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JOINT MEDIA RELEASE BETWEEN THE CITY, WESTERN CAPE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT AND PRASA

The City of Cape Town, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), and the Western Cape Government this morning agreed to establish a dedicated enforcement unit to focus on the safety and security of Metrorail commuters and infrastructure. Read more below:

An urgent rail summit was convened and attended by the City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA), the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works, PRASA, rail experts and business leaders in Woodstock earlier this morning, 9 February 2018.

Details about how the dedicated enforcement unit will be funded, established and managed will be addressed in a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between PRASA, the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works.

It is foreseen that the MOA will be finalised and signed within the next few weeks.

The cost to establish and operate the unit for a period of 12 months is estimated at R45 million. Continue reading

This from iol.co.za:

Johannesburg – Beleaguered President Jacob Zuma has refused to resign, according to comments by a top ANC official in a leaked recording published by TimesLIVE on Wednesday night.

In the recording newly-elected African National Congress treasurer-general Paul Mashatile can be heard saying: “On Sunday evening, President Zuma says to us, ‘What do you guys mean by transition?’”

Full story here:

https://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/in-leaked-recording-mashatile-says-zuma-refused-to-resign-13169879?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

 

Release: Immediate

After careful consideration, the DA-led Western Cape government has decided that it is in the best interests of our residents to continue with Premier Helen Zille’s State of The Province Address as scheduled, despite the State of the Nation Address’ postponement.

This is a particularly trying time for the Western Cape Province and its people as we grapple with the worst drought since 1906. It is imperative that our State of the Province Address go ahead as planned, where the Premier will share vital and instrumental information pertaining to the drought.

We owe this to the people of the Western Cape, and we cannot be held hostage by ANC factionalism, which places the party above the interest of law abiding South Africans, or by a president who is unable to differentiate between his personal interest and that of his Oath to the people of our country.

As an efficient DA-led Western Cape, we owe it to the citizens of this province, that we place their interest before our party issues. The State of the Province is now, more than ever, of vital importance to our people.

Local skateboarders took to the air to perform rad tricks at today’s sod-turning celebration, which officially got the wheels turning on the construction of the Woodstock skateboard park. Read more below:

In approximately four months, skateboarders will be hanging out and honing their skills at a new park in Woodstock that boasts four ramps.

The construction of the new skateboard park kicked off today, Wednesday 7 February 2018.

The site is situated on the eastern side of the Woodstock Town Hall Park, along Victoria Road, between Plein and Aberdeen Streets.

During today’s sod-turning event, local skateboarders celebrated and demonstrated their support of the project by showing off their skills.

The proposal for this park emerged during discussions with the local community and the skateboarding fraternity about the revitalisation of the Woodstock Town Hall precinct, as part of the World Design Capital co-design ward project in 2014. Councillor Brett Herron, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, was the ward councillor at the time. Continue reading

As from today, 7 February 2018, long queues at the City of Cape Town’s motor vehicle renewal (MVR) and licensing office in the Civic Centre could be a thing of the past. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town has from today, 7 February 2018, implemented the first ticket queuing system in the  motor vehicle renewal and licensing section of the Civic Centre. The new ticketing system operates similarly to the systems at other service providers.

Customers  making their way to the facility will no longer have to queue like they used to do previously. Each customer will be issued a ticket with a number.

Customers can then relax at the coffee shop outside on the Concourse Level and wait for their number to be announced on the display board, advising them to which counter they may proceed.

An SMS service is also being planned for those customers who would like to receive an SMS advising them of their turn, and will give them the option to enter their cellphone number on the terminal that issues the ticket number to make use of this facility.

‘This initiative is a step in the right direction to improve our customers’ experience at our licensing facility. This is one of many steps we have taken over the last years to improve efficiency and turnaround time, including making credit card payments possible. While we are confident that this new system will help to ease the long queues, some teething problems could be expected. If this is the case, we ask our customers for their patience and understanding. My only request is that customers also watch the display boards for their number so as not to cause undue delays to others who are awaiting  their turn,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Finance, Councillor Johann van der Merwe. Continue reading

Release: Immediate

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape welcomes the release of between 7-10 million cubic metres of water from the Groenland Water Users Association (GWUA) in Grabouw and Elgin.

Due to rain which fell in the area, there was a small surplus of water which a group of deciduous fruit growers belonging to the GWUA graciously released from their private dams into the Palmiet River, which supplies Cape Town’s Steenbras Dam.

