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Blockchain improve government efficiency

Blockchain provides opportunities to improve government efficiency and develop the new economy

Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille and Minister of Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schäfer both gave key note addresses at the Blockchain Africa conference held in Cape Town today, focusing on the possibilities blockchain technology holds for the Western Cape.

Blockchain, the technology which underpins crypto currencies, creates a digital ledger which is stored in a shared network. The technology allows multiple users to access the information, but not to change it, so it provides a reliable and transparent record.

While still relatively new and largely untested, the technology has several applications in the government and the private sector that enhance the speed, efficiency and transparency of transactions.

Globally, blockchain is being used by governments to simplify the transfer of assets, thereby cutting down the cost and time involved in property transfers, car sales and other administrative processes. It could also centralise healthcare records, allowing doctors to access patients’ records and track educational outcomes throughout a child’s schooling career. Because the technology does not allow anyone to change the data, it also creates a system of trust, and has the potential to minimise corruption.

“The Western Cape Government is driving innovation and positioning the province as a global technology hub. Our focus is on developing the future economy and in order to do that, we need to embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution and explore how technologies like blockchain can help us drive service delivery and economic growth.

Speaking at the event, Premier Helen Zille said: “We have to understand and incorporate the potential of blockchain to revolutionize our systems. New ideas require experimentation through private public partnership incubators or what we call ‘sandboxes’, to see how the regulatory environment can facilitate the development of a range of applications in a context of policy certainty. I look forward to seeing the Western Cape Government exploring these in years to come.”

Minister Schäfer and Premier Zille also met with several local and international players in the blockchain field on the side lines of the conference in order to discuss the various ways in which the technology is already being implemented.

In her speech, Minister Schäfer explored the potential of using blockchain technology and crypto currencies to help bank the unbanked and provide affordable, accessible financial products to the informal sector, traders and small businesses.

She also detailed how blockchain could be used to track agricultural products, thereby allowing retailers and even consumers to accurately track their food from farm to fork. International pilot projects have shown the potential of using this kind of technology to minimise the impact of food-borne diseases and outbreaks.

The technology could also be used in the tourism space in a range of applications from reducing ATM fraud to being able to easily track lost luggage.

More detail can be found in Minister Schäfer’s speech, which is attached.

Media Queries:

Bianca Capazorio
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Economic Opportunities
(Responsible for the Departments of Agriculture and Economic Development and Tourism)
Tel: 021 483 3550
Cell: 072 372 7044

South Africa’s first floating solar PV installation unveiled in the Western Cape

Marlenique, a fruit farm and wedding venue just outside of Franschhoek has unveiled a state of the art, floating solar PV system.

The system has been installed by New South Energy on the farm’s dam, helping to generate clean energy, while also minimising evaporation from the farm’s dam and saving valuable agricultural land.

The system is the first commercially operated floating solar system on the continent, and at 60kWp, it is also the largest.

The first phase of the project, which also includes a land-based solar installation on the farm, will allow the farm to run 90% of its energy intensive cold storage, irrigation and wedding venue facilities off of the traditional electricity grid.

A second phase which will see the installation of battery packs, will remove them from the grid completely.

Speaking at a launch event on the farm on Friday, Minister Beverley Schäfer said: “This project has looked at some of the key issues sustainability issues we are facing in agriculture and the economy today- water and energy- and has attempted to find solutions. The system reduces the farm’s reliance on the electricity grid, and provides clean, affordable energy supply, while at the same time also reducing evaporation and saving water. The knock on effect is that the business will save money in the long run, and create a business that is not only environmentally sustainable, but financially sustainable as well.”

Boplaas 1743, which owns and operates the farm, is one of the oldest family owned businesses in the country. Financial director Carl van der Merwe said the installation would reduce their carbon footprint by half. With rising electricity prices, and uncertainty around Eskom, the family made the decision to invest in solar.

“Marlenique farm is the highest energy user in our portfolio. We are aiming to be 100% green through solar energy solutions across our entire portfolio in the near future.”

Minister Schäfer said: “As the Western Cape Government we have been urging businesses to take up solar PV as an alternative energy source. We’ve seen uptake grow from just 18MW in 2015 to 112 MW today, which reduces demand on the grid and helps to diversify our energy mix. We are pleased to see businesses like Marlenique responding to our call to invest in resilience in such an innovative way.”

CEO of New South Energy David Masureik commended Boplaas for being innovators in the agricultural sector and said: “I would also like to thank the government for their interest in solutions that will inevitably encourage the sector to thrive. Without the support and encouragement from national and local government for industry to become more sustainable and independent in terms of power solutions, our business would not exist. We are honoured to take part in positive change happening across the public and private sector.”

GreenCape, the Western Cape Government's partner in developing the green sector, has also just published a brief on the solar industry, highlighting the various financing and incentive options available to businesses who are considering solar PV as an option.

The brief can be found here:

Minister Schäfer said: “Investments into alternative energy can help to reduce shocks on our economy from events like energy and water shortages and help to protect our economy and valuable jobs.”


The floating solar PV system installed on a dam at Marlenique helps to prevent evaporation and saves land for agricultural use.

Media Queries:

Bianca Capazorio
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Economic Opportunities
(Responsible for the Departments of Agriculture and Economic Development and Tourism)
Tel: 021 483 3550
Cell: 072 372 7044

Agriculture embraces Fourth Industrial Revolution with cutting edge satellite technology

The Department of Agriculture in the Western Cape is at the forefront of using technology to enhance sustainable farming, and as part of its initiative to embrace the fourth industrial revolution, has introduced Sentinel-2 earth observation technology.

Sentinel-2 is an earth observation satellite mission developed by the European Space Agency as part of their Copernicus Programme to perform terrestrial observations in support of a wide range of services, including agriculture.

