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Dams supplying the Cape metro have declined 1,6% for the past week (27 January – 2 February 2020) bringing the level down to 70,3%. Read more below:

Water consumption for the same period has also dropped to 738 million litres/day. Consumption the previous week was at 742 million litres/day.

The declining dam levels could be attributed to the very hot and windy weather conditions that have been experienced recently.

‘Regarding possible changes to the level of water restrictions, the City currently awaits confirmation of our water allocation for the 2019/20 hydrological year from the National Department of Water and Sanitation. Once this has been confirmed, an announcement will be made on what restrictions will be necessary to stay within this allocation,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste, Alderman Xanthea Limberg.

Please visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for information relating to current water restrictions, guidelines around alternative water sources such as boreholes and rainwater tanks, tariff information, and other useful tools for enabling a water-wise City.

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Speech delivered by Alderman Dan Plato, Executive Mayor of Cape Town today, 29 January 2020, during a full sitting of Council.

Good morning speaker, councillors, city officials, members of the public, and media, welcome to 2020. I trust you have had some time to rest and be with your friends and families over the festive season and that we are all back here today, fully rejuvenated and ready for the year ahead. May this year be a prosperous and kind year, and let us all commit ourselves to ensuring that our residents get to enjoy the best service delivery in the country.

Before we get to today’s business, I want to take a moment to commend our Safety and Security Services for all their hard work over the festive season. To the Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith, and Executive Director, Richard Bosman and his team, thank you for pulling out all the stops to ensure our residents and visitors enjoyed a safe and fun festive season.

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The City’s mobile office will take services to Macassar, Mitchells Plain, Elsies River, Joe Slovo and Morning Star as from 3 to 6 February 2020. The aim is to provide customer services to communities that are far from municipal facilities such as customer care, housing and subcouncil offices or freecall lines. Read more below:

The mobile office sessions are held at community facilities that are easily accessible. The schedule for next week is as follows:

Area Date Time Venue
Macassar 3 February 2020 09:00 – 12:00 New Civic Centre, Hospital Road, Macassar
Mitchells Plain 3 February 2020 12:45 – 14:30 Woodlands Community Hall, Cnr Selina and Mitchells Avenue, Mitchells Plain
Elsies River 4 February 2020 09:30 – 13:30 Warner Park, Warner Crescent , Riverton, Elsies River
Joe Slovo, Milnerton 5 February 2020 09:30 – 13:30 Joe Slovo Park, Freedom Way, Joe Slovo
Morningstar, Durbanville 6 February 2020 09:30 – 13:30 Morningstar Community Hall,

School Street, Morningstar, Durbanville

The City’s customer service team will assist residents with logging queries and service requests electronically. To date, the mobile office team has been very effective in resolving long outstanding queries for residents.

This way the City is bringing its services to residents, and affording them the opportunity to enquire and to solve issues without having to spend time and money on transport.

The City encourages all residents to take advantage of this opportunity and to visit the mobile office.

Future area visits will be communicated in due course.

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An epic Guinness PRO14 derby between the Toyota Cheetahs and Isuzu Southern Kings is set to play out in Bloemfontein on Saturday, when both sides will target a victory at all costs.

While the Toyota Cheetahs are determined to register their sixth victory of the season to remain in third place in Conference A and gain some breathing space between themselves and the Glasgow Warriors on the log, the Isuzu Southern Kings are highly motivated to avenge their last minute 31-30 defeat last week against their countrymen.

Should the Free Staters register a victory, they will maintain their dominance against the men from Port Elizabeth in the tournament, which has seen them win all six encounters between the sides to date.

Toyota Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie was adamant that his charges had to deliver a much better display at home to emerge victorious: “There were a lot of things going through my head in the last 10 minutes last week. I had three different speeches for the changeroom and the press, but I was just grateful we pulled it through.

“We played really well in the closing minutes and put up a fight to pull the game back, and I’m proud of that. But in saying that, we all know we need to improve and that will start with a win at home.

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Two hundred and fifty-five matches – and 49 tournaments – ago, when Justin Geduld ran onto the field in the colours of the Springboks Sevens team for the very first time, he cried tears of joy. By the end of it, those turned into tears of despair though, as the then 19-year-old broke his hand in his very first match.

On Saturday, at the HSBC Sydney Sevens at Bankwest Stadium in Parramatta, he will run out for his 50th tournament with an extreme feeling of gratitude as only the seventh Blitzbok to play reach a half-century of HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournaments.

For Geduld, now 26 years old, that day in 2012 at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand, feels like a lifetime ago.

“I never thought of playing 50 tournaments for my country when I started out, especially after breaking my hand in my very first match! At that time, we used 35 tournaments as a benchmark, now 50 seems to be the new standard,” Geduld reflected.

“So, to be running out for my 50th is a very special feeling and I am very grateful. It is tough out there and not many players make it to 50.”

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Summer in Cape Town is set to become a centre of the art world, as multitudes of artists, gallerists, curators and collectors will encamp for events of lasting cultural significance. For the art-loving public, the combined experience will blast open stupendous new views on the visual arts.

The pivotal, anchor event will be the Investec Cape Town Art Fair, coinciding with the Art Week Cape Town, the Stellenbosch Triennale as well as major retrospectives of the career of William Kentridge and exhibitions throughout the city.

From the 14th to the 16th of February 2020, the 8th edition of Investec Cape Town Art Fair will return to the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). Positioned as the leading art fair in Africa, the Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2020 will welcome the foremost galleries from South Africa, the African continent and abroad.

