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All posts tagged "Cape Town"

  • Cape Town’s dams are now healthier than they were in June 2016

    There's some more good news this week for thirsty Cape Town. As of 11 June 2018, the city's total dam storage levels stood at 31.8%, marking an increase of 2% over the previous week. Overall dam levels have seen a 10.9% increase since 7 May. At the same point in 2017, the city had just 20.9% stored within its six largest dams. In 2016, that figure stood at 29.6%. So currently, Cape Town has a larger amount of water stored than it did at the same point in June 2016. Individual dams continue their positive trend, albeit see smaller gains this...

  • Week of rain leaves Cape Town’s dams just shy of 30% mark

    How quickly things can change, Cape Town. According to the City's latest dam report, Cape Town's six largest dams' total storage now stands at 29.8%. That's a gain of 5.8% in a single week. To put that into perspective: At the current rate of consumption, that's enough water to last Cape Town 98 days The city's six largest dams now hold more than 52 000 additional megalitres, that's 52-billion litres. In essence, just less than an entire Wemmershoek Dam's worth of rainfall fell within the dams' catchment areas last week Dam levels in the first week of June 2016 also stood...

  • Cape Town to host Wikipedia’s ‘Wikimania’ conference in July

    Wikipedia is hosting its annual conference in Cape Town in July. Announced by the non-profit today, Wikipedia's Wikimania conference will be heading to the African continent for the first time, bringing with it volunteers from around the world and Wikipedia royalty. "Attendees will be made up of members of the global Wikimedia movement, including those who volunteer their time to edit and improve Wikipedia articles, create bots, or organise events and projects to draw more content onto Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects," the company wrote in a press release. "Other open knowledge  advocates will also attend, along with local academics, teachers, heritage...

  • Cape Town’s dams slowly fill to 24% after May’s rainfall

    At the end of the fifth month of 2018, Cape Town finally has some positive water-related news. As of 28 May 2018, total dam levels stand at 24% full. That's still low, sure, but its marks an increase of 2.9% over the previous week. In terms of raw volume, that's more than 26 000 megalitres or slightly less than the Steenbras Upper dam's total capacity when full. At the current consumption rate of 505-million litres per day, that's enough water to last the city for more than seven weeks. This week, all six of Cape Town's major dams and all eight of...

  • 211 000 Cape Town households use less than 6000L per month

    Although Cape Town is set to enjoy one of the wettest weeks of the year thus far, the city's still in the middle of a drought. As of 25 May, the City of Cape Town suggests that dam levels remains at 23.1%. Granted, that's a gain of 2.8% over the year's lowest point, but it remains a dire situation. Still, the city's residents are seemingly continuing to reduce their consumption. The City today revealed that 211 000 households in April 2018 used less than 6000 litres per month. "211 000 households are living the #50LitreLife, using less than 6000 litres per month. Thank...

  • Cape Town dam levels drop below 21% for the first time in 2018

    Sure, those Day Zero plans may have been shelved in the "2019's going to totally suck" folder but it doesn't mean Cape Town's completely drought-free just yet. According to the City's latest dam level report, total surface storage has dipped below 21% for the first time this year. Remarkably, this means that the City has used only slightly more than 10% in total between 1 January 2018 and 16 April 2018. Still, at present, both the Theewaterskloof and the Voëlvlei dams remain below 15%. The former is just 0.4% above its 10% threshold, while the Voelvlei meekly stands at 13.9%. The City's four...

  • MTN is South Africa’s best mobile network, new report suggests

    MTN is the best mobile network in South Africa according to a new report published by MyBroadband. The company's Q1 2018 Mobile Network Quality Report published Wednesday, gauges the performance of South Africa's big four networks through its Speed Test Android app. More than 140 000 tests were conducted through the 1 January and 31 March test period. Based on pure average download speed, MTN has Vodacom beaten by more than 2Mbps. The yellow team sees an average download rate of 24.12Mbps, while the latter enjoys a still quick but slower 21.26Mbps. Notably, both are above South Africa's average download rate of...

