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The 10 different DHL Western Province teams for the upcoming Coca-Cola national Youth Weeks have been named.

This year there will be two DHL Western Province teams in both the Coca-Cola U18 Craven Week and the Coca-Cola U18 Academy Week respectively at Paarl Boys High.

Adrian Alberts from Paarl Boys High will captain the DHL Western Province U18 team at the Coca-Cola U18 Craven Week, with Faizel Adam from Florida High the Head Coach.

The DHL Western Province U16 team to play in the Coca-Cola U16 Grant Khomo Week at Hoerskool Diamantveld in Kimberley will be captained by Armand Maritz from Paul Roos, while Juan Loots will captain DHL Western Province U13 at the Coca-Cola U13 Craven Week at the same venue.

Anelisiwe Mxabo from Iqhayiya High will captain the DHL Western Province U18 girls team at Jeppe Boys High, while DHL Western Province U16 A girls will be led by Joy Klaase from Elsies River High.

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The DA in the Western Cape is pleased to note that the Provincial Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning climate change response plans, have been allocated R22.8 million over the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period.

By investing in improved climate resilience, the Western Cape economy could be 33% better-off in 2040 than if the province does not adapt to the impacts of climate change. Failure to invest adequately in adapting to climate change could result in the Western Cape’s GDP contracting by more than 17% by 2040.

I will invite the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell to the Standing Committee, to inform the Committee about the cost-effective climate change responses that are being implemented across Western Cape Government departments. Furthermore, to inform us how the messaging around the reduction of climate change risks is a province-wide and multi-sectoral responsibility.

Proactive planning and adaptive measures, rather than reactive measures that are needed.

The Western Cape is prone to the effects of climate-related hazards. Between 2003 and 2008 alone, direct damage costs associated with climate related extreme events in the Western Cape amounted to approximately R3.161 billion.

Our built environment has increasingly been exposed to the impacts of climate change. This is worsened by the fact historical land use planning did not take account of changing climates and weather patterns.

Furthermore, increased intensity of precipitation events already overwhelm stormwater and sewerage networks, and higher peak flows during storm events will threaten flood defences and drainage-systems, causing flooding in both urban and rural areas.

The DA in the WC remains committed promoting a resilient, sustainable, quality and inclusive living environment in support of human well-being.


The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape supports, in principle, the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill (B23-2015). This was the view expressed yesterday, 19 June 2018, when the Provincial Standing Committee on Local Government at the Western Cape Provincial Parliament considered the negotiating mandate on this Bill.

I have, however, expressed concerns over fairness, equality and justice.

Although we support the principle of the Bill because of its recognition and acknowledgement of the Khoi-San communities, it fell short in addressing major concerns the committee had which if not addressed, may render the Bill inconsistent with the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.

Furthermore, the Bill provides that Khoi-San leaders should annually reapply for their powers, to the Premier and the National Minister of Local Government. This exercise is at variance with the norm, as other traditional leaders do not have to reapply for their powers.

This cannot be, and in addition to this, we also reject the marginalisation and discrimination of the Khoi-San leadership, which limits them to two leadership positions, as opposed to four granted to their counterparts. This has a potential to reverse the programme of social cohesion in our beautiful country.

The DA in the Western Cape is committed to ensuring that the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill is concluded fairly and with due regard to the Constitution of South Africa.

We remain the only political party which advances fairness, equality and justice within the domain of traditional leadership in South Africa.

In today’s Standing Committee on Economic Opportunities, Tourism, and Agriculture, representatives from the Western Cape Government’s Energy Security Game Changer and GreenCape revealed that the Western Cape is 85% renewable energy ready. This means 21 of our 30 municipalities have approved legislation permitting independent solar photovoltaic (solar PV) installation, giving businesses and residents the opportunity to use solar PV energy independently from the national grid. This is the highest number in South Africa.

Between November 2013 and June 2017, the Western Cape had generated 2554 gigawatt hours of electricity, offsetting 2,6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. This is in line with our province’s commitment to sustaining energy supply while reducing carbon emissions responsible for global warming.

