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I am deeply disturbed by the destruction and torching of public property in Gugulethu and Philippi this week.

We cannot tolerate or accept any justification for the destruction of property during protest action. We respect everyone’s right to protests but the violence and destruction cannot be condoned.

The destructive protests comes after the City went to the areas last week where I and local councillors met with residents to listen to their concerns.

I am especially concerned about the impact that such actions will have on residents who are trying to go about their lives going to work and school.

Residents of Gugulethu and Philippi should not be held hostage by some individuals who are hell bent on lawlessness.

I also want to place it on record that the City of Cape Town will not tolerate land invasions in the city. Land invasions are illegal and pose fire, health and flood risks.

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The City’s dashboard for this week shows a slight increase in water consumption. This bucks the recent downward trend of the last few weeks. Overall consumption as at 5 March 2018 was measured at 537 million litres per day (MLD) which is up from 516 MLD consumption recorded in the previous week.

Dam levels have dropped by 0,4% to 23,6%.  Please see

The City now projects that, if there was to be no rainfall, Day Zero would arrive on 27 August 2018. As this date falls deep within the normal rainfall period, it is no longer appropriate to project the date without any consideration of rainfall. Thus, provided we continue our current water savings efforts, Day Zero can be avoided completely this year. It is now up to all of us. If we keep on saving, we will not have to queue for water this year.

I would therefore like to urge all Capetonians not to relax their savings efforts. While we are feeling more confident of avoiding Day Zero this year, we cannot predict the volume of rainfall still to come. If winter rainfall this year is as low as last year, or even lower, we are still in danger of reaching Day Zero early next year.

Now is the time to entrench our water saving habits and ensure that the behavioural shift we have undergone in the past months becomes second nature.

More and more Capetonians have met the challenge by lowering their consumption. Our water map shows a 5% increase in the number of households that used less than 6 kilolitres a month in January, as compared to December (see link below).

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7 March 2018

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The Democratic Alliance-led Western Cape will provide additional funding from the Provincial Department of Transport and Public Works, to increase armed private security personnel, monitor hotspots along railway lines, and introduce drones as a part of a broader security plan, particularly in the ‘Bermuda Triangle’ area.

The ‘Bermuda Triangle’ area includes stations such as Langa, Bonteheuwel, Lavistown, Belhar, Netreg, Heideveld, Nyanga, Philippi, Lentegeur, Mitchell’s Plain and Kapteinsklip, and forms part of the Central Line, where services finally resumed after a six week delay.

The Western Cape Government (WCG), the City of Cape Town and the public entity, PRASA, will contribute R16 million each to provide more security and the necessary technology. This Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) is currently being negotiated by stakeholders and must be concluded before the transfer of funds.

Whilst railway infrastructure is not within the WCG and City’s mandate, the DA-led government is reallocating its funds, as we want to ensure that commuters are protected. We can no longer sit idle in addressing the safety concerns of our residents. Continue reading

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Springbok Sevens player Ruhan Nel does not it when things happen in threes, but if the Blitzboks manage to reach the final for a third consecutive year at the HSBC Canada Sevens, he would prefer it to end up differently.

Nel, who scored three tries on debut for the Blitzboks, believes they can go all the way in Vancouver this weekend, despite the absence of a number of stalwarts for the sixth tournament of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

For that to happen, Nel is willing to put up his hand and make his presence felt, especially on defence.

“I am more than happy to be seen as one of the pillars on defence,” said Nel.

“Playing fifteens last year made me more aware of the physical dominance on defence and I am happy to apply that in sevens. In fact, I could use some sevens skills in fifteen as well, like spatial awareness for example.

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Tickets for the Springboks’ second Castle Lager Incoming Series Test against England – which will be the 40th Test between these sides – on Saturday, 16 June at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein is now available, with prices starting at only R100.

In launching the ticket sales in Bloemfontein, the Free State Rugby Union said they are excited about the prospect of hosting the important Test at match. The union have urged supporters in central South Africa and surrounding areas to secure their tickets early and to show their passionate support for the Springboks.

“It is a special occasion for the Free State and its people. It will be a great privilege to see the Springboks and England play in Bloemfontein,” said Mr Jerry Segwaba, the President of the Free State Rugby Union.

According to Harold Verster, Managing Director of the Free State Cheetahs (Pty) Ltd, they are aiming for a good crowd: “We looked at the needs of our supporters and created more ticket categories to offer more affordable ticket prices.

“We are therefore pleased that ticket prices will start from as little as R100 each,” said Verster. Continue reading

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More than 20 years after apartheid, South Africa remains one of the most unequal countries in the world, according to the Oxfam Report on Global Inequality. The wealthiest 10% earn 50% of the country’s income, while 50% of the population collectively earn only 12%. Against this backdrop of disparity, the Community Chest has been working for 90 years to divert precious resources from the haves to the have-nots in a manner that will effect lasting change.

With 2018 marking 90 years, Community Chest is taking a look at how far it has come for inspiration for the worthy work that will comprise its future.

The 1920s were a time of rampant and growing inequality in South Africa and, heeding a call to address the plight of less fortunate communities in the area, in 1928 the Rotary Club of Cape Town established the Community Chest.

In its formative years, the organisation thrived under the careful guidance of two men known for their exemplary moral character. The first elected Chairman, Sir Walter Stanford – a staunch proponent of equality – was followed by Sydney Lavis, the Coadjutor Bishop of Cape Town. Under Lavis’ leadership the organisation was instrumental in the delivery of vital funds to 24 welfare organisations, despite the financial strain that accompanied the Second World War. Continue reading

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Lock Salmaan Moerat is set to make his DHL Stormers debut off the replacements bench against the Highlanders in Dunedin on Friday.

There are five changes to the DHL Stormers starting line-up and a further four on the replacements bench for the encounter at the Forsyth Barr Stadium, which kicks off at 08h35 South African time on Friday.

The only change to the backline sees Dillyn Leyds move back to wing to make way for the returning Damian Willemse, with Seabelo Senatla ruled out due to a groin strain and JJ Engelbrecht providing cover among the replacements.

Up front Kobus van Dyk will start at blindside flank in the absence of Cobus Wiese, who is nursing a shoulder injury.

There is an all-new lock pairing in Jan de Klerk and Chris van Zyl, with JD Schickerling having returned home injured and both Pieter-Steph du Toit and the 20-year-old Moerat set to provide impact off the replacements bench. Du Toit is recovering from concussion and has been bracketed with George Whitehead.

The only change to the front row sees Steven Kitshoff back in the starting XV, with JC Janse van Rensburg on the replacements bench.

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that his team will be going all-out to end their tour on a high. Continue reading

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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

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