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City advises of planned required power supply interruption in Muizenberg and vicinityThe interruption will enable City officials to perform the installation of critical electricity infrastructure at the Main Substation in Muizenberg.<p>​</p><p>The interruption will enable City officials to perform the installation of critical electricity infrastructure at the Main Substation in Muizenberg. This substation supplies Muizenberg and parts of the immediate vicinity.  </p><p>We thank our customers for their understanding. To view the area outage map, visit: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p><strong>Please note the affected areas are highlighted in yellow. </strong></p><p>'The City apologises for any inconvenience caused and thanks residents for their cooperation. The electricity supply could be restored at any time and customers must please treat all electrical installations as live for the full duration of the interruption.  Residents are encouraged to switch off appliances as a precaution and to avoid damage caused by power surges when the power comes back on.</p><p>'The City encourages residents to visit the City's website to view the map of the affected streets, or to contact the Electricity Department's Technical Operations Centre on 0860 103 089 for more information or for enquiries,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Councillor Beverley van Reenen.</p><p><strong>Contact the City's Call Centre on 0860 103 089 for more information or if you have any enquiries regarding the planned electricity supply interruption.</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><br></p>2023-01-29T22:00:00Z1
Water use rising to pre-drought levels, residents urged to reduce consumptionAs water usage continues to climb to pre-drought levels, Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis has urged residents and businesses to unite behind the City’s proactive water savings target of using less than 850 million litres daily. <p>​The City of Cape Town calls on residents and businesses to use water wisely at all times this summer. The City has set a collective water-wise daily usage target of 850 million litres to mitigate the risk of another below average winter rainfall, and to assist reliability of water supply in light of ongoing load-shedding.</p><p>Sustained high stages of load-shedding impacts the City’s ability to build up reserves in our reservoirs and reticulate drinking water. Residents can help us avoid or limit these risks by using less water this summer.</p><p>‘Capetonians have always stood together, and I’m asking Team Cape Town to again stand as one as we aim to collectively use less than 850 million litres daily. Staying within this target will help us maintain supply during sustained high stages of load-shedding, and put us in a better position next summer if we again have below-average winter rainfall.</p><p>‘The dams supplying Cape Town are losing, on average, about 2% of our total dam capacity per week. This past week we have used 949 million litres daily. This is 99 million litres daily over the collective use target. Cape Town’s dams are still above 50%, but our models show that dam levels will drop below 50% by the end of summer if we don’t meet this proactive water savings target. This may increase the need for water restrictions down the line, which we would ideally want to avoid,’ said Mayor Hill-Lewis.</p><p><strong>What the City is doing to help</strong></p><p><ul><li>The City will continue to reduce water wastage through<strong> programmes</strong> such as leak detection, annual pipe replacement, and pressure management.</li><li>The City is investing in bringing online the <strong>New Water Programme</strong>, which will see an investment of about R5 billion over the next eight years. The City will introduce 300MLD of new water by 2030 from diverse sources that will help protect us from the worst effects of future droughts.</li><li><strong>The Table Mountain Group Aquifer</strong> has already delivered its first water in 2020, and the first groundwater to be injected into the supply network from the Cape Flats Aquifer is expected towards the middle of 2023.</li><li>The City is targeting a <strong>55 billion litre annual reduction of water losses by ramping up alien vegetation clearing</strong>. The City’s R50 million investment in the next two years will be matched by private donations, and is set to up clearing efforts to 9 000 hectares per year from the current 1 250ha in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. <br></li></ul></p><div>‘We believe that reducing our water use now is the responsible step to take, both in terms of load-shedding disruptions, and in case we again have below-average winter rainfall. Capetonians can help by reducing outdoor water use, such as watering gardens, filling or topping up pools, and following the permanent water use regulations. Together we can achieve a water-wise Cape Town!’ said Councillor Siseko Mbandezi, Acting Member of Mayoral Committee for Water and Sanitation.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>What can residents do to help?</strong></div><div> </div><div><strong>INDOORS:</strong></div><div>1.<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span><strong>Find and fix leaks.</strong> High water use could mean you have an undetected, expensive leak.</div><div>Check your meter regularly to identify leaks, and get them fixed quickly. See the City’s simple guides to help.</div><div>2.<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span><strong>Don’t flush in a rush. </strong>Only flush when necessary and do not use your toilet as a dustbin.</div><div>New or replaced toilet cisterns may not exceed six litres for each flush.</div><div>3.    <strong>Take short, stop-start showers or small baths. </strong>The maximum flow rate of new and replaced showerheads may not exceed seven litres.</div><div>4.    <strong>Wash more with less, for laundry and dishes.</strong> Only wash clothes and dishes (pots, cups etc) when really needed.</div><div>Wait for a full load before using washing machines and dishwashers. Hand washing and spot-cleaning can use less water.</div><div>5.  <strong>  Turn off taps when not using the flow.</strong> E.g. Use a cup for shaving and brushing your teeth.</div><div> </div><div><strong>OUTDOORS:</strong></div><div>6.    <strong>Close the hose, when washing the car.</strong> Hosepipes for washing vehicles, boats and caravans must be fitted with an automatic self-closing device. Stop-start your spray as you need it or bucket-wash your car or vehicle.</div><div>7.  <strong>  Stop-start and slow your spray. </strong>Use a controlling device at the end of the hose, like a sprayer (nozzle) or automatic self-closing device.</div><div>8.    <strong>Beat the heat loss. </strong>Only water before 09:00 or after 18:00 to avoid evaporation losses.</div><div>9.    <strong>Keep summer fun water wise. </strong>Supervise very careful use of water for children’s play, and cooling in hot summer months. E.g. Use a wet cloth to cool down hot skin, and avoid wasteful spraying of water.</div><div>10. <strong>Swim, cover, save, repeat.</strong> Built-in and fold-away pools must be covered when not in use, to prevent up to 95% of evaporation losses. Recycle the backwash, and top up with rainwater or alternative water where possible.</div><div> </div><div>Regulations about water use in the City’s Water By-law are in place at all times and following these will go a long way towards achieving the target of 850MLD collective use. </div><div><br></div><div>For more information visit: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> </div><div><br></div><div><br></div>2023-01-29T22:00:00Z1
Metro Police arrests and confiscations on the upThe statistics compare July to December 2022 and the corresponding period the previous year.<div>The City’s Metro Police Department has seen a 59% increase in arrests over a six-month period (July to December 2022), compared to the same period in 2021.</div><div><br></div><div>Notable increases were recorded too in the confiscation of contraband, firearms and ammunition, as well as assistance rendered to motorists and/or incidents responded to on the N2 and R300.<br></div><div><br></div><div><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;">​CATEGORY<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;">JULY - DECEMBER 2022​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;">JULY - DECEMBER 2021​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Arrests<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​3 089<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​1 830<br></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Drugs confiscated (units)<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​11 951,75<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​10 054,25<br></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Firearms recovered (incl. homemade)<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​40<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">21​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Imitation firearms recovered<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​45<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">23​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Ammunition<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​446<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">421​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Stolen/abandoned vehicles recovered<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​34<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">23​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​N2/R300 incidents<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​1 967<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​1 564<br></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Attacks on officers<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​25<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">25​</td></tr></tbody></table></div><div><span><br></span></div><div><span>​</span>'The increase in arrests and related successes can be attributed to a number of factors, including increased operations, both autonomous and joint undertakings with SAPS; ongoing and growing cooperation from members of the public who are sharing information about criminal activity, and our continued investment in technology and additional resources to amplify our policing efforts,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</div><div><div><br></div><div>In one of the most recent examples, Metro Police officers arrested a suspect and recovered a 9mm firearm and 30 rounds of ammunition in Hanover Park on Friday, 27 January 2023.</div><div><br></div><div>Officers responded to a Shotspotter alert, and on arrival, bystanders assisted with a description of the suspect who was tracked down and apprehended just a few minutes later.</div><div><br></div><div>‘The department also conducts ongoing education and awareness drives, whether it’s the K9 Unit’s public displays, or exhibitions and most recently, a pamphlet drive to highlight the risks around smash-and-grab incidents. During the activation, officers found that many motorists are still driving with handbags and other valuables on their seats or clearly visible inside the vehicles. We urge our road users, but the public in general, to remember that they too have a role to play in crime prevention; not only by reporting suspicious activity, but also being alert and taking steps to reduce the risk of falling victim to crime. History has proven that motorists are most vulnerable when coming to a stop at an intersection and often distracted by their cellphones or other means. Vigilance can go a long way in ensuring their safety,’ added Alderman Smith.</div><div><br></div><div><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /></figure>​​</span>The Metro Police Strategic Surveillance Unit is a key stakeholder in monitoring for, and dispatching resources to address incidents of crime, including smash and grab incidents.</div><div><br></div><div>In the last six months, 171 such incidents were detected by CCTV operators, with most incidents occurring between 15:00 and 21:00</div><div><br></div><div>Jakes Gerwel Drive between the N2 and Voortrekker Road remains a hotspot.</div><div><br></div><div>The Department registered 300 theft out of motor vehicle incidents at intersections during the same period – these are cases where items are stolen from stationary vehicles, where motorists are driving with open windows, or doors unlocked.</div><div><br></div><div>The City urges the public to be extremely vigilant while on the road, not just at known hotspots, but at all times, as these crimes are opportunistic in nature and can occur at any time.</div><div><br></div><div>More safety tips are available here: <a href=""></a></div><div><br></div><div>Residents are reminded to phone 021 480 77 00 from a cell phone and 107 from a landline to report any criminal activity or emergency.</div><div><br><br></div><br><br></div><p><br></p>2023-01-28T22:00:00Z1