Sentinel-2 is groundbreaking in agriculture and with 10-20m spatial resolution and a five-day revisit frequency, it represents a considerable improvement on the old agricultural remote sensing products.

Sentinel-2 also provides free access to data.

The department has developed a Sentinel portal and remote sensing tools which will leverage the extraordinary wealth of agriculturally relevant satellite data in an integrated platform which hides the complexities from non-specialist users.

These tools provide rapid access to near real-time information on vegetation (veld) and crop conditions resulting in quicker information flow and better decision making and understanding. It also allows for rapid assessment of natural disaster impacts such as fire scar extents, drought, crop failure and pest and disease damage. It also allows for a better assessment of crop conditions and resource use and is therefore particularly useful in the study of the impact of climate change.

Previously the only option to access satellite imagery was to browse through catalogues of images, select suitable cloud-free images and then download and archive each image, with all its multispectral wave bands.  This process was both laborious and highly data-intensive, whilst the subsequent analytical workflows required specialist skills and expensive software.

Sentinel-2 also makes use of cloud based services, which streamlines workflow.

The Department is currently exploring some of these cloud-based services in their geographic information system (GIS) and their very popular online tool, CapeFarmMapper (CFM).

Research commissioned by the Department and conducted by the University of Stellenbosch Business School last year revealed that in order for the Western Cape to achieve an “agri-renaissance”, the fourth industrial revolution should be embraced, and affordable technology be made more widely available.

Minister of Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schafer said: “The Sentinel-2 portal is a free-access space where ground breaking satellite imaging technology can be accessed and used to develop agriculture, respond to disasters and study the impacts of climate change. By making these tools available, the Department is contributing towards sustainable farming and the development of a food-secure province through the intelligent use of technology.”

Media Queries:

Bianca Capazorio
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Economic Opportunities
(Responsible for the Departments of Agriculture and Economic Development and Tourism)
Tel: 021 483 3550
Cell: 072 372 7044

SOPA 2019

On Friday, 15 February, Premier Helen Zille delivered her final State of the Province Address at the Western Cape Provincial Parliament. Premier Helen Zille will come to the end of her second successful 5 year term as Premier of the Western Cape. According to the Constitution of South Africa "No person may hold office as Premier for more than two terms,.." 

The year 2019 also marks 10 years of good governance, and 10 years of working Better Together.


For a summary of the Western Cape Government’s key achievements over the past 10 years, please refer to the attached brochure.

Minister Winde congratulates the Western Cape Winners of national Women’s Month awards

As Women’s Month draws to a close, two Western Cape businesses have received national recognition in separate awards ceremonies honouring women and women empowerment.

Western Cape pig farmer Leandre Mitchley walked away with the national award for the top small holder farming entrepreneur at the Female Entrepreneur Awards held in East London last week.

Leandre started her enterprise in 2011 with just two pigs on a rented small holding near Malmesbury, growing her business to 200 pigs, and branching out to include 20 sheep as well. However disease caused her to loose several of her pigs- a setback she is still trying to recover from.

Following her national award she said:  “I’m feeling very blessed and happy about my prize. I really need the prize money as I lost most of my pigs (due to diseases) from 2015 – 2017. I will use the money to replenish my stock. I have worked very hard and suffered tremendously and God blessed me with this prize.”

Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde said: “Leandre’s hard work and commitment to her business, even when times were tough were some of the attributes that made her a natural winner for the provincial prize. We are delighted that the national panel saw the same attributes, and we hope that this recognition and prize money will catapult her business to new heights.”

The Standard Bank Top Women Awards which were held in Gauteng last week recognised Green Cape as the top gender empowered company in the energy and utilities sector.

Women make up 57% of Green Cape’s 42 member team - a real achievement as the green economy, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields are typically male dominated fields.

Minister Winde said: “This award recognises the hard work that Green Cape is doing to ensure that women take their place in the energy sector. By ensuring that women are active participants in this sector, Green Cape is leading the way in helping other women enter these traditionally male-dominated fields.”

Western Cape farmer Leandre Mitchley won the national Female Entrepreneur Award in the small holder farming category at an event in East London.

Media Enquiries:

Bianca Capazorio
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Economic Opportunities
Tel: 021 483 3550
Cell: 072 372 7044


Top Western Cape women in agriculture honoured.

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture held its prize ceremony for the Female Entrepreneur Awards in Stellenbosch last night, honouring the many hard-working women in the sector and the role they play in food security and growing the economy.

The competition is a joint effort between the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and the provincial Department of Agriculture. It seeks to reward the efforts and contribution of women in job creation, economic growth and poverty alleviation.

Provincial winners are entered into the national competition.

Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde said: “This competition serves to recognise the work women are doing in Agriculture, which is such a male dominated space. It honours the role they play in food security, job creation and bringing foreign exchange into our economy. But more than that, each year as we go through the entries, we as a department are able to identify where the women are, see what they’re doing, and find ways to help nurture them, and help their business grow.”

The winners were:

Top entrepreneur: processing  |  Jeanne Groenewald, Elgin Free Range Chicken
Started 22 years ago with a few backyard chickens, the Elgin free range company now supplies major retailers and employs over 600 people.
Jeanne Groenewald says she hopes to develop and grow her company’s national footprint going forward.

Top Entrepreneur: Subsistence Farming  |  Magdalene Campbell, Beacon Organic Garden, Mitchell’s Plain
Situated on the school grounds of the Beacon School for Learners with Special Educational Needs, this garden provides skills training, as well as food for the school, the team’s own consumption and the surplus is sold to raise funds.
The garden uses organic farming practices and produces many different kinds of fresh vegetables and herbs.

