Need an increased quota for your household drinking water consumption

Need an increased quota for your household drinking water consumption

To apply for special exemption from the water restrictions on conditions laid out in the water restrictions guidelines, please follow the process below:

* Exceptions are only made in special circumstances.
* Individual applications are evaluated on the merits of the case and require supporting documentation.
* Exemptions are applicable to businesses where water use is a core function of the business.

Step 1: Download and complete the Special Exemption from Water Restrictions Application Form in the document downloads section at the bottom of the page. You will need to provide a detailed motivation and supporting evidence along with your exemption application.

This link will give you the pdf form

Attach the following along with your application:

  • a certified copy of the applicant’s ID; and
  • evidence and/or documentation in support of the exemption application.

Step 2: Hand in your completed exemption application at any of the City’s Walk-in Centres or email it to Only special exemption applications must be emailed to this address.

Step 3: The City will review your application and supporting documents. Thereafter a City water inspector will conduct an inspection of your site.

Residents who have valid reasons for higher water consumption than the quota stipulated in the water restrictions (i.e. above 87 litres per person per day) need to submit a completed Application to Increase Current Quota of Water Supplied Affidavit Form to application form is for an increase in monthly household consumption only.

If you require exemption from other water restrictions, please apply using the Special Exemption from Water Restrictions Application Form and follow the process outlined on Council website 

Bark for Bingo!

bbB-I-N-G-O! That’s right fans of animal rescue, AiD4AiD invites you to join us for our year-end finale fund raiser! If you’ve attended any one of our previous bingo nights, you will know what fun they are for the whole fam!

This one is appropriately Yule-themed so get creative ‘cos there will be prizes for the best dressed!

Diarise DECEMBER 10
EarthFair, from 6pm.

See you there!

Alien Clearing Blitz 

Alien Clearing Blitz 

Help Clear mountains of alien vegetation on mountain slopes above Tokai.
Date/Time: 13 Aug 2016 09:00 – Meet at SANParks offices on Tokai Road

Help clear our mountains of alien vegetation. All are welcome from the young to the young-at-heart. Meet in front of the SANParks offices on Tokai Road (on the way towards the Arboretum).  Excellent security at the boom, ensuring the safety of your cars. You will be ferried by vehicle to and from the work area, or you may prefer to enjoy an invigorating walk up the hill.  After the lovely rains, the soil is now soft making the removal of the aliens relatively easy, however, a garden fork on lopper will assist.

Wear old clothes, sturdy shoes and gloves. Bring water and snacks. This will be a fun and extremely rewarding morning.  For further information, contact:  Tony on 021 712 7816, or Margaret on 021 762 3170, or Berta/Emile on 021 712 0360

Teddy Bear Fair


Manouche Live at Earth Fair Market


Bring the family for an evening of fresh produce shopping, great food, craft beer and organic wines and enjoy funky Gypsy Jazz tunes from the incredible Manouche. This promises to be a great evening out!

To find out more, and stay up to date with event details, visit the Facebook event page.

When: Wednesday 17 February 2016. Market open: 3-8.30pm. Manouche live: 6pm-8pm.
Where: 333 Main Road, Tokai (where Builders Warehouse is)
Who to contact: Jacqui – Earth Fair Market, Tokai is open every Wednesday from 3 – 8:30pm and every Saturday from 9 – 2pm.  Visit for more info.

Do you live in a Burglary Hot Spot or a Suburb Safe Zone?

neighbourhood“If property owners do not take collective action as a neighbourhood community, the affect on everyone’s property values in that neighbourhood could be very negative”, says Cape Town real estate broker, Andre de Villiers from Cape Town.

De Villiers was previously a Neighbourhood Watch Chairperson for a popular Cape Town coastal suburb. “My experience is that there are far too few residents prepared to get involved in neighbourhood security unless there is a dramatic spike in crime or a violent attack. The majority of residents it seems are only too happy to leave the collective security concerns to someone else”.

