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Dam storage levels are currently at 35,1%, with useable water at 25,1%. Collective consumption is at 604 million litres of water per day. This is 104 million litres above the target of 500 million litres. Read more below:

Collective consumption must be brought down to 500 million litres of water per day to help Cape Town to get through as much of the summer as possible, towards winter 2018. This has been a driving consideration for the implementation of Level 5 water restrictions, which came into effect yesterday, 3 September 2017. The upper limit of 87 litres per person per day and the overall target of 500 million litres of collective usage per day remain in place, however, emphasis has been placed on capping excessive water use at the domestic household level and placing additional restrictions on the commercial sector.

All sectors, including domestic and industrial usage, have shown a decline in water usage over the months, except for the commercial sector. In fact, water usage has increased in this sector – hence the focus on this sector in the Level 5 restrictions. It is important for water users to understand that the allocation of less than 87 litres per person per day does not only apply at home, but also at the workplace. It is highly likely that many water users have clamped down on their residential usage, only to increase water usage at places of work or elsewhere, such as flushing toilets or showering at the gym.

Level 5 restrictions are therefore especially focusing on the commercial sector; single residential properties with many water users residing on the property whose water usage must be limited to 20 000 litres per month; and also on residential complexes where there is one erf number but a number of dwellings or units situated on the property and the average unit consumption must to be limited to 20 000 litres per month. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town is pleased to announce that more than 1 600 interested parties have already downloaded the tender specifications of the first of its multiple Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for procuring and commissioning, in a staged way, various augmentation schemes with the intention of making available up to 500 million litres per day of non-surface water. Read more below:

The tender specifications for the first water augmentation RFP have been downloaded more than 1 600 times. This is within the first week or so of having issued the first of multiple tenders to come for augmenting water supply. It is part of a basket of existing drought interventions that the City has, including large-scale pressure reduction, compulsory water restriction of excessive users, enforcement as well as voluntary initiatives to reduce consumption.

The first RFP that has been issued pertains to land-based salt water reverse osmosis desalination plants. The City will aim to issue emergency augmentation tenders approximately every two weeks, depending on whether all goes according to plan.

The proposed solutions gathered through the City’s recent Request for Information process included desalination at various scales (inclusive of container solutions, barges and ships), water reuse technology at various scales, aquifer and borehole options, engineering and infrastructure options, and water demand management options, among others.

‘The City’s technical experts scrutinised the submissions and were able to determine, with a significantly higher degree of clarity, the feasibility, potential cost and time-frames of commissioning various options from procurement to delivery. Hence, an extensive procurement plan could be developed and procurement has commenced. Continue reading


Our efforts to mitigate the impacts of the current drought in Cape Town will receive a boost, with the addition of R20,8 million towards the City of Cape Town’s emergency disaster relief.

The City has been informed by the National Disaster Management Centre in the Department of Cooperative Governance that an amount of R20,8 million will be transferred to the City of Cape Town for emergency disaster relief.

We are extremely grateful to the Department for this contribution and thank them for coming on board to assist us with this very important task to supplement our water supplies.

In a letter sent to the City from the National Department, it stated that the purpose of the funds is solely to provide emergency relief for drilling of boreholes and the installation of pumps and pipelines due to drought conditions. Continue reading

The following speech was delivered by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the full Council meeting today, 24 August 2017.

Key highlights:
· The Water Resilience Task Team has developed and executed plans to reduce water consumption and to augment the water supply system
· The City will invest over R2 billion in new desalination, ground water extraction and water reuse plants; and another R1,3 billion in operational costs in the next two financial years
· A new Water Resilience Advisory Committee, with experts from academia, the business sector, and NGO sector, was established to advise the Mayor and the City on water resilience
· The City has done R13,6 billion worth of business with BBBEE-compliant vendors in the past financial year – that’s 92,7% of the City’s purchase orders
· The City’s budget is placed under unnecessary strain due to increased levels of vandalism to community facilities and infrastructure
· The City spent R1 million to renovate the Hanover Park Clinic after it was vandalised. The clinic has a new tuberculosis (TB) wing

Mr Speaker I would like to call for a moment of silence for Tyrell Arendse, a seven-year-old I met two years ago who was suffering with Batten disease and passed away on Sunday; ANC MP Timothy Khoza who passed away in a car accident in Paarl; 16-year-old Octavia Johannessen who was killed during the gang violence shootings in Hanover Park last week; the women and children who lost their lives due to abuse; and the fire and road accident victims in our city.

Thank you.

Mr Speaker, as we all know, the drought crisis is still gripping our city and as of this week, we have 22,5% useable water left in our dams. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town is preparing for its next installations of water management devices at properties with excessively high water usage across the metro. There are excessive water users in all suburbs of Cape Town. The City further reminds all consumers to adjust the water-isolating valves (stopcocks) on their properties to reduce the flow rate and save water immediately. 

Dam storage levels are at 32,5%, which means useable water is at 22,5%. Collective consumption is 629 million litres per day, which is 129 million above the target of 500 million litres per day needed to build reserves for the expected harsh summer ahead.

The intricate process of restricting water supply to excessive use properties is ongoing and excessive users in the areas of Durbanville, Southfield, Retreat, Oakdale, Rondebosch, Maitland, Crawford, Three Anchor Bay and Parklands will be visited next over the coming weeks for the installation of water management devices.

‘The actions and abuse of water by some residents is unfair on those residents who are doing so much to save water. We are clamping down on people who refuse to play their part and to reduce usage. So far, 21 500 letters have been sent to excessive users. Continue reading

In August 2016, the hotel installed holding tanks on its roof, which captures ground water facilitated by a unique rooftop pumping system that uses the water for sanitation purposes. With the hospitality and tourism industries at the top of the list of water consumers in South Africa, it was about time that a water saving initiative was implemented and in the year that the system has been operational it has saved 1 473 000 litres of water and 13% of their annual water bill.

“At The Peninsula, groundwater is channelled from rainwater and surrounding mountains, into underground streams beneath the hotel’s parking area. We have taken advantage of this unique positioning by creating borehole pumps that suck the water into a holding tank, which is then pumped to the 1500 litre tanks on the roof,” explains Chris Godenir, General Manager at The Peninsula All-Suite Hotel.

On July 1st, 2017 the City of Cape Town implemented Level 4B water restrictions and emphasised the need to save water while it’s still possible. The city urged its residents to keep to a maximum of 87 litres of water per person, per day, keeping in mind that the average showerhead expels 15 litres of water per minute, making a 6 minute shower equivalent to 90 litres of water. Continue reading


At the Council meeting in May this year, I announced a new strategic approach to the drought: building water resilience. It signalled a new approach to risk and a new appreciation of the unpredictability of the impacts of climate change.

Over many decades, engineers and planners built the water supply infrastructure in Cape Town and in the surrounding areas that has served us well. This infrastructure and the associated water management techniques have previously navigated Cape Town through drought periods. The drought we are currently experiencing is the most stubborn, intense and protracted in recent history. Prior to the onset of the drought, the City was using water well under its registered allocation determined by the National Department of Water and Sanitation. Despite our population growth almost doubling since 1996, our water demand has remained relatively flat.

As a proactive government, we have had water restrictions in place since 2005, which were intensified from the beginning of 2016 – over 20 months ago. These restrictions have become progressively tighter, which is the accepted technique of matching demand with availability during extended periods of low rainfall. Without these restrictions, Cape Town may have run out of water by this time.

Up until May this year, the City’s approach to responding to the drought was based principally on driving down demand and supplementing supply with limited new augmentation schemes. The approach, based on projections from hydrological and dam modelling, had worked in the past. It did not provide us with sufficient confidence on this occasion. Continue reading

Drought crisis: please reduce water flow to your property

The City of Cape Town informs all water users that they can adjust the water-isolating valves (stopcocks) on their properties to reduce the flow rate and save water. Water consumption remains dangerously high and the City must use all means available to get down to 500 million litres of collective usage per day. Read more below:

Dam storage levels are currently at 31,1%, with useable water at approximately 21,1%. Collective consumption for the past week was 610 million litres per day. This is 110 million litres above the target of 500 million litres per day. As such, residents are requested to please adjust their stopcocks to reduce the flow of water to their property. Furthermore, all residents are encouraged to hold each other accountable when it comes to water wastage and to report contraventions of the water restrictions.

Pressure adjustments on bulk supply lines have helped to reduce consumption over recent months, and it is hoped that significant further reductions could be achieved if residents also reduce flow through the private-side isolating valve. Residents are advised that the City is intensifying its pressure reduction programme. From this week, the City will be lowering the water pressure in its reticulation network to about 2 bars at the critical control points in the various supply zones across the metro (see photos above).

Further details of the City’s Water Resilience Plan will be announced by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille on Thursday 17 August 2017. Continue reading

Saturday 2 September at De La Paix, Klapmuts. (next to Butterfly World.)

Jade&Velvet invites you to their annual get together to raise funds for the FASt Forward Fund – a charity initiative that provides support for children who suffer from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).

This year`s theme for this special event is “A little goes a long way.” Attendees can look forward to a fun-filled morning of entertaining and informative talks, as well as a delicious tapas brunch.

Well known actress Helene Truter will be the MC and the guest speaker at the function will be Elsabe Aldrich. Guests can also look forward to viewing the latest Jade & Velvet outfits in a special fashion parade and the super talented Gerald Clark will be performing at the event. Continue reading

This year’s Clanwilliam Wild Flower Show – an annual event that takes place in the town’s beautiful, historical Flower Church – has been cancelled due to the extreme drought in the area. This decision was made this week after thorough deliberation with all the parties involved. The Flower Show would have taken place from 25 August to 2 September.

“It is with a heavy heart that we eventually decided to cancel the show. The extreme drought that the whole country is experiencing is the cause of the very late blooming of the flowers and plants. We don’t have enough flowers to build the displays for the show,” says Alida Stone, chairman of the Clanwilliam Flower Show committee.

Annually about 400 different species of freshly cut flowers and plants are used during the festival for the colourful displays that can be seen in the historic church in the town.

“We could not go ahead with the flower show. This year the flowers are struggling and we only pick when abundant, in keeping with conservation. Conservation is still our main priority,” says Alida.

According to Rika du Plessis, conservation manager of Cape Nature Cederberg, the rainfall figure for the first 7 months of this year is the worst since 1953 (64 years). “The average rainfall measured at Algeria Forestry Station is 724 mm per year. Last year it was 545 mm and if we continue with the rain pattern that we are currently experiencing, we won’t even reach 300 mm by the end of this year,” says Du Plessis. Continue reading

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