basic service delivery to informal settlements and backyard dwellers remain a key priority for the City” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 29, 2020 7:29:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “It was agreed by all that land invasions cannot be tolerated and must be prevented. I appreciate the national minister’s support in this regard given the overwhelming coordinated nature of land invasions and related criminality,” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 29, 2020 7:29:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato explained : “This requires a mixture of accommodation types, and the City alone cannot shoulder the impact of urbanisation on its own. It needs national government collaboration as well as more private sector partnerships,” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 29, 2020 7:29:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Attempts to illegally occupy land, City projects or community facilities include several orchestrated attempts in Mfuleni, Khayelitsha, Wallacedene, Delft (Blikkiesdorp), Dunoon, Firgrove (Macassar), Milnerton and Nyanga, among others” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 29, 2020 7:29:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato added : "I will also be raising with Minister Sisulu the pending court case by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), supported by the Legal Resource Centre (LRC) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), which aims to prevent the City from carrying out anti-land invasion operations," External link

iol Tuesday, July 28, 2020 6:40:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “It cannot be that a so-called ‘shutdown’ is announced and promoted in advance by opportunistic political groupings, who plan to infringe on the rights of residents,” External link

citizen Monday, July 27, 2020 1:20:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "It cannot be that a so-called 'shutdown' is announced and promoted in advance by opportunistic political groupings, who plan to infringe on the rights of residents," External link

news24 Monday, July 27, 2020 12:50:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "It cannot be that a so-called 'shutdown' is announced and promoted in advance by opportunistic political groupings, who plan to infringe on the rights of residents," External link

news24 Monday, July 27, 2020 9:26:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “It cannot be that a so-called ‘shutdown’ is announced and promoted in advance by opportunistic political groupings, who plan to infringe on the rights of residents,” External link

citizen Monday, July 27, 2020 9:24:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : "It cannot be that a so-called 'shutdown' is announced and promoted in advance by opportunistic political groupings, who plan to infringe on the rights of residents," External link

news24 Monday, July 27, 2020 6:22:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “If the applicant obtains this relief, it would be almost impossible for landowners to protect their property from unlawful occupation and to prevent people from establishing homes, albeit unlawfully, on the property of others,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, July 27, 2020 4:08:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The Adderley Street fountain is an iconic feature in the Cape Town CBD I am thankful to the officials who have worked to restore this landmark within the CBD. This fountain should serve as a reminder to everyone of what can be achieved when we work together to overcome hardships” External link

iol Sunday, July 26, 2020 6:20:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said ( about Cyril Ramaphosa ) : "The hospitality and tourism sectors are vital to Cape Town's economy, but because of the national government regulations, they are facing complete financial ruin. Hundreds of thousands of jobs are in jeopardy, putting further strain on government resources, and limiting efforts to grow our economy," "I call on President Cyril Ramaphosa to give urgent attention to the legitimate concerns of our hospitality and tourism sectors. Various sensible proposals have been made by the representative bodies for these industries, and national government can no longer ignore their plight" External link

news24 Friday, July 24, 2020 6:11:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato announced : "Attempts to illegally occupy land, City projects or community facilities include several orchestrated attempts in Mfuleni, Khayelitsha, Wallacedene, Delft (Blikkiesdorp), Dunoon, Firgrove (Macassar), Milnerton and Nyanga, among others" External link

news24 Thursday, July 23, 2020 9:49:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : "The City, together with law enforcement agencies, is doing its best to thwart the attempts, but it is mostly large-scale, well-planned, well-funded and orchestrated invasions. Actions to prevent the invasions or illegal occupations are also being met in some areas with extreme violence and destruction of property and the breaking down of community facilities," External link

news24 Thursday, July 23, 2020 9:49:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : "A strong message must be sent that wanton acts of vandalism are unacceptable and only rob the community of much-needed services" External link

news24 Tuesday, July 21, 2020 9:42:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "It is disturbing and upsetting that a City service, which assists those with special needs who cannot make use of conventional transport, has been the subject of an attack. I am appalled at the actions of the perpetrators and call on the authorities to bring these callous criminals to book" External link

news24 Tuesday, July 21, 2020 9:42:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "It is disturbing and upsetting that a City service which assists those with special needs who cannot make use of conventional transport, has been the subject of an attack. I am appalled at the actions of the perpetrators and call on the authorities to bring these callous criminals to book," External link

