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The average water consumption for the past week was 505 million litres per day.

Warm, windy weather over the past week has drastically slowed down dam recovery. This is in line with the preceding weeks of very little rain.

Dam levels have thus improved very slightly, and not as significantly as in the recent months, by 0,2% to 56,9 % of storage capacity.

This trend shows that rainfall is very difficult to predict and Cape Town should carry on with its amazing water-saving efforts to build a buffer for the summer months ahead.

An admission in parliament last week by National Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), Senzeni Zokwana, that the Western Cape is the only province where a small-scale fishers list has yet to be compiled is gravely concerning considering that Minister Zokwana himself is alleged to have prioritised abalone processing and fishing permits for select companies in the Western Cape for a R300 000 bribe.

The allegations would mean that the Minister has essentially prioritised corruption and his own interests over the well-being of the Western Cape’s fishermen and women.

The Department also pulled out of my Committee on 20 June 2018 at the eleventh hour, after having previously agreed to come and account for various corruption allegations laid against the Department and its officials, as well as a failure to address abalone poaching in the Western Cape.

If the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries continues to dodge accountability, I will be forced to subpoena the Minister to appear before my Committee in the coming weeks. The thousands of Western Cape fishermen begging for fishing quotas need answers.

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The City of Cape Town advises consumers in the Faure area of a planned water pipeline shutdown which will take place on Tuesday, 7 August 2018 from 10:00 until 14:00. This shutdown is necessary to assist in the planning work for a longer shutdown project planned for later in the year.

The Faure and surrounding areas including Macassar, sections of Blue Downs, Somerset West, Firgrove, Strand and Gordon’s Bay may experience low water pressure as a result of this work.

The City apologises for any inconvenience.

Residents are asked to keep between 5 to 10 litres of drinking water for essential use if required but do not to store water excessively. Any outages are expected to be of short duration.

Please also keep taps closed to prevent water damage in the event of water being restored after a supply disruption. 

Joint Statement by Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape, and

Dan Plato, Western Cape Minister of Community Safety

The Western Cape Government is offering a R100 000 reward to anyone who provides the police with information which will result in the arrest and successful conviction of those responsible for destroying train carriages through arson attacks on the Cape Town rail system.

The reward is being offered through the Department of Community Safety.

Arson damage to trains over the past four months has amounted to approximately R50 million, and at least R210 million over the past five years. Prasa requires 88 train sets to run an effective service. Currently, due to arson, cable theft, and vandalism, the available sets are down to below 40.

Premier Helen Zille said: “We are calling on those with information to come forward. The Cape rail system is the backbone that connects the people of Cape Town with their livelihoods, education and personal interests.

The sabotaging of people’s daily commuting system is a direct attack on freedom of movement and has serious knock-on effects for the Western Cape economy and productivity. The organised criminal elements behind these attacks must be exposed.”

Minister Dan Plato said: “The R100 000 reward we are making available is our warning to these arsonists: You are being watched, you will be caught and we will not allow you to derail this province.”

Although Metrorail is the sole responsibility of the National Government, the provincial Public Works and Transport Department recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with PRASA and the City of Cape Town.

As part of this MOA, the Province contributed R16 million to improve Metrorail’s security measures. There are 100 additional security officials currently undergoing training by the City’s law enforcement, for deployment to guard trains and rail infrastructure.

Minister Plato added: “We urge rail passengers to report all crimes to the police and work with all law enforcement officials. Those responsible for the crimes are someone’s child, someone’s sibling or someone’s neighbour – these are the people that need to break their silence and assist the police.”

23 August to 1 September 2018

MASQUE THEATRE

37 Main Road, Muizenberg

A trip around the world in 2 hours – 20 Countries in Dance

Fly away from Cape Town and dance the world with The Waterfront Theatre Company at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg from 23 August to 1 September 2018.  With over 300 Costumes, 35 Dance Routines, Six Choreographers and 60 Dancers, this show is as action packed as an overseas trip or adventure!

Samba your way through Brazil, Salsa into Puerto Rico and Tango around Argentina!  Then jet off to the USA – where you will find your souls in Memphis, party at Studio 54, dazzle in NYC and sway to the Blues in New Orleans.  Explore the culture of India and Japan, discover the magic of Riverdance, stop off for a Ballet in Paris and sit front row at the Italian Fashion Week, before flying back home to the glorious landscapes of Africa!

Choreographers Shona Brabant and William Jones have created new works; ‘Jet Set’, ‘Warriors of the Amazon’ and ‘Praise’. James Bradley presents two new pieces ‘Ménage à Tango’ and ‘Slave to Fashion’, Simone Marshall-Kleinenberg debuts ‘#Beats! ’, a Tango inspired piece ‘La Danza’ and ‘Festivo!’ Marguerite Jones’s newly created ‘A Moment in Time’ and ‘Move Together’ will take you on an emotional journey, and Genna Galloway brings the original choreography of Keith Galloway’s ‘Living To Do!’ and ‘Mambo!’

In addition to highlighting the best of the College’s dance faculty,  ‘All the World’s a Stage’  is a fundraiser for The Waterfront Theatre College’s Bursary Fund which supports the future generation of young Artists.

