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Earlier today I received a memorandum from the Social Justice Coalition, Reclaim the City, the District Six Working Committee, and others.

I have had numerous engagements with those who are fighting for better housing and the redress of our historical spatial injustice. My most recent engagement was with Reclaim the City about two weeks ago when they arrived at my home at 05:00 in the morning to protest, and to engage with me on housing matters. I sat down with them in my street and we spoke. I remain willing to engage with any organisation in an effort to address what I regard as one of our greatest challenges – our housing deficit.

During that engagement I reiterated our commitment to a more equitable geographical distribution of emergency or transitional housing options; using well-located City-owned land to address the housing deficit; to improve the locality of housing opportunities; and to address the policy vacuum on inclusionary housing so that our planning regime is more predictable and provides clarity on the role of the private developer to contribute to the deficit of affordable housing.

I repeated what I have said before: that where people live matters. Continue reading

Residents and motorists are advised to please take note of the temporary road closures that will be in place in the city centre and surrounds to accommodate the upcoming free concert on Greenmarket Square on Tuesday 20 March 2018, starting at 16:30.

The much anticipated free concert is a community event that draws thousands of residents and visitors from all walks of life who are united in their love for jazz.

A detailed breakdown of the roads that will be closed is available here:

Some roads in the vicinity of the Cape Town International Convention Centre will be closed from 19 March to allow for the setup of the jazz festival infrastructure.

A detailed breakdown of the closures for the CTIJF that will take place next weekend from 23-24 March 2018, is available here:

This will affect the normal flow of traffic in and around the city bowl. As such, road users are asked to plan their routes accordingly.

With the warmer months drawing to a close, the City’s Fire and Rescue Service has noticed a drop in the number of wildfires compared to previous years, but structural fires remain a concern. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service is cautiously optimistic about closing out the warmer months with significantly fewer wildfires.

The period between November and April usually sees an increase in the number of vegetation fires. For the past three years, Cape Town’s firefighters have been kept on their toes attending to thousands of wildfires, including at least one major incident that spanned several days.

There have been no major veld fires this year (up to the end of February) which has contributed to the drop in the number of incidents, as outlined below: Continue reading


The City of Cape Town calls on all private sector and community partners to help us to stop the scourge of land invasions across the metro. Those inciting the spate of attempted land grabs across the city do so according to their own narrow agendas. They do not care about the plight of our many desperate residents who ultimately have to deal with extreme flood, fire, health and safety risks when illegally settling on land that has not been earmarked for human settlement.

When land is invaded, it jeopardises emergency and basic service delivery; it stretches our resources; and it prevents progressive integrated development to manage rapid urbanisation. Many invaded erven are reserved for future housing projects, industrial development for job creation and future roadways that will be developed over time to manage urbanisation. When land is illegally invaded, we all lose.

Vulnerable people are often also asked by unscrupulous individuals to pay for ‘plots’ which are in most cases unsuitable for any sort of settlement and, if anything, often hardship is increased. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town is continually working to manage water consumption in Cape Town, and these efforts are being intensified due to the current drought. Approvals have now been given for the supply of up to 10 million litres of treated effluent to various businesses from collection points in Cape Town. Already, 75 million litres per day is being supplied through permanent pipeline connections. Read more below:

The City would like to thank those who have taken the time to incorporate the use of treated effluent water in their operations, as this is going a long way towards increasing water security in our city.

Supply of treated effluent and installation of water efficient parts are key elements of the City’s long-standing and internationally recognised Water Conservation and Demand Management Programme.

Treated effluent, or recycled water, is wastewater that has been treated at a wastewater treatment plant and then piped via a separate network of pipes to various consumers. In Cape Town, this water is not used as drinking water but for irrigation and industrial purposes, and for flushing of toilets.

The City is also rolling out supply of treated effluent water for flushing toilets in areas where permanent connections exist. Special mention must be made of efforts under way in Century City, where treated effluent water has been plumbed into various buildings for toilet flushing, including the Canal Walk shopping mall, the conference centre, and various offices. Incorporation of treated effluent water for toilet flushing is also being done at the City’s wastewater treatment facilities. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town is making use of novel technology known as micro-trenching to install fibre-optic cable ducts in the Cape Town central business district (CBD). These high-tech machines, being used as part of a pilot project within a four block radius in the CBD, are a faster and cheaper way of installing fibre-optic cables with minimal disruptions. Read more below:

The advantage of micro-trenching is that a considerably longer distance can be cut and reinstated in a single day than most other invasive technologies. Instead of hand-digging up the road or pavement surface, the micro trencher saws through the asphalt or concrete creating a trench of typically 50 mm in width and about 500 mm deep. The City’s requirement is for a trench depth of 300 mm.