Top Entrepreneur: Small Holder Farming  |  Leandre Mitchley, LS Pig Farming
Leandre Mitchley started out with just two pigs, but has grown this to 200- although the road has not been without struggle as she lost about 90 pigs along the way.
Her dream is to turn her business into a commercial facility and to open her own butchery.

Best Female Worker  |  Marta Klein, Baakensrug Farm
Marta Klein grew up on the farm and has lived there her whole life. She was given the opportunity to train as a butcher and has excelled in her craft. She has a Code 10 drivers’ license and has many different roles and responsibilities on the farm and is even the unofficial nurse, having helped deliver two babies.

Ministerial Award: Youth Entrepreneur  |  Liebre Jacobs Fruitlips
Liebre Jacobs was the runner up in the processing category and was chosen for the special ministerial award for young entrepreneurs.
Her Picketberg-based business buys third grade fruit and turns it into jams, sauces and chutneys. The business employs 17 permanent staff members, with about 50% of these being youth.

Minister Winde said: “We congratulate these women for their hard work and commitment to their enterprises, but also for the important roles they play in their communities. 300 000 people earn a living in our region because of agriculture, and when we look at our country’s struggle with youth unemployment, this is the sector that can help solve it. There are huge opportunities for young people, and especially young women in this sector and we hope that awards like these that put a spotlight on the various roles women can play in agriculture, will help attract more women to consider careers in the sector.”

The provincial winners will compete in the national awards which will be hosted by DAFF in East London on August 27.

Minister Winde with the Western Cape FEA winners. From left: : Leandre Mitchley, Marta Klein, Minister, Magdalene Campbell, Liebre Jacobs and Jeanne Groenewald.
Picture credit: Gizelle Van Wyk

Media Enquiries:

Bianca Capazorio
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Economic Opportunities
(Responsible for the Departments of Agriculture and Economic Development and Tourism)
Tel: 021 483 3550
Cell: 072 372 7044

DISASTER Survey Forms-Updated

If you have been affected by disaster - please do the following:

  1. Receive the form by mail or hard copy from your Department of Agriculture office or download a copy here: English  |  Afrikaans.
  2. Read the survey carefully and complete the form in detail.
  3. Return the form to the Department of Agriculture office within two weeks.
  4. Garden Route Fire (2018) Damage Form - download here

An official will contact you as soon as all forms for a specific disaster have been completed and you will be instructed as to the way forward.

Contact person:  Ms Jody Wentzel  |  Tel. 021 808 5368  |  Email:

Documents can also be downloaded here:  Disaster Risk Management


Want to study Agriculture?

Time is running out to apply to study at Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute in 2019, so hurry!

Closing date for applications: 30 June 2018. Visit Elsenburg College for more information on available courses and to download application forms.

Jump-start your career in agriculture. Apply now!

2018 Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards

Application for the Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards competition is now open

2018 Prestige Agri Awards officially launched

Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde has officially opened the 2018 Prestige Agri Awards.

This year marks the seventh year that the Department of Agriculture has partnered with supermarket giant Shoprite to sponsor the awards.

The competition aims to celebrate excellence among those working in the Provence’s agricultural industry, across 11 categories and in 16 districts.

The awards were originally started in 2002 by the Hex River Valley Association. Since then, over 10 000 people have participated.

Speaking at the launch of the awards, Minister Winde paid tribute to those who worked hard to ensure that the province’s agricultural industry continued to be one of the biggest economic and job creation sectors in the province.

“The awards are recognition for people who put so much of their energy into ensuring that there is food security, that there is foreign exchange coming into the country from exports, and that they can provide for their families,” he said.

Dr Johan van Deventer, General Manager at Freshmark, Shoprite's fruit and vegetable procurement and distribution arm, said that they have been a proud sponsor of the competition for the past seven years.

"Agri workers are the reason we are able to sell fresh, quality produce in our supermarkets on a daily basis and the Agri-Worker of the Year Awards are a great way to acknowledge and reward their hard work,"  he said.

An independent study into the impact of the awards conducted in 2015 found that the awards inspired pride in agricultural workers, encouraged them to learn new skills and created positive perceptions around agricultural work.

Last year’s winner - Hermanus Bienas from Vredendal - said he had been learning since being awarded the top prize last year.

He travelled to Germany as part of his prize, where he was exposed to agricultural and supermarket fresh produce practices in that country.

Winners of the regional awards will receive a cash prize, a certificate and trophy, and Shoprite vouchers. They will also go on to compete at the provincial awards to be held in November, where the overall Agri-worker of the year will be selected.

The overall winner walks away with a R25 000 cash prize, an overseas trip valued at R60 000, an IPad, Shoprite vouchers, data and a place on the prestige Agri- worker board which meets with Minister Winde each quarter to discuss issues in the sector.


Minister of Economic Opportunities, with Freshmark’s national buyer Chris Schutte.
Photograph: Gizelle van Wyk.



Media Enquiries:

Bianca Capazorio

Spokesperson for the Ministry of Economic Opportunities

Tel: 021 483 3550

Cell: 072 372 7044


Western Cape Department of Agriculture using innovative ways to communicate drought information

The Department of Agriculture has developed a series of new and innovative ways to communicate with the public about the drought and climate change.

The first of these is the department’s Drought Portal, a designated site where up to date information regarding the drought can be easily accessed. Farmers will also be able get up to date dam levels, complete a disaster survey and access a handy “drought toolkit”. This can be accessed by visiting

The department has also launched Gooi Agri,which allows users to upload short videos of their own smart-agriculture practices and techniques. Each month will be themed and the first theme is “drought and water”. While each theme will run for one month, the first theme will run until the end of May, because of the importance of water and the impact of the drought.