news24 Tuesday, July 21, 2020 6:42:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "The future of the clinic extension will have to be decided now. It is a desperately needed facility and was built in answer to President Ramaphosa's call for local governments to ready themselves for the rise in Covid-19 infections," "More public money, which ironically could have been used to create housing opportunities and deliver other services, will now have to be spent on keeping the facility secure and possibly doing repairs and replacing expensive medical equipment" External link

news24 Monday, July 20, 2020 6:32:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Cape Town’s economy is highly reliant on tourism and related sectors for jobs and economic activity and we know, according to the latest information from Statistics South Africa, that the tourism sector added R18.1-billion to our economy and supported just over 113 000 jobs in 2018,” External link

iol Monday, July 20, 2020 9:35:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : "A sports facility was planned for the invaded site, but the growth of structures now jeopardises this community development opportunity. In Wallacedene this week, residents watched as play equipment was uprooted in a children’s play park by land invaders who have built illegal structures on the land," "The City’s logsheets on land invasions show we are currently facing eight or more illegal land invasions a day across the metro, stretching our resources to the limit" External link

iol Sunday, July 19, 2020 3:54:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato responded : “Yes, it was negative for the City,” External link

citizen Saturday, July 18, 2020 7:35:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “But I got the sense he doesn’t want to talk to me,” External link

citizen Saturday, July 18, 2020 7:35:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato responded : "Yes, it was negative for the City," External link

news24 Saturday, July 18, 2020 4:33:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "But I got the sense he doesn't want to talk to me," External link

news24 Saturday, July 18, 2020 4:33:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Capetonians will now benefit from additional activities through the access to parks. This will assist in enabling daily exercise to increase mental and physical well-being during this challenging time,” External link

iol Monday, July 13, 2020 5:12:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “I am sure our residents will appreciate having these spaces to exercise and enjoy some fresh air. In line with safety regulations, we appeal to residents to continue to practice great caution when venturing outside,” External link

iol Monday, July 13, 2020 5:12:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We will await the findings of the independent investigators in this regard. I have asked that this matter be concluded by no later than Friday, 10 July,” External link

iol Tuesday, July 7, 2020 4:28:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We will await the findings of the independent investigators in this regard. I have asked that this matter be concluded by no later than Friday, 10 July,” External link

iol Monday, July 6, 2020 6:20:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "I have the pictures in front of me. He had clothes on," External link

news24 Friday, July 3, 2020 1:59:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "I want to make it clear that this is not the type of conduct that we tolerate in this city. This is why we have immediately suspended four officers while the matter is investigated without delay," "While the investigation into the conduct of the law enforcement officers and the circumstances surrounding the situation is ongoing, as the mayor of this city, I want to acknowledge that (the gentleman's) dignity was impaired and I am truly sorry for what he experienced" External link

iol Friday, July 3, 2020 7:22:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : "The judge also emphasised that the City has a responsibility to protect the land against invasion and is allowed to remove any new illegally erected structures with immediate effect. Since then, there have been near daily attempts to further invade the land. " External link

iol Friday, July 3, 2020 7:22:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said ( about Lindiwe Sisulu ) : “While evictions are not permitted under the lockdown, the courts, as well as the national Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu, have made it clear that municipalities across South Africa have a duty to prevent illegal land invasions,” “This particular area in Khayelitsha was illegally invaded during the first weeks of the national lockdown and the City responded to requests from the local community to remove the illegally erected structures” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, July 2, 2020 5:47:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "Having watched the video of law enforcement officers responding to an illegal land invasion in Khayelitsha yesterday, and the shameful circumstances that Mr Bulelani Qholani was subjected to, I want to make it clear that this is not the type of conduct that we tolerate in this City," External link

news24 Thursday, July 2, 2020 3:20:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "Since then, there have been near daily attempts to further invade the land. Efforts to prevent illegal land invasions across South Africa require an increasing amount of resources from local municipalities and provinces. From 2018 to date, 357 hectares of private and public land has been invaded in Cape Town alone," External link

news24 Thursday, July 2, 2020 3:20:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said ( about Lindiwe Sisulu ) : "While evictions are not permitted under the lockdown, the courts, as well as the national Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu, have made it clear that municipalities across South Africa have a duty to prevent illegal land invasions," "This particular area in Khayelitsha was illegally invaded during the first weeks of the national lockdown and the City responded to requests from the local community to remove the illegally erected structures" External link

