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Residents should not be forced into giving 'Christmas boxes' or bonuses to City’s Solid Waste staff Residents should note that there is a policy in place which strictly forbids its staff from asking residents for so-called ‘Christmas boxes’ and from soliciting donations. <p>​</p><p>Residents should note that there is a policy in place which strictly forbids its staff from asking residents for so-called ‘Christmas boxes’ and from soliciting donations. </p><p>‘City staff are appropriately remunerated and should not, under any circumstances, be asking residents for donations. If residents believe that excellent service has been provided they are of course at liberty to give a voluntary donation to staff as a gesture of thanks and goodwill,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg. </p><p>Residents should please report any contraventions to the City’s Call Centre on 0860 103 089. Apart from the date, time and place, a vehicle registration number should be provided so that the alleged culprits can be identified. Residents can also report this to <a href="mailto:Wastewise.User@capetown.gov.za" target="_blank">Wastewise.User@capetown.gov.za</a>. Such reports will be investigated immediately. Where residents are willing to testify, the City will be able to prosecute offenders. </p><p>Residents should also be aware that certain opportunists attempt to pose as City staff at this time of the year. If residents suspect that the people who approach them are misrepresenting themselves, the matter should be reported to the South African Police Service immediately. </p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2017-12-11T22:00:00Z1
Public called to comment on draft Water Amendment By-law In 2015 the by-law was amended to ensure that the City could adequately monitor and control water-related services and also to oversee the plumbing industry<p>​</p><p>The existing Water By-law, as amended in 2015, was a progressive piece of legislation and, among other things, looked at the change in Cape Town’s demographics and associated water demand scenarios and water-wise strategy. </p><p>In 2015 the by-law was amended to ensure that the City could adequately monitor and control water-related services and also to oversee the plumbing industry. However, due to the impact of the worst drought in recorded history, the by-law requires further amendments.  </p><p>Key proposals now include: </p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">reducing the demand on the municipal water supply by expanding the regulations on alternative water use and efficient plumbing fittings</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">enhancing enforcement of the by-law in relation to plumbers within the metro</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">strengthening the requirements for sub-metering on properties that have multiple accommodation units</div></li></ul><p>‘The amendments attempt to address the City’s emphasis on proactive governance to better adapt to the New Normal, which recognises our position in a water-scarce region,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.</p><p>This is in alignment with the City’s commitment to prioritising resource efficiency and security which forms part of the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan.</p><p>‘At its core, the amendments seek to move Cape Town towards becoming a more resilient, water-sensitive city. This is another action to ensure that we are able not only to survive droughts of the magnitude that we are currently experiencing, but that we can thrive despite intense droughts. </p><p>‘It also sets out the roles and responsibilities of water users to ensure that we all take responsibility for conservation-based water management practices,’ said Councillor Limberg. </p><p>Members of the public may view the proposed by-law at subcouncil offices and at <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Have-your-say/Issues-open-for-public-comment/comment-on-the-proposed-draft-water-amendment-by-law" target="_blank">http://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Have-your-say/Issues-open-for-public-comment/comment-on-the-proposed-draft-water-amendment-by-law</a></p><p>Comments may be sent to <a href="mailto:WaterPollution.Control@capetown.gov.za" target="_blank">WaterPollution.Control@capetown.gov.za</a> until 8 January 2018. </p><p>Please see <a href="http://www.capetow.gov.za/thinkwater" target="_blank">www.capetow.gov.za/thinkwater</a> for more water-related information. </p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p><p> </p>2017-12-11T22:00:00Z1
Water dashboard reveals alarming high consumption trend As of today, the City of Cape Town’s dam levels stand at 34,2%, down from 35,1% last week. <p>​</p><p>As of today, the City of Cape Town’s dam levels stand at 34,2%, down from 35,1% last week. <br> <br>The City’s water dashboard is available here: <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/dayzerodashboard" target="_blank">www.capetown.gov.za/dayzerodashboard</a></p><p>The City’s water dashboard this week has revealed the following:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Consumption has once again increased to dangerous levels, from an average of 611 million litres per day last week to an average of 628 million litres per day this week, while the daily demand spiked to 694 million litres yesterday. This means that many people have relaxed their water-saving efforts or, worse still, are ignoring the restriction measures. This puts us at risk of reaching Day Zero much