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Saboteurs behind train torching 'pretend to be commuters' – Cape Town transport head

By: News24Wire      30th July 2018 Alleged saboteurs believed to be behind the recent spate of train torchings all used the same method: they pretended to be commuters before setting the carriage alight as the train arrived in the station. This is according to mayoral committee member for transport and urban development Brett... 

Specialist team to get the ball rolling for housing opportunities in Cape Town

By: News24Wire      30th July 2018 A resolution passed by City of Cape Town council earlier this week is expected to get the ball rolling in expediting housing opportunities across the city. According to a statement by the City of Cape Town, the city's Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) will now conclude the four... 

Cape casino constructs water purification plant

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th July 2018 Sun International’s GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, in Cape Town, has constructed a water purification plant to treat borehole water to potable standards, change its water supply mix and become less reliant on drawing water from public resources. The R18-million plant draws water from... 

High-level meeting to be held to decide on easing of Cape Town water restrictions

By: News24Wire      20th July 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation is expected to hold a high-level meeting on Friday to assess whether the severe water restrictions in Cape Town and surrounding areas can be relaxed. Regional head of the department Rashid Khan said on Thursday that there had been requests from users of the... 

The war is over

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     13th July 2018 Alan Campbell mentioned to me that, since this column is titled Electrically Speaking, it really should be about electricity. Good point. Well, water is normally supplied by pumps, and pumps work on electricity. So, joining the dots, this column is about water. Or more specifically the recent... 

Cape Town company creates new smart water monitoring app

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th July 2018 Cape Town-based company Ontec Systems has developed a smart water management solution to monitor water use in near real-time. The new GaugeIT device, and its linked application, is also equipped with features such as an early leak detection alarm and high-use threshold warnings to avoid any... 

City of Cape Town to spend R2.1bn on housing 

By: African News Agency      7th June 2018 The City of Cape Town on Thursday said its Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) will spend R2.1-billion on the development of new housing opportunities. This comes after the TDA budget for the next financial year, starting on 1 July 2018, was set at R5.34-billion. 

Massive iceberg proposed as solution to Cape Town’s water crisis

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2018 South African marine salvage expert Nick Sloane has outlined a novel plan to guide an iceberg towards the west coast and harvest it to keep Cape Town’s water shortage at bay. He said despite the idea seeming “crazy”, he believed it could be done and would supply 20% of Cape Town’s water needs. 

Security drones taking off, but SA restrictions limit adoption

By: Dylan Slater     13th April 2018 Drones, otherwise known as remotely piloted aircraft systems, continue to gain a foothold in an increasing number of industries, with adoption rates in the safety and security industry growing worldwide. In fact, safety and security drone sales totalled $145-million in 2016, according to a market... 

Security drones taking off, but SA restrictions limit adoption

By: Dylan Slater     13th April 2018 Drones, otherwise known as remotely piloted aircraft systems, continue to gain footholds in an increasing number of industries, with adoption rates in safety and security industry growing worldwide. In fact, safety and security drone sales totalled $145-million in 2016, according to a market... 

WSP finalising port projects in Africa

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     30th March 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa is involved in several port-related projects across Africa, some of which will be finalised this month, says WSP Africa maritime director Andre van Tonder. WSP is undertaking the yearly National Port Plan review for State-owned freight utility... 

Cape farmers lose 25% of orchards, vineyards as result of drought – expert 

By: News24Wire      22nd March 2018 Drought-stricken farmers in the Western Cape have had to abandon at least a quarter of their high-value vineyards and deciduous fruit orchards because of a lack of water for irrigation. This has had a knock-on effect on rural employment, with the loss of about 30 000 seasonal farm worker jobs... 

Cape Town increases use of treated effluent water to boost water security

By: African News Agency      15th March 2018 The City of Cape Town on Thursday said the use of treated effluent water would increase water security in the city as approval had now been given for the supply of up to 10-million litres of treated effluent to various businesses from collection points across the city. According to the City,... 

