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All posts tagged "Cape Town"

  • In graphs: we chart Cape Town’s rainfall in May, June and July 2018

    May has come, and July has gone. And just like that, winter is nearly over in Cape Town. In a few months' time, it'll be spring and we'll all be hearing that term we love so dearly: "Day Zero". Thankfully, according to data from the City of Cape Town, May and June were extremely wet months across Cape Town and may just be enough to ward off those two scary words. Looking at six weather stations in particular dotted around the metropol; namely Newlands, Steenbras, Table Mountain's Woodhead, Theewaterskloof, Voëlvlei and Wemmershoek; we visualised just how much rain the city has...

  • [Update] Cape Town #taxistrike may affect MyCiTi, Golden Arrow on Tuesday

    Update: The taxi strike affecting Cape Town and surrounds was suspended late on Monday. Cape Town's MyCiTi and Golden Arrow bus services may not operate in certain regions of the city tomorrow, as the provincial taxi strike is set to continue. On Monday, commuters were left stranded as trains and buses were late or suspended, and taxis refused to operate. Two buses were set alight in Khayelitsha, south east of Cape Town's city centre. Late Monday, MyCiTi failed to confirm that its service to the area -- namely its D01 and D02 service -- will be reinstated on Tuesday. "The City of Cape...

  • Western Cape taxi strike adds to Cape Town’s public transport woes

    Today Capetonians woke to rain, gridlocked highways, late trains, buses on fire, and a taxi strike. Yes, yet another taxi strike began in the early hours of Monday morning across the Western Cape. According to a News24 report, the strike is the result of a leadership dispute within the South African National Taxi Council. As a side effect, commuters who use taxis to travel across the province were left stranded on Monday. Folks gonna be expected to take "alternative" transport to work. Alternative being a code word for teleportation. #TaxiStrike — Sarkastik Observer 🦈🔱 (@Sindelo_) August 6, 2018 Some commuters who braved the strike...

  • Cape Town’s dam storage levels end July at 56.8% full

    July may not have seen as much rain as June, but Cape Town's dam levels finish the month 8.5% higher than last. This comes after gains of just 0.4% were noted by the City of Cape Town in its latest dam levels report. At present, levels of the metropole's six major dams stand at 56.8% -- more than double the levels measured in 2017. Looking at individual dams, some have had a much better week than others. Notably, the Voëlvlei Dam continues to be the City's top performer. It gained 1.5% over the previous week, and is now just below the 60%...

  • Cape Town’s hot, dry July means 6B water restrictions will continue

    Another hot, dry and precipitation-scarce week hasn't had much of an impact on Cape Town's dam levels, this according to the City's latest report. Surprisingly, even though not a drop of rain was recorded at any of the City's monitored stations, dam levels continued to rise. As of 23 July, the city's dam levels stand at 56.4% or 506-billion litres. That's an increase of 1.3% over the previous week, or 12-billion litres. Dam by dam breakdown: Theewaterskloof Dam | +1% to 41.7% Voëlvlei Dam | +2.3% to 56.9% Berg River Dam | +1.2% to 85.9% Wemmershoek Dam | -0.1% to 84.8% Steenbras...

  • Cape Town’s Theewaterskloof Dam breaks the 40% full mark

    After a few weeks of rapid increases, Cape Town's dam levels have seemingly plateaued. This week the City of Cape Town's latest report saw an increase of just 1.8% to the overall storage levels. They now stand at 55.1%. Going dam by dam, most notable is the Theewaterskloof Dam's current level. It's now at 40.7% full, up by 1.7% over the previous week. It's now doubly as full as it was in July 2017, and just 15% off its 2015 levels. Notably, less than three months ago, the Theewaterskloof Dam was just over 10% full. The Voëlvlei Dam is now 54.6% full, jumping...

  • Cape Town dam levels have more than doubled in a year

    If you've turned your head to the sky this past week, you may have noticed something: it hasn't rained. At all. Since 2 July 2018, the city's surrounds haven't seen a drop of the wet stuff, and that's pretty concerning. For one, some of the key catchment areas could miss their long-term rainfall average for July. But, with that said, dam levels have still increased steadily over the previous week. The latest figures by the City of Cape Town shows an increase of 5% since 2 July 2018. The dams are now holding 53.3% of their total storage. We're also just 0.1% shy...