news24 Thursday, July 2, 2020 1:49:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We must continue to strengthen our support and compassion for our fellow residents. These donations are intended to assist organisations feeding residents in need and, as a caring city, we are doing all we can to help residents,” External link

citizen Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:28:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The opposition party will always have something to say, but the fact of the matter is that the AG has given the City an unqualified audit opinion, with findings. We are dealing with a R50bn budget and of course there will be issues, but it does not mean we have not done our jobs,” External link

iol Wednesday, June 10, 2020 8:30:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The last personal contact I had with Shahied was during Ramadan where we cooked food for people. It was a wonderful evening. To see his passion. He had plans to even go deliver food to people in Hermanus. He was a person with a heart for the people and community,” External link

mg Monday, June 8, 2020 6:13:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato added : "We know that many have already lost their jobs or fallen on hard times. That's why we are raising the indigent threshold to R7,000 income per month, and increasing the rates discount for many in this category," External link

allafrica Thursday, May 28, 2020 5:53:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato added : “We know that many have already lost their jobs or fallen on hard times. That’s why we are raising the indigent threshold to R7,000 income per month, and increasing the rates discount for many in this category,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, May 27, 2020 4:38:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The adjustments budget (2019/20) clearly shows the Covid-19 crisis is not a once-off disruptive event. It will have long-term impacts on the City’s operations and programmes, its income sources for service delivery and on the general socioeconomic welfare of its residents and ratepayers,” External link

iol Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato announced : “No new funding for the crisis has been made available by the national government,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, May 21, 2020 7:32:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “While local government might not have the core delivery mandate for social relief, the city is playing its part to assist vulnerable residents who are bearing the brunt of the nationwide lockdown,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, May 21, 2020 7:32:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “All of this forms part of the Dynamic Operating Framework that was rapidly developed and adopted during the early days of the lockdown, and continues to be tweaked as new data becomes available,” External link

citizen Monday, May 18, 2020 9:23:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “This will greatly supplement our existing efforts to support and equip soup kitchens throughout the metro to provide a warm meal to thousands of residents in need,” External link

citizen Monday, May 18, 2020 9:23:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "It is disconcerting that MSF have resorted to distorted criticism of the City rather than volunteering professional services to assist with the care of the homeless”. MSF has responded, saying: “In order to set the record straight, MSF stands by the findings of assessments by our medical staff done at shelters for vulnerable groups during lockdown in South Africa in recent weeks. " External link

iol Thursday, May 7, 2020 1:26:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The City confirmed that the intention was that this was always a temporary site as had been relayed to the applicants before the application was brought. "The court was critical of the fact that the applicants, despite being advised of the City’s intentions, had nevertheless approached the court,” External link

iol Thursday, May 7, 2020 1:26:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “a small number of individuals failed the initial screening process when they originally entered the site three weeks ago, and were sent for Covid-19 testing and were appropriately accommodated in an isolation tent. All tests came back negative” External link

dailymaverick Monday, May 4, 2020 3:19:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Some individuals refused these offers and insisted to be removed from the facility and returned to the areas from where they were originally collected by bus,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, May 4, 2020 3:19:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “I am calling on residents to please continue to practice physical distancing when they are out exercising. Wear a face mask, or a cloth to cover your mouth and nose when you leave home. Do not congregate or exercise in groups. This is for your own safety, and for the safety of others,” External link

citizen Friday, May 1, 2020 6:39:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The court was critical of the community’s application in that it in effect sought to evict the homeless persons from the shelter during a pandemic and without citing the homeless persons as respondents in the application,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, May 1, 2020 4:37:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “As has always been the intention, the shelter will be closing over the coming weeks, and the occupiers will move in a phased approach to a number of decentralised sites,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, May 1, 2020 4:37:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The City of Cape Town and Western Cape Government are working together to ensure a proactive and effective response to the pandemic. Due to the identified shortfall of hospital beds, we need to make use of the available resources at our disposal to adequately address the outbreak and to treat patients on a large-scale. This facility is well-placed with the necessary infrastructure to easily allow the site to be used as a temporary hospital” External link

africanewswire Thursday, April 30, 2020 1:15:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "this donation will take us very very far, and we will definitely engage with other parties on the Cape Flats" External link