sooner</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">According to the latest consumption levels, only 37% of residents are using less than 87 litres per person per day. This has decreased from 40% of residents last week</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">In terms of the City’s progress with our first-phase seven augmentation projects, these are at 50% completion</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">These factors have moved Day Zero forward to 18 May 2018</div></li></ul><p> <br>Consumption must be reduced drastically so that we move Day Zero further away. We thank the many residents who are saving water, but these consumption levels are alarmingly high at the start of a long dry summer. <br> <br>We must step up our water-saving efforts and reach the target of 500 million litres per day so that we push Day Zero back. Day Zero will come sooner if we do not have everyone on board using 87 litres or less per day. <br> <br>Day Zero will come when we reach 13,5% dam levels and the City will turn off most taps. At this stage residents will have to collect water daily from around 200 collection sites across the city. <br> <br>The City has committed to doing everything it can to bring additional water online, but we can only beat this drought if residents keep saving. Even when new projects start yielding additional water, residents must not let up on saving water as it will take a few years for us to recover from the drought.<br> <br>The City is part of the Western Cape Water Supply Scheme. While the City accounts for approximately 64% of water usage from the scheme, the balance is used by agriculture and other municipalities in the Western Cape. Furthermore, evaporation contributes approximately 15% of water use during the summer months. Dam levels are impacted by a number of factors such as runoff from rainfall, transfers from other catchments, agricultural releases and evaporation.<br> <br>At this time of year, the heat increases the evaporation rate so intensified water savings are a must. We appeal to residents to please step up their water-saving efforts as we can only get through this together. The City will also continue its roll-out of water management devices to restrict households who are still using excessive amounts of water. <br> <br> <br><strong>End </strong></p>2017-12-11T22:00:00Z1
Residents to celebrate festive season in their own homesThe City of Cape Town made the dreams of three families come true recently with the handover of a set of keys and two title deeds.<p>​</p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/INLINE_newhome3.jpg" style="width:768px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure><p>The City of Cape Town made the dreams of three families come true recently with the handover of a set of keys and two title deeds.</p><p>Safia Moos is 72 years old and has been on the housing database for 27 years. She previously lived in Manenberg. Mrs Moos was handed the keys to her rental unit which she will occupy with her son and two grandchildren.</p><p>Mrs Moos is a pensioner and has welcomed the opportunity to take occupation of the rental unit in Albow Gardens. The unit was previously occupied by the City’s Home Ownership, Transfers and Tenancy Management Department and was used as a local housing office. The unit was underutilised as it was only operational on certain days of the week. </p></span><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/INLINE_new%20home.jpg" style="width:511px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure><p>The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Assets and Facilities Management, Councillor Stuart Diamond, requested that the unit be upgraded and prepared for occupancy.</p><p>‘The City’s rental units are in high demand and allocations are done in date order of the application. The handover is testament to the City’s commitment to empowering some of our most vulnerable residents by providing them with shelter or turning them into first-time property owners,’ said Councillor Diamond.</p><p>Those interested in applying for the City’s rental units should please register at their nearest housing office for their names to be added to the City’s central housing database as that is the only way to access the various housing opportunities. Tenants who are interested in taking ownership of their rental units can also enquire at their nearest housing office to find out if they qualify.</p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/INLINE_new%20home2.jpg" style="width:768px;" /><figcaption> <p>  © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure><p>David and Verona Stoffels, and Cathrina Thyssen were grateful to receive the title deeds to their properties in Belhar ahead of the festive season.</p><p>‘The handover of keys and title deeds is an indication of our commitment to bring about redress for our vulnerable residents. We will continue to make every effort to ensure that beneficiaries receive their keys and title deeds to the rental units where applicable. Transferring property ownership to residents is one of the priorities of the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan which creates value for residents and gives them a sense of belonging. We trust that our housing beneficiaries will maintain their properties to the highest standard and preserve them as a valuable asset for their children,’ added Councillor Diamond.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p></span><p> </p><p> </p>​​</span><p> </p>2017-12-11T22:00:00Z1

 

 

 

 

 

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