This YouTube doccie might put you off that Camps Bay swim this summer

Every day, the famous Camps Bay region in Cape Town, South Africa, is discharging million of litres of untreated waste-water into our marine reserve. This is creating some serious and growing problems, for the vulnerable sea-life, for us water-users and soon for beach-goers too.

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Update on City of Cape Town stink story

It has been over a year since the City of Cape Town asked for comments from the public as part of the public participation process during its permit application to be allowed to continue discharging untreated effluent into our coastal waters and MPA’s. We have had no feedback or answers to our queries and objections, nor have we been advised as to whether or not the permit was granted and if so under what conditions.

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Video: Cape Sewage Outrage

Aerial photographs of the oceans around the Southern tip of the continent went viral earlier this year causing outrage. The images showed that the City of Cape Town was pumping 55 million litres of untreated sewage into Table Bay every day. New scientific analysis now reveals that 87 000 carcinogenic, hormone disrupting chemicals could be seeping from the sewage mass into the oceans. Yet, the city is without any immediate solutions. Carte Blanche investigates the far-reaching impact of the filth.

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GCTCA Annual Chairman’s Report August 2015

It would appear that the voice of the ratepayer is being silenced by the new municipal bylaw on planning (MBL). Regulation will allow developments to be approved without consultation with the ratepayers and community. A closer study of the MBL reveal quite wide ranging powers given to the City to exclude public participation, e.g the City can decide whom it feels would be appropriate to consult. This means it could bypass the local ratepayer and civic organisations thus denying organised community structures a voice.

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Cape Town Sewage: SAFM interview with Dr Jo Barnes 9 July

Dr Jo Barnes is interviewed by Nancy Richards on SAFM where she explains the serious health risks associated with the continued use of outfall sewers.

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Epidemiology expert comments on Cape Town sewer debacle

It may be in the interests of the Dept. of Environmental Affairs as well as the City of Cape Town to note that, in the face of this obviously unsatisfactory public participation process with its hidden crucial information, both organisations will share the ethical blame in the event that environmental damage occurs, if not the legal liability.

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Turn stadium into sewerage plant

Cape Town Stadium should be converted into a hi-tech sewerage plant so the city can stop discharging about 50 million litres of untreated effluent in Hout Bay, Camps Bay and Green Point daily.

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Solutions demanded on sewage disposal

“These outfalls were built 25 or more years ago, when there was less knowledge about the harmful effects of raw sewage in the sea, and the quantities were very much lower than today. We cannot believe the city is unaware of the well-documented discovery of raw sewage floating off Camps Bay/Green Point by kayakers and divers”

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City of Cape Town’s sewerage : The report that caused the stink

“There was a massive proliferation of krill, and the whales were feeding in amongst the vessels. Unfortunately, they were in the area of the Green Point outlet. We could smell it. We could see the outlet. There were turds drifting by our boat. It was highly embarrassing for me trying to show off my city to world famous wildlife photographers.”

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Effluent in sea sparks outcry in Hout Bay

In a letter to the City, the association’s chairman Len Swimmer said: “We take serious issue with the present situation in Hout Bay. “The raw or partially macerated sewage is pumped out by our sewage station which, as you may not be aware, is subsequently transported in an anti-clockwise direction by the currents in our bay to Chapman’s Peak, and in and around the bay. “What we need is a proper sewage treatment plant with digesters that are capable of biodegrading the sewage,” he said.

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GCTCA responds to city’s exorbitant proposed tariff increases

The Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance (GCTCA) hereby vigorously objects to the exorbitant proposed increases and demands that it be reduced to be in line with the current inflation rate of less than 5%. We also suggest that in view of the already approved Eskom increase, the City of Cape Town should REDUCE its CURRENT 10% SURCHARGE on electricity to alleviate the heavy impact thereof on its residents.

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Let’s work together

THE Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance congratulates South Africa on a successful election. The people have spoken and given the ANC a national mandate to govern, in the Western Cape, the DA was chosen by the people to govern and ensure a better life for its citizens.

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Those who sabotage agricultural land for gain must be billed

Mayor Patricia de Lille’s only response to the PHA community however is shocking. It seems that she is only interested in trying to politicise the suffering, while ignoring what could become an environmental disaster under her watch. On September 30, the alliance noted in the mayor’s newsletter “Cape Town This Week: Cape Town’s water supply allows the City to maintain high levels of service delivery” how she espoused all the virtues of Cape Town and it’s water infrastructure, and boasted about the 100 years of infrastructure we enjoy.

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Approved eco-estate raises ire

A controversial eco-estate, at the foot of the Hottentot’s Holland Mountains near Sir Lowry’s Pass Village, has received environmental approval from the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEADP), despite numerous objections received during the public participation process.

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GCTCA officially appeals approval of City of Cape Town Budget 2012/2013

“Public participation in local government matters is a value enshrined by the Constitution in terms of section 152(1)(e) of the Constitution.”

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Criticism of R30bn draft city budget

The Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance (GCTCA), a residents’ and ratepayers’ body, also rejected the budget, saying the city chose not to engage it over its written objections and concerns presented to its management.

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