“As the owner of four real estate offices in Cape Town, I can confirm that buyers are increasingly asking agents for more details about security issues in the neighbourhood of the house they are interested in. The focus on the individual house’s security is correctly seen as something that can be resolved by the buyer, but the area’s reputation and crime statistics are a greater concern, as a buyer knows this will probably be an issue that falls outside their immediate control.”

There is certainly a demand for reliable data but this is not as easy to obtain as some may think. Many smaller incidents are not reported to the police and many private security services treat their information as confidential and many neighbourhood watch groups are understandably concerned that their neighbourhood could suffer if their efficiency in keeping records resulted in a negative message!

“I think any professional estate agent should have some reasonable methodology to answer security questions from buyers objectively about the neighbourhood. We can’t put our head in the sand over this issue and a lack of access to reliable data is certainly a challenge,” said de Villiers.

The message to property owners is to ‘buy in’ to the responsibility of keeping their neighbourhood safe and crime free through collective action, and thereby collecting a ‘collective security dividend’. “Imagine if you will, a pocket of houses that is able to claim and where the seller or agent can statistically show, that the subject area is the safest area in this suburb! If that’s not a great selling feature then, as a real estate professional with over thirty years experience, I am not sure what is!” said de Villiers.

New Tokai Partnership

Bruce Haywood and Lisa Rowell have joined forces!

Combining their specialist knowledge and a wealth of experience to bring both a fresh energy and their service driven benefits to Tokai where they are both residents.

Working from the prominent Chas Everitt Office on Tokai Road right opposite the Blue Route Mall, they are ideally positioned to attract walk in buyers.  And with their fingers firmly on the pulse of community happenings via the many social media blogs they both co-sponsor, not to mention state of the property market intelligence, they justifiably claim specialist knowledge of the area and what’s happening with house sales.

Alongside the blogs, they also sponsor the Community Directory which is a Google search optimized directory of small businesses, owned and operated by residents of the Southern Suburbs.  Give them a call for details for this FREE service.

Available ’24/7′ please do not hesitate to give Bruce and Lisa a call for any property related issue.

Lisa & Bruce

Lisa Rowell
082 844 0800
Bruce Haywood
082 555 6810

Park Reopened after Fire Rehab

SilvermingThe Silvermine West section of the Table Mountain National Park has been reopened.

Closed since fires destroyed large areas of the Peninsula in March last year, this section of the park has been rebuilt.

Following the March fires, most of the Silvermine and Tokai section have been closed off to visitors for all activities in order for the sections ranger team to get to work on rehabilitation projects. This included footpath work, rebuilding of damaged structures, closure of illegal paths, law enforcement and monitoring of the affected areas.

Table Mountain National Park reopened Silvermine East in September while work at Silvermine West continued.

Work in this section included the rebuilding of all the boardwalks and walkways around the Silvermine Dam, down the popular River Walk as well as the viewing deck at Blackburn Ravine.

Original Source: Peoples Post

Water Saving Tips

Cape-Town-Water-RestrictionsThe City of Cape Town is currently implementing Level 2 Water restrictions. This is due in part to the low dam levels. It is everyone’s responsibility to save water.

Here are some useful tips on how you can save water:

Save water throughout your home
  • Ensure all taps are fully closed – a dripping tap at 1 drip per second wastes up to 30 litres a day – that is equivalent to 10 000 litres a year.
  • Replace tap washers regularly and fit tap aerators to restrict and spread the flow. This saves water yet feels like you are using the same amount of water.
  • Ensure your plumbing system is regularly checked for leaks and engage a plumber when necessary.
Save water in your garden
  • Water your garden before 09:00 or after 16:00 (or even later on hot summer days). Avoid watering during windy periods and only water your garden when necessary.
  • Re-use your bath and sink water to water plants and lawns. Professional greywater recycling systems are also available for purchase.
  • If you have an overflow pipe that drips into the garden, place a bucket beneath the drips and use the saved water to water pot plants.
  • Mulching flowerbeds keeps down the weeds and holds moisture in the soil for longer.
  • Use a mulching lawn mower that allows clippings to be finely cut and blown back into the lawn.
  • Don’t mow lawns below 4 cm in length, as this reduces root depth and lawns are more likely to burn in summer.
  • Use a trigger nozzle with automatic shut-off on your hose when you wash your car, and use short bursts of water – this can save up to 300 litres each time. Or, to save even more water wash your vehicle using a bucket of water.
  • Use a trigger nozzle with automatic shut-off on your hose when you water your garden.
  • Check and maintain your irrigation system regularly, to ensure no water is running to waste, or that paved areas are being watered.
  • Adjust your irrigation system for the season and switch it off during rainy weather – even if it is borehole or wellpoint water.
  • Watering the garden less frequently, but deeper (for longer) encourages a deeper root system, which results in stronger plants. This practice can make water-wise plants out of most established plants.
Save water in your kitchen
  • Ensure washing machines or dishwashers have a full load before running them.
  • Rinse glasses, cutlery and vegetables in a basin of water, rather than under a running tap, and reuse the water for pot plants or in the garden.
  • Rinse water can be reused for the next cycle of washing up before being discarded.
  • Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge so that you don’t run lukewarm water down the drain when waiting for it to cool.
  • Run tap water into a bottle when waiting for it to heat up.
  • Thaw frozen foods in the fridge, sunlight or microwave rather than placing them under running water.
Save water in your bathroom
  • Close the tap when brushing your teeth. This saves up to 20 litres per month. Use a mug of water to rinse your toothbrush.
  • Plug the sink when shaving rather than rinsing your razor under running water. This saves up to 45 litres per month.
  • A half-filled bath uses about 113 litres, a 5-minute shower uses about 56 litres. Shower rather than bath, if you have to bath make it a shallow one or share it.
  • Reuse bath water in your garden.
  • Install a new water-saving toilet or put a clean, sealed plastic container filled with sand in the toilet cistern. This could save you up to 7 300 litres each year.
  • A toilet leak can waste up to 30 litres an hour – check if your toilet is leaking by adding a few drops of food dye to the cistern. If the colour seeps into the bowl, you have a leak, which should be fixed as soon as possible.
  • Install a water-saving shower head, take shorter showers, don’t run the water at full force and turn off the shower when soaping or shaving.
Save water in industries, businesses and schools
  • Automatic flushing urinals are the ultimate water wasters. If they cannot be replaced immediately, turn off the water after hours and over weekends – schools doing this have saved up to R5 000 on their annual water bill.
  • Flush valves should flush for just two to four seconds and urinals for six to eight seconds.
  • Regular maintenance of toilet fittings will save unnecessarily flushed water.
  • Ensure your plumbing systems are regularly checked for leaks.
  • Use a broom to sweep forecourts and other paved areas. Do not use a hose for this purpose.
  • Potable water must not be used to dampen building sand or other building material to prevent it from being blown away.

Original Source: Cape Town Green Map

8 Home Security Mistakes you’re Making

mistakesEvery day we make mistakes that leave our homes vulnerable to a break-in. A burglar will always choose the easiest target and that’s good news for you – it means you have a lot of influence on whether you become a victim or not.

  • Hiding keys by doorways – leaving keys near door ways is very risky as you risk someone duplicating your key and breaking in whenever they want.
  • Leaving out mail – an overflowing mailbox is a good sign that no one is home as well as it allows criminals to steal your mail and gain personal information.
  • Open windows – windows are often the easiest entry point for burglars to access your home as doors can be sturdy and deadlocked.
  • Leaving valuables in sight – valuables should be left out sight so that burglars and stored away as expensive items signal that you have money and is a clear indicator to a burglar that your home is worth targeting.
  • No visible security – securing your home with burglar bars and visible security measures is a huge deterrent to burglars.
  • Not maintaining your yard – a messy yard is a signal to a burglar that you are an easy target as untrimmed trees and hedges make for potential hiding places.
  • Updating social media – avoid using social media to let strangers know your whereabouts as you never know who is following you online.
  • A lifeless home – leaving lights and the TV / Radio on a timer can signal to a burglar that someone is home.

Download eBook: 8 Home Security Mistakes you’re Making

Resource: Cammy

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