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City funds yet another mass animal sterilisation projectThe City of Cape Town is once again partnering with animal welfare organisations in the interest of pet health.<span><p>The City of Cape Town is once again partnering with animal welfare organisations in the interest of pet health.</p><p>Since 2013, City Health has disbursed nearly R6 million through grant-in-aid funding to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA to facilitate mass sterilisation projects along with fellow member organisations within the Cape Animal Welfare Forum (CAWF).<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>Successful campaigns have been concluded in Dunoon, Brown's Farm, Khayelitsha, Atlantis, Wallacedene/Bloekombos and Tafelsig, benefiting 13 376 dogs and cats in these areas. </p><p>This year, the campaign is being rolled out in Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg in Hout Bay, Ocean View and Masiphumelele – as identified by CAWF.</p><p>The animal welfare organisations have already started undertaking an estimated pet count in the areas, as well as public engagement on the importance of sterilising pets, and animal health and welfare in general.</p><p>Pet owners in the identified areas are encouraged to sign up their pets for the procedure, which includes sterilisation, a rabies vaccine supplied by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and parasite control, sponsored by CAWF.</p><p>'Animals are incredibly vulnerable, and reliant on their owners to ensure that they are kept in the best health. The City is acutely aware that healthy animals are vital to healthy communities, and that is why we keep supporting this very important work that our animal welfare organisations are doing. I want to encourage pet owners who would otherwise not have the means to secure this critical procedure for their dogs and cats to take up this opportunity. I also want to thank the animal welfare sector for the tireless dedication and commitment, and bringing the project to life year after year. The investment that the City makes into these mass sterilisation campaigns is definitely funds well spent, benefiting not only the pets involved, but also the humans they live alongside,' said Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia Van der Ross.</p><p>Eight members of the Cape Animal Welfare Forum are participating in the project this year. They are the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), Animal Welfare Society, EnviroVet, Animal Rescue Organisation, TEARS, DARG and the Animal Anti Cruelty League. </p><p>The organisations will aim to sterilise at least 70% of the intact animal population in the identified areas over the next three to six months.</p><p>'The Cape Animal Welfare Forum would like to thank the City of Cape Town for once again sponsoring this mass sterilisation project. We aim to sterilise at least 1 500 animals in the identified areas in the coming months. Sterilisation is a key factor in responsible pet ownership and how we maintain overall healthy communities, preventing diseases which are difficult and expensive to treat, as well as the birth of unwanted litters born into challenging circumstances. Our member organisations are working hard to ensure the success of the project, but we need the assistance and support of the communities to reach our goal,' said the Chairperson of the Cape Animal Welfare Forum, Karen De Klerk. <br></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><br></p>2022-08-09T22:00:00Z1
City advises of water supply disruption in part of KommetjieResidents in part of Kommetjie should expect water supply disruption on Wednesday, 17 August 2022<p>​</p><div>The work involves cutting into the pipeline to connect the Village Lane Development to the existing water supply network in Teubes Road.</div><div><br></div><div>Residents are kindly advised to store water upfront in clean, sealed containers for domestic use during this period and ensure that their taps are closed to avoid water loss and/or damage when the supply is restored.</div><div> </div><div>A water tanker will be parked in Teubes Road in front of the Village Lane Development for the duration of the work to provide the affected residents with water for domestic use where required.</div><div><br></div><div>The City sincerely regrets any inconvenience caused, but it is imperative that it upgrades and maintains its water supply infrastructure to benefit its consumers.</div><div> </div><div> <strong>End</strong><br></div><p><br></p>2022-08-09T22:00:00Z1
City hosts Comoros Islands delegation at Steenbras Hydro Pumped Storage SchemeThe City of Cape Town hosted a delegation from the Comoros Islands at the Steenbras Hydro Pumped Storage Scheme<p>​Deputy Mayor and Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Eddie Andrews, City Speaker Alderman Felicity Purchase, Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Councillor Beverley van Reenen and senior officials in the City’s Energy Directorate and International Relations unit welcomed the delegation at the facility. Their Excellences Houmed M’Saidie, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Environment and Tourism, and the Minister of Energy, Water and Hydrocarbons, Aly Ibouroi, led the delegation from the Comoros Islands.<br></p><div>‘It was a pleasure to host the Comoros delegation at the Steenbras facility. Today, the delegation was able to see exactly how the facility works and what it entails to run and maintain the Steenbras Hydro Pumped Storage Scheme. Between February and July 2022, we protected residents in City-supplied areas from 722 hours of Eskom load-shedding,’ said Alderman Andrews.<br><span><p><br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:861px;" /> </figure>​​</span><div>‘We thank the Comoros delegation for this opportunity for us to show them what we are doing in Cape Town. The Steenbras Hydro Pumped Storage Scheme is a world class facility and we were able to protect thousands of residents from the worst of load-shedding for hundreds of hours over recent months. Our teams work hard to ensure that the Steenbras plant is well maintained at all times and we are continuing to invest in our energy infrastructure to provide reliable services to residents across the city.<br><br><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:956px;" /></figure></span></div><div><br></div><div>‘The City’s programme of ending load-shedding over time is making steady progress. The programme is focusing on energy diversification to enhance security of supply with the City’s own build projects, small-scale embedded generation programmes of buying excess power from qualifying customers, wheeling and independent power producer programmes,’ said Councillor Van Reenen.<br></div><br></div><p><strong>End</strong><br></p>2022-08-09T22:00:00Z1
