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Drought crisis warning: Water use must be brought down by 100 million litres immediately<p>Water is only permitted for essential use. </p><p>The metro, as the largest water user of the Western Cape Water Supply System, has achieved the 20% savings target set by the National Department of Water and Sanitation. We thank all residents, businesses and government departments for their water saving efforts but we simply have to do a lot more as consumption remains too high.</p><p>We are asking all water users to reduce their water usage to 100 litres per person per day. </p><p>Cape Town is experiencing the harsh impacts of climate change, with reduced annual average rainfall and abnormal water patterns. No sufficient rain is predicted for the next three weeks. </p><p>In terms of stepping up our response to water leaks and complaints, the City of Cape Town has allocated R22 million to employ additional staff for our first-line response teams who are deployed to attend to water faults reported to our call centre.<br> <br>Approximately 75 additional staff members have been employed to improve our response time to water complaints. These teams are able to identify the problem, do some repairs and/or isolate the leak, and call in the appropriate level of response to do major repairs. <br> <br>The additional staff members are also deployed to deal with any water management device complaints and faults. </p><p>Since the implementation of water restrictions, the City’s call centre and first-line response teams have been inundated with calls about water faults and leaks. </p><p>The City’s staff attend to approximately 800 water and sanitation complaints related to water leaks and faults on a daily basis and teams are doing all they can to expedite their response to water complaints. Teams prioritise cases and are sent to the sites where the most losses occur first to minimise the amount of water being lost. </p><p>‘As it pertains to the City, we continue to use all current means to drive down consumption. There are some residents in this city who have already cut their consumption down to one-third of what they used to use, but others have seemingly taken the decision that their needs are more important than anyone else’s. We will continue to crack down on those water users. Every single water user must use less than 100 litres per person per day. This is not negotiable,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg. </p><p>The City is continuing large-scale pressure reduction programmes across Cape Town to force down consumption. Other emergency interventions are under way and as dam levels decline, the City will start to implement a lifeline supply which entails reducing the water pressure to a very low level across the metro. Furthermore, the City is actively monitoring the use of the top 100 residential users to ensure that corrective measures are taken. </p><p>Residents are reminded to use water only for drinking, washing and cooking:</p><ul><li>Only flush the toilet when necessary. Don’t use it as a dustbin. ‘If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down’</li><li>Take a short two-minute shower. A standard (non-water saving) showerhead can use as much as 16 litres per minute</li><li>Collect your shower, bath and basin water and reuse it to flush your toilet, and for the garden and cleaning (bear in mind that greywater use has some health and hygiene risks you must avoid; keep hands and surface areas sanitised/disinfected)</li><li>Defrost food in the fridge or naturally rather than placing it under running water</li><li>Use a cup instead of running taps in the bathroom or kitchen for brushing teeth, shaving, drinking etc. </li><li>Wait for a full load before running washing machines and dishwashers. The rinse water from some washing machines can be reused for the next wash cycle</li><li>Switch to an efficient showerhead which uses no more than 10 litres per minute, as per the City’s by-laws</li><li>Upgrade to a multi-flush toilet and/or put a water displacement item in the cistern which can halve your water use per flush </li><li>Fit taps with aerators or restrictors to reduce flow to no more than 6 litres per minute, as per the City’s by-laws</li></ul><p>How to check for leaks on your property:<br>1.    Close all taps on the property and don’t flush the toilets<br>2.    Check and record your meter reading <br>3.    Wait 15 minutes and record the meter reading<br>4.    If there is a difference in your meter reading, you have a leak<br>5.    Call a plumber if it is not a DIY job </p><p>One leaking toilet wastes between 2 600 and 13 000 litres per month, depending on the flow rate of the leak. A leaking tap wastes between 400 and 2 600 litres per month.</p><p>Residents can contact the City via email to <a href=""></a> for queries or to report contraventions of the water restrictions (evidence should be provided to assist the City’s enforcement efforts) or they can send an SMS to 31373.</p><p>For further information, residents should please visit the water restrictions page on the City’s website: <a href=""></a> </p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p><p><strong></strong> </p>2017-05-21T22:00:00Z1
Mayor De Lille appoints City’s first Chief Resilience Officer<p>​In partnership with 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, the City of Cape Town today announced the appointment of Craig Kesson as its Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) during the City’s resilience agenda-setting workshop. 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) is dedicated to building resilience in cities around the world.</p><p>The CRO is an innovative new position in the City of Cape Town to lead the City’s resilience efforts and engage with stakeholders, resilience experts, and 100RC staff in developing a comprehensive resilience strategy. Mr Kesson’s appointment as the CRO has been officially endorsed by Council. </p><p>This follows the announcement of the City of Cape Town becoming a part of 100RC in May 2016. </p><p>Cape Town was chosen from more than 325 applicants on the basis of our willingness, ability, and need to become resilient in the face of future challenges. </p><p>As a member of 100RC, the City of Cape Town will gain access to tools, funding, technical expertise, and other resources to build resilience to the challenges of the 21st Century. </p><p>Mr Kesson’s designation as CRO is an addition to his existing duties as Executive Director in the Directorate of the Mayor. Mr Kesson will not receive any additional remuneration in his position as the CRO. </p><p>Mr Kesson has fulfilled a number of senior strategy, policy, management, and communication roles during his six years in the City administration. He has also advised a number of metro governments. </p><p>He is a graduate of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the University of Stellenbosch Business School, the University of Liverpool, and the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar. His specialisations are in public policy and strategy, project portfolios, and operations modelling. <br> <br>‘I am pleased that Council has endorsed Craig’s appointment as CRO. We have high expectations of the CRO. Craig has impressive abilities to align strategy with implementation, monitoring, and evaluation and hence I am confident that he will be able to institutionalise improved resilience responses into the City administration,’ said City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille.