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STATEMENT BY ALDERMAN IAN NEILSON, ACTING EXECUTIVE MAYOR

Since the tabling of the City’s draft budget for 2018/19 in March, further examination of the budget proposals by City officials and councillors has led to a reassessment of the budget proposals for the Water and Sanitation Department. The overall increase in the Department’s budget requirement has been reduced from 26.96% to 19.9%. This has been achieved primarily by rephasing the New Water Programme, including the savings which will result in the current financial year.

After careful and intense consideration of a record 40 000 comments which were received on the proposals in the City of Cape Town’s tabled (draft) budget, as well as various portfolio committee meetings, workshops and discussions, the reduced revenue requirement has resulted in substantial changes to the proposed water and sanitation tariff increases to be proposed for Council’s approval of the final Budget on 30 May 2018.

Among others, certain proposed domestic, non-indigent water tariff increases have been reduced:

  • Step 1 (less than 6 kl water usage per month): from 55,16% down to 10,10%
  • Step 2 (more than 6 kl but less than 10,5 kl water usage per month): from 6,26% down to 0%

Among others, certain proposed domestic non-indigent sanitation tariff increases have been reduced:

  • Step 1 (less than 4,2 kl per month): from 78,71% down to 9,87%
  • Step 2 (between 4,2 kl and 7,35 kl per month): from 23,74% down to 0%

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Our collective consumption over the past week was 554 million litres of water per day. This is a 6,7% increase from consumption of 519 million litres last week. It places Cape Town 104 million litres above the usage target of 450 million litres per day that the National Department of Water and Sanitation has set as a requirement. 

Although there has been a slight increase in dam levels of 0,5% to an overall level of 21,4% as a result of some rainfall and lower evaporation rates, we need to continue to stretch the remaining water in our dams as we simply do not know how much rain we will receive over the winter months. As of this morning, our dams are just 0.1% below our water supply level on the same day last year.  This is an incredible achievement of water saving by the people of Cape Town, given that the dam levels at the start of the year were at 31% compared to 46% last year.

We do know that the majority of our water users are doing their best to lower usage to 50 litres per day to get to the requirement of 450 million litres, but there may be a bit of complacency creeping in. I would like to call on all Capetonians to remain on course with their savings efforts. As Cape Town has shown the rest of South Africa and the world already, we are capable of meeting challenges head-on and pulling together to do what is required.

From the City’s side, we continue to work 24/7 to help keep Day Zero away.

In addition to our internal water-saving efforts and our advanced pressure management programme, which is saving approximately 52 million litres of water per day, the water resilience programme will bring more of our augmentation projects online over the coming months. However, we still do not know how much rainfall we are likely to receive over the winter season, so we simply cannot afford to relax our savings efforts.

We encourage all of our water users who are living the #50LitreLife to show their commitment to saving our precious water by getting a free profile picture at http://bit.ly/2IzvM2t

Please visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for all water-related information.

8 May 2018

Release: immediately

Today, Tuesday 8 May 2018, the Provincial Standing Committee on Transport and Public Works, in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, rejected the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Amendment Bill [B 38B–2015] (NCOP).

The Aarto Act of 1998 was implemented to ensure greater compliance with traffic laws and regulations by delegating the adjudication of traffic offences to an autonomous body and creating a merit based system. It has so far been piloted, quite problematically, in the Tshwane and Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipalities. The Amendment Bill, however, proposes a number of changes to the Act.

Now that the Provincial Standing Committee’s report will be submitted to the NCOP, I call on the Upper House of the Parliament of South Africa to reject this Bill. With more than 10 000 public comments received, along with five public hearings held during February 2018 in Bellville, Khayelitsha, Mossel Bay, Hermanus and Clanwilliam and the majority rejecting this Bill, it cannot be supported.

Some of the major concerns highlighted by the public, were the administering of finances at a national, rather than municipal level, and the lack of success where Aarto has previously been piloted. While a merit based system may be a good idea in theory; it risks the livelihoods of many South Africans who would be forced to drive without licenses. Instead, there should be harsher penalties for bad driving.

Aarto cannot be accepted in its current form. As the DA in the Western Cape we remain committed to promoting safe driving practices.

