In today’s Cultural Affairs and Sports committee, it was revealed that they have invested R171.264 million in upgrading and building of new library facilities to improve community library services, particularly in rural areas. The Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sports (DCAS) presented their 2017/2018 Annual Report to the relevant standing committee.
The department also revealed that more than half of all low fee and no fee schools benefit from the After School Game Changer programme and that all new libraries built during the year under review have been in rural areas across the Western Cape. The After School Game changer reaped positive rewards after recording an impressive participation of over 72 043 learners, an 85% target success rate.
In supporting the programme, the department allocated R52.707 million for the Mass Participation and Sports Development Grant. Furthermore, in a recent survey, 82% of learners participating in the programme, indicated feeling safe or as safer than they would at home in the After School environment.
Dam levels have declined slightly by 0,2% over the last week to 76 % of storage capacity.
The average water consumption for the past week increased from 546 million litres per day to 563 million litres per day.
Cape Town must try its very best to remain in the lower 500 million litre per day usage band until another limit is imposed by the National Department of Water and Sanitation. This decision is likely to be made in December.
Although the metro has emerged successfully from a crisis situation, consumers are reminded that the permitted usage under Level 5 restrictions is 70 litres per person per day and that the Level 5 tariffs are still on the higher end of the tariff scale. This should be remembered when it comes to household budgeting.
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Premier Helen Zille says the raising of the Clanwilliam dam wall must be a priority for the national Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and should be completed without any further delays.
Speaking during the relaunch of the Clanwilliam dam wall project, Premier Zille said: “I welcome the relaunch of this project today and commend Minister Nkwinti for ensuring that this project is revived again. I do however caution against complacency, as there has been gross mismanagement of this project and it is 5 months overdue.”
In 2007 at the conclusion of a feasibility investigation, it was determined that the dam wall could be raised by 13 metres. The original completion date of 21 May 2018, was first set down by the Water and Sanitation Department’s Construction unit as far back as June 2013.
DWS staff, contract personnel and various equipment have been located in Clanwilliam since 2014, waiting for the project to start. This has cost the taxpayer an estimated R100 million to date. The Department of Water and Sanitation then announced that it has run out of money to complete the dam wall raising, despite R2 billion being allocated to the project by National Treasury as far back as 2013/14.
Dam levels rose only slightly by 0,3% over the last week to 76,2 % of storage capacity.
The average water consumption for the past week increased from 520 million litres per day to 546 million litres per day.
Level 5 water restrictions and tariffs are in place and were lowered from Level 6 as an interim measure to provide some relief to residents. For now, Cape Town must do its very best to remain in the lower 500 million litre per day usage band until another limit is imposed by the National Department of Water and Sanitation. This is likely to happen in December.
The permitted usage under Level 5 restrictions is 70 litres per person per day.
Level 5 restriction don’ts
· No watering/irrigation with municipal water is allowed. Nurseries or customers involved in agricultural activities, or those with gardens of historical significance, may apply for exemption
· No topping up (manual or automatic) of swimming pools with municipal drinking water is allowed
· No washing of vehicles, including cars, taxis, trailers, caravans or boats allowed with municipal drinking water
· No washing or hosing down of hard surfaces with municipal water
THE launch for the 2nd annual MosJazz Music Festival in Mossel Bay took place at the Garden Route Casino on Saturday and judging by the lineup, it is destined to be an international affair seldom experienced on the Garden Route.
The lineup has a distinct international flavour, with Phil Fearon from the UK, Judy Boucher from the Caribbean, Andrew Young, the British saxophonist, Afro-Fiesta with an infectious mix of kwassa kwaasa from the DRC and Angola, and Choko from Trinidad and Tobago, bringing an eclectic mix of sounds to the Southern Cape.
Some of the country’s hottest talent will also be performing, including Emo Adams, Garth Taylor, Allou April and the Ghoema Project, Virtual Jazz Reality and Ernie Smith.
Special performances include Brent Krus, a guitar virtuoso from Cape Town celebrating the music of Carlos Santana. Karin Kortje is also invited back to pay tribute to her role model Aretha Franklin
UK singer, songwriter and producer Phil Fearon was massive in the 80s with his band Phil Fearon and Galaxy. They had major dance hits like “I can prove it”, “What do I Do”, “Everybody’s Laughing” and “Dancing Tight”.
Judy Boucher is a cult figure in South Africa and her song, “Can’t be with you Tonight”, is a firm party favourite in many a household.
Born in St. Vincent in the Caribbean, Boucher relocated to High Wycombe, England around 1970 and later joined musician brother Bruce’s band – which became Judy Jack and the Beanstalk.
There are eight changes to the DHL Western Province starting line-up against Cell C Sharks at DHL Newlands on Saturday.
Five changes are in the forward pack and three are in the backline as DHL Western Province look to make it five consecutive Currie Cup victories in a match that kicks off at 14h00 on Saturday.
Captain Chris van Zyl, flank Kobus van Dyk and No.8 Juarno Augustus are the only forwards remaining who started in the 38-12 victory against Tafel Lager Griquas last week.
