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Launch of the Greater Cape Town Water Fund Pilot Project The fund will contribute towards clearing alien vegetation that has grown on top of our aquifers to increase rainwater recharge and increase the sustainable yield of groundwater.<p>​</p><p>Cities are major contributors to climate change. Although they cover less than 2% of the earth’s surface, cities consume 78% of the world’s energy and produce more than 60% of all carbon dioxide and significant amounts of other greenhouse gas emissions, mainly through energy generation, vehicles, industry, and biomass use. At the same time, cities are extremely vulnerable to climate change. The World Bank forecasts that water availability in cities could decline by as much as two thirds by 2050 as a result of climate change and competition from energy generation and agriculture.</p><p>The reality is that many cities have not yet addressed climate change. However, when properly planned, capacitated, and managed through the appropriate governance structures, cities can be places of innovation and efficiency. Together with their local authorities, they have the potential to diminish the causes of climate change and effectively protect themselves from its impacts. This project which is being launched here today is an example of how cities can increase their resilience to climate change.</p><p>The project was initiated in 2014 when the City of Cape Town reached out to The Nature Conservancy (TNC) requesting it to establish a Water Fund for Cape Town. In 2015 a TNC delegation visited Cape Town and we agreed on Atlantis as the right location to run a pilot for four main reasons:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">It serves as an example for other managed aquifers</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">It is in a key biodiversity area </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">We are able to create much-needed jobs for the local communities</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Thirsty invader plants have a negative impact on the biodiversity and on water resources</div></li></ul><p>The City of Cape Town however looks forward to work hand in hand with TNC and our partners to expand this work to benefit the greater Cape Town region. </p><p>Without water the city’s economic growth is limited, jobs are affected, it impacts stability in the region and has severe social consequences, especially on our poor communities.</p><p>It is time to think differently about our relationship with water. Water can no longer be taken for granted. The City of Cape Town, in collaboration with national and provincial government, industry and residents of Cape Town are working hard to avoid the immediate threat of running out of water.  </p><p>But the threat to our water supply will not be simply avoided by receiving good rainfall this winter. We have to make sure that we plan for the medium term and position the city to cope with the unknown. That means among other things less reliance on surface water and a greater appreciation for diverse water supply options.</p><p>The City recognises the contribution by the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation and commits to work with the Greater Cape Town Water Fund Partners to manage our water resources to ensure the region continues to serve its people. As we navigate the drought that has hit our region, it is important for us at all times to ensure that we build stronger partnerships to ensure that we can withstand the water-related shocks of the future. I wish this project every success, and look forward to seeing the results.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2018-02-21T22:00:00Z1
City unveils MyEstate mobile housing officeThe MyEstate office will fill the gap left by the closure of satellite housing offices that have been underutilised in some communities.<p>​</p><p>The MyEstate office will fill the gap left by the closure of satellite housing offices that have been underutilised in some communities.</p><p>As part of the pilot test phase of this project, the mobile MyEstate office has been servicing the Albow Gardens complex in Brooklyn. </p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:473px;" /><figcaption> <p>  © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure></span>The old satellite housing office that occupied a ground floor unit in the Albow Gardens complex was underutilised as it was only operational on certain days of the week. A decision was taken last year to turn the office into a residential unit for tenancy occupation. It was allocated to a beneficiary (a pensioner) who had been on the housing database for 27 years.<p>The MyEstate mobile office operates from the parking area adjacent to the clinic and library in Brooklyn, which augments the one-stop centralised service.</p><p>Last year, Council adopted the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP) that aims to transform the lives of residents by becoming a more customer-focused organisation.