All videos can be uploaded online at or video clips can be sent via whatsapp to 062 044 9061. The best video clips will be featured on the website and shared via various media platforms. 

In addition, the department is producing a weekly radio programme called Die Kwik Styg on RSG.

The show, launched earlier this month, is presented by seasoned broadcaster Lizma Van Zyl.  The weekly programme focuses on climate change and includes internationally renowned experts as guest speakers. It is broadcast on Fridays at 12.45. Previous episodes are available on the RSG website for download.

Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde said “the drought and climate change impact us all, and the agricultural sector have been hit hard. However, these recent initiatives show that the department is looking at innovative ways to keep farmers and farming communities informed with up to date and accurate information that will help them make the best possible decisions going forward.”

Media enquiries:

Bianca Capazorio
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Economic Opportunities
021 483 3550
072 372 7044


Philippi Horticultural Area Plan (PHA)

The PHA is defined as “unique Agricultural Land” in terms of the National Policy on the Protection of High Potential and Unique Agricultural Land (2006), that is:  land that is or can be used for producing specific high value crops.

Documents can be downloaded here.

Western Cape Budget Speech 2018

Western Cape Finance Minister, Ivan Meyer, will deliver the annual provincial budget speech on 6 March 2018.

On 6 March 2018, Western Cape Finance Minister, Ivan Meyer, will deliver the annual provincial budget speech. 

For updates and you can follow the address on Facebook and Twitter

What is the provincial budget speech?

The provincial budget speech outlines our priority spending plan for the next financial year. 

During the speech Minister Meyer will provide us with an outline on how the province's finances will be spent over the next financial year. 

The Provincial Budget Policy Statement is shaped by the economic outlook and fiscal context and will focus on Integrated Management and Partnering to deliver a Budget for Growth. 

The Western Cape Government will continue to affirm its established fiscal and budget policy principles of allocative efficiency, fiscal sustainability, fiscal consolidation and fiscal discipline.

Key medium term budget policy priorities include making the Provincial Strategic Plan 2014 - 2019 and Game Changers happen and include prioritising inclusive, sustainable and smart growth.

Medium term expenditure priorities include initiatives to grow the Western Cape economy and create jobs, improve education outcomes, wellness and safety while building inclusive and sustainable living environment.

All budget policy priorities are supported by a strengthened approach to governance, integrated service delivery, partnerships and spatial alignment.

Read previous budget speeches

Western Cape Budget Speech 2017
Western Cape Budget Speech 2016
Western Cape Budget Speech 2015
Western Cape Budget Speech 2014
Western Cape Budget Speech 2013
Western Cape Budget Speech 2012
Western Cape Budget Speech 2011

Internship applications now open

Invitation to participate in the placement of unemployed graduates in agriculture, on farms for entrepreneurial development through the comprehensive agricultural support programme (casp) is now open.

Internship information

Z83 application form

Due date:  27 March 2018


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Let's keep pushing Day Zero back

Cape Town water rationing



The City of Cape Town currently faces an extreme drought which goes back as far as 2015. The main contributing factor of low winter rainfall over the last few years is strongly tied to the effects of rapid and unpredictable climate change.

We must focus on saving as much municipal water as possible to avoid Day Zero. This can only be done if you and every other capetonian and visitor to Cape Town unites in the effort to spare our Mother City from water rationing. This guide can help you to ration your 50 litres a day.

If you have questions relating to water security in the Western Cape and would like to find out more about the City's plans for  Day Zero, have a look at these Frequently Asked Questions.

Premier Zille's urgent message to everyone in and around Cape Town:

Avoiding Day Zero

We still have time to push Day Zero back, but we need to do this together. Everyone in the City needs to use under 50 litres of water per person, per day.

The main household water guzzlers include:

  • Washing machines
  • Showers and baths
  • Toilet flushing
  • Dishwashers

Doing laundry

  • Not all clothing items need to be washed after wearing it only once. Jeans, pants and jackets are examples of clothing items that can all be worn multiple times before becoming smelly or stained.
    • Carefully sort your clothes that have a smell or stain from clothing that can be worn again.
    • Delay your laundry days to once a week or longer if possible and ensure that you have a full load.
    • Catch used laundry water in buckets (ensure that your washing machine outlet hose is fixed to something solid) and use this water to wash other loads of laundry.
    • Depending on the type of washing machine you have, manually override extra and unnecessary rinse cycles.
    • Once you have re-used your water for other loads of washing, store the used grey water to flush your toilet only when needed.

Keeping clean

  • We can still achieve a high level of personal hygiene with relatively small amounts of water. Adopting a “bucket splash” is one of the simplest ways to achieve this and can be done in a bath or shower. Using a 5 litre container of water, you can soap up and rinse off using your face cloth. Use the remaining grey water to flush the toilet when needed.

A woman carrying a bucket of water

Toilet flushing

  • Don't use drinking water to flush the toilet at home or work. Stick to the “If it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down” rule. If it does need flushing then use grey water that you’ve collected from your laundry, “bucket splash”, dishes or other sources.


  • The average dishwasher uses as much as 15 litres of water for a full wash cycle. Rather use a maximum of 3 litres of water for your kitchen sink. You can measure the amount of water by using an empty cold drink bottle. Don’t rinse your dishes before washing, instead use a sheet of paper towel to wipe off excess bits of food or oiliness from your dishes and cutlery.

What about my garden?

Sustaining your garden is not as important as sustaining you and your family. Don't use municipal drinking water to water your garden.

The use of borehole/wellpoint water should not be used so that we can help preserve groundwater resources.

If you're using alternative, non-drinking water resources (harvested rainwater, greywater, treated effluent water and springwater), then you need to register your source of non-drinking water with the City and display signage that is clearly visible. 

