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Dam levels rose only slightly by 0,3% over the last week to 76,2 % of storage capacity.

The average water consumption for the past week increased from 520 million litres per day to 546 million litres per day.

Level 5 water restrictions and tariffs are in place and were lowered from Level 6 as an interim measure to provide some relief to residents. For now, Cape Town must do its very best to remain in the lower 500 million litre per day usage band until another limit is imposed by the National Department of Water and Sanitation. This is likely to happen in December.

The permitted usage under Level 5 restrictions is 70 litres per person per day.

Level 5 restriction don’ts

· No watering/irrigation with municipal water is allowed. Nurseries or customers involved in agricultural activities, or those with gardens of historical significance, may apply for exemption

· No topping up (manual or automatic) of swimming pools with municipal drinking water is allowed

· No washing of vehicles, including cars, taxis, trailers, caravans or boats allowed with municipal drinking water

· No washing or hosing down of hard surfaces with municipal water

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The Springboks know how much Saturday’s match against the All Blacks mean for South African supporters, and that’s why they will give it their all at Loftus Versfeld, according to Springbok captain Siya Kolisi.

Kolisi spoke to the media at the team hotel in Pretoria on the eve of the big Castle Lager Rugby Championship clash, which is the last fixture of the competition for both countries.

The match at Loftus, which will take place before a capacity crowd of close to 50,000 people, is also the last home game of the year for Kolisi and his Springbok team mates.

“This is a huge game in every sense,” said Kolisi.

“We feel it from the supporters and there’s a huge hype around it. For us, this is a massive game because we’re playing against the best team in the world and they would want to come here and rectify matters (from the previous result in Wellington).”

The Springbok skipper said his side has enjoyed the build-up to the Test in the South African capital and that they realise they would have to match the intensity of their Kiwi-rivals.

“We made sure that we don’t do things differently,” explained Kolisi.

“We have prepared in the same way as we did for the match against the Wallabies last week and for the match against the All Blacks three weeks ago in Wellington.

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This past week the City of Cape Town received communication that we will be receiving grant funding for drought relief efforts from the national government.

Following an application for grant funding, we are very grateful for this support and look forward to receiving an allocation of R553.05 million. I will be writing a letter of acknowledgement and thanks to the national government for this support.

The funds must be used in line with the City’s application for the funding for the Cape Flats, Atlantis, and Table Mountain Group Aquifer recharge projects and in terms of the Municipal Disaster Recovery Grant Conditions.

Following the gazetting of the grant in October, the funds will be reflected on the City’s Informal Settlements, Waste and Water Services department’s budget to be spent in terms of the project delivery plan.

The direct conditional grant funding for drought relief was received from the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (incorporating the National Disaster Management Centre) in conjunction with National Treasury and I would like to thank these departments as well as the Western Cape Provincial Government for the role they played in facilitating access to this funding support which will strengthen our efforts to ensure water security and build a water-resilient city.

Cape Town has felt the impact of climate change with three years of extremely low rainfall and as a city we have all come together to navigate our way through this difficult period.

I commend Team Cape Town for all their brilliant water-saving efforts and ask that we continue on this trend as our dams must still recover fully.

We have received very good rains this winter but as we head into the summer months we must constantly remember to adhere to our new relationship with water and continue using it as sparingly as possible.

Golden Arrow Bus Services (Pty) Ltd Media Release

Despite the fuel price increases announced for implementation on Wednesday 3 October 2018, Golden Arrow will not as yet consider an adjustment to its current fare prices.

Fuel constitutes one of the main costs of our business and rising fuel costs, unfortunately, does have a negative impact on our ability to keep fare prices down. The cost of diesel is expected to be increased by at least R1.24c per litre and it is possible that this trend could carry on should the crude oil price continue its upward trajectory and the rand/dollar exchange rate remains weak. While Golden Arrow will do everything possible to absorb these increases, it may become necessary in the coming months to review current fare prices should this trend continue.

Golden Arrow would however wish to assure passengers and stakeholders that a price increase is not currently being considered and that an adjustment will only be implemented unless completely unavoidable and after due process has been followed. Any such changes in this regard will be timeously communicated by the company.

SA Rugby’s Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus, and Springbok captain Siya Kolisi lauded the self-belief and courage of the team after the South Africans scored an epic victory over the All Blacks on Saturday morning (SA time) in Wellington.

The Boks rallied back from 12-0 down to beat the world champions by 36-34 in front of a capacity crowd at the Westpac Stadium in the Kiwi capital. It was the most points the All Blacks have ever conceded in New Zealand and South Africa’s first win in New Zealand since 2009.

Erasmus said the players deserve special praise for their courage on defence and execution of the game plan. The home team dominated possession and territory and forced the Boks to make more than 200 tackles during the game.

“The boys showed guts and I’m so glad for them,” said Erasmus.

