|Defeating Day Zero is in sight if we sustain our water-saving efforts||Day 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="http://coct.co/water-dashboard/" target="_blank">http://coct.co/water-dashboard/</a>)</p><ul><li>
Day Zero: 9 July 2018 (was 4 June 2018)
</li><li>Dam Levels: 24,4% (decline of 0,5%)
Total consumption: 523 million litres per day (73 million litres above the target of 450 million litres per day)
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="http://bit.ly/WaterTariff" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/WaterTariff</a></p><p>Please visit
<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater" target="_blank">www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater</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="http://www.capetown.gov.za/watermap" target="_blank">www.capetown.gov.za/watermap</a> to see if your household is painting the city green to avoid Day Zero. </p><p>
|Cape Town, best performing metro, continues to lower unemployment and keeps Moody’s credit rating||Cape Town has the lowest official unemployment rate, at 21,7%, of all the metros in South Africa.||<p></p><p>Today, I am pleased to reflect on the city’s encouraging economic results where 89 000 more Cape Town residents were employed in the fourth quarter of 2017 than during the same period in 2016. In addition, Cape Town has the lowest official unemployment rate, at 21,7%, of all the metros in South Africa.</p><p>Cape Town’s growing employment is a testament to the City’s efforts to create an enabling environment for businesses to invest and to create new jobs.</p><p>The recent Quarterly Labour Force Survey 2017 for the fourth quarter, from 1 October to 31 December 2017, shows that Cape Town’s strict unemployment rate is far below the national strict unemployment rate of 26.7%.</p><p>Cape Town’s job creation efforts continue to yield positive results as our unemployment rate is lower than all the other major cities including: eThekwini (21,9%), Tshwane (26.9%), Johannesburg (28.2%), Ekurhuleni (33.6%) and Nelson Mandela Bay (36.9%).</p><p>Cape Town’s strict unemployment rate decreased by 1.5 percentage points from the previous quarter and decreased by 2.2 percentage points on a year-on-year basis. </p><p>The city has the lowest expanded rate of all major cities. Cape Town’s expanded rate of unemployment (23,5%) is far below the national expanded rate (36,3%).</p><p>Statistics South Africa’s figures show that the number of unemployed people in Cape Town has decreased on a quarter-on-quarter basis by 30 235. </p><p>At present, 1 285 791 Capetonians are employed in the formal sector while 170 089 are employed in the informal sector. Encouragingly, this is the sixth consecutive quarter that the employment level in the city has increased.</p><p>We will continue working hard on our efforts to bring more investment and create more jobs in Cape Town so that we can address poverty and unemployment and put a greater dent into the number of people who are still without work.</p><p>I am also pleased to report on our City’s economic development efforts which have achieved a number of important milestones. During the last three months of 2017, the City’s funding to Wesgro and industry bodies such as the Business Process Enabling South Africa (BPeSA) and GreenCape facilitated R1,3 billion in investments. These investments created 1 370 jobs in the business process out-sourcing, ICT, manufacturing and renewable energy sectors.</p><p>The City’s Enterprise and Investment Department works closely with Wesgro, BPeSA Western Cape and Green Cape to promote trade and grow a more inclusive economy. </p><p>It is important to note that the City of Cape Town works with the private sector and investors to grow our economy. It is not only government’s role to create jobs but we have a keen understanding that we must create the conditions conducive to economic growth and support those sectors which are showing the most growth. We must ensure that all of our residents have equal access to opportunities. By working together, we can redress the imbalances of our past.</p><p>Finally, in more good news, Moody’s kept the City of Cape Town’s good global and national scale credit ratings at Baa3/Prime-3 and Aaa.za/Prime-1.za, respectively. The credit rating agency commended the City’s ‘stable financial performance,’ which is supported by a large diversified economic base.</p><p>The agency did note that the City’s global scale rating is currently on review for a possible downgrade due to the national sovereign rating also being on review. </p><p>Despite challenges, with these results Cape Town has shown that we are a resilient city, and that we are committed to good governance and creating opportunities for all.</p><p><br><strong>End </strong><br></p>||2018-02-19T22:00:00Z||1|
|Blue Monday for learner’s licence cheat||A 31-year-old Delft resident landed in hot water on Monday 19 February 2018 when a vigilant examiner at the Milnerton Driving Licence Testing Centre (DLTC) caught him cheating on his learner’s licence test.||<p></p><p>A 31-year-old Delft resident landed in hot water on Monday 19 February 2018 when a vigilant examiner at the Milnerton Driving Licence Testing Centre (DLTC) caught him cheating on his learner’s licence test.</p><p>The examiner noticed that the applicant was acting suspiciously and when she approached him, she noticed he was copying answers from a piece of paper that he had with him in the examination venue.</p><p>The suspect hid the piece of paper when approached and denied that he was cheating on the test. However, he was later found in possession of a sheet of paper with answers to all of the questions for the learner’s licence test and was subsequently arrested.</p><p>‘This is an extremely brazen act, but also deeply concerning because no group of applicants is given exactly the same test paper. This suspect had answers for all of the questions so it raises the possibility of inside involvement. This will be part of the investigation into this matter, but needless to say it is extremely disappointing,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>In April 2017, a 19-year-old man was arrested for possession of fraudulent documents when he tried to book a driving licence test in Milnerton with what turned out to be a fake learner’s licence. A few weeks earlier, two friends were arrested at the Durbanville DLTC when the one tried to write the test on the other’s behalf as his friend had a sight issue and was not adequately prepared.