Drought crisis: recent rain has made little difference, please keep saving
Dam storage levels are at 25,4% but useable water is only at approximately 15,4% which is very low for this time of the year. Collective water usage is 619 million litres per day. This is 119 million litres above the new target of 500 million litres of collective water usage under Level 4b water restrictions. Read more below:
Water users must take note that over the past month, since 6 June 2017 when dam storage levels were at 19,4%, our dam storage levels have only increased by 6%
The City requires all water users to use less than 87 litres of water per person per day in total, irrespective of whether they are at home, work or elsewhere.
‘We encourage friends, neighbours, families and colleagues to join efforts and to see how they can brainstorm new ways of saving water to bring water usage down even further to below 87 litres of water in total per person per day, wherever they are. Peer-monitoring could also be a good way to keep motivation levels high.
‘Our plans of potentially partnering with the private sector to create a short-term emergency water supply using desalination, stormwater capture or aquifer extraction are also progressing. Today is the closing date for responses in terms of the Request for Information to the private sector which we issued to see how partnerships can help us with our short-term emergency supply schemes. All submissions will be analysed from this week onwards. More information on the submissions received and the future processes will be made available at the appropriate time,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg. Continue reading
As of 1 July 2017 approximately 40 000 customers with property values between R400 000 and R1 million were moved from the subsidised Lifeline Tariff to the Domestic Tariff to ensure that the City is able to assist those who are truly vulnerable in a sustainable manner. Read more below:
This is the final phase of the migration to the Domestic Tariff which has been taking place over the last few years to guarantee that only our most financially vulnerable customers are subsidised. This will ensure that the City of Cape Town is run in a sustainable manner.
Only households that meet the following criteria now qualify for subsidisation via the Lifeline Tariff:
- Municipal property valuation less than R400 000
- Consumption is less than 450kWh a month on average
- Premises supplied via a prepaid meter
*Customers who are in receipt of a pensioners’ or disabled persons’ rates rebate will still be able to apply for the Lifeline Tariff irrespective of their property valuation, provided their average monthly consumption is less than 450kWh including any free electricity that may have been provided. Continue reading
The City of Cape Town’s Director for Water and Sanitation has issued a directive to all consumers to adhere to Level 4b water restrictions, to restrict their total usage per person per day to less than 87 litres, wherever they are, and to warn excessive users that non-compliance will result in the installation of water management devices on their premises. Read more below:
This comes as dam levels remain critically low and climatic conditions uncertain while water usage continues to be too high. Water reserves must be built up while there is still water.
The directive further empowers the City to install water management devices on premises where the water usage is unjustifiably excessive with respect to the restriction level.
‘Engagements will continue with excessive users and letters will be sent to them soon. Where they cannot reasonably explain the need for the excessive use, in accordance with Level 4b restrictions, we will restrict the water flowing to their property.
‘There is definitely room to save more water especially if one looks at the high users. So many of our residents are super-savers and of course they must please continue to think of creative ways to save more water. Many households have repaired leaks on their properties following our direct engagements with them, but for those who continue to ignore our warnings and the law, we will be limiting their supply,’ said the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille. Continue reading
Loosehead prop Kitshoff returns from a two-year spell in France to rejoin the only union he ever represented in South Africa, whilst flank Kolisi and centre De Allende have both signed two-year contract extensions.
Pic: Getty Images
All three players came through the system at DHL Newlands, playing junior rugby for the union before going on to represent DHL Western Province, the DHL Stormers and the Springboks with distinction.
The trio join the likes of hooker Bongi Mbonambi, prop Frans Malherbe and locks Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit in committing to Western Province Rugby until 2019.
Director of Rugby, Gert Smal, said that these signings are vital for the long-term vision at DHL Newlands.
“We have a strong group of senior players that will take us forward in the next few years and provide crucial guidance for the young talent we have coming through the ranks all the time,” he said. Continue reading
An elderly lady in her late 60s tragically passed away and several others received treatment for shock from Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services when a section of an old age home, Huis Lizelle in Bain Street, Wellington caught alight just before 02H00 this morning . All other residents at the facility are unharmed, present and accounted for and the cause of the fire is being investigated.
WARNING TO ALL WATER USERS IN CAPE TOWN
The City of Cape Town calls on all water users to reduce their consumption immediately in line with the new Level 4b water restrictions that have been implemented. This comes as the latest water usage figures show unacceptably high consumption at 634 million litres of collective water use per day. Read more below:
Dam levels remain critically low and we must build up our reserves while we still have water.
Dam storage levels are at 25,3 % but usable water is only approximately 15,3% which is very low for this time of the year and especially considering that a harsh summer has been predicted for 2018.
Water users must take note that our dam storage levels have only increased by 0,8% this week.
