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TATEMENT BY MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY; AND SOCIAL SERVICES, ALDERMAN JP SMITH

The City of Cape Town’s environmental health practitioners will assist with the recall of products following National Government’s announcement that the source of the listeriosis outbreak has been identified.

Investigations have identified the Enterprise ® production plant in Polokwane as the source. The Enterprise ® processing plant in Gauteng and the Rainbow Chickens ® processing plant in Sasolburg have not been definitively implicated. However, as a precaution their products are also being recalled as the listeria pathogen was detected, but not the strain that is the cause of the current outbreak. The National Department of Health has released a cautionary notice indicating that persons at risk of listeriosis should not consume polony, viennas or other processed meats from these plants. Shops have been requested to withdraw Enterprise ® and Rainbow Chickens ® products and consumers may return these products to most large retailers for a full refund.

In the event of a recall, the manufacturer notifies the public via the media and also interacts through the supply chain route with their merchandisers, retailers, etc. The communication channels between the major retailers and wholesale outlets are usually very well established. One can already see the notices that they have put up and the fact that the products were removed from the shelves almost immediately. It is the smaller shops such as general dealers, house shops and spaza shops that are more difficult to reach. Many wholesalers do communicate with their smaller customers via electronic media and that will also assist. Continue reading

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

Cape Town is still in the midst of the worst drought we have experienced in recent times. In order to successfully navigate the drought, the water supply system must not run out of water. This has required the City of Cape Town to implement various demand management measures to manage the water drawn down from the dams, and to add additional water to the system through the City’s water augmentation programme. At the same time, we must continuously assess the risk of uncontrolled and unknown variables, such as rainfall.

Regardless of rainfall or water supply augmentation, Cape Town needs to continue striving to reduce average daily consumption to 450 million litres a day (MLD). This must be done not only to stretch our supplies as far as possible, but also because the National Department of Water and Sanitation has imposed a 45% restriction on the City’s water use for the current hydrological year (1 November 2017 – 31 October 2018). If we do not adhere to this restriction, there is a chance that the National Department may impose even more stringent restrictions on Cape Town in November 2018.

Consumption over the past week averaged 516 MLD, with dam levels dropping 0.4% to 24%. The City needs to continue reducing consumption in line with Level 6B water restrictions if we are to avoid Day Zero.

Our latest Day Zero projections take into account the continuing drop in urban consumption over the past weeks, the Groenland water transfer, and the discontinuation of the agricultural releases for this hydrological year.

We are now also in a position to exercise greater control on the consumption side with the implementation of Level 6B restrictions, the increasing roll-out of pressure management across the City and the installation of water management devices to limit the consumption of high water users.

These interventions, along with the water savings efforts of our residents, have seen our consumption drop from an average of 1 200 MLD in 2015, to 900 MLD a year ago, to just over 500 MLD this year. This amounts to a reduction of 400 MLD in the past year. The increased roll-out of pressure management interventions alone has resulted in savings of 50 MLD over the past two months. Continue reading

27 February 2018

On Wednesday, 28 February, the Provincial Standing Committee on Transport and Public Works will hold its fourth public hearing in Hermanus, to discuss and debate the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Amendment Bill [B 38—2015].

The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences 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. It has so far been piloted in the Tshwane and Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipalities.

The Amendment Bill, however, proposes a number of changes to the Act.

There will be opportunities for interviews and photographs.

Date:  Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Time:  17:00 – 19:00
Venue: Moffat Hall, Dahlia Street, Mount Pleasant, Hermanus

… with special guests Evita Bezuidenhout, Jenny Morris & Lizz Meiring.

The Darling Trust, a charitable organisation – founded by South African icon Pieter-Dirk Uys – is set to host a spectacular black tie dinner and auction that will take place at Evita se Perron in Darling on Friday, May 4 at 19:00.

The evening will be hosted by Evita Bezuidenhout with the dinner menu designed by one of South Africa’s most loved celebrity chefs – the Giggling Gourmet herself, Jenny Morris. An auction with once-in-a-lifetime lots will be the highlight of the night and live music by the acclaimed cabaret duo Godfrey Johnson and Nicholas McDiarmid will entertain guests throughout the dinner. Actress and comedian Lizz Meiring will be the event’s MC for the evening.

Says trustee and organiser Hentie van der Merwe: “This will be the first in what we hope becomes a bi-annual event, so we are all set to make this the benchmark by which all future auction dinners will be measured.

“I am super excited to have been invited to oversee the dinner menu,” says Morris, “and I am planning a sumptuous banquet, using all local produce from the area, that will delight and satisfy the guests’ appetites.”

Morris also plans to add a touch of humour to the menu and is already testing a dessert she calls ‘Zuma’s Mess’. Continue reading

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

Day Zero, the day we may have to queue for water, has moved out to 4 June 2018 due to the continued decline in agricultural usage, and also as a result of Capetonians reducing their water usage in cooperation with the City of Cape Town’s efforts to bring down consumption.

Team Cape Town, we are getting there. We now need to see how low we can go to ensure that we stretch our water supplies as far as possible into the winter months by reaching the 450 million litre per day collective consumption target which equates to 50 litres per person per day.

Over the past week, consumption has been lowered to 526 million litres per day. This is the first time that the weekly average usage has remained under 550 million litres due to the City’s pressure management interventions and the efforts by our residents to use as little water as possible.