  • Vodacom opens new ‘Social Media Command Centre’ in Cape Town

    Vodacom is embracing social media as a valid way for user to submit queries, this after the company launched its "specialist Social Media Command Centre" in Cape Town on Wednesday. The company revealed at its launch event that it will spend "in excess of R15-million on staff, equipment, infrastructure and technology over the next year" to meet the growing demand on social media. Said demand experienced on social media has grown two-fold in the space of a year, it added. "The exponential use of social media amongst our customer base has necessitated the introduction of a specialised unit to service these channels,"...

  • Cape Town dam report: surface storage dips below 200 000 ML

    Cape Town has just reached another notable #DayZero milestone: total surface storage within its six largest dams has now dipped below the 200 000 ML mark for the first time this year. As of Tuesday 27 March 2018, the combined dam level stood at 22.2%, down by 0.5% the previous week. In raw numbers, the City suggests that just 199 095 ML (or 199-billion litres) remain. Theoretically, Cape Town's six largest dams can store slightly less than 900 000 ML when full. Dams lose storage as March remains dry The Theewaterskloof Dam edges ever close to the 10% mark, and is now just...

  • Cape Town water usage jumps, dam levels drop to 22.7%

    So Cape Town... Do you want the good news or bad news first? It's a Monday, so let's start with the good news. The good news is that dam levels decreased by just 0.3% over the previous week. The bad news is that water consumption has spiked by more than 50-million litres per day compared to last Monday's figure. Last week Friday, deputy mayor Ian Neilson praised the City of Cape Town and its residents for its globally-recognised water saving efforts. "Our commendable water usage is increasingly recognised as a phenomenal achievement across the world. Thanks to this effort our dam levels are...

  • Deputy Mayor Neilson: ‘Team Cape Town’ now among world’s top water saving cities

    From practically flaming residents last year to praising them this: the City of Cape Town has gone through the entire mood spectrum during the water crisis. "The City of Cape Town and its residents have achieved a new water usage milestone," deputy mayor Ian Neilson notes in a release. In addition to praising the City's water conservation efforts, he also mentioned "Team Cape Town's" newfound water conservation fame. "Our commendable water usage is increasingly recognised as a phenomenal achievement across the world. Thanks to this effort our dam levels are declining at a lower weekly rate." "Just months ago we were, at times,...

  • Cape Town dams: #DayZero or not, the city remains worryingly dry

    Despite what politicians may say about Cape Town's water crisis and the potential aversion of Day Zero, there's no denying that the dam levels remain low. Hell, you don't need to have a fancy hashtag or hold a press conference to see that. While the reduction of water consumption within the city, water augmentation projects, the donation of water and change of mindset have contributed to a notable push-back of Day Zero, dam levels this week dropped a further 0.6%. The combined level of Cape Town's Big Six dams now stands a 23% -- now just 9.5% from the quoted Day Zero...

  • 150k Cape Town households use less than 6000L per month

    It took a while, but finally the City of Cape Town knows just how much water its households used in January. Prior to Level 6A water shedding was implemented in February 2018, consumers were allocated 87 litres of water per day per person. As a result, households containing four occupants were urged to use less than 10 500 litres per day. The latest data reveals just how many households adhered to this figure. "uring January, a total of 314 000 households stepped up to the plate with their water-saving efforts and that 154 000 of these water heroes achieved the dark...

  • Cape Town dams: the Steenbras duo stem the Day Zero tide

    Cape Town's dams are this week 0.4% worse off than last, according to the latest dam level report published by the City. Data taken from the first week of March suggests that Cape Town now has just 23.6% of its surface storage available for use, or around 211 000 megalitres. That's enough to last the city until 15 July -- the new date for Day Zero. Water consumption also climbed slightly over the previous week. On average 531-million litres per day was drawn from the 14 dams serving Cape Town. 495-million of those litres were siphoned from the Big Six dams....

  • Everything you need to know about Cape Town’s Day Zero plans

    As Cape Town's water crisis deepens, and Day Zero draws nearer, a lot of questionable information is currently circulating on the internet. But the City of Cape Town is finally getting its act together -- at least in terms of providing regular updates on the progress of its disaster plan, what Day Zero will mean for all Capetonians, and how its water collection points will work. Although it's still calling on users to reduce consumption, in addition to new social media campaigns including #DefeatDayZero, there's no doubt that Mayor Patricia de Lille's words of "We have reached the point of no...