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With both the Eastern Cape (EC) and Western Cape (WC) popular holiday destinations for tourists, there will be concerns about increased water consumption as the Easter holidays approach. Water levels are already stretched in both provinces due to the ongoing drought, however, the coastal cities should ...
A severe drought afflicting South Africa's Western Cape province is expected to cut agricultural output by 20% in 2018, decimating the wheat crop and reducing apple, grape and pear exports to Europe, according to national government. The City is bracing for “Day Zero” in late August when its taps could ...

I visited the University of Western Cape Dental Hospital yesterday and was amazed to see that not only could I flush with municipal drinking water. Not only could I flush but I couldn't stop the flow of water in the toilet as it is an automated unit. It only stopped after flushing down an estimated 30 – 50 liters ...
Four trucks of water which have arrived in Paarl and Wellington in the Western Cape are meant to bring much needed relief to residents of Berg River‚ Hermon and Gouda‚ say the Gift of the Givers. Founder Imtiaz Sooliman said on Tuesday locals in the rural parts of these areas had been without proper ...
Cape Town - Job seekers in the Western Cape have a better chance of securing employment in the second quarter of this year. According to the ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey Q2 2018 released today, employers reported encouraging signs for job seekers in the second quarter, with 14% of ...
Loos said house prices in the region had increased by a cumulative 42.9percent since the fourth quarter of 2012, whereas the Western Cape market as a whole had grown 74.6percent in the same period. This was in contrast to the pre-2008 housing market bubble, when the Southern Cape outperformed ...

Cape Town – The Western Cape government is set to scrap the position of commissioner for the environment, created 20 years ago, but never filled. This incensed a young advocate, Winston Erasmus, who was called to the bar just two weeks ago and decided to take on the Western Cape government for ...
On 10 March 2018, Stellenbosch, in the Western Cape will host the first leg of the 2018 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Series. This World Cup is one of many signature cycling events including the Absa Cape Epic, and the Cape Town Cycle Tour that Wesgro sponsors to boost tourism, facilitate economic growth and help ...
Nico Greeff, a grape farmer in Vredendal, says he will make no profit this season. He has employed 30 fewer seasonal workers and, depending on rainfall this winter, may have to retrench permanent staff. Greeff is Chairman of the Olifants River Table Grape Producers' Association and a director of the ...
Cape Town - Forensic Pathology Services data shows 28 people were killed between February 28 to March 6 on Western Cape roads. Sixty-four percent (18) of these fatalities were pedestrians, and four were passengers. The Western Cape's Transport and Public Works Department on Thursday said the ...
According to the Western Cape Department of Agriculture‚ grape farms are one of the biggest sources of agricultural employment in the Vredendal and Clanwilliam areas. Greeff said he had employed “around 30 fewer seasonal workers” this season. He said that while he has not laid off any permanent staff ...
Cape Town - The Western Cape Education Department has confirmed it is investigating an allegation of sexual misconduct against a staff member of a Grassy Park school after photos were circulated on social media of the man in compromising positions with what appears to be a pupil or pupils. While the ...
Cape Town - An African National Congress Western Cape PEC member was killed at his home in Crossroads outside Cape Town on Tuesday night. ANC Cape Town chief whip Thandi Makasi Madikivana said Elese Depouche was shot dead while entering the garage of his house at around 20:00 on ...
Cape Town - The Western Cape has been allocated a total of R280 million for drought relief for the 2018/19 financial year. ... "It is also worth noting the tabling of an additional R100 million which National Treasury has reallocated to the Western Cape from provinces that are unable to spend their budget.
Cape Town - The Western Cape Health Department on Monday said 29 people have died as a result of listeriosis. Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo said as it stands, 115 confirmed cases have been reported in the province since the outbreak started last year. A total of 77% (88/115) are from various areas ...
The latest average level, for dams across the Western Cape, is 20.83%— compared to 30.09% for the same time last year— MEC for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Anton Bredell said on Monday. “At this stage, the water situation in our 30 municipalities is relatively ...
The Eastern Cape government has called on drought-stricken Western Cape farmers to consider moving their farming operations to the Eastern Cape. Eastern Cape Rural Development and Agrarian Reform MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane said the province was implementing an agriculture economic ...

