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All posts tagged "Cape Town"

  • Cape Town water report: usage spikes, dam levels drop & aquifer project begins

    Dam levels or both major and minor reservoirs across Cape Town have once again taken a hit, this according to the City's latest water report (pdf). Last week, dam levels fell below the 37% mark, to 36.8%. This week sees the third consecutive drop, with levels now just above the 36% mark. The Berg River Dam lost 1.4% of its storage capacity this week, shedding around 1.82-billion litres. The other two large dams in the system -- the Theewaterskloof and the Voëlvlei -- followed suit, dropping 0.9% and 0.4% respectively. The remaining three reservoirs however bucked the trend. Wemmershoek Dam saw small gains...

  • #IdolsSA winner Paxton Fielies also wins Cape Town’s, Twitter’s heart

    17-year-old Paxton Fielies on Sunday won the 13th season of popular South African talent competition Idols at Carnival City, Johannesburg. Competing against fellow hopeful, 25-year-old Mthokozisi Ndaba, the duo received over 30-million votes in the final week. But with the majority, Fielies becomes the youngest ever winner of the competition. "I worked very hard to be where I am," Fielies said, reported TimesLIVE. "I celebrated every performance knowing how hard I worked. I did receive criticism sometimes but I didn't let it get me down." After a record-breaking, 30 MIILLION votes in the last week alone, your WINNER for #IdolsSA Season 13 is...

  • ‘Writing the Daisies’: UCT’s exam tent has become an impromptu meme

    In the midst of student protests, the University of Cape Town (UCT) has confirmed that exams will go ahead as scheduled. But perhaps not in the venues previously decided. "The university management has had to take the extraordinary step of arranging an examination venue on the upper campus rugby field," the institution's registrar wrote in a statement. "It is a decision that has not been taken lightly. It was an outcome of an assessment of what arrangements would offer the best chance of conducting and successfully concluding the examination programme in the current circumstances of threats of disruption." The venue, pictured in...

  • When will Cape Town run out of water? This tool imagines the scenarios

    For the second week running, Cape Town's dam levels have fallen sharply. As summer draws nearer, the City continues to plead with residents to reduce consumption, as it juggles solutions to the crisis. But taking into account the City's current consumption rate, the dams' current storage levels, and the likelihood of augmentation schemes coming online in the new year, when will Cape Town likely run out of water? It's a multi-million rand question that UCT CSAG's "Big Six Monitor" allows users to imagine. Named after the six largest reservoirs in the Western Cape Water Supply System and created by CSAG's Piotr Wolski,...

  • Cape Town’s dam storage drops again to 36.8%

    Every one of Cape Town's largest dams, bar one, lost storage capacity over the past week, this according to the City of Cape Town's latest dam level report (pdf). This comes after dam levels fell from 38.5% to 37.8% a week ago. The second successive drop in the Western Cape Water Supply Scheme now puts Cape Town's dam storage at 36.8%. That's an overall loss of around nine-billion litres, or just over two-week's worth of water at our current consumption rate. A dam-by-dam breakdown paints an even bleaker picture. Image: City of Cape Town The Theewaterskloof Dam fell by 1.2% over the previous week,...

  • Uber’s wildly odd ad will resonate with Capetonians stuck in traffic daily

    Uber's first advertisement highlighting the plight of commuters in southeast Asia may just trigger a nerve for those stuck in traffic in Cape Town and Johannesburg daily. Filmed in Bangkok with 200-odd extras, the company's ad trades automobiles for Flintstone-inspired box cars. But that doesn't mean there's any less chaos. From drivers stealing parking spots, to others cutting in ahead of lanes, to those select few who believe one-ways are in fact safe for bidirectional traffic: the video is practically what every road user experiences every day. Perhaps with less cardboard. While the ad is undoubtedly stupid, remarkably silly and deliberately extra,...

  • Cape Town smoke-filled skies caused by Sir Lowry’s Pass fire

    Update, 5.17pm: Sir Lowry's Pass has been reopened to traffic closed once again. Cape Town - N2 Route: #SirLowrysPass (Update): ROAD CLOSED again over the pass - HEAVY QUEUES on the alternative R44 route via Rooiels — Rob Beezy (@TrafficSA) November 7, 2017 At least four houses have also been set alight by the blaze. First houses in Mountainside going up in smoke. Not good with wind gusting at 72kph. pic.twitter.com/OWP9elRpb9 — Gordons Bay, SA (@GordonsBaySA) November 7, 2017 Four homes destroyed by #SirLowrysPassFire, says @CityofCT. Fire ranges from N2 to Streenbras mouth. No injuries. Fire fanned by strong wind pic.twitter.com/KM2hCw3yfr — Cape Argus (@TheCapeArgus) November...

