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New South African plug standard is mandatory for new installations

South Africa’s new plug and socket standard, SANS 164-2 or ZA Plug, has become mandatory for new installations, the SABS confirmed to MyBroadband.

This means that any new buildings erected must incorporate electrical sockets that conform to the new standard.

An amendment to the wiring code introduced in 2016 stated that the ZA Plug would become semi-mandatory for new installations in March 2018.

Each new plug point must have at least one socket that can accommodate a ZA Plug, it said.

The amendment came into effect two months early, said the SABS, and from January 2018 all new installations must incorporate the ZA Plug.

The ZA Plug has the same hexagonal profile as the Europlug seen on cell phone chargers but includes an earth pin. It is substantially more compact than South Africa’s three-prong plug standard and has much thinner pins.

Adoption of the standard has been slow, however.

Gianfranco Campetti, the chairman of the working group that looks after the standard, said the industry has been slow to respond and use the standard in essential products.

He said the appliance industry, in particular, has been slow to provide goods with the new plug.

The switch

When the IEC first began development on IEC–906–1, which became IEC60906–1, it was trying to establish a universal plug and socket system.

Despite its efforts, commercial and political interests caused the standardisation initiative to fail in Europe – and Brazil and South Africa are the only countries to have adopted the 250V standard.

However, Brazil deviated from the standard by delivering either 127V or 220V mains using the same socket.

Japan and the US have plugs and sockets that are compatible with the IEC’s envisioned global standard for 125V sockets.

Talk of adopting the new standard began in South Africa in 1993, and a version of SANS 164–2 that dates back to 2006 is available online.

According to the SABS, the ZA Plug appeared in South Africa’s wiring code (SANS 10142–1) during 2012.

Old standard still legal

Although it is now required to integrate sockets which comply with the ZA Plug standard in new buildings, the old standard remains legal.

The wiring code amendment also does not affect existing buildings, including homes.

It is therefore not currently necessary for South Africans to switch the electrical sockets in their homes.

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Innovative local students launch online textbook resale platform

Bramble is an online platform aimed at connecting students wanting to sell or buy textbooks, as well as physical and electronic notes. This not only allows students to earn an extra income, but it also makes the learning process a whole lot easier.

As students ourselves, we understand the real life of a student and we hope to give you more room for the good life, more time for studying and, most importantly, more money at the end of the month.

The Bramble platform has one major beneficiary,

– the students.

We hope that the creation of a platform that allows students to set their own prices will allow shopping for textbooks to be more affordable and less stressful.


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Soil for Life

Fantastic auction items and great entertainment.
Soil for Life is a non-profit organisation (NPO) based in Cape Town, South Africa, that helps people learn to grow healthy, organic food using simple, low-cost, environmentally-friendly methods.
Date: 28 February 2018
Time: 18:00 to  22:00
Venue: Soil for life, Brounger Road, (behind Peddlars & Co), Off Spaanschemaat River Road, Constantia.

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Newly-constructed Constantia school hall is a first for South Africa

The elegant creation of the Constantia Waldorf School’s dance and primary school hall perfectly displays the incredibly diverse nature of Corobrik’s clay face brick – where a simple solid building block can be artfully constructed into a seemingly flowing structure, cleverly mirroring form with function and mood.

For the development of this Western Cape hall – 60 000 of Corobrik’s Cape Blend Travertine were selected for a seamless transition with the surrounding buildings, as well to soften the overall feeling of the structure. This gentle appearance was further enhanced by the use of white cement in between each brick.

“The clever use of Corobrik’s clay face brick in this really intricately designed school hall is a great visual representation of the brick’s versatile nature,” said Christie van Niekerk, Corobrik’s Western Cape manager. “Aesthetically, it actually depicts the dance movement which the hall will be used for, but the choice of clay face brick goes even further than that. Acoustically, the noise insulation properties of clay will work with the building’s design to create a fantastic musical venue, while the insulated foundations and sub-walls with the thermal insulation properties of the bricks will keep these young performers warm in the Cape winters and cool during the summer months.”

The 250sqm building, which took nine months to construct, was designed by Cape Town-based firm, Natural Architecture, with a view to create a school hall that eloquently expresses the Waldorf School ethos of nurturing creativity, individuality and originality.