peopledaily Friday, April 24, 2020 4:19:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “While I fully understand the stress and pressure many of our residents are facing as a result of the national government Covid-19 lockdown, resorting to violence and breaking the law is never the answer,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, April 23, 2020 4:50:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “There is no doubt that we are operating under difficult and extraordinary circumstances, and we have not escaped the nationwide challenges of shelter operations, especially in the early set-up phase. But together with the existing shelter network, Cape Town has likely achieved the country’s highest per capita service reach to the homeless during lockdown,” External link

mg Tuesday, April 21, 2020 3:24:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “It must be stressed that the emergency shelter is a temporary holding location for purposes of the lockdown. Homeless persons are also not held against their will. Plans are under way to arrange shelter placement or reintegration for all persons at the facility who wish to take up this offer,” External link

mg Tuesday, April 21, 2020 3:24:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We have gangsters, alcoholics and drug addicts all living together and we have professionals on duty to look at their needs. Yes, we get the one or two drug addicts screaming out loud at times, but this is all part of their withdrawal systems. I, therefore, question the findings of the assessment team that no doctors are on duty,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, April 20, 2020 1:49:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : "this donation will take us very very far, and we will definitely engage with other parties on the Cape Flats" External link

xinhuanet_en Saturday, April 18, 2020 5:48:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “I want to call on those political opportunists now, please stop politicising a very serious situation. We are doing whatever we can to ensure that our services continue, that we provide shelter for those who need it, and we are doing it with little to no warning ahead of time. Municipalities across the country are in the same boat, and we are all doing our best to make this work,” External link

mg Thursday, April 16, 2020 10:55:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The community screening and testing initiative started country-wide on Monday, 6 April 2020 to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 in vulnerable communities,” External link

iol Thursday, April 9, 2020 6:31:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We are still dealing with the issue of finding sites. We are still looking at sites to unlock and I’d like to also stress that previously, when we had space available, the homeless did not want to assist the City. Now, when we have this outbreak, they want to be assisted. All spheres of government are involved” External link

iol Thursday, April 9, 2020 3:57:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "The number one priority for all spheres of government must be to complete the relocation operations as soon as possible. City teams are working around the clock on our responsibilities in this regard," External link

iol Tuesday, April 7, 2020 11:51:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Unfortunately, for reasons that are still unknown to me, the removal of the refugees from the church at Green Market Square on Thursday, carried out by SAPS, was premature and did not conform to our agreement in this regard,” “The Wingfield site was not yet ready for occupation and the church refugees were moved to the Paint City site by SAPS without the city’s agreement, while that site was also not yet ready” External link

businessday Monday, April 6, 2020 6:04:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “It is also important to note, that while the city did not support the removal of the church refugees to the Paint City site as it was contrary to prior agreements reached with the national government, the fact is that the removal has taken place and any resultant overcrowding and/or health risks that are triggered at that site will need to be dealt with by all three tiers of government on a co-operative basis,” External link

businessday Monday, April 6, 2020 6:04:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "As part of the process, health screenings will be conducted upon registration at the site, so that we are able to identify individuals who may be at risk due to pre-existing conditions," External link

iol Friday, April 3, 2020 6:10:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Furthermore, we appeal to residents to take into account that the distribution of social grants will commence tomorrow (Monday)… We are therefore expecting an increase in the number of persons who will leave their homes to collect their grants and to visit the shops to stock up on essential goods,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, March 30, 2020 3:09:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “All eye-testing equipment is sanitised after each user. Staff have been issued hand sanitiser, and gloves and masks are on order. Additional sanitation of all work surfaces has been implemented,” “The number of occupants has been limited as per the queuing system” External link

businessday Tuesday, March 17, 2020 8:37:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Tazne did not deserve to die like that. Her mother and father will never see their daughter getting married, they will not see the children of their children” External link

dailymaverick Saturday, February 29, 2020 8:40:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "I trust president Cyril Ramaphosa will look into minister Cele’s comments and take appropriate action regarding his attempts at obstructing the city and provincial governments’ efforts in trying to bring extra policing where he, as the national minister, has failed," External link

iol Saturday, February 22, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said ( about Bheki Cele ) : “Minister Cele should apologise to the people of Cape Town for his disgraceful utterances,” External link

citizen Friday, February 21, 2020 4:27:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “This is absolute nonsense and shows the minister’s complete lack of understanding of the laws of our country,” External link

