Water Crisis Looms

City appeals to residents to keep water consumption at winter levels

The City of Cape Town calls on all residents to familiarise themselves with Level 3 water restrictions so as not to fall foul of the law.

The City of Cape Town’s Council approved the implementation of Level 3 water restrictions on 26 October 2016. Restrictions will be in effect from 1 November 2016. Residents are asked to ensure that their water consumption over the coming summer months remains consistent with their winter consumption, as this will ensure that the dams are not drawn to dangerous levels. To give effect to this, residents will be required to abide by the following regulations until further notice.

Restrictions applicable to all customers:

Watering/irrigation (with drinking water from municipal supply) of gardens, lawns, flower beds and other plants, vegetable gardens, sports fields, parks and other open spaces is allowed only if using a bucket or watering can. No use of hosepipes or automatic sprinkler systems is allowed. Watering times are not restricted, however residents are urged to limit their watering to the mornings and evenings

  • Golf courses, sports facilities, parks, schools, learning institutions, nurseries, customers involved in agricultural activities, users with historical gardens and customers with special requirements can apply to the Director of the City’s Water and Sanitation Department for exemption to the above. Users with Level 2 exemptions will need to reapply for exemptions on Level 3 restrictions
  • No watering/irrigation is allowed within 24 hours of rainfall that provides adequate saturation (facilities/customers making use of boreholes, treated effluent water, spring water or well points are not exempt)
  • All properties where alternative, non-potable water resources are used (e.g. rainwater harvesting, grey water reuse, treated effluent water, spring water, well points and boreholes) must ensure that they display the appropriate signage to this effect clearly visible from a public thoroughfare
  • All well points and boreholes must be registered with the City and used efficiently to avoid wastage and evaporation
  • No washing or hosing down of hard-surfaced or paved areas with drinking water is allowed (except for health purposes). Users, such as abattoirs, food processing industries, industries using water to prepare for painting or similar treatments, care facilities, animal shelters and other industries or facilities with special needs can apply to the Director of the City’s Water and Sanitation Department for exemption
  • Ornamental water fountains/water features must be operated only by recycling the water or if using non-potable water

Restrictions applicable to residential customers:

  • Washing (using potable water) of vehicles and boats is only allowed if using a bucket
  • Customers are strongly advised to install water efficient parts, fittings and technologies to minimise water use at all taps, showerheads and other plumbing components
  • Manual topping up of swimming pools is allowed only if the pool is fitted with a pool cover. No automatic top-up systems are allowed
  • The use of portable play pools is prohibited

Restrictions applicable to non-residential customers:

Commercial car wash industries must comply with industry best practice norms regarding water usage per car washed

  • Informal car washes must use only buckets and not hosepipes
  • The use of fitted pool covers for public swimming pools is strongly encouraged where practically possible
  • No automatic top-up systems for swimming pools are allowed
  • Spray parks must be strictly managed to minimise water wastage
  • Customers must install water efficient parts, fittings and technologies to minimise water use at all taps, showerheads and other plumbing components in public places and adhere to Water By-law requirements
  • Golf courses, sports facilities, parks, schools and learning institutions are not allowed to establish any new landscaping or sports fields, except if irrigated only with non-potable water
  • For users supplied with water in terms of special contracts (notarial deeds, water service intermediaries or water service providers), the contract conditions shall apply.

    Residents who would like to apply for special exemption must e-mail a completed special exemption application form to the Director: Water and Sanitation Department at Water.Restrictions@capetown.gov.za.

As indicated above, appropriate signage, clearly visible from a public thoroughfare, must be displayed at all properties where alternative water sources are used for irrigation.

Well points and boreholes should be registered. Residents can www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for more information, or apply for registration at Borehole.water@capetown.gov.za. After registration, residents will receive the necessary sign free of charge.

Appropriate signage is also required for irrigation via grey water reuse, spring water or rainwater harvesting. Residents can print and use the sign at the following linkhttp://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Graphics%20and%20educational%20material/Non%20potable%20water%20sign.pdf, although other appropriate signage is acceptable. This should be printed A4 landscape (note: this sign should not be used to advise of well point and borehole water use. Well points and boreholes must be registered as detailed above).

