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All posts tagged "Cape Town"

  • Cape Town’s dams up to 70% but Theewaterskloof lags behind

    Cape Town's dams are now 70% full, this according to the City's latest dam levels report. That an increase of just 0.9% over the previous week. Still, it's the first time this milestone has been reached in September since 2015. That may seem sufficient, but the largest dam in the system that holds nearly 54% of Cape Town's surface water, the Theewaterskloof Dam, remains just 52.5% full. It did however gain 1.1% over the previous week. Other dams however are all above 80% full. The Berg River Dam is 97.6% full, but fell by 0.8% over the previous week. The Voëlvlei Dam...

  • Cape Town’s the real star of Apple’s Watch Series 4 ad

    Apple may have been trying to showcase its new Apple Watch Series 4, but its one filming location in particular glimpsed within its new ad that piqued our interest. With "Hokey Pokey" playing in the background, the ad tracks the daily movement of people across the world, all doing what they seemingly love. However, if you look at little closer, you may spot a Table Mountain or two. A large portion of the advertisement was filmed in Cape Town. Bo-Kaap, the CBD, the Atlanic Seaboard, Hout Bay, and Camps Bay beach are all visible in the heavily-cut 60 second clip. "Apple Watch has...

  • Cape Town water restrictions to drop to Level 5 in October

    Cape Town residents, who have been forced to use just 50 litres of water per day for much of 2018, can finally enjoy a little more of the wet stuff daily. From 1 October, the City of Cape Town will ease the current Level 6B water restrictions to Level 5, giving residents 20 additional litres of water per day. This comes after dam levels exceeded the two-thirds full mark late in August. Level 6B was first implemented in February 2018, back when the City remarked that #DayZero looked "very likely". "The Western Cape Water Supply System’s dams are now at 68% capacity,...

  • Cape Town’s Theewaterskloof Dam is now 50% full

    Cape Town's largest dam, the Theewaterskloof, is now more than 50% full. That's a big milestone reached by the City of Cape Town's largest supply reservoir, which holds more than 53% of Cape Town's surface water. Read more: Cape Town’s dams begin September nearly two-thirds full Back in April, it was just above 11% full, with the Department of Water and Sanitation forced to build a coffer dam within it to exact the remaining water. This is seemingly no longer needed. As of 6 September 2018, the Theewaterskloof Dam is now 50.1% full, holding 240.5-billion litres. That's more than a third of Cape Town's...

  • City of Cape Town in talks with DWS to relax water restrictions

    After its latest dam report heralded more good news, the City of Cape Town announced that it is in talks with national government to ease water restrictions across the city. "The City of Cape Town is very encouraged to see dam levels rise above 65% after significant late-winter rainfall," it wrote in a release on Monday. "It is hoped that this latest rain could provide sufficient motivation for finally easing the water restrictions." Plans to alleviate the water restrictions are currently being discussed with the Department of Water and Sanitation. However, don't expect to see a heavy axe taken to the...

  • Cape Town’s dams begin September nearly two-thirds full

    After we highlighted the Berg River Dam's slow roll to 100% capacity in last week's report, Cape Town's other supply dams are the star performers this week. In the City of Cape Town's latest dam report published on Monday, dam levels are up by 4% over the previous week. The six of the city's largest puddles are now 65.9% full, holding some 592 000 megalitres of water. The aforementioned Berg River Dam began the week at 96.7% full, up from 93.2% last Monday. It's now just a few drops off its 2014 level of 100.5%. Cape Town's two other huge feeder dams...

  • Cape Town’s huge Berg River Dam is nearly 100% full

    Drought? What drought, Cape Town? After the latest dam report was issued by the City of Cape Town on Monday, there's nothing but good news for the city's thirsty residents. As of Tuesday 28 August, dam levels are now at a combined total of 63.5%. More impressively, some dams are nearly 100% full. The beautiful Berg River Dam 😍Currently sitting at a whopping 90% capacity 💦 With more rain predicted for this weekend 🌧 One of the many beautiful attractions to be seen in Franschhoek 👀 #franschhoek #openforwinter A post shared by Franschhoek Wine Valley (@franschhoek_sa) on Aug 23, 2018 at 6:35am...

  • Watch: Cape Town’s trains are getting a bit overloaded

    Cape Town's public transport system is a nightmare; even the City of Cape Town itself hinted at it. But that doesn't mean there's been any tangible improvement experienced by commuters since. A video reportedly captured on Cape Town's central line on Tuesday shows just how congested the city's Metrorail rail network is. Initially published to a closed Facebook group by member Brendan Shaw, the video found its way onto Twitter on Wednesday. In the clip, a train is shown draped in commuters sitting on the train's roof, hanging out of windows, and clinging to the train's windscreen. The video has since garnered...

