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At the Council meeting in May this year, I announced a new strategic approach to the drought: building water resilience. It signalled a new approach to risk and a new appreciation of the unpredictability of the impacts of climate change.

Over many decades, engineers and planners built the water supply infrastructure in Cape Town and in the surrounding areas that has served us well. This infrastructure and the associated water management techniques have previously navigated Cape Town through drought periods. The drought we are currently experiencing is the most stubborn, intense and protracted in recent history. Prior to the onset of the drought, the City was using water well under its registered allocation determined by the National Department of Water and Sanitation. Despite our population growth almost doubling since 1996, our water demand has remained relatively flat.

As a proactive government, we have had water restrictions in place since 2005, which were intensified from the beginning of 2016 – over 20 months ago. These restrictions have become progressively tighter, which is the accepted technique of matching demand with availability during extended periods of low rainfall. Without these restrictions, Cape Town may have run out of water by this time.

Up until May this year, the City’s approach to responding to the drought was based principally on driving down demand and supplementing supply with limited new augmentation schemes. The approach, based on projections from hydrological and dam modelling, had worked in the past. It did not provide us with sufficient confidence on this occasion. Continue reading

15 August 2017

Train cancellations in the Western Cape, have risen from 3% in October 2015, to well over 15% by July 2017.

This sharp rise is extremely alarming and I will therefore be submitting a parliamentary question to the Western Cape Minister of Public Works and Transport, Donald Grant, in order to ascertain what measures PRASA will be putting into place to improve the reliability of the Metrorail service in the Western Cape.

Railway remains the backbone of commuter public transport in the Western Cape, however, it is continuously unreliable. Currently, more than 620 000 passengers make use of Metrorail across the Province, equating to 48% of the total commuter traffic. At today’s Standing Committee on Transport and Public Works, PRASA briefed the Standing Committee on the current state the Metrorail Service.

Crime remains a massive hindrance with regards to Metrorail’s ability to be more efficient. In October, 2015, train punctuality, or the percentage of trains on time, was at 80%. However, in July 2017 train punctuality dropped to approximately 65%. During the same period, 101 train coaches were lost due to damages sustained by fire, equating to as much as R312 million. Continue reading

Drought crisis: please reduce water flow to your property

The City of Cape Town informs all water users that they can adjust the water-isolating valves (stopcocks) on their properties to reduce the flow rate and save water. Water consumption remains dangerously high and the City must use all means available to get down to 500 million litres of collective usage per day. Read more below:

Dam storage levels are currently at 31,1%, with useable water at approximately 21,1%. Collective consumption for the past week was 610 million litres per day. This is 110 million litres above the target of 500 million litres per day. As such, residents are requested to please adjust their stopcocks to reduce the flow of water to their property. Furthermore, all residents are encouraged to hold each other accountable when it comes to water wastage and to report contraventions of the water restrictions.

Pressure adjustments on bulk supply lines have helped to reduce consumption over recent months, and it is hoped that significant further reductions could be achieved if residents also reduce flow through the private-side isolating valve. Residents are advised that the City is intensifying its pressure reduction programme. From this week, the City will be lowering the water pressure in its reticulation network to about 2 bars at the critical control points in the various supply zones across the metro (see photos above).

Further details of the City’s Water Resilience Plan will be announced by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille on Thursday 17 August 2017. Continue reading

Devdondidit, Wayne McKay, David Johnson, Charles Tertiens, Baydu Adams and Siv Ngesi with the Juvie Boy Entertainers 2016. Pic:

Devdondidit, Wayne McKay, David Johnson, Charles Tertiens, Baydu Adams and Siv Ngesi with the Juvie Boy Entertainers 2016.


The City of Cape Town has approved R6,1 million in funding support to the minstrel events and Malay choirs this year.

The City will support six associations to host events, including Tweede Nuwe Jaar, other minstrel tournaments, and the Malay choir competitions.

The City’s support to these events is in line with our commitment to building an inclusive city by supporting events which bring people together. Each year the events resonate with families and communities across Cape Town as thousands of people, including tourists, fill the streets to watch the colourful and entertaining marches.

The City’s support will also allow communities to showcase our rich cultural diversity, while creating employment opportunities in the garment-making, events, catering and transport industries.

The City will transfer R4,1 million in cash to the associations and provide R2 million in support services. City-owned venues will be made available at no cost to the associations.

All requests for the funding were received through the City of Cape Town’s event support application system and were considered by the Special Events Committee (SpevCo) within their delegations or recommendations for support to Council.

The City took into account the Constitution, the Municipal Finance Management Act, the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, the City’s Credit Control and Debt Collection Policy, and other considerations when they reviewed the applications.

After deliberations at the SpevCo meeting, the City proposed financial support to each association as follows: Continue reading

From suspects found with guns and long knives, to others dicing their way into custody, it’s been another busy week for the City’s enforcement agencies who netted 167 suspects. Read more below:


The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Department arrested 63 suspects in the last week: 23 for drunk driving and 40 others for possession of drugs, dangerous weapons and stolen property.