  • Big news: Cape Town’s dam levels smash through the 50% mark

    We've done it, Cape Town. The city's dam storage levels have breached the 50% full mark after the weekend's cold front swept through the region. This comes after Monday's report stated that dams were 48.3% full. The latest numbers reflect the gains made within the last 24 hours, which makes these figures all the more remarkable. As of 3 July 2018, dam levels are officially at 50.3%. Both the Berg River Dam and Wemmershoek Dam are above 80% full, while the Steenbras Upper Dam is at 101.4%. The Voëlvlei Dam gained 2.6% in a single day. The Theewaterskloof (2.1%), and Steenbras Lower (2%)...

  • After the storm, Cape Town’s dam levels are now at 48.3%

    Update: As of 3 July, Cape Town's dam levels are now at 50.3%. Read the full story here. The storm clouds have cleared above Cape Town and the City's latest dam figures are in. As of 2 July 2018, the combined dam levels of the City's six major dams stand at 48.3% full. That's an increase of 5.6% over the previous week, or a physical volume increase of more than 50-billion litres. It's not yet clear if these numbers account for yesterday's and last night's deluge. Nevertheless, they are staggering. The Berg River Dam gained a massive 10.9% over the previous week and...

  • Airbnb Experiences are now available across South Africa

    Airbnb is today rolling out its Experiences programme in Johannesburg and the rest of South Africa. The nationwide move comes after Experiences debuted globally, and in Cape Town, in 2016. "Experiences are activities or excursions that are led by passionate local hosts, highlighting their interests and perspective as well as unique places many visitors might not otherwise get to experience," the company explains in an update. "After the launch of Experiences in Cape Town in 2016 Johannesburg hosts are excited to finally get the chance to show off their city while becoming part of the local economy." At present, there are around...

  • Cape Town sees rain, floods and snow in one crazy weekend of weather

    You asked for rain, Cape Town. And you've finally received it in bucket loads. Just as June drew to a close, a strong cold front pushed its way across the Western Cape bringing with it stormy conditions to much of the province. Cape Town in particular saw torrential rain and flooding early Sunday, and bitterly cold temperatures into Monday morning. THE LATEST: After the storm, Cape Town’s dam levels are now at 48.3% Raining hard in Tamboerskloof Cape Town. Stay in doors because you will have to swim pic.twitter.com/3kPRpHmbyd — Elaine Corbett (@ElaineCorbett7) July 1, 2018 Cape Town now, it is pouring with rain,...

  • Cape Town’s dams are now 42.7% full

    Cape Town's dam storage is up once again, but by a smaller margin. Last week, dam levels stood at 38.1%. This week, the City of Cape Town's measures read 42.7%, an increase of 4.6%. The major gainer this week is the Voëvlei Dam, up 7.3% to 37.6%. It's now less than 2% off its June 2015 levels. Its much larger cousin, the Theewaterskloof Dam, is 30.4% full, a gain of 3.2%. That's pretty notable considering that just 1.2mm of rain fell over the area this week. The Berg River Dam is up by 5.2% this week to 67.8%. It's now fuller than...

  • 40.3%: that’s how full Cape Town’s dams are right now

    Watching Cape Town's dams fill from the water's edge may be as boring as watching paint dry, but to see the numbers slowly increase on a weekly, nay, daily basis, is quite exciting. On Monday, we published a piece detailing the rapid improvement the city's dams have seen over the past two months. Well, as of 20 June, there's more happy news to report. On Wednesday, the City of Cape Town issued a mini-update to dam levels which revised its 18 June totals. The City's six major dams are 40.3% full. That's more than a 2% increase in two days. The Theewaterskloof...

  • In graphs: Cape Town’s dam storage jumps by 28% in just 8 weeks

    At the end of April, the water situation in Cape Town was dire. Dams were nearly empty. In fact, the Department of Water and Sanitation was building a coffer dam -- a smaller dam -- within the Theewaterskloof to extract the last 10% of its water. This week, in the middle of June, the numbers are telling a much different story. Dam levels are now at 38.1%, an increase of more than 27% over its lowest levels recorded on 23 April, and a 6.3% increase over last week. That's an additional 56.5-billion litres of water added to Cape Town's surface...

  • WATCH: dramatic video of Cape Town cash-in-transit heist emerges

    Cash-in-transit heists are no longer a Gauteng phenomenon judging by a dramatic morning on Cape Town's Flats. On Monday around 9pm along the city's busy Jakes Gerwel Drive a cash transit vehicle was attacked. Details are scant at this point, but the aftermath of the heist was clear: the vehicle's flank was torn apart, while cash bills were strewn across the rain-sodden road. Upon hearing the commotion, some onlookers got out their phones and recorded the incident. Clips then made their way onto Twitter and Facebook. Popular group @TrafficWC reposted one of these videos on Facebook which has garnered some 2600 views at...