Residents are advised that changes to the bulk water distribution system could intermittently impact on clarity or taste within some areas of the northern and central suburbs of the city. These changes are required to conserve water in the Theewaterskloof Dam. In addition, water pressure will be reduced in the water distribution system in order to limit water leaks from underground pipes and faulty plumbing fittings. Residents are requested to please exercise patience as taps may flow more slowly.

Resultant flow changes in some of the water pipelines may temporarily cause cloudiness or a slight discolouration in the water. Residents with sensitive palates may also notice a slight change in the taste of their water, as it will now be coming from a mix of sources.

Water consumers in several parts of the city may also have experienced an earthy taste and odour to their drinking water caused by low levels of Geosmin in dam waters. The City would like to reassure residents that this is a naturally occurring compound and is neither toxic nor harmful to health. Water quality is monitored continuously and all water supplied will be entirely safe for human consumption.

Residents and visitors are assured that the City is working proactively to manage available water resources and reduce the effects of Geosmin in the source waters, concentrations of which are anticipated to increase with lower dam levels and hot, windy conditions.

The implementation of a corresponding Level 3 tariff schedule will be introduced from 1 December 2016 in order to allow residents time to adjust to the new restrictions. Residents can view this new schedule, as well as information on all water restrictions by visiting www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater

For queries on water restrictions, residents can contact the City via e-mail to Water.Restrictions@capetown.gov.za.

The City thanks residents for their cooperation and understanding and appeals to all residents to work with us in saving water to ensure the future availability of this precious resource.


Constantia Upper Property Snapshot – Three Quarters 2016



Sub-Council Boundaries to Change


The City has to amend the sub-council boundaries due to the demarcation of new wards. The draft by-law proposes new boundaries for 24 Subcouncils.

There are two proposals under consideration to cluster the wards and create new sub-council boundaries which can be viewed on the City’s website at www.capetown.gov.za/subcouncilboundaries.

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High Steenberg

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SEC PROJECT NO.: 015055 DEA&DP REF. NO.: 16/3/3/6/7/1/A6/16/2268/15
The public participation period for the Draft Basic Assessment Report (BAR) for the above development application took place during September and October 2015.
At that time, comments, concerns and queries were raised by stakeholders. The project team has been in the process of addressing the various issues raised. This has included amending the development design in response to the main concerns around impact on sense of place; in particular from the perspective of possible impact on heritage resources. 

Secure exclusive estate with panoramic mountain views

Magnificent residence in a secure guarded estate, offering uninterrupted panoramic mountain views. Spacious living areas with intelligent lighting sets the perfect theme to entertain your guests. Large lounge and dining area with large log fireplace and doors to spacious covered verandah. Large separate family room as well as a separate entertainment room with bar and wine cellar.

Spacious modern kitchen with work-island and separate laundry/scullery/pantry area. Four large bedrooms (all en-suite) plus study area. Main bedroom features a walk through closet and an en-suite bathroom with shower, free-standing bath, double basin and heated towel rails. Large covered verandah overlooking the rim-flow pool with water feature. Separate staff accommodation. Borehole water. Excellent security with alarm and perimeter beams. Double automated garage plus parking for your guests.

Situated in sought after area of Constantia, well known for its close proximity to top international and private schools, easy access to all major roads, world class restaurants, well known wine estates, as well as numerous mountain and forest walking trails.

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More to this Car Guard

A 33-year-old Rwandian artist and a car guard at the well-known Constantia Village shopping Centre is presenting his third exhibition in a series of Cape Landscapes at the shopping Centre.

He loved sketching as a child and used that passion for art as he moved from country to country capturing its beauty in his paintings.

Erick Karangwa is from Retreat and has been in the country for 10 years and loves exploring Cape Town and painting the mountains, rivers and beaches, but with only a bicycle at his disposal, his landscaping options are limited.

