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The City of Cape Town encourages households, government departments, and businesses to join us in switching off the lights tomorrow evening, 25 March 2017, as we commemorate Earth Hour.

Every year we join millions around the world in renewing our commitment to enhanced resource efficiency by switching off the lights in our own buildings in celebrating Earth Hour between 20:30 and 21:30.

The City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, and I will also be signing a pro-renewable energy petition which theWorld Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) has drawn up, calling on Eskom to go ahead with the Independent Power Producer’s procurement and connections. This is in line with the City’s commitment to the diversification of our energy mix, among others. The City therefore supports the WWF’s call to transition to renewable resources in generating electricity supply. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee on Monday 20 March 2017 recommended that Council adopt the draft Travel Demand Management Strategy (TDMS) when it meets next week. The strategy proposes practical solutions to alleviate the traffic congestion on Cape Town’s road network. Read more below:

‘The draft Travel Demand Management Strategy was issued for public participation in October last year when we asked residents and interested parties to comment on the City’s proposals on how to change motorists’ travel behaviour. We have received overwhelming support from residents who have also made valuable contributions in terms of how we can all pull together to reduce the number of private vehicles on our roads,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

The City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority is spending R750 million on road infrastructure projects over a period of five years to address congestion in Kommetjie, Kuils River and Blaauwberg. However, building new roads alone will not solve this challenge in the long-term. Experience the world over has proven that new road capacity is usually taken up within a matter of months and that construction cannot stay ahead of the growing demand due to rapid urbanisation. Continue reading


The City of Cape Town today, 22 March 2017, joins South Africa and the rest of the world in observing World Water Day. This year it is of particular significance as the metro faces one of the worst droughts in more than a century. Read more below:

As we commemorate World Water Day, with its theme ‘wastewater’, it is apparent that we are at a tipping point where our behaviour and way that we view all water sources must start changing – not only because of a drought but as a long-term goal of becoming a more water-sensitive city.

During this time of drought, the total volume of water saved since January 2016 (since the start of Level 2 restrictions) to February 2017 is equivalent to the volume of the Wemmershoek Dam. By the end of May 2017 we therefore hope to have saved the equivalent volume of the larger Berg River Dam. Continue reading

I have just returned from inspecting the rebuilding process and engaging with community members in Imizamo Yethu. It is the first time in history that the City of Cape Town and the affected community have worked together on such a large scale.

We obtained an interdict on Sunday to prevent resettlement on the burnt land. We have not had to use it. We are truly partners in this rebuilding process and we are very grateful for their cooperation.

On Monday evening, the City hosted a community meeting with the residents of Madiba Square from Imizamo Yethu. The City was ready to begin the process of super-blocking and issuing the emergency housing kits on Monday morning, but due to the high number of structures already erected on the land, we were prevented from doing so.

During the community meeting on Monday night, the residents of Madiba Square who had already erected structures agreed to remove them so that we could commence with the super-blocking project today. A total of 15 families requested the City’s assistance to dismantle their structures so that they can receive emergency housing kits. These families signed a request in that regard which we have for our records. Continue reading

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After 22 years at the SABC, radio veteran Glen Lewis is leaving Metro FM for a new show on Tbo Touch’s internet radio station Touch HD.

Touch HD spokesperson Lulu Ndevu confirmed to TshisaLIVE on Wednesday that both Glen and Tim Modise had joined the station.

“We can confirm that they have joined the station. We are excited to welcome them on board. Their appointment is in line with our strategy to bring the best talent on the African continent to the station,” Lulu said.

It is understood that Glen will host the morning show on Touch HD, with Touch taking the reins of afternoon drive show.

Tim previously featured on Tbo Touch’s TouchCentral where he hosted a weekday evening talkshow.

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Upper Steenbras Dam. Photo: Enver Essop

Upper Steenbras Dam. Photo: Enver Essop

As at today, 20 March 2017, dam levels have dropped to 28,6 % which is 1,4% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at about 18,6 % of usable water with approximately 103 days of useable water left at current consumption levels. Consumption over the past week reached 750 million litres per day of the collective usage target of 700 million litres per day. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town thanks those consumers who continue to find new ways of saving water but challenges Team Cape Town to see if we can get much closer to the usage target. We simply have to do so.

The Mayoral Committee today 20 March 2017 recommended for noting by Council the declaration of a local state of disaster as a result of the drought. We are in the midst of one of our worst droughts of the past century. Cape Town is in a water-scarce region and is experiencing the impacts of climate change with an increased frequency of drought events.

