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The City of Cape Town calls on all private sector and community partners to help us to stop the scourge of land invasions across the metro. Those inciting the spate of attempted land grabs across the city do so according to their own narrow agendas. They do not care about the plight of our many desperate residents who ultimately have to deal with extreme flood, fire, health and safety risks when illegally settling on land that has not been earmarked for human settlement.

When land is invaded, it jeopardises emergency and basic service delivery; it stretches our resources; and it prevents progressive integrated development to manage rapid urbanisation. Many invaded erven are reserved for future housing projects, industrial development for job creation and future roadways that will be developed over time to manage urbanisation. When land is illegally invaded, we all lose.

Vulnerable people are often also asked by unscrupulous individuals to pay for ‘plots’ which are in most cases unsuitable for any sort of settlement and, if anything, often hardship is increased. Continue reading

Something is stirring in Stanford

Stanford Village presents Herfsfees Village Festival 2018

A new addition to the Stanford village annual event calendar blew in this year and promises to be a colourful highlight of 2018. The 6th and 7th of April will give rise to the first ever Herfsfees Village Festival. The festival aims to become a unique collaborative event; for the village, by the village. What better way to present the flair of the Herfsfees Village Festival than to kick off the festivities with a one-of-a-kind village parade led by the Klopse, drum majorettes and even the local choir!

Regina Bronner, parade coordinator, comments, “Festivals are about fun and having a good time, and our Herfsfees is hopefully going to have a lot of that. But a festival also brings the community together, and inspires the individuals to engage with and celebrate each others’ diversity. This is our aim too. And if we can give local people the opportunity to acquire some skills from the more experienced, it’s a win-win scenario.”

No event is quite complete without a specially curated live music line-up, which is another box ticked off the list of attractions at Herfsfees. Some of the best known names in folk and world music will take to the stage and the festival’s music curator, Carsten Rasch explains, “The festival itself was conceived of because it was felt that we needed to celebrate all aspects of life in a typical Overberg village. One way of doing that is through a Mardi Gras-like parade in which all the people of the village will participate. Another, of course, is through music. Music has this amazing ability to cross boundaries.” So, a blended line-up of soulful sounds was born. Nick Turner (three-piece), Tribal Echo, Ibuyambo, Hatchetman, Gert Vlok Nel, Taleswapper, Mr Cat & The Jackal, Dubmasta China, Dax Butler & the Hearts of Darkness, and last but not least, The Time Flies (special appearance) will all be adding to the groove of diversity and a fine spectrum of sound. Tickets for the performances will work on a unique merry-go-round basis, offering festival goers an opportunity to experience as much as possible – one ticket will give buyers access to all five shows. Continue reading

The update to the Cape Town water map has revealed impressive statistics for the month of January, most significantly that 154 000 households have received the dark green dot water saving status for using less than 6.0 kl per month. Read more below: 

The City of Cape Town water map, which is updated on a monthly basis, shows the status of free-standing households in Cape Town that are saving water. (Note that the map only shows consumption for free-standing houses and not cluster housing, flats or other land uses.)

The latest data reveal that, during January, a total of 314 000 households stepped up to the plate with their water-saving efforts and that 154 000 of these water heroes achieved the dark green status for using less than 6 kl per month. This is especially encouraging given that the water use target for that period was 87 litres per person per day.

The statistics show a significant jump in the number of households achieving a dark green dot for using less than 6 kl per month. Those residents are to be congratulated. They have gone above and beyond with their water-saving efforts during this drought and together, they are helping to make a difference.

In comparison to the number of green dot households recorded for December, there was a 5% increase in water-saving households in just one month. This is despite a higher than average number of estimations last month due to technical challenges in uploading the meter readings onto a new system. Those households who managed to reduce their consumption even further are to be congratulated.

I would like to urge all residents to keep up the good work a little longer. Regardless of rainfall or water supply augmentation, Cape Town needs to continue striving to reduce average daily consumption to 450 million litres a day. This must be done in order to stretch our water supplies as far as possible. If each one of us continues to use 50 litres of water a day, we will not only beat Day Zero this year but will also be in a better position to avoid it next year.

Consumption is indicated on the map as follows: Continue reading


The City’s dashboard for this week shows a slight increase in water consumption. This bucks the recent downward trend of the last few weeks. Overall consumption as at 5 March 2018 was measured at 537 million litres per day (MLD) which is up from 516 MLD consumption recorded in the previous week.

Dam levels have dropped by 0,4% to 23,6%.  Please see

The City now projects that, if there was to be no rainfall, Day Zero would arrive on 27 August 2018. As this date falls deep within the normal rainfall period, it is no longer appropriate to project the date without any consideration of rainfall. Thus, provided we continue our current water savings efforts, Day Zero can be avoided completely this year. It is now up to all of us. If we keep on saving, we will not have to queue for water this year.

I would therefore like to urge all Capetonians not to relax their savings efforts. While we are feeling more confident of avoiding Day Zero this year, we cannot predict the volume of rainfall still to come. If winter rainfall this year is as low as last year, or even lower, we are still in danger of reaching Day Zero early next year.

Now is the time to entrench our water saving habits and ensure that the behavioural shift we have undergone in the past months becomes second nature.

More and more Capetonians have met the challenge by lowering their consumption. Our water map shows a 5% increase in the number of households that used less than 6 kilolitres a month in January, as compared to December (see link below).

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The City of Cape Town’s environmental health practitioners will assist with the recall of products following National Government’s announcement that the source of the listeriosis outbreak has been identified.