But Agri Western Cape says the agriculture sector in the province hasn't even been using any of the city's water. Agri Western Cape CEO Carl Opperman says the national Water Department has allocated a certain amount of water to the sector, but this allocation has been reduced significantly over the past ...
Nine people died in two separate flood-related accidents following heavy rainfall in some parts of the Western Cape earlier this week. In one incident, five occupants of a vehicle travelling on High Noon Pass in Caledon saw a big mass of water coming towards them, said provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa.
... / MEDIA STATEMENT / This content is not written by Creamer Media, but is a supplied media statement. Claremont High School matriculant Uri Engelbrecht did it for the Western Cape when he was named the third best performer nationally - and tops in the province – beating out more than 550 other ...
Once a very small-volume crop in the Western Cape, cherries have more than quadrupled their export market share over the last four years and continue to show ... The Western Cape Government has to date invested R6.916m in the development of alternative crops such as berries, cherries, fynbos, ...
The Western Cape's water crisis is set to be Premier Helen Zille's main focus as she delivers her State of the Province Address on Friday. Picture: Michael Walker/African News Agency (ANA). Johannesburg - The ANC in the Western Cape on Wednesday requested Premier Helen Zille to postpone her ...
The downpour in the Western Cape on Tuesday came as a relief to many residents grappling with the severe drought. But the rain also claimed the lives of nine people around midnight. Provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa told TimesLIVE that there was flooding in parts of the Overberg region. "A driver and ...
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“Our farmers managed to weather the worst of the drought last year‚ but are now faced with severe reductions. We are likely to see the full impact in the months to follow. The Western Cape government‚ working with other government spheres‚ is doing its utmost to mitigate job losses in this sector.” ...
cape town weather forecast VILLIERSDORP, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 25: A general view of Theewaterskloof Dam on January 25, 2018 in Villiersdorp, South Africa. Theewaterskloof Dam is the largest dam in the Western Cape Water Supply System, its alleged that the dam water levels is seriously low ...
Cape Town - The Western Cape's water crisis is set to be Premier Helen Zille's main focus as she delivers her State of the Province Address (Sopa) on Friday. Political ... The DA Western Cape Legislature's chief whip, Mark Wiley, said a decision was taken to proceed with Sopa as scheduled. Political ...
Renew. Restore. Reaffirm. Rebuild. Resolve. ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa used every “re” word in his arsenal on Sunday to persuade ANC supporters that the party is about to shift direction definitively. Ramaphosa was speaking at the #Mandela100 celebrations in Cape Town, the seat of DA power for ...
The fire at Buffelsrivier and Zanddrift in the Western Cape has been extinguished while the active fire on the northern side of the Kammanassie Mountain appears to have burnt itself out and is now contained‚ CapeNature says. “All ground teams including CapeNature‚ Eden District Municipality and Working ...
CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde says while there are no official numbers to confirm the impact of the drought on the national GDP, it has had an effect on the province's economic contribution. The Western Cape is the second highest contributor to the GDP, but this ...
Cape Town - An explosion at a house in Maitland, Cape Town on Wednesday morning resulted in the discovery of an illegal abalone (perlemoen) processing facility, Western Cape police have confirmed. A drying room was found at the back of a house in Hely Street when officers responded to the ...
Cape Town - Former Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer has pleaded guilty to one charge in a corruption, money laundering and racketeering trial against him. "He pleaded guilty to one charge of corruption on Thursday," senior deputy director of public prosecutions in the Western Cape, Billy ...
Cape Town - The Western Cape Cabinet has approved an additional R82.5m to the provincial Department of Local Government for drought augmentation projects, a statement said on Thursday. "This brings the total amount allocated by the department on water augmentation projects since 1 April 2017 to ...
Oceana produces Lucky Star canned pilchards, a staple of everyday diets in the Western Cape, and employs 2,000 staff. “Closing or mothballing these facilities would have a massive detrimental effect on these west coast communities and the local economy,” a company statement said. A desalination plant ...
