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City mourns the loss of a jazz music giant, Hugh Masekela The City extends its deepest condolences to the Masekela family as well as Bra Hugh’s friends and the musical fraternity at large. <p>Today the City of Cape Town mourns the loss of jazz legend, Hugh Masekela, along with all South Africans. </p><p>‘Bra Hugh,’ as he was affectionately known, was a pioneer, musical maestro and brave anti-apartheid activist. </p><p>His music was not only enjoyed and celebrated in South Africa but throughout the world and he was renowned for his distinct sound and loved by many for his humility and charm. </p><p>Bra Hugh’s music, such as firm favourites ‘Bring back Nelson Mandela’ and ‘Stimela,’ will continue to live on for decades to come. He was and always will remain a national pride. </p><p>Though he has passed on, his music and legacy will be with us forever. </p><p>On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I extend my deepest condolences to the Masekela family as well as Bra Hugh’s friends and the musical fraternity at large. </p><p>This is indeed a great loss to jazz music, to South Africa and the world. </p><p>We remain forever grateful for Bra Hugh’s legendary contribution to jazz music and the struggle for freedom. <br>Lala kahle Bra Hugh.</p><p><strong>End </strong><br></p>2018-01-22T22:00:00Z1
Non-water savers urged to join Team Cape Town water savers as Day Zero moves forward to 12 April 2018I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to all Capetonians who have been redoubling their efforts to save water.<p>To those of you who are not yet part of the massive water-saving efforts that are under way in Cape Town, we urge you to join friends, neighbours, colleagues and Team Cape Town as a whole in beating back Day Zero. </p><p>Unfortunately, due to a drop in the dam levels of 1,4%, Day Zero has, as of today, moved forward to 12 April 2018. </p><p>However, it is still possible to push back Day Zero if we all stand together now and change our current path. </p><p>Now is the time to do so. We will not be getting second chances. </p><p>The City is making an enormous effort to delay Day Zero by rolling out aggressive pressure management operations across the city, installing thousands of water management devices on the properties of high users and ensuring that we better our record low overall water loss percentage of 16% (compared to the national average of 36%). Our average first response time to reported leaks and bursts is less than two hours. </p><p>Our desalination, aquifer and water recycling projects aimed at providing additional water are ongoing but will not provide sufficient supply to help us avoid Day Zero this year. They will, however, help us to become more resilient in weathering our next dry season.</p><p>Our main focus at this point must be on what we can do now to prevent our taps running dry by April. By joining us in our water-saving drive, you, your friends, neighbours, colleagues and social groups can help us to avoid Day Zero.</p><span><div class="mobile-scroll">​​<br> <table> <caption>This week's dashboard</caption> <thead><tr><th>Dam levels</th><th style="width:251px;">% of Cape Town saving</th><th>Total usage</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr style="text-align:center;"><td>27,2</td><td style="width:251px;">41%</td><td>586 million litres per day</td></tr><tr><td style="text-align:center;">(-1.4% down)</td><td style="width:251px;"> </td><td style="text-align:center;">86 million litres above the target</td></tr><tr><td> </td><td style="width:251px;"> </td><td> </td></tr></tbody></table></div>​​​</span><p>From 1 February the critical threshold will be 450 million litres per day. Users will be required to use 50 litres per person per day for 150 days at least.</p><p>We are in the process of finalising our operational plan for Day Zero. Our Critical Water Shortages Disaster Plan draws from international best practices, and decisions around the basic design and distribution of water collection points reflect what other cities around the world have implemented when faced with extreme drought conditions. </p><p>The Disaster Risk Management Department has been looking at how these water collection points can be managed to ensure efficiency is maximised. This involves anticipating what strategies households and businesses will employ to meet their water needs in the case of Day Zero, and how these strategies can be supported by designing and managing these collection points in a way that makes ergonomic sense. <br> <br>It is important we manage and organise these water distribution points in a way that does not frustrate household or business strategies to access water as efficiently as possible. It is crucial that we spend the time to troubleshoot these water distribution points effectively. A City Disaster Risk Management team is dedicated to this task and is consulting widely to make sure that we can accurately anticipate all possible factors which will affect queue length, safety and health risks at the sites. </p><p>If we want this disaster plan to be adopted with as little risk and inconvenience as possible, we need to look at the local context of each water distribution point. We need to build flexibility into the design of this plan to ensure that we can address any contingencies as they arise.</p><p>In addition to looking at water provision and distribution, the plan will also focus on safety and security, health and sanitation, as well as mobilising communities to help us assist vulnerable groups and individuals. </p><p>A briefing on this plan will be arranged within the next 10 days.</p>2018-01-22T22:00:00Z1