In Manenberg yesterday morning, 13 August 2017, officers reacted to a ShotSpotter alert and noted a suspect running away when he saw them. They caught up with the suspect and found a 40-calibre Beretta pistol and 11 rounds of ammunition in his possession.

In Khayelitsha, a tip-off from the public led to the arrest of a 19-year-old suspect just before 08:00 on Saturday 12 August 2017 for possession of dagga. Officers recovered 26 packets, 44 parcels and a refuse bag, all filled with dagga.

‘This is the second significant dagga bust in Khayelitsha in the last two weeks. At the end of July, officers received another tip-off that led them to toilets in Town Two and a stash of dagga with an estimated street value of R30 000. I applaud those members of the public who are taking a stand against crime and illicit dealings in their communities,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading

The Strand Street Concourse was officially opened for pedestrians to use as a thoroughfare today, 14 August 2017. Built as an underground pedestrian walkway in the early 1970s, the concourse beneath Strand and Adderley Streets underwent a recent major refit. Read more below:

The Strand Street Concourse, owned by the City of Cape Town, is part of a broader network of underground walkways that serves as a critical pedestrian link between the Cape Town Station precinct and the St George’s Street, Woolworths, Old Mutual and the Golden Acre shopping malls.

The major construction work of the 1 752 m² area has now been completed. This forms part of an overall revitalisation project for the concourse.

‘The concourse allows for protected pedestrian movement across the busy Strand and Adderley Streets, with a number of exit points into the heart of the central business district. It is an integral thoroughfare to the CBD that allows pedestrians to move safely and avoid vehicular traffic. They are able to move quickly without having to take traffic lights into account to get across the busy intersection. In addition, the concourse offers protection from inclement weather conditions,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Assets and Facilities Management, Councillor Stuart Diamond. Continue reading

The City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority is celebrating the stories of three women – an environmental field ranger, a principal property inspector, and a MyCiTi bus driver – who have excelled in what are perceived to be traditionally male-dominated careers. The messages of equality and empowerment echo through their stories, which is inspirational on Women’s Day. 

Environmental field ranger Crystal Moses, principal property inspector Sharon Damon, and MyCiTi bus driver Sisiwe Dase are women who have not let their gender stop them from pursuing careers in traditionally male-dominated industries.

‘As we celebrate Women’s Month, I salute these women, who are representative of many others, for their courage in entering and excelling in the traditionally male-dominated transport and urban development realm. These women are the true epitome of the saying “Amakhosikazi Anamandla – women have strength”.

‘As the City, we work towards creating opportunities and developing and supporting programmes that will provide longer-term employment in an effort to promote economic inclusion, which is in line with the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

Learnership programmes in particular have empowered many women, some of whom obtained permanent employment directly with the City through these opportunities. Continue reading

Drought crisis: early warm, dry weather calls for extra saving efforts

The City of Cape Town urges all water users to see how they can reduce their water usage further and not to increase consumption due to the unseasonably hot, dry weather that Cape Town is currently experiencing. Read more below:

Dam storage levels are at 29,4%, with useable water at 19,4%. Consumption remains far too high, exacerbated by the warmer weather and associated evaporation. Consumption is at 632 million litres of collective use per day – this is 132 million litres above the target of 500 million litres. This target has been carefully worked out to ensure that we build up our reserves during winter and that we are carried through to the next winter season.

There should be no reason why essential indoor usage is increased because of the weather. If demand trends mimic weather or temperature trends, it shows that a significant proportion of consumers are flouting the restriction measures. Continue reading

07 August 2017
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The Western Cape has added 137 000 jobs in the last quarter according to today’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey from Stats SA, the largest proportion of new jobs in the country. The Province still has the country’s lowest expanded unemployment rate, having decreased from 24,7% to 24.6%.

Nationally the expanded unemployment rate has increased by 0.2% and stands at a staggering 36.6%, 12% higher than in the Western Cape. Gauteng has an expanded unemployment rate of 32,9% and KwaZulu-Natal 40,4%, showing that where the DA governs the economy grows faster and more people are employed.

The DA-led Western Cape is on the right track to creating opportunities for economic growth and jobs. Through the DA-led Western Cape government’s Project Khulisa, which is a focused intervention program, we have accelerated economic growth in Tourism, Agri-Processing and the Oil and Gas sectors. The Red-Tape Reduction Unit within the Department of Economic Opportunities has achieved a 96.5% success rate to unblock red tape that hampers blockages and small business growth.

It is further pleasing to note that the City of Cape Town recorded significant gains in employment with a 0,3% drop in unemployment and the creation of 63 000 jobs. This figure, in relation to the provincial statistic, means that a total of 74 000 non-metro jobs have been created in the Western Cape.

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