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The World’s First Solar Powered Desalination plant, which will be operating from October 2018 in Witsands, in the Hessequa Municipality, will assist in ensuring that the Western Cape reduces its carbon footprint.

As the DA in the Western Cape, we commend the Provincial Minister of Finance, Ivan Meyer and his Department, who today, 16 July 2018, in partnership with the French government, announced this project. This plant will cost R9 million, with the Western Cape (WCG)- and French Government each contributing R4.5 million.

I will write to the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell, to further highlight how else surrounding communities will benefit from the project.

This non-battery powered desalination plant is the only the plant in the world that combines Desalination Technology and Photovoltaic Solar technology. Furthermore, depending on the demand for water at a particular time, the Solar Powered Desalination Plant can produce up to 10 000 kilolitre(s) a day if and when necessary.

Various pressures, which includes population growth, climate change and the risks associated with global warming, is threatening our environment. It is therefore pleasing to note that the DA- Led WCG has made it a priority to seek measures to ensure water security in water scare areas.

This innovative investment is not only going to have a major impact in our fight against the ongoing drought, but it will contribute significantly to our war against conventional technology and the environment damage that comes with the use of old technological practices.

As the DA in the Western Cape, we believe that if we work together we can build a resilient society, who are world leaders in water conservation.

Western Province player, Evan Roos earned himself the fifth Coca-Cola Hero of the Day for the 2018 U18 Coca-Cola® Craven Week taking place at Paarl Boys High.

The admired Coca-Cola Hero of the Day award was presented on each day of the tournament in recognition of a game changing ‘hero’ moment. Evan was selected for the award by a Coca-Cola appointed Hero of the Day Panel, led by Springbok legend Akona Ndungane.

Western Province had their work cut out against a very good Sharks team on the last day of the 2018 Coca-Cola U18 Craven Week. The match was evenly poised when Evan received a ball in a set move just inside the Sharks 22. He beat the first defender and took on the opposition backline in what ended up being a try scoring opportunity. The try took the score from 15-8 to 22-8 and broke the last resistance of the Sharks. From that point onwards, the match was dominated one sided.

“It was a set move that we have tried out only once before in a match. I got the ball, saw the line and backed myself. Today’s game was tough, and I am proud that the boys kept their composure to win today and leave Coca-Cola Craven Week as an unbeaten team,” said Evan.

“The game was tight at the start and the try that Evan scored was what finally gave Western Province the upper hand in the match and in the end, they beat the Sharks comfortably. The run made by Evan was impressive as he managed to impressively run passed most of the Sharks team to score his try” reflected Akona.

DHL Western Province delivered a classy display in the final match of the Coca-Cola Academy Week on Saturday to take top honours on their home turf with a stylish 73-0 victory against the Free State to remain one of three unbeaten teams.

The other unbeaten sides were SWD and Old Mutual Zimbabwe.

DHL WP blew the Free Staters away with their dominant attacking display to cruise in for 11 tries, while their watertight defensive effort denied the opposition from scoring a point. Jarod Cairns scored two of their tries as 10 players crossed the chalk, while Charl Janson scored a try and slotted over eight conversions for a memorable personal total of 21 points.

SWD ran riot against the Valke thanks to their patience and innovation on attack, with the team crossing the tryline a whopping eight times for their 45-12 victory. Jonathan Joseph and Ray Stammer each scored twice in impressive individual performances, while the boys from the Southern Cape delivered a committed defensive effort to limit the Valke to a try per half. Continue reading

pic: Lisa Leslie PhotographyWinners of the 9th edition of the Momentum BIG5 Challenge were decided yesterday at the Momentum Knysna Half Marathon finish line, with Keegan Cooke (accumulative time of 7:25:07) and Vicky van der Merwe (8:20:54) taking first place overall in the men’s and women’s events respectively. Cape Town’s Dean Hopf was second (7:48:58) and Richard Alan Lawrie third (8:07:46) in the men’s, and Fienie Barnard was second (8:34:23) with Almari de Milander third (11:04:18) in the women’s event.

In one of the most exciting adventure races in South Africa, Momentum BIG5 Challenge athletes complete five of the major sporting events that form part of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, namely the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour 80km MTB, The Momentum Knysna Lagoon Mile Swim, the 15km Momentum Featherbed Trail Run, The Momentum Health MTBX Cyclo-Cross, and finish with the Momentum Knysna Half Marathon.

Race organizer Gary Marescia said this year’s event was particularly successful: “We had a thrilling week of racing with tough and close competitions playing themselves out across each event. We congratulate everyone who finished and look forward to next year being our tenth edition.”

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Attending the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival 2018 and looking to stay focused on your winter training? The Momentum BIG5 Challenge is just the activity for multisport enthusiasts looking to push themselves beyond their comfort zone. With accommodation packages available and all sorts of fun things to do in-between races, the BIG5 Challenge is a good reason to head to Knysna for the “best ten days of winter”.

The event is made up of five races taking place between 29 June and 7 July, and athletes can choose between the Momentum BIG5 and Momentum BIG5Lite, which both start and finish with the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour MTB and the Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon’s Half Marathon. An additional three events form the full BIG5 and take place between those two events. (see table below) Ranked by their cumulative time, the athlete who completes all five events in the least amount of time will be the winner.

Last year, local triathlete Vicky van der Merwe won the women’s event, and she will be back this year to defend her title. “I love the BIG5 Challenge, this will be my third year competing. The event is fun and varied, and very well organised, and we use the week as an opportunity to run training camps with triathletes,” she said.

Triathlete and multisport enthusiast Dean Hopf, who recently placed second in his age group in the Barcelona Half Ironman, says he is very much looking forward to another BIG5 Challenge: “BIG5 has something for everyone. I raced this first as an “introduction” to off-road racing and returned a year later with 10 friends that I had convinced to join me, many of whom were new to the sport and who are now regulars. I then raced it with a bit more focus and placed third in 2016.

“This year it serves as the perfect training block for my build-up to Ironman 70.3 World Champs, right in the middle of winter when motivation is usually the lowest,” he said.

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The DA in the Western Cape is pleased that the Provincial Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport has allocated R1.6 million to seven (7) municipalities in the Province to support their sports facilities. The cheques were handed over on Tuesday by the Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais.

The Mayors of Drakenstein, Cape Agulhas, Laingsburg, George, Saldanha Bay, Theewaterskloof and Witzenberg, each received their share at an event held at the Minister’s office in Cape Town.

I commend the Minister and her Department for ensuring that Municipalities are now in a position to assist with the development of young people through sports, as they are now able to improve their facilities. This once again confirms the DA-led government’s commitment to giving residents, especially in our rural areas, access to facilities that have all the necessary resources.

The R1.6 million has been allocated as follows:

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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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