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Exploration work at Steenbras of Table Mountain Group aquifer is progressing wellThe City is currently drilling test abstraction boreholes in the Steenbras catchment area<p>​Today I visited the site of a pilot project for the abstraction of water from the Table Mountain Group Aquifer (TMGA) at the Steenbras catchment area. The Table Mountain Group (TMG) is a deep-lying group of rock formations or layers that extends from Van Rynsdorp to Cape Town and from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. </p><p>The TMG aquifers have the potential to develop a large scale scheme to augment the City’s water supply on a more permanent basis. </p><p>The City is currently drilling test abstraction boreholes in the Steenbras catchment area, which will inform the design of a full-scale wellfield and support a water use licence application for full-scale production.  The City has also identified other areas with access to the TMG aquifers that could be developed as part of the broader water resilience project that aims to ensure water security in the years beyond 2018. The yield from the other areas of the TMG aquifers such as the Helderberg, South Peninsula and Wemmershoek will be approximately 50 to 60 million litres per day.</p><p>The yield from the first phase of the TMGA project will be approximately 10 million litres per day which will be pumped into the Steenbras dam. This project is part of the City’s commitment to do everything it can to bring additional water online as we face the worst drought in our recorded history. </p><p>Capetonians have done well to save water- as illustrated by the fact that Day Zero has been moved out to 13 May next year - but we still need to do more if we are to avoid Day Zero altogether. If every person does not reduce his or her water use to 87 litres per person per day there is still a risk that residents will have to queue for water daily at collection sites across the city. </p><p>We can only beat this drought if we work together: each person saves water while the City brings its side of the bargain to bring additional supply online.</p><p>This is our commitment in action and I will continue to lead a team of dedicated staff who are looking at every possible solution to avoid acute water shortages. Climate Change means that we cannot rely only on rain water to supply our needs and we all have to fundamentally change our relationship with water.</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:1052px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>  Drilling test abstraction boreholes in the Steenbras catchment area.</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-2"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:938px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <b>Drilling test abstraction boreholes in the Steenbras catchment area.</b></p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-3"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1029px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> Drilling test abstraction boreholes in the Steenbras catchment area.</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>2017-11-18T22:00:00Z1
Construction industry asked to help beat the drought by using treated effluent waterThe City has reached out to the construction industry <p>The City has reached out to the construction industry to reassure them that the drought will not affect new or existing building applications but urges them to make use of the City’s supply of treated effluent water.<br> <br>‘The City of Cape Town has for many years made provision for the supply of treated effluent to offset the use of potable water in the city. This use of this service is even more important during the drought where both industrial and residential customers are required to reduce their use of potable water in line with Level 5 water restrictions. This is especially important in the construction industry where the use of large quantities of water is unavoidable.</p><p>‘Using treated effluent on site makes financial sense because at R5,30 (including VAT) per kilolitre it is much cheaper than using potable water. More importantly, using treated effluent will make it easier for the construction industry to meet the Level 5 water reduction targets as well as help to conserve the City’s potable water supply,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements; Water and Waste; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg. </p><p>The City’s Water By-laws prohibit the use of drinking water for non-structural work such as dust control. Potable water must, however, be used for mixing cement as using lower quality water can adversely affect the structural integrity of concrete.<br> <br>‘All developers are required to submit an application for the use of potable water on site prior to starting construction, but they can also apply to the City for the use treated effluent water. The City already supplies treated effluent water to schools, golf courses, parks, sports facilities, car- and window-washing companies, painting companies, and sewer cleaning companies, among others,’ said Councillor Limberg.<br> <br>The City closely monitors levels of consumption of potable water and, as is done with other users, will issue warnings or fines if there is found to be excessive use. Applications for the use of potable water on site could also be reviewed if construction companies fail to reduce usage of potable water on site in line with current water restrictions.<br> <br>Treated effluent can be supplied in three different ways:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">By connecting to the treated effluent pipe network</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">By hiring a metered treated effluent standpipe</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">By collecting it directly from the wastewater treatment works</div></li></ul><p> <br>To apply for supply of treated effluent water, residents should please visit the City’s website: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. This page outlines the application process and contains all relevant guidelines and forms, as well as copies of related by-laws for download.<br> <br>‘I would like to thank those companies who have already established systems for the use of treated effluent in their operations, and encourage them to see if they can achieve even greater savings by making use of this resource,’ said Councillor Limberg.<br> <br>Construction-related activities where treated effluent can be used include:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Sub-base material for reinstating asphalt as per City specification</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Construction of road sub-base layers not sensitive to water quality requirement</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">All construction site dust control</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Washing off of retarder from concrete</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Terrace works compaction</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Earthworks compaction</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Trench backfilling</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Cleaning of construction equipment</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Spraying on compacted surfaces</div></li></ul><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2017-11-16T22:00:00Z1
