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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE FOR INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS, WATER AND WASTE SERVICES; AND ENERGY, COUNCILLOR XANTHEA LIMBERG

The City of Cape Town encourages households, government departments, and businesses to join us in switching off the lights tomorrow evening, 25 March 2017, as we commemorate Earth Hour.

Every year we join millions around the world in renewing our commitment to enhanced resource efficiency by switching off the lights in our own buildings in celebrating Earth Hour between 20:30 and 21:30.

The City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, and I will also be signing a pro-renewable energy petition which theWorld Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) has drawn up, calling on Eskom to go ahead with the Independent Power Producer’s procurement and connections. This is in line with the City’s commitment to the diversification of our energy mix, among others. The City therefore supports the WWF’s call to transition to renewable resources in generating electricity supply. Continue reading

Premier Interschools is a series of 12 matches, which feature the highest profile and most traditional interschool rugby rivalries, from South Africa’s top rugby schools which are broadcast live on SuperSport from March to August.

Schoolboy rugby has served as one of the cornerstones of domestic rugby dating back more than a century, and true to its slogan “Honouring Heritage. Playing for the Future”, Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools is about History, Heritage and Tradition. The series, now in its third year, is expected to grow even stronger.

Premier Interschools stories are further captured in 12 Preview shows, which preview all the games and provide historical overviews of these traditional schools and highlight other academic, cultural and sporting achievements.

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE FOR INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS, WATER AND WASTE SERVICES; AND ENERGY, COUNCILLOR XANTHEA LIMBERG

The City of Cape Town today, 22 March 2017, joins South Africa and the rest of the world in observing World Water Day. This year it is of particular significance as the metro faces one of the worst droughts in more than a century. Read more below:

As we commemorate World Water Day, with its theme ‘wastewater’, it is apparent that we are at a tipping point where our behaviour and way that we view all water sources must start changing – not only because of a drought but as a long-term goal of becoming a more water-sensitive city.

During this time of drought, the total volume of water saved since January 2016 (since the start of Level 2 restrictions) to February 2017 is equivalent to the volume of the Wemmershoek Dam. By the end of May 2017 we therefore hope to have saved the equivalent volume of the larger Berg River Dam. Continue reading

Upper Steenbras Dam. Photo: Enver Essop

Upper Steenbras Dam. Photo: Enver Essop

As at today, 20 March 2017, dam levels have dropped to 28,6 % which is 1,4% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at about 18,6 % of usable water with approximately 103 days of useable water left at current consumption levels. Consumption over the past week reached 750 million litres per day of the collective usage target of 700 million litres per day. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town thanks those consumers who continue to find new ways of saving water but challenges Team Cape Town to see if we can get much closer to the usage target. We simply have to do so.

The Mayoral Committee today 20 March 2017 recommended for noting by Council the declaration of a local state of disaster as a result of the drought. We are in the midst of one of our worst droughts of the past century. Cape Town is in a water-scarce region and is experiencing the impacts of climate change with an increased frequency of drought events.

The two consecutive years of drought have severely reduced stream flows into the dams of the Western Cape Water Supply Scheme (WCWSS). The dams are likely to reach extremely low levels by the onset of the 2017 winter and are unlikely to recover satisfactorily should average to below average rainfall be experienced over this coming winter. Continue reading

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck has named a 25-man squad for the trip to Singapore where they will face the Sunwolves this weekend.

Fleck’s charges have won all three of their matches thus far this season, having beaten the Vodacom Bulls and Jaguares at DHL Newlands before travelling to Port Elizabeth where they overcame the Southern Kings.

Having come off a bye in Round Four, the DHL Stormers will be aiming to make it four wins from four games when they face the Sunwolves at the National Stadium in Singapore on Saturday, March 25.

Captain Siya Kolisi is back to lead a squad which has a good blend of youth and experience, after he was rested for the Southern Kings clash.

