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Today is World Environment Day – a day that becomes more important every single year given the effects of climate change. This day gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on our relationship with our planet and the long-term effects of our actions.

This day is all the more important this year and in this city because we are facing a severe drought crisis following unusually low levels of rainfall and we need to fundamentally change our relationship with water and the environment as a whole.

The City of Cape Town reaffirms its call for greater collective climate action to implement the Paris Agreement. Last November, I signed the C40 Mayors collective statement which includes the following:

‘As mayors and climate leaders, we see every day the scale of the threat posed by climate change and the impact that it has on the lives of our residents. Gradual change and incremental reforms to energy markets, transport systems, and recycling rates are no longer enough. Continue reading

1 June 2017

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The Western Cape has added 21 000 jobs in the last quarter according to today’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey from Stats SA. The Province still has the country’s lowest expanded unemployment rate, with 24.7%.

Nationally the expanded unemployment rate has increased by 0.8% and stands at a staggering 36.4%, 12% higher than in the Western Cape. Gauteng has an expanded unemployment rate of 32% and KwaZulu-Natal 41%, showing that where the DA governs the economy grows faster and more people are employed.

The DA-led Western Cape is on the right track to creating opportunities for economic growth and jobs. Project Khulisa is a focused intervention program by the Western Cape to accelerate economic growth in Tourism, Agri-Processing and the Oil and Gas sectors. The Red-Tape Reduction Unit within the Department of Economic Opportunities has achieved a 96.5% success rate to unblock red tape that hampers blockages and small business growth.

It’s pleasing to note that the City of Cape Town recorded significant gains in employment of 29 000.

The DA will continue to stimulate and create an enabling environment for growth and jobs in the Western Cap

Residents are advised that supply interruptions are now more likely due to intensified water pressure reduction measures. As such, residents should keep an emergency water supply on hand for drinking and basic hygiene. Furthermore, despite hoaxes to the contrary, municipal water remains safe to drink. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town advises residents that, in line with Level 4 restrictions, water pressure is being lowered further to the point where supply interruptions in higher-lying areas of the City’s supply zones will be experienced for short periods during the day.

As communicated before, we will lower the water pressure as part of our efforts to stretch our water supplies. We are now well into the winter season with no sufficient rain in sight and the City continues with its various plans to manage the drought crisis.

Furthermore, multi-storey buildings that do not make use of pumps and overhead tanks as required by the City’s building regulations are likely to experience supply problems. Residents are encouraged to approach their body corporates or managing agents to ensure that these systems are in place and operational.

‘The City’s aim with pressure management is to adjust our system so that as many people as possible are supplied at as low a pressure as possible. As we have never had to lower pressure to this level, reaching this equilibrium will require an element of trial and error,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements Water, and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg. Continue reading


The following speech will be made by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, during the full Council meeting today, 31 May 2017.

Good morning, goeie dag, molweni, as-salaam alaikum, shalom.

Mr Speaker,

Water is a vitally important resource in an urban environment.

It keeps our people healthy and hydrated; it is an input into economic production processes that support jobs and exports; and it ensures that our eco-systems are vibrant and supportive of all life.

Water is not to be taken for granted. To run out of useable water is to be presented with a crisis of catastrophic proportions.

Over many decades, engineers and planners have built the water supply infrastructure in the city and in the surrounding areas that has served us well. This infrastructure and the associated water management techniques have previously navigated Cape Town through drought periods.

The drought we are currently experiencing is the most stubborn in recent history. It is a significant shock to the fabric our city and accentuates many other underlying stresses such as urbanisation.

We have had water restrictions in place since 2005, which were intensified in December 2015 – 18 months ago. These restrictions have gotten progressively tighter, which is the accepted technique of matching demand with availability during extended periods of low rainfall. Continue reading

With more than seven million tobacco-related deaths around the world every year, the City is committed to balancing the rights of smokers and non-smokers. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Environmental Health Department will put education and awareness in the spotlight to mark World No Tobacco Day tomorrow, 31 May 2017.

Every year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and its partners use the day to highlight the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use and to advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

Tobacco is credited with more than seven million deaths a year. The WHO predicts that this figure could rise to more than eight million by 2030 unless action is taken.

In South Africa, City Health is one of a number of agencies responsible for monitoring compliance with the Tobacco Products Control Amendment Act, but also raising awareness about the health and environmental risks associated with smoking.

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Note to editors: the following budget speech was tabled by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, for adoption at the full Council budget meeting today, 30 May 2017.

Good morning, goeie dag, molweni, as-salaam alaikum, shalom.