</p><p>Mr Kesson’s appointment has also been welcomed by the 100 Resilient Cities President, Michael Berkowitz.</p><p>‘City governments are on the front line of dealing with acute shocks and chronic stress. Cape Town is part of a group of cities leading the way on resilience to better prepare for, withstand, and recover more effectively when disruption hits. Craig joins a network of peers from cities across the globe that will share best practice and surface innovative thinking. Through this partnership, Craig will become a global leader in resilience, and will be an asset for Cape Town and other cities around the world – forging new partnerships and new solutions for the city,’ said Mr Berkowitz.</p><p>Today’s workshop brought together a diverse set of stakeholders from across city government, academia, non-profit organisations, and the private sector in an effort to identify the resilience vulnerabilities that the city is facing. </p><p>Participants identified and discussed the city’s priority challenges and the extent to which further resilience can be attained. More information on the identified stresses and shocks will be shared with the public as the process of crafting the City’s first resilience strategy unfolds.</p><p>Some of the stakeholders who participated in the agenda-setting workshop today include the Black Management Forum, academics in the fields of environmental and geographical science and climate change adaptation, the Western Cape Police Ombudsman, Habitat for Humanity, the Development Action Group, Sustainable Energy Africa, GreenCape, and others. </p><p>The City’s engagement with the diverse set of organisations represents a commitment to participatory democracy, inclusiveness, and the principles of the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan to become a more progressive, responsive, proactive, and customer-centric administration.</p><p>Each city in the 100RC network receives four concrete types of support:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Financial and logistical guidance for establishing an innovative new position in city government, a Chief Resilience Officer, who will lead the city’s resilience efforts</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Technical support for development of a robust resilience strategy</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Access to solutions, service providers, and partners from the private, public, and non-governmental organisation sectors who can help them develop and implement their resilience strategies</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Membership in a global network of member cities who can learn from and help each other</div></li></ul><p>‘We are thrilled to formally begin our partnership with 100RC. With the support of 100RC, we will identify some of the key resilience challenges that the city is facing, develop a strategy to address these challenges, and put resources in place to implement that plan. For the City of Cape Town, urban resilience is a core factor in achieving our strategic objectives to build a caring, inclusive, safe, opportunity and well-run city. Cities are the drivers of change and we stand ready to tackle the challenges and create a better Cape Town for the people of our great city,’ added Mayor De Lille.</p><p>The process of developing this strategy and further consultations will be led by the CRO who will use the data and information sourced from today’s workshop as a starting point. </p><p>For more information on 100RC, residents can visit: <a href=""></a></p><span><div class="image-gallery-slider img-gal-1" id="img-gal-1" data-slide="1" data-slides="3" 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:949px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <a title="title" href="#"> <b></b></a>City of Cape Town today announced the appointment of Craig Kesson as its Chief Resilience Officer (CRO)</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-2"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1031px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <b></b>City of Cape Town today announced the appointment of Craig Kesson as its Chief Resilience Officer (CRO)</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-3"> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"></figcaption></figure></div><div class="image-gallery-control"><div class="image-gallery-nav"><div class="slide-prev"> <i class="icon arrow-white-prev"></i>​</div></div></div></div>​​</span><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2017-05-18T22:00:00Z1
City distributes winter aid to organisations<span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>The City of Cape Town has disbursed aid to 16 organisations that have all successfully applied for assistance during winter. The aid consists of food, blankets, mattresses and toiletries to help cater for an expected increase in the number of street people seeking shelter during the cold winter months.</p> <p>The organisations were subject to a rigorous vetting process and 16 applicants met all of the criteria. These organisations all have overnight facilities which comply with the relevant health and safety requirements. Each successful applicant also had to agree to a site inspection before final approval was granted. A memorandum of agreement has been signed between the City and the respective organisations to ensure that all parties comply with their roles and responsibilities.</p> <span>​<figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:511px;" /><figcaption><p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> ‘We know that winter is an especially hard time for people living on the street and we want to do what we can to assist organisations in providing street people with access to warm bedding, food, and toiletries. Homeless shelters are crucial in ensuring that street people are properly cared for in a safe environment. This aid will assist the various organisations as they cope with the increased demand when the cold sets in. <p>‘This is an example of how we’re working together with external parties to make a difference in people’s lives, in line with the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan which focuses on building integrated communities through partnering with non-governmental organisations and businesses. I want to take this opportunity to thank all those who work in the city’s homeless shelters for the constant care they provide to some of Cape Town’s most vulnerable residents,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.