More information

How do Level 6B water restrictions affect you?

Level 6B water restrictions have been implemented by the City of Cape Town from 1 February 2018. Find out how the new restrictions will affect you and your household

Simple ways to save water in your home

Poor rainfall, extremely low dam levels, as well as a hot and dry summer season, has increased our need to continuously save water. For us to make sure that we have enough water available in our dams for everyone in our province, we all need to do our part to use water sparingly and adhere to the water restrictions which are in place.


Revised water restrictions
As from 1 February 2018, the City of Cape Town has implemented level 6B water restrictions as a result of not enough water being saved.


Level 6B water restrictions include the following:

  • Agricultural users need to reduce usage by 60% compared with the corresponding period in 2015 (pre-drought).
  • Borehole water use for outdoor purposes is discouraged in order to preserve groundwater resources.
  • Commercial properties need to reduce usage by 45% compared with the corresponding period in 2015 (pre-drought).
  • Excessive water users will be fined.
  • No hosing down of paved surfaces with municipal drinking water. 
  • No irrigation or watering with municipal drinking water allowed. 
  • No use of portable play pools.
  • No washing of vehicles, trailers, caravans or boats with municipal drinking water allowed. 
  • Private swimming pools may not be topped up or filled with municipal drinking water.
  • Residential units using more than 10 500 litres per month will be fined or have water management devices installed on their properties.
  • Use no more than 50 litres of municipal drinking water per person per day whether you are at home, work or elsewhere.
  • Water features may not use municipal drinking water.

Read the level 6B restrictions guideline for a more detailed outline.

We can only achieve our water saving targets together. Every citizen must be water conscious, and determine the importance of their water needs in relation to the water shortages. If you have any questions about water restrictions in your area, you can contact your local municipality.

Curbing excessive water use
All households must use less than 50 litres per person per day. Households using more than 10 500 litres of water per month will be fined or have water management devices installed on the properties, in line with the City’s Water By-law. Fines are expected to be in the region of R5 000 – R10 000.

If you have more than 4 people in your household and can provide the City with adequate motivation to justify higher monthly water use, apply to increase your current quota of water.

Alternative water sources signage
If you use alternative water sources, you must display appropriate signage that is clearly visible to the public at your property.

Wellpoints and boreholes
Wellpoints and boreholes should be registered with the City. Once registered, the City will send you the necessary display sign, free of charge.

Download, print and laminate the non-drinking water sign
If you make use of greywater, spring water or rain watter harvesting, you can download, print and laminate the City’s non-drinking water sign. It should be printed A4 landscape.

This sign cannot be used for wellpoint and borehole water use.

Water reduction tariffs 
Under level 6b restrictions we will still be charged according to the 2017/18 Level 4 tariffs. For example, the 2017/18 domestic full tariffs (stand-alone houses and cluster residence) for water are as follow:

Water tariffs 
Water (domestic full) steps (1kl= 1 000 litres) 201/2018 level 6B tariffs rands (including vat)
Step 1 (0<6kl) R29.93 (free for indigent households) per kl
Step 2 (>6<10,5kl) R52,44  (R17,75 for indigent households) per kl
Step 3 (>10,5 < 20kl) R114,00per kl
Step 4 (>20 < 35kl) R342,00 per kl
Step 5 (>35 < 50kl) R912,00 per kl
Step 6 (>50kl) R912,00 per kl


The 2017/18 domestic full tariffs (stand-alone houses and cluster residence) for sanitation are:

Sanitation tariffs 
Sanitation (domestic full) steps (1kl =1 000 litres) 2017/18 Level 6B tariffs rands (including VAT)
Step 1 (>0 ≤ 4,2kl) R25,65 (free for indigent households)
Step 2 (>4.2 ≤ 7.3 kl) R44,46 (R14,98 for indigent households) per kl
Step 3 (>7.35 ≤ 14 kl) R98,04 per kl
Step 4 (>14 ≤ 24.5 kl) R119,70 per kl
Step 5 (>35 < 50kl) R119,70 per kl


Water saving tips: 

  • You're not allowed to water/irrigate with municipal drinking water. This includes the watering/irrigation of flower beds, lawns, vegetables, agricultural crops, other plants, sports fields, golf courses, schools, learning institutions facilities, nurseries, parks and other open spaces. (Nurseries and customers involved in agricultural activities or with historical gardens may apply for exemption (visit the City of Cape Town website for the application process).
  • Please use municipal drinking water, at 50 litres or less per person per day.
  • No watering/irrigation with municipal drinking water allowed. (facilities/users making use of boreholes, treated effluent water, spring water or well points are encouraged not to water/irrigate within seven days after rainfall that provided adequate saturation).
  • All wellpoints and boreholes must be registered with the City and used efficiently to avoid wastage and evaporation. Visit the City of Cape Town website  for more information on registration).
  • If alternative water sources are utilised, ensure that you display signage which is clearly visible from a public road or street. Visit for how to register.
  • No hosing down of hard-surfaced or paved areas with potable (drinking) water (except for health purposes). Users, such as abattoirs, food processing industries, industries using water to prepare for painting or similar treatments, care facilities, animal shelters and other industries or facilities with special needs can apply to the Director: Water and Sanitation for exemption, (visit the City of Cape Town website for theapplication process).
  • Don't use municipal drinking water for ornamental water features.
  • The maximum showerhead flow rate may not exceed 10 litres per minute.
  • Flush toilets (manually using a bucket) with greywater, rainwater or other non-drinking water.


  • No washing of vehicles, trailers, caravans or boats using municipal drinking water is allowed. These must be washed with non-drinking water or waterless products.
  • No topping up (manually or automatically) of swimming pools allowed, even if fitted with pool cover. This includes the filling of new pools or the refilling of an existing pool after a repair.
  • The use of portable play pools is not allowed.

