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The City of Cape Town will be installing water management devices on the properties of all excessive water users, irrespective of the reason for the high usage, as has been the case to date. This new measure is part of the City’s efforts to immediately drive down consumption to 500 million litres per day of collective usage. It also signals the severity of the situation.

The winter rainfall season, the lowest on record, is now effectively over. While the City brings online new non-surface water options to supplement surface water from dams, the single most important action that still needs to be prioritised is reducing consumption.

There are currently more than 50 000 identified excessive usage properties across the metro. High users are regarded as those generally using more than 20 000 litres per month and this is also in line with the new Level 5 restrictions which will penalise those using more than this volume. The City will aim to install approximately 2 000 water management devices per week over the short-term. This comprises high users in the indigent and non-indigent categories. The processes guiding indigent persons will be followed. The City will start at the highest users and move downwards according to consumption records for those properties.

Where excessive usage cannot be justified, water management devices are already being installed. Existing excessive users have been engaged with already and new identified excessive users will receive warning letters as has been the practice.

All devices installed on high user connections will be set at 350 litres per day. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town will host three open days where residents and interested parties can view the 11 City-owned sites in Salt River, Woodstock and the inner-city to be developed for social and affordable housing opportunities. Read more below:

‘We will issue the prospectus for the development of social, affordable and inclusionary housing opportunities on well-located City-owned land on 29 September 2017. This date marks a momentous occasion as we embark on developing prime land for at least 4 000 lower-income households in Salt River, Woodstock and the inner-city.

‘The importance of this precinct-led development cannot be overstated: apart from the scale and the fact that thousands of households stand to benefit from these opportunities, it also marks a break with apartheid spatial planning where our urban form is defined by poorer families living on the fringes.

‘We need our residents, the private sector, and non-governmental organisations in the housing realm to support us to make a success of these developments. I therefore urge the public to please make the time to visit our exhibition on one of these open days. We want all Capetonians, and in particular those living and working in these suburbs, to contribute and participate in the processes in the months to come,’ said Councillor Herron. Continue reading

MTN Joyous Celebration founders would like to confirm the report by various sites claiming that the group’s bus was involved in an accident are false.

“It is disheartening to have to read about such false news, especially at a time like this when we have been praying for our land to receive healing. We are just concluding our 21stnational tour praying with communities to call on God our Almighty to heal our land. In this same token, we continue calling on all South Africans to pray without ceasing, this is one of the ailments that need divine intervention. The distasteful news has disturbed a lot of loyal MTN Joyous Celebration fans and supporters, who have been calling our offices hours on end to confirm this report,” says Pastor Jabu Hlongwane.

“We wish to assure our fans that all our members are in good health, and we are gearing up to serenade the Essence Festival Durban patrons on Sunday, 1 October with Bishop TD Jakes and Kimberley in November. We are also hard at work, preparing for Joyous 22 and all we can say about this is “watch this space’,” added Lindelani Mkhize


An annual contribution of R1,5 million by the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sports to the Cape Town Opera leads to direct foreign investment amounting to R14,2 million to the province, youth upliftment, and the creation of countless job opportunities. This comes after a briefing this morning by the Cape Town Opera in the Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs and Sports in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament.

I will be writing to the Western Cape MEC for Cultural Affairs and Sports, Anroux Marais, to determine what her Department is doing to increase funding to the arts in the province. The Operatic Arts are just one of the Western Cape’s leading cultural exports, which must be nurtured and protected.

Through shows which have toured Germany, Dubai, and Hong Kong, among others, the Cape Town Opera represents the cultural and artistic pride of the Western Cape Province as a leading source of world-class talent and operatic panache. These shows have brought R10,8 million to the province in 2016, and R14,2 million in 2017 thus far.

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As part of this administration’s commitment to building a caring city and of providing assistance to residents who need it most, the Mayor’s Special Fund paid out R533 360 to various organisations and individuals between April and June 2017.

The fund, which was set up to offer funding and support to charitable causes in Cape Town, has also provided assistance to families in need who were not able to afford the funeral costs to bury their children. With an annual budget of R2 million in the 2016/17 financial year, the Fund supported 52 schools, various organisations and individuals between April and June 2017.

The Mayoral Committee yesterday 19 September 2017 noted the Final Quarter report for the 2016/17 financial year on the Mayor’s Special Fund .

Some of the highlights of the funds dispersed during the three-month period include: Continue reading

32 Murders and 114 incidents of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm were recorded between 2015-2017, on trains and railway stations in the Western Cape.