  • Instagram captures weekend snow across Cape Town’s surrounds

    Cape Town and surrounds did in fact have an "interesting" weekend of weather, at least according to SAWS. The national weather service issued widespread warnings of gale force winds, heavy rains and localised flooding in areas across the Western Cape. It also mentioned snow. And Instagram wasn't too far behind the forecast. On Sunday, hundreds of social media users and adventurers posted pictures and videos of themselves enjoying snow in the province. Ceres, and the surrounding Koue Bokkeveld mountains, was a hotbed (coldbed?) of activity. Sneeu buite Ceres! ❄❄❄ Foto's | @shelleychristians #wegtydskrif #joureisbeginhier #menseselense #southafrica #travelmagazine #ontdekjouplek #sneeu #diswinter #snow #westerncape #ceres A...

  • Update: SAWS issues weather warnings for Cape Town this weekend

    Update, 11am, 25 August: The South African Weather Service has upgraded the weather watches to warnings in place across a large swathe of the Western Cape and the Cape Town urban area. "Western Cape Watches upgraded to Warnings for this weekend (25-26 August 2018)," it tweeted late Friday. "This include disruptive snowfall for the mountainous regions, localised flooding for the south-western Cape, gale force winds and very cold conditions." Have a look at the severe weather alerts for today (25 August 2018). Take care and be safe. pic.twitter.com/FmcxanXpxG — SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) August 25, 2018 Western Cape Watches upgraded to Warnings for this...

  • Cape Town’s dams hit 60% mark for the first time in 2 years

    Cape Town's dams have reached another critical milestone this week. According to the City of Cape Town's latest dam report issued Monday, the reservoirs across the city held a combined 60.1% of their total. It's the highest mark in August since 2015, when dams were 72.3% full at the same point in the year. As of 21 August, dams stand at 60.3% full, less than 5% short of ascending the City's "danger zone". Additionally, it's also the first time 60% had been reached at any point since 2016. "The City of Cape Town is encouraged by the milestone that has been reached and...

  • UCT chooses not to suspend lecturer after #MenAreTrash Facebook post

    UCT on Wednesday announced that it will not suspend a chemical engineering lecturer who published a "deeply disturbing" post to Facebook earlier this week. The post, which was was republished by a student to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, slammed women for their role in the #MenAreTrash movement. The lecturer also admitted to thinking about raping and killing his two-year-old daughter in a post comment. UCT lecturer’s ‘disgusting’ Facebook post slams women for #MenAreTrash UCT is again coming under fire on social media after a lecturer took to Facebook to criticise women for the #MenAreTrash movement, and confessing to having thoughts about raping...

  • UCT lecturer’s ‘disgusting’ Facebook post slams women for #MenAreTrash

    UCT is again coming under fire on social media after a lecturer took to Facebook to criticise women for the #MenAreTrash movement, and confessing to having thoughts about raping his two-year-old daughter. UPDATE: UCT chooses not to suspend lecturer after #MenAreTrash Facebook post The post, published by chemical engineering lecturer Arthur Mabentsela, suggested that men should not be blamed if women couldn't "attract and retain a quality man". "It was not me who said open your legs to a f**k boy," the rant continued. The post, along with a reply to a comment on said post, was screenshot by a UCT student and...

  • Cape Town dam levels now just below 60%

    Recent rains has brought a much needed mid-winter refill to much of Cape Town's outlying dams. According to the City of Cape Town's latest dam report, its reservoirs are now 58.8% full collectively. This is an increase of 1.8% over the previous week, or 16-billion litres. The gains are largely thanks to two days of rainfall during the previous week. Last week, dams saw a collective increase of just 0.2%. The Theewaterskloof Dam's resurgence has slowed though July and into August. It's up by just 0.9%, topping out at 43.5%. It remains 6.3% short of the levels recorded in 2016, and more...

  • Did you miss the rainbow across Cape Town on Tuesday?

    If you were in central Cape Town at around 9am on Tuesday morning, you may have missed something pretty spectacular. And indeed, pretty. Instagram is this morning awash with snaps of the recent rainfall, and more impressively, an expansive rainbow. Bowing almost entirely across the sky and featuring a slightly lighter companion just above it, the broad ribbon was visible across much of the southern suburbs, Cape Flats and the city's eastern district. Here's what Instagram users across Cape Town caught on their smartphones: I tried to capture this morning's rainbow 🌈 with a panorama feature on my phone and it turned out...