Day Zero in Cape Town will not happen in 2018, says DA's Maimane

By: African News Agency      7th March 2018 Day Zero will not occur in 2018 and this means taps will stay open, provided Cape Town residents continue consuming water at current levels and there is decent rainfall, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane said on Wednesday. Maimane was speaking at a press briefing at the party’s... 

Drought raises need for more cost-effective models

By: Donald Makhafola     2nd March 2018 The City of Cape Town provides an early indicator of the threat many cities could face amid ongoing water demand versus supply constraints, exacerbated by the Mediterranean climate in South Africa and globally, says Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) technical committee chairperson Jason... 

More water awareness initiatives needed

By: Donald Makhafola     2nd March 2018 Despite a below-average average rainfall of about 465  mm a year - compared with the world average of about 860 mm a year - the water shortage in many parts of South Africa is also the result of inadequate management and wasting water, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Group... 

Western Cape drought will severely test govt, says provincial premier Zille

By: African News Agency      22nd February 2018 The immense challenge of the province's longest drought on record will test the capabilities at all levels of government to their limits, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said during her state-of-the-province address on Thursday. Addressing the provincial parliament, Zille said: "While addressing... 

Stellenbosch declares Level 6B water restrictions

By: News24Wire      16th February 2018 Joining Cape Town, Stellenbosch municipality is set to enforce Level 6B water restrictions from Monday, February 19, to help extend the availability of water in the region, Mayor Gesie van Deventer announced. The municipality is situated about 50 km east of Cape Town and receives two thirds of... 

Umgeni Water offers more detail on Cape Town desalination plant  

By: News24Wire      14th February 2018 While water utility Umgeni Water has the expertise and skills to assist the City of Cape Town during the water crisis, the City first has to agree to "conditions" before any work starts. Umgeni Water's acting chief executive Thami Hlongwa made the statement during a press briefing at the Albert... 

City of Cape Town announces winning bidder for foreshore redevelopment

By: African News Agency      12th February 2018 The City of Cape Town on Monday announced that Mitchell Du Plessis Associates (MDA) have been chosen as the winning bid for the redevelopment of the Foreshore Freeway Precinct, which includes completing the unfinished flyover that has marked the city's skyline for more than 40 years. The City... 

Relief for Cape Town as mining indaba proceeds despite water shortage

By: African News Agency      9th February 2018 The acute water shortage in South Africa’s tourism capital Cape Town almost cost it crucial revenue when the organisers of an annual international mining conference considered scrapping this year's event in the city. But the Investing in African Mining Indaba went ahead this week despite strict... 

Mokonyane says 'Day Zero' will not happen in Cape Town

By: African News Agency      9th February 2018 Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane says “Day Zero” is a phenomenon in drought-stricken Cape Town, which will "not happen". The minister made her remarks on Thursday during a meeting with the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation, her department and the Department of... 

Fruit farmers opening sluices for Cape Town

By: News24Wire      6th February 2018 The fruit growers of the Groenland Water Users Association (GWUA) in the Western Cape will begin the release of between seven-million to ten-million cubic metres of water on Tuesday to help Cape Town avoid Day Zero, GWUA chief executive Johan Groenewald said. "We were blessed [with rain], even... 

Day Zero pushed back to April 16

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th January 2018 Cape Town’s impending Day Zero has been pushed back by four days to April 16, as efforts to “defeat Day Zero” ramp up. The City of Cape Town on Tuesday said collaborative efforts to scale back water use was resulting in small, but significant victories, showing that “residents are coming together... 

Money won't curb #DayZero, we must adapt – Mokonyane

By: Reuters     29th January 2018 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says that throwing money at the looming #DayZero crisis is not the answer, but rather Capetonians need to adapt to the situation. Mokonyane and deputy director general Trevor Balzer were addressing the Cape Town Press Club on Sunday on the prospect... 

How Cape Town businesses are tightening the taps

By: News24Wire      26th January 2018 As the countdown to Cape Town's dreaded Day Zero continues, ratepayers are not the only ones forced to tighten their belts when it comes to water use. Businesses operating in what may soon become the first major city to run out of water have been implementing more large-scale water-saving... 

