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City launches new weekly water dashboard to track supply, savings and Day ZeroNew weekly water dashboard which will tell us how we’re all doing in our efforts to avoid Day Zero<span>​<figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:609px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>Today, as part of my commitment to communicate with residents and manage the drought, we are launching a new weekly water dashboard which will tell us how we’re all doing in our efforts to avoid Day Zero. </p><p>The dashboard will be released weekly to the media and it will be available on our website and the City’s social media channels.</p><p>Last Thursday I updated the media and the public to say that Day Zero is when we reach 13,5% dam storage and a week ago that date was 13 May 2018. At the time, consumption was 582 million litres per day.</p><p>While the good water-saving efforts had pushed this date out from March 2018, many residents took this as a sign that there was some reprieve. </p><p>Day Zero has now moved forward to 6 May 2018 due to consumption increasing to 602 million litres of water per day this past week. At the same time, no new water has come online as this is only due from February onwards.</p><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:540px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure></span></span><p>This is the impact of our actions, when people use more water and if we stay in this region of 600 million litres of water per day, we are moving Day Zero forward. The point of the 500 million collective use per day target is so that we move Day Zero further away.</p><p>Day Zero is the stark reality we face when most taps will be turned off and residents will have to queue for water at approximately 200 collection sites across the city. </p><p>This is a clear warning to all of us that we cannot let up on our efforts and even though we received some welcome rains this week, again we cannot use this as a trigger to relax our water-saving efforts. </p><p>Starting today, I will be releasing the Water Dashboard so that we can all track our actions and see the weekly monitoring and management of Day Zero.</p><p>As I have said before, Capetonians have done very well to save water, but not everyone is doing their part and many residents are not sticking to the target of 87 litres per person per day. </p><p>I also said that while residents save, we will work on our range of plans to bring additional supply online. We are working around the clock to make this happen. A water augmentation plan of this scale has never been done before, but we are committed to bringing additional supply online as fast as possible.</p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:495px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> </span>We are on track with our first set of augmentation plans: the first seven projects. These are Monwabisi, Strandfontein, the V&A Waterfront, and Cape Town Harbour desalination plants; the Atlantis and Cape Flats Aquifer projects; and the Zandvliet water recycling project that will collectively produce an additional 196 million litres per day between February and July 2018. In addition, we have 12 projects in the advanced stage of planning that are ready to proceed if required.<p>Day Zero can only be avoided if we work together in partnership. Savings and additional water supply projects go hand in hand.</p><p>The weekly Water Dashboard will work as follows:</p><p style="text-align:left;">1. First, it will show the City’s augmentation plan progress </p><p style="text-align:left;">2. Secondly, it will track the dam behaviour </p><p style="text-align:left;">3. Thirdly, it will track our collective consumption </p><p>Together, these factors ultimately influence Day Zero and whatever we do affects this date. This will be a live management tool to hold us all accountable. </p><p>These figures jointly contribute to the probability of Day Zero when dam levels reach 13,5%.</p><p>This is the point that water supply will be cut to large parts of the city to ensure that a lifeline water supply is available until the dam storage stabilises with the onset of winter rains. </p><p>This dashboard will be published in the interest of transparency and to ensure that the City and residents keep up our respective responsibilities in this partnership to beat the drought crisis and avoid Day Zero. </p><p>It must be noted that when looking at the dams versus our consumption, the City of Cape Town is not the only user of the Western Cape Water Supply System and therefore we are not the only influencer of the weekly draw-down rate of the dams. </p><p>Other factors which influence the dam level behaviour are rainfall, agricultural use, other municipalities’ use, evaporation, and transfers from other catchments. </p><p>The City of Cape Town is responsible for approximately 64% of the dam draw-down on an annual basis. The City has no control over the other 36% of dam usage.</p><p>The immediate need is to reduce water use to 500 million litres per day for Cape Town so that dam levels will drop more slowly and provide water throughout the summer season.</p><p>This dashboard serves as a visual reminder that we are all in this together. The City needs residents to save while we bring additional supply online. It cannot work in any other way.  We cannot allow a little rain or additional water from alternative sources to change our water-saving behaviour. If it does, the risk will only increase.</p><p>My appeal to Capetonians is to remember that we are in for a long, dry summer and it will be many months before we see what rains we get. Evaporation plays a big role at this time so saving is a must, Team Cape Town. Let’s work together to beat the drought.</p><p><br><strong>End </strong><br></p>2017-11-22T22:00:00Z1
