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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 only very slightly, and not as significantly as in recent months, by 0,2% to 56,9 % of storage capacity 

Dam recovery over the past few weeks has slowed down significantly, in contrast with the rapid rise in dam levels experienced in previous months. This trend shows that rainfall is very difficult to predict and that Cape Town should carry on with its amazing water-saving efforts to build a buffer for the summer months ahead.

‘It is also imperative that adequate levels of water restrictions, and the associated tariffs, remain in place. Although our situation is much improved, we cannot be careless and short-sighted. We need to ensure that we give our dams a chance to recover as much as possible.

‘If water restrictions are lowered to appropriate levels by the National Department of Water and Sanitation, the City will then lower the associated water tariffs. Restriction levels are linked to dam levels, and restriction tariffs are linked to the volume of water used by the city. This means that, if the restriction level is reduced, individual water use is expected to increase as the tariff decreases, ensuring the City receives the same total income required to maintain and repair infrastructure. The slowdown in the rise of our dam levels will therefore affect any decision to adjust the current restriction levels.

‘City officials continue to engage with the relevant provincial and national government officials and the situation is being monitored. We are grateful for the sacrifices that our residents are making and, from the City’s side, we will continue to do all that we can to ensure that consumption levels are kept as low as possible,’ said the City’s Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson.

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The City of Cape Town this morning, 6 August 2018, suspended the MyCiTi bus service in Khayelitsha after three MyCiTi buses were stoned and two Golden Arrow Bus Service (GABS) buses were set alight. The service will remain suspended until further notice. Read more below:

Two MyCiTi buses were attacked en route to the Kuyasa station shortly before the commencement of the morning peak-hour service in Khayelitsha; and a third MyCiTi bus was stoned along the N2 freeway just before the service was suspended.

No injuries were reported, however, at least five bus windows were smashed during these attacks.

The torching of two GABS buses also appears to be directly linked to the decision by the mini-bus taxi industry to withhold their services.

‘I was extremely concerned when the City was informed over the weekend about the industry’s plans to withhold their services as from this morning, 6 August 2018. My worst fears were confirmed when reports came through about the attacks on the MyCiTi buses and the torching of two GABS buses, also near Kuyasa in Khayelitsha during the morning peak-hour period. I was also alerted to incidents of bus commuters being intimidated and being forced off buses at Kuyasa. We had no alternative but to suspend the D01 and D02 routes operating in Khayelitsha at around 06:30 this morning. Unfortunately, the MyCiTi service in Khayelitsha will remain suspended until further notice as the City is obliged to take action to protect our commuters, personnel, and assets.

‘I want to condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the violence that is often associated with protest action. It is totally unacceptable that the MyCiTi service and GABS are being targeted while we are trying our utmost to assist commuters who are left stranded as a result of the minibus-taxi industry withholding its services,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

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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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From rnews.co.za:

Classes and shuttle services at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth have been temporarily postponed until 10am on all PE campuses due to protest action at North and South campus entrances.

Students blocked off access to the university following reports of another rape incident that happened on campus over the weekend.

“Staff should liaise directly with their line managers for direction,” the university said.

“Further, communication will follow once the University has clarity on the way forward.”

The Nelson Mandela University said that it is looking into the alleged sexual assault incident.

“While a criminal charge was opened against the alleged perpetrator, who is also a student, with the South African Police Service, the University is gathering all the necessary information to pursue concurrent internal disciplinary action,” the university said.

Full story here:

https://www.rnews.co.za/article/21199/another-rape-incident-at-nelson-mandela-university-students-renew-calls-for-tighter-security

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.”

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 recent fuel price hike by the ANC national government has led to an increase in taxi fares in the Western Cape which is a slap in the face of the province’s poor. As the knock-on effect of the ANC’s mismanagement of the national economy continues, poor South Africans are beginning to feel the pinch of an increasingly emerging failing state.

This increases the burden on the poor who will have to soon decide whether to spend money on going to work or eating. I call on the President to implement a cap on fuel prices so that petrol never costs more than R13 per a litre.

Increased petrol prices affect the province and country as it makes both public and private transport more expensive. Additionally, it makes everyday commodities such as food and clothes more expensive as a result of increased transport costs.

To that end, the South African National Taxi Association Council (SANTACO) has confirmed that taxi commuters will have to pay between R1 and R10 more to travel locally. Furthermore long distance travellers will pay between R1 and R20, and even more in some areas.

The DA in the WC is committed to ensuring that our residents have access to affordable, safe and reliable public transport.

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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