Wesgro, the Western Cape's promotional agency, and representatives of the hospitality industry have moved to assure travellers to Cape Town that the city remains open for business, despite the water crisis. Even in the "unlikely event" of Day Zero, the city would be zoned to exempt tourists from queuing for ...
Authorities in Vredendal, in the northern parts of the Western Cape, fear the local economy stands to lose at least R600 million in revenue due to the drought. The region was declared a disaster area in September 2017. Patches of green vineyards are a peculiar contrast to the arid surroundings leading to ...
Cape Town - Working on Fire (WoF) paid tribute to base manager Cedric Seokoma, who died while fighting a blaze in the Simonsberg mountains in the Western Cape this week. "He will always be remembered by his fellow team members and the fraternity of Working on Fire for his good sense of humour ...
Cape Town - The South African Weather Service is predicting rainfall heading for the drought-stricken Western Cape late on Friday. According to the weather service, there is an 80% of rainfall in the province, with predictions of 10-20mm of rain in most areas and up to 30-50mm possible near mountains ...
Eighteen people were injured Tuesday morning after their minibus taxi overturned along the R300, near the N2 turnoff in Mitchells Plain in the Western Cape, ER24 said. ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said metro rescue services used “specialised equipment” to free those trapped under the taxi.
This work is critically important because of the contribution tourism makes to the Cape economy. Western Cape must remain open to international visitors and tourists for a number of reasons. The tourism industry creates formal employment for more than 206,000 people – if you add in jobs created by this ...
Cape Town - In commemorating what would have been Nelson Mandela's centenary, the provincial government has called for an audit of all offensive names in the Western Cape. Department of Sport and Cultural Affairs MEC Anroux Marais said the audit aims to identify all offensive names, “as part of the ...
Cape Town - Greenpeace Africa has joined Western Cape Premier Helen Zille in her call to President Jacob Zuma to have the Western Cape declared a disaster area. However, the organisation is also pleading for assistance in the drought-stricken Eastern Cape. Harsh water restrictions imposed on ...
If you had asked the leaders of the Western Cape in 1994 what the province of 2020 would look like, they would not have imagined that the population would have doubled, and that ... Five years later, the DA tasted electoral victory for the first time in the Western Cape in 2009, with a small margin of 51%.
Rainfall predicted for the Western and Northern Cape provinces this week, is likely to have little impact in the longer term. Picture: South African Weather Service. Rainfall predicted for the drought-stricken Western Cape is likely to have little impact in the longer term. South African Weather Service ...
Cape Town - Police in Cape Town have uncovered an illegal ammunition factory in Lansdowne, dealing a blow to gangsters in the city, Western Cape police said on Sunday. Crimes associated with gangs would remain a priority for the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the province and SAPS would ...
Cape Town - Five people have been arrested for being in possession of illegal firearms in two separate incidents in Cape Town, Western Cape police said on Saturday. Serious and violent crimes remained a top priority for the Western Cape police and every endeavour was made to bring perpetrators to ...
One of the discussions was around the need for improved water use management, including by farmers. However, AgriSA said it was important not to blame the agriculture sector in the Western Cape for the drought or for the continuing decline in dam levels, even though the sector is the largest consumer ...
The eNCA weather team is currently monitoring a developing cut-off low that should bring rain to Cape Town and much of the Western Cape from early Monday morning until Wednesday next week. Weather models are currently indicating a 60% chance of rain on Monday and Tuesday, up from a 20% ...
On January 12 the department published a notice in the Government Gazette to tighten water restrictions in the Breede-Gourtiz and Berg-Olifants catchment areas, which between them correlate to the political boundaries of the Western Cape. The curtailments were the same as those first imposed in ...
Cape Town – It is a sign of a healthy democracy when a political party debates controversial issues within itself, the DA's Western Cape chairperson Anton Bredell said on Friday afternoon. This followed shortly after he objected to the City of Cape Town's controversial drought levy – two days after the DA's ...


 

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