Nardstar* #mural in #CapeTown 2018 @nard_star. Picture: graffitisouthafrica/ Instagram.
Nardstar* #mural in #CapeTown 2018 @nard_star. Picture: graffitisouthafrica/ Instagram.

City of Cape Town expands Graffiti Unit removals staff

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Jan 9, 2019

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Cape Town - The capacity of the City of Cape Town's Graffiti Unit will be bolstered by 168 temporary workers from February to June this year. The workers will be sourced from the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) database across the city and will assist in removing illegal graffiti.

"Illegal graffiti is a concern and can quickly change a neighbourhood. It can create the impression that no one cares about the area, it can discourage business and it diverts funds that now have to be used to remove it, instead of being used for community programmes. Offensive or obscene graffiti can also affect residents sense of safety and security in their own communities," said Mayco Member for Safety and Security,  JP Smith.

The City's Graffiti Unit, under the auspices of Law Enforcement, will be bolstered with 168 EPWP workers from February to June this year who will be recruited from the EPWP database across the City and will be part of two teams tasked with cleaning up gang and illegal graffiti on the Cape Flats and in townships and suburbs.

The City's EPWP database is centralised and access to work opportunities is based on a computerised random selection process.

National guidelines prescribe that the EPWP work relates to any temporary work ranging from a day to the full duration of a project. The key focus is that all of these types of opportunities are temporary, and employment depends on the type of work on offer and the project duration.

"Negative images and words not only scar the urban landscape, but also those residents who have to look at it daily. Getting rid of gangster graffiti will help restore dignity to many communities and instill a sense of pride," said Smith.

"The City recognises the value of public art and street artists as their work can inspire and provoke new thinking, it can beautify shared spaces, uplift communities and tells the rich stories of our history. I want to encourage graffiti artists who want to do graffiti or public art to contact our Arts and Culture branch," added Smith.

For further information, please call the branch at 021 400 5944.

Illegal graffiti can be reported to 107 from a land line or 0214807700 from a cellphone.

FACES OF ART: Works of art by Nardstar, who is one of South Africa’s few successful commercial graffiti artists.

Cape Argus

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