City of Cape Town set to reach out to the bottled water industry

By: News24Wire      25th January 2018 With less than 80 days to go until Day Zero, the City of Cape Town may want to consider getting help from the bottled water industry. South African National Bottled Water Association (Sanbwa) chairperson John Weaver said that some of their members have donated water to afflicted areas in the past... 

Day Zero now on April 12 for Cape Town

By: News24Wire      24th January 2018 Day Zero in Cape Town has been brought forward by nine days to April 12 due to a drop in dam levels, City of Cape Town Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson said on Tuesday. "Unfortunately, due to a drop in the dam levels of 1.4%, Day Zero has, as of today, moved forward to 12 April 2018," said Neilson. 

Sawis warns wine grape crop may be smallest since 2005

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 Continuing drought and low water supplies in the Western Cape may lead to South Africa’s smallest wine grape harvest since 2005, when 1.15-million tonnes were harvested owing to drought and diseases in some production areas. Industry body South African Wine Industry Information and Systems... 

Cape Town confronts looming 'Day Zero' water crisis

By: News24Wire      17th January 2018 Like many others in Cape Town, Sandra Dickson has no other option but to get creative. "We catch water from our showers in buckets, and throw it into our toilets," Dickson, who has been living in the South African city for the last 24 years, told Al Jazeera. 

City of Cape Town launches its water map, another effort to address water crisis

By: African News Agency      16th January 2018 The City of Cape Town on Monday, launched its water map and calls on residents to paint Cape Town green with their water-saving efforts in order to get through drought stage in the province. “We thank all of our water savers who are working hard to avoid day zero which is estimated to kick in on... 

City of Cape Town loses R1.6bn due to reduced water consumption

By: News24Wire      10th January 2018 The City of Cape Town has lost around R1.6-billion in revenue due to reduced water consumption, making a "drought charge" to fund water supply projects more urgent, said Mayor Patricia De Lille on Tuesday. "That is R1.6-billion that we are not receiving through the sale of water now," said De Lille. 

Day Zero moved forward as Cape Town water consumption increases to 'dangerous levels' 

By: News24Wire      13th December 2017 Cape Town's "Day Zero" has moved forward by two days after water consumption increased to "dangerous levels" from an average of 611-million litres per day last week to 628-million litres this week, Mayor Patricia de Lille said on Tuesday. "This means that many people have relaxed their... 

Gift of the Givers to unveil aquifer project in drought-stricken Beaufort West 

By: News24Wire      11th December 2017 The Gift of the Givers is expected to unveil its Beaufort West Witperd aquifer development project in the drought-stricken town on Monday afternoon. Last month, the Western Cape government denied that the town of about 37 000 residents had reached "Day Zero" with water supply. 

Beaufort West 'Day Zero' drought claims not true – Western Cape government

By: News24Wire      13th November 2017 The Western Cape government has denied claims that Beaufort West, a town of about 37 000 residents, has reached "Day Zero" in the water crisis in the region. The town "has simply run out of surface water", said James-Brent Styan, spokesperson for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and... 

City of Cape Town gets go-ahead to deviate from municipal act to deal with drought

By: News24Wire      31st October 2017 Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba has approved the City of Cape Town's request to deviate from Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) regulations in order to urgently deal with the drought, the City said on Monday. The City in a statement said Gigaba informed it that he had been advised that... 

Time and money – two major obstacles in tackling Cape Town's water crisis

By: News24Wire      19th October 2017 Desalination plants and other plans, which are in the pipeline for Cape Town to help alleviate the water crisis, will probably cost the city billions of rand, and it is not yet clear where this money will come from. Another possibly hampering factor could be the time it will take to construct... 

City of Cape Town wants to get Metrorail back on track

By: News24Wire      10th October 2017 The City of Cape Town says it wants to take control over the beleaguered Metrorail in order to bring it back on track. Councillor Brett Herron said on Tuesday that the City was seeking permission from the Department of Transport (DoT) to fast-track the devolution of control over the rail network,... 

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