Residents reminded to renew vehicle licences ahead of holiday periodThe City of Cape Town is bracing itself for the annual influx of residents applying for their motor vehicle licence renewals <p>​The City of Cape Town is bracing itself for the annual influx of residents applying for their motor vehicle licence renewals ahead of the December holidays, and urges residents to make arrangements to apply for their licence discs in good time to avoid the expected long queues. Residents can also apply for a renewal online. </p><p>‘Although we have implemented measures to deal with the high volume, residents can still expect long queues as people often visit the licensing offices during their December holidays,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Finance, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.</p><p>Residents can also avoid these queues by renewing their licence discs online and the City encourages them to go this route if possible. An online licence application takes approximately 14 days from the date of application to receiving it in the post, so residents must please bear this in mind and act in a timeous fashion. Residents who would like to go this route can do so via the City’s online services portal (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>). The City assures residents that the online motor vehicle registration portal is up to date and will remain so during this busy time. </p><p>Residents are reminded to take along their proof of address when renewing their motor vehicle licences. This must be done annually as per National Government requirements. It is very important for customers to have all of the required documentation with them when they apply for licence disc renewals to prevent any additional delays.</p><p>‘The City has done everything that we can to increase our staffing complement in the lead-up to and during December, both at the walk-in centres and for our online service, but the demand always remains quite high as many residents scramble to get their vehicle licences ahead of the big holiday days to avoid fines during their travels. We have increased the number of terminals at the motor vehicle registration offices and staff will again be rotated to the busy offices to ensure that the City offers residents the most efficient service possible,’ said Councillor Van der Merwe.</p><p>Card payment facilities are now available for vehicle licence disc renewals at the motor vehicle licence offices, including the Cape Town Civic Centre. </p><p>Residents should please note the motor vehicle licence renewal offices across the city will close early (13:00) on Friday 1 December 2017, and will not be open on 16 December 2017, 23 – 26 December 2017, 30 December 2017, and 1 January 2018.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2017-11-16T22:00:00Z1
Cape Town’s top artists to usher in holiday season at festive lights celebrationLast night I conducted a successful test switch-on of the festive lights on Adderley Street<span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:511px;" /><figcaption> <p>  © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>Last night I conducted a successful test switch-on of the festive lights on Adderley Street as we prepare to usher in the holiday season.</p><p>I was joined by top Cape Town talents, DJ Ready D, Heavenly Quartez, and members of The Rockets (who are celebrating their 50th anniversary).</p><p>These artists form part of an exciting line-up of entertainers set to wow Capetonians next month at the Cape’s biggest, free open-air event.</p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:474px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>Each year thousands of Capetonians and visitors enjoy the celebration. This event is indeed a key example of how we are building an inclusive city as we come together to enjoy safe fun and the best in local entertainment.</p><p>The performers set to take the stage at the annual City of Cape Town festive lights switch-on from 16:00 on Sunday 3 December 2017 include:<br></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Baby Boy</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Paxton (Idols finalist)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Soul Kulture   </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Heavenly Quartez</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Koos Kombuis</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Vicky Sampson</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Craig Lucas (winner of The Voice South Africa)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Jimmy Nevis</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Freshlyground</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">The Rockets and Friends (celebrating 50 years)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">DJ Reddy D</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">MC: Joe Barber and Boeta Gamat</div></li></ul><p>The Grand Parade and surrounding streets will be energised by a shining line-up of fan favourite music acts, ahead of the eagerly awaited illumination moment at 20:30. The concert will end with a spectacular 3D video mapping display. As always, the first crossing in Adderley Street will carry a brand new light attraction that this year will spark the 2017 theme: Cape Town celebrates summer.</p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:1142px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure></span></span></span>The festive lights switch-on is always a highlight on the city’s annual events calendar, as it is a wonderful family occasion for young and old to enjoy.  Attracting not only local residents, but visitors from afar, all are met with a warm and true Capetonian reception – something the city has now become known for around the world, as Cape Town celebrates its status as the ‘Events Capital of Africa.’<p>Rounding out the line-up will be the winners of the City’s Festive Lights Challenge music video competition, now in its second year. Chosen by Capetonians through an online public voting system on, the winning up-and-coming artist or band will perform at the festival on 3 December and also receive a fantastic cash prize of R10 000. Entrants need upload a performance video via the mobile app and share it to their social channels. The more votes the entrant gets, the higher their standing on the ‘buzz meter’. The artist with the most ‘buzz points’ will be crowned the winner. The Festive Lights Challenge is on until 28 November 2017.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p><span><span></span><p> </p>​​</span>2017-11-15T22:00:00Z1






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