</p><p>‘I am pleased that we are on point and well aligned with the key priorities of the ODTP. The MyEstate mobile housing office takes a critical service to the doorstep of the city’s most vulnerable residents. This is what being customer-centric truly means – creating a platform for our residents to access services on their doorstep, affording them the opportunity to ask questions of clarity and receive immediate guidance and feedback,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Assets and Facilities Management, Councillor Stuart Diamond.</p><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:500px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure><p>The MyEstate Mobile office has been in operation since December 2017 rendering various tenancy management services such as logging service requests on behalf of residents, assisting residents with rent relief applications, housing database queries and new applications, completion of lease agreements, arrangements for arrears rental accounts, general enquiries and even providing personalised service for a resident who is unable to walk.</p><p>‘It is heart-warming to see residents making use of this opportunity. The mobile MyEstate office will be moving to other communities in due course and the relevant communities will be advised when it will be in their area,’ added Councillor Diamond.</p><p>The vehicle has been fully fitted with furniture and equipment to ensure the comfort of residents who make use of this facility.</p><p>The Albow Gardens housing estate comprises 212 units which are home to approximately 1 272 residents. </p>​​</span><p><strong>End</strong><br></p>2018-02-20T22:00:00Z1
City responds to claims around the cancellation of the Bayhill Premier Cup<p>The City of Cape Town notes with concern the comments attributed to the South African Football Association (SAFA) Cape Town about the cancellation of the Bayhill Premier Cup. This is the latest in a series of misleading comments by SAFA CT about the upcoming soccer season and contingency plans that have been in effect during the prevailing drought crisis. </p><p>For the record, the City has not cancelled the Bayhill tournament as we are not the event organisers. In fact, there have been multiple positive engagements with the organisers aimed at finding a way to allow this tournament to continue, and to prepare the fields required for this purpose, within the limitations set by Level 6B water restrictions.</p><p>The City recognises the importance of the tournament in the development of young soccer players. Last year the City did everything within its power to ensure that this tournament went ahead, including the trucking in of non-potable water to irrigate fields ahead of the tournament. Similar efforts were in place in preparation for the 2018 instalment of the tournament.</p><p>During a meeting this morning, the organisers indicated that they had decided to cancel the tournament for a number of reasons which they will elaborate on in due course. It is indeed a pity that the tournament has had to be cancelled, but we thank the organisers for their mature view of the drought crisis and the impact it is having on life as we know it.</p><p>In terms of the comments attributed to SAFA Cape Town in recent days and the allegation that the City ‘does not have a plan’ to deal with the impact of the drought on local football, allow me to state the following:</p><ul><li>On 29 January 2018 the City requested that SAFA (and other sports federations) submit a list of their most important fixtures so that we could prioritise the fields required for irrigation with treated effluent or borehole water</li><li>This was reiterated at a mass communication session held with all sporting federations on 10 February 2018 </li><li>Numerous federations (cricket, rugby, softball and baseball) have already made significant changes to their fixtures and schedules. The City has yet to receive this list from SAFA</li><li>Furthermore, it was decided that the City’s 29 artificial turfs will be used to accommodate as many of the major soccer fixtures as possible and that their use would be determined by SAFA</li><li>The City has suggested a number of contingency plans to ensure that sport can continue as far as possible, such as the use of community halls for junior games where a soccer ball is replaced with a softer, indoor ball</li><li>SAFA has not provided any proposals around how it would like the remaining playable fields to be booked in order to ensure that the most effective and equitable approach is taken</li><li>SAFA has yet to present any proposals around how it intends to adapt its season during this water crisis. Indeed, the communication we have seen issued from SAFA has focused on:<br>o   (a) the intention to continue with business as usual despite the continued destruction of the grass playing fields, an approach that will render many of them unplayable for years to come as the City will not have the money to reinstate these fields when all the grass has been stripped <br>o   (b) blaming the City for not accommodating their usual fixtures and play hours despite numerous and lengthy engagements around the impact of the water crisis on the maintenance of grass fields</li></ul><p>We do