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The National Department of Water and Sanitation, who is the custodian of national water resources, has sent an instruction to all water users of the Western Cape Water Supply Scheme, such as the metro, the agricultural sector and other municipalities in the Western Cape, to reduce usage further.

Water usage must be cut immediately to 500 million litres of collective usage per day. The City of Cape Town will also increasingly intervene in an effort to force consumption down. Collective usage is at 618 million litres per day. This is 118 million litres above the necessary consumption target.

According to the new National Government restriction targets, the City, as an urban user, must reduce its usage by 40%. To date, the national restriction has been 20%, which the City met successfully.

‘A reduction of 40% would equate to about 520 million litres of collective usage per day. As can be clearly seen, the City has been ahead of the curve by already having a target in place that is even lower than the new restriction target. This has been in an effort to act conservatively, proactively and to base our modelling on a worst-case scenario. Continue reading

One-third of all public swimming pools will be open to the public over the peak summer season, thanks to innovate water reuse and recycling strategies in line with Level 5 water restrictions which are in place because of the severe and protracted drought and high consumption. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department is reducing the number of public swimming pools open for business this summer as a result of the current drought crisis.

With Level 5 restrictions in place, the City is required to find a balance between compliance and providing quality amenities during summer.

A decision has therefore been made to open 12 of the 35 municipal swimming pools during the peak summer season. These facilities are distributed across the city to ensure equitable access.

The Atlantis, Strand, Blue Downs Indoor, Khayelitsha, Bellville, Vulindlela, Retreat, Mnandi, Eastridge, Kensington and Hanover Park swimming pools will be open from 1 December 2017 until 31 January 2018, between 10:00 and 16:00 daily. The Sea Point swimming pool uses seawater and will thus be open from 1 November between 07:00 and 19:00 daily during summer

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Dam storage levels are currently at 37,5%, with useable water at 27,5%. Collective consumption is at 622 million litres of water per day as at 22 September 2017. This is 122 million litres above the target of 500 million litres. It is simply too high. If consumption is not reduced, we will all suffer. Read more below: 

The City of Cape Town is embarking on a process to install approximately 2 000 water management devices per week on the properties of identified excessive users. The devices will be set at 350 litres per day. This is in an effort to force consumption down among those who have shown a flagrant disregard for the water restrictions which stipulate that every single person is only allowed to use 87 litres of water per day. This is collective consumption whether at home, work, school or at the gym.

‘As always, we thank all of our water ambassadors. The days are numbered for the delinquent water users. We call on all residents, businesses, and industry bodies to mobilise and join forces to help Team Cape Town get through this drought. Consumption must immediately be reduced to 500 million litres of collective usage per day.

‘This is our New Normal. All residents, businesses and other partners must start adapting to the New Normal which is a characteristic of a water-scarce city and province such as Cape Town and the Western Cape. We will continue to approach this drought crisis with every resource and avenue at our disposal. We need the whole of society to stand with us and to help us to get through this drought, but also to start laying the building blocks for a more resilient city over our longer-term future,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.

The City reminds residents to reduce water flow on their property through adjusting their private stopcocks or water control taps. Residents should please also install low-flow shower heads and not flush excessively at home or at work.

A video illustrating how to adjust a stopcock can be viewed here: Continue reading


The City of Cape Town will be installing water management devices on the properties of all excessive water users, irrespective of the reason for the high usage, as has been the case to date. This new measure is part of the City’s efforts to immediately drive down consumption to 500 million litres per day of collective usage. It also signals the severity of the situation.

The winter rainfall season, the lowest on record, is now effectively over. While the City brings online new non-surface water options to supplement surface water from dams, the single most important action that still needs to be prioritised is reducing consumption.

There are currently more than 50 000 identified excessive usage properties across the metro. High users are regarded as those generally using more than 20 000 litres per month and this is also in line with the new Level 5 restrictions which will penalise those using more than this volume. The City will aim to install approximately 2 000 water management devices per week over the short-term. This comprises high users in the indigent and non-indigent categories. The processes guiding indigent persons will be followed. The City will start at the highest users and move downwards according to consumption records for those properties.