Businesses and public facilities:

  • The washing of vehicles, trailers, caravans or boats with municipal drinking water aren't allowed except where an exemption has been granted. This applies to both formal and informal car washes. Vehicles, trailers, caravans and boats should be washed with non-drinking water or waterless products. Exemption on application may be granted if water recycling is used in the washing process, (visit the City of Cape Town website for the application process).
  • Fitted pool covers must be used for public swimming pools where practically possible.
  • No automatic top-up systems for swimming pools are allowed.
  • Spray parks aren't allowed to opperate.
  • All public spaces must install water efficient parts to minimise water use at all taps, showerheads and other plumbing components and must adhere to Water By-law requirements.
  • Golf courses, sports facilities, parks, schools and learning institutions can't establish any new landscaping or sports fields, except if irrigated only with non-potable water.
  • Contract conditions shall apply for any facility supplied with water in terms of special contracts (notarial deeds, water service intermediaries or water service providers). 

Other restrictions, not detailed above, still apply as stipulated in Schedule 1 of the Water Bylaw, 2010. Please visit the City of Cape Town website for more information on Know your water regulations.

For queries on water restrictions please send an email to

You can also stay up to date with the water levels of the main dams supplying the Cape metropolitan area.

Here’s what you can do to save water and money


At home:

  • Take shorter showers and turn off the shower while soaping up, then turn it back on to rinse. 
  • Make sure you put a full load into your washing machine and dishwasher before starting a wash cycle. 
  • Cut down the amount of water flushed down the toilet by placing a 2 litre plastic bottle full of water in the water tank (cistern) of your toilet. This could save you up to 7 300 litres of water each year. 
  • When washing dishes by hand, don't leave the water running to rinse dishes. If you have a double basin, fill 1 with soapy water and 1 with clean water to rinse. 
  • Install a system to pump greywater (from the washing machine, basins, shower and bath) to the garden.

In the garden:

  • Plant indigenous plants which can tolerate extreme heat and require little watering.
  • Group plants with the same water needs together, so that you don’t overwater plants with varying water needs.
  • Put a covering layer around trees and plants. Covering will slow evaporation and will also discourage weeds from growing.
  • You're only allowed to water your garden once a day on designated days.
  • The best times to water your garden is at sunrise and sunset. Watering between 9am and 4pm (when the sun is brightest) isn't allowed.
  • Water your lawn long enough for the moisture to soak down to the roots. A light sprinkling can evaporate quickly.
  • Plant in the right season. For winter rainfall areas, you'll need to plant in autumn and early winter so the plants have a chance to develop their root systems before the dry season. In summer rainfall areas, you can plant in spring and early summer.
  • A dripping tap (1 drop per second) could waste up to 30 litres of water an hour, which adds up to 10 000 litres a year.

Water Usage in Public Sector

In the industrial and commercial sector:

  • Define water requirements for your organisation, building or unit of production.
  •  Appoint a person to track water use and identify strengths to build on and weaknesses to rectify.
  •  Ensure that people are aware of  how to report major water losses from leaking or damaged pipes and hoses.
  •  Encourage staff to report dripping taps and leaking toilets.
  •  Reduce the chances of leakage by turning taps off lightly and getting washers replaced when leaks are discovered.

These simple changes can help you save up to 10% on your annual water bill, without drastically changing your lifestyle. 

Educate your children about simple ways to save water  around the home and encourage your colleagues to start saving water at work.



The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) in an effort to help citizens reduce the use of water, started the Drop-the-block campaign. This water-saving method of dropping a plastic block into the toilet cistern helps reduce the volume of water used when you flush your toilet.

Here’s what you need to know about Drop-the-block:

  • The block is made from recycled plastic to prevent erosion and blocking of the toilet.
  • The block is weighed down with sand and displaces up to 2 litres of water.
  • Toilet cisterns hold 9 to 15 litres of clean water which is dispensed with each flush.
  • After dropping the block into the cistern, a household of 4 people who go to the toilet 4 times a day, can save up to 32 litres of water per day.

If you’re interested to know more about the Drop-the-block campaign, read Drop-the-block for more information.

Exemption from water restrictions

We all need to save water and adhere to water restrictions. If you need to be exempt from these water restrictions, exemption will be approved in special circumstances.  Please visit the City of Cape Town website to find out how to apply for exemption from water restrictions.

Want to know more?

Read more about water saving tips:

How to become a responsible water user at home

State of the Province Address 2018

Premier Helen Zille delivered her 2018 State of the Province Address on Thursday, 22 February 2018. Find out what the priorities are for the Western Cape this year.

Premier Helen Zille delivers the State of the Province Address 2018

Premier Helen Zille

Premier Zille congratulates Capetonians on water saving, warns against complacency

Premier Zille congratulated the committed Capetonians who have worked so hard to reduce their water consumption, but warned that now was not the time for complacency on water saving.

“Your efforts have been pivotal in pushing day zero back to July the 9th.  But we cannot let up now.  If we are complacent, the date will inevitably creep forward again. We need enough water to see us through next summer and into the winter rains of 2019.  We cannot take that for granted, and we cannot rely on rainfall alone. Saving water even during winter – and harvesting the rain that falls – remain of crucial importance. We must change our water culture permanently,” said Zille.

National funding insufficient

Premier Zille said although bulk water supply is a national mandate, the national Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has not made funding available for augmentation in this crisis, because the national Treasury has literally turned off their funding tap following a disastrous audit outcome.