First Roosendal property owners in Delft receive their title deedsPensioner Bellina Madaza was among the first 170 property owners of the Roosendal housing development in Delft to receive their title deeds today.<p>Pensioner Bellina Madaza was among the first 170 property owners of the Roosendal housing development in Delft to receive their title deeds today.</p><p>‘I am very excited about receiving my title deed. I never thought that at my age, 74 years old, I would be a homeowner. It is nice having my own home,’ said Ms Madaza.</p><p>This housing development is the first phase of the Delft Integrated Housing Project. It consists of 288 Breaking New Ground houses, with two-bedroom, freestanding and semi-detached single and double-storey units.</p><p>The total construction cost for Roosendal housing development was R38,7 million.</p><p>‘It is very rewarding when we are able to empower some of our most vulnerable residents, including our pensioners, as property owners through the handover of their houses and title deeds. Many of our beneficiaries, like Ms Madaza, have been waiting for years for a place to call their own. We are therefore pleased to be a part of providing our beneficiaries with the stepping stone, in writing, that they deserve,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.</p><p>During next week, the City will also be handing over title deeds to beneficiaries of housing projects in Kleinvlei and Heideveld.</p><p>The Roosendal housing development is in line with the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan, which was adopted by Council last year to improve how the administration works, with a focus on transit-oriented development. This housing development is situated along a public transport corridor, making the area accessible.</p><p>‘Title deed handovers are indicative of the City’s commitment to redressing the imbalances of the past, where people were denied ownership of property. For this reason, every title deed handed over is not just a piece of paper, but a symbol of victory over the Apartheid past and the evidence of owning a valuable asset. We look forward to handing over the balance of the title deeds when they are ready for distribution.</p><p>‘In the meantime, we wish our homeowners all the best and we encourage them to make responsible decisions regarding their homes,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><span><div class="image-gallery-slider img-gal-1" id="img-gal-1" data-slides="3" data-slide="1" style="height:493.5px;"><div class="image-gallery-content" style="height:414px;">​​​​ <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-1"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:832px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>  The first 170 property owners of the Roosendal housing development in Delft to receive their title deeds today.</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-2"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:2102px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> The first 170 property owners of the Roosendal housing development in Delft to receive their title deeds today.</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-3"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:716px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>  The first 170 property owners of the Roosendal housing development in Delft to receive their title deeds today.</p> </figcaption> </figure> </div><div class="image-gallery-control"><div class="image-gallery-caption"><p> <a title="title" href="#"> <b>Aerial view of Cape Town</b></a> - Loren ipsum dolor sit amet loren ipsum dolor sit amet Loren ipsum dolor sit amet.</p></div><div class="image-gallery-nav"><div class="nav-info">1 of 3</div><div class="slide-next"> <i class="icon arrow-white-next"></i> </div><div class="slide-prev"> <i class="icon arrow-white-prev"></i>​</div></div></div></div>​​</span><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2017-11-22T22:00:00Z1
City celebrates land restitution with 86 claimant families in Bishop’s CourtThe City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, today at a ceremonial handover of prime land in Bishop’s Court to 86 claimant families<p>​</p><span><p>​​​​​​</p><p>It is an honour for me to be here and address you all on a matter that is very close to my heart and a key priority for the City of Cape Town administration. In fulfilling our commitment to redress and reconciliation, we are celebrating a restitution claim milestone with 86 families. </p><p>These are the righful owners of the land we are on today who were forcibly removed by the unjust Apartheid regime between 1966 and 1969 under the atrocious Group Areas Act. <br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1140px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>These famlies and others who have sadly passed on were moved from this land in Bishop’s Court to the Cape Flats to areas such as Lotus River, Steenberg, Grassy Park, Manenberg, Heideveld and Wetton.</p><p>While this is a day of celebration, in all honestly it is really sad for me to know that the families in front of me today have waited so many years to return to their land.</p><p>I especially think of Mrs Francis Gussling, known as Aunty Hatta, who sadly passed away in 2008 at the age of 99. She was moved from this land to Lotus River. She never had the chance to return home. </p><p>Two years ago, Mr Alexander September, Uncle Al, passed away at the age of 89 and he too will never return home. He was moved to a Council flat in Grassy Park.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:901px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p><br>I am relieved to know that both Aunty Hatta and Uncle Al had stated in their wills which family members have access to their claim. This will ensure that members of those families can live on this land that was so wrongfully taken from their elders.