not know how else we can get the message across to SAFA that, as part of the ‘new normal’ we all find ourselves in, the City’s ability to irrigate its grass playing fields is severely compromised. Continued play on these fields will mean that they will be stripped of all grass. It takes in excess of R400 000 and 3 million litres of water to reinstate a field once it has reached this state. This means that it will likely be many years before the City will be able to get these fields back to a reasonable state for play. </p><p>If the soccer fraternity recognizes this fact and reduces play on these fields until the rains come, there is a chance that soccer leagues can be accommodated on fields later in the year. We recognise that the current water crisis is negatively impacting on the functioning of the various sports codes and we are committed to working with all concerned to ensure that the impact is minimised, whilst still taking the necessary steps to preserve the city’s remaining water resources. The Social Services Directorate is also reprioritizing budget in the financial year starting in July 2018 to improve sporting facilities by building additional artificial pitches, sinking new boreholes and expanding the treated effluent reticulation network to allow for better irrigation of playing fields which we are not allowed to irrigate with potable water.</p><p><strong>End</strong><br></p>2018-02-20T22:00:00Z1
Defeating Day Zero is in sight if we sustain our water-saving effortsDay Zero, the day we may have to start queueing for water, has now moved to 9 July 2018.<p>Day Zero, the day we may have to start queueing for water, has now moved to 9 July due to a weekly drop in dam levels of only 0.5% (as compared to a 1.9% drop in 2014). This week’s lower rate of consumption can be attributed to the Groenland water reaching Steenbras Upper Dam last week and slightly increasing the dam level, as well as to a further reduction in Cape Town’s weekly average demand to 523 megalitres per day (MLD) compared to 1 130 MLD in 2014. </p><p>The Groenland water transfer and the reduction in our weekly average demand has had a dramatic impact on the Day Zero date, which is determined by assuming that the fortnightly trend of weekly dam storage change will continue unchanged. This precautionary outlook assumes no further rainfall and that water demand may not reduce over the next few months. It has been adopted to allow sufficient lead time for implementation of temporary water collection points in the event that these may be required.</p><p>We anticipate that Day Zero could move back into June again once the Groenland transfer has been completed, unless we are able to meet the 450 MLD collective water usage target. Therefore it is imperative that we reach this target to make it through to the winter rains.</p><p>Today I urge the residents of Cape Town not to ease up on their water-saving efforts. We cannot afford to slow down when the estimated Day Zero date moves out, simply because we cannot accurately predict the volume of rainfall still to come or when it will come. Last year we had abnormally low winter rainfall, and we cannot assume that this year will be any different.</p><p>The only way we can stretch our water supplies is to adhere to the 50 litres per person per day water allocation. Our water saving efforts across the metro have thus far been our greatest defence against Day Zero. Now is definitely not the time to ease up.</p><p>We once again want to thank the Groenland Water Users Farming Association for the water transfer, which made a considerable difference when we needed it most.</p><p>Our preparations for Day Zero continue as planned, along with the City’s aggressive roll-out of pressure management initiatives and the installation of water management devices at the properties of high users across the metro. Enforcement blitzes will also continue to ensure that all water users adhere to the water restrictions. </p><p>Latest water dashboard (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p><ul><li> Day Zero: 9 July 2018 (was 4 June 2018) </li><li>Dam Levels: 24,4% (decline of 0,5%) </li><li> Total consumption: 523 million litres per day (73 million litres above the target of 450 million litres per day) </li><li> Percentage of Capetonians saving: *note, due to the implementation of 50 litre targets, this calculation is under review </li></ul><p>Level 6B restrictions make it compulsory for residents to use no more than 50 litres per person per day.</p><p>See the following link for the new tariff details: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p>Please visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> to see what a community water plan could look like community_water_plan for all water-related information, including Level 6B restrictions and regularly updated FAQs about Day Zero as well as tips to lower usage even further. </p><p>Also visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> to see if your household is painting the city green to avoid Day Zero. </p><p> <strong>End</strong></p>2018-02-19T22:00:00Z1






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