“I note that in yesterday’s budget, R6-billion was set aside for both drought relief and infrastructure for the five provinces hit by the current drought.  Although R6-billion is a lot of money, divided between five provinces it will hardly touch sides if it is intended both for relief and new infrastructure.  The City’s infrastructure-build programme, on its own, amounts to almost R6-billion. No local government should have to shoulder the burden of capital and operational costs for what is a national function,” said Zille.

City and Provincial interventions

Premier Zille said the City of Cape Town has stepped into the breach with aquifer extraction, water reuse and desalination projects to the tune of almost R6-billion over the 5-year Medium Term Revenue Expenditure Framework.

“The City is ramping up augmentation from about 120 million litres per day by July 2018 – mainly from aquifers - to about 300 million litres per day by September 2020, including re-use and desalination,” said Zille.

Premier Zille listed various interventions the provincial government is undertaking as a constitutionally mandated disaster management authority. These include:

  • Diverting a total R369 million from core provincial functions to supplement disaster funding since 2015/16
  • A further R82.5 million would be diverted for water security measures in the Saldanha Bay, Drakenstein and Swartland municipalities, which all rely on the same water supply scheme as the metro.
  • Groundwater and maintenance projects that are also on track in other municipalities at risk – Beaufort West, Knynsa, Kannaland, Bitou, Matzikama, Langeberg and Theewaterskloof.
  • Saving an estimated 90 000 litres saved each day in key government office facilities, with a 46% reduction in water consumption overall since 2015/16
  • Drought assistance for more than 2 000 farmers per tranche, including livestock feed for 80 000 animals
  • Water security measures to ensure frontline service points remain open in the event of a Day Zero. This involves a major procurement and logistics operation to secure water supply, which includes the drilling of boreholes, water collection and storage systems, water treatment works and reticulation networks.

Delays in key DWS Water Supply Projects

Premier Zille said a major water supply project for the Cape metro - the Berg River-Voelvlei Augmentation Scheme - was behind schedule. The project is the responsibility of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). Delays have included a two-year wait to appoint consultants, completion of the project design, and a lack of available funds.

“This delay has cost us dearly. The DWS had originally intended for this project to be complete in time for the winter rain of 2018, according to the department’s official Record of Implementation Decision, dated December 2012. This would have meant an additional supply of 230-billion litres of water per year for greater Cape Town’s supply scheme going into next summer.  It would have given us far greater water security,” said Zille.

The Premier said that even if Minister Mokonyane sticks to her commitment of winter 2019, “it will be too late to help us through our current crisis”.

The Premier also referred to two critical dam projects for agriculture and the economy – Brandvlei and Clanwilliam.

Brandvlei Dam - at a minimal cost of R15 million - an additional 4 400 hectares can be irrigated, with the potential of creating upward of 8 000 new rural jobs.

“Minister Mokonyane recently gave us a firm commitment to expedite all necessary approvals for Brandvlei. The agricultural sector has already indicated its willingness to provide funding support for this project,” said Zille.

The Premier also said the Province would not allow national government to abandon the Clanwilliam Dam Wall Raising project, while the site offices, machines, equipment and personnel are still in the Clanwilliam area.

DWS staff have been located in Clanwilliam since 2014, waiting for the project to start. This has cost the taxpayer an estimated R100 million to date.

The Department has since announced that it has run out of money to complete the dam wall raising, despite R2 billion being allocated to the project as early as 2013/14.

“There was no mention of Clanwilliam Dam in the Finance Minister’s Budget Speech yesterday, and we will formally engage the national government on what urgent steps they intend to take for this project to proceed, given the severe economic impact of the drought in that region,” said Zille.

“The tragedy of the Clanwilliam dam wall project is unfortunately not an isolated case, as we have seen. For every high-risk municipality in the Western Cape, there is a failed, delayed or abandoned DWS water supply project.”

Western Cape creates 598 000 jobs since 2009

Premier Zille said the provincial economy remain resilient, despite the drought and other natural disasters.

“A total of 598 000 new jobs were added in the Western Cape since the 4th quarter of 2009, the year we took office,” said Zille.

The province has also once again recorded the lowest official unemployment rate, which now stands at 19.5%, against a national rate of 26.7%.

On the broad definition – which includes discouraged jobseekers – the Western Cape rate is 23%, compared to over 36% nationally.

“Our unemployment rate is a full 10 percentage points lower than Gauteng, the next province on the broad definition,” said Zille.

Zille also announced that, since 2014 the Province has secured:

  • Over R7.2 billion of investments in the province.
  • A total of 64 trade deals to the value of R11.1 billion
  • R691-million in deals through its African Expansion Programme

Premier Zille challenges mobile operators to match Province’s cheap data rates

Premier Zille announced that her administration had completed one of its biggest flagship infrastructure projects of its final term - the Broadband Game Changer, launched in 2014.

“We have reached our target of full broadband coverage with a total of 1,875 sites, including over 1,200 schools; over 200 libraries and approximately 400 other public facilities,” said Zille.

The provincial government had also so far launched 178 WIFI hotspots across the province, benefitting over 250 000 citizens to date. 

Users currently get a free data allocation at these hotspots, and can thereafter access the cheapest data-bundle costs in the country, up to 5 Gigabytes for R45.

“My challenge today to all major mobile operators, is to try and match the data rates we are providing to citizens of the Western Cape,” said Zille.

Zille added that the Province would now improve even further on its original promise of a Wi-Fi hotspot in every ward in the province.

“This would have numbered a total of 384 hotspots. We are now in a position to improve that offer significantly.  We are in the process of converting as many as possible of the province’s broadband points into free Wi-Fi sites.  This will make approximately 1,600 free wi-fi sites available across the province at speeds of 10 megabytes per second.  This roll-out will follow the process of upgrading our 1,875 sites to 100 megs per second and some to one Gigabyte over the next two years,” said Zille.

eLearning Progress

Premier Zille said schools had been a top priority for internet connectivity, as part of the Province’s eLearning Game Changer.

