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· Dam levels have improved by 3,9%, rising to 65,9% of storage capacity since last week

· Water restrictions and associated tariffs remain in place; however, the City has advocated for a conservative relaxation of the restriction levels, which would pave the way for the associated relaxation of the restriction tariffs

· The average water consumption for the past week was 535 million litres per day, which is an increase from last week’s consumption of 513 million litres per day

The City of Cape Town is very encouraged to see dam levels rise above 65% after significant late-winter rainfall. It is hoped that this latest rain could provide sufficient motivation for finally easing the water restrictions. This decision is currently being considered by the National Department of Water and Sanitation.

Any relaxation of restrictions will at first be conservative. We cannot return to a business-as-usual attitude to water without risking water security in the years to come.

‘The rainfall over the past few weeks, combined with continued saving efforts by the vast majority of residents, has seen dams fill to levels the City hasn’t seen in years. We have managed to steer ourselves away from disaster, but must now start considering how best to manage our recovery going forward,’ said Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson.

‘Although much work is planned over the next few years to augment the City’s water supply and continue to create awareness about water conservation, we must remember that we live in a region with a semi-arid climate. At the moment, we will still rely on our dams to provide the majority of our water. Given the unpredictable nature of our rainfall, it is imperative that we diversify our supply for the future, and entrench the water-saving mind-set we have cultivated over the past year,’ said Alderman Neilson.

Although there was a slight drop in the number of green dot properties in the water map for July 2018, most residents are still committed to saving water and the City congratulates them for maintaining their efforts through the rainy season. This good water-saving performance means that a moderate relaxation of restrictions is now being considered.


The latest water map for July shows that a fairly consistent number of households have been awarded a green dot on the City’s water map. A total of 397 184 households achieved green dot status in July 2018, compared to 400 538 in June. As of July 2018, 78,1% of all households were using less than 10,5kl/month.

Residents can view the latest map here.

Consumption is indicated on the map as follows:

  • Dark green dot: household using less than 6 000 litres per month
  • Light green dot: household using between 6 000 and 10 500 litres per month
  • Grey dot with small dark green centre: estimated water meter reading of less than 6 000 litres per month
  • Grey dot with small light green centre: estimated water meter reading of less than 10 500 litres per month
  • Solid grey dot: excluded property (including sectional title property or group housing / undeveloped property / water use is zero / no available information for the property / estimated water meter reading of more than 10 500 litres per month)

Please note that this data should be interpreted with caution. The map simply indicates water consumption for free-standing houses, and is not necessarily an indicator of compliance with the 50l/day limit currently in place. Households with a high number of occupants who have not applied for an increase to their household allocation, and properties with undetected water leaks may not receive a green dot despite otherwise adequate efforts to reduce consumption.   Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR FINANCE, COUNCILLOR JOHAN VAN DER MERWE

The City of Cape Town’s 2018/19 Capital Adjustments Budget was approved by Council today. The tabling of adjustments budgets is part of the normal annual government process to ensure good governance and prudent financial management. This budget has no detrimental impact on the provision of basic services. Read more below:

An amount of R443,8 million has been included in the adjustments budget which is about 6% of last year’s R6,8 billion capital budget. Unspent funds are not lost, but are added to the current capital budget.

This brings the City’s current capital budget for 2018/19 to approximately R8,85 billion.

The Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) allows for an adjustments budget that may authorise the spending of funds that were unspent at the end of the previous financial year. This relates to instances where the underspending could not reasonably have been foreseen and thus could not have been included in the current budget for the new financial year.

The City will do everything in its power to ensure that its capital budget is spent as efficiently and timeously as possible within the framework of the law, due process and the realities that affect performance on the ground.

The Western Cape Government welcomes the progress made in implementing the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry recommendations.

The Province is marking the 4-year anniversary since the conclusion of the Commission’s work on 25 August 2014, resulting in recommendations for improving police inefficiency, and repairing the breakdown in relations between the SAPS and the community of Khayelitsha.

Premier Helen Zille said the fight for increased safety in Khayelitsha was continuing.

“Our commitment to the people of Khayelitsha – and to seeing their safety concerns addressed – is just as strong as when we took the fight to have the Commission established all the way to the Constitutional Court. While we don’t have the operational mandate over policing – which lies with national government – we are prepared to push the boundaries of our oversight mandate to its constitutional limits,” said Premier Zille.

