Good morning Councillors, Sub-council manager, Mr. Raphael Martin, Sub-council Staff, Members of the press, ladies and gentlemen.
Resumption and escalation of Eskom load-shedding across South Africa
The City of Cape Town advises residents that Eskom has declared a system emergency and the resumption and escalation of load-shedding affects Cape Town and the rest of the country. Eskom has just confirmed the escalation to Stage 4 load-shedding from 15:00 to 22:00 today (11 February) Read more below:
With the resumption of Eskom’s load-shedding across South Africa, the City encourages its residents to plan ahead and to follow a few simple tips to ensure that they stay connected, healthy and safe.
• Communication: Ensure that your cell phone, laptop, tablet and radio are always fully charged when power is available. This will allow you to be able to communicate with friends and family during load-shedding
• Transport: Make sure that your vehicle always has fuel in the tank as most petrol stations are unable to pump fuel during power outages
• Cash: Keep some cash on you as ATMs cannot operate without electricity
• Security and safety: Backup batteries for electrically operated gates, garage doors and security systems should be kept in a good working condition and be able to last through periods of load-shedding. Store temporary lighting such as battery-powered torches, gas lamps and candles in places where they will be easy to find in the dark
• Eating: If you do not have a gas stove, prepare meals before the power is scheduled to be switched off. Boil water in your kettle and keep it in thermos flasks for hot drinks. You can also use an insulating cover on teapots, pots and pans to keep drinks and meals warm
• Medication: Most medication requiring refrigeration can be kept in a closed fridge for several hours without spoiling, but you should check with your doctor or pharmacist if in doubt
• Traffic lights: intersections with traffic lights that are not working because of load-shedding should be treated as four-way-stops. The motorists who stops first may proceed first if the way is clear and safe to do so. Please stay calm and follow defensive driving techniques
Please note that Eskom is the lead authority in this matter.
In the past, the City has been able to mitigate the impact of load-shedding in its electricity supply areas. If for instance Eskom announced Stage 2, the City, due to spare generation capacity from the Steenbras Hydro-electric Power Scheme, could assist and keep its customers on a lower stage of load-shedding. This is not possible at the moment as the Steenbras scheme is undergoing necessary maintenance until April 2019.
The maintenance was also planned as electricity usage is the lowest at this time of the year, which would ideally have had a minimal impact on City customers. However, with the latest round of Eskom load-shedding, the City is unable to assist its customers.
Due to Cape Town’s great electricity-saving efforts brought on by many years of City conservation campaigns, usage is already relatively low, so reducing usage currently will unfortunately not help to mitigate the impact of Eskom load-shedding especially as the Steenbras scheme is undergoing maintenance.
Dam levels decline 1,6% over the last week
Dams that supply Cape Town have declined by 1,6% over the past week to 57,4% of storage capacity.
The average water consumption has increased by 19 million litres per day to 633 million litres per day.
While we remain within our allocated allowance of 650 million litres per day, we need to exercise caution and continue with water-wise behaviour.
Residents are reminded that Level 3 water restrictions are in place which includes the following, among others:
• Daily usage of 105 litres per person per day in total irrespective of whether you are at home, work or elsewhere
• Washing of vehicles, trailers, caravans and boats with municipal drinking water is only allowed if using a bucket. Washing with non-drinking water or cleaning with waterless products or dry steam cleaning processes is strongly encouraged
• You are encouraged to flush toilets with greywater, rainwater or other non-drinking water
• Commercial car wash industries must comply with industry best practice norms regarding water usage per car washed and recycle or reuse a minimum of 50% of water used
• No watering/irrigation with municipal drinking water within 48 hours of rainfall that provides adequate saturation
• Washing vehicles, trailers, caravans and boats with municipal drinking water is only allowed if using a bucket. Washing with non-drinking water or cleaning with waterless products or dry steam cleaning processes is strongly encouraged
• Watering/irrigation with municipal drinking water allowed only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays before 09:00 or after 18:00 for a maximum of one hour per property and only if using a bucket or watering can. No use of hosepipes or any sprinkler systems allowed
• Borehole/wellpoint water must be used efficiently to avoid wastage and evaporation. Borehole/wellpoint water users are strongly encouraged to follow the same watering times as applicable to municipal drinking water use detailed above
City gets to work with clean-up operations.
The operation follows the Mayor’s tabling of the adjustment budget last month, which saw an additional R115 million allocated towards cleaning up our communities:
• R56 million will go towards additional cleaning of informal settlements
• R14 million is allocated for the recruitment of Expanded Public Works Programme workers who will assist with community clean-ups
• R20 million is allocated to the Area Cleaning Division in our Solid Waste Management Directorate, specifically for services in our poorer areas
• An additional R25 million is earmarked for the Recreation and Parks Department which will go towards grass cutting and maintenance across all wards
We know grime causes crime and the additional money is an effort to clean up the city in order to reduce the affects it have on crime. This is why unspent funds for the financial year have been spent to recruit additional law enforcement, patrol vehicles, CCTV cameras, and put extra funding towards cleaning up our communities.
Cleaning up our communities are not the City’s responsibility alone. We need residents to work with us to declare war on waste and grime. Residents need to become active citizens in their neighborhoods. This is the only way we as a great city can ensure clean neighborhoods and a clean city for all.
Lastly, I am disgusted by the dirty politics that is at play leading up to the 8 May 2019 National and Provincial Elections. Last night I received a video clip from someone – in the clip one can clearly see/hear Mayor Dan Plato having a conversation with Mitchell’s Plain Chamber’s Sean Achim. One can clearly hear Mayor Plato saying that people coming into the Western Cape cannot FEND for themselves. This was misconstrued as Mayor saying they can’t “think” for themselves. I contacted Sean Achim last night who confirmed that Mayor Plato indeed said they can’t “FEND” for themselves. This morning on my way to the office I saw the headlines and it is sad that people would go so far to score cheap political points.