</p> <p>In addition to the aid provided, the Social Development Department also facilitated fire safety inspections at all of the premises to ensure that population certificates are in order. The City’s Fire and Rescue Service will also provide training to organisations on fire safety interventions.</p> <p><strong>The organisations who received this aid are</strong><strong>:</strong></p> <table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:50%;">​Elim Night Shelter</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:50%;">​ 47 Third Avenue, Elsies River</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​The Haven Night Shelter, Bellville</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​2 South Street, Bellville</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​The Haven Night Shelter, Claremont</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​5 Fir Street, Claremont</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​The Haven Night Shelter, District Six</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​20 Selkirk Street, Cape Town</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​The Haven Night Shelter, Kalk Bay</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​139 Main Road, Kalk Bay</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​The Haven Night Shelter, Kensington</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​Corner of 13th Avenue and Dapper Road, Kensington</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​The Haven Night Shelter, Kraaifontein</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​20 Van der Ross Street, Kraaifontein</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​The Haven Night Shelter, Napier Street</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​2 Napier Street, Green Point</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​The Haven Night Shelter, Retreat</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​10th Avenue, Retreat</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​The Haven Night Shelter, Woodstock</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​24 Dublin Street, Woodstock</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1">​The Haven Night Shelter, Wynberg</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1">​16a Piers Road, Wynberg</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1">​Mould, Empower, Serve</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1">​3 Davis Street, Bellville</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1">​Oasis Reach for Your Dream</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1">​28 Schaapkraal Road, Philippi</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1">​Somerset West Night Shelter</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1">​71 Church Street, Somerset West</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1">​Tygerberg Association of Street People</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1">​ 36 Charl Malan Street, Bellville</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1">​Ubuntu Circle of Courage</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1">​16 Douglas Crescent, The Hague, Delft</td></tr></tbody></table> <span><br> <figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:500px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> The City would also like to remind the public of its Give Responsibly Campaign which seeks to create awareness so that if residents would like to help, they do so responsibly in order to assist street people in the long-term. The City calls on residents to please give responsibly by not giving hand-outs directly to street people, and instead donating to organisations and shelters that assist street people. <p>Members of the public are encouraged to contact the City’s toll-free number on <a>0800 872 201</a> to find out how they can assist.</p> <p> <br> <strong>End</strong></p>​​</span>​​</span> <p> </p>​​</span>2017-05-18T22:00:00Z1
City scoops transport award in Montreal, Canada<span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:576px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>UITP is the international organisation for public transport authorities and operators and its summit draws mobility professionals from all over the world. The UITP awards recognise successful projects that are implemented around the world which place public transport at the heart of the urban and local mobility system. </p><p>The winning projects must be ambitious, innovative and implementable in other cities and regions. The strategies should integrate land use and transport planning, be sustainable, and encourage more residents to shift to public transport.</p><p>Last night Melissa Whitehead, Commissioner of the TDA, was presented with the international award for the City of Cape Town’s Transit-Oriented Development Strategic Framework. The TDA was shortlisted in the category ‘Public Transport Strategy’, together with the transport authorities of Chennai, Moscow and Munich.</p><p>‘I am elated that we came out tops on the world stage where we competed against the best transport authorities across the globe. This award is confirmation of the City’s innovation and forward thinking in eradicating the legacy of apartheid spatial planning by placing public transport at the centre of all new public investments and developments across Cape Town,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.</p><p>The Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Strategic Framework was adopted by Council in March 2016. The strategy signifies a radical shift in the City’s financing and planning strategies and delivery methods. </p><p>It prescribes how new developments across Cape Town should happen and how existing public infrastructure should be transformed to address the legacy of apartheid spatial planning, the high cost of public transport, and urbanisation, while also stimulating economic growth.</p><p>The strategic framework seeks to optimise the location of future residential areas for all income groups in relation to economic and work opportunities. This will hold substantial benefits for lower-income households who currently spend up to 45% of their monthly household income on transport and have to travel between 45 km and 70 km to get to work.</p><p>The TOD Strategic Framework is a bold commitment to transforming our spatial reality over the next few decades. It prioritises more efficient land use, with increased densities and mixed uses and the right development in the right locations with public transport and access as the determining factors.</p><p>‘We are extremely proud of this achievement. The award serves as a motivation to work even harder to improve our residents’ lives through affordable, safe and decent public transport. This ties in with the City’s new Organisational Development and Transformation Plan which aims to accelerate our efforts to create a more equal society based on integrated communities, economic inclusion, and access to opportunities,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br> </p>​​</span>2017-05-17T22:00:00Z1




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