He first started painting in 2006 when he came to South Africa, while working as a car guard he regularly walked passed the centre’s art gallery on his breaks and was inspired by a painting done by Cape Town artist Andrew Cooper. He says: “I was in awe of this man. I wanted to paint like him and I wish I could meet him someday”.

In 2014 Karangwa got his wish and he finally met his idol Andrew Cooper and Cooper even agreed to mentor him. They now work together every week at Red the Gallery in Tokai.

Karangwa started selling his paintings for about R1000, but this year he sold one for R7000.

Karangwa tells us that he wants to improve his skills all the time and hopes that he can one day earn the respect that his idol Cooper has earn over the years and hopes that he can earn enough money that he will not need to guard cars again.

He only occasionally guards cars now, but can mostly rely on the sale of his paintings to eat, pay the rent and buy new materials to produce more artwork.


Constantia Tourism Office

The Constantia Valley Announces Opening of Tourism Office Constantia, Cape Town. Positioned on the Groot Constantia Wine Estate est 1685 and where Cape Town felt its first tourism heartbeat, the Constantia Valley Tourism office expects to meet and greet thousands of visitors annually.

The opening of a region specific tourism office is an exciting development for the Constantia Valley and its neighbourhoods as it will help to enlighten and promote the region to all visitors, while also providing a central point to gather resources and information about local services and events. It is expected that the tourism centre will become a meeting place for all the businesses, services, and amenities in the region.

The Constantia Valley is a lush destination and popular with visitors throughout the whole year, and particularly in the summer months. Aside from boasting a magnificent award winning Wine Route consisting of Steenberg Vineyards, Constantia Uitsig, Klein Constantia, Buitenverwachting, Groot Constantia, Eagles Nest Vineyards, Constantia Glen, Beau Constantia and Silvermist Vineyards, the Restaurants and Accommodations are some of the best that Cape Town has to offer.

The Constantia Valley is also home to two of the Eat Out Restaurant Awards top ten restaurants in South Africa; Chef Scot Kirton’s world famous La Colombe and The Greenhouse at The Cellars Hohenort Hotel. The news that a tourism office has opened has created a lot of enthusiasm amongst the locals in the industry, and it certainly is a great boost for the region. Located only 20 minutes from the city centre and central to the False Bay and Hout Bay coastline, the Constantia Valley is the ideal destination to be based whether you are in Cape Town for business or leisure.

Marketing Manager of Groot Constantia Grant Newton explained that “As one of ‘Cape Town’s Big 7’ and being the most visited tourist attraction in Constantia, now welcoming close to 500 000 visitors annually, we just feel the timing couldn’t be better. We are constantly striving to meet the demands of a new kind of traveler and the official Constantia Valley Tourism office opening on our Estate seemed like a natural progression.”

Constantia Valley Tourism is also a proud member of Cape Town Tourism. Contact Email: jooles@constantiavalley.com or hailey@constantiavalley.com Groot Constantia Wine Estate Wine Tasting and Sales Groot Constantia Road Constantia Office: (076) 742-5366 www.constantiavalley.com


Eagle’s Nest Soars at 2016 Shiraz SA Challenge

THE WINNERS at the 2016 Shiraz SA Challenge include four of the wines with the best track records over the past 10 years in terms of the Top Wine SA Shiraz Classification: Cederberg, Eagles’ Nest (Constantia), Fairview Eenzaamheid (Paarl) and Saronsberg (Tulbagh).

Moreover, many among the top dozen vintages on this occasion had already received high praise during the previous 12 months: Alto 2013 at Syrah du Monde, Cederberg 2014 at Mondial and the Top 100 SA Wine Challenge, Fairview Eenzaamheid 2013 at the 2015 Shiraz SA Challenge and the 2016 Top 100 SA Wine Challenge, Rickety Bridge 2013 at the Top 100 SA Wine Challenge, Saronsberg 2014 at Mondial and Windmeul Reserve 2013 at the Michelangelo awards.

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