In order for a municipality to approve the installation of solar PV, it must complete the following three steps:

Approve a council policy outlining solar PV installation;
Pass a by-law approving the installation of solar PV technology; and
Request permission from Nersa to apply a tariff on solar PV electricity.

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There are five changes to the DHL Western Province team for the SuperSport Rugby Challenge Cape derby against Boland in Worcester on Saturday.

The defending champions will be looking to make it seven straight wins this season when they face local rivals Boland, in a match that kicks off at 14h15 at Esselyn Park in Worcester on Saturday.

There are changes either side of hooker Scarra Ntubeni as Michael Kumbirai shifts across to loosehead prop, with Neethling Fouche coming in at tighthead and Carlu Sadie set to make his senior DHL Western Province debut from the replacements bench.

In the second row Johan du Toit comes into the starting line-up, while loose forward Juarno Augustus returns from injury to take his place on the replacments bench.

Josh Stander is back at flyhalf, after he was forced to withdraw late last week for the 52-24 victory against Border and Logan Basson will start on the right wing, with Duncan Saal shifting to outside centre in place of the injured Dan Kriel.

DHL Western Province Head Coach John Dobson said that his team are expecting a stern test out in Worcester.

“We know that we face a huge challenge in Worcester on Saturday, against a Boland side that will be highly motivated to beat us.

“The challenge will be to raise our standards in all departments in order to come away with the result and maintain our winning start to the campaign,” he said.

DHL Western Province: 15 Craig Barry, 14 Logan Basson, 13 Duncan Saal, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Josh Stander, 9 Justin Phillips, 8 Jaco Coetzee, 7 Chris Massyn, 6 Luke Stringer (captain), 5 Johan du Toit, 4 Ernst van Rhyn, 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Michael Kumbirai.
Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Carlu Sadie, 18 Brendon Esterhuizen, 19 Juarno Augustus, 20 Steph de Wit, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Tristan Leyds.

Pic: Stormers Twitter

Pic: Stormers Twitter

DHL Stormers players Nizaam Carr, Dewaldt Duvenage and Raymond Rhule have all been released early from their contracts to pursue opportunities abroad.

Loose forward Carr, scrumhalf Duvenage and wing Rhule will all leave the DHL Stormers at the end of the current Vodacom Super Rugby season, to join European clubs.

Carr, who came through the age-group ranks and finishes his time at DHL Newlands with just short of 100 DHL Stormers caps, will join English Premiership club Wasps.

Duvenage, who also played age-group rugby for DHL Western Province and made his DHL Stormers debut back in 2009, ends his second stint at DHL Newlands with over 90 caps for the DHL Stormers in total as he heads to Italian club Benetton Treviso.

Rhule joined the DHL Stormers at the start of the season and has scored five tries in his 12 appearances. He will join DHL Stormers prop JC Janse van Rensburg at French side Grenoble.

Director of Rugby Gert Smal said that all three players were granted early release from their contracts with the DHL Stormers.

“We appreciate what Nizaam, Dewaldt and Raymond have all contributed in their time here and wish them all the best for their future.

“Nizaam and Dewaldt both came through the system here and have been stalwarts for us over the years, while Raymond added another string to our bow this season.

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Cape Town has again shown why it has become internationally recognised for its water-saving efforts. The average water consumption for the previous week was 505 million litres per day, which is 20 million litres per day down from the preceding week. Dam levels have increased by 2,9% to 24% due to the good rains of the past week. Read more below:

While we may be tempted to relax our guard as the weather cools and more rain falls, winter water saving remains vital. The less we use, the longer we can stretch the water supply in our dams in case we again receive below average rainfall.

The City is encouraged by the downward trend in water usage and urges Capetonians to continue using as little water as possible.

‘It is important that we carry on saving, irrespective of the weather, and continue to live the 50-litre life until the dams fill up sufficiently. The National Department of Water and Sanitation requires that we reduce our water usage to 450 million litres per day. There is a real threat that if we cannot lower usage further, then even tougher restrictions could be imposed by the national department,’ said the City’s Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson.