Mr Speaker,

When I tabled the draft budget in March, I said that it was truly the first of its kind for the City of Cape Town as we demonstrate the implementation of the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan’s (ODTP) principles and objectives.

Mr Speaker, before us today is the proposed Capital Budget for 2017/18 which is R6,8 billion and the Operating Budget which is R37,5 billion.

I would like to start with an issue which I know has been a concern for many Capetonians who are struggling make ends meet. Continue reading

Drought crisis warning: tougher restrictions imminent

Dam storage levels are now at 19,7%, which is 0,8% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at 9,7%. Disappointingly, consumption remains at 666 million litres, which is above the consumption target of 600 million litres. While dam levels are low, the City assures residents that water remains safe to drink. 

We are currently in the most critical stage of this drought crisis, yet consumption remains too high. Residents are reminded to use water only for drinking, washing and cooking. Tougher restrictions will be implemented this week. The exact restrictions that will be passed must still be deliberated by Council, however a blanket ban on all irrigation, filling of pools and washing of cars with drinking water has been recommended (among other things) by the Mayoral Committee.

Notwithstanding restrictions, residents should please work towards the consumption target of under 100 litres per person per day. A five-minute shower can use between 40 litres and 70 litres, and flushing a toilet uses 6 – 21 litres, depending on the size of the cistern. One shower and five flushes of an average-sized toilet will push a person over their daily allowance, and this is not even taking into account other necessities such as drinking, cooking, and washing of clothes and dishes. As such, the City recommends limiting time under the shower to two minutes and only flushing the toilet when absolutely necessary.

Should residents be able to meet this level, a two-person household will use 6 kl during a billing cycle and a four-person household will use 12 kl during a billing cycle, and so on. Continue reading

Ceiling Retrofits Heinz Park Phillipi. name : James LaytersThe City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority, in partnership with the Development Bank of South Africa, recently installed ceilings in 1 142 old State-subsidised houses in Heinz Park which were constructed many years ago without ceilings. Read more below:

The City has invested over R18 million on a ceilings retrofit initiative in the Heinz Park area.

The aim of the project is to improve the living conditions of the beneficiaries who have been living in government-subsidised houses that were not fitted with ceilings when they were built between 1994 and 2005. Apart from fitting the houses with ceilings, the project also focused on fixing roof leaks and improper ceiling lighting to ensure that the newly installed ceiling is not damaged. Continue reading



WP Rugby has confirmed that it has made an application for a venue safety certificate for DHL Newlands under the new safety regulations issued in terms of the Safety at Sports and Recreational Events Act.

Under the new regulations promulgated in March 2017 under the Act, venues such as DHL Newlands are now required to make an application to the relevant local authority in accordance with certain requirements and criteria set out in the new regulations.

Previously, the only requirements expressly set out in the Act pertaining to safety were those relating to event safety, pursuant to which WP Rugby had applied for and obtained an event permit certificate bi-annually from the City of Cape Town.

Confirming the application, WP Rugby Group CEO Paul Zacks said:

“We have been in regular contact with both the City and SA Rugby regarding the new application requirements and have been working on meeting the new requirements for some time in consultation with our health and safety advisors. Continue reading

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An email trail between the controversial Gupta family and their employees has blown the lid off how they have managed to do business with government, ingratiate themselves with senior officials, and go so far as to help move President Jacob Zuma and his family to Dubai.

The emails, obtained by City Press this week, also reveal how the Guptas seduced many senior government role players in their bid to capture departments and state-owned entities.

One of the most astonishing emails is from Gupta-owned Sahara Computers’ chief executive officer (CEO), Ashu Chawla, to Zuma’s son Duduzane. It contains a draft letter from the president to Abu Dhabi Crown Prince General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and shows how close Zuma is to the Guptas.

In the letter, Zuma writes: “I fondly remember our meeting in the UAE [United Arab Emirates] and the gracious hospitality and warmth extended to me during my visit. It is with this sentiment that I am happy to inform you that my family has decided to make the UAE a second home. It will be a great honour for me and my family to gain your patronage during our proposed residency in the UAE.”

Last night, Zuma strongly denied any plans to leave the country, saying through his spokesperson Bongani Nqulunga: “I have my home in Nkandla and I have no intention of living anywhere else. When I retire I will go home to Nkandla. This is a pure fabrication. Duduzane has never spoken to me about living in any other country. He has never shown me any letter. It’s shocking in the extreme. It’s absolute mischief aimed at sowing confusion”.

The emails also show how the Guptas seduced Cabinet ministers and CEOs of state-owned companies with opulent hotel stays and chauffeur-driven trips in luxury cars to their home in the exclusive Dubai suburb of Emirates Hills, where they bought a R445m mansion.

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