The City requires all water users to use less than 87 litres of water per person per day in total, irrespective of whether you are at home, work or elsewhere. Level 4b restrictions which came into effect on 1 July 2017 will be used to drive down water usage to 500 million litres of collective water usage per day. Continue reading
WARNING TO ALL WATER USERS IN CAPE TOWN
The City of Cape Town advises all water users that stricter water restrictions will come into effect from tomorrow, 1 July 2017. Level 4b restrictions will be used to drive down water usage to 500 million litres of collective water usage per day which is required as dam levels remain critically low and reserves need to be built up during winter for the expected harsh summer months ahead. Read more below:
In supporting Level 4b restrictions, the City requires all water users to immediately use less than 87 litres of water per person per day in total, irrespective of whether you are at home, work or elsewhere.
‘We cannot thank all of those water users enough who have been shining water ambassadors over the past months and who have helped us to drastically reduce our water usage.
‘But, as we are expecting a very dry summer 2018 and rainfall probability and volume remain incredibly uncertain, we must cut our water use even more to save as much water as we can while we still have water. We ask all users to use less than 87 litres of water per person per day in total whether you are at home, work, school or elsewhere. Importantly, this target is not only for home use.
‘This is part of our continuing proactive drought management interventions, along with intensifying the large-scale pressure reduction programmes across Cape Town to force down consumption. Other emergency interventions are under way.
‘However, there are many domestic consumers who are still using well in excess of 20 000 litres per month per household. We have been monitoring and engaging with high users and we will be issuing letters to them to warn them that we will be installing water management devices at properties with unjustifiably high consumption to limit their water use to acceptable levels,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.
Water management devices would be installed in terms of a directive issued by the Director: Water and Sanitation in terms of the Water By-law, clause 36 (1) (a) and (b). Continue reading
Ajax Cape Town are excited to announce an exciting shuffle to our technical team, a move that highlights our ambition as a club.
Boasting unrivalled playing and coaching experience ranging from Australia, across Europe in Belgium, England, France and the Netherlands, back to Mzansi and down to the Mother City – the Urban Warriors technical team is arguable the most experienced in South Africa.
Former Ipswich and Leicester City forward Mich d’Avray, has been appointed as the Head of Football at Ikamva. The former Perth Glory, Bloemfontein Celtic, Moroka Swallows and Cape Town Spurs coach will drift into a more administrative role – taking control of all football matters at the club having served as Stanley Menzo’s assistant last season.
All departments with regard to football will fall under D’Avray – everything related to football.
As a result, Menzo will be assisted by Cape Town-born Boebie Solomons, who takes over as the new assistant coach at the club, ahead of the 2017-18 Premier Soccer (PSL) season.
The 62-year-old former Cape Town Spurs midfielder has enjoyed a distinguished coaching career which is deeply entrenched in the Mother City.
Solomons has tasted success in both the Absa Premiership and National First Division (NFD), having notable guided Santos to ABSA Cup glory in 2003 by beating the Urban Warriors 2-0 in the final. Continue reading
CRITICAL WARNING REMAINS IN PLACE FOR ALL WATER USERS IN CAPE TOWN
The City of Cape Town is exploring all avenues to make water users aware of the need to save water while we still have it. The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area East, Councillor Anda Ntsodo, yesterday 27 June 2017 engaged with residents and commuters in the vicinity of the busy Kuils River public transport interchange.
The City is currently focusing its attention on making residents and water users aware of the need to build water reserves during the winter months, especially in light of the harsh summer that is expected. This means continuing to reduce water usage even though the weather is cooler and wetter.
Metro-wide, the City’s area-based mayoral committee members, as well as City staff, water inspectors and law enforcement officers, are continuing to spread the message of saving water even though it is winter.
‘Our dam levels remain critically lower than usual during the start of the winter and we don’t know when we’ll get rainfall or how much rain will fall. We are worried that our water users will start to relax their efforts and use more water because it is winter. We have had many enquiries from members of the public asking us whether we are now out of the woods and whether water restrictions have been removed. We are therefore using all of our resources to spread the word that we must continue to save water while we have it, come rain or shine,’ said Councillor Ntsodo.
The City is envisioning stricter water restrictions. If implemented, Level 4b restrictions would help to adjust the water usage target downwards to 500 million litres of collective water use per day from the current target of 600 million litres per day.
The City’s Water Resilience Task Team has been set up to boost the City’s response to drought, to ensure that acute water shortages are avoided, and to transform Cape Town’s water landscape into one that ultimately relies less on rainwater.
The City continues with all of its planned and proactive interventions, such as pressure reduction programmes and emergency work, as well as taking tough action on those who contravene the existing Level 4 restrictions.
Residents can contact the City via email to email@example.com for queries 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.
For further information on how to adhere to the less than 100-litre usage requirement, residents should please visit the water restrictions page on the City’s website: www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater