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The City’s festive season plan is the blueprint for operational readiness to deal with the demands of the busy end-of-year holiday season – from safety and security to transport, cleansing and health.

The City of Cape Town has finalised its festive season readiness plan designed to ensure public safety over the December and January holiday period.

While its primary focus is on safety and security, the plan also outlines the roles and responsibilities of a number of other City departments that play a crucial role in ensuring that the festive season runs smoothly in terms of service delivery, in line with the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan. A comprehensive summary of the plan is available here:

‘As usual, the City has invested much thought into its festive season plan to ensure that we are ready for any eventuality. This year, we have also had to consider contingency plans to accommodate the drought crisis and its impact on our normal operations. We’re only opening one-third of all swimming pools, so we’ve increased the number of beach lifeguards in anticipation of an increase in the number of visitors.

‘Drafting and implementing a plan of this magnitude is no easy feat and we cannot do it without the cooperation and support of the public. Ultimately, every person is responsible for their own safety and so we urge the public to be mindful of their behaviour, act responsibly, and do their bit to make the festive season memorable,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman Smith. Continue reading

The Cape Town Carnival team call on interested members of the public to be part of the 2018 Cape Town Carnival by becoming a vendor at the event.

The Cape Town Carnival Theme: Mother City, Mother Nature” will explore what it means to be the Mother City. Explore the convergence of Nature and City embodied by Cape Town’s twin treasures: it’s fascinating people and natural wonders. The Cape Floral Kingdom is one of startling beauty, diversity & resilience. The people of Cape Town are just as diverse, resourceful & determined. Colourful cultures & traditions from across the continent and the globe have taken root here. This is home to the ancient & the new. Creativity springs forth to be shared with the world, a life-giving essence expressed in the celebration of Cape Town Carnival

The Cape Town Carnival theme, ‘’Mother City, Mother Nature’, emphasises the unique identity of Cape Town and its cultural diversity, plus what we create together: a welcoming, inclusive, creative city, consciously connected to nature and each other.”

The annual Cape Town Carnival – now in its 9th year – takes place on Saturday, 17 March 2018.  The Cape Town Carnival provides a platform for diverse cultural & creative expression in the streets of Cape Town. And presents a wide variety of ways to participate & create together. The Cape Town Carnival team encourages all local food favorites, hand-crafted merchandise and items that reflect SA culture and products to apply on the Cape Town Carnival website. Space is limited so keep updated, the application form is now OPEN! For more information on the 2017 Cape Town Carnival Vendor Application, visit

These applications close in the first week in February 2018.

For further information on the Cape Town Carnival Vendors applications contact Leigh at

Visit us on:, like us on Facebook, follow on Twitter @CTCarnival or Instagram @capetowncarnival and use the hashtags #CTCarnival2018 and #MotherCityMotherNature

The Cape Animal Welfare Forum will work closely with the City of Cape Town on the revision of animal-related legislation and general welfare matters and has chosen a new patron in the form of Alderman JP Smith.

Animal matters took centre stage at the annual general meeting of the Cape Animal Welfare Forum (CAWF) on Friday 24 November 2017.

A number of key discussions were held at the event attended by the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith, and Chairperson of the City’s Safety and Social Services Portfolio Committee, Councillor Mzwakhe Nqavashe.

The City of Cape Town has an existing relationship with the forum through its grant-in-aid funding of mass sterilisation campaigns. City Health initiated the first sterilisation project in 2013, providing grant-in-aid funding to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA and its animal welfare partners to sterilise dogs and cats in identified areas. To date, City Health has provided funding of more than R2,1 million for projects in Dunoon, Brown’s Farm, Khayelitsha, Wesbank and Atlantis to have just over 6 000 pets sterilised. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s strategic investment in key public transport corridors is yielding thousands of new jobs for our residents. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town has established the country’s most successful bus rapid transit system, otherwise known as the MyCiTi bus service.

Since its roll-out in May 2010, the MyCiTi service has been providing residents and visitors across Cape Town with access to safe, reliable, and affordable public transport, enabling thousands of commuters to access job opportunities.

The MyCiTi service consists of 40 routes, 42 stations and 380 bus stop pairs, with 255 buses operating during the peak-hour periods, transporting an average of 65 995 passengers on a weekday.

During the past seven years, the City has also invested in broadband infrastructure to stimulate new economic opportunities for our residents.

The City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan prioritises investment that will position Cape Town as a forward-looking, globally competitive business city, drive economic inclusion, and leverage technology for progress. Continue reading


Today I joined City of Cape Town contractors who are conducting an aerial survey of the Cape Flats Aquifer. The survey is part of the City’s ongoing work to ensure that sufficient new water sources are brought on board as quickly as possible to address the drought.

The survey will confirm the prime locations for where the highest volume of water can be abstracted from the aquifers.

These airborne surveys will be conducted using a helicopter, like the one used today, that has a measuring device in the shape of a wagon-wheel attached to the underside of it.

