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Dams supplying the Cape metro have declined by 1,5% in the past week (17 February – 23 February 2020) bringing the level down to 65,9%. Read more below:

Water consumption for the same period has increased to 755 million litres/day. Consumption the previous week was at 743 million litres/day.

The recent acceleration in the rate at which dam levels are dropping is also due to hot and windy conditions which speed up the rate of evaporation.

As the city is still considered to be in a drought recovery phase, level one water restrictions are being maintained in order to protect current reserves.

‘The City last week held a press conference unveiling its Water Strategy in greater detail and shared an overview of where we are on our water journey towards Resilience, as well as a progress update on the Water Augmentation Schemes, and the outlook until 2022.

‘Rainfall data reflects that we are now in the fourth year of the drought, and in light of the significant uncertainties, the City must proceed with caution,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste, Alderman Xanthea Limberg.

The Water Strategy is an ambitious roadmap designed to steer Cape Town away from being in a precarious water security position again. Residents are encouraged to read the full strategy, which can be accessed online here: http://bit.do/WaterStrategy

Please visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for information relating to current water restrictions, guidelines around alternative water sources such as boreholes and rainwater tanks, tariff information, and other useful tools for enabling a water-wise city.

During his illustrious career, the Cape Town professor led ground-breaking research on the metabolism of the heart. He was known as one of the continent’s leading doctors before passing away last week. Read more below:

‘On behalf of the City of Cape Town, we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of Emeritus Professor Lionel Opie. Cape Town has been a place for innovation, having been the site of the first heart transplant, carried out by Dr Christiaan Barnard. Throughout his life, Emeritus Professor Opie worked on ground-breaking research to understand the biology of the human heart. He was a prolific researcher and worked closely with the late Dr Barnard. Opie’s passing is a great loss, but his innovative research has left a wealth of knowledge behind for the enrichment of the minds of future generations,’ said Executive Mayor Dan Plato.

Born in 1933, Professor Opie obtained his medical degree at the University of Cape Town in 1955. He went on to study further at Oxford in 1957 and was also mentored by two Nobel prize winners, Professor Sir Hans Krebs at Oxford, and Professor Sir Ernst Chain at Imperial College, London. Opie published hundreds of scientific articles and books covering heart disease. He also made meaningful contributions to many other published works.

In 2006, he received the Order of Mapungubwe in Silver for his contribution to the field of cardiology.

In 2012, the University of Stellenbosch honoured Professor Opie with the degree Doctor of Science (DSc) for his contributions as an internationally acclaimed cardiologist as well as for his research work.

Opie’s passion for medicine and science never wavered and he remained active well into his golden years. We are grateful for his contribution to medical science.

Two of the world’s best tennis players are set to do battle in the first ever tennis match at the Cape Town Stadium. Read more below:

Rafael Nadal is a 19-time Grand Slam singles champion

Fresh from competing in the Australian Open, 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer will square off with long-time rival and 19-time Grand Slam singles champion Rafael Nadal.

The exhibition match, the sixth in the series, will be the first played on African soil under the auspices of the Roger Federer Foundation to raise funds for children’s education in Africa.

‘This event is a wonderful initiative that aims to give back to those less fortunate and, as the City of Cape Town, we are more than happy to lend our support especially to a cause that seeks to develop young people. As Africa’s leading festival and event destination, we are also very thrilled to be hosting this once-in-a-life-time spectacle’, said the City’s Executive Mayor Dan Plato.

In addition, event organisers will also attempt to break the world record for the most spectators to watch a single tennis match at the 50 000-seater Cape Town Stadium.

The City of Cape Town is contributing to this charitable cause by supporting the event in the form of City services.

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More than 56 000 fines issued as City clamps down on lawlessness

The City of Cape Town’s enforcement agencies issued more than 56 000 fines over the past week, with 164 people arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Read more below:

‘Our departments have been ramping up efforts to stem the tide of lawlessness on our roads and in our communities. Traffic Service and the Metro Police Department issued more than 56 000 fines for various offences over the last five days for minor transgressions such as an expired license to more serious offences such as speeding, inconsiderate driving, jumping red traffic lights and stop street offences to name a few.

‘Clearly, people think they can get away with breaking the law as weekly our agencies arrest huge numbers of drunk drivers and fine thousands of others. The message is clear: the City’s Safety and Security Directorate will not allow the blatant disregard for law and order to continue,’ said the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

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Dams supplying the Cape metro have declined 1,6% for the past week (27 January – 2 February 2020) bringing the level down to 70,3%. Read more below:

Water consumption for the same period has also dropped to 738 million litres/day. Consumption the previous week was at 742 million litres/day.

The declining dam levels could be attributed to the very hot and windy weather conditions that have been experienced recently.

‘Regarding possible changes to the level of water restrictions, the City currently awaits confirmation of our water allocation for the 2019/20 hydrological year from the National Department of Water and Sanitation. Once this has been confirmed, an announcement will be made on what restrictions will be necessary to stay within this allocation,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste, Alderman Xanthea Limberg.

Please visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for information relating to current water restrictions, guidelines around alternative water sources such as boreholes and rainwater tanks, tariff information, and other useful tools for enabling a water-wise City.

