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We are very proud to announce that our temporary desalination plant in Strandfontein is now delivering high-quality, treated desalinated water into our supply system.

This plant is injecting 4,7 million litres per day into the reticulation system and is being delivered to customers. It is foreseen that full production of 7 million litres will come online during June 2018.

Our reverse osmosis desalination plant in the Waterfront area is close to producing two million litres of drinking water per day while progress on the desalination plant at Monwabisi is also progressing well, with first water expected to be delivered by June and full production to be reached by July, if all goes according to plan. This plant is also set to produce 7 million litres per day.

It is important to note that these projects provide only a small contribution of our daily water requirement as a city. It forms part of our efforts to make additional water available without only relying on rainfall to fill our dams. However, our most effective tool to keep Day Zero away is to continue to reduce our usage. We have done well so far, and we must keep up our savings efforts during winter and in preparation for Summer 2018/19. We must continue to stretch our existing water supplies as we simply do not know what the actual winter rainfall will be. Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR PATRICIA DE LILLE

Today, I am pleased to announce the City of Cape Town has, through its support of Wesgro and special-purpose small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) vehicles, facilitated R1.2 billion worth of investment during the first few months of 2018.

In addition, the City’s support of sector-specific interventions ensured that 1 380 job opportunities were created and 274 people were trained between January and March 2018.

These results are proof of our efforts undertaken in line with the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan’s goals to ensure economic inclusion.

Cape Town is steadfast in its commitment to build an opportunity city where the economy thrives and employment grows each year. The City has identified priority sectors with the potential to grow and develop the city’s economy. These sectors include information communication and technology (ICT); business process outsourcing (BPO); craft and design; clothing, textiles and fashion; and renewable energy, among others.

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The show is a stripped-down look at PJ’s colorful career spanning the last 35 years and she is accompanied by the world-renowned stick-man, Barry van Zyl on percussion and her long-time band member, Tigger Reunert, on guitar and vocals. The three of them weave a beautiful thread through her hits and provide a platform for her to regale audiences in a light-hearted and hilarious jaunt. Cafe Roux in Noordhoek on Wed 23 May and in Cape Town on Shortmarket St Thursday 24 May.

The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department will be completing work on a part of the water supply network feeding parts of Brackenfell this evening, 17 May 2018. It is expected that the water supply to the area will be disrupted between 20:00 on 17 May and 05:00 on 18 May 2018 to facilitate the work.

The affected area is bordered by Frans Conradie Drive (M25) to the south, Brackenfell Boulevard (M100) to the west, Okavango Road (M137) to the east, and the N1 to the north.

Careful consideration has been given to the planning of this work to ensure minimal disruption to the water supply in the affected area.

The water supply network across the City is divided into reticulation zones which are smaller and much more manageable sections of the large network for purposes of maintenance and upgrades. This work forms part of the City’s Water Demand Management Plan and will significantly reduce the occurrence of pipe bursts and subsequent water losses.

Residents are advised to store water in clean sealed containers for domestic use during this period. Please also ensure taps remain in the off position to prevent damage to property and water wastage if supply is restored ahead of schedule.

The City regrets any inconvenience caused.

The City’s Recreation and Parks Department is spending more than R3 million in a bid to secure alternative water sources for some of its sports fields and parks. The interventions include the installation of boreholes, well-points and storage tanks and the initiative forms part of the Recreation and Parks Department’s efforts to build resilience amid the persistent drought. Read more below:

Recreational facilities have gone from green to brown amid the persistent drought and resultant water restrictions. Currently, in terms of Level 6B restrictions, no irrigation is permissible using drinking water and even irrigation using alternative water sources like boreholes and well-points is limited to an hour on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

As a result, many of the City’s 610 sports fields have been rendered unusable and access has been restricted to prevent irreversible damage.

‘We have had to advise many sporting codes to curtail their activities because many of our fields would simply not be able to handle the wear and tear of regular use without proper irrigation. We can also not say with any level of certainty what winter will be like and whether the rainfall will be significant enough to help rehabilitate fields and parks, and also to fill the dams to the point where water restrictions can be revised to allow for more regular irrigation come summer,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

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Alan Committie, the star of Defending the Caveman, comes to the Baxter Flipside from 29 May to 16 June at 8pm nightly, with a brand-new, hilarious exploration of the battle of the sexes (and the exes) called Love Factually.

After 963 performances of Defending the Caveman, Committie decided it was time to take a fresh look at relationships, so he wrote and performed Love Factually to critical and commercial acclaim. The show has had three sold out seasons in Johannesburg, a successful season in the UK where it debuted at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre in Woking, England in 2016 and was last seen in a sold out run at Theatre on the Bay.

Committie now brings his hit show to the Baxter Flipside in 2018 with a fresh look at relationships. For a short season, he will wow audiences with his family-friendly, high energy antics and delight people who are in relationships, leaving relationships or once read about relationships.

Recognized as one of South Africa’s leading stand-up comedians and renowned master of ceremonies (having hosted six Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards, nine Jive Cape Town Funny Festivals and seven Sunday Times Top 100 companies awards evenings amongst many others), Committie is a multiple award-winning actor. His accolades include a Fleur du Cap Best Actor award for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and a South African Film and TV Best Supporting Actor award winner for Laugh Out Loud.

