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Premier Helen Zille has called for the release of several mega-properties that can be developed for affordable housing in the Cape Town metro.

The properties are owned by the national government, and are all well-located for affordable housing.

Writing in her Daily Maverick column, the Premier says these properties would facilitate the kind of land reform that will build, rather than break, South Africa’s economy.

“Should national government release its five large pieces of land, which consist of Ysterplaat, Culemborg, Youngsfield, Wingfield and Denel in Cape Town, it could potentially yield 93 817 affordable housing units,” said Premier Zille.

“I will continue to advocate for the release of this land, for this purpose, just as I did between 2006 and 2009, while I was still mayor of Cape Town,” she wrote.

The Premier said the Province was demonstrating its commitment by using a provincial piece of land – the 22-hectare site of the old Conradie hospital close to the inner city – for affordable housing on a mixed-use, cross-subsidised basis.

“[The Conradie hospital 22-hectare site] is truly a game changer, because it is pioneering sustainable land reform where it is most needed. We just need to dramatically escalate the numbers involved, and for this we need large tracts of land owned by national government in Cape Town,” said Premier Zille.

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  • The average water consumption for the past week was 505 million litres per day
  • Warm, windy weather over the past week has drastically slowed down dam recovery. This is in line with the preceding weeks of very little rain
  • Dam levels have thus improved only very slightly, and not as significantly as in recent months, by 0,2% to 56,9 % of storage capacity 

Dam recovery over the past few weeks has slowed down significantly, in contrast with the rapid rise in dam levels experienced in previous months. This trend shows that rainfall is very difficult to predict and that Cape Town should carry on with its amazing water-saving efforts to build a buffer for the summer months ahead.

‘It is also imperative that adequate levels of water restrictions, and the associated tariffs, remain in place. Although our situation is much improved, we cannot be careless and short-sighted. We need to ensure that we give our dams a chance to recover as much as possible.

‘If water restrictions are lowered to appropriate levels by the National Department of Water and Sanitation, the City will then lower the associated water tariffs. Restriction levels are linked to dam levels, and restriction tariffs are linked to the volume of water used by the city. This means that, if the restriction level is reduced, individual water use is expected to increase as the tariff decreases, ensuring the City receives the same total income required to maintain and repair infrastructure. The slowdown in the rise of our dam levels will therefore affect any decision to adjust the current restriction levels.

‘City officials continue to engage with the relevant provincial and national government officials and the situation is being monitored. We are grateful for the sacrifices that our residents are making and, from the City’s side, we will continue to do all that we can to ensure that consumption levels are kept as low as possible,’ said the City’s Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson.

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In response to the worst drought in the city’s history, the City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department is expediting the roll-out of pressure management technology to various parts of the water supply network. We thank residents for their cooperation in reducing water consumption thus far, and regret any inconvenience this will cause. Read more below:

Pressure-related work / zero pressure testing will be taking place on:

· 6-9 August: Vierlanden, Durmonte, Klein Nederburg, Bersig and Wellway Park from14:30 – 00:00

· 6-9 August: Oakdale, Blomtuin, Bellair and Eikenbosch from 14:30 – 00:00

· 8 August: Montague Gardens from 20:00 – 04:00

· 8 August: Belhar from 10:00 – 16:00

Not only does pressure management generally lower consumption by reducing the rate at which water flows to properties, it also reduces leaks and pipe bursts by better ensuring that pressure remains within levels that the pipework can tolerate, and reduces the rate of loss from leaks and bursts.

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· Average water consumption for the past week increased by 36 million litres to 530 million litres per day

· Hot, windy weather over the weekend increased water consumption

· Dam levels improved slightly, but not as significantly as over the past two months, by 1,3% to 56,4% of storage capacity

· The hot winter weather shows that the climate is unpredictable and that we should continue to save water to build a buffer for summer

Although concerted water-saving efforts by the City and residents are still visibly under way, the influence of a warm week and an especially hot and windy weekend can clearly be seen in the water consumption data for the past week.

On Friday 20 July 2018, City officials, as well as officials from other municipalities and representatives from the agricultural sector, met with the National Department of Water and Sanitation to have a risk-based discussion on the water situation in the Western Cape. The meeting also considered the possible relaxation of water restrictions at an appropriate point in the near future.

‘During the meeting, it was agreed that there would be a phased approach to the recovery of the dams. This means that there would not be a big shift in restriction levels in one step. Continue reading

The World’s First Solar Powered Desalination plant, which will be operating from October 2018 in Witsands, in the Hessequa Municipality, will assist in ensuring that the Western Cape reduces its carbon footprint.

As the DA in the Western Cape, we commend the Provincial Minister of Finance, Ivan Meyer and his Department, who today, 16 July 2018, in partnership with the French government, announced this project. This plant will cost R9 million, with the Western Cape (WCG)- and French Government each contributing R4.5 million.

I will write to the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell, to further highlight how else surrounding communities will benefit from the project.

This non-battery powered desalination plant is the only the plant in the world that combines Desalination Technology and Photovoltaic Solar technology. Furthermore, depending on the demand for water at a particular time, the Solar Powered Desalination Plant can produce up to 10 000 kilolitre(s) a day if and when necessary.

Various pressures, which includes population growth, climate change and the risks associated with global warming, is threatening our environment. It is therefore pleasing to note that the DA- Led WCG has made it a priority to seek measures to ensure water security in water scare areas.

This innovative investment is not only going to have a major impact in our fight against the ongoing drought, but it will contribute significantly to our war against conventional technology and the environment damage that comes with the use of old technological practices.

