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

Note to editors: the following speech will be delivered by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the Cape Town Climate Change Coalition meeting this evening, 18 April 2017.

Members of the Cape Town Climate Change Coalition, ladies and gentlemen.

Good evening, goeie naand, molweni, as-salaam alaikum, shalom.

It is a great pleasure to join like-minded people and organisations who are committed to responding to climate change in our city.

The impact of climate change has the ability to compound existing challenges in urban environments.

For this reason, the City of Cape Town is overlaying all our decisions that we make on a daily basis with the impacts of climate change.

We cannot plan anything without factoring in the impact of climate change. Continue reading

Dam levels have declined to 26,2% (storage levels), which is 1% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at about 16,2%, with approximately 100 days of useable water left at current consumption levels. Consumption over the past week is 741 million litres per day, which is 41 million litres above the collective usage target of 700 million litres per day. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town thanks those consumers who continue to save water and we plead with Capetonians to bring collective usage down to 700 million litres per day. The amount of rain that has fallen over parts of the metro will not materially change the low levels of the dams and, in addition, it is critical that we do not draw more from dams than is necessary during the upcoming winter months.

All households must reduce consumption further. If each person uses around 100 litres a day, we will achieve our targeted reduced consumption. Continue reading

New Zealand centre Shaun Treeby has joined the DHL Stormers on a short-term contract as injury cover in midfield.

The experienced Treeby will be with the DHL Stormers for the next four months, as they look to build on what has been an encouraging start to their 2017 Vodacom Super Rugby campaign.

Director of Rugby Gert Smal said that with three international centres out injured, it was important to bring in an established player as cover.

“Having lost Damian de Allende, Juan de Jongh and Huw Jones to injury this year we needed some experience in midfield and I am sure that Shaun will have a positive impact here in his time with us,” he said.

Western Province Rugby Group CEO Paul Zacks said that he is excited to see what value Treeby adds to the squad.

“Shaun made his Vodacom Super Rugby debut for the Highlanders in 2011 and has amassed 50 caps, so he is expected to have a big impact here at DHL Newlands.

“He is a proven competitor and can only help some of the talented young players around him to grow in the absence of some quality players we have unfortunately lost through injury this season,” he said.

As at today, 27 March 2017, dam levels have declined to 27,3% which is 1,3% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at about 17,3 %, with approximately 103 days of useable water left at current consumption levels. Consumption over the past week has encouragingly reached 725 million litres per day, which is 25 million litres above the collective usage target of 700 million litres per day. Read more below:

With declining dam levels, water quality enquiries from members of the public are naturally increasing. We would like to assure residents that the water remains safe to drink. Water quality is closely monitored via a large number of water samples analysed according to the stringent South African National Standards (SANS 241:2015) requirements.

We are currently experiencing high levels of geosmin in the water drawn from the Theewaterskloof Dam. Geosmin is a naturally occurring organic compound which has an earthy flavour and aroma and which is sometimes present in water.

The City is currently increasing powdered activated carbon dosing during the water treatment process in an attempt to deal with geosmin. It may take some time for the taste and smell of the water to normalise over a large area of the central and southern suburbs of Cape Town.

‘It must be emphasised that geosmin poses no threat to human health. Even minute concentrations can be detected by the incredibly sensitive human palate. Continue reading

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

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