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The MyCiTi service resumed operations this morning, 15 May 2018, after buses were grounded for nearly a month due to the nationwide strike action affecting the South African bus industry. The City expects that the buses on most of the routes will soon operate on schedule as the service settles in. Read more below:

The vehicle operating companies operating the MyCiTi service informed the City that about 80% of the buses were on the road during the morning peak hour period. Minor delays were experienced on some of the MyCiTi routes. However, it is expected that the service will be operating on schedule within the next 24 hours, if not sooner.

The City wants to inform those commuters with monthly MyCiTi tickets that they will be reimbursed for the number of days that they could not make use of the service due to the strike action and which resulted in the buses being grounded.

According to the City’s records, up to 1 184 commuters may have to be reimbursed.

The monthly ticket holders are advised to please complete a reimbursement form that will be available at some of the MyCiTi station kiosks as from 26 May 2018. Monthly ticket holders are requested to please submit their reimbursement forms by 4 June 2018 at the latest.

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Get ready for a top-class comedy ensemble show, featuring Dan Nicholl as your hilarious host, with some of Cape Town favourite comedians. The line up includes Kurt Schoonraad, Stuart Taylor, KG Mokgadi and Rob van Vuuren, not forgetting the improv comedy genius, Chris Forrest.

Dan Nicholl has made a big name for himself as an excellent MC for some of South Africa’s biggest events, including the Sport Industry Awards, the Cape Wine Auction, the BMW International Polo Series, the Absa Cape Epic, and many others. Internationally he has also hosted some impressive sporting events like the annual Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland for several years, the Emirates Invitational in Abu Dhabi, Beyond Sport United at Yankee Stadium and the Mauritius Open, to name a few.

The show’s exceptional line-up of comedians features some of South Africa’s best-known and funniest talent.

Kurt Schoonraad and Stuart Taylor must be two of the country’s most recognisable faces thanks to their popular TV show Going Nowhere Slowly. Both comedians’ careers have taken off since the show aired in 2005. They have each been regulars on television game shows, stand-up comedy and performing one-man shows on the professional comedy circuit.

Rob van Vuuren is also one of the country’s most popular funny men. He has acted in numerous television shows and a few movies. He has been nominated for four Fleur Du Cap awards and won the inaugural Comics Choice Breakthrough Award in 2011 and has two Standard Bank Ovation Awards.

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STATEMENT BY ALDERMAN IAN NEILSON, ACTING EXECUTIVE MAYOR

Since the tabling of the City’s draft budget for 2018/19 in March, further examination of the budget proposals by City officials and councillors has led to a reassessment of the budget proposals for the Water and Sanitation Department. The overall increase in the Department’s budget requirement has been reduced from 26.96% to 19.9%. This has been achieved primarily by rephasing the New Water Programme, including the savings which will result in the current financial year.

After careful and intense consideration of a record 40 000 comments which were received on the proposals in the City of Cape Town’s tabled (draft) budget, as well as various portfolio committee meetings, workshops and discussions, the reduced revenue requirement has resulted in substantial changes to the proposed water and sanitation tariff increases to be proposed for Council’s approval of the final Budget on 30 May 2018.

Among others, certain proposed domestic, non-indigent water tariff increases have been reduced:

  • Step 1 (less than 6 kl water usage per month): from 55,16% down to 10,10%
  • Step 2 (more than 6 kl but less than 10,5 kl water usage per month): from 6,26% down to 0%

Among others, certain proposed domestic non-indigent sanitation tariff increases have been reduced:

  • Step 1 (less than 4,2 kl per month): from 78,71% down to 9,87%
  • Step 2 (between 4,2 kl and 7,35 kl per month): from 23,74% down to 0%

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Our collective consumption over the past week was 554 million litres of water per day. This is a 6,7% increase from consumption of 519 million litres last week. It places Cape Town 104 million litres above the usage target of 450 million litres per day that the National Department of Water and Sanitation has set as a requirement. 

Although there has been a slight increase in dam levels of 0,5% to an overall level of 21,4% as a result of some rainfall and lower evaporation rates, we need to continue to stretch the remaining water in our dams as we simply do not know how much rain we will receive over the winter months. As of this morning, our dams are just 0.1% below our water supply level on the same day last year.  This is an incredible achievement of water saving by the people of Cape Town, given that the dam levels at the start of the year were at 31% compared to 46% last year.

We do know that the majority of our water users are doing their best to lower usage to 50 litres per day to get to the requirement of 450 million litres, but there may be a bit of complacency creeping in. I would like to call on all Capetonians to remain on course with their savings efforts. As Cape Town has shown the rest of South Africa and the world already, we are capable of meeting challenges head-on and pulling together to do what is required.

From the City’s side, we continue to work 24/7 to help keep Day Zero away.

In addition to our internal water-saving efforts and our advanced pressure management programme, which is saving approximately 52 million litres of water per day, the water resilience programme will bring more of our augmentation projects online over the coming months. However, we still do not know how much rainfall we are likely to receive over the winter season, so we simply cannot afford to relax our savings efforts.

We encourage all of our water users who are living the #50LitreLife to show their commitment to saving our precious water by getting a free profile picture at http://bit.ly/2IzvM2t

Please visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for all water-related information.

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