Importantly, dam levels are at only 24,9% compared to 36,1% last year and 43,3% in 2016. Though the dam levels are much lower than a year ago, we have more information and more control over the system that supplies water to the city. Our continued interactions with the National Department of Water and Sanitation have led to much improved data-sharing and analysis, allowing for more reliable modelling and dramatically improved control over dam levels

A year ago, the average water demand was 830 million litres per day and the weekly change in dam levels was 1,9%. Continue reading

Release: Immediate

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape welcomes the release of between 7-10 million cubic metres of water from the Groenland Water Users Association (GWUA) in Grabouw and Elgin.

Due to rain which fell in the area, there was a small surplus of water which a group of deciduous fruit growers belonging to the GWUA graciously released from their private dams into the Palmiet River, which supplies Cape Town’s Steenbras Dam.

The release should begin at 11:00 today. This is indeed an exemplary act in our time of crisis, and one which the DA in the Western Cape deeply appreciates. Continue reading

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

In line with Level 6 drought measures, the February 2018 water and sanitation accounts of our water users will reflect a tariff increase. This is an absolutely necessary step to reducing household demand and to ensure that the City can continue to supply water and sanitation services.

The City makes NO PROFIT on water sales. We will still cover the cost of basic water for our indigent residents, but for the rest of our water users these tariff increases are unavoidable. The highest users will face the greatest increases.

The City thanks our residents for their major efforts over the past year to reduce their water consumption. Unfortunately, we still have to reduce consumption further to ensure that we do not run out of water.

We find ourselves in a truly unprecedented situation and, as a City, we have had to make some incredibly difficult choices. It must be emphasised that all water and sanitation revenue from the tariff increases goes toward water and sanitation services. The tariffs are linked to usage. The more you use, the more you pay. Continue reading

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

Day Zero, the day we may have to start queueing for water, is expected to move out to mid-May 2018 due to a decline in agricultural usage. But Capetonians must continue reducing consumption if we are to avoid Day Zero. There has not been any significant decline in urban usage. All Capetonians must therefore continue to use no more than 50 litres per person per day to help stretch our dwindling supplies.

Many of the agricultural users in the Western Cape Supply System, where the City also draws its water from, have used up the water allocated to them as per agreement with the National Department of Water and Sanitation.

Agricultural usage is therefore likely to drop significantly over the next weeks. Currently, the agriculture sector is drawing about 30% of the water in the supply scheme. This should fall to approximately 15% in March and 10% in April. It must be noted that the City does not have any control over agricultural releases, so this is the best estimate we can make with the information at hand.

This is a welcome decline in water usage and gives Cape Town and some of the other municipalities hope but importantly, we need to get our consumption down to 450 million litres per day to prevent the remaining water supplies running out before the arrival of winter rains. We cannot accurately predict the volume of rainfall still to come, or when it will come.

Last year, we had abnormally low winter rainfall, and we cannot assume that this year will be any different. Even if we have been given a slight reprieve at this stage, we are likely to be facing a late and dry winter.

All preparations for the possibility of reaching Day Zero continue in earnest. The City also continues with the roll-out of aggressive pressure management initiatives in an effort to stretch our supplies. Continue reading

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape, welcomes yesterday’s (31 January 2018) announcement by Premier Helen Zille that water will be provided to schools, in areas which are most affected by the drought.

I am pleased that the Premier has given this assurance, as it will ensure that our centres of learning will continue to operate without any interruptions. Furthermore, the additional facilities to source, store and use augmented water supplies, demonstrates the DA-led government’s commitment to our learners and educators, in the face of the current water crisis.

I would like to urge all schools to continue with their water saving efforts, as every intervention will assist in combatting “Day-Zero.”

Part of the Premier’s plans for schools that do not have access to boreholes, is to utilise sea water- and various recycled water sources. In addition, the WCG is currently engaging with various service providers, who might be capable of transporting 10 000 to 20000 litres of water per day to schools. 

There are now between 10-12 weeks left until Day-Zero is reached. This day will mark the time when Dam-levels reach 13.5%, which is the day that emergency rationing will take place. On this day, the City of Cape Town will switch of water access to all residential areas. 

The DA in the Western Cape remains committed to ensuring that each and every learner in our province has access to the relevant necessities as to ensure that they can make the most of their educational opportunities.

Tomorrow, Monday 29 January, the City of Cape Town will be activating the Disaster Operations Centre (DOC) to execute the City’s Water Disaster Plan, which will take effect in the event of Day Zero.

Executive Director: Safety and Security, Richard Bosman will be permanently seconded as Incident Commander to the DOC.

While the City is focusing all its efforts on beating back Day Zero, we do need to be prepared for a scenario where we take control of the City’s water supply in order to extend it into the winter months. We will shut off supply to taps when our dams reach a collective level of 13,5%.

In order to avoid this, we must reduce current consumption to 450 Megalitres of total consumption a day. This equates to 50 litres per person per day. Many Capetonians have reduced their consumption substantially over the past few months, and we call upon all residents to join us in our savings drive.

Since March 2017, the City’s Water and Sanitation department has introduced various initiatives to lower water demand, including advanced pressure reduction to lower the rate at which water flows, and the installation of water meters to reduce consumption. We will continue with these initiatives over the next few weeks to extend our water supply for as long as possible.

Together, we can beat Day Zero.

That said, we need to be prepared in the event that we do not. Continue reading

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