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Drought crisis: enforcement stepped up amid continuing high usage

Since the end of October 2016, the City’s Water Inspectorate and other law enforcement agencies have handled approximately 33 000 enquiries, contraventions, notices and revocations of special exemptions, while the first installations of water management devices on high-user properties are expected this week. 

Dam storage levels are at 27,9%. This means useable water is at 17,9%. Water usage is 642 million litres per day – 142 million litres above our target of 500 million litres of collective water use per day. All residents must immediately reduce consumption further and report contraventions to the City. Consumption remains far too high. It is clear that water users are still taking chances with Cape Town’s collective future.

Properties with unjustifiably high water use are currently being visited by the City’s Water Inspectorate. Failure to justify high use is resulting in the restriction of water supply. The first examples of the installation of water management devices for unjustifiably high use will be done this week. Previously, these devices were only installed to assist with debt management and not high usage as per Level 4b restrictions.

‘If there is a knock on your door, don’t be surprised when it is our Water Inspectorate and law enforcement agencies coming to inspect your water use. Our stubborn high users have received warning notices. We will be forcibly reducing the water use of those who cannot justify their high water usage. We will see our first cases this week. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town, via its Enterprise and Investment Department under the Directorate of the Mayor, has facilitated R2,67 billion worth of investment, which has resulted in 6 236 direct jobs created for the people of Cape Town for the past financial year (July 2016 – June 2017).

The achievement of R2,67 billion worth of investments, 6 236 direct jobs created, and 2 052 people who received training comes against the City of Cape Town internal targets of R2,5 billion worth of investment, 5 000 jobs and 800 training initiatives respectively.

The Enterprise and Investment Department, through collaboration with its partners, facilitated the training of 2 052 people in various skills development programs.

The City has managed to attract the investments and skills training via its partnership with the special purpose vehicles (SPVs) and the Western Cape Destination Marketing, Investment and Trade Promotion Agency (WESGRO). Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

Last week the Constitutional Court dismissed the African National Congress application for leave to appeal the Supreme Court of Appeal’s (SCA) decision to dismiss an earlier appeal in the City logo matter.

In January, the SCA dismissed the ANC’s application with costs.

On 25 July 2017, the Constitutional Court considered the applications for condonation and leave to appeal. It concluded that the ANC’s application for condonation should be refused because of a long delay, the absence of an acceptable explanation for the delay, and the lack of prospects for success. The application for leave to appeal was dismissed.

We welcome the judgment by the Constitutional Court which upheld the SCA’s January 2017 ruling in which it decided not to hear the matter because there was no reasonable prospect of success in an appeal.

The City has once again been vindicated by this decision taken by the highest court in the country.

This signals the end of the road for the ANC’s court battle over the logo and we appeal to them to work with us in focusing their attention on service delivery and making progress possible together with the people of Cape Town.

We can now continue getting on with the good work we started in the past six years and take service delivery to the next level.

We also call on the ANC to pay the City’s legal costs as soon as possible.

Lock Chris van Zyl will captain DHL Western Province as they begin their Currie Cup campaign against the Toyota Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Sunday.

Following their bye in the opening round last week, DHL Western Province will get their season started at Toyota Stadium in an encounter which kicks off at 14h30 on Sunday.

Fullback SP Marais and hooker Ramone Samuels will both make their DHL Western Province debut after being named in the starting line-up.

Marais will link up with wings Seabelo Senatla and Bjorn Basson in an exciting back three, with Dan Kriel and Michal Hazner in the midfield.

Kurt Coleman and Justin Phillips are the starting halfback pairing and will be backed up by Godlen Masimla and Brandon Thomson on the replacements bench.

In the loose trio Sikhumbuzo Notshe starts at the back of the scrum, with Johan du Toit and Kobus van Dyk on the flanks and Steph de Wit and Jaco Coetzee providing cover among the replacements.

In the second row JD Schickerling partners captain Van Zyl and in the front row props Wilco Louw and Ali Vermaak start either side of Samuels, with Scarra Ntubeni set to make his comeback from injury off the replacements bench. Continue reading

All entry tickets for both days of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens that went on sale to the public on Friday morning sold out in less than two hours.

Computicket experienced unseen levels of interest as all the available tickets for the event on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December were snapped up shortly before 11h00 – less than 120 minutes after they went on sale.

Sales may re-open in the event of commercial partners returning their allocation. However, SA Rugby advises that this is regarded as unlikely.

Guaranteed entry via hospitality packages is still available for both days. They are priced from R995pppd up to R4095 pppd (ex VAT), including a match-day ticket, as well as various offerings of food, drinks and parking and are available through SA Rugby (Mingon van Rooyen – mingonv@sarugby.co.za), or Megapro (john@megapro.co.za). 

For fans travelling from abroad or out of town, tickets and travel packages are also available from SA Rugby Travel (www.sarugbytravel.com orinfo@sarugbytravel.com).

SA Rugby yet again strongly warned members of the public not to buy from third party agencies or companies offering tickets and hospitality packages as these are entirely unofficial and cannot be guaranteed.

Premier Interschools is a series of 12 matches, which feature the highest profile and most traditional interschool rugby rivalries, from South Africa’s top rugby schools which are broadcast live on SuperSport from March to August.