“It was important to me that the dynamic forms of dance hall embody the same sense of movement as that of the dancers, like a flowing sculptural garment,” explained architect Keith Struthers from Natural Architecture. “The undulating brick lines and meandering surfaces are ideal for expressing this sense of lively movement. The back wall, for example, changes from being a single curved surface into doubly curved surface while the brick coursing gradually moves from horizontal to arching as the wall becomes more sculptural.”

The bricks are used in a completely unique way to conventional practice and are a first, leading to sculptural brick work never before seen. The brick coursing consistently deviates from the horizontal, waving up and down and simultaneously off vertical in places to match the curving roof profiles and elsewhere to match the helix beam carrying the floating roof. Here each brick course is in the pattern of a helix, allowing for the warping of surfaces in certain places, with single and double curves in other areas. This particular design required unique templates and bricklaying techniques to achieve this elevated level of brick craftsmanship. The twisting wooden door is, itself, a warped surface built into this plane of undulating walls.

Every aspect of this intricate brickwork was generated from numerous 3D computer drawings with each inch of the hall carefully calculated. On-site workers had to meticulously cut hundreds of bricks individually – positioning the brick in place, marking it, cutting it and then building it in. This required accurate cutting of every brick, with some being feathered into wedge shapes to work around horizontal plinths or columns.

To complete the school hall, 16 000 of Corobrik’s Meadow pavers were used on the building’s exterior, breaking up the vertical proportion of the walls while adding a decorative line. This visually supports the eye, allowing identification of the flow of surfaces above and below the corbel. The pavers’ slightly deeper shade also added variation to the wall surfaces.

“The clay paving works really well against the face brick, enhancing the aesthetics while also bringing a number of associated benefits,” concluded Corobrik’s Van Niekerk. “The visual aspect will remain for years because of the colour fastness and there is improved safety for children walking along the pavement because of the skid-resistant quality, even in wet weather.”

Caption:  Corobrik’s Cape Blend Travertine face brick has been used to build the Constantia Waldorf School’s dance and primary school hall.  The attractive building has undulating brick lines and meandering surfaces.

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Constantia Village K-Way

The annual Constantia Village K-Way 15km Road Race is finally here! All the training is behind you now. Whether you’re competing seriously or just for laughs, everyone’s welcome. 

Constantia Village K-Way 15km is a nice middle distance race that takes place on 10 March 2018. The event has two route options: 15km & 5km fun run.

Hosted by K-Way VOB, the route for the annual 15km Road Race and League walk shows off the splendour of some of the most scenic routes of the city. Contestants of the race stand the chance to win some fantastic prizes and giveaways, made available by The Constantia Village tenants.

Distance & Entry Fee:

15km – R70

15km (Age 70+) – Free

Temp. License – R45

5km: R25

Start Venue: Opposite Constantia Village Mall, Main Road, Constantia

Finish Venue: Alphen Hall, Constantia

GPS: -34.02,18.448 (-34° 1′ 12.00″, +18° 26′ 52.80″)

Start Time: 06:15 – 15km Race, 06:30 – 15km Walk, 06:45 – 5km Fun Run

Cut-off Time: 2hrs 30min

Prize Giving: 08:30

Discipline: Road Running

Registration: Number collection and late entries will take place at Cape Union Mart adventure store inside the Constantia Village Shopping Centre on the following days: Thursday 8th March: 10:00am-3:00pm, and Friday 9th March: 10:00am-3:00pm.

Date: 10 March 2018

Time: 6:15–9:15

Venue: K-Way VOB Running Club, Constantia Sport Complex, Constantia

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Groot Constantia Trailfun

On Saturday 3 March, we’re back at the stunning Groot Constantia Wine Estate, the oldest wine estate in South Africa.

For the first-timers and easy-going runners you can enter the short route of 5 km, while the seasoned campaigners can have a bash at the longer route of 10km. Free bottle of Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon with every adult entry.

Don’t miss out on the fun family vibe, excellent lucky draw prizes and lots of Groot Constantia wine.

All our events in the 2018 series will be hydrated by Cape Aqua. Cape Aqua’s unique and distinctive tasting mineral water is due to it being drawn from the natural springs situated in the Franschhoek Valley. They are a proudly local supplier of sparkling, still and flavoured mineral waters.

