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At the Council meeting in May this year, I announced a new strategic approach to the drought: building water resilience. It signalled a new approach to risk and a new appreciation of the unpredictability of the impacts of climate change.

Over many decades, engineers and planners built the water supply infrastructure in Cape Town and in the surrounding areas that has served us well. This infrastructure and the associated water management techniques have previously navigated Cape Town through drought periods. The drought we are currently experiencing is the most stubborn, intense and protracted in recent history. Prior to the onset of the drought, the City was using water well under its registered allocation determined by the National Department of Water and Sanitation. Despite our population growth almost doubling since 1996, our water demand has remained relatively flat.

As a proactive government, we have had water restrictions in place since 2005, which were intensified from the beginning of 2016 – over 20 months ago. These restrictions have become progressively tighter, which is the accepted technique of matching demand with availability during extended periods of low rainfall. Without these restrictions, Cape Town may have run out of water by this time.

Up until May this year, the City’s approach to responding to the drought was based principally on driving down demand and supplementing supply with limited new augmentation schemes. The approach, based on projections from hydrological and dam modelling, had worked in the past. It did not provide us with sufficient confidence on this occasion. Continue reading

Drought crisis: please reduce water flow to your property

The City of Cape Town informs all water users that they can adjust the water-isolating valves (stopcocks) on their properties to reduce the flow rate and save water. Water consumption remains dangerously high and the City must use all means available to get down to 500 million litres of collective usage per day. Read more below:

Dam storage levels are currently at 31,1%, with useable water at approximately 21,1%. Collective consumption for the past week was 610 million litres per day. This is 110 million litres above the target of 500 million litres per day. As such, residents are requested to please adjust their stopcocks to reduce the flow of water to their property. Furthermore, all residents are encouraged to hold each other accountable when it comes to water wastage and to report contraventions of the water restrictions.

Pressure adjustments on bulk supply lines have helped to reduce consumption over recent months, and it is hoped that significant further reductions could be achieved if residents also reduce flow through the private-side isolating valve. Residents are advised that the City is intensifying its pressure reduction programme. From this week, the City will be lowering the water pressure in its reticulation network to about 2 bars at the critical control points in the various supply zones across the metro (see photos above).

Further details of the City’s Water Resilience Plan will be announced by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille on Thursday 17 August 2017. Continue reading

Saturday 2 September at De La Paix, Klapmuts. (next to Butterfly World.)

Jade&Velvet invites you to their annual get together to raise funds for the FASt Forward Fund – a charity initiative that provides support for children who suffer from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).

This year`s theme for this special event is “A little goes a long way.” Attendees can look forward to a fun-filled morning of entertaining and informative talks, as well as a delicious tapas brunch.

Well known actress Helene Truter will be the MC and the guest speaker at the function will be Elsabe Aldrich. Guests can also look forward to viewing the latest Jade & Velvet outfits in a special fashion parade and the super talented Gerald Clark will be performing at the event. Continue reading

This year’s Clanwilliam Wild Flower Show – an annual event that takes place in the town’s beautiful, historical Flower Church – has been cancelled due to the extreme drought in the area. This decision was made this week after thorough deliberation with all the parties involved. The Flower Show would have taken place from 25 August to 2 September.

“It is with a heavy heart that we eventually decided to cancel the show. The extreme drought that the whole country is experiencing is the cause of the very late blooming of the flowers and plants. We don’t have enough flowers to build the displays for the show,” says Alida Stone, chairman of the Clanwilliam Flower Show committee.

Annually about 400 different species of freshly cut flowers and plants are used during the festival for the colourful displays that can be seen in the historic church in the town.

“We could not go ahead with the flower show. This year the flowers are struggling and we only pick when abundant, in keeping with conservation. Conservation is still our main priority,” says Alida.

According to Rika du Plessis, conservation manager of Cape Nature Cederberg, the rainfall figure for the first 7 months of this year is the worst since 1953 (64 years). “The average rainfall measured at Algeria Forestry Station is 724 mm per year. Last year it was 545 mm and if we continue with the rain pattern that we are currently experiencing, we won’t even reach 300 mm by the end of this year,” says Du Plessis. Continue reading

Drought crisis: early warm, dry weather calls for extra saving efforts

The City of Cape Town urges all water users to see how they can reduce their water usage further and not to increase consumption due to the unseasonably hot, dry weather that Cape Town is currently experiencing. Read more below:

Dam storage levels are at 29,4%, with useable water at 19,4%. Consumption remains far too high, exacerbated by the warmer weather and associated evaporation. Consumption is at 632 million litres of collective use per day – this is 132 million litres above the target of 500 million litres. This target has been carefully worked out to ensure that we build up our reserves during winter and that we are carried through to the next winter season.

There should be no reason why essential indoor usage is increased because of the weather. If demand trends mimic weather or temperature trends, it shows that a significant proportion of consumers are flouting the restriction measures. Continue reading

07 August 2017
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The Western Cape has added 137 000 jobs in the last quarter according to today’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey from Stats SA, the largest proportion of new jobs in the country. The Province still has the country’s lowest expanded unemployment rate, having decreased from 24,7% to 24.6%.

Nationally the expanded unemployment rate has increased by 0.2% and stands at a staggering 36.6%, 12% higher than in the Western Cape. Gauteng has an expanded unemployment rate of 32,9% and KwaZulu-Natal 40,4%, showing that where the DA governs the economy grows faster and more people are employed.

