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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.


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


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

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