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Make sure you book your seat at DHL Newlands for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship clash between the Springboks and the All Blacks on October 7 when public tickets go on sale on Monday.

Tickets will be available from and all Computicket outlets from 12h00 on Monday, September 11 and are expected to sell quickly with demand extremely high.

Season tickets are valid for the Test match with no further action required and scholars season tickets are strictly valid for under 18s only in the designated scholars areas at the north and south ends of the ground.

Public ticket prices for Springboks v All Blacks at DHL Newlands on October 7 (incl. VAT):

Category One & Two: R950
Category Three: R850
Category Four: R450
Category Five (standing): R150
Scholars enclosures: R100 – (Dedicated U18 scholars enclosures at the north and south ends of the ground)

Please note that the Jan Pickard stand (North) is an alcohol free zone, those with tickets for the Jan Pickard stand will not be able to take alcohol out onto the stands.

With less than 22 000 public tickets going on sale on Monday, you can still book your seat ahead of the rush by purchasing a DHL Newlands season ticket before 14h00 on Friday.

Season ticket sales will close at 14h00 on Friday, September 8.

The currently available DHL Newlands season ticket special (including Springboks v All Blacks Test, all remaining Currie Cup league games and a possible Currie Cup semifinal):

• Category One – R1250 (Grandstand, Danie Craven Stand and Railway Stand)
• Category Two – R1000 (Jan Pickard Stand) – Alcohol free stand
• Scholars – R125 (Scholars tickets are strictly for the dedicated U18 scholars enclosures at the north and south ends of DHL Newlands)

To purchase scholars season tickets: Email
To purchase adult season tickets: Visit

Tristan Leyds will start at flyhalf for DHL Western Province U21 in their encounter with Toyota Free State Cheetahs U21 in Bloemfontein on Friday.

Leyds moves from fullback to flyhalf, for the clash which kicks off at 14h30 at Old Greys Rugby Club on Friday, with Tiaan Swanepoel taking his place at the back and Joshua Vermeulen providing cover on the replacements bench.

There is just one change to the forward pack, with Wikus Groenewald getting an opportunity at loosehead prop in place of the injured Ruben Terblanche.

DHL Western Province U21 coach Jerome Paarwater said that his team is determined to claim their first win of the season in Bloemfontein.

“The players have worked very hard during our bye week, so we expect to see a big lift in their intensity.

“We know that we are in for another tough examination, but the players have embraced the challenge and want to show what they are capable of,” he said.

DHL Western Province U21: 15 Tiaan Swanepoel, 14 Duncan Saal, 13 Michaine Fick, 12 David Brits, 11 Edwill van Der Merwe, 10 Tristan Leyds, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Nyasha Tarusenga, 6 Zain Davids, 5 Ruben de Villiers, 4 Ernst van Rhyn (captain), 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Percy Mngadi, 1 Wikus Groenewald.
Replacements: 16 Matt Wiseman, 17 Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, 18 David Meihuizen, 19 Thomas Meyer, 20 Paul de Wet, 21 Andre Manuel, 22 Joshua Vermeulen.

Dam storage levels are currently at 35,1%, with useable water at 25,1%. Collective consumption is at 604 million litres of water per day. This is 104 million litres above the target of 500 million litres. Read more below:

Collective consumption must be brought down to 500 million litres of water per day to help Cape Town to get through as much of the summer as possible, towards winter 2018. This has been a driving consideration for the implementation of Level 5 water restrictions, which came into effect yesterday, 3 September 2017. The upper limit of 87 litres per person per day and the overall target of 500 million litres of collective usage per day remain in place, however, emphasis has been placed on capping excessive water use at the domestic household level and placing additional restrictions on the commercial sector.

All sectors, including domestic and industrial usage, have shown a decline in water usage over the months, except for the commercial sector. In fact, water usage has increased in this sector – hence the focus on this sector in the Level 5 restrictions. It is important for water users to understand that the allocation of less than 87 litres per person per day does not only apply at home, but also at the workplace. It is highly likely that many water users have clamped down on their residential usage, only to increase water usage at places of work or elsewhere, such as flushing toilets or showering at the gym.

Level 5 restrictions are therefore especially focusing on the commercial sector; single residential properties with many water users residing on the property whose water usage must be limited to 20 000 litres per month; and also on residential complexes where there is one erf number but a number of dwellings or units situated on the property and the average unit consumption must to be limited to 20 000 litres per month. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town is pleased to announce that more than 1 600 interested parties have already downloaded the tender specifications of the first of its multiple Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for procuring and commissioning, in a staged way, various augmentation schemes with the intention of making available up to 500 million litres per day of non-surface water. Read more below:

The tender specifications for the first water augmentation RFP have been downloaded more than 1 600 times. This is within the first week or so of having issued the first of multiple tenders to come for augmenting water supply. It is part of a basket of existing drought interventions that the City has, including large-scale pressure reduction, compulsory water restriction of excessive users, enforcement as well as voluntary initiatives to reduce consumption.