The DA-led Western Cape is on the right track to creating opportunities for economic growth and jobs. Through the DA-led Western Cape government’s Project Khulisa, which is a focused intervention program, we have accelerated economic growth in Tourism, Agri-Processing and the Oil and Gas sectors. The Red-Tape Reduction Unit within the Department of Economic Opportunities has achieved a 96.5% success rate to unblock red tape that hampers blockages and small business growth.

It is further pleasing to note that the City of Cape Town recorded significant gains in employment with a 0,3% drop in unemployment and the creation of 63 000 jobs. This figure, in relation to the provincial statistic, means that a total of 74 000 non-metro jobs have been created in the Western Cape.

Hooker Scarra Ntubeni will earn his 50th cap for DHL Western Province when he comes off the replacements bench against the Tafel Lager Griquas in Kimberley on Wednesday.

Having recently returned from long-term injury Ntubeni continues his role as an impact player in the Currie Cup encounter which kicks off at 13h00 on Women’s Day.

There are seven changes to the starting line-up which did duty in the 34-19 victory against the Steval Pumas at DHL Newlands, as coach John Dobson shuffles his resources to manage the workload of his players.

The only changes to the forward pack come in the form of an all-new front row, with hooker Ramone Samuels in between props JC Janse van Rensburg and Wilco Louw, with Ntubeni and Michael Kumbirai providing cover on the replacements bench.

There is a new halfback pairing as scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage returns to partner Kurt Coleman, with Jano Vermaak and Damian Willemse among the replacements.

The other changes to the backline see Michal Hazner take his place at inside centre and Bjorn Basson come onto the wing, with Huw Jones making his return from a hamstring injury off the replacements bench. Continue reading

It was a tense and tough 70 minutes of premier schoolboy rugby in the Faure Street Stadium in Paarl, but Paarl Boys’ High is still the top team in Paarl as well as in South Africa for 2017.

Boys’ High came out on top 18-13 against Paarl Gimnasium in their annual Premier Interschools. The game is without a doubt the biggest school match in the world with more than 25 000 attending the match.

Not even the Super Rugby final in Johannesburg between the Lions and Crusaders with the same kick-off time managed to steal any thunder from this prestigious event.

Boys’ High also finished their South African season unbeaten for a third successive season with this victory. Their last defeat on South African soil came against Marlow Landbou back in 2014. Boys’ High, however, lost earlier this year during their New Zealand tour against Christchurch Boys’ High (38-36).

The first half of the match belonged to Gimmies and they enjoyed a narrow 10-8 lead at the break. Gimmies almost drew first blood in the game after launching an attack from within their own 22 with captain and fullback, Muller du Plessis, creating an overlap with his quick feet. Eightman, Henco Martins, almost rounded off the move, but was just outsprinted by Boys’ High captain and fullback, Thaakier Abrahams.

Boys’ High flyhalf, Abner van Reenen, opened the scoring with a penalty. Shortly afterwards winger Luka Ferreira went over in the corner for a try and it seemed for a few minutes that Boys’ High have taken control of the match. Continue reading

Flyhalf Damian Willemse will make his DHL Western Province debut in the Currie Cup encounter against the Steval Pumas at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

There have been several changes to the DHL Western Province team, for the clash which kicks off at 13h00 on Saturday, with a number of players back in the selection mix.

Fullback SP Marais will have Seabelo Senatla and Dillyn Leyds on either side of him, while EW Viljoen and Dan Kriel will link up in midfield with Michal Hazner providing cover on the replacements bench.

Justin Phillips will partner Willemse at halfback, with the experienced Jano Vermaak set to make an impact in the second half.

In the loose trio Nizaam Carr replaces the injured Sikhumbuzo Notshe at No.8, with Steph de Wit and Kobus van Dyk starting on the flanks and Johan du Toit and Jaco Coetzee among the replacements.

With the lock pairing of JD Schickerling and captain Chris van Zyl retained, the only other changes come in the front row where Ali Vermaak is joined by hooker Bongi Mbonambi and Frans van Wyk, while JC Janse van Rensburg and Currie Cup debutant Michael Kumbirai will be alongside Scarra Ntubeni on the replacements bench.

DHL Western Province Head Coach John Dobson said that his team is looking forward to making the most of home advantage in their first game at DHL Newlands this season.

“We welcome a number of talented players into the fold this week and everyone is excited by the prospect of playing at DHL Newlands.

“There has been a lot of hard work put in on the training pitch this week, so hopefully that reflects in our performance,” he said.

Please note: The match will kick-off at 13h00 at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

DHL Western Province: 15 SP Marais, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Damian Willemse (DHL Western Province debut), 9 Justin Phillips, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Steph de Wit, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (captain), 3 Frans van Wyk, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ali Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Michael Kumbirai, 19 Johan du Toit, 20 Jaco Coetzee, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Michal Hazner.

Psych Night & VANS present Endless Daze Festival, which will take place at Silwerstroom Resort (45 minutes up the West Coast from Cape Town) between 3 – 5 November 2017.

As a boutique and small-scale outdoor festival set by the sea,Endless Daze has fast become the favourite live music festival for goers looking to satisfy their alternative and good music bones without having to sacrifice any of their comforts.

The festival is limited to 2000 people with plenty amenities, so you won’t have to expect any of the regular inconveniences attached to the ‘festival experience’. A curated food area, fully stocked bars, well thought through activations, open spaces, shaded chill areas, environmentally conscious initiatives, a pristine beach and friendly faces… You’ll be hard-pressed to find fault in this little corner of musical bliss.


Have a look at last year’s event here.


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