City advises of water supply disruptions in various areas- week of 29 JanuaryThe City’s Water and Sanitation Directorate will be doing planned work in the identified areas, which will result in water supply disruptions. The City sincerely regrets any inconvenience caused, but it is imperative that it maintains its water supply infrastructure to benefit its consumers.<p>​<span style="font-weight:700;">W</span><span style="font-weight:700;">hat residents need to know about planned water supply disruptions:</span></p><div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Please store water in clean sealed containers for domestic use during this period.</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Please keep your taps closed to prevent any water loss and or damage when the water supply is restored.</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Careful consideration has been given to the planning of this work to ensure it is being done at a time that is least disruptive to the water supply.</div><div><br><span style="font-weight:700;">Zero-Pressure Tests</span><br></div><div>Zero-pressure testing is part of the installation process for pressure management technology. Tests are done to see if any unmapped inflows need to be considered before installing smart pressure-reducing valves. </div><div> </div><div>Residents who live in the affected areas may experience low water pressure, and some may have no water coming out of their taps during this testing period. It is impossible to predict which areas or streets will experience disruptions. </div><div> </div><div>This work forms part of the City’s Water Demand Management Strategy. Managing water pressure more effectively reduces the possibility of pipe bursts and water wastage. The affected areas are:</div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-weight:700;">•</span><span style="white-space:pre;"> </span><span style="font-weight:700;">  Strand</span></div><div>This work will disrupt the water supply to this area on Tuesday, 31 January 2023, from 21:00 overnight until 04:00 on Wednesday, 1 February 2023. </div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-weight:700;">•</span><span style="white-space:pre;"> </span><span style="font-weight:700;">  Sonstraal Heights, Vredekloof Heights and Belami Ridge</span></div><div>This work will disrupt the water supply to these areas on Thursday, 2 February 2023, from 21:00 overnight until 04:00 on Friday, 3 February 2023. </div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-weight:700;">•</span><span style="white-space:pre;"> </span><span style="font-weight:700;">  Suikerbossie, Hout Bay </span></div><div>This work will disrupt the water supply to these areas on Thursday, 2 February 2023, from 21:00 overnight until 04:00 on Friday, 3 February 2023</div><div> </div><div><span style="font-weight:700;">Planned water supply disruption in parts of Gordon’s Bay</span></div><div>The City needs to install two control valves on the corner of Dennehof and Roos Streets in Gordon’s Bay. This will require that the water supply to the Dobson and Winslow areas in Gordons Bay be shut off on Tuesday, 31 January between 09:00 and 16:00 to enable the maintenance team to do the work safely. This will result in the disruption of the water supply to these areas.</div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-weight:700;">Planned shutdown of the Blackheath Upper Reservoir water supply</span></div><div>The City needs to urgently repair a leaking 1 525mm diameter pipeline along the Langverwacht Road in Zevenzicht. This will require that a section of the pipeline be shut off to enable the maintenance team to do the repairs safely. Alternate water supply will be rerouted to the affected areas. The work could result in possible disruptions to these areas such as lower than usual water pressure and possible brief discolouration due to the rerouting of water supply.</div><div><br></div><div>The City will shut down the Blackheath Upper Reservoir from Friday, 3 February 2023, at 18:00 until Sunday, 5 February 2023, at 06:00. The City suspects that the following areas could be affected:</div><div><br></div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Kuils River</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Zevenwacht </div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Protea Heights </div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Lifestyle Estate</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Brackenfell</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Ruwari </div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Private consumers along the Link Road pipeline</div><div><br></div><div>The City sincerely regrets any inconvenience, but it is imperative that it maintains and upgrades its water supply infrastructure to benefit its consumers. Residents who experience continued disruptions after the repairs are concluded can contact the City.</div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-weight:700;">Water and Sanitation: General enquiries</span></div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Telephone: 0860 103 089</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Email:</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>WhatsApp: 060 018 1505</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>SMS your fault to: 31373 (free SMSes do not apply)<br><br></div></div><p><br></p>2023-01-28T22:00:00Z1







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