The City’s mobile office will take services to Macassar, Mitchells Plain, Elsies River, Joe Slovo and Morning Star as from 3 to 6 February 2020. The aim is to provide customer services to communities that are far from municipal facilities such as customer care, housing and subcouncil offices or freecall lines. Read more below:

The mobile office sessions are held at community facilities that are easily accessible. The schedule for next week is as follows:

Area Date Time Venue
Macassar 3 February 2020 09:00 – 12:00 New Civic Centre, Hospital Road, Macassar
Mitchells Plain 3 February 2020 12:45 – 14:30 Woodlands Community Hall, Cnr Selina and Mitchells Avenue, Mitchells Plain
Elsies River 4 February 2020 09:30 – 13:30 Warner Park, Warner Crescent , Riverton, Elsies River
Joe Slovo, Milnerton 5 February 2020 09:30 – 13:30 Joe Slovo Park, Freedom Way, Joe Slovo
Morningstar, Durbanville 6 February 2020 09:30 – 13:30 Morningstar Community Hall,

School Street, Morningstar, Durbanville

The City’s customer service team will assist residents with logging queries and service requests electronically. To date, the mobile office team has been very effective in resolving long outstanding queries for residents.

This way the City is bringing its services to residents, and affording them the opportunity to enquire and to solve issues without having to spend time and money on transport.

The City encourages all residents to take advantage of this opportunity and to visit the mobile office.

Future area visits will be communicated in due course.

In less than a week, the City of Cape Town will be welcoming horse racing enthusiasts and socialites to Africa’s Richest Race Day at Kenilworth Racecourse on 1 February 2020. In preparation for the Sun Met 2020, three of the most popular horses that will be competing for the number one spot and R3 Million prize, had their own Spa Day.

Joining this year’s Horses’ Spa Day were South Africa’s Horse of the Year and early Sun Met 2020 favourite, Do It Again, Sun Met 2019 winner, Rainbow Bridge, and Johannesburg’s number one contender, Hawwaam.

Chuma Matsaluka and Miss World South Africa, Sasha-Lee Olivier, were dressed by Masa Mara, and joined the majestic creatures for a few snaps. After the photoshoot, Miss World South Africa and a few guests enjoyed a delightful breakfast on the beach. House of BNG – the Official Celebration Partner of the Sun Met 2020, brought a selection of their exquisite bubbly to accompany the luxurious breakfast.

The continental breakfast buffet drew inspiration from the Sun Met 2020 theme, African Luxury: Visionaries. Guests got a taste of what the Sun Met will offer at the event and left inspired to find the perfect outfit to capture the theme.

General Access tickets are available for purchase on TicketPro for R200, while hospitality packages start at R980 per person. Racegoers can make use of the Chukker Road parking facility and access the event through the main entrance on Wetton Road. Parking tickets can be purchased for R100 per car. Hospitality ticket holders can park their vehicles in the inner-field for R100 per vehicle. Tickets can be purchased through TicketPro and designated offices around Cape Town.

The City of Cape Town’s multi-million rand library maintenance projects are on track with a new round of upgrades due to start within the coming months. The upgrades will allow for a myriad of improvements, upgrades, routine maintenance and modernisation. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Library and Information Service will spend nearly R10 million on upgrades to a number of libraries, with some upgrades already completed.

‘Libraries have always been at the heart of the communities they serve and are accessible and safe spaces, providing access to huge resources of information and knowledge. The City is often asked why it spends money on upgrading and maintaining libraries in a technological and digital age, and it’s because these spaces are essential to creating and maintaining an educated and literate population,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.

All the City’s libraries undergo maintenance and upgrades in a five year cycle.

‘Our libraries are well-loved and popular spaces where residents access vital information, and are provided with recreation and other opportunities to develop literacy and learn skills for employability,’ said Councillor Badroodien.

Some of the biggest upgrades will take place at the Ravensmead, Kuilsriver, Bonteheuwel, Brown’s Farm, and Strandfontein libraries.

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Pic: E! News

Pic: E! News

This from independent.co.uk:

Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash in California, aged 41. The NBA legend was travelling in his private helicopter when it came down yesterday morning in Calabasas, 40 miles north-west of Los Angeles.

Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna was also among the nine people who all died in the incident.

Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s wife, was not on board. They have three further children together – Natalia, Bianca and six-month-old Capri.

A call for a downed helicopter went out at 10.01am, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said, and officials later confirmed Bryant’s death.
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Thousands of clients visit the City of Cape Town’s 18 Driving Licence Testing Centres (DLTCs) every week for all card renewals, driving licence and learner licence tests. Additional clerks have been appointed to reduce lengthy queues. Read more below:

‘The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service has started the roll out of additional clerks at our DLTCs. Three started work in January with 13 more due to start on 1 February,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

Last year it was announced the service would increase its administrative staffing complement at some of its busier centres with a R4 million injection to improve services.

There are 18 centres around the metropole that administer learner and driving license applications, as well as replacement and renewal of documentation and payment of fines, among others.

The City’s busiest centres are Gallows Hill, Hillstar, Kuils River and Bellville. Any further appointments were allocated on a priority basis at other DLTCs.

Earlier today Alderman Smith paid a visit to the Parow DLTC.

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