10 April 2018

Release: Immediate

Today in the Provincial Standing Committee on Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, the Eden District Municipality revealed that 5 out of its 7 municipalities in the Eden District have committed to financing a new Regional Landfill facility in Mossel Bay.

This project, which will include a hazardous waste and green waste chipping or composting area, has a combined cost of R50, 5 million, which will be shared between the Bitou, George, Knysna, Mosselbay and Hessequa Municipalities. It is expected to be completed by October 2019.

As the DA Spokesperson on Environmental Affairs and Development, I am pleased with this development, as this will further assist the Municipalities to effectively deal with waste, while also protecting residents and the environment. Continue reading

The ultimate multisport challenge is back for its 9th edition and takes place at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival between 29 June and 7 July. Financial Wellness company Momentum has been announced as the Title Sponsor of the BIG5 Challenge 2018. Entries are now open, and athletes can choose between the Momentum BIG5 and Momentum BIG5Lite.

The Momentum BIG5 Challenge has established itself as one of the most sought-after events for elite athletes and serious enthusiasts looking to push themselves to the limit.  As an extreme test of endurance, skill and stamina the BIG5 Challenge events give hard-core athletes the chance to enjoy five full-on sports events over the 10 days of the festival. Completing entrants will have covered more than 150 km’s in running, swimming and cycling disciplines. Ranked by their cumulative time, the athlete who completes all five events in the least amount of time will be the winner.

Momentum also sponsors the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour on the opening weekend and the Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon on the second weekend.

The BIG5 and BIG5Lite participants will start and finish with the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour MTB and the Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon’s half marathon respectively, and complete additional events that take place during the week between the two events.

Each event comprises five challenging events, with BIG5Lite offering event options. The below tables illustrate the makeup of each event:

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The following budget speech was delivered by the Executive Mayor this morning during a full sitting of council. Read more below:

Mr Speaker, in tabling the draft 2018/19 budget today we are also embarking on a process where we are going to communities to ask all residents to have their say and make comments on the proposed budget.

The total proposed budget for the upcoming financial year is a total of R49,1 billion with R39,8 billion on the operating budget and R9,2 billion for capital expenditure.

This is significantly higher than previous financial years where the capital budget was in the region of R6 billion.

One of the key major allocations for the 2018/19 financial year is the R9,8 billion which has been earmarked for water and electricity bulk purchases from the Department of Water and Sanitation and Eskom, respectively.

The major capital expenditure planned in 2018/19 sees R5 billion allocated to Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services (54,9% of the capital budget) R1,7 billion for Transport and Urban Development and R1,1 billion for Energy.

Some of the most significant projects will receive the following allocations: Continue reading

This year’s hugely popular Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival will take place between 29 June and 8 July, again providing an ideal choice for a winter break for the whole family.

Following the devastating fires in the town last year, the regrowth of the region has been phenomenal, and visitors to the picturesque Garden Route area will have no shortage of activities from which to choose, with more than 100 activities arranged over the 10-day period.

The premium sport-and-lifestyle festival has become an institution on South Africa’s winter calendar and really does offer something for everyone: sports enthusiasts can sign up for the country’s top cycling and road-running events; families need look no further for fun-filled quality holidays; adventurers will be overwhelmed by the area’s spectacular natural scenery and thrilling adventure options, and of course for those looking to indulge in world-famous Knysna oysters with a glass or two of bubbly, the festival is a veritable paradise!

As always, visitors can look forward to delicious food and drink, with local restaurants offering themed menus for the duration of the festival. Also on offer will be a variety of concerts, comedy, fashion shows and more, an adventure-filled programme tailor-made to keep the little ones busy along with the Momentum Health Kiddies Area which will be open to keep the little ones entertained. Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE DEPUTY MAYOR, ALDERMAN IAN NEILSON

As at Monday 26 March 2018, our collective consumption over the past week was 522 million litres of water per day. This is 43 million litres lower than the previous week’s usage. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town thanks its water users for getting back on track as we push to get down to the required 450 million litres of collective daily water usage, or 50 litres per person per day. We need to achieve this target in order to stretch the available water supplies through the rest of the year.

The more water we use, the faster our dam levels decline. In the past week, dam levels have fallen by 0,5% to 22,2% despite the rain that was received, primarily on 24 March 2018.

Although the winter months will likely bring more rain, we cannot estimate how much rain we will have or count on it having a significant impact on our dam levels.

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