Maritzburg College will take on Affies on their home turf on  Saturday, 29 July at 13h00. The match will be televised live on  SuperSport Ten from 12h55.

To view this week’s preview show featuring Dan Kriel , please click on the link https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=vo8IdNXOjEE

Affies 1ST XV

1. Wiehan Bezuidenhout

2. Johan Van Zyl

3. James Combrinck

4. Mica Ruthven

5. Jaco Labuschagne

6. Janco Uys

7. Divhan du Preez

8. Philip Potgieter

9. Steyn Van der Spuy

10. Regardt Roets Continue reading

Captain Salmaan Moerat returns for DHL Western Province U19 in their encounter with Xerox Golden Lions U19 at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday.

Moerat missed the victory against Toyota Free State U19 at Brookside last week with concussion, but is back in the team for the match against the table-topping Xerox Golden Lions U19 which kicks off at 10h00 on Saturday.

The only other changes to the starting line-up see Wian van Zyl get an opportunity at flyhalf, while Charl Serdyn is at flank in place of the injured Gift Dlamini.

DHL Western Province U19 coach Nazeem Adams said that his team will have to work hard to continue the winning start they have made to their campaign.

“We know that we face a serious test up in Johannesburg this weekend, which is something that the players are looking forward to.

“There are still many areas in which we can improve, so the focus is on raising our performance to another level,” he said.

DHL Western Province U19: 15 Marco Labuschagne, 14 Mike Mavovana, 13 Lyle Hendricks, 12 Henlo Marais, 11 Christian Guetang, 10 Wian van Zyl, 9 Labib Kannemeyer, 8 Muller Uys, 7 Shaine Orderson, 6 Charl Serdyn, 5 BJ Dixon, 4 Salmaan Moerat (captain), 3 Sazi Sandi, 2 Schalk Erasmus, 1 Leon Lyons.
Replacements: 16 Liam Larkan, 17 Reece Bezuidenhout, 18 Adam Neethling, 19 Jesse Johnson, 20 Austin Brummer, 21 Deon Carstens, 22 Francke Botha, 23 Nathan Nkutu.

The following speech was delivered by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the full Council meeting today, 27 July 2017.

Mr Speaker, may we have a moment of silence for the councillors who passed away: Templeton Mgxekeni, Xolile Gwangxu, Mandisa Menisi, anti-apartheid activist and government spokesperson, Ronnie Mamoepa, jazz legends Errol Dyers and Ray Phiri, and the fire victims.

Thank you.

Good morning, goeie dag, molweni, as-salaam alaikum, shalom.

I would like to welcome all councillors back from the mid-year recess. I trust that we are ready to continue taking service delivery to the next level.

Let me start with the drought crisis and yes, despite the recent rains, we are still in a drought. By now this should not be news to anyone and we certainly cannot go back to business as usual or acting under the assumption that we will get sufficient rain. Continue reading

WARNING TO ALL WATER USERS IN CAPE TOWN

The City of Cape Town warns all of its water users that failure to reduce consumption spells disaster for everyone. Water usage has shot up to 643 million litres per day. This is 143 million litres above our target of 500 million litres of collective water use per day. Read more below:

Our latest consumption levels are extremely worrying as many people believe that they can go back to normal behaviour due to recent rains. These recent rains are not nearly enough as we are still in a drought crisis. The drought conditions are the New Normal for Cape Town as a water-scarce region. To adapt to the New Normal, we have to change our behaviour drastically to save water while we still have water to be saved.

Too many people are not listening to the City’s warnings and appeals to reduce their consumption. The rainfall has made a very small impact on our dam levels. The fact that we are still 143 million litres over our 500 million litre target per day means that those who are not reducing consumption are playing with everyone’s future in Cape Town.

The lower than average rainfall, coupled with unacceptably high consumption, will hurt us all as there are still far too many stubborn people who are not doing enough to save water so that we can build up of reserves for a terribly harsh 2017/18 summer. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town received more than 100 submissions as part of its Request for Information/Ideas (RFI) process to test the market for proposed solutions that will enable the City to temporarily establish several small, intermediate and possibly even large plants to help supply drinking water. Read more below:

The City thanks all of the private sector players who took part in this process. The RFI solicited interest from for-profit and non-profit entities in forming possible partnerships with the City to supply, install, and operate temporary plants at various locations along the sea shore and at certain inland locations, for the injection of drinking water – the standards of which are defined by SANS 241 of 2015 – into the City’s water distribution network.

‘Our Water and Sanitation Management Department is currently busy with the technical scrutiny of the inputs received. We will communicate in more detail as soon as possible. The proposed solutions are varied, as one would expect from a wide ranging call for information and ideas. It must be stressed that the temporary installation of water plants is intended to build resilience and to ensure that the households and businesses of Cape Town are not adversely affected by acute shortages of surface water.

‘Furthermore, it is important to distinguish between the inability to cater for water demand under normal climatic conditions and the inability to cater for demand due to an extreme and protracted drought. The latter applies to us. The intensity of the current severe drought could not have been foreseen. The City has been using water well under its registered allocation as per the requirements of the National Department of Water and Sanitation. Despite our population growth, our water demand has remained relatively flat,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg. Continue reading

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