City is playing valuation games

Speculative property market used to garner rates and taxes. This has prompted economists and civic organisations to warn that overburdened ratepayers are being taxed out of their homes.

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City of Cape Town: Councillor Remuneration and allowances 2017/18

COUNCILLOR SALARIES, ALLOWANCES AND BENEFITS CITY OF CAPE TOWN 2017/2018

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Shocking increase to Water and Sanitation charges

Bearing in mind that this level of consumer, using between 1kl and 6kl per month are at the very heart of the water saving efforts, it is absolutely shocking that these water saving champions have been targeted for punitive tariff increases in the region of 500%, far more than any other consumptive level.

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City bracing for Day Zero

“People are realising that this is a real crisis and that the prospect of having to queue for water is real,”

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GCTCA: Objection to the City of Cape Town proposed Drought Charge

The city’s need for this abnormal charge, as communicated, is to undertake emergency works. This need arises from years of neglect and inactivity on the part of the City of Cape Town, as the city was fully aware and warned several years ago by credible sources that climate change and declining rainfall would become a reality.

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Statement: Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance on timing of Public Participation

City of Cape Town, in its proposals for a drought levy, called for community inputs between 5th December 2017 and 12 January 2018.  They have also called for comment on a proposed Draft Water Amendment By-law between 12 December 2017 and 8th January 2018.

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Statement: Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance on the City’s plan to levy a water surcharge on property

It is with absolute dismay that the GCTCA noted the announcement that the City of Cape Town levy property owners with a drought charge to fund income shortfall as a result of water saving.

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Tribute to a great fighter and activist for the environment in both its natural and built forms

She would be remembered “for her tireless efforts to save our natural and architectural heritage for future generations.

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GCTCA Annual General Meeting : Sat 23 September

The GCTCA will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Saturday 23rd September. Besides the normal agenda items, the other subject under discussion will be the water crisis.

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What is government doing about Cape Town’s water crisis?

There are a number of projects underway, but it’s not yet clear if it’s enough. For a city that relies on historically wet winters, these figures are daunting. What is more, the future looks drier.

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Appeal for book funding: Nuclear? No Thanks!

This is the product of a lifetime in opposing nuclear power policy not only in South Africa, but also on the African Continent, and further afield. The author began his unofficial and largely unpaid career in opposing nuclear power as General Secretary of Koeberg Alert in the 1980s.

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City of Cape Town: Councillor Remuneration and allowances 2016/17

COUNCILLOR SALARIES, ALLOWANCES AND BENEFITS CITY OF CAPE TOWN 2016/2017

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Philippi farmers claim victory

Activists have hailed the dismissal of an application to rezone prime agricultural land in the Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA) as a victory, and a punch in the gut to developers and the City, which they say has used bullying tactics to push the development through.

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De Lille threatens to sue highly respected professor over Bo-Kaap spat

“The currently prevailing dominant culture within the ranks of officialdom at the municipality of Cape Town, where senior planning and other officials have been instructed by the mayor to simply say ‘yes’ to development applications, is deeply undermining the exercise of professional responsibility, development control and local government growth-management of the built environment. This culture is patently tending to result in professional officials becoming compromised ethically and not being able to do their jobs effectively,” Todeschini wrote.

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Cape Town residents concerned about “development at all costs” approach

It was claimed at the meeting that the mayor had given an instruction to city officials that they were not to raise objections to development applications submitted to the city. De Lille dismissed this claim: “This is a lie. Bring the evidence.”

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Western Cape’s citizens drinking themselves into an early grave

Under-age drinking is an increasing problem, while social workers from the Western Cape Social Development Department are not proactively engaging problem households. Underage drinking is more prevalent during the holidays, which leads to impaired brain development.

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