A third of the exhibitors due to showcase at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2020 will be new to the event, and close to 40% from the rest of the world. After almost a decade of groundwork, the fair’s consistent drive to bring together galleries and artists from Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East and the USA is yielding remarkable results.

What can the public expect? 10 must-see experiences centred on the artists, galleries and exhibitions taking place at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair.

1. TODAY HERE, TOMORROW THE WORLD

New visions of the continent and the arrival of artists from Africa and its diaspora as important participants on the international art scene can be witnessed on the main exhibitions of the Investec Cape Town Art Fair.

TOMORROWS/TODAY will be a curated section about the sociopolitical dynamics of the present day. The guest co-curators for 2020 – Nkule Mabaso (Curator at Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town) and Luigi Fassi (Artistic Director of MAN Contemporary Art Museum in Nuoro, Italy) – have curated a cross-section of the most exciting, emerging and artists from Africa and the Diaspora.

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The 25th edition of Vodacom Super Rugby kicks off this weekend, starting with an exciting South African derby between the Cell C Sharks and Vodacom Bulls in Durban on Friday evening. The DHL Stormers and Emirates Lions start their respective campaigns on Saturday and Sunday.

Flyhalf duel adds spice to Vodacom Super Rugby opener in Durban

Springbok centre Lukhanyo Am will lead an exciting Cell C Sharks team in their opening Vodacom Super Rugby clash with the Vodacom Bulls at Jonsson Kings Park on Friday evening, with a number of players set to make their competition debut for both teams. Kick-off is at 19h10.

The Vodacom Bulls welcome back former Springbok flyhalf Morné Steyn, who last played for the Pretoria outfit in 2013 and is the only three-time Vodacom Super Rugby champion that remains within the South African circuit. His duel with Bosch is bound to play a key role in the outcome of the match.

Kolisi leads DHL Stormers from No 8 against Hurricanes

Springbok Rugby World Cup winning captain Siya Kolisi will lead the DHL Stormers in the No 8 jersey when they host the Hurricanes in their first Vodacom Super Rugby match of 2020 on Saturday. Kick-off at DHL Newlands is 15h05 and the match will be televised live on SuperSport.

Wales and British & Irish Lions international Jamie Roberts will make his DHL Stormers debut alongside 10 Springboks named in the matchday squad for the opening round clash with the Kiwis. Roberts will start at inside centre.

Emirates Lions face difficult task first up in Buenos Aires

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Wales and British and Irish Lions international Jamie Roberts will make his DHL Stormers debut alongside 10 Springboks named in the matchday squad for the opening round Vodacom Super Rugby encounter with the Hurricanes at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

Roberts will start at inside centre, with fellow midfielder Rikus Pretorius, who is 12 years his junior, also set to make his DHL Stormers debut from the replacements bench.

There are seven World Cup winners in the starting XV, with captain Siya Kolisi set to wear the No.8 jersey when he leads the team out for kick-off at 15h05 on Saturday to start the last Vodacom Super Rugby season at DHL Newlands.

The Hurricanes last visited DHL Newlands in 2014, when a late try secured a dramatic one-point win for the DHL Stormers.

The last time the two teams played the opening game of the season was at DHL Newlands in 2012, when Kolisi made a try-scoring debut off the replacements bench.

DHL Stormers Head Coach John Dobson said that following a busy pre-season, his team are determined to make a convincing start to their campaign in front of the DHL Newlands Faithful.

“We are very excited about the team that we are putting out this weekend and the potential for us to make a good start to the last season at DHL Newlands.

“We want to play the kind of rugby that will make our supporters smile and that starts on Saturday against the Hurricanes,” he said.

Tickets for the first four games of the 2020 Vodacom Super Rugby season at DHL Newlands against the Hurricanes, Vodacom Bulls, Jaguares and Blues are on sale from wprugby.computicket.com or any Computicket outlet.

DHL Stormers: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Jamie Roberts (DHL Stormers debut), 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Siya Kolisi (captain), 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Jaco Coetzee, 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 David Meihuizen, 20 Ernst van Rhyn, 21 Johan du Toit, 22 Godlen Masimla, 23 Rikus Pretorius (DHL Stormers debut).

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DHL Stormers Head Coach John Dobson has confirmed the 45-man squad for the 2020 Vodacom Super Rugby campaign.

The DHL Stormers will kick-off the new season on February 1 against the Hurricanes at DHL Newlands, having concluded their pre-season preparations with a 21-19 win against the Cell C Sharks at FNB Stadium on Vodacom SuperHero Sunday.

The New Zealand outfit, which features a large contingent of All Blacks, last visited DHL Newlands in 2014, when a late try secured a dramatic one-point win for the DHL Stormers.

The last time the two teams played the opening game of the season was at DHL Newlands in 2012, when Siya Kolisi made a try-scoring debut off the replacements bench.

Kolisi, who now has 115 DHL Stormers caps to his name, will begin his fourth season as DHL Stormers captain.

The squad has been training together since early October in preparation for what will be the historic final season at DHL Newlands.

The 45-man group includes 10 Springboks, of which seven are World Cup Champions, as well as a British and Irish Lion in new signing Jamie Roberts.

Dobson said that with pre-season having now wrapped up, the focus shifts to ensuring that his team is ready to hit the ground running in their opening game against the Hurricanes next week.

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