</p><p>Learner’s licence applicants are informed prior to the test that it is an offence to use any unauthorised aid and that they can be convicted and disqualified from reapplying for a learner’s licence for a period of 12 months. </p><p>In the last quarter of 2017, there were 33 190 learner licence tests conducted at the City’s DLTCs with a 65% pass rate (21 666). This was down from 33 951 tests conducted over the same period in 2016, where the pass rate was 64%. The City has also managed to reduce the waiting period for learner’s and driving licence appointments dramatically over the last five years to ensure that young people are able to obtain their driver's licence so they are able to apply for jobs that have this as a requirement.</p><p>‘While we have seen a slight drop in the number of learner’s and driving licence applications, there is still great demand for these qualifications. It’s not an easy process because, in the interests of road safety, we have to rigorously test anyone who wants to operate a motor vehicle. I appeal to prospective drivers to resist attempting shortcuts. While it may seem like a good idea to try and circumvent the system, it could have devestating personal consequences down the line,’ added Alderman Smith.</p><p><strong>End</strong></p>||2018-02-19T22:00:00Z||1|
|More residents to receive estimated bills for January||As of 1 January 2018, the City moved from a third party electronic platform to an in-house electronic interface system for the uploading of monthly water meter readings.||<p>As of 1 January 2018, the City moved from a third party electronic platform to an in-house electronic interface system for the uploading of monthly water meter readings. Since this move, there have been technical challenges with uploading meter readings to the new system. As a result, some customers will receive estimated bills although their meter was read. Customers across the City will be affected.<br><br> Where residents receive estimated bills, the City recommends that they settle the account as they would normally. If the estimate is higher than the actual usage then their account will be adjusted appropriately the next time the actual meter reading is captured. In cases where estimated consumption far exceeds actual consumption, and residents are unable to afford the bill, they can approach the City’s call centre or their closest walk-in centre to request an investigation. Debt management will be suspended until the investigation is resolved.
<br><br>Please note that estimated bills are currently based on consumption for the same period in the previous year. For example, a meter estimate for January 2018 is based on the actual usage of January 2017. This method is used to account for seasonal variation in water consumption. The City is however working to adapt the estimation method to account for changing consumption patterns due to the current water shortage. From 1 March 2018, estimated accounts will be based on average consumption at the property for the previous three months.
<br><br>Residents can however avoid estimated bills altogether by submitting their own meter reading. More details on how to do so can be found at the following link:<br><br><a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/residential-utility-services/residential-water-and-sanitation-services/water-meter-readings">http://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/residential-utility-services/residential-water-and-sanitation-services/water-meter-readings</a><br><br> The City encourages as many residents as possible to register for e-Services and do their own meter readings. Performing regular meter readings at your property is essential for effectively managing water consumption, and can act as an early warning for leaks on the property.
<br><br>The City acknowledges and regrets the frustration that estimated bills will cause many residents who have reduced water consumption drastically, but would like to reassure them that we are doing everything possible to resolve the problem as speedily as possible.
<br><br>Residents should also please note that estimated readings could affect their green dot status on the City’s Water Map. Residents who have had their consumption estimated will rather be given a grey dot reflecting that no data exists for consumption on the property. Whilst this will cause some disappointment, it is important that we all continue to do our best to save water.
<br><br>Residents are reminded that level 6 tariffs are being applied from 1 February 2018. See below for a comparison between level 4 and level 6 tariffs.</p>
<strong>Water Tariffs (Domestic Full and Domestic Cluster)</strong></caption>
<thead><tr><th style="width:97px;">Water Steps
<br>(1kl = 1 000 litres) </th><th style="width:145px;">Level 4 (2017/18) Until 31/1/2018 Rands (incl VAT)</th><th style="width:162px;">Level 6 (2017/18) From 1/2/2018 Rands (incl VAT) </th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td style="width:97px;">
<strong>Step 1 (>0 ≤ 6kl)</strong></td><td style="width:145px;">R4,56/kl (free for indigent households) </td><td style="width:162px;">R29,93/kl (free for indigent households)</td></tr><tr><td style="width:97px;">
<strong>Step 2 (>6 ≤ 10.5kl)</strong></td><td style="width:145px;">R17,75/kl </td><td style="width:162px;">R52,44/kl (R17,75/kl for indigent households) </td></tr><tr><td style="width:97px;">
<strong>Step 3 (>10.5 ≤ 20kl)</strong></td><td style="width:145px;">R25,97/kl</td><td style="width:162px;">R114/kl</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1" style="width:97px;"><strong>Step 4 (>20 ≤ 35kl)</strong></td><td rowspan="1" style="width:145px;">R43,69/kl </td><td rowspan="1" style="width:162px;">R342/kl</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1" style="width:97px;"><strong>Step 5 (>35 ≤ 50kl)</strong></td><td rowspan="1" style="width:145px;">R113,99/kl</td><td rowspan="1" style="width:162px;">R912/kl</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1" style="width:97px;"><strong>Step 6 (>50kl)</strong></td><td rowspan="1" style="width:145px;">R302,24/kl</td><td rowspan="1" style="width:162px;">R912/kl</td></tr></tbody></table></div></span><br><br>
<a href="/mediacentre/Lists/Media%20Releases/www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/residential-utility-services/residential-water-and-sanitation-services/make-water-saving-a-way-of-life">www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater</a> for all water-related information, including Level 6B restrictions, level 6 tariffs, regularly updated FAQs about Day Zero, as well as tips to lower usage even further. </p><p>