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The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department will be performing a zero pressure test on the water infrastructure in the Mamre area. Read more below:

The work will result in the disruption of the water supply on Monday, 18 November 2019 from 10:00 until 14:00.

Residents are kindly requested to store water in clean, sealed containers for use during this period.

It is advisable to keep all taps closed during this period to prevent any water loss and/or damage when the water supply is restored.

This work forms part of the City’s Water Demand Management Plan and will significantly reduce the occurrence of burst pipes and subsequent water losses.

The City apologises for any inconvenience that may be caused.

Today, the Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, hosted a safety engagement with the Executive Mayors of District Municipalities (DMs) at Houw Hoek Inn, Botrivier. Today’s engagement provided an overview of what safety plans are and of funding spent to date. Feedback was also given on the progress made in implementing safety plans by the DMs and of the Premier’s safety plan announced on 19 September 2019.

This safety engagement followed a workshop held at Houw Hoek Inn on 2 August 2019, where the Department determined the DM’s needs to align them with funding and strategy. Amongst those in attendance today were Executive Mayors, Municipal Managers and Mayoral Committee members from each DM and the City of Cape Town, as well as SALGA.

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Recent rains have given a welcome boost to the dams supplying the City. Dams were 84,5% full as of this morning, 4 November 2019, up by 2,4% from the previous week. Although dams are relatively full, this is more due to reduced water consumption than the end of drought. Rainfall this winter is still below average. 

While there seems to be much excitement all round as dam levels increase, the City of Cape Town asks residents to please keep in mind that rainfall this year was again below average. This is the 5th Winter running that this has been the case.

On the upside, the data shows that residents are still using water conservatively, with consumption for the past week down to 600 million litres/day. Currently the consumption target for the City is 650 million litres/day.

‘As we come to the end of the 2019 rainy season, residents should be congratulated on their approach to water saving up to this point, as this has been absolutely crucial to our recovery thus far. However, there still remains significant uncertainty around how much rain we are likely to get in years to come, and as such, we believe it is wise to maintain a water-wise approach for the short to medium term.

‘Residents should do their best to remain conscious of, and responsive to restriction levels as this will ensure the right balance between minimising inconvenience and ensuring water is available for the City to function. However, if consumption patterns this winter are anything to go by, maintaining a sustainable level of consumption should be no problem for our citizens. ’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste, Alderman Xanthea Limberg.

Please visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for all water-related information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Louise Carver and Ross Learmonth will be performing at Stanford Hills Estate on January 3rd. This is Carver’s fifth concert to welcome in the new year at this beautiful estate, which lies at the foot of the Klein River Mountains. Carver says: “This is becoming a tradition for me. Playing all my hits on a protea farm with vineyards and orchards is a beautiful way to start the year. I am so excited that Ross Learmonth will be joining me for the 2020 concert, it is going to be a special one!”

Both Carver and Learmonth are known as two of South Africa’s most popular artists. Having had 40 Top 10 hits between them over the years, this exclusive show will be filled with music South Africans know and love. The performances will include collaborations with both artists singing and performing on each other’s songs (there are also some surprise covers in the works).

Louise Carver has had multiple radio hits with singles such as ‘Empty Fantasy’, ‘Home’ and ‘Warrior feat. Zulu Boy’. Internationally, she has had two number one European hits and two US Billboard number ones, with ‘Sunrise’, and ‘Crazy Enough.’ Apart from the chart success, Louise has been nominated for eleven South African music awards, produced six studio albums, one live album, and was a 46664 ambassador for the Nelson Mandela foundation.

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On the first Thursday in August this year, residents and visitors in Paarl will have an opportunity to visit the stunning gardens at 161

Main road and view a range of magnificent work by local fine artists and sculptors at the inaugural Paarl Art Week Market day. The event will not only host artwork, but also a variety of fine food and drinks. Guests at the event will be welcomed by the aroma of freshly ground coffee, raw juices and smoothies and sumptuous food on offer at the market. Entrance is free and the market starts at 10:00 until 18:00.

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Transitioning from Fluorinated gases (and others) to green cooling solutions a key focus on RAC workshop and the fight to #BeatAirPollution

Stellenbosch, with a focus on air pollution during World Environment Month, DEA&DP and the Free State of Bavaria hosted a technical workshop on transitioning to green cooling solutions.

The industrial refrigeration and air conditioning sector contributes to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, because these applications make use of fluorinated gases, as refrigerants. These “F-gases” have high global warming potentials that are up to several thousand times more potent than carbon dioxide (CO2). DEA&DP’s mandate has always been to advocate for a more resilient and sustainable environment by encouraging the switch to energy efficient and climate-friendly cooling technologies.

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There are two changes to the DHL Western Province starting line-up for the SuperSport Rugby Challenge encounter against Cell C Sharks XV in Durban on Friday.

There is one change in the forward pack and one in the backline for the clash, which kicks off at 15h00 on Friday at KP2 on the outer grounds at Jonsson Kings Park.

Hooker Daniel Jooste is back from injury to take his place in the starting line-up, while David Brits makes his first start of the season at outside centre.

There are a number of changes to the replacements bench with prop Michael Kumbirai and scrumhalf Godlen Masimla making their first appearances of the campaign and outside back Tristan Leyds back from injury.

DHL Western Province Head Coach Jerome Paarwater said that his side are determined to make it three consecutive wins on the road.

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Dams that supply Cape Town have declined by 1% over the past week to 46,6% (2018: 20,9%) of storage capacity. Read more below:

Cape Town’s collective water consumption for the past week increased by 22 million litres to 607 million litres per day of collective usage.

According to the City’s records dams were at 20,9% of storage capacity at the same time in 2018 and at 22,8% of storage capacity in 2017.

Although we are in a much improved position due to higher dam levels and reduced demand when compared to the same period in previous years, we encourage residents to continue using water wisely.

Level 3 restrictions remain in place to aid dam recovery.

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Please visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for all water-related information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Dam levels declined 1,2% for the week of 1-7 April 2019

Dams that supply Cape Town have declined by 1,2% over the past week to 49,1% (2018: 21,5%) of storage capacity. 

Cape Town’s collective water consumption for the past week increased by 11 million litres to 609 million litres per day of collective consumption.

Water users are encouraged to stay the course and use water wisely. Compared with historic data for the same time of the year, dam levels were at 21,5% of storage capacity in 2018 and at 25,6% of storage capacity in 2017.

Please see the following links for information on:

Please visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for all water-related information and Frequently Asked Questions.

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, Alderman James Vos and the Western Cape Economic Opportunities MEC Beverly Schafer today, 4 April 2019, went on a site visit to the Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) to touch base on future upgrades. Read more below:

The visit comes off the back of the Cape Town International Airport receiving the Best Airport in Africa Award at the 2019 Skytrax World Airports Awards last week. This year marks the fourth year running that CTIA has won this prestigious award.

‘I would like to congratulate the Chief Executive Officer of the airport, Deon Cloete, and his team on their fine achievement for the fourth year in a row. You have developed a winning formula that is being recognised globally for service excellence in the industry,’ said Alderman Vos.

The objective of today’s visit was to gain first-hand knowledge about what the highly anticipated airport upgrade project entails. The walkabout included a tour of the facility and a meeting with key staff members.

‘Airport City contributed R4,7 billion to South Africa’s economy. It made a R2 billion contribution to the Income of South African and Cape Town workers and supported 43 608 direct an, indirect jobs in South Africa,’ said Alderman James Vos.

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