Day Zero now likely to happen – NEW EMERGENCY MEASURES

Day Zero now likely to happen – NEW EMERGENCY MEASURES

From the City of Cape Town.

18 JANUARY 2018

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR PATRICIA DE LILLE

In summary:

  • Day Zero is now likely
  • 60% of Capetonians won’t save water and we must now force them
  • Punitive tariff to force high users to reduce demand
  • 50 litres per person per day for the next 150 days
  • Drought Charge likely to be scrapped by Council

We have reached a point of no return. Despite our urging for months, 60% of Capetonians are callously using more than 87 litres per day. It is quite unbelievable that a majority of people do not seem to care and are sending all of us headlong towards Day Zero. At this point we must assume that they will not change their behaviour and that the chance of reaching Day Zero on 21 April 2018 is now very likely.

The people who are still wasting water seem to believe that Day Zero just can’t happen or that the City’s seven augmentation projects – set to produce around 200 million litres per day – will be enough to save us. This is not the case and, while our water augmentation programme will make Cape Town more water resilient in the future, it was never going to be enough to stop Day Zero.

The crisis has reached a new severity, necessitating a series of new emergency measures:

A punitive tariff

We can no longer ask people to stop wasting water. We must force them. We have listened to the comments of thousands of residents asking for fairness. Council will on Friday be voting on a punitive tariff that will charge residents exponentially higher rates for water usage above 6 000 litres per month.

The table below outlines the difference between the current and the proposed punitive tariffs:

Consumption per month Current Tariffs – total household water bill New Tariff – total household water bill
6 000 litres

 

R28.44 R145.98
10 500 litres R109.50 R390.82
20 000 litres

 

R361.06 R1 536.28
35 000 litres

 

R1 050.04 R6 939.57
50 000 litres

 

R2 888.81 R20 619.57

I will personally fight to ensure that the proposed punitive tariff exempts those who are using less than 6 000 litres per month.

Provision will be made for households larger than four people to ensure that they are not unfairly penalised. We ask residents to contact the City beforehand on water@capetown.gov.za or enquire at their nearest walk-in centre.

The proposed Drought Charge is likely to be dropped after a massive outcry from Capetonians that it was unfair. I understand that response and it has personally been a tough lesson for the City. I just want you to know that the City proposed the charge because we wanted to keep delivering important and essential services during this crisis. I wanted to continue making Cape Town a city that delivers opportunities for all. We are now going to have to make deep cuts to important projects.

50 litres per day for 150 days

We will be moving to level 6B restrictions with a new limit of 50 litres per person per day to make up for the many months of missing the 500 million litre per day collective consumption target. The new restrictions will come into effect on 1 February 2018.

The new daily collective consumption target is now 450 million litres per day. This will be in place for 150 days after which the City will reassess the situation.

Level 6B restrictions will also limit irrigation using boreholes and wellpoints.

Advanced Day Zero preparation

The City has also advanced its planning for Day Zero with approximately 200 sites having been assessed. The City will be announcing everyone’s local collection points from next week so that communities can begin preparing for that eventuality.

We will also be making detailed Day Zero contingency plans available soon to answer all questions that residents and businesses might have.

In terms of the City’s work, we have been working hard to reduce demand through advanced pressure management, massively ramping up the installation of water management devices at high consumption households.  Our teams are also significantly intensifying the leak detection and repair programme, and we are rolling out education and awareness campaigns and extending our use of the treated effluent system which offsets the use of the drinking water for non-potable purposes.

Teams are working around the clock to deliver the emergency plan for desalination, groundwater and water reuse. But, as I have already said, this alone will simply not be enough to avoid Day Zero without savings from all residents.

Cape Town, this is the moment where we can bring about the fundamental behaviour change that is needed to save us all from running out of water.

The time to act for everyone’s sake is now.

So if we reduce the demand enough now, we can still get our water delivered to our houses and not have to queue daily for our allocation.

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Simply South Gift and Craft Fair

Simply South Gift and Craft Fair

Simply South is an annual gift and craft fair, offering a wide range of good quality, unique hand crafted products, just in time for the festive season. An Indoor Gift and Craft Fair situated on the premises of the NG Kerk in Bergvliet, (at the circle in Ladies Mile Road).

The market in December every year. Just in time to find that unique gift for friends and family and of course, why not you too. Featuring over 200 crafters from all over the Peninsula, a shopper’s delight, full of inspirational ideas and handpicked innovative products – a celebration of gifts with a difference.

Entrance is free with plenty of parking available. Stalls include toys, home decor including aluminium homeware and a unique range of handmade cutlery. For the food lovers there is an extravagant array of mouth-watering and unique food gifts, a variety of sauces, jams, olives, biscuits, dried fruit and nuts, Christmas cakes, fudge and other yummy goodies. There will be a range of beautifully presented sweets and toffees which make an ideal gift for the ‘sweet toothed’ someone. Tea room will be available for light snacks for the duration of the market.