Investigations have identified the Enterprise ® production plant in Polokwane as the source. The Enterprise ® processing plant in Gauteng and the Rainbow Chickens ® processing plant in Sasolburg have not been definitively implicated. However, as a precaution their products are also being recalled as the listeria pathogen was detected, but not the strain that is the cause of the current outbreak. The National Department of Health has released a cautionary notice indicating that persons at risk of listeriosis should not consume polony, viennas or other processed meats from these plants. Shops have been requested to withdraw Enterprise ® and Rainbow Chickens ® products and consumers may return these products to most large retailers for a full refund.

In the event of a recall, the manufacturer notifies the public via the media and also interacts through the supply chain route with their merchandisers, retailers, etc. The communication channels between the major retailers and wholesale outlets are usually very well established. One can already see the notices that they have put up and the fact that the products were removed from the shelves almost immediately. It is the smaller shops such as general dealers, house shops and spaza shops that are more difficult to reach. Many wholesalers do communicate with their smaller customers via electronic media and that will also assist. Continue reading


Cape Town is still in the midst of the worst drought we have experienced in recent times. In order to successfully navigate the drought, the water supply system must not run out of water. This has required the City of Cape Town to implement various demand management measures to manage the water drawn down from the dams, and to add additional water to the system through the City’s water augmentation programme. At the same time, we must continuously assess the risk of uncontrolled and unknown variables, such as rainfall.

Regardless of rainfall or water supply augmentation, Cape Town needs to continue striving to reduce average daily consumption to 450 million litres a day (MLD). This must be done not only to stretch our supplies as far as possible, but also because the National Department of Water and Sanitation has imposed a 45% restriction on the City’s water use for the current hydrological year (1 November 2017 – 31 October 2018). If we do not adhere to this restriction, there is a chance that the National Department may impose even more stringent restrictions on Cape Town in November 2018.

Consumption over the past week averaged 516 MLD, with dam levels dropping 0.4% to 24%. The City needs to continue reducing consumption in line with Level 6B water restrictions if we are to avoid Day Zero.

Our latest Day Zero projections take into account the continuing drop in urban consumption over the past weeks, the Groenland water transfer, and the discontinuation of the agricultural releases for this hydrological year.

We are now also in a position to exercise greater control on the consumption side with the implementation of Level 6B restrictions, the increasing roll-out of pressure management across the City and the installation of water management devices to limit the consumption of high water users.

These interventions, along with the water savings efforts of our residents, have seen our consumption drop from an average of 1 200 MLD in 2015, to 900 MLD a year ago, to just over 500 MLD this year. This amounts to a reduction of 400 MLD in the past year. The increased roll-out of pressure management interventions alone has resulted in savings of 50 MLD over the past two months. Continue reading

27 February 2018

On Wednesday, 28 February, the Provincial Standing Committee on Transport and Public Works will hold its fourth public hearing in Hermanus, to discuss and debate the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Amendment Bill [B 38—2015].

The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act of 1998 was implemented to ensure greater compliance with traffic laws and regulations by delegating the adjudication of traffic offences to an autonomous body. It has so far been piloted in the Tshwane and Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipalities.

The Amendment Bill, however, proposes a number of changes to the Act.

There will be opportunities for interviews and photographs.

Date:  Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Time:  17:00 – 19:00
Venue: Moffat Hall, Dahlia Street, Mount Pleasant, Hermanus

… with special guests Evita Bezuidenhout, Jenny Morris & Lizz Meiring.

The Darling Trust, a charitable organisation – founded by South African icon Pieter-Dirk Uys – is set to host a spectacular black tie dinner and auction that will take place at Evita se Perron in Darling on Friday, May 4 at 19:00.

The evening will be hosted by Evita Bezuidenhout with the dinner menu designed by one of South Africa’s most loved celebrity chefs – the Giggling Gourmet herself, Jenny Morris. An auction with once-in-a-lifetime lots will be the highlight of the night and live music by the acclaimed cabaret duo Godfrey Johnson and Nicholas McDiarmid will entertain guests throughout the dinner. Actress and comedian Lizz Meiring will be the event’s MC for the evening.

Says trustee and organiser Hentie van der Merwe: “This will be the first in what we hope becomes a bi-annual event, so we are all set to make this the benchmark by which all future auction dinners will be measured.

“I am super excited to have been invited to oversee the dinner menu,” says Morris, “and I am planning a sumptuous banquet, using all local produce from the area, that will delight and satisfy the guests’ appetites.”

Morris also plans to add a touch of humour to the menu and is already testing a dessert she calls ‘Zuma’s Mess’. Continue reading


Day Zero, the day we may have to queue for water, has moved out to 4 June 2018 due to the continued decline in agricultural usage, and also as a result of Capetonians reducing their water usage in cooperation with the City of Cape Town’s efforts to bring down consumption.

Team Cape Town, we are getting there. We now need to see how low we can go to ensure that we stretch our water supplies as far as possible into the winter months by reaching the 450 million litre per day collective consumption target which equates to 50 litres per person per day.

Over the past week, consumption has been lowered to 526 million litres per day. This is the first time that the weekly average usage has remained under 550 million litres due to the City’s pressure management interventions and the efforts by our residents to use as little water as possible.

Importantly, dam levels are at only 24,9% compared to 36,1% last year and 43,3% in 2016. Though the dam levels are much lower than a year ago, we have more information and more control over the system that supplies water to the city. Our continued interactions with the National Department of Water and Sanitation have led to much improved data-sharing and analysis, allowing for more reliable modelling and dramatically improved control over dam levels

A year ago, the average water demand was 830 million litres per day and the weekly change in dam levels was 1,9%. Continue reading

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