Archive for March, 2011

Planned connection of water pipelines : Thursday 31st March 2011

March 29, 2011

City requests residents of Far South to reduce water consumption

The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department, in conjunction with the Project Managers on the Main Road Rehabilitation Project, will be completing the cross link between the existing 500mm diameter and the new 600mm diameter water pipeline on Main Road, near Kalk Bay on Thursday 31 March 2011.

This connection involves shutting the 500 mm water supply that provides water to the entire Far South beyond Clovelly. It is envisaged that the supply will be shut for approximately eight hours. The Water and Sanitation Department will ensure that there is adequate storage capacity in the various service reservoirs that are fed off this pipeline during this period. These service reservoirs should have adequate capacity to be able to cater for the demand throughout the Far South during the planned shutdown period. There should therefore be no disruption in the supply to residents during this period.

We would however like the residents in the Far South to be made aware of this shutdown and request that they be especially conservative in their water use during the period leading up to and at least two days after the shutdown period. This is necessary to ensure that the service reservoirs remain full prior to the shutdown and to refill them to adequate storage levels as soon as possible thereafter.

We will keep residents informed regarding any changes to the planned date.

The City wishes to apologise for any inconvenience caused. It is imperative that we maintain our water supply infrastructure to ensure the continued supply of quality drinking water to our citizens.


Issued by: Communication Department, City of Cape Town

Media enquiries: Kylie Hatton, Media Manager: City of Cape Town, Tel: 021 400 4684 or Cell: 082 874 4605


Kalk Bay St James : Main Road Rehabilitation, Newsletter 17

March 28, 2011

As you are aware, the rehabilitation of a 4.5 km portion of the Main Road from Atlantic Road in Muizenