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Upper Steenbras Dam. Photo: Enver Essop

Upper Steenbras Dam. Photo: Enver Essop

As at today, 20 March 2017, dam levels have dropped to 28,6 % which is 1,4% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at about 18,6 % of usable water with approximately 103 days of useable water left at current consumption levels. Consumption over the past week reached 750 million litres per day of the collective usage target of 700 million litres per day. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town thanks those consumers who continue to find new ways of saving water but challenges Team Cape Town to see if we can get much closer to the usage target. We simply have to do so.

The Mayoral Committee today 20 March 2017 recommended for noting by Council the declaration of a local state of disaster as a result of the drought. We are in the midst of one of our worst droughts of the past century. Cape Town is in a water-scarce region and is experiencing the impacts of climate change with an increased frequency of drought events.

The two consecutive years of drought have severely reduced stream flows into the dams of the Western Cape Water Supply Scheme (WCWSS). The dams are likely to reach extremely low levels by the onset of the 2017 winter and are unlikely to recover satisfactorily should average to below average rainfall be experienced over this coming winter. Continue reading

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck has named a 25-man squad for the trip to Singapore where they will face the Sunwolves this weekend.

Fleck’s charges have won all three of their matches thus far this season, having beaten the Vodacom Bulls and Jaguares at DHL Newlands before travelling to Port Elizabeth where they overcame the Southern Kings.

Having come off a bye in Round Four, the DHL Stormers will be aiming to make it four wins from four games when they face the Sunwolves at the National Stadium in Singapore on Saturday, March 25.

Captain Siya Kolisi is back to lead a squad which has a good blend of youth and experience, after he was rested for the Southern Kings clash.

Eben Etzebeth, Frans Malherbe and Pieter-Steph du Toit were not considered for selection due to the Springbok management plan, whilst the likes of Huw Jones, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Jano Vermaak, Cheslin Kolbe, Juan de Jongh, Damian de Allende, Steph de Wit, Leolin Zas and Scarra Ntubeni are all currently sidelined with injuries. Continue reading

Democratic Alliance Western Cape Provincial Parliament
Press Release by
Beverley Schäfer, MPP
Chairperson on the Standing Committee of Economic Opportunities, Tourism and Agriculture in the Western Cape

Due to the water shortages in Cape Town, 17 000 jobs in agriculture are at risk. The agricultural sector is now giving the city 30% of its water resources to ensure that people have water in their taps. Continue reading

Democratic Alliance press release by
Basil Kivedo, MPP
DA Western Cape Spokesperson on Education in the Western Cape

The latest statistics on teenage pregnancy indicate that over 2412 school girls in the Western Cape were pregnant in 2016, this is down from 2880 in 2015.

I am pleased that the WC Education Department established the “Managing Learner Pregnancy in Public Schools” policy in 2003. The aim of the policy is to protect the right of access by pregnant learners to education, and provide the same opportunities for development as any other learner eligible to attend school.

The policy provides guidelines on how to manage continued access to schools for pregnant learners, and the roles and responsibilities of all concerned.

The DA in the Western Cape supports the right for each learner to decide whether or not to attend school during pregnancy. Early pregnancy is however a socio-economic challenge for young girls and makes them vulnerable to disease.

Get set to revel with two of South Africa’s biggest and finest institutions, FreshlyGround and Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, when they share the stage, for the very first time, on Saturday, 25 March 2017.

In what is set to be an extraordinary night out, these two heavyweights will come together at the intimate Spier Amphitheatre stage, on the cusp of Stellenbosch, as part of Mabuse’s 50-year-celebration in music. “All the classics will be in there,” Sipho divulges, “including Burn Out, Shikisha, and many more of songs that have shaped me as a musician, philanthropist and father to my beautiful daughters.”

As to what Freshly fans can expect from the multi-platinum-selling globetrotters? With their 6th album currently in final production with Swedish producer Tore Johannson, the group may just offer a sample of what’s to come from the group in the months ahead. “There will be material never performed before,” Zolani teases. “There will also be some deviations from the usual popular material too.”

“I’ve never played at Spier before,” Sipho declares. “I’ve also never performed with FreshlyGround before either. I have huge respect for the music they create, and they are lovely people which just enhances the whole experience.” Continue reading

Dam levels have dropped to 31,5%, which is 1,6% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at approximately 21,5%. Consumption has broken through the 800 million litre barrier for the first time to 783 million litres of collective use per day, but we have still not achieved the new collective usage target of 700 million litres per day. Read more below:

At the current draw-down rate of the dams, we are looking at approximately 113 days of useable water left.

In order to ensure that the City of Cape Town is prepared for all eventualities, the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, has declared a local disaster in terms of Section 55 of the Disaster Management Act.

On Friday 3 March 2017, a local disaster was duly declared and promulgated in the Provincial Gazette.

This declaration is valid for a period of three months but can be extended on a month-to-month basis by notice in the Gazette. A Council decision is not required. Continue reading

There are two changes to the DHL Stormers team to face the Jaguares at DHL Newlands on Saturday, with Dan Kriel and Sikhumbuzo Notshe both getting an opportunity in the starting line-up.

Kriel comes in at inside centre to replace the injured Damian de Allende, whilst Notshe will start at No.8 with Nizaam Carr on the replacements bench.

The only other change to the match-day 23 that did duty in the 37-24 victory against the Vodacom Bulls last week sees World Sevens Player of the Year Seabelo Senatla named as a replacement, putting him in line to earn his first DHL Stormers cap since 2015.

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that he would like to see his team build on their performance last week against what is a very competitive Jaguares team.

“The win last week was encouraging, but there is still much we can improve on and we will be tested against a Jaguares team full of internationals,” he said.

Tickets for this match are available from, any Computicket outlet and the stadium box office.

Season ticket renewals and sales for DHL Newlands in 2017 are open. Go to to secure your seat today.

DHL Stormers: 15 SP Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Siya Kolisi (captain), 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth (vice-captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Dewaldt Duvenage, 22 Robert du Preez, 23 Seabelo Senatla.

(South Africa, February 2017) Absa, title sponsors of the Absa Cape Epic, will provide 10 young Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy (DMA) students with invaluable internship opportunities at one of the world’s toughest mountain bike stage races.

Since 2004, Absa has been a proud and active supporter of the DMA, especially in its endeavour to leverage the sport of mountain-biking to provide change and positivity for the indigent youth from Diepsloot.

In partnership with the DMA, and with the assistance of the event organisers and other event sponsors, Absa provided work exposure opportunities to 14 DMA students at the 2016 Absa Cape Epic.  Over the last two years the DMA internship programme has been aligned to ReadytoWork, the bank’s pan-African employability initiative aimed at helping young people build the skills they need to make the critical transition from education into the world of work. This forms part of Absa’s commitment to Education and Skills development, one of three key focus areas of its Shared Growth strategy.

This year, Absa is intensifying its commitment to the DMA via comprehensive pre-and-post event workshops that could enhance the prospects of the DMA interns securing further internship opportunities after the Absa Cape Epic. Continue reading

DHL Stormers injury report – 13/02/2017

DHL Stormers wing Leolin Zas has been ruled out of action for approximately a year with a broken leg.

Zas fractured both his Fibula and Tibia in the pre-season friendly against the Emirates Lions on Saturday, after coming on as a replacement having recently returned from an unrelated leg injury.

The other major casualty from the 57-40 victory against the Emirates Lions was centre Juan de Jongh who tore his medial collateral ligament and will consequently spend around 10-12 weeks on the sidelines.

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