The first RFP that has been issued pertains to land-based salt water reverse osmosis desalination plants. The City will aim to issue emergency augmentation tenders approximately every two weeks, depending on whether all goes according to plan.

The proposed solutions gathered through the City’s recent Request for Information process included desalination at various scales (inclusive of container solutions, barges and ships), water reuse technology at various scales, aquifer and borehole options, engineering and infrastructure options, and water demand management options, among others.

‘The City’s technical experts scrutinised the submissions and were able to determine, with a significantly higher degree of clarity, the feasibility, potential cost and time-frames of commissioning various options from procurement to delivery. Hence, an extensive procurement plan could be developed and procurement has commenced. Continue reading


Our efforts to mitigate the impacts of the current drought in Cape Town will receive a boost, with the addition of R20,8 million towards the City of Cape Town’s emergency disaster relief.

The City has been informed by the National Disaster Management Centre in the Department of Cooperative Governance that an amount of R20,8 million will be transferred to the City of Cape Town for emergency disaster relief.

We are extremely grateful to the Department for this contribution and thank them for coming on board to assist us with this very important task to supplement our water supplies.

In a letter sent to the City from the National Department, it stated that the purpose of the funds is solely to provide emergency relief for drilling of boreholes and the installation of pumps and pipelines due to drought conditions. Continue reading

The following speech was delivered by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the full Council meeting today, 24 August 2017.

Key highlights:
· The Water Resilience Task Team has developed and executed plans to reduce water consumption and to augment the water supply system
· The City will invest over R2 billion in new desalination, ground water extraction and water reuse plants; and another R1,3 billion in operational costs in the next two financial years
· A new Water Resilience Advisory Committee, with experts from academia, the business sector, and NGO sector, was established to advise the Mayor and the City on water resilience
· The City has done R13,6 billion worth of business with BBBEE-compliant vendors in the past financial year – that’s 92,7% of the City’s purchase orders
· The City’s budget is placed under unnecessary strain due to increased levels of vandalism to community facilities and infrastructure
· The City spent R1 million to renovate the Hanover Park Clinic after it was vandalised. The clinic has a new tuberculosis (TB) wing

Mr Speaker I would like to call for a moment of silence for Tyrell Arendse, a seven-year-old I met two years ago who was suffering with Batten disease and passed away on Sunday; ANC MP Timothy Khoza who passed away in a car accident in Paarl; 16-year-old Octavia Johannessen who was killed during the gang violence shootings in Hanover Park last week; the women and children who lost their lives due to abuse; and the fire and road accident victims in our city.

Thank you.

Mr Speaker, as we all know, the drought crisis is still gripping our city and as of this week, we have 22,5% useable water left in our dams. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town is preparing for its next installations of water management devices at properties with excessively high water usage across the metro. There are excessive water users in all suburbs of Cape Town. The City further reminds all consumers to adjust the water-isolating valves (stopcocks) on their properties to reduce the flow rate and save water immediately. 

Dam storage levels are at 32,5%, which means useable water is at 22,5%. Collective consumption is 629 million litres per day, which is 129 million above the target of 500 million litres per day needed to build reserves for the expected harsh summer ahead.

The intricate process of restricting water supply to excessive use properties is ongoing and excessive users in the areas of Durbanville, Southfield, Retreat, Oakdale, Rondebosch, Maitland, Crawford, Three Anchor Bay and Parklands will be visited next over the coming weeks for the installation of water management devices.

‘The actions and abuse of water by some residents is unfair on those residents who are doing so much to save water. We are clamping down on people who refuse to play their part and to reduce usage. So far, 21 500 letters have been sent to excessive users. Continue reading

In August 2016, the hotel installed holding tanks on its roof, which captures ground water facilitated by a unique rooftop pumping system that uses the water for sanitation purposes. With the hospitality and tourism industries at the top of the list of water consumers in South Africa, it was about time that a water saving initiative was implemented and in the year that the system has been operational it has saved 1 473 000 litres of water and 13% of their annual water bill.

“At The Peninsula, groundwater is channelled from rainwater and surrounding mountains, into underground streams beneath the hotel’s parking area. We have taken advantage of this unique positioning by creating borehole pumps that suck the water into a holding tank, which is then pumped to the 1500 litre tanks on the roof,” explains Chris Godenir, General Manager at The Peninsula All-Suite Hotel.

On July 1st, 2017 the City of Cape Town implemented Level 4B water restrictions and emphasised the need to save water while it’s still possible. The city urged its residents to keep to a maximum of 87 litres of water per person, per day, keeping in mind that the average showerhead expels 15 litres of water per minute, making a 6 minute shower equivalent to 90 litres of water. Continue reading


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

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