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In response to the worst drought in the city’s history, the City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department is expediting the roll-out of pressure management technology to various parts of the water supply network. We thank residents for their cooperation in reducing water consumption thus far, and regret any inconvenience this will cause. Read more below:

Pressure-related work / zero pressure testing will be taking place on:

· 6-9 August: Vierlanden, Durmonte, Klein Nederburg, Bersig and Wellway Park from14:30 – 00:00

· 6-9 August: Oakdale, Blomtuin, Bellair and Eikenbosch from 14:30 – 00:00

· 8 August: Montague Gardens from 20:00 – 04:00

· 8 August: Belhar from 10:00 – 16:00

Not only does pressure management generally lower consumption by reducing the rate at which water flows to properties, it also reduces leaks and pipe bursts by better ensuring that pressure remains within levels that the pipework can tolerate, and reduces the rate of loss from leaks and bursts.

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The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee this morning, 1 August 2018, approved the appointment of 100 law enforcement officers who will serve in the dedicated Rail Enforcement Unit. Read more below:

The City’s Law Enforcement Department will commence with the recruitment of 100 Rail Enforcement officers with immediate effect. The officers will be selected from the Law Enforcement Department’s database of qualifying personnel.

‘The Rail Enforcement Unit will focus on the safety and security of Metrorail commuters and infrastructure. This approval by the City’s Mayoral Committee cannot have happened soon enough. Our urban rail service is under siege with numerous arson attacks the past few weeks. The Rail Enforcement Unit must be operational as soon possible, and they must hit the ground running. Metrorail’s train fleet in the Western Cape has lost a staggering 149 carriages from May 2015 to date, with the cost of the last two arson attacks alone amounting to R51 million. In the meantime, it is our rail commuters who suffer the most with longer travelling times, delays and cancelled trips,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

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It’s been a marathon nine-month revamp for City Hall, the Grand Old Dame who has undergone a nip and tuck to restore her to her former beauty. Standing tall and proud for 113 years against the backdrop of the majestic Table Mountain, this makeover is the first major refurbishment of the facility since 1947. Read more below:

City Hall has served as the venue for both nationally and internationally important events through its years of service to the residents of Cape Town. The Council Chamber, at its heart, was where matters of local importance were debated and decisions taken that were to shape Cape Town into the city as we know it today.

The bulk of the work in the City Hall’s makeover is in the final stages with the finishing touches currently being made to the auditorium. The current phase includes extensive work in the auditorium and surrounding function rooms.

The seating in the auditorium has been replaced, the floors have been stabilized and restored, a mechanical ventilation system, public address system and evacuation system have been installed, and all the mouldings, stage and backstage area have been restored.

The revamp of the facility started a few months ago and repainting of the main entrance hall, refurbishment of the slate roof, and repairs to the organ were completed in the previous financial year.

Exciting plans are afoot to position the surrounding precinct and the City Hall as an ideal musical events venue, in addition to being the home of the Malay Choirs and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. The City of Cape Town is also in the process of a major upgrade of the Grand Parade to increase the precinct’s attraction as an events venue.

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The Quarterly Labour Force Survey, released by Statistics South Africa today, revealed that although the Western Cape sustained 50 000 job losses in the second quarter of 2018, a direct result of the hydrological drought on the agricultural sector, the province still recorded South Africa’s largest employment gains with 77 000 new jobs.

The Western Cape also remains the province with the lowest expanded unemployment rate in South Africa at 23,2%. The Western Cape’s closest competitor, Gauteng, has an expanded unemployment rate of 34,4%, a full 11,2 percentage points behind the Western Cape. This in the face of the devastating effects of a prolonged hydrological drought in our province.

The expanded unemployment rate includes discouraged workers and economically inactive citizens. This means that workers living in the Western Cape are the least discouraged in South Africa, with the province being home to the lowest number of economically inactive citizens.

These economic gains, in the face of some of the Western Cape’s worst challenges such as the water and drought crisis, have demonstrated this government’s commitment to preserving jobs and protecting our economy in the interests of guaranteeing opportunities to the people of the Western Cape.

The Western Cape’s ability to retain jobs year on year for the people of our province is proof of the DA-led Western Cape’s effective governance in the province, despite strenuous circumstances and low national economic growth.

The City’s Safety and Security Directorate celebrated more than 160 staff members today – individuals and teams – who’ve gone above and beyond the call of duty in their jobs, during the annual mid-year commendations ceremony. Read more below:

‘Traffic officer Nkuthalo Zantsi saved a hijacking victim from certain death when he found him bleeding on the side of the road and provided medical assistance until an ambulance arrived …’

‘Metro Police rookie, Constable Lindsey Lotterie, has been blazing a trail since graduating in July 2017. She has made more than 75 arrests since her first deployment …’

‘Nosipho Ntshoko often gives of her time after hours and on weekends to help promote the 107 emergency call centre to the public …’

‘Disaster Management official, Rashied Isaacs, organised a competition among primary schools in Macassar to help promote water saving amid the drought …’

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