Where excessive usage cannot be justified, water management devices are already being installed. Existing excessive users have been engaged with already and new identified excessive users will receive warning letters as has been the practice.

All devices installed on high user connections will be set at 350 litres per day. Continue reading

The Afrikaans Taal Monument, will be bathed in different colors on the weekend of 23 and 24 September as part of the One World Festival of Healing.

The colors will reflect the diverse contributions to the Afrikaans language. The monument itself reflects, all such contributions and the initiative will seek to broaden an understanding of such diversity.

Says, Clarence Ford, executive producer of the One World Festival of Healing: “Afrikaans has been the language of struggle for many. Dreams of freedom were formulated in Afrikaans. Afrikaans, rightfully finds focus at the 2nd Annual, One World Festival of Healing as we lay a broader claim to its relevance, ownership and efficacy.”

The One World Festival of Healing is premised on an old German adage, “Share your Pain and your pain is halved. Share Your Joy and Joy is multiplied.” Music, Poetry, Kiddies and Adult rides, Food stalls, and wine tasting will be on offer in the Arboretum – Paarl, on the 23rd and 24th September. Apart from top acts like, Alistair Izobel, Judith Sephuma, Karen Zoid, Salome, Jack Prow and PJ Powers, another 15 acts will showcase diverse genres ranging from Pop, Jazz, dance, Reggae and folk.

A strong line-up of poets and wordsmiths have been assembled including Michael Weeder, the Dean of St Georges Cathedral, acclaimed wordsmith Diana Ferrus, Poet and Songstress, Black Pearl and MC Hakkiesdraad. They will deliver 15 minute segments on the Kilimanjaro Stage, set up amongst the trees of the Arboretum. A special contribution of meditation and origami, from the Japanese Embassy, will enable insights into this ancient oriental practice and art form.

The One World Festival of Healing is wholesome family entertainment. Under 18’s enter free.

Tickets cost R80 for a day pass, R150 for a weekend pass and R200 for a golden circle pass. The golden circle pass enables convenient parking for festival attendees.

Tickets from COMPUTICKET and Shoprite/Checkers outlets.

Join the Facebook Group – “The One World Festival of Healing” for all festival and program information.

Drought crisis: over 70 usage water management devices installed to curb excessive usage

Dam storage levels are currently at 37,5%, with useable water at 27,5%. Collective consumption is at 624 million litres of water per day. This is 124 million litres above the target of 500 million litres. Read more below: 

The City of Cape Town has now installed 71 water management devices at private properties where excessive users of water have failed to adhere to water restrictions or to justify their high usage.

‘This forms part of our ongoing efforts to forcibly reduce the water usage of excessive users who are placing their own interests above those of Team Cape Town. It is clear that almost one in two users are adhering to the restriction of 87 litres per person per day, but a large percentage of the rest of the water users are seemingly not bothered by the restrictions or the higher water tariffs.

‘Our recently implemented Level 5 restrictions also look at ways to force usage down among water users who are not changing their behaviour. This is especially important as we head towards what we are all expecting to be an incredibly difficult summer season for 2017/18,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.

Drought efforts continue to be centred around two key thrusts: being to reduce water usage to 500 million litres per day of collective consumption through various interventions, while at the same time bringing on board an additional emergency supply of 500 million litres per day to see the city through as much of summer 2017/18 as possible. Continue reading

Today the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area Central, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli, welcomed tourists and visitors at the Cape Town International Airport, specifically to engage with them about the current drought crisis that Cape Town is experiencing and how critical our water-saving efforts are at this stage. All visitors were reminded to stick to the usage limit of 87 litres per person per day. Read more below:

As part of the City of Cape Town’s efforts to raise awareness about the drought crisis among all tourists and visitors to Cape Town, Councillor Mamkeli visited the Cape Town International Airport today, 14 September 2017. He spread the message that all water users need to assist in building water reserves, especially in light of the harsh summer that is expected.