Ali Vermaak, Scarra Ntubeni and Michael Kumbirai form a new front row, with Caylib Oosthuizen, Chad Solomon and Carlu Sadie on the replacements bench.
JD Schickerling starts alongside Van Zyl at lock, while Augustus and Van Dyk are joined by Ernst van Rhyn in the loose trio, with Chris Massyn among the replacements.
Scrumhalf Jano Vermaak, wing SP Marais and fullback Dillyn Leyds are all back in the starting line-up, with Herschel Jantjies and JJ Engelbrecht set to provide impact in the second half.
Dam levels have again improved solidly by 3,2% over the last week to 69,1% of storage capacity.
The average water consumption for the past week declined from 535 million litres per day to 526 million litres per day.
Earlier today, the City of Cape Town announced that it would lower water restrictions and tariffs from Level 6 to Level 5 from 1 October 2018 due to the encouraging dam recovery and the ongoing conservation efforts by Capetonians.
The reduction is based on usage hovering around the 500 million litre-mark. The City encourages its water users to stay the course and continue to conserve water to ensure that Cape Town remains in this usage band.
· Dam levels have improved by 3,9%, rising to 65,9% of storage capacity since last week
· Water restrictions and associated tariffs remain in place; however, the City has advocated for a conservative relaxation of the restriction levels, which would pave the way for the associated relaxation of the restriction tariffs
· The average water consumption for the past week was 535 million litres per day, which is an increase from last week’s consumption of 513 million litres per day
The City of Cape Town is very encouraged to see dam levels rise above 65% after significant late-winter rainfall. It is hoped that this latest rain could provide sufficient motivation for finally easing the water restrictions. This decision is currently being considered by the National Department of Water and Sanitation.
Any relaxation of restrictions will at first be conservative. We cannot return to a business-as-usual attitude to water without risking water security in the years to come.
‘The rainfall over the past few weeks, combined with continued saving efforts by the vast majority of residents, has seen dams fill to levels the City hasn’t seen in years. We have managed to steer ourselves away from disaster, but must now start considering how best to manage our recovery going forward,’ said Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson.
‘Although much work is planned over the next few years to augment the City’s water supply and continue to create awareness about water conservation, we must remember that we live in a region with a semi-arid climate. At the moment, we will still rely on our dams to provide the majority of our water. Given the unpredictable nature of our rainfall, it is imperative that we diversify our supply for the future, and entrench the water-saving mind-set we have cultivated over the past year,’ said Alderman Neilson.
Although there was a slight drop in the number of green dot properties in the water map for July 2018, most residents are still committed to saving water and the City congratulates them for maintaining their efforts through the rainy season. This good water-saving performance means that a moderate relaxation of restrictions is now being considered.
The latest water map for July shows that a fairly consistent number of households have been awarded a green dot on the City’s water map. A total of 397 184 households achieved green dot status in July 2018, compared to 400 538 in June. As of July 2018, 78,1% of all households were using less than 10,5kl/month.
Residents can view the latest map here.
Consumption is indicated on the map as follows:
- Dark green dot: household using less than 6 000 litres per month
- Light green dot: household using between 6 000 and 10 500 litres per month
- Grey dot with small dark green centre: estimated water meter reading of less than 6 000 litres per month
- Grey dot with small light green centre: estimated water meter reading of less than 10 500 litres per month
- Solid grey dot: excluded property (including sectional title property or group housing / undeveloped property / water use is zero / no available information for the property / estimated water meter reading of more than 10 500 litres per month)
Please note that this data should be interpreted with caution. The map simply indicates water consumption for free-standing houses, and is not necessarily an indicator of compliance with the 50l/day limit currently in place. Households with a high number of occupants who have not applied for an increase to their household allocation, and properties with undetected water leaks may not receive a green dot despite otherwise adequate efforts to reduce consumption. Continue reading
Landscape exhibitions at the Clanwilliam Wildflower Show ready
This year’s Clanwilliam Wildflower Show promises an extraordinary experience for all ages. The Flower Church in Clanwilliam, where this unique show will take place, is already being transformed with the most beautiful landscapes and flower exhibitions. More than 350 different plant species will be exhibited in this church from Friday, 24 August to Sunday, 2 September.
Alida Stone, chairman of the show says: “I cannot wait for the visitors to witness the amazing exhibitions. We believe that our hard work will be worth while in the end when all comes together for a wonderful extravaganza. Volunteers start work early on the chilly mornings and work very hard on the exhibitions.”
“The work done in the church is breathtaking. We simply cannot wait to show the public the abundance of wildflowers,” says one of the volunteers helping to build the Clanwilliam Wildflower Show.
While the construction of the exhibitions are taking place, the area in and around the Flower Church is a hive of activities. The volunteers are doing prep work by arranging flowers such as beautiful purple violets in recycled tins that will form part of the exhibitions. In the corner of the Flower Church a huge waboom is planted in the landscape exhibition. The Flower Church has also received a fresh coat of paint.