The release should begin at 11:00 today. This is indeed an exemplary act in our time of crisis, and one which the DA in the Western Cape deeply appreciates. Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE DEPUTY MAYOR, ALDERMAN IAN NEILSON

In line with Level 6 drought measures, the February 2018 water and sanitation accounts of our water users will reflect a tariff increase. This is an absolutely necessary step to reducing household demand and to ensure that the City can continue to supply water and sanitation services.

The City makes NO PROFIT on water sales. We will still cover the cost of basic water for our indigent residents, but for the rest of our water users these tariff increases are unavoidable. The highest users will face the greatest increases.

The City thanks our residents for their major efforts over the past year to reduce their water consumption. Unfortunately, we still have to reduce consumption further to ensure that we do not run out of water.

We find ourselves in a truly unprecedented situation and, as a City, we have had to make some incredibly difficult choices. It must be emphasised that all water and sanitation revenue from the tariff increases goes toward water and sanitation services. The tariffs are linked to usage. The more you use, the more you pay. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s agreement with its water users aims to bring collective usage down to 450 million litres per day. This requires individual water users to stay within a daily allocation of 50 litres per day to avoid the possibility of Day Zero. Read more below:

As part of our ongoing efforts to prevent Day Zero, the day we may have to start queueing for water, we will be testing and preparing the following supply zones for the implementation of pressure management:

· Delft area which is bounded by Stellenbosch Arterial to the north, Sheffield Road to the west, the R300 to the east and the N2 to the south. The work is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 6 February 2018 from 20:00 to 04:00.

· Epping Industrial 1 and 2 areas, bounded by Viking Way to the north, Jan Smuts Drive to the west, by Valhalla Drive to the east. The work is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 6 February 2018 from 20:00 to 04:00.

· Brooklyn area which is bounded by Boundary and Sable roads to the north, the N1 to the east and south. The work is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 7 February 2018 from 20:00 to 04:00.

· Woodstock and Salt River areas which are bounded by Strand Road to the north, Nelson Road to the west, Albert Road and Liesbeek Parkway to the east and Alma Road to the south. The work is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 6 February 2018 from 20:00 to 04:00.

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As more people dip into alternative water sources to augment their consumption needs amid the drought crisis, the City’s Health Department has cautioned about the dos and don’ts and ramped up its response to mitigate potential health risks. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Health Department is increasing the list of springs designated for sampling amid the growing popularity of this water source.

This initiative is but one of several key interventions to safeguard the public in a time of increased reliance on alternative water sources such as springs, boreholes and well points and greywater.

The only source of safe drinking water remains the municipal water provided through the City’s reticulation system. The water is sampled from formal sampling points across the city on a weekly basis and analysed at the City’s accredited Scientific Services Laboratory. The municipal water continues to comply with the SANS 241 standard for potable water. The City is proud of its Blue Drop Status for drinking water and will continue to ensure that safe drinking water is supplied through its reticulation system.

Springs and water streams do not form part of the City’s water reticulation system and are not monitored and controlled for drinking water standards. Until now, only 10 springs, located among residential areas, have been sampled once a month but more sites are being added to the list. However, the testing only includes microbiological tests for disease-forming agents such as E coli and coliforms. City Health is erecting warning signs at all of the sites to highlight that the water quality cannot be guaranteed as safe to drink.  Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE DEPUTY MAYOR, ALDERMAN IAN NEILSON

Day Zero, the day we may have to start queueing for water, is expected to move out to mid-May 2018 due to a decline in agricultural usage. But Capetonians must continue reducing consumption if we are to avoid Day Zero. There has not been any significant decline in urban usage. All Capetonians must therefore continue to use no more than 50 litres per person per day to help stretch our dwindling supplies.

Many of the agricultural users in the Western Cape Supply System, where the City also draws its water from, have used up the water allocated to them as per agreement with the National Department of Water and Sanitation.

Agricultural usage is therefore likely to drop significantly over the next weeks. Currently, the agriculture sector is drawing about 30% of the water in the supply scheme. This should fall to approximately 15% in March and 10% in April. It must be noted that the City does not have any control over agricultural releases, so this is the best estimate we can make with the information at hand.

This is a welcome decline in water usage and gives Cape Town and some of the other municipalities hope but importantly, we need to get our consumption down to 450 million litres per day to prevent the remaining water supplies running out before the arrival of winter rains. We cannot accurately predict the volume of rainfall still to come, or when it will come.

Last year, we had abnormally low winter rainfall, and we cannot assume that this year will be any different. Even if we have been given a slight reprieve at this stage, we are likely to be facing a late and dry winter.

All preparations for the possibility of reaching Day Zero continue in earnest. The City also continues with the roll-out of aggressive pressure management initiatives in an effort to stretch our supplies. Continue reading

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