TOWN South Africa (Xihua) --
The City of Cape Town on Monday
announced the relaxation of restrictions on water
use staring on Oct. 1.
"The relaxation of
restrictions is a moderate proposal that is based on
a hydrological risk assessment that indicates that
it is safe to do so at the level of risk that is
agreed upon," the city said.
The decision came after Cape Town’s dam levels
were nearing 70 percent of storage capacity due to
rainfall at the beginning of winter and conservation
efforts of Capetonians, Executive Deputy Mayor
Alderman Neilson said.
Water restrictions and the associated tariffs
will be lowered in the interim from Level 6B to
Level 5 from Oct. 1, he said.
Water conservation efforts will remain in place,
but the daily water usage target will be increased
from 50 liters to 70 liters per person and the daily
collective consumption target will increase by 50
million liters to 500 million liters, Neilson said.
The Western Cape Water Supply System’s dams are
now at 68 percent capacity, a significant
improvement on the situation at the end of the
previous winter, when they were at 38 percent
capacity, according to the city.
In February this year, the city imposed Level 6B
water restrictions, the most stringent in history,
due to a persistent drought.
"Much work is planned over the next few years to
augment the city’s water supply," Neilson said.
"Our water conservation awareness and demand
management will continue as always."
Cape Town was on the brink of becoming the
world’s first metropolis to run out of water last
year, when Capetonians braced for the so-called Day
Zero, which refers to a time when dams supplying
water to the city run dry, water taps are switched
off and residents have to collect water at
government refrains from endorsing
Cape Town’s bid to relax water restrictions
CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xihua)
-- The South African
government on Monday refrained from endorsing the
City of Cape Town’s bid to relax water restrictions
despite a significant rise of water in dams.
"Water restrictions imposed by the national
government will remain in place and only be reviewed
once the average Western Cape provincial dam level
reaches 85 percent," the national Department of
Water and Sanitation (DWS) said.
According to the DWS, the dam levels assessment
report as at September 10 suggests that the dam
levels of the Western Cape Water Supply System have
reached 68.9 percent, a notable increase increase
from last week when it was at 65.96 percent.
Earlier on Monday, Cape Town announced the
relaxation of restrictions starting from October 1.
The city said it made the decision taking into
consideration that Cape Town’s dam levels were
nearing 70 percent of storage capacity due to good
rainfall at the beginning of winter and the
phenomenal conservation efforts of Capetonians.
Water restrictions and the associated tariffs are
thus to be conservatively lowered in the interim
from Level 6B to Level 5 from October 1, 2018, the
Therefore, the water usage target will be
increased from 50 litres to 70 litres per person per
day and the daily collective consumption target will
increase by 50 million litres to 500 million litres
to ensure that water conservation efforts remain in
place, Executive Deputy Mayor Alderman Neilson said.
Neilson said the municipality has been in
discussion with the national department for some
time about relaxing the restrictions but failed to
get its blessing.
"The difficulty with the national department is
that they’ve taken a broad approach that they are
going to wait the right end of the season," Neilson
He said the city can no longer wait on the
Essentially, all the users in the rain catchment
areas have reviewed the hydrological information
that’s available and have all come to the conclusion
that it is appropriate now for a stepwise relaxation
of restrictions, Neilson said.
But in its Monday statement, the DWS defended its
decision to keep the water restrictions, saying this
is to safeguard the available resource particularly
at this point when the winter rainy season is coming
to an end.
The DWS is urging all water users to continue to
save water and use water sparingly during the spring
and summer seasons, DWS spokesperson Sputnik Ratau
Cape Town, South Africa’s legislative capital
with a population of four million, was on the brink
of becoming the world’s first metropolis to run out
of water last year, in what was called Day Zero
which refers to the time when dams supplying water
to the city run dry, water taps are switched off and
residents have to collect water at designated
In February this year, the city imposed Level 6B
water restrictions, the most stringent water control
in history, due to a persistent drought.
police trying to allay panic following spate of
CAPE TOWN South Africa
The South African Police Service
(SAPS) on Friday tried to allay panic following a
spate of child abductions and kidnappings in the
The SAPS assures the country that continuous
awareness and educational talks on the safety of
children are done at various institutions including
schools, SAPS Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said.
This came after a spate of child abductions and
kidnappings rocked the nation.
In the Western Cape province alone, at least 13
cases of child abductions and attempted kidnappings
have been reported since August 8.
The victims are mostly female learners who were
targeted while walking to or from school, according
to the Western Cape Education Department.
In three of the 13 cases, the victims were
sexually assaulted, department officials said.
Police said they had no idea at present about who
or what group is behind these crimes.
Meanwhile, various video clips have gone viral on
social media platforms recently, depicting cases of
child kidnappings and abduction, fueling panic among
the South African public.
The SAPS has been trying to confirm if those
depictions occurred in any part of South Africa,
Some of these videos might even be re-enactments
as they are conveniently taken in a way that neither
the location nor any other can be ascertained, he
If these cases of abductions and kidnappings are
not officially reported to police, "the only
reasonable conclusion we can draw from this is that
these videos are hoaxes," said Naidoo.
