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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

Dam storage levels are at 36,8%, with useable water at 28,6%. Collective water usage is 582 million litres, therefore 82 million litres above the required level of 500 million litres per day. 

Our dam levels have declined by 1% over the past week. This could be attributed to the high winds and hot weather which contributed to evaporation. We have managed to halve Cape Town’s water usage with the help of 51% of our water users who have put tremendous efforts into saving water. We will only get through this crisis together. To make this partnership work even more effectively, I appeal to all water users, especially the 49% who are not saving water yet, to join us all as we escalate efforts to beat this drought. Your help is vital and we need you to come on board with Team Cape Town.

This summer with the heat and wind, we can expect a steady decline going forward, so continued savings are a must. We need to do more to bring our usage down while at the same time pulling out all of the stops to ensure that we implement various projects for additional water supply to help see us through to winter 2018. Additional supply goes hand in hand with further savings.

We have looked at ways to fund a first phase of water supply projects by relooking at our spend across the City to see which non-water-related projects we can temporarily postpone while protecting funds for basic and emergency services. Internally, we have made some tough decisions and we will continue to do what is in the best interests of the people of Cape Town, no matter how difficult the challenge. We will partly be funding our first seven additional water projects with this saving and reprioritised money which comprises some R2 billion. The first phase projects earmarked for these funds are the desalination plants at Monwabisi, Strandfontein, the V&A Waterfront, and Cape Town Harbour; the Atlantis and Cape Flats Aquifer projects; and the Zandvliet water recycling project make up the first seven emergency water projects of this phase.

An online toolkit has been developed with various resources for all to use to help us to drive this message. Please see our website, www.capetown.gov.za, to access material that you may require. This toolkit will be updated regularly.

For information on how to meet the daily water usage requirement, residents should please visit the water restrictions page on the City’s website:www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater and utilise our water calculator: http://bit.ly/ThinkWaterCalculatorCT

Residents can contact the City via email to water@capetown.gov.za for queries about the water pressure reduction, or to report contraventions of the water restrictions (evidence should be provided to assist the City’s enforcement efforts), or they can send an SMS to 31373.

Drought crisis: we can beat this drought together

 Dam storage levels have declined by 0,7% over the past week to 37,8% (27,8% useable water). Collective usage is at 602 million litres per day. This is 102 million litres above what is required for us to get through this drought together while we roll out our additional water supply projects. 

A year ago we set out to drastically reduce our water usage. Since then, Capetonians have managed to reduce consumption from 1,1 billion litres a day before restrictions to the current levels. This reduction in water usage couldn’t have been achieved without the concerted efforts of many residents and of our water ambassadors.

Although as a city we have halved our water usage, the extreme nature of this ‘once-in-a-millennium’ drought means that we need to do more. At the moment, only 50% of Capetonians are actively trying to save water and we need everyone on board if we are going to beat the drought.

With this as our goal, the City’s staff – from engineers to front-line leak response teams and water call centre operators – are working day and night to ensure that we beat the drought together. All water-related projects within the City have been fast-tracked and we are engaging with experts both locally and internationally in order to bring the necessary projects online as soon as possible. Continue reading

24 – 26 November 2017 at Round the Bend Lodge, Breede River, Swellendam. 

Meet new people and make friends for life, and for a while forget your city strife.

Let the music keep playing with a shake and a shiver, and you’ll be ever so grateful you escaped to the river.

kids welcome!

Renowned for the organising of Up The Creek, one of the Western Cape`s most loved music festivals, the Red Hot Events team also introduced a wild and wonderful new boutique-festival two years ago: Savanna presents River Republic. Set at the same river, on the plush lawns next to a beautiful creek, this new little festival embodies that pina-colada-hidden-paradise-kind-of-awesome-party that we all dream of. Take a break and escape to the River Republic for the coolest getaway party with your best friends and most loved local DJ`s and bands. The line-up for this year is such a delight, we think for the love of grand sunsets, we`ve got it just right! Continue reading

This from iol.co.za:

CAPE TOWN – Did Nizaam Carr not deserve a Springbok call-up? If you look at Allister Coetzee’s squad for the End of Year tour, apparently not. And it really puzzles me.
Carr has been immense this year, and when Province kicked off their Currie Cup campaign, the 26-year-old built on his Super Rugby form and looked even better in the domestic competition.

Carr has perfectly blended his well-known portfolio as a very skilful player with the grittier stuff – he didn’t just show his speed, his ball-carrying ability and his linking play this year, he’s also shown that he can bring the physicality when needed, and his solid work on the ground spoke for itself.

But as those involved in rugby in whatever sense will always be quick to remind you – the Currie Cup is far from the ideal Springbok barometer (although those same individuals sometimes forget that notion when they tout players who haven’t even been outstanding in the Currie Cup competition – players who have managed to just do the basics well – as being worthy of a Bok call-up). And that we all know.

Patchy attendances and a seemingly reducing fan interest have plagued the world’s oldest domestic competition this season. It’s been happening for a while now, and it becomes more apparent every year.

Often, when fans get into Bok-selection debates on social media, you see someone saying just because a player looked good in whatever Currie Cup match, doesn’t mean he’s automatically international material (sometimes, though, that person just doesn’t rate the player being discussed).

And that’s true. Just because a player has a solid, maybe even a standout Currie Cup run, doesn’t mean he’ll make a fine Test player, or that he can even cut it at international level.