citizen Friday, February 21, 2020 4:27:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : "Improving access to affordable electricity is a key deliverable that we are investigating… Whatever they [IPPs] might have available, we want to know that so that we can become self-sufficient so that we don't rely on Eskom so much and get rid of this load shedding nightmare," External link

eyewitness-news Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:43:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We need urgent clarity from the government on the roles and responsibilities for municipalities and other stakeholders in terms of the new generation capacity regulations in the Electricity Regulation Act,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, February 17, 2020 2:37:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “In my speech I said that I noted the AG concerns of irregular expenditure I said that in my speech. And then I said…Shut up…listen to what I have to say. They (the ANC) are deliberately doing this. They are interrupting me” External link

iol Wednesday, January 29, 2020 5:04:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "We are pleased to extend our long-standing relationship with the Cape Town Ladies Open as part of the Sunshine Ladies Tour series," External link

irishsun Monday, January 20, 2020 3:59:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “It’s not something we could trust in that situation,” External link

news-yahoo Thursday, January 2, 2020 11:20:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “It’s not something we could trust in that situation,” External link

orlandosentinel Thursday, January 2, 2020 8:54:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “It’s not something we could trust in that situation,” External link

nytimes Thursday, January 2, 2020 8:40:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “It’s not something we could trust in that situation,” External link

nytimes Thursday, January 2, 2020 1:32:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “It is clear that urgent proactive interventions are needed,” External link

citizen Sunday, November 24, 2019 12:17:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Entrepreneurship should be seen as one of the solutions to unemployment and it is crucial that they should be given support to get their businesses up and running. In South Africa, nearly 7 million people are unemployed, 29% of the population,” External link

AfricaNews-English Saturday, November 2, 2019 1:23:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato commented : "I am a fan of our Cape Town teams, and was deeply honoured to have been visited by the Blitz management team who will receive great support in the city, and wish them well for the second season of MSL2.0," External link

irishsun Monday, October 28, 2019 10:46:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Grant is a big boy, he is a game player and he understands this process. This is part of the process we say our things openly and transparent. This is not a concern for us” External link

iol Wednesday, October 2, 2019 3:07:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “All residents facing eviction and homelessness from private rental accommodation will not only be provided with emergency accommodation near to where they live‚ but will be supported at court through a guaranteed right to legal representation‚” “No-one should have to choose between being made homelessness and living 30km from good infrastructure‚ services and employment” External link

businessday Tuesday, October 1, 2019 12:21:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The upgrade of the kiosk area means that this popular space in the heart of the CBD can be preserved for the enjoyment and safety of many locals and tourists,” “The upgrade has also allowed for additional safety, as there is now a dedicated area for law enforcement agencies to have a permanent and significant presence at the Grand Parade. During my engagement with the traders, we received much positive feedback about the improved public space and their trading spaces,” External link

iol Friday, August 23, 2019 3:23:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "The approved rezoning application for the Salt River Market site will provide for 723 residential units, of which 216 will be social housing opportunities for qualifying beneficiaries, as well as business premises and informal trading and 119 parking bays," External link

iol Tuesday, August 13, 2019 9:15:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “was not brought to his attention” External link

iol Sunday, August 11, 2019 12:10:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Let me now share with you some good news, as some of you may have already heard, our dam levels are now over 72 percent full. And our residents continue to be water-wise, for which we are very thankful as this is a clear demonstration of the wonderful working relationship that government should have with its residents. As a result of these levels, we will, of course, be looking at relaxing tariffs at the end of the hydrological year in October/November to provide some additional relief to our residents” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 31, 2019 8:31:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Good morning, I’d like to start today with a moment of silence out of respect for the victims of the Masiphumelele fire that has left at least one person dead and hundreds homeless” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 31, 2019 5:27:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “For our two colleagues who passed away in the solid waste department, Siyabulela Elaija Mtshagi, and Cecil Esteruizen, and for Constable Songezo Khetiwe, who was killed in the line of duty in Delft protecting the people of this city,” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 31, 2019 5:27:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We have set aside a combined total of nearly R350 million for the maintenance and reconstruction of the city’s roads, as well as new roads and links to alleviate congestion in the worst affected areas,” External link

citizen Friday, July 19, 2019 5:45:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We have set aside a combined total of nearly R350 million for the maintenance and reconstruction of the city’s roads, as well as new roads and links to alleviate congestion in the worst affected areas,” External link