The helicopter will be flying approximately 60 to 70 m above the ground using underslung measuring equipment (electromagnetic loop) flying around 30 – 40 m above ground. The method being used for the survey will not pose any danger to residents.

The land-based survey only requires a few pieces of equipment. No digging is required. We ask residents and farmers not to be surprised when they see these field workers or helicopter operations in their areas. As far we possible, we’ll also try not to conduct the surveys on private land. Continue reading


Today, as part of my commitment to communicate with residents and manage the drought, we are launching a new weekly water dashboard which will tell us how we’re all doing in our efforts to avoid Day Zero.

The dashboard will be released weekly to the media and it will be available on our website and the City’s social media channels.

Last Thursday I updated the media and the public to say that Day Zero is when we reach 13,5% dam storage and a week ago that date was 13 May 2018. At the time, consumption was 582 million litres per day.

While the good water-saving efforts had pushed this date out from March 2018, many residents took this as a sign that there was some reprieve.

Day Zero has now moved forward to 6 May 2018 due to consumption increasing to 602 million litres of water per day this past week. At the same time, no new water has come online as this is only due from February onwards.

This is the impact of our actions, when people use more water and if we stay in this region of 600 million litres of water per day, we are moving Day Zero forward. The point of the 500 million collective use per day target is so that we move Day Zero further away. Continue reading

Today the City of Cape Town handed over the first 170 title deeds to property owners of the Roosendal housing development in Delft. This development is home to 288 beneficiaries and is the first phase of the Delft Integrated Housing Project. Read more below:

Pensioner Bellina Madaza was among the first 170 property owners of the Roosendal housing development in Delft to receive their title deeds today.

‘I am very excited about receiving my title deed. I never thought that at my age, 74 years old, I would be a homeowner. It is nice having my own home,’ said Ms Madaza.

This housing development is the first phase of the Delft Integrated Housing Project. It consists of 288 Breaking New Ground houses, with two-bedroom, freestanding and semi-detached single and double-storey units.

The total construction cost for Roosendal housing development was R38,7 million. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s Council unanimously resolved that an independent investigator be appointed to probe allegations against senior officials. 

This morning 21 November 2017 the City of Cape Town’s Council has unanimously resolved that the City’s Audit and Performance Audit Committee be instructed to appoint an independent investigator to investigate the allegations against the City Manager, Mr. Achmat Ebrahim; the Commissioner of the Transport and Urban Development Authority, Ms. Melissa Whitehead; and the Executive Director in the Office of the Mayor, Mr. Craig Kesson.

The said officials will be given seven days’ notice to provide written representations to Council on why they should not be placed on precautionary suspension.

‘After a confidential special Council meeting I ruled that the agenda, and all other documentation submitted to Council, be open to the public in the interest of transparency,’ said the City’s Speaker, Alderman Dirk Smit.

The relevant documentation is available on the City’s website: 

The City of Cape Town is calling on all debtors to settle their accounts before year-end or face debt management actions which could negatively impact them over the festive season. Debt actions have been intensified especially against the frequent defaulters and those who are able to pay but choose not to do so. As always, the City has programmes in place to assist its vulnerable residents. Read more below:

The City thanks all of those customers who are making a positive contribution to our city by continually settling their accounts. In an effort to drive a culture of payment and to maintain a sustainable city, the City’s collection ratio has been a priority. This focus has yielded good results. The City’s current billings are over R2,6 billion per month. For the period ended 30 September 2017 the collection ratio was an excellent 95,24%.

‘We are appealing to all debtors to pay their outstanding debt ahead of the holidays, especially to prevent services from being cut off over the festive season due to non-payment. Ignoring the problem is not the answer, especially as there is help on offer,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Finance, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.

The City recently introduced a new SMS and email campaign reminding account holders to pay their monthly invoices by the pending due date if they have not yet done so. We have been encouraging those in arrears to pay up if they can, or to approach the City to discuss payment options and settle their arrear debt over an agreed period of time.

The City has already sent SMS notices for 127 204 overdue accounts. The total debt linked to these accounts as at 15 November 2017 was R715 million. Total payments received though this initiative amount to R219 million. Continue reading


The City of Cape Town is experiencing a persistent drought that has seen our dam storage levels drop to an unprecedented low.

This week dam storage levels further declined to 36,2%. Only 26,2% of that water is useable.

Collective water usage by the residents of Cape Town currently stands at 602 million litres per day. This is 102 million litres above the target usage of 500 million litres per day that we require to see the city through the drought.

In order to manage our precious water resources, the City has introduced advanced water pressure management throughout the metro. As a result of this process, residents might notice changes in the taste and colour of their tap water, but the water remains safe to drink.

To reassure residents of the quality of their water, the City’s Water and Sanitation Department’s Scientific Services has increased the frequency of monitoring and analysis of water supplied at the City’s various water treatment works.

The Scientific Services Branch in Athlone, which I visited today, monitors the city’s water quality all-year round. Continue reading

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