City implements water management process for excessive usersOver the coming months, the City of Cape Town will be fixing leaks of 2 522 registered indigent households that are using more than 50 000 litres a month and restricting the use of others who are not keeping within the 15 000 litre allocation despite warnings. Water is an increasingly precious resource and everyone has a role to play in using it wisely.<div>A new approach to domestic water metering was introduced in July 2021, including phasing out of previous ‘water management device’ (WMD) meters after a public comment period and approval by Council. The WMDs have been turned to ‘open flow’ (wherever technically possible) and customers registered to receive indigent benefits have been notified about how to manage their water use carefully to keep within the 15 000 litre per month allocation which is provided at no charge to them. Almost 80% of these households are using water wisely, within the allocated amount.</div><div><br></div><div>WMD meters are being phased out and residents are encouraged to manage their own water usage. The existing WMDs have been turned to open flow wherever possible. Some WMDs, which were not able to be set to open flow, will be replaced in the current programme. WMDs will no longer be installed after the current stock is finished, and those being installed now are without a setting to restrict use. Conventional meters will be installed going forward. As part of this new metering approach, all households registered and deemed as indigent (219 453 at the end of June 2022) receive an allocation of up to 15 000 litres (15 kilolitres) of water and the related 70% calculated for sanitation at no charge per month. This is the largest allocation provided at no cost to indigent households in the country. </div><div><br></div><div>Indigent-registered households have been notified about this new process with a letter and a separate pamphlet delivered. The City thanks the majority of these households 79% which are responsibly using water within the allocated amount. Those with ‘excessive use’ over 15 000 litres (21% of the total) have been issued warning letters. </div><div><br></div><div>The City has embarked on a once-off water leak repair programme for 2 522 identified indigent households, which are using more than 50 000 litres a month, and have not benefited from the City fixing their leak before. They will not be restricted if they accept the leaks repair/investigation and water consumption subsequently reduces to 15 kiloliters or less. There was a delay in this project completion due to a required change in contractors, but this is back on track again to start during August 2022. </div><div><br></div><div>Provision for a usage increase allowance was introduced in the new 2022/2023 tariff policy which came into effect on 1 July 2022. </div><div><ul><li>Indigent customers can now apply to use more than the 15 000 litre allowance per month if they have more than 10 people living on the property, or due to health reasons.</li><li>Households with up to 14 people or valid health problems can apply to receive 21 000 litres, those with up to 18 people can apply for 27 000 litres and those with 19 or more can apply for 30 000 litres.</li></ul></div><div><br></div><div>Applications with supporting documents (certified copies of IDs, an affidavit and proof of medical reasons where applicable) can be made with a service request through one of these channels:</div><div><ul><li>Visit a City walk-in centre - see to find the nearest one.</li><li>Email</li><li>Online at</li><li>WhatsApp to 060 018 1505</li></ul></div><div><br></div><div>By mid-August, the City will start restricting the water use of excessive users who are not keeping within the allocation despite warnings over the past months. A flow restricting disc will be inserted in the meter to limit water supply to a trickle flow. These discs are designed to allow a minimum of 6 000 litres (6kl) per month to the property, which is aligned with the free basic allocation provided for in South Africa’s national water standards. This disc will remain in place for the following 12 consecutive months. After the 12-month period has passed, the disc will be removed and the same process to manage water use to within the 15 000 litre allocation will start again for that property. (A warning letter will be issued after two consecutive months of excessive usage, and restriction will happen in the third month should consumption/usage not drop to within the 15 000 litre allocation.) </div><div><br></div><div>‘The City will continue to support registered indigent residents with monthly water allocation at no charge, while promoting active management of that allocation to avoid wasting our precious water resource and maintain a sustainable level of water use. We need to keep our dams as full as possible for as long as possible’. </div><div><br></div><div>‘Residential property owners with tenants (including landlords with backyard tenants) should pay close attention to collective/ overall water usage on their property, and ensure it remains below the approved limit. This is the responsibility of the property owner. The City will also continue to provide information to help residents with their wise use, including knowing how to read their water meters, identify and fix leaks, save water and use greywater safely,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation, Councillor Zahid Badroodien. </div><div><br></div><div>Households who qualify for this increase in water usage allowance are encouraged to urgently apply within the next two weeks, to avoid getting restricted in future. </div><div><br></div><div><strong>See the following links:</strong><br></div><p>To save water visit: <a href=""></a></p><p>To apply for indigent relief visit: <a href=""></a></p><p>View the new tarrif policy here: <a href="">CCT Document Template (</a></p><p>To view what residents need to know about the Council-approved new water metering approach here: <a href=""></a></p><p>To view the City's drive to investigate and fix leaks, visit: <a href=""></a></p><p>For information on the new water management devices, visit: <a href=""></a><br></p><div><br></div><div><strong>End</strong><br></div><p><br></p>2022-08-09T22:00:00Z1







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