As the DA in the Western Cape, we believe that if we work together we can build a resilient society, who are world leaders in water conservation.

Western Province player, Evan Roos earned himself the fifth Coca-Cola Hero of the Day for the 2018 U18 Coca-Cola® Craven Week taking place at Paarl Boys High.

The admired Coca-Cola Hero of the Day award was presented on each day of the tournament in recognition of a game changing ‘hero’ moment. Evan was selected for the award by a Coca-Cola appointed Hero of the Day Panel, led by Springbok legend Akona Ndungane.

Western Province had their work cut out against a very good Sharks team on the last day of the 2018 Coca-Cola U18 Craven Week. The match was evenly poised when Evan received a ball in a set move just inside the Sharks 22. He beat the first defender and took on the opposition backline in what ended up being a try scoring opportunity. The try took the score from 15-8 to 22-8 and broke the last resistance of the Sharks. From that point onwards, the match was dominated one sided.

“It was a set move that we have tried out only once before in a match. I got the ball, saw the line and backed myself. Today’s game was tough, and I am proud that the boys kept their composure to win today and leave Coca-Cola Craven Week as an unbeaten team,” said Evan.

“The game was tight at the start and the try that Evan scored was what finally gave Western Province the upper hand in the match and in the end, they beat the Sharks comfortably. The run made by Evan was impressive as he managed to impressively run passed most of the Sharks team to score his try” reflected Akona.

DHL Western Province delivered a classy display in the final match of the Coca-Cola Academy Week on Saturday to take top honours on their home turf with a stylish 73-0 victory against the Free State to remain one of three unbeaten teams.

The other unbeaten sides were SWD and Old Mutual Zimbabwe.

DHL WP blew the Free Staters away with their dominant attacking display to cruise in for 11 tries, while their watertight defensive effort denied the opposition from scoring a point. Jarod Cairns scored two of their tries as 10 players crossed the chalk, while Charl Janson scored a try and slotted over eight conversions for a memorable personal total of 21 points.

SWD ran riot against the Valke thanks to their patience and innovation on attack, with the team crossing the tryline a whopping eight times for their 45-12 victory. Jonathan Joseph and Ray Stammer each scored twice in impressive individual performances, while the boys from the Southern Cape delivered a committed defensive effort to limit the Valke to a try per half. Continue reading

pic: Lisa Leslie PhotographyWinners of the 9th edition of the Momentum BIG5 Challenge were decided yesterday at the Momentum Knysna Half Marathon finish line, with Keegan Cooke (accumulative time of 7:25:07) and Vicky van der Merwe (8:20:54) taking first place overall in the men’s and women’s events respectively. Cape Town’s Dean Hopf was second (7:48:58) and Richard Alan Lawrie third (8:07:46) in the men’s, and Fienie Barnard was second (8:34:23) with Almari de Milander third (11:04:18) in the women’s event.

In one of the most exciting adventure races in South Africa, Momentum BIG5 Challenge athletes complete five of the major sporting events that form part of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, namely the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour 80km MTB, The Momentum Knysna Lagoon Mile Swim, the 15km Momentum Featherbed Trail Run, The Momentum Health MTBX Cyclo-Cross, and finish with the Momentum Knysna Half Marathon.

Race organizer Gary Marescia said this year’s event was particularly successful: “We had a thrilling week of racing with tough and close competitions playing themselves out across each event. We congratulate everyone who finished and look forward to next year being our tenth edition.”

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Attending the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival 2018 and looking to stay focused on your winter training? The Momentum BIG5 Challenge is just the activity for multisport enthusiasts looking to push themselves beyond their comfort zone. With accommodation packages available and all sorts of fun things to do in-between races, the BIG5 Challenge is a good reason to head to Knysna for the “best ten days of winter”.

The event is made up of five races taking place between 29 June and 7 July, and athletes can choose between the Momentum BIG5 and Momentum BIG5Lite, which both start and finish with the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour MTB and the Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon’s Half Marathon. An additional three events form the full BIG5 and take place between those two events. (see table below) Ranked by their cumulative time, the athlete who completes all five events in the least amount of time will be the winner.

Last year, local triathlete Vicky van der Merwe won the women’s event, and she will be back this year to defend her title. “I love the BIG5 Challenge, this will be my third year competing. The event is fun and varied, and very well organised, and we use the week as an opportunity to run training camps with triathletes,” she said.

Triathlete and multisport enthusiast Dean Hopf, who recently placed second in his age group in the Barcelona Half Ironman, says he is very much looking forward to another BIG5 Challenge: “BIG5 has something for everyone. I raced this first as an “introduction” to off-road racing and returned a year later with 10 friends that I had convinced to join me, many of whom were new to the sport and who are now regulars. I then raced it with a bit more focus and placed third in 2016.

“This year it serves as the perfect training block for my build-up to Ironman 70.3 World Champs, right in the middle of winter when motivation is usually the lowest,” he said.

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The DA in the Western Cape is pleased that the Provincial Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport has allocated R1.6 million to seven (7) municipalities in the Province to support their sports facilities. The cheques were handed over on Tuesday by the Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais.

The Mayors of Drakenstein, Cape Agulhas, Laingsburg, George, Saldanha Bay, Theewaterskloof and Witzenberg, each received their share at an event held at the Minister’s office in Cape Town.

I commend the Minister and her Department for ensuring that Municipalities are now in a position to assist with the development of young people through sports, as they are now able to improve their facilities. This once again confirms the DA-led government’s commitment to giving residents, especially in our rural areas, access to facilities that have all the necessary resources.

The R1.6 million has been allocated as follows:

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