This was revealed during a reply to my parliamentary question, which also shows that only 12 arrests were made for murder cases, while assaults, only yielded 59 arrests. This means only 37.5% of murder reports have led to arrests being made, and 51.7% of incidents of assault have resulted in arrest.

I call on the National Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula to urgently improve safety on our trains, so that the murders and assaults that commuters have to witness and endure is addressed. I will be meeting with Western Cape MEC for Transport and Public Works, Donald Grant, to push for the Metrorail service to be moved beneath provincial mandate.

We cannot sit idle when lives are at stake due to incompetence at national level. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority has produced a fold-out heritage map with information about 20 sites of interest that are easily accessible via the MyCiTi bus routes. Many of these sites are clustered in the city centre and surrounds, with others along scenic routes to the West Coast and Hout Bay. Read more below:

Cape Town is South Africa’s oldest city and has a very rich heritage. Various sites around the city tell fascinating stories about our history and different cultures, religions and ideas, starting with the earliest inhabitants who led a pastoral existence on the site of modern-day Cape Town, through to the early settler era, slavery, battles, colonialism, the apartheid years and ultimately democracy.

New MyCiTi heritage maps will now give commuters the chance to explore their heritage using public transport. The map includes two of Cape Town’s most beautiful heritage spots: the Bo-Kaap and Company’s Garden. It also features the Slave Lodge, District Six, the Robben Island Museum, and other memorials, places of worship and sites of interest.

‘I want to encourage residents to make most of Heritage Month and to use the MyCiTi service to experience our heritage and culture and be a tourist in your own city. This informative map will assist with identifying and learning more about our heritage sites,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading

Drought crisis: over 70 usage water management devices installed to curb excessive usage

Dam storage levels are currently at 37,5%, with useable water at 27,5%. Collective consumption is at 624 million litres of water per day. This is 124 million litres above the target of 500 million litres. Read more below: 

The City of Cape Town has now installed 71 water management devices at private properties where excessive users of water have failed to adhere to water restrictions or to justify their high usage.

‘This forms part of our ongoing efforts to forcibly reduce the water usage of excessive users who are placing their own interests above those of Team Cape Town. It is clear that almost one in two users are adhering to the restriction of 87 litres per person per day, but a large percentage of the rest of the water users are seemingly not bothered by the restrictions or the higher water tariffs.

‘Our recently implemented Level 5 restrictions also look at ways to force usage down among water users who are not changing their behaviour. This is especially important as we head towards what we are all expecting to be an incredibly difficult summer season for 2017/18,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.

Drought efforts continue to be centred around two key thrusts: being to reduce water usage to 500 million litres per day of collective consumption through various interventions, while at the same time bringing on board an additional emergency supply of 500 million litres per day to see the city through as much of summer 2017/18 as possible. Continue reading


The City of Cape Town condemns in the strongest possible terms the attacks on MyCiTi buses this morning, 18 September 2017, which have left commuters injured and thousands of others stranded. Read more below:

Two passengers, including a pregnant commuter, were injured this morning when a MyCiTi bus was stoned in Khayelitsha. One of the commuters was hit in the face by a flying rock and the pregnant commuter fell during the violent attack near the Kuyasa stop. Both women were severely traumatised and admitted to hospital for treatment.

As at 11:00 this morning, four MyCiTi buses were stoned – in Dunoon, Mfuleni, and Khayelitsha; and one bus was set alight and burnt out in a separate attack that took place on the N2 highway under the Symphony Way bridge.

The Phoenix MyCiTi station, as well as four other MyCiTi stations – Dunoon, Usasaza, Circle East and Killarney – have been closed until further notice.

Apart from the violence, some taxi drivers have been threatening MyCiTi bus drivers who are operating in Imizamo Yethu, Dunoon, Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain. Striking taxi drivers also instructed the MyCiTi personnel at the Woodbridge station in Milnerton to close the station and threatened to ‘come back later and check on them’.

MyCiTi personnel who were being transported in Khayelitsha were forced out of their vehicle, and another shift vehicle was hijacked in Philippi early this morning. Continue reading


The following speech was delivered by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the launch of the Emerging Artists Development Programme, a partnership between the City of Cape Town and the Artscape.


It gives me great pleasure to be part of this occasion today – a celebration of the arts and talent in our city. I’m sure many of you have already seen the evidence of that talent in front of us today and during the exhibition run over the weekend.

As we celebrate Heritage Month this September, we are reminded of where we come from and the many unique cultures that make us who we are.

The use of the arts to illustrate the diverse cultural heritage we have here in Cape Town fills me with joy.

Cape Town is blessed with many gifted artists who continually make us proud of their abilities and achievements, not only here in the city but in other parts of the country and on the world stages.

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