iol Friday, July 19, 2019 4:11:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The city is already compliant with most of what is contained in the gazetted regulations, and we welcome the fact that they have now been formalised,” External link

iol Wednesday, June 19, 2019 2:16:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "While we are excited to present this event to the residents of Cape Town, we have not yet taken a decision and our residents will be asked to give their input once the feasibility study hopefully confirms that we can indeed host Formula E in our beautiful city. We will follow all the stringent procedures and requirements that we have in place for events to ensure that all those who will be affected are satisfied with the process" External link

news24 Wednesday, June 5, 2019 5:33:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato added : "An economic injection and the accompanying job creation opportunities for our local communities are just some of the benefits of bringing Formula E to Cape Town. The cars run on 100 percent renewable energy and having such an event here would also assist us in raising awareness and taking action against air pollution," External link

news24 Wednesday, June 5, 2019 5:33:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “clearly Prasa and Metrorail need to invest much more to keep our trains and commuters safe. Not doing so is outright negligence” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, April 24, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato asked : “Cape Town Central station has been the target of at least seven, and possibly eight, separate arson incidents since July 2018. Surely after the first incident you put the most stringent measures in place to ensure this doesn’t happen again? How is it that criminals can so brazenly burn our trains time and again and get away with it?” “If we are to maintain law and order in this city there needs to consequences for criminal actions, and it is only national government’s SA Police Service , through their detective services, and the National Prosecuting Authority who can get results with these cases,” External link

businessday Monday, April 22, 2019 9:08:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We have noted concerns about safety within the CBD and we want people to feel safer, so what you see today is part of our direct attempts to address crime and will hopefully result in an improvement in responding to incidents of crime in the CBD. We believe the extra officers will help bolster efforts to address crime in the CBD” External link

citizen Monday, April 15, 2019 7:39:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The South African Police Service (Saps) remains the primary law enforcement agency responsible for safety, but has been under-resourced for a number of years. We are taking proactive steps to address crime in the CBD, and work with the Saps and all safety partners to address safety concerns,” External link

citizen Monday, April 15, 2019 7:39:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "What you see today is part of our direct attempts to address crime and will hopefully result in an improvement in responding to incidents of crime in the CBD," External link

iol Monday, April 15, 2019 3:50:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "We are pleased that following a funding commitment from the national government the building of this facility for higher learning can now get under way," External link

iol Saturday, April 6, 2019 6:10:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "We believe that quality and responsive education and training is the most effective way of empowering people and preparing them for work. I look forward to seeing the doors of this world-class education facility open in the near future," External link

iol Saturday, April 6, 2019 6:10:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We are pleased that following a funding commitment from the national government the building of this facility for higher learning can now get under way,” External link

citizen Saturday, April 6, 2019 4:20:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We believe that quality and responsive education and training is the most effective way of empowering people and preparing them for work. I look forward to seeing the doors of this world-class education facility open in the near future,” External link

citizen Saturday, April 6, 2019 4:20:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “I think it is fantastic that Cape Town International has again scooped this very prestigious award. I must thank Airports Company South Africa for all their hard work in managing Cape Town International and making it the top airport in Africa yet again. This award also belongs to the people who work at the airport, who welcome our visitors with smiles on their faces, and who ensure the highest level of professionalism in the service they provide” External link

eyewitness-news Saturday, March 30, 2019 12:15:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Cape Town routinely features on lists of the world’s most beautiful cities and is ranked among the top tourist destinations across the globe. So we have good reason to be proud of what we have to offer and to take pride in our surroundings,” “We want to make sure that our beaches, urban parks and tourist attractions, as well as your local neighbourhood, stay safe and sparkling clean because we know that unchecked grime can lead to crime” External link

businessday Monday, March 18, 2019 2:16:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato says : “99% of those coming into the Western Cape, the two of us pay for them, they can’t fend for themselves. Lots and lots of our budgets go to them, unfortunately, and that is a challenge,” External link

iol Monday, February 18, 2019 7:45:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato added : "It’s very important for foundation phase learners to have the necessary tools so that they can do their work and study hard. This donation will enable learners to concentrate on their lessons and help them succeed in their education. Some learners face challenges and, as a caring city, we must offer our support" External link

