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Dam levels are now at 22,8% (storage levels), which is 0,6% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at 12,3%. The latest consumption is 680 million litres, which is 80 million litres over the new consumption target of 600 million litres. Read more below:

Despite the recent rains the situation remains critical, and the City calls on residents to maintain their savings efforts.

‘We thank the many residents who are still active water ambassadors. We do, however, need to become more consistent as our consumption remains too high considering the unexpected hot weather which continues and irrespective of the bit of rain that we have had.

‘Our water users also continue to respond to the unpredictable climatic conditions by using more water as soon as it heats up, but seemingly also when there is rain. This approach is exacerbating the effects of the enduring and severe drought. Such phenomena are expected to become more frequent as a result of the impact of climate change. In addition, the severity and scale of drought episodes is increasingly difficult to predict. Our relationship with water therefore must start to change – this relationship is something that we can control. Our water-saving efforts cannot be influenced by whether it is hot or cold. We need to save water irrespective of the weather,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg. Continue reading

Shocking though the 118 insurance claims for theft and vandalism at libraries and clinics over the last nine months may be, the City is seeing a reduction in the frequency of these activities over time. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Social Services Directorate is counting the cost of continual vandalism and theft at some of its most crucial service centres.

Since July last year, libraries and clinics have submitted 118 insurance claims between them, totalling nearly R800 000 – largely as a result of theft, malicious damage to property, and burglaries. Of the claims at clinics, only 12% were the result of accidental damage like burst geysers and pipes.

‘Vandalism of community facilities is problematic for a number of reasons. Not only does it disrupt vital services to some of the most vulnerable individuals in a community, but it also has an impact on staff and community morale. It leaves the City in the position where we have to stall new developments and improvements planned for our clinics and libraries because we’re having to divert funds to fix and replace vandalised or stolen infrastructure. Continue reading

Juan de Jongh, Rynhardt Elstadt, Caylib Oostuizen and Damian Willemse will all join the DHL Stormers in Wellington ahead of their final tour game against the Hurricanes on Friday.

Centre De Jongh (knee) and utility forward Elstadt (ankle) have both recently recovered from injury and will provide some important experience ahead of the clash with the defending Vodacom Super Rugby champions.

There were more injuries added to the list following the defeat to the Highlanders in Dunedin, with prop JC Janse van Rensburg, locks Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit and flyhalf Kurt Coleman all flying back to Cape Town.

Janse van Rensburg has torn a bicep muscle and will be out for four to six weeks, whilst Coleman tore a deltoid ligament in his ankle in training and Etzebeth (calf) and Du Toit (knee) have also been ruled out due to injury niggles.

There are also doubts about captain Siya Kolisi who is nursing a shoulder injury, whilst prop Frans Malherbe will not be available for selection this week due to the Springbok management plan.

Despite these setbacks, DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that the squad is determined to end their tour of New Zealand with an improved performance in Wellington.

“The injury list is growing, but luckily we welcome some quality players back this week and we are focused on the challenge ahead.

“We know that we can improve in a number of areas, so the goal this week is to raise our game against the Hurricanes,” he said.

There are two backline changes to the DHL Western Province team to face the Border Bulldogs at City Park on Saturday.

Following their 30-18 opening win against the EP Kings in Port Elizabeth last week, DHL Western Province will be on home turf at City Park, where there will be two regional club matches played as curtain-raisers beforehand on Saturday.

Justin Phillips gets an opportunity to start with Godlen Masimla on the replacements bench in a rotational switch between the two Vodacom Super Rugby scrumhalves, whilst the other change to the starting line-up sees Michal Hazner at outside centre and Harlon Klaasen providing midfield cover.

The forward pack is unchanged from the combination that started against the EP Kings, but the fit-again duo of prop Frans van Wyk and loose forward Eital Bredenkamp feature on the replacements bench.

DHL Western Province coach John Dobson said that his team will look to build on their opening win against the EP Kings when they face a competitive Border side on Saturday.

“We know that we can improve in a number of areas, so it is nice to have some continuity in selection as we try to achieve that. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town has lowered the target for collective water use per day by 100 million litres to 600 million litres. This comes amid the continual decline of dam levels and unseasonably hot weather which has pushed up consumption. Dam levels are now at 23,3% (storage levels), which is 0,9% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at 13,3%. The latest consumption is 745 million litres, which is 45 million litres over the previous target of 700 million litres. Read more below:
The City has lowered the collective water usage target to 600 million litres per day.
 
Stricter water restrictions could also be on the cards soon, subject to due process. For now, the City asks that residents stop using municipal water for all outside use and that those who are able to do so invest in greywater and rainwater harvesting, among others, for all non-potable uses. Similarly, the City is currently looking at ways to create a greater culture of water harvesting in all of its operations.
 
‘Residents must please reduce water for personal use immediately to below 100 litres per person per day. At the current consumption rate, 88 days of water remain.

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The Academy for Environmental Leadership SA (AEL) is an accredited academic institution, which offers matriculants the opportunity to partake in a one year course of environmental and conservation studies.

After the successful completion of the course, students receive a NQF level 5 qualification, which enables them to enter a number of jobs or to proceed with further academic ventures. 

Eight microscopes have recently been donated to the academy by Stellenbosch University. Professor Karen Esler facilitated this donation.

Prof. Esler worked for the Botany department from 1995 up until 2004, after which she took the role of assistant professor in Conservation Ecology. In September 2008, she upgraded to Professor. Prof. Esler was appointed as head of the department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology in 2015. Continue reading

Lock JD Schickerling and loose forward Kobus van Dyk will join the DHL Stormers in New Zealand as injury cover.

Both Dan du Plessis and Cobus Wiese are on their way home due to shoulder injuries sustained against the Crusaders in Christchurch and will be surgically assessed in Cape Town.

The other casualty from Christchurch is lock Chris van Zyl who has been ruled out for a week with concussion.

Schickerling and Van Dyk, who both made their Vodacom Super Rugby debut for the DHL Stormers in 2016, will join the team in Dunedin where they are preparing for their clash with the Highlanders on Friday.

Schickerling is returning from a minor ankle injury, whilst Van Dyk has starred for Maties in the Varsity Cup this year.

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

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