The two consecutive years of drought have severely reduced stream flows into the dams of the Western Cape Water Supply Scheme (WCWSS). The dams are likely to reach extremely low levels by the onset of the 2017 winter and are unlikely to recover satisfactorily should average to below average rainfall be experienced over this coming winter. Continue reading


As part of our efforts to prioritise climate action projects to protect residents against the impacts of climate change, the City of Cape Town is in the process of issuing a bond up to the value of R1 billion which it will accredit through the Climate Bonds Initiative’s Standard.

This third party accreditation will enable us to market the bond as a true Green Bond.

In developing the associated Green Bond Framework, we have identified a suite of eligible projects which will be funded through the proceeds of the bond.

The projects to be funded by the Green Bond are a mix of adaptation and mitigation initiatives, all of which are aligned to the City’s Climate Change Strategy.

The projects include:

–               procurement of electric busses

–               energy efficiency in buildings

–               water management initiatives which includes;

  • water meter installations and replacements
  • water pressure management
  • upgrade of reservoirs

–               sewerage effluent treatment

–               rehabilitation and protection of coastal structures Continue reading

Carnival welcomes more than 50 000 spectators to the annual parade

Cape Town, 18 March 2017 – Thousands of spectators were treated to a dazzling music, dance and costume parade today, as the Cape Town Carnival wound its way along the Green Point Fan Walk. The parade started at 19h00 and was followed by a fabulous street party, with local award-winning DJs Fresh and Euphonik entertaining the crowds.

“We’d like to make the Cape Town Carnival recognisable on an international level, as people from all over the world attend it,” said Rachel Jafta, chairperson of Media24 and of the Cape Town Carnival Trust. The more than 50 000 people who attended and joined in the festivities this year included dancers from the world’s largest carnival, the Rio Carnival, and New York-based singer Oshri, who performed “Crazy but Free”, the 2017 Cape Town Carnival theme song.

The theme, “AMAZA! – Ocean Odyssey”, celebrated our precious oceans. “With Cape Town in the middle of a serious drought, this year’s water-related theme comes at the perfect time to create awareness in a fun and colourful way,” said Cape Town Carnival creative director Brad Baard.

From 15h00 to 18h00, Kyknet’s Tjiff en Tjaff TV characters walked around taking pictures and M-Net hosted a face-painting station. “We were thrilled to be part of the Cape Town Carnival again,” said M-Net general manager for South Africa Nkateko Mabaso.

Another proud sponsor of the Cape Town Carnival is the National Lotteries Commission (NLC). “The Cape Town Carnival develops ordinary members of society, and this ties in with our values,” said Marcelle Musson, NLC provincial manager in the Western Cape.

About 50 diverse community groups participated in this year’s outing. The Cape Town Carnival serves the broader Cape Town community by bringing together and celebrating the different identities of the Mother City’s citizens, as well as providing a platform for them to perform on an international level in a well-attended event.

The City of Cape Town is embarking on an innovative approach to boost skills development and employment opportunities for residents through an outcomes-based tender that is a first of its kind for the City. Read more below:

This innovative move is in keeping with the City’s Organisational and Development Plan (ODTP) – a process that the City has embarked on to put the needs of our residents first and work to remove barriers. A key need in our economy is to improve the skills of our people for real jobs. It is thus essential that skills training can be proved to be appropriate for Cape Town’s needs.

Usually, the specifications to service providers are very prescriptive in terms of the methods used to deliver the required service. What sets the City’s outcomes-based tender apart, is that it focuses on results (outcomes) rather than the associated activities and tasks to deliver the end result.

‘One of the challenges we face as a city is the high number of unemployed residents. In addition, we are confronted with an economic growth environment that does not always result in the creation of a significant number of new jobs. For this reason, we cannot afford to proceed with a business-as-usual approach. Continue reading

The City’s Mayoral Committee has recommended to Council that a municipal entity be established to manage and operate the Cape Town Stadium on behalf of the City. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee today 20 March 2017 approved a recommendation to Council that a municipal entity be established to manage and operate the Stadium Precinct Area.

This entity will be a state-owned company, fully owned by the City.

‘Our goal is to minimise the financial losses of the Cape Town Stadium and to maximise the potential income streams by increasing the use of the Stadium. In this way, we also hope to create a centre of excellence which is in accordance with the City’s Organisational and Development Plan (ODTP) – a process that we are busy implementing that will transform the work of this organisation in order to transform lives,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Finance, Councillor Johan van der Merwe. Continue reading

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