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A review of the numbers for two severe cold fronts in June shows that the City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre (DRMC) recorded 760 incidents, ranging from blocked drains to fallen trees and flooding. Read more below:

With winter in full swing and more rain in the forecast for the coming days, the DRMC has calculated that it recorded 760 incidents during June 2019.

The DRMC coordinates the City’s response to incidents that impact on the safety and well-being of residents.

In June, the DRMC received weather warnings from the South African Weather Service on two occasions.

Severe weather fallouts reports included flooding to varying degrees; roofs damaged or blown off by strong winds; trees and branches had fallen down, blocked drains, and power outages, amongst others. Continue reading

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Pic: youtube.

Former Springbok wing James Small, a member of the 1995 Rugby World Cup winning squad, has died suddenly from a heart attack on Wednesday.

The 50-year-old Small was rushed to hospital in Johannesburg on Tuesday night after suffering from a suspected heart attack.

Mr Mark Alexander, President of SA Rugby, passed on his condolences to Small’s family and friends.

“James, as a member of the triumphant Rugby World Cup squad from 1995, will always have a special place in the hearts and minds of the South African public and we were devastated to hear of his passing,” said Mr Alexander.

“He always played with the type of passion and courage that encapsulate what Springbok rugby stands for, and he lived his life in the same way.

“At 50 years old, James Small died too young. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends during this very sad time.”

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The Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, has condemned in the strongest terms, the rampant killings which occurred in Philippi and elsewhere on the Cape Flats over the weekend.

On Friday night, six women between the ages of 18 and 26 years were murdered at a residence in the Marcus Garvey community, Philippi East. Police have confirmed that unknown gunmen entered the home at 22:55 and opened fire on the victims.

On Saturday evening an additional five men, aged 18 to 39, were shot dead and one was injured in two separate shooting incidents in Philippi. A further two individuals were shot dead in Hanover Park and one in Delft.

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Residents are reminded that we are still not out of the current drought period and water restrictions remain in place even though dam levels are increasing slowly. Read more below:

Cape Town’s collective water consumption decreased by 15 million litres per day for the past week, to 555 million litres per day. This an encouraging response to the City urging continued restraint, despite recent rains. For this we are appreciative.

Further rains this past week have seen dam levels recover to 59,8% of storage capacity; however, we are not yet in a position where we can safely relax.

‘Although the metro dam levels are slowly increasing, we are still in a period of recovery. This precious resource has to see us through the next summer until the following winter and hopefully some better rainfall,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Councillor Xanthea Limberg.

Residents are encouraged to continue using water sparingly and to remain water wise.

The City would like to thank all water warriors who constantly strive to reduce their consumption and save this precious resource.

Water restrictions remain in place to aid dam recovery.

Please visit for all water-related information and Frequently Asked Questions.


Following a request to rename Keizersgracht in District Six to its historical name of Hanover Street, I am now calling on residents and interested and affected parties to share their views as part of an official public participation process. 

With the legacy of Apartheid still present in many aspects of our daily lives, we need to be mindful of the ways in which we can contribute to addressing the wrongs that were committed. One such way is to restore historical names of places, streets and facilities that may have been changed during Apartheid. While there are many hardships that people will remember, there are some names that bring joy to our communities, and with that the memories that have positive associations.

The City recently received a proposal for Keizersgracht in District Six to be renamed Hanover Street.

The forced removals that took place during Apartheid will always bring painful memories to those who resided in District Six. The proposal is that the renaming could assist in igniting good memories for those who suffered from and experienced these removals. Continue reading

The City’s Electricity Generation and Distribution Department has focused much attention on ensuring that tree encroachment on overhead power lines is minimised as this is a big cause of electricity outages, especially when the stormy weather hits. Read more below:

The City’s Electricity Generation and Distribution Department has been making every effort to minimise electricity outages caused by tree encroachment on overhead power lines, particularly during adverse weather conditions.

As part of ongoing maintenance and in preparation for winter, approximately R15 million has been spent on various efforts across the city. This includes the trimming of trees in various areas, including the Wynberg, Muizenberg, Mowbray, Parow, Helderberg, Bloemhof and Oostenberg depot distribution areas, where tree encroachment on overhead power lines is common.

Work has also been done to address the problem of open pole top boxes to prevent water ingress which also contributes to outages in winter, in various areas, including the Gugulethu and Mitchells Plain depot distribution areas.

Further efforts also include general maintenance of power lines and converting overhead power lines to underground power lines where necessary.

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Pic: capetowndaily

The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department will be conducting pressure management operations in a number of areas across the metro as indicated in the table below. 

Residents are advised to please take note of the date and time as per the following schedule:

Date Time Affected suburbs
Monday 24 June 2019 20:00 – 00:00 Big Bay, Blouberg Hills Estate, Sandown Estate, Dune Ridge and Bloubergstrand
Tuesday 25 June 2019 18:00 – 00:00


Wednesday 26 June 2019 20:00 – 00:00 Sunningdale and Blouberg Sands

All taps should be kept closed during this period to prevent any water loss and/or damage when the water supply is restored. Residents are kindly requested to store water in clean, sealed containers for use during this period if required.

The City apologises for any inconvenience that may be caused.

Transitioning from Fluorinated gases (and others) to green cooling solutions a key focus on RAC workshop and the fight to #BeatAirPollution

Stellenbosch, with a focus on air pollution during World Environment Month, DEA&DP and the Free State of Bavaria hosted a technical workshop on transitioning to green cooling solutions.

The industrial refrigeration and air conditioning sector contributes to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, because these applications make use of fluorinated gases, as refrigerants. These “F-gases” have high global warming potentials that are up to several thousand times more potent than carbon dioxide (CO2). DEA&DP’s mandate has always been to advocate for a more resilient and sustainable environment by encouraging the switch to energy efficient and climate-friendly cooling technologies.

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