‘We welcome each and every tourist who is currently visiting or planning to visit Cape Town over the next few months and believe that all will have a memorable time in this beautiful city. We trust that our visitors will have the city’s best interests at heart and will become water ambassadors themselves.

‘Saving water has become the New Normal here in Cape Town. Every drop of water counts. We appeal to all visitors to appreciate the seriousness of the current drought crisis and to be mindful of their water usage while exploring all the beauty that this city has to offer,’ said Councillor Mamkeli.

Today’s airport visit is in addition to a whole host of other engagements with the tourism sector and tourists themselves, for example through advertisements at the airport and in in-flight magazines, engagements with FEDHASA to ensure they spread the message to hotels and guesthouses, and distribution of information at public transport interchanges, among others. Continue reading



Nizaam Carr will earn his 50th cap for DHL Western Province in the Currie Cup encounter with the Steval Pumas in Nelspruit on Friday.

The 26-year-old loose forward will start at No.8 in the Mbombela Stadium clash, which kicks off at 19h15 on Friday.

Up front there are two new props with JC Janse van Rensburg at loosehead and Michael Kumbirai coming into the starting line-up at tighthead, in the absence of Wilco Louw who has been called up to the Springbok squad in New Zealand.

Ali Vermaak and Caylib Oosthuizen provide front row cover, with loose forward Sikhumbuzo Notshe alongside them to provide impact off the replacements bench.

The only change to the backline which did duty in the 57-14 victory against the Toyota Free State Cheetahs at DHL Newlands last weekend sees a fit-again Seabelo Senatla on the right wing, with his Springbok Sevens teammate Werner Kok providing cover on the replacements bench.

DHL Western Province John Dobson said that his side is under no illusion about the size of the task facing them in Nelspruit. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee has approved the creation of 43 temporary and eight permanent positions to ensure a timeous roll-out of the City’s emergency water augmentation projects. Read more below:

The approval of new positions aims to address the staff requirements for water resilience projects such as desalination (marine-, barge- and land-based), water reclamation, spring water and aquifer extraction.

The City is designing and developing a set of criteria to bring the necessary and required skills on board. All applicants will be subjected to the same criteria and human resources processes as prescribed by law.

In terms of the roll-out the City’s emergency water augmentation projects, approximately 20 tenders will be finalised and issued for the various required schemes over the next few weeks and months.

‘We are committed to ensuring that Cape Town gets through this tough time with these short-term emergency supply schemes as well as getting consumption down to 500 million litres of water per day. Every bit of experience that we build up now will stand us in good stead as we try to adapt to prolonged drought conditions as part of our New Normal approach to the unpredictability of climatic conditions,’ said the City’s  Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg. Continue reading

All currently available public tickets for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test between the Springboks and the All Blacks at DHL Newlands on October 7 have been sold.

Public match tickets went on sale at 12h00 on Monday and were sold out in less than an hour, ahead of the All Blacks’ first visit to DHL Newlands since 2008.

The first Test match between the Springboks and All Blacks, at DHL Newlands, took place in 1928, with the All Blacks winning 13-5. The Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test this year will be only the 10th encounter between the two teams at the second oldest active Test venue in the world.

Western Province Rugby group CEO Paul Zacks said that the enthusiasm of the DHL Newlands Faithful will make this Test one to remember.

“The passion of the DHL Newlands Faithful for rugby is well-known and once again they have proven their loyalty.

“This Test match will be a special occasion and one we are all looking forward to very much,” he said.

President of the Western Province Rugby Football Union, Mr Thelo Wakefield, said that it is a pleasure to welcome the All Blacks back to DHL Newlands once again.

“It is wonderful to have the Springboks up against the All Blacks at DHL Newlands once again in what will be the latest chapter of rugby’s greatest rivalry,” he said.

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