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STATEMENT BY ALDERMAN IAN NEILSON, ACTING EXECUTIVE MAYOR

Since the tabling of the City’s draft budget for 2018/19 in March, further examination of the budget proposals by City officials and councillors has led to a reassessment of the budget proposals for the Water and Sanitation Department. The overall increase in the Department’s budget requirement has been reduced from 26.96% to 19.9%. This has been achieved primarily by rephasing the New Water Programme, including the savings which will result in the current financial year.

After careful and intense consideration of a record 40 000 comments which were received on the proposals in the City of Cape Town’s tabled (draft) budget, as well as various portfolio committee meetings, workshops and discussions, the reduced revenue requirement has resulted in substantial changes to the proposed water and sanitation tariff increases to be proposed for Council’s approval of the final Budget on 30 May 2018.

Among others, certain proposed domestic, non-indigent water tariff increases have been reduced:

  • Step 1 (less than 6 kl water usage per month): from 55,16% down to 10,10%
  • Step 2 (more than 6 kl but less than 10,5 kl water usage per month): from 6,26% down to 0%

Among others, certain proposed domestic non-indigent sanitation tariff increases have been reduced:

  • Step 1 (less than 4,2 kl per month): from 78,71% down to 9,87%
  • Step 2 (between 4,2 kl and 7,35 kl per month): from 23,74% down to 0%

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Our collective consumption over the past week was 554 million litres of water per day. This is a 6,7% increase from consumption of 519 million litres last week. It places Cape Town 104 million litres above the usage target of 450 million litres per day that the National Department of Water and Sanitation has set as a requirement. 

Although there has been a slight increase in dam levels of 0,5% to an overall level of 21,4% as a result of some rainfall and lower evaporation rates, we need to continue to stretch the remaining water in our dams as we simply do not know how much rain we will receive over the winter months. As of this morning, our dams are just 0.1% below our water supply level on the same day last year.  This is an incredible achievement of water saving by the people of Cape Town, given that the dam levels at the start of the year were at 31% compared to 46% last year.

We do know that the majority of our water users are doing their best to lower usage to 50 litres per day to get to the requirement of 450 million litres, but there may be a bit of complacency creeping in. I would like to call on all Capetonians to remain on course with their savings efforts. As Cape Town has shown the rest of South Africa and the world already, we are capable of meeting challenges head-on and pulling together to do what is required.

From the City’s side, we continue to work 24/7 to help keep Day Zero away.

In addition to our internal water-saving efforts and our advanced pressure management programme, which is saving approximately 52 million litres of water per day, the water resilience programme will bring more of our augmentation projects online over the coming months. However, we still do not know how much rainfall we are likely to receive over the winter season, so we simply cannot afford to relax our savings efforts.

We encourage all of our water users who are living the #50LitreLife to show their commitment to saving our precious water by getting a free profile picture at http://bit.ly/2IzvM2t

Please visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for all water-related information.

8 May 2018

Release: immediately

Today, Tuesday 8 May 2018, the Provincial Standing Committee on Transport and Public Works, in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, rejected the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Amendment Bill [B 38B–2015] (NCOP).

The Aarto 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 and creating a merit based system. It has so far been piloted, quite problematically, in the Tshwane and Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipalities. The Amendment Bill, however, proposes a number of changes to the Act.

Now that the Provincial Standing Committee’s report will be submitted to the NCOP, I call on the Upper House of the Parliament of South Africa to reject this Bill. With more than 10 000 public comments received, along with five public hearings held during February 2018 in Bellville, Khayelitsha, Mossel Bay, Hermanus and Clanwilliam and the majority rejecting this Bill, it cannot be supported.

Some of the major concerns highlighted by the public, were the administering of finances at a national, rather than municipal level, and the lack of success where Aarto has previously been piloted. While a merit based system may be a good idea in theory; it risks the livelihoods of many South Africans who would be forced to drive without licenses. Instead, there should be harsher penalties for bad driving.

Aarto cannot be accepted in its current form. As the DA in the Western Cape we remain committed to promoting safe driving practices.

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