City appoints acting commissioner for Transport and Urban Development Authority Mr Gershwin Fortune, Portfolio Manager for Integrated Transport, has been appointed as acting commissioner for the City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) with immediate effect. <p>​</p><p>Mr Gershwin Fortune, Portfolio Manager for Integrated Transport, has been appointed as acting commissioner for the City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) with immediate effect. </p><p>Mr Fortune has 19 years’ relevant work experience which includes predominantly local government, and to a lesser extent international experience as an urban transport specialist for the World Bank.  </p><p>‘The TDA is spearheading a number of projects that are critical to the spatial transformation of our city, and in establishing an integrated public transport system that will bring down the cost of transport and the time residents spend on commuting between their homes and work. The turn-around plan for urban commuter rail, and the provision of affordable and inclusionary housing on well-located land, count among the key priorities we will be focusing on in the coming months. Mr Fortune will oversee these projects, as well as a number of other initiatives. We have a lot of work to do, and I am enthusiastic and excited about seeing these projects come to fruition,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2018-01-21T22:00:00Z1
City warns of elevated toxin levels in WildevoëlvleiWildevoelvlei has a well-established algal population dominated by species of blue-green algae (Cyanophyceae<p>​</p><p>Wildevoelvlei has a well-established algal population dominated by species of blue-green algae (Cyanophyceae). This algal group has the ability, under certain conditions, to produce toxins which can be harmful to humans and animals if ingested.</p><p>During the warm summer months, the algal population can increase dramatically. Recent monitoring and laboratory tests undertaken by the City have confirmed that the water contains blue-green algal toxins.</p><p>‘The public is urged to avoid all contact with the water at the vlei and in the outlet channel leading to the sea and discharging on a section of Noordhoek Beach. Dog-walkers should ensure that their pets remain on a leash and prevent them from drinking the water,’ said the City’s Acting Mayoral Committee Member for Area South, Councillor Suzette Little.</p><p>The harvesting, sale and consumption of shellfish from the rocky outcrops near the outlet to the sea (Klein Slangkop on Noordhoek Beach) is not advised. Shellfish, such as mussels, harvested from this area are likely to be unfit for human consumption as a result of the toxins.</p><p>The algal blooms can usually be seen  as green, blue-green, white or brown foam, scum or mats floating on the surface of the water. Exposure to the algae can cause eye irritation, skin rashes, mouth ulcers, vomiting, diarrhoea, and cold-or flu-like symptoms. Drinking or swallowing large amounts of contaminated water can be extremely dangerous.</p><p>Anyone who comes into direct contact with the blue-green algae should wash immediately with clean water. If any symptoms present, seek medical advice immediately.</p><p>‘The City will continue to monitor the water quality and keep the public informed of any developments. Water samples from the vlei are assessed regularly as part of the City’s Water Quality Monitoring Programme. Last year the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP) was adopted by Council to improve how the administration works. A key goal of this is ensuring a safe environment for all,’ said Councillor Little.</p><p>The City’s Environmental Health officials are erecting signage at various locations to warn the public and advise them of the situation. The warning signs will only be removed once the vlei is clear of all potential health risks. </p><p>‘The City is committed to the safety of residents, but we need everyone to play their part. Please don’t go to the vlei or harvest and consume shellfish from this area,’ reiterated Councillor Little. </p><p>For further information on the matter, please contact the City’s Lakeside Environmental Health Office on <a>021 444 1653</a>.</p><p> <br> <strong>End</strong><br></p>2018-01-21T22:00:00Z1






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