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Dam levels have improved slightly over the last week and have passed the 60% mark for the first time since 2016.

For the past week, dam levels increased by 1,3% to 60,1% of storage capacity.

The average water consumption for the past week rose from 519 million to 527 million litres per day.

The City of Cape Town is encouraged by the milestone that has been reached and thanks its water users for continuing to use as little water as possible in an effort to preserve the water that is in our dams. This remains a priority effort to ensure that we build a buffer against the summer months ahead.

The City of Cape Town has identified several vacant City-owned sites and derelict buildings in Parow that currently attract anti-social behaviour. The City proposes investment in these underutilised sites which will result in the provision of affordable rental units for families with a monthly household income of up to R15 000. Read more below:

The City has identified unused parking lots, run-down City-owned buildings, and undeveloped City-owned sites in Parow that are proposed to be developed for affordable housing opportunities.

The City-owned sites that have been identified for development are grouped into four sub-precincts, and are broadly speaking located in the vicinity of the railway stations in Parow, Tygerberg, Elsies River, and Avondale.

The sites are either derelict, underused, or undeveloped. Given the proximity to the railway stations and the easy access to public transport services, these sites are considered to be ideally located for the development of affordable rental units (otherwise known as social housing) for families with a monthly household income of between R1 500 and R15 000.

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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 management testing will be taking place in the following areas, and could result in low pressure or supply interruptions:

  • Bellville Park and Upper Oakdale: Tuesday and Wednesday, 21 and 22 August 2018, between10:00 and 16:00
  • Oakdale, Blomtuin, Bellair and Eikenbosch: Thursday 23 August from 18:00 to 00:00, and Friday 25 August 2018 from 10:00 to 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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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

The City of Cape Town is making a lot of progress in Pelican Park and this morning, as part of the Mayoral Pop-Up Office initiative, I visited the area along with Cllr Gerry Gordon and Council Chief Whip, Cllr Shaun August.

Over the last few months we have worked to improve communication with residents by taking local government to communities through the Mayoral Pop-Up Office.

This to ensure that our residents have a platform where they can share their concerns about service delivery, as well as their ideas on how the City can improve services to the community.

Through this innovative concept, we are also able to provide Capetonians with information on services and give updates on projects in their communities.

We started our day with a visit to the Tehillah Educare Centre in Seawinds where we donated a geyser to the facility and visited beneficiaries of the Pelican Park housing development.

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16 August 2018

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape welcomes the South African Post Office’s (SAPO) plan to roll out mobile units for SASSA beneficiaries to access their grant payments. I am, however, concerned about the safety of grant beneficiaries at mobile units given the prominence of cash-in-transit crime in South Africa which could make grant beneficiaries targets of crime.

The DA calls on SASSA and SAPO to ensure that a clear collaborative security plan is in place to protect both officials and beneficiaries from attack. This concern follows the brazen theft of an entire SASSA ATM in Port Elizabeth.

The Minister in the Presidency for the National Planning Commission for Policy and Evaluation, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s announcement that the SAPO will launch a series of mobile units comes after a controversial announcement that SASSA will be migrating beneficiary payments from cash-based Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) to predominately card based SAPO services.

On Tuesday 28 August, SASSA will brief the Standing Committee on Community Development on the progress made by the SASSA in building its own capacity to ensure an effective migration. I will ask SASSA to communicate a clear plan to beneficiaries on where and when the units will be rolled out, and outline a plan as to how these units will be secured.

I further call on beneficiaries to attend this Standing Committee and participate in holding the SASSA to account.

We will continue to ensure that SASSA adheres to its own values, and that all beneficiaries, who are so dependent on their grants, are treated with dignity and respect.

This from tmz.com:

Aretha Franklin, known for having one of the greatest voices in music history, and for hits like “Respect,” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” … died Thursday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Aretha passed away in her Detroit home where she was under hospice care. She’d been in failing health for many months and she was down to 86 pounds. One source told us he was informed more than a week ago that Aretha could go at any time.

She was surrounded by friends and family when she passed. Her family released a statement, saying, “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family.”

She had appeared incredibly frail in recent years, and rarely performed live. Her most recent appearance was last November for Elton John‘s AMFAR event.

Full story here:

http://www.tmz.com/2018/08/16/aretha-franklin-dead-queen-of-soul/

 

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