“We recognise that reliable internet connection is essential, if we want to create the foundation for an effective learning environment in our schools and prepare learners for life in the 21st Century,” said Zille.

“By the end of March, we will have installed over 6 400 smart classrooms, and upgraded technology in 910 ICT labs at schools. This is an increase of just over 2 400 smart classrooms and 705 labs over the past two years. We have also delivered 28 808 learner devices,” said Zille.

Premier Zille calls for changes to National Land Reform Policy

Premier Zille said that since 2014 the Province had facilitated over R500-million in conditional grant funding to 357 businesses operating on land reform farms.

“When President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed an ANC rally in Cape Town recently, he said that we need to ‘plant the seeds for a revolution in agriculture’. He stated that he would order a study into returned agricultural land. I have good news for President Ramaphosa –  We have already undertaken this study.  The Western Cape is the only province with an audit of all land reform projects to date,” said Zille.

The Western Cape’s audit found that the provincial government’s pioneering Commodity Approach had led to the success of 62% of all land reform farms in the Western Cape.

“This is a remarkable success rate given the many challenges facing the agricultural sector. One should also compare this to the estimated 90% failure rate of land reform initiatives in the rest of the country, referred to by Matthews Phosa, when speaking on a national agricultural platform last year,” said Zille.

Premier Zille said there were two obstacles she wanted to place before President Ramaphosa’s door.

“The first is national government’s intent to cut the CASP grant by 20%, which is the tool we use to support emerging farmers, and which accounts for the success of land reform projects in the Western Cape.  In order for this to continue, this funding must be retained,” said Zille.

Second is the issue of title to the land on which emerging farmers operate their businesses.

“National government policy - known as the State Land Lease and Disposal Policy – only allows for 30-year leases to be obtained by black farmers, with an option to renew for 20 years. Only after 50 years may ownership of the land be transferred to the farmer,” said Zille.

The implication of 50 year leases is that farmers do not have fixed collateral to access production capital from financial institutions. This poses a risk to the entire business as the farmer will have to seek government support to bridge the shortfall needed for input costs.

“The Western Cape government whole-heartedly supports a position that farmers be given title deeds, provided they can demonstrate the capacity to run a successful agri-business.  But 50 years is far too long, and cuts farmers off from accessing funds through financial institutions,” said Zille.

Premier Zille said that most people weighing into the debate on land reform do not know that it is national government policy to withhold title from black farmers.

“Many of the solutions to the risk of farm failures can be addressed through the commodity approach we are successfully applying to assist farmers.  There should be a national switch to this approach and the pace of successful land reform will gather, as it has done in this province,” said Zille.

Read Premier Zille's full 2018 State of the Province Address. 

Media Enquiries: 

Michael Mpofu
Spokesperson for Premier Helen Zille
Cell: 071 564 5427
Tel: 021 483 4584

DAFF Female Entrepreneur of the Year - 2018

To enter for the 2018 Western Cape Female Entrepreneur Award, click here.

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2018 Academic year kicks-off...

Welcome to all the first year students.  Wishing you an exciting and productive year ahead!

Drought Fact Sheet



Garden Route Fire (2018) Damage Form

If you have been affected by disaster - please do the following:

  1. Receive the form by mail or hard copy from your Department of Agriculture office or download a copy here:  English  |  Afrikaans.
  2. Read the survey carefully and complete the form in detail.
  3. Return the form to the Department of Agriculture office within two weeks.

An official will contact you as soon as all forms for a specific disaster have been completed and you will be instructed as to the way forward.

Contact person:  Jody Wentzel  |  Tel. 021 808 5368  |  Email:

Documents can also be downloaded here:  Disaster Risk Management


No new avian influenza infections in the Western Cape

There have been no new confirmed avian influenza infections.

Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, has announced that there have been no new reported infections in the Western Cape this past week, signalling a possible positive turning point for the indsutry.

There are currently 63 confirmed cases of avian influenza in the Western Cape. There have been no new infections at commercial farms since 18 October.

To date, 2.8 million commercial poultry birds have been culled. The majority of the birds culled were layer hens. In total, 121 363 broiler breeder chickens have died or been culled, and 28 717 duck broilers and 3 954 duck broiler breeders have died or been culled.

“We are still investigating a small number of suspect cases, but the infection rate appears to be slowing down. This is the first time since the infection started spreading in our province at the start of August that we have seen a marked decrease in the number of new infections. In other countries, infections for this strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza have decreased in summer, due to the heat.

“Our focus now is to rebuild our poultry industry. We are assisting farmers to make sure their poultry houses are cleaned, so that they are able to start the restocking process. Animal Health Technicians are supporting farmers in this process. I want to appeal to farmers to refrain from restocking until their poultry houses have been confirmed as clean. Restocking when the virus is still present will only lead to more culling.”

Minister Winde said the impact on food prices was being monitored.

“We have observed price increases, but we will only have official numbers next week when Statistics South Africa releases its Consumer Price Index. These figures will show us the prices for October.”

Since this strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza first reached South Africa in June this year, there have been in excess of 90 confirmed cases across the country. It is the first time the H5N8 strain has occurred in the country.

The Joint Operations Centre established by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and the Provincial Disaster Management Centre continues to meet to provide a progress report on the provincial government’s response to the outbreak.

A humanitarian relief plan is being rolled out in partnership with social organisations.

Bronwynne Jooste
Spokesperson: Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities
Responsible for Tourism, Economic Development and Agriculture
Western Cape Government
142 Long Street, Cape Town

Tel: 021 483 3550
Cell: 060 970 4301
Twitter: bronwynnejooste