Date: Saturday 3 March 2018
Venue: Groot Constantia, Groot Constantia Road, Constantia, Cape Town

Start Time (short route): 07h45
Start Time (long route): 07h30
Registration: 06h30
Distance: 5 km and 10 km routes (one water table)
Entry Fees: 5km: R 160  10km: R 160 (includes a bottle of Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon)

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Arno Carstens live at Valley Flair Art Auction

Make A Difference Leadership Foundation presents Arno Carstens – The Intimate Sessions

Arno’s set includes the hits from his career as front man of The Springbok Nude Girls, many of the beloved and most celebrated songs from his career as a platinum selling, award winning English solo artist and some popular cover tracks. Arno performs a bilingual set, and includes tracks from his brand new Afrikaans album “Die Aandblom 13”.

The first single from the album, Ontwaak, recently won Song of the Year at the Bok radio annual awards and the album won Best Alternative Album 2017 at the Ghoema awards. Die Aandblom 13 is also nominated for best Alternative album at the South African Music Awards, and won for Best Engineered album.

Valley Flair is a must-attend event for art enthusiasts with a passion to Make A Difference.

Date: 24 February
Time: 4.30pm
Venue: Klein Constantia, 37 Klein Constantia Rd, Nova Constantia, Cape Town
Tickets: R500

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Water meter readings

From the City of Cape Town:

Your home or business is connected to the City’s water network through a water meter, which usually sits in a small chamber under the pavement outside your property. We read your water meter once a month to calculate your monthly water and sewerage use.

How the City reads your water meter

The meter is read by a different person each month. We take a meter reading using a handheld computer terminal that contains core information about the property, such as the erf number and the address.

If we cannot read your meter (due to your gate being locked or other circumstances) and you do not submit your water reading, your bill will be an estimate based on your previous water use. All cost estimates will be reversed, if necessary, when we get an actual reading.

DID YOU KNOW?Well-run City: Each year, we replace about 9 000 old or malfunctioning water meters. 

You can help us get an accurate reading for your water meter by doing the following:

  • Make sure you know where your water meter is located.
  • Make sure it is not obstructed (e.g. by sand or weeds) and is easy to read.
  • Your water meter should be accessible to City officials at all times.
  • If your water meter is behind locked gates, or if dogs prevent the meter readers from taking a reading, you can submit the reading yourself (see below).
  • Alternatively, ask the City to relocate your meter to the outside of your house, via the City’s Service Requests application.

How to read your water meter

You can submit your water meter reading by calling 0860 103 089 or entering it online via your municipal account on our e-Services portal.

No matter the type of water meter, black numbers represent kilolitres and red numbers represent litres. As you are charged per kilolitre, only supply the black numbers when submitting your reading.

DID YOU KNOW?

Inclusive City: The City has installed free-call phones at some City facilities to allow you to make enquiries and request services at no cost.

Water and sanitation tariffs

All formal properties have water meters, which we use to read your water consumption and calculate your monthly bill. However, there are different tariffs for residences, businesses, and other organisations.

  • Understand the cost of water and sanitation in your home
  • Understand the cost of water and sanitation for your business or organisation

Report problems with your water meter

If your water meter is not being read regularly, is malfunctioning or needs to be relocated to outside of your property, please contact the City’s 24-hour call centre:

  • Call us on 0860 103 089 (choose option 2: water-related faults)
  • SMS: 31373 (max of 160 characters)
  • Whatsapp: 063 407 3699
  • Email: water@capetown.gov.za

You can also go to our service requests portal and report or request an issue online. If you need some help with how to place a service request or report an issue, please see Submit a service request.

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The Best Restaurants in Constantia 2018

Home to some of the oldest vineyards and finest eateries in the country, Cape Town’s garden suburb has recently welcomed a crop of cool new places to eat.

A green belt stretching out beneath the Table Mountain National Park, with the Constantiaberg mountains looming above it, Cape Town’s lush garden suburb has long been famous for its beauty and history, with sprawling vineyards and wine estates dating back to the 17th century. It’s no surprise, then, that this bountiful valley has seen an upsurge in hot, new restaurants – which, along with its elite array of established favourites – have made the suburb an even more appealing destination than ever… These are the best restaurants in Constantia.

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