iol Thursday, February 14, 2019 2:28:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “they cannot cover all parts of the peninsula” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, January 31, 2019 1:41:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : "I was very happy to see how friendly and professional our staff are. Some of the problems they deal with are difficult ones, but they always act in a professional manner and this shows with customer satisfaction ratings. The customer feedback survey indicates that customers are generally satisfied with service that they receive from the call centre and our team is committed to maintaining the highest level of customer service," "I’ve asked the call centre management for a report on the nature of the calls so that we can look at how best to streamline our responses to service requests and ensure we deal with some of these challenges before they become a problem for our residents," External link

iol Wednesday, January 16, 2019 5:19:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The people of Cape Town deserve a safe and reliable public transport system. Rail should be commuters’ mode of choice because commuting by rail is more affordable, and it’s the most efficient mode of transport when operating optimally,” “The REU’s successes to date give me a good reason to believe that this unit will assist us in stabilising the urban rail service over the next few months. With less crime and vandalism, we can expect a decrease in delays and cancellations, and with that, we can expect more commuters opting for trains as opposed to road-based transport,” External link

citizen Wednesday, January 9, 2019 9:49:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The people of Cape Town deserve a safe and reliable public transport system. Rail should be commuters’ mode of choice because commuting by rail is more affordable, and it’s the most efficient mode of transport when operating optimally,” “The REU’s successes to date give me a good reason to believe that this unit will assist us in stabilising the urban rail service over the next few months. With less crime and vandalism, we can expect a decrease in delays and cancellations, and with that, we can expect more commuters opting for trains as opposed to road-based transport,” External link

iol Wednesday, January 9, 2019 7:09:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said ( about Cape Police ) : “Many persons have asked why the City did not act,” “It should be noted that, during public order policing situations, the South African Police Service assumes command over all policing staff on the scene. Senior SAPS officials in charge of the situation at Clifton on the day would not allow City and SPCA staff to act to prevent the slaughter” External link

citizen Monday, December 31, 2018 7:49:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Staff in the City of Cape Town know what is expected of them,” External link

citizen Monday, December 31, 2018 4:43:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Even though some political organisations will exploit any opportunity to drive a racial wedge in our society, this is something we must never allow,” External link

citizen Friday, December 28, 2018 6:10:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said ( about Cape Argus ) : “I would like the national government to fix train services so that more residents can get to work and access jobs,” “I want to see more people benefit from housing opportunities provided by the city council and I want to see Cape Town continue to be the city of investment, with the lowest unemployment among the big metros in South Africa” External link

iol Friday, December 28, 2018 10:15:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The impact of the incident is felt across South Africa but also across the world because tourists come from across the world to visit South Africa. This negativity around crime, specifically at a key point like the airport, we cannot tolerate that” External link

iafrica Thursday, October 19, 2017 9:36:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Police let go of thousands of reservists that impact the police’s visibility in many communities including Philippi and Marikana area,” External link

enca Wednesday, October 4, 2017 8:35:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : "A top team of detectives is working around the clock and following up on all leads," External link

enca Tuesday, October 3, 2017 1:43:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "The scourge of gangs, drugs and guns in our communities leaves too many people fearing for their life and too many innocent lives lost in the crossfire," External link

thetimes-za Thursday, February 9, 2017 10:23:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : "It is now one year later and we are still no closer to providing the law enforcement resources needed to address the problems our communities face," External link

thetimes-za Thursday, February 9, 2017 10:23:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We don’t ever want to see what has happened in Khayelitsha again,” External link

iol Thursday, December 29, 2016 9:44:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Be vigilant. It is clear that police are being targeted,” External link

iol Tuesday, December 13, 2016 10:30:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : "Mrs De Bruyn phoned me on Sunday afternoon," "She said to me, 'Mr Plato, please ask Mr Hendricks just to give my car back.' So I said to her, 'I do have his cell number and I will give him a call and I will ask him to do everything possible to return the car'" External link

thetimes-za Friday, December 9, 2016 8:16:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato added : “The alleged details surrounding her death serve as a horrifying reminder why we have to extend our 16 Days of Activism campaign for No Violence Against Women and Children to 365 days of action,” External link

enca Tuesday, December 6, 2016 3:36:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “This is a chilling realisation of the dangers women face in their own communities – even more so for women from the LGBTQI community,” External link

