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Zandvlei water area closed to public

The Zandvlei water area has been temporarily closed by the City of Cape Town as a precautionary measure, after concerns over the water quality following testing done at various points within the Zandvlei area. The test results showed high levels of faecal coliforms within the body, indicating a risk to[…]

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Cape Town water consumption increases

The City of Cape Town says it’s concerned that water consumption over the past week has spiked by 5%. Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson says dam levels have also declined by 0.5% due to high temperatures and evaporation. The average water levels of reservoirs supplying the Metropole stand at 21%. Neilson[…]

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Water activists want Public Protector to probe City

Social activist groups Save Cape Town, Stop the City of Cape Town and Dear Cape Town, took to the streets of the CBD to protest their disdain with the city’s proposed water tariff increase. These organisations have asked the Public Protector to investigate the city council’s proposed 27% water price[…]

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Protest against City’s tariff proposals

Civic organisation and residents are planning to take to the streets of Cape Town to protest against the City of Cape Town’s proposal for a 26.9 percent in municipal tariffs, announced in the Mayor’s budget last week. The protest will be headed by Save Cape Town on 13th April. Save[…]

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Capetonians must air views on municipal tariff rates

Capetonians who are hard-pressed by the prospect of paying higher municipal tariffs must air their views through the formal public participation process. So says one civic activist in light of the City of Cape Town’s announcement last week that consumers could face an increase of 26.9% in water and sanitation[…]

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Cape Town may avoid Day Zero: Maimane

Cape Town may not see Day Zero – at least in 2018. That’s according to Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane, addressing media on Thursday afternoon on the current status of the drought in the Western Cape. “Each week, the water consumption steadily dropped, and we were able to push back[…]

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How to secure safe drinking water

As Day Zero edges closer, people are stockpiling water from shops and springs. The idea of designated collection points is an uncomfortable thought, and so many people are looking at alternative emergency sources such as rainwater tanks, pools and boreholes. These sources make a lot of sense for toilet flushing[…]

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Kramat festival cancelled due to drought

Organisers of the popular Shaykh Yusuf Kramat Festival in Faure have made a “difficult” decision to cancel this year’s event due to the current drought. More than 5 000 Cape Muslims attend the religious and cultural event every year, to pay their respects to Shaykh Yusuf of Macassar and to[…]

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