This novel, high-tech cable duct laying technology is being used as part of a pilot project within the four block radius in the CBD along Wale, Loop, Berg and Longmarket Streets.

‘At some stage most of us have experienced the disruptions caused by large trenches being dug to lay fibre-optic cables. The wide open trenches on the pavements leave many individuals hot under the collar as they try to carefully pick their way through the obstacle course created. The micro-trenching method is a safer option especially for pedestrians. Technology is evolving quite quickly and we need to keep abreast of the latest and the best methods to deliver infrastructure,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Councillor Raelene Arendse. Continue reading

In an effort to help reduce water usage to the required 50 litres per person per day and to get Cape Town through the worst drought in recorded history, the City of Cape Town is creating more automated pressure zones, which means we will be able to adjust water pressure remotely and work more efficiently. Read more below:

As part of our basket of drought interventions, the City continues to roll out automated pressure zones for the implementation of pressure management which helps us to adjust pressure remotely. This technology reduces the flow of water and thus helps to reduce water usage. To install an automated zone, the City needs to test the integrity of the local reticulation network.

The first planned works in the Rondebosch area, which is bounded by the Klipfontein Road to the north, Main Road to the west, the M5 Freeway to the east and Avenue De Mist to the south, is set to get under way on Tuesday evening 13 March 2018 from 20:00 to 04:00.

Other areas in the metro will be informed of supply disruptions in due course.

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.

We recently successfully tested areas including in the Cape Town CBD, in the Oakdale area, Green Point, Paarden Eiland, Woodstock, Salt River, Epping, Delft and Brooklyn.

The pressure management programme started in 2004. There are more than 115 automated zones across the city which are being prioritised based on their leak and burst rates. Areas with high water pressure typically experience more leaks and bursts.

Affected areas are requested not to stockpile large volumes of municipal water.


The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre (DRMC) is no longer coordinating humanitarian relief efforts for disasters like fires and floods.

For many years, the DRMC conducted assessments in the wake of local disasters to determine the number of people affected and their specific needs. Once the assessment was completed, one of the City’s non-governmental partners would be activated to provide relief.

Cape Town was the only city in the country that had service level agreements with NGOs like the Mustadafin Foundation, Salvation Army and Historically Disadvantaged Individual (HDI) who would provide relief including food, blankets and vanity packs to affected communities. Their claims for reimbursement would be verified by the Disaster Risk Management Centre and submitted to the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) for payment.

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The update to the Cape Town water map has revealed impressive statistics for the month of January, most significantly that 154 000 households have received the dark green dot water saving status for using less than 6.0 kl per month. Read more below: 

The City of Cape Town water map, which is updated on a monthly basis, shows the status of free-standing households in Cape Town that are saving water. (Note that the map only shows consumption for free-standing houses and not cluster housing, flats or other land uses.)

The latest data reveal that, during January, a total of 314 000 households stepped up to the plate with their water-saving efforts and that 154 000 of these water heroes achieved the dark green status for using less than 6 kl per month. This is especially encouraging given that the water use target for that period was 87 litres per person per day.

The statistics show a significant jump in the number of households achieving a dark green dot for using less than 6 kl per month. Those residents are to be congratulated. They have gone above and beyond with their water-saving efforts during this drought and together, they are helping to make a difference.

In comparison to the number of green dot households recorded for December, there was a 5% increase in water-saving households in just one month. This is despite a higher than average number of estimations last month due to technical challenges in uploading the meter readings onto a new system. Those households who managed to reduce their consumption even further are to be congratulated.

I would like to urge all residents to keep up the good work a little longer. Regardless of rainfall or water supply augmentation, Cape Town needs to continue striving to reduce average daily consumption to 450 million litres a day. This must be done in order to stretch our water supplies as far as possible. If each one of us continues to use 50 litres of water a day, we will not only beat Day Zero this year but will also be in a better position to avoid it next year.

Consumption is indicated on the map as follows: Continue reading

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