“We will take this win over the best team in the world and enjoy it, but we will keep our feet firmly on the ground. We will not get ahead of ourselves. We still have a lot of work to do and the All Blacks will be fuming when they come to Pretoria (on 6 October).”

Kolisi said the win was special, given the many in game challenges the team had to face during the match. Both starting centres, Damian de Allende and Lukhanyo Am, left the field with shoulder injuries, while Willie le Roux (fullback) spent 10 minutes in the sin bin after he was yellow carded.

“We kept our focus and we really had belief,” said Kolisi.

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11 September 2018

Today, the Standing Committee on Human Settlements adopted its previous minutes from Tuesday, 21 August 2018. These minutes acknowledged the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform’s commitment to transferring Phase 3 of District Six’s human settlement construction mandate to the Provincial Department of Human Settlements. It is unfortunate that the ANC remains indifferent to the people of District Six as it did not support the motion to adopt these minutes.

The ANC’s objection to this motion shows the party’s true colours as putting its own political interests before the rights of the District Six land claimants. This follows after the ANC-led National Government appointed a shoddy tender, namely, Fikile Construction, which abandoned Phase 3 of the District Six Land Restitution Program.

I am counting on Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to make herself available for the Standing Committee on 25 September 2018. The Minister has so far failed to attend the past three Standing Committees, and I trust that she will finally come to terms with her duty, as outlined by the Constitution, to deliver to the people of District Six in our province. It is evident that this is a mandate the Minister continues to grapple with while the lives of our residents hang worryingly in the balance.

It is upsetting to see that after over 20 years of waiting the ANC will stop at no end to deny District Six claimants of their dream of returning back to their beloved community.

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape will continue to fight for the beneficiaries of District Six, waiting to be returned to their beloved community.


Note to editors: The following excerpt is taken from a speech delivered by Alderman JP Smith, Mayco Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, at the SA Innovation Summit’s CEO lunch event today. Read more below:

The Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0 is creating a buzz globally – We have all heard or read about it, but have we really stopped and thought about the real implications – for yourselves as business and for us as government? What is apparent is that the 4th Industrial Revolution is one of the biggest disrupters of the 21st century. We are standing on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before.

How do we all (governments, business, communities) collectively make this disruptive journey, to make sure Africa takes its rightful place on the global stage? Most of all, how do we ensure that we leave no one behind – we take our residents with us on journey. Let me start by sharing with you what we as the City of Cape Town is doing to meet the disruption of this revolution.

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Today, Premier Helen Zille visited the Metro Police Training Academy, where 71 Rail Enforcement Officers are currently being trained on rail commuter safety and infrastructure protection.

The Premier was accompanied by the City of Cape Town’s MAYCO Members for Safety and Security and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith; Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

The training of the Rail Enforcement Officers forms part of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), signed earlier this year between the provincial Public Works and Transport Department, PRASA and the City of Cape Town.

A total of 100 Rail Enforcement Officers are meant to be trained as part of the MOA, at a projected cost of R48 million per annum to operationalize this Unit.

The City and provincial government have gone outside of their constitutional mandates to contribute R16 million each, but PRASA has still not paid their share. The training is proceeding for 71 officers with the funding available from Province and City.

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Dam levels have again improved solidly by 3,2% over the last week to 69,1% of storage capacity.

The average water consumption for the past week declined from 535 million litres per day to 526 million litres per day.

Earlier today, the City of Cape Town announced that it would lower water restrictions and tariffs from Level 6 to Level 5 from 1 October 2018 due to the encouraging dam recovery and the ongoing conservation efforts by Capetonians.

The reduction is based on usage hovering around the 500 million litre-mark. The City encourages its water users to stay the course and continue to conserve water to ensure that Cape Town remains in this usage band.

A drunk driving suspect tried, and failed, to pull the wool over the eyes of Metro Police officers this weekend. The suspect tried to pass himself off as a passenger to avoid capture, but he couldn’t fool Metro Police officers and joined dozens of other suspects behind bars. Read more below:

Members of the City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Department attached to the Camera Response Unit were on patrol in Bishop Lavis on Sunday, 2 September 2018 when they noticed the driver of a white Toyota Venture disobeying a directional arrow.

They requested the driver to pull over and then spotted him changing seats with the passenger. They soon discovered the reason – he was under the influence of alcohol and was detained at Bishop Lavis SAPS.

The suspect was one of 21 drunk drivers arrested by the Metro Police Department. The Cape Town Traffic Service arrested 46 more drunk driving suspects, including 29 at a roadblock in Kuils River.

‘Drunk driving continues to be one of our biggest enforcement headaches. Between the Metro Police Department and Traffic Service, there was a 15% increase in the number of arrests in the last financial year. It is an immense drain on our resources as each person arrested has to be booked at the police station, have their blood drawn or submit to the evidentiary breath test at the Shadow Centre and then taken into custody. Throughout the process, the arresting officer has to accompany the suspect, which means officers are taken away from active patrol.

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