  • Video: Theewaterskloof Dam now resembles one big splash pool

    The City of Cape Town's latest dam report may have suggested a bump in rainfall for October and a decline in consumption across the metro, but one thing remained consistent: the Theewaterskloof Dam continued to shrink. The dam lost around 0.5% of its storage in the final week of October, even though many of the Cape's other reservoirs gained. A new video published on 1 November by YouTube user Russell Dippenaar shows the impact the current water crisis has had on the Western Cape's biggest dam. This video isn't the first to cover the near-empty dam. South African vlogger Adam Spires, also known...

  • #ZumaQandA: DA walks out of Parliament after verbal scuffle

    South Africa may have expected a relatively smooth question and answer session between President Jacob Zuma and the rest of Parliament today, after the EFF's absence from the House. But, nope. The Q&A session, conducted Thursday afternoon, required the president to answer a number of questions posed by member of the House, including rising poverty, the appointment of a SAPS national commissioner, and climate change. President Jacob #Zuma is at the National Assembly to field oral questions. #ZumaQandA Questions to the President: pic.twitter.com/WkmOaZU5Cd — SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) November 2, 2017 But DA leader Mmusi Maimane had another question in mind. Posing a query regarding...

  • Cape Town dams at 38.5%, desalination timeline remains unclear

    Last week, Cape Town welcomed a weak cold front that brought some 30mm of rain in some areas of the city. But this hasn't done much to bolster dam storage according to the City's latest report. Total storage in the six major dams supplying Cape Town is down by 0.1% to 38.5% (pdf). That's a loss of around 519-million litres -- slightly less than the average day's consumption in the city. Cape Town's dam levels Leading the decrease was everyone's favourite underperforming dam -- the Theewaterskloof. The largest reservoir in the Western Cape again struggled to hold its level, dropping from 27.8% last...

  • Watch: #UCTShutdown protestors trigger fire extinguishers, disrupt exams

    It has been a tumultuous week for the University of Cape Town (UCT). Although a wave of #FeesMustFall protests have swept through South Africa's universities this month -- including CPUT, the University of the Free State and the Tshwane University of Technology -- #UCTShutdown protests this week propelled the institution's disquiet into the spotlight. A fresh spate of protests began Monday after students demanded a 0% increase to fees for the 2018 academic year. This comes after an 8% hike to fees in 2017. Update:25 Oct 2017, 11:30 The developments regarding attempted shutdown of UCT Read: https://t.co/Mj2vvyFtqa Listen: https://t.co/5JipWNFa5k pic.twitter.com/bcGetDLikT — UCT (@UCT_news) October 25, 2017 On...

  • Cape Town’s new buses will be all-electric come 2025

    Cape Town, along with 11 other major world cities, has vowed to shirk purchasing fossil fuel-powered buses in favour of electric models for its inner city transport networks by 2025. The cities, which include Auckland, Barcelona, Copenhagen, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Quito, Vancouver, Mexico City, Milan and Seattle, signed the agreement which is an extension of the already established C40 Clean Bus Declaration Act. C40 cities, of which Cape Town is a member, is an initiative that aims to reduce harmful emissions in city centres and promote green practices. The agreement also ensures that "major areas of the city" will be declared...

  • ‘Cape of Storms to Come’ uncovers the origins of Cape Town’s water crisis

    You must be so sick of hearing about Cape Town's water crisis right now. But it's a huge problem -- and a potential catastrophe -- that isn't about to go away at the snap of a finger. We've seen dam levels gradually rise since June, however five months later, some have yet to breach the 50% mark. The largest dam in the system -- the massive Theewaterskloof -- has yet to breach 30% of its total storage. Considering that plans to augment the surface storage with ground water extraction, desalination and water reuse are still plans, this summer is set to...

  • Everything you need to know about Cape Town’s water rationing

    While Cape Town's dam levels are up over last week, water consumption is down, and October rainfall has been promising, the City has announced that water rationing will continue. In a statement published on Monday, the City of Cape Town outlined its water rationing programme in more detail. "Due to the critical nature of available water supply, all water users across the metro must expect water rationing which could lead to water supply disruptions," the City alerted. How is water rationed? It explained that the city is divided into numerous "pressure zones". "Pressure which controls the rate of flow of water is managed by...

  • Cape Town dam levels increase, water rationing pays off

    Cape Town: there's some excellent news regarding the city's current water situation. Not only are levels up this week, but consumption has also decreased according to the City of Cape Town's latest dam report. Total storage is up from 37.4% last week to 38.5% this week -- an increase of 1.1% (pdf). Note: find last week's Memeburn water crisis report here Looking at individual dams, the Berg River Dam remains the top performer. It added 1.5% to its coffers, and now stands at 68.1% full. It's now less than 6% off its 2016 levels. Both Steenbras dams saw an increase. Steenbras Lower is...