Our crafters offer gorgeous must-have pottery, glassware, children’s clothing, plants, jewellery, fabric crafts, wood crafts, stationery, cards and paper products, beadwork, natural body and health products and a variety of other handmade crafts. The market runs daily. A raffle will run for the duration of the market and the proceeds thereof will be donated to Imbali and St Jones house.

Credit card and debit card facilities are available.

Dates:
4-22 December 2017.
Opening Times:
Weekdays 10am – 8pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm. CLOSED on Sundays.
Location:
NG Kerk Constantia, Cnr Ladies Mile Road and Firgrove Road, Bergvliet.
Cost:
Entry is free.

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Christmas Market

Christmas Market

The most incredible setting – tucked away – in the middle of suburbia… the perfect spot to bring family and friends.. A wonderful place for children to enjoy…

We pride ourselves in offering some of the best food – a wide variety – karoo meat – potjies cooked to perfection, salad and vegan options, Mexican , Greek , Chinese , Dutch, Indian food, Sushi, Biltong – Pop Art Ice-cream, a chocolatier … freshly baked cake and Doughnuts + Belgian waffles to tantalising home-made liquors. We also have The Soap Chef – home-made creams and soaps as well as wire art and so much more…

Last year was a huge success – so coming up we are hosting our 2nd year of extended Christmas Market – 20-22nd December 2017 – and of course a special visit from Father Christmas with sing-a-long-carols. We are hosting and a New Year’s Eve Dance for the whole family – children under 12 for free… to find out more go to our facebook page and follow our weekly posts …

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The kids’ sports clinic 2017

The kids’ sports clinic 2017

At The Sports Clinic we aim to make sure everyone is involved and has an opportunity to learn. As a coaching unit we aim to develop teamwork skills; whilst also fine tuning each individual’s set of skills.

Our Goals:
Fun
Involvement for all
Teamwork
Skill development

Our coaching team firmly believe that kids’ learn most while having fun, and that is why the clinic as a whole focuses on the core value of having fun.

Date: 11-13 December 2017

Time: 8.30am -12.30pm

Venue: Bergvliet primary school, 19 Childrens Way

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Cape Town Water Crisis: What you’ll have to pay in ‘water tax’

Cape Town Water Crisis: What you’ll have to pay in ‘water tax’

Source: The South African

Date: 2017-12-05

It is all but confirmed that from February next year, Cape Town will be introducing a “water tax” or a water levy or a water surcharge. Call it whatever you will.

The purpose of the charge is to raise more capital for long-term drought solutions. But it’s also a bit of a Catch22. Since the City is generating less income from water – with everybody saving so much – they are collecting less revenue. Thus meaning less money to pay for solutions.

But just how much will you have to pay?

Let’s take a look.

 

 

Cape Town’s proposed water levy charges

Residential property value (in ZAR) Water tax (ZAR)
400k none
600k 35
800k 45
1m 50
2m 115
3m 170
4m 225
5m 280
6m 340
7m 420
10m 565
20m 1120
50m 2800

But really, if your property is valued at R4 million, we’re pretty sure you can afford the R200 a month to pay your surcharge. Weren’t you spending that on filling your pool before restrictions anyway?

The City of Cape Town is searching for an additional R1bn per year while the dams recover from the unprecedented drought conditions.

Cape Town’s water use has spiked over the last few weeks. With rainy season well and truly over and the tourist season set to begin, it’s crunch time to avoid day zero.

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Cape Town has just been voted as the best city in the world… again!

Cape Town has just been voted as the best city in the world… again!

British tourists have voted Cape Town the best city in the world for the fifth consecutive year.

After a poll of 90,000 readers in the 2017 Telegraph Travel Awards, the South African city of Cape Town was victorious, beating Vancouver and Tokyo to the top prize. Remarkably, it’s the fifth consecutive year that Cape Town has been named number one – and with all eyes on South Africa in 2018, the centenary year of Nelson Mandela’s birth, few would bet against it repeating the trick in 12 months time.

Enver Duminy for Cape Town Tourism says the recognition will aid in creating more job opportunities for locals.

“These accolades pave the way for even more innovation, entrepreneurship and job creation within the tourism sector.”

“They also accurately reflect the variety of experiences Cape Town has to offer visitors, from unparalleled natural beauty, to delicious, intimate culinary adventures in our many restaurants.”

Sporty, stylish, stunning, sociable… if Cape Town was a person, it would be that Hollywood starlet we all secretly envy. A coming-together of cultures, cuisines and landscapes, there’s nowhere quite like Cape Town, a singularly beautiful city crowned by the magnificent Table Mountain National Park.