Like it or not, “Currie Cup star” doesn’t automatically equal “Springbok”. But Carr is not just a Currie Cup specialist. And the opportunity to build on his five Test caps would have been well deserved.

Full story here:

https://www.iol.co.za/sport/opinion/why-nizaam-carr-should-be-in-the-springbok-squad-11785488

Pic: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images

Pic: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images

DHL Western Province produced a strong second-half display and held their nerve late in the hard-fought Currie Cup Final – sponsored by Nashua and DirectAxis – in Durban on Saturday for a 33-21 victory and their first title since 2014.

The hosts edged their way to a 21-15 halftime lead to the delight of in front of a passionate crowd of 32 562 people at Growthpoint Kings Park, but the Capetonians fought back strongly in the second half to score 23 unanswered points and claim the coveted title.

The win marked the Cape side’s third away victory in five Currie Cup finals against the Cell C Sharks in Durban since 1995, and it capped off a rewarding day for the union from Cape Town as they also secured the SA Rugby U21 Championship title in the curtain-raiser to the main final, while the Xerox Golden Lions secured the SA Rugby U19 Championship title.

In the main game, the home team opened up the scoring in the third minute when veteran winger Odwa Ndungane dived in for a try, but this was cancelled out minutes later as DHL Western Province centre Huw Jones crossed the chalk to level the scores at 7-7.

Cell C Sharks No 8 Dan du Preez broke the deadlock in the 17th minute as he crashed over following good pressure close to the tryline, but their lead was reduced to 15-10 as his brother, DHL Western Province flyhalf Robert du Preez, slotted a penalty goal early in the fourth quarter. Continue reading

Drought crisis: guidelines for water rationing

Dam storage levels are at 38,5%, with useable water at 28,5%. The City of Cape Town’s engineered rationing intervention is starting to have an effect on consumption but water usage must be reduced further. Consumption is at 585 million litres of collective usage per day. The City activated water rationing as part of the implementation of its Critical Water Shortages Management Disaster Plan. This action intensifies the preceding months of pressure management which continues to be done in an attempt to force water consumption down to required levels. Read more below:

Due to the critical nature of available water supply, all water users across the metro must expect water rationing which could lead to water supply disruptions.

This is likely to result in water supply being disrupted during peak water usage times in the mornings (between 05:00 and 09:00) and in the evenings (between 17:00 and 21:00) if usage is above the required levels. It must be noted that theoretically everyone should have water but that the duration of the outages would depend on the water usage for the area and whether it is within the water restriction levels. The City supplies sufficient water to an area, but if the demand is too high then those in high-lying areas or high-lying properties will experience some outages. The City therefore appeals to those in lower-lying areas to reduce usage to assist in terms of outages in the higher-lying areas.

Service will be restored as soon as demand decreases to within the limitations of Level 5 water restrictions. If an area is using above the daily water limit, rationing through advance pressure management will continue until the limit is reached. It is therefore difficult to pin down an exact time for the duration of supply interruptions as it depends on the behaviour of the consumers, within a pressure zone. Continue reading

This from sport24.co.za:

Cape Town – The Western Province Rugby Union (WPRU) looks set to move to the Cape Town Stadium and leave Newlands behind.

According to Netwerk24, an official agreement has notbeen signed, but WPRFU president Thelo Wakefield said it was a ‘business decision’ to be finalised in the near future.

Despite the news, both the Stormers and Western Province are expected to remain at Newlands next year, and Wakefield could not confirm if the move will be made as early as 2019.

“I know there are emotions involved, but in the end that does not pay the bills. It is inevitable that we move … If our vision is to be the leading union in the world, we must also have world-class facilities,” he said.

The Cape Town Stadium was built to stage matches at the 2010 Soccer World Cup and will play host the South African leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series on December 9-10, 2017.

 

The City is launching five new MyCiTi bus stops, improved timetables, and direct and express routes to create an even more efficient service. This roll-out is fittingly being done during October, which is Transport Month. The changes are set to meet the increase in passenger demand and help cut travel time. Commuters will also have an opportunity to enjoy a free-ride day on 29 October 2017. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority is making strides in ensuring that Cape Town has an efficient public transport system. By providing improved and more frequent transport services, the City is enhancing access to opportunities, in line with our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan.

Atlantis
Five new stops will be launched in Atlantis on 28 October 2017 as follows:
· Atlantis Cemetery, which will serve Routes 235, 234, 234a and 243
· Swift, which will serve Routes 237 and 242
· Marigold, serving Routes 232, 232a and 241
· Avondale, serving Routes 232, 232a and 241
· Grosvenor North, serving Route 233

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JOINT STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE, AND CHRIS LEHANE OF AIRBNB

Today, 18 October 2017, the City of Cape Town and Airbnb signed the hospitality platform’s first collaboration agreement with a city in Africa. Under the agreement, Airbnb and the City will work together to promote the benefits of people-to-people tourism for Cape Town residents and their communities, and promote Cape Town across the world as a unique travel destination.

Since 2008, hosts on Airbnb have welcomed over 200 million guests in 191 countries. In Cape Town there are 17 600 active listings on Airbnb and hosts have earned a combined income of R762 million over the past 12 months.

In the past year, hosts on Airbnb in Cape Town welcomed close to 290 000 visitors, which resulted in an estimated economic boost of R2,4 billion for the city. The typical host in Cape Town earns an additional R43 400 by sharing their home for 32 nights per year.

As part of the collaboration agreement, Airbnb and the City of Cape Town will: Continue reading

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