enca Tuesday, December 6, 2016 3:36:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We will not allow cowardly criminals to get away with their crimes unpunished. We will do everything in our power to ensure the safety of the people of the Western Cape and our police officers,” External link

iol Sunday, November 27, 2016 1:58:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “We are very shocked and traumatised by the latest attack on police officers. Looking at the task they had to fulfil, dealing with a domestic violence case, and the sadness that a woman police officer” External link

iol Thursday, November 24, 2016 1:50:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Police will leave no stone unturned to find the perpetrators and they must rot in jail,” External link

iol Wednesday, November 23, 2016 6:43:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “This is a victory for every person living in the Western Cape. The regular release of statistical information on reported crime enable all law enforcement agencies and safety structures to adequately and timeously adapt strategies to better respond to crime realities, in real time,” External link

iol Thursday, September 1, 2016 7:13:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The number of killings in any single community is a grave cause for concern, let alone in such a small time period. That is why I will be meeting with the Delft community and the leaders tomorrow (Thursday) evening to listen to the grievances and try to establish what the root causes of the problematic scenario is” External link

iol Thursday, September 1, 2016 1:36:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Is that your role and responsibility?” External link

iol Monday, August 29, 2016 4:00:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “I condemn in the strongest possible terms the attack on police officers this morning in Delft,” External link

iol Monday, June 13, 2016 6:07:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Crime stats should not belong only to the police but should be used to inform the public of risks in their communities and empower strategic action from the entire safety fraternity‚” External link

thetimes-za Friday, June 10, 2016 10:57:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The ANC’s blanket approach of requesting investigations from the police, Hawks, and Public Protector on ‘whether anyone should be prosecuted’, will ensure that any investigation must include the serious content of the information provided to me in affidavits,” External link

iol Wednesday, May 18, 2016 8:05:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The affidavits allege corruption and criminal activity within SAPS as well as the ANC’s political links to gangs,” External link

iol Wednesday, May 18, 2016 8:05:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The ANC’s blanket approach of requesting investigations from the police, Hawks, and Public Protector on ‘whether anyone should be prosecuted’, will ensure that any investigation must include the serious content of the information provided to me in affidavits,” External link

iol Wednesday, May 18, 2016 7:04:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “The affidavits allege corruption and criminal activity within SAPS as well as the ANC’s political links to gangs,” External link

iol Wednesday, May 18, 2016 7:04:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “Previously there were no breakthroughs with this case. It has been a top priority for police since the first attacks. So making six arrests now is a massive breakthrough for the police” External link

iol Tuesday, March 17, 2015 9:16:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato added : “The problem of gangs and drugs in Cape Town and the Western Cape still exceeds the functional capability of the SAPS to stem the tide. It is a problem which needs the assistance of all agencies and the co-operation and support of communities as well,” External link

iol Monday, March 16, 2015 11:58:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : "To make it clear, this project is not a department of community safety sanctioned initiative. The SAPS, an entity which the Western Cape government has no operational control over, needs to answer whether it is a programme initiated by them or why the system has been endorsed by the local sector commander," External link

businessday Wednesday, March 11, 2015 2:19:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "To make it clear, this project is not a department of community safety sanctioned initiative. The SAPS, an entity which the Western Cape government has no operational control over, needs to answer whether it is a programme initiated by them or why the system has been endorsed by the local sector commander," External link

bdlive Wednesday, March 11, 2015 2:16:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : "I talked predominantly to coloured people and they say the system is not racist. They say people are taking this out of proportion," "The card is a reference card for work only" External link

thetimes-za Tuesday, March 10, 2015 8:26:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : “For me, the key in all of these robberies to detect is, who is behind this - is it syndicates?” External link

iol Wednesday, February 18, 2015 11:49:00 AM EAT

Dan Plato said : "It is critical that Saps is not used as muscle for hire against opposing voices or for party-political gain," External link

thenewage Sunday, February 15, 2015 6:24:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “It is critical that Saps is not used as muscle for hire against opposing voices or for party-political gain,” External link

iol Sunday, February 15, 2015 5:21:00 PM EAT

Dan Plato said : “I condemn this heinous act and call on the community to assist the police wherever possible to ensure justice is served,” External link

iol Tuesday, February 3, 2015 4:09:00 PM EAT



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minister75.00%EN09/16/201316/09/2013
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Dan PlatoEN84.54%
Dan PlatoNL14.95%
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