So, whether you’re after natural scenery, or interested in indulging in the diverse food scene Cape Town offers, you won’t be let down.

Apart from the weak rand, which is making travel to South Africa very appealing to foreigners, Cape Town is only very accessible in terms of accommodation.

Cape Town currently has the 21st biggest Airbnb market in the world, and guests can stay in high profile Cape Town suburbs for a fraction of typical area prices – whilst also immersing themselves within local culture.

A high percentage of locals are also using Airbnb for staycations within SA’s borders.

For hotel stays, SA hotel prices low in comparison to other African hubs. The average rate for a hotel room in Addis Ababa is about R3 212 per night, which is more than double what guests would pay in Cape Town – an average of R1 448 per night, according to a 2015 survey.

The rest of the upper end of the ranking has a familiar look. Vancouver has played second fiddle to Cape Town for the last five editions of the awards, while Venice, Sydney and New York are perennial members of the top 10.

Here’s the full top 10 list:

  1. Cape Town
  2. Vancouver
  3. Tokyo
  4. Venice
  5. Sydney
  6. New York
  7. Seville
  8. Florence
  9. San Francisco
  10. Rome

Sources: Telegraph Travel Awards, December 3, 2017

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Family Squash Day

Family Squash Day

There will be a Round Robin for squash players as well as face painting, swing ball and a bring and braai for all. Children, teens, parents, friends, family, squash players and non-squash players are welcome.

Venue: Bergvliet Squash Club

Date: 9 December 2017

Time: 14:00–17:00

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Dementia Support Group Constantia

Dementia Support Group Constantia

We encourage you to join our upcoming support groups that occur each month. If you know of someone looking to learn more about dementia, please share this with them.

 

Our aim is to equip families, spouses and care providers with ways to sustain themselves when they face difficulty or when a spouse is diagnosed with dementia. “Sometimes all that a participant in the group needs is for someone to listen,” says Susan Swanepoel, Quality of Life manager at Livewell Village, Somerset West.

Our support groups provide a place to connect with other caregivers and the Livewell team who truly understand what you are going through. Whether you need information about caregiving, wanting to share your story or simply need to be in a safe environment to seek help, the Livewell support groups are here to help.

“The support group will help you deal with the harsh realities associated with the care your mom or dad needs. It provides a non-judgemental environment where participants will discover they’re not alone.” – Susan

RSVP: Susan Swanepoel
susan@livewell.care | Tel: 021 851 6886

Date: 6th December 2017

Time: 10:30–13:30

Venue: Cellars- Hohenort Hotel, 93 Brommersvlei Rd, Constantia

 

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Hope in Motion Walk4Wheels

Hope in Motion Walk4Wheels

Join us for a 3km funwalk or a 5km trail run on Dreyersdal Farm, Bergvliet on Saturday, 02 December as we celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Put on comfy shoes, make sure you have sun block and support the Chaeli Cottage Preschool & Enrichment Centre.

Breakfast rolls (Bacon & Egg OR Cheese & Egg), tea/coffee and soft drinks will be sold after the race!

Tickets are R60 for Adults and R40 for children (under 12 years) and can be purchased through Quicket.

As the event is taking place on a farm you will not be able to bring your furbabies this year.

Contact Person: Shelly Stedman
Email Address: shelly@chaelicampaign.co.za
Telephone Number: 021 762 3835

Starts:
Sat 02 Dec 2017 at 8:00 AM 
Ends:
Sat 02 Dec 2017 at 11:00 AM

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No More Bare Feet – Uphawu

No More Bare Feet – Uphawu

What it is?
“No More Bare Feet” was established in 2016 by Mondeka Mabibini, as the second leg of the Uphawu Community
Development organisation, of which she is the founder.

What’s our Aim?

The aim of the No More Bare Feet campaign is to give children in the rural areas of the Eastern Cape, where she comes from, shoes to wear to school. Many children are from poor backgrounds and their parents cannot afford to buy school shoes for them. Here poverty is dire and children have to walk up to 10km or more kilometres a day in order to get to and from school.

STBB’s involvement
With the support of national law firm STBB I Smith Tabata Buchanan Boyes, the campaign is now in its third year. All
shoes collected are distributed during the first two weeks of the school term to the schools. The vision is to motivate
or lift up the school children’s dignity and self-esteem.

How your donation helps
By donating a pair of shoes today, you:
• Make a difference to a child who walks to school barefoot over rough terrain, winter and summer;
• Instill self-esteem and confidence in the learners;
• Help build the learner’s dignity.

To those who are able to assist in this very worthy cause, either with a new pair of shoes or used shoes of any size, please drop off at any of our Chas Everitt Offices.

Locations:  Tokai, Bergvliet, Claremont and Fish Hoek before the 8 December 2017

Makes a huge difference to these kids’ lives as also to their parents and any contribution will be appreciated.

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