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A tourist’s guide to water-short Cape Town

By |December 24th, 2017|

VISITORS to Cape Town have been asked to keep showers to two minutes, flush the toilet as little as possible and only stay in accommodation with water-saving measures in place, as the South African city struggles with one of the worst droughts in living memory.

The Western Cape is feeling the effects of the three years […]

Level 6 restrictions threaten Cape Town

By |December 12th, 2017|

THE City of Cape Town will introduce level 6 water restrictions from January 2018. This will coincide with a controversial ‘water tax’ or ‘drought levy’ which is likely to come into effect in February next year.

A statement from the Western Cape Provincial Government Gazette released on Friday, 1st December, mentions the restrictions.

The City of Cape […]

Municipalities defaulting on water payments

By |December 3rd, 2017|

THE Portfolio Committee on Water in Parliament has resolved that threats by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) to cut off water supplies to defaulting municipalities are not a viable solution to resolve the matter
Some municipalities and water boards owe DWS substantial amounts of money, in some instances, arrears have accumulated to more than […]

Table Bay Hotel sets an example

By |November 22nd, 2017|

IN a bid to save water, the Table Bay Hotel at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town has introduced various interventions to recover, reuse and store water.

These methods have been employed to limit the hotel’s impact on the environment and municipal water supply.

It’s implemented two grey water collection systems.

The first collection system treats and stores water from […]

Rural towns collapsing without water

By |November 14th, 2017|

ONE by one South Africa’s rural towns have succumbed as a catastrophic drought tightens its grip, turning vast areas into ground zero. Collapsed water infrastructure, theft and corruption have brought the future into the present with a bang.

Residents of the Western Cape town of Beaufort West are all too familiar with the crisis. Already, 20% […]

California drought rules

By |November 10th, 2017|

STATE officials in Calfornia, USA, say that the drought, already in its fifth year, was not over and that Californians had to adapt to permanently more arid times because of climate change. Even as officials eased up on the regulations, the state made permanent prohibitions against washing down sidewalks and driveways, using a hose without […]

Princess Charlene’s water safety programme

By |October 29th, 2017|

THE Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation is teaming up with the city to implement community-based programmes that will help save lives. The foundation’s focus is preventing drowning incidents, and educating communities that are a high risk for drowning.

Cape Town has a special place in the ex-swimmer’s heart, she met with Mayor Patricia de Lille to […]

ANC calls Zille a “lame duck”

By |October 22nd, 2017|

WESTERN Cape Premier Helen Zille has blamed competing companies for fuelling confusion about the City of Cape Town’s alternative water plans‚ while the ANC says DA infighting is delaying implementation.

Zille was addressing the media about the Western Cape government’s water-saving measures and the green energy alternatives being used at government buildings. The province is experiencing […]

Giyani water project comes to halt

By |October 18th, 2017|

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma’s dream of bringing water to the drought-affected Limpopo is likely to remain a dream.

Three service providers, contracted to the multibillion-rand Giyani water project, ditched the project following a protracted payment tussle with Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.

In August last year, Vharanani Properties, owned by construction mogul David Mabilu, abandoned the emergency […]

Cape’s water shortage disaster plan

By |October 7th, 2017|

CAPE Town Mayor Patricia de Lille on Wednesday released the city’s critical water shortages disaster plan, which would see phased rationing and saving, before a full-out disaster response.

The city also announced that it anticipated its supply of municipal water would run out around March 2018 if consumption was not reduced to 500 million litres of […]