"We are appealing to social media users to act
responsibly and verify information before posting
and sharing, as such postings do nothing more than
cause unnecessary panic and paranoia among our
communities," Naidoo said.
Social media, when utilized responsibly, is an
important communication platform that assists the
police in combating crime and arresting criminals,
Naidoo urged families to report cases of
abductions and kidnappings, saying police will never
know that these incidents really happened if they
are not officially reported.
"While the recent social media postings remain
unconfirmed, it is a reality that children do go
"Therefore, parents and guardians are urged to
exercise vigilance at all times," Naidoo said.
According to non-governmental organization
Missing Children South Africa, one child goes
missing every five hours in the country, but only
one percent of the victims are ever found.
public hearings do not want change
in Constitution for land reform in South Africa
CAPE TOWN South Africa
(Xinhua) -- Majority of
people do not want to change the Constitution for
land reform in South Africa, as confirmed by oral
submissions in public hearings, according to figures
released on Friday.
Various groups that made oral presentations to
the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) in
Parliament this week supported the position that
Section 25 of the Constitution need not be amended
to implement meaningful land reform, said Thandeka
Mbabama, Member of Parliament from the Democratic
The CRC has been holding public hearings on the
necessity to change Section 25 of the Constitution
to pay way for land expropriation without
compensation, strongly proposed by the ruling
African National Congress (ANC).
The DA is opposed to change the Constitution for
land expropriation without compensation.
The DA supports land reform and believes that it
is a vital instrument to correct the injustices of
the past, "however, it is not necessary to change
Section 25 of the Constitution to achieve reform,"
said Mbabama, who is also DA Shadow Minister of
Rural Development and Land Reform.
According to Mbabama, the majority of the groups
who made oral submissions agreed that the ANC’s lack
of political will and rampant corruption have failed
land reform, a position the DA has long held.
In its presentation, civil group AgriSA said
expropriation without compensation has already
caused a significant lag in capital investment in
the agriculture sector.
AgriSA, the Banking Association of South Africa
and Business Unity South Africa agree that an
amendment of the property clause will undermine
investment and result in capital flight and a weaker
Universities that were represented at the
hearings highlighted the findings from the
High-Level Panel report by former President Kgalema
Motlanthe and agreed with the findings that
institutional challenges and a lack of political
will are mainly to blame for the slow pace of land
Groups such as the Alliance for Rural Democracy
highlighted the lack of tenure security amongst
millions of people such as those living in communal
This is due to a lack of protection by the
ANC-led government as mandated by the Constitution,
Non-profit organization, Phuhlisani NPC, echoed
this sentiment, saying there is no evidence to
suggest that expropriation without compensation will
accelerate land reform, while the Helen Suzman
Foundation argued that the ANC-proposed approach is
likely to delay land reform due to litigation.
Even the ANC’s alliance partner, the Congress of
South African Trade Unions (COSATU), agreed that
Section 25 of the Constitution is adequate to
empower the government to implement land reform.
The DA expects the CRC to consider the views of
the majority who do not believe that the
Constitution must be changed for land reform,
In the hearings, the ANC strongly advocated bold
action to implement land reform through
expropriation without compensation.
The implementation of this approach will enable
South Africans to truly transform their country into
a non-racial, non-sexist, humane and equal society,
the party insisted.
The ANC-led government is currently engaged with
stakeholders in a transparent and responsible
process that provides required leadership on how
land expropriation without compensation can be
finalized, Deputy President David Mabuza told MPs on
deputy president reaffirms determination to end
TB by 2030
CAPE TOWN South Africa
(Xinhua) -- Deputy
President David Mabuza on Friday reaffirmed the
government’s determination to end tuberculosis (TB)
South Africa will work with other countries and
global partners to achieve this goal by 2030 in line
with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, said
Mabuza, who is also Chairperson of the South African
National AIDS Council (SANAC).
The SANAC is charged with coordinating South
Africa’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, bringing
together stakeholders from government, the private
sector, non-governmental organizations, civil
society, activists, health workers as well as
religious and community leaders.
"In order to defeat the scourge of TB, it is of
paramount importance that we provide leadership and
work together to accelerate our national and global
collective actions, investments, research and
innovations urgently to fight this preventable and
treatable disease of tuberculosis," Mabuza said.
He was speaking as South Africa was preparing
itself to participate in the first UN High Level
Meeting on Tuberculosis in New York on September 26.
Earlier on Friday, Mabuza convened a special
consultative SANAC plenary meeting at the Union
Buildings in Pretoria.
After the UN High Level Meeting, it is crucial
that South Africa immediately develops its own
implementation plan that will take the meeting’s
resolutions forward, Mabuza said.
Currently the government is seeking to screen and
test 14 million people for HIV and TB annually over
the next three years.
According to the World Health Organization, TB
remains among the top 10 leading causes of death
Black South Africans are able to make success of
and managing land says President Cyril Ramaphosa
South African government cautions against any
politically-motivated statement over land reform