</p><p>Claimants, I know your one wish is to move into your homes on this land.</p><p>It has been a long road and your hopes have been raised many times, but we are forging ahead to esnure that the rightful owners return to their land.</p><p>The claimants of this prime land here in Bishop’s Court, known as the Protea Village Action Committee, lodged their claim for this land in 1995. </p><p>Claimants have been on this journey for 22 years. </p><p>In 2006, the National Government, the City and claimant community signed a memorandum of agreement in which the City agreed to transfer 8,5 hectares of the land to the claimants at no cost. Today this land is valued at approximately R100 million. </p><p>In terms of that agreement, the Department of Public Works also agreed to transfer 3,7 hectares of land that was in its ownership to the claimants at no cost.</p><p>This is only right as you cannot buy back your own land.</p><p>Subsequent to this agreement’s signing and various processes being started, a legal battle ensued in which some local residents who deemed themselves as interested and affected parties took the claimants to court, essentially asking that this land remain public open space. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:767px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>Thankfully, in 2011 the court ruled in favour of the claimants and the processes to return to their land could recommence. </p><p>The City assisted with all planning and legislative tasks related to the resettlement of the claimant community such as the subdivision process which has been concluded.</p><p>Meanwhile, the Department of Land Affairs appointed a service provider, Bethel Partners, to assist the claimants with the community development plans.</p><p>I wish you all the success with the plan to build 86 residential properties for the claimant families, an education facility, sports grounds, and residential units for the open market that will cross-subsidise the cost of the claimants’ homes.</p><p>We hope to join you in celebration soon when the community returns to move into their new homes here in Bisho’s Court where you belong and where you can again be a vibrant, integrated community that is representative of the inclusive city we are building every day.</p><p>In line with our commitment to building caring city which prioritises redress and reconciliation, we have completed many restitution cases in the past six years from Constantia to Somerset West and Simon’s Town. </p><p>In the coming months, we will be finalising the transfer of land in Plumstead, Crawford and Heideveld to claimants.</p><p>It is my commitment that we will continue doing all we can to ensure that the rightful owners are returned to their land that was so cruelly taken away from them. </p><p>In closing, I want to express my thanks to the Protea Village claimant community, Bethel Partners, and other government departments for their commitment to this restitution case. </p><p>It is my hope that each family here today can complete this story on a positive note.</p><p>For those who are here as representatives of your parents or grandparents who are no longer with us, keep carrying their flame and pressing on this journey knowing that they will be proud that members of their family will be back home here in Bishop’s Court.</p><p>Thank you, baie dankie, enkosi, shukran and God bless.</p><p><br><strong>End </strong><br></p>2017-11-22T22:00:00Z1
City debtor drive to help create culture of paymentWe are appealing to all debtors to pay their outstanding debt ahead of the holidays<p>​The City thanks all of those customers who are making a positive contribution to our city by continually settling their accounts. In an effort to drive a culture of payment and to maintain a sustainable city, the City’s collection ratio has been a priority. This focus has yielded good results. The City’s current billings are over R2,6 billion per month. For the period ended 30 September 2017 the collection ratio was an excellent 95,24%.</p><p>‘We are appealing to all debtors to pay their outstanding debt ahead of the holidays, especially to prevent services from being cut off over the festive season due to non-payment. Ignoring the problem is not the answer, especially as there is help on offer,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Finance, Councillor Johan van der Merwe. </p><p>The City recently introduced a new SMS and email campaign reminding account holders to pay their monthly invoices by the pending due date if they have not yet done so. We have been encouraging those in arrears to pay up if they can, or to approach the City to discuss payment options and settle their arrear debt over an agreed period of time. </p><p>The City has already sent SMS notices for 127 204 overdue accounts. The total debt linked to these accounts as at 15 November 2017 was R715 million. Total payments received though this initiative amount to R219 million. </p><p>There are debtors who default across the metro and in every suburb of Cape Town. For years the City has intervened to establish a culture of payment, set progressive debt management policies, and put indigent relief in action.</p><p>The City’s Credit Control and Debt Collection Policy makes allowance for senior citizens or residents who are indigent to approach the City and access the range of benefits based on their total household income.</p><p>‘Residents are encouraged to visit their nearest municipal office for advice and guidance as soon as possible and ahead of the holidays should they have any queries regarding their arrears, or to make the necessary payment arrangements if applicable,’ said Councillor Van Der Merwe.</p><p><strong>End</strong><br></p>2017-11-20T22:00:00Z1






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