Eben Etzebeth, Frans Malherbe and Pieter-Steph du Toit were not considered for selection due to the Springbok management plan, whilst the likes of Huw Jones, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Jano Vermaak, Cheslin Kolbe, Juan de Jongh, Damian de Allende, Steph de Wit, Leolin Zas and Scarra Ntubeni are all currently sidelined with injuries. Continue reading

Democratic Alliance Western Cape Provincial Parliament
Press Release by
Beverley Schäfer, MPP
Chairperson on the Standing Committee of Economic Opportunities, Tourism and Agriculture in the Western Cape

Due to the water shortages in Cape Town, 17 000 jobs in agriculture are at risk. The agricultural sector is now giving the city 30% of its water resources to ensure that people have water in their taps. Continue reading

Democratic Alliance press release by
Basil Kivedo, MPP
DA Western Cape Spokesperson on Education in the Western Cape

The latest statistics on teenage pregnancy indicate that over 2412 school girls in the Western Cape were pregnant in 2016, this is down from 2880 in 2015.

I am pleased that the WC Education Department established the “Managing Learner Pregnancy in Public Schools” policy in 2003. The aim of the policy is to protect the right of access by pregnant learners to education, and provide the same opportunities for development as any other learner eligible to attend school.

The policy provides guidelines on how to manage continued access to schools for pregnant learners, and the roles and responsibilities of all concerned.

The DA in the Western Cape supports the right for each learner to decide whether or not to attend school during pregnancy. Early pregnancy is however a socio-economic challenge for young girls and makes them vulnerable to disease.

Get set to revel with two of South Africa’s biggest and finest institutions, FreshlyGround and Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, when they share the stage, for the very first time, on Saturday, 25 March 2017.

In what is set to be an extraordinary night out, these two heavyweights will come together at the intimate Spier Amphitheatre stage, on the cusp of Stellenbosch, as part of Mabuse’s 50-year-celebration in music. “All the classics will be in there,” Sipho divulges, “including Burn Out, Shikisha, and many more of songs that have shaped me as a musician, philanthropist and father to my beautiful daughters.”

As to what Freshly fans can expect from the multi-platinum-selling globetrotters? With their 6th album currently in final production with Swedish producer Tore Johannson, the group may just offer a sample of what’s to come from the group in the months ahead. “There will be material never performed before,” Zolani teases. “There will also be some deviations from the usual popular material too.”

“I’ve never played at Spier before,” Sipho declares. “I’ve also never performed with FreshlyGround before either. I have huge respect for the music they create, and they are lovely people which just enhances the whole experience.” Continue reading

Dam levels have dropped to 31,5%, which is 1,6% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at approximately 21,5%. Consumption has broken through the 800 million litre barrier for the first time to 783 million litres of collective use per day, but we have still not achieved the new collective usage target of 700 million litres per day. Read more below:

At the current draw-down rate of the dams, we are looking at approximately 113 days of useable water left.

In order to ensure that the City of Cape Town is prepared for all eventualities, the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, has declared a local disaster in terms of Section 55 of the Disaster Management Act.

On Friday 3 March 2017, a local disaster was duly declared and promulgated in the Provincial Gazette.

This declaration is valid for a period of three months but can be extended on a month-to-month basis by notice in the Gazette. A Council decision is not required. Continue reading

There are two changes to the DHL Stormers team to face the Jaguares at DHL Newlands on Saturday, with Dan Kriel and Sikhumbuzo Notshe both getting an opportunity in the starting line-up.

Kriel comes in at inside centre to replace the injured Damian de Allende, whilst Notshe will start at No.8 with Nizaam Carr on the replacements bench.

The only other change to the match-day 23 that did duty in the 37-24 victory against the Vodacom Bulls last week sees World Sevens Player of the Year Seabelo Senatla named as a replacement, putting him in line to earn his first DHL Stormers cap since 2015.

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that he would like to see his team build on their performance last week against what is a very competitive Jaguares team.

“The win last week was encouraging, but there is still much we can improve on and we will be tested against a Jaguares team full of internationals,” he said.

Tickets for this match are available from wprugby.computicket.com, any Computicket outlet and the stadium box office.

Season ticket renewals and sales for DHL Newlands in 2017 are open. Go to wprugby.computicket.com to secure your seat today.

DHL Stormers: 15 SP Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Siya Kolisi (captain), 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth (vice-captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Dewaldt Duvenage, 22 Robert du Preez, 23 Seabelo Senatla.

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