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News wrap: City’s enforcement agencies made 300+ arrest with help of CCTV technology 

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City’s enforcement agencies made 300+ arrest with help of CCTV technology 

The City’s enforcement agencies made 312 arrests in the past week – several of these were the result of CCTV detections. The City’s JP Smith says that these CCTV successes once again show the efficacy of technology as a crime fighting tool, namely where the information is relayed quickly and followed by a response, whether City or SAPS. Smith says that the City will also use the CCTV over the festive season to help manage traffic around coastal areas and to detect fires or other emergencies.

Government approves bill which seeks to decriminalise sex work 

The government has approved the publishing of a bill that seeks to decriminalise sex work for public comment.
Sex worker advocates believe that the decriminalisation of the industry will improve the lives of sex workers in the country.
The Sexual Offences and Related Matters Amendment Bill of 2022 repealed the Sexual Offences Act.
The government says the amendment bill is part of its efforts to fight gender-based violence and femicide.

Eskom clamping down on those stealing electricity and breaking equipment 

Eskom is taking action against residents who persistently steal electricity and break its equipment.
Eskom representatives responded in a parliamentary question and answer session this past week.
The power utility says it is experiencing a very high number of incidents of illegal connections, meter bypassing and tampering, infrastructure vandalism and theft, and the non-payment and non-purchasing of electricity tokens.

In your international news…. 

New Zealand Fire services reach wage agreement 

Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the New Zealand Professional Firefighters Union have agreed to settlement terms, subject to a vote, after months of strikes over pay and workplace issues.
On the table are wage increases of 24%, blood screening for early detection of cancer and medical response recognition for firefighters and dispatchers. The total cost of the offer is expected to be around $145 million, which is $100m higher than the offer on the table in July.

Written by: Keenan Williams

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