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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
City advises of change to revenue office operating hours over the festive season ​The City’s revenue office, housing offices, traffic centres and municipal courts will be closing on certain days over the upcoming annual festive season holidays.<p>​The City’s revenue offices (which facilitate all cash receiving, account enquiries and motor vehicle registrations), housing offices, traffic centres and municipal courts will be closing on certain days over the upcoming annual festive season holidays.</p><p>Residents are advised that between Friday 15 December 2017 and Monday 1 January 2018, the following arrangements will be in place:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">On Friday 15 December 2017, the traffic centres and municipal courts will be closed from 13:00</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">On Saturday 16 December 2017, revenue offices, housing offices, traffic centres and municipal courts will be closed</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">On Friday 22 December 2017, revenue offices, housing offices and municipal courts will be closed from 13:00</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">From 23 – 26 December 2017, revenue offices, housing offices, traffic centres and municipal courts will be closed</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">On Friday 29 December 2017, revenue offices, housing offices and municipal courts will be closed from 13:00</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">From 30 December 2017 – 1 January 2018, revenue offices, housing offices, traffic centres and municipal courts will be closed</div></li></ul><p>‘We know that each year many residents rush to settle accounts and renew their motor vehicle licences in December before they go on holiday, therefore we ask that they please take note of these office closure dates and times to avoid any disappointment, but more importantly to try and beat the rush this week. With that being said, we are very happy to be able to offer extended trading hours at our Liberty Promenade cash office this festive season. In this way, we are offering an alternative to customers if they have an urgent need over these holidays.</p><p>‘Once again, I would like to thank all of those customers who are making a positive contribution to our city by continually settling their accounts and to those who have made a great effort to renew their motor vehicle licences ahead of the busy December period that our offices experience each year,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Finance, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.</p><p>The Liberty Promenade Mall cash office, account enquiries and motor vehicle registration office is situated at Shop 215, Liberty Promenade Mall, corner of AZ Berman Drive and Morgenster Road, Mitchells Plain. The operating hours are as follows:</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">​Saturday 16 December 2017</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">​08:00 - 17: 00</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Saturday 23 December 2017</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​08:00 - 20:00</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Sunday 24 December 2017</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​08:00 - 17:00</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Monday 25 December 2017</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​CLOSED</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Tuesday 26 December 2017</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​08:00 - 15:00</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Friday 29 December 2017</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​08:00 -  19:00</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Saturday 30 December 2017</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​08:00 - 17:00</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Sunday 31 December 2017</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​08:00 - 15:00</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Monday 1 January 2018</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​CLOSED</td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>The City regrets any inconvenience caused by the closure of its offices, but would like to remind the public that their municipal account payments (excluding motor vehicle licences) may be made at any Shoprite/Checkers, Pick n Pay, Pep stores, Woolworths and selected Spar stores, or at any branch of Absa and the post office. </p><p>Where possible, the City encourages all vehicle owners to renew their motor vehicle licence online at <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/vehiclelicensing" target="_blank">www.capetown.gov.za/vehiclelicensing</a>.<br>To pay traffic fines before the due date, residents can visit <a href="http://www.absa.co.za/">www.absa.co.za</a> (Absa clients only), <a href="http://www.standardbank.co.za/" target="_blank">www.standardbank.co.za</a> (Standard Bank clients only), <a href="http://www.fnb.co.za/" target="_blank">www.fnb.co.za</a> (FNB clients only) and <a href="http://www.paycity.co.za/" target="_blank">www.paycity.co.za</a> or any online branch of Absa, the post office and selected Spar stores. </p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2017-12-10T22:00:00Z1

 

 

 

 

 

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