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Cape Town – Recent Super Rugby form in both cases is making it increasingly feasible that Damian de Allende andJesse Kriel will be restored as the midfield alliance for the Springboks in June.

If not in the opening, neutral-turf Test against Wales in Washington DC – when new coach Rassie Erasmus is likely to be experimental – then the three-Test home series against England immediately afterwards could see the pair rekindle a partnership that was going places at a pleasing rate of knots in 2015 but has had only one further airing as a starting combo since.

In varying ways, De Allende and Kriel, both Cape Town-born but always representatives of different domestic franchises, have had their respective “difficulties” since they last clicked so pleasingly as an international unit some three years ago.

Sometimes they have gone so seriously off the boil, in fact, that harsher critics have been tempted to write them off as Test-level factors – seemingly forgetting about the X-factor so sparklingly evident in both, on their good days.

The tall, strongly-built De Allende picked up an ill-timed, long-term ankle injury while playing club rugby in Japan at the tail-end of that 2015 World Cup year, whilst another at the start of 2017 meant his Super Rugby season for the Stormers was once again cruelly impeded.

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Award winning South African comedian, Skhumba Hlophe brings his sellout show, Skhumba Hlophe Live…#JustForKontrol to The Boardwalk on 19 May 2018. This show, his third one man production, is his most successful to date, selling out in Cape Town, Durban, Rustenburg and at Sun International’s Carnival City in Gauteng in 2017. Now it is Port Elizabeth’s turn to see what all the fuss is about. Tickets are selling fast at Computicket and Shoprite. Fans are urged to be swift about booking their seats at this one night only show at The Boardwalk.

Hlophe flying high after winning two Savannah Comics Choice Awards: the 2017 Comic of the Year and the Flying Solo award. This all comes after selling out shows across the country with his second one man show #1stOfAll show.

Hlophe finds his inspiration for his material everywhere “As long as I am alive I will never run out of things to talk about”.

He boasts a strong and growing career following performances at various venues in Gauteng that include Blacks Only, Soweto Comedy Festival, Tshwane Comedy Festival, 99% Xhosa Comedy show and his very own Skhumba & Friends.

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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

Please visit for all water-related information.

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The City of Cape Town wants to inform all commuters that the MyCiTi service will operate again as from tomorrow, Tuesday 15 May 2018. Read more below:

The City has been informed early this evening that a wage agreement was reached and that the nationwide strike action affecting the South African bus industry has ended.

As such, the MyCiTi service will resume operations as from tomorrow morning, 15 May 2018.

Please note that it will take several hours for the service to settle in and commuters should expect some initial delays on their routes. However, we do expect that most of the buses will be complying with the normal time schedules on the majority of the routes in the latter part of the day.

The City will be monitoring the situation, and will provide commuters with updates as far as possible.

Commuters are also advised to visit the MyCiTi website on for regular updates; and to follow us on Twitter @MyCiTiBus; or to phone the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63 – the TIC is available 24/7.

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Settlement has been reached in the national bus strike and Golden Arrow Bus Services will therefore lift the enforced lockout at 0h00 tonight. Golden Arrow will institute all measures to facilitate the restoration of scheduled services, however, due to the short notice; all staff members may not be timeously informed of the end of the strike.

Whilst the Company will endeavour to restore all scheduled services, we wish to apologise in advance should passengers experience inconveniences due to the short notice of the resumption of services.

Detailed information regarding the clipcard extension process will be made available shortly.

Golden Arrow would once again like to sincerely thank all of our passengers for their patience and understanding over the last weeks.

Passengers are requested to contact the toll free number of the Transport Information Centre at 0800 65 64 63 for all service related enquiries

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In response to the worst drought in the city’s history, the 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:

The City of Cape Town has identified many areas across the city where the installation of pressure management technology could positively impact water consumption. Contractors have been brought in to speed up the programme.

In order for the pressure management technology to function effectively, it is necessary for the City to determine where water is flowing into a supply zone. This is done by means of a zero-pressure test, where all known inflows into a supply zone are closed with the aim of lowering water pressure to zero. Should water pressure persist within the zone, it tells us that there is another inflow which is not shown on the schematics. During this testing, water supply to properties within the affected supply zone will be disrupted.

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The Sanlam Cape Marathon encaptures and embodies the unique spirit of the Mother City. On the 23rd September runners, spectators, scholars, students, charities, businesses, communities, religious groupings, city officials, marshals, traffic and law enforcement, all work together to welcome the world and take over the streets of Cape Town to celebrate our single humanity – The Heart of Cape Town.

The Sanlam Cape Marathon has rapidly become one of the worlds must run marathons. The only International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Gold Label-status marathon in Africa takes place over the spring weekend of 22-23 September. The festival includes two Peace Trail Runs (22km and 12km), a 5km Peace Fun Run/Walk and a 10km Peace Run, and of course the main attraction of the marathon itself. But the event is not only about the runners, it is about using the event as a vehicle for change, as a vehicle for bringing all sectors of our city together, of making a difference in peoples lives, in fostering peace and promoting good health and wellness. The people of Cape Town are invited to participate and become the agents of change they want to happen through various programmes.

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon makes a huge positive impact on this city and her people through the Five Pillars of its Run4Change Legacy ProgrammeHealth, CharitiesSustainability, Peace and Development:

Health: The ‘health’ pillar motivates all participants, supporters and the public to better their health and make positive changes in their diet and lifestyle. “The marathon is a great way to make the shift towards a positive change and living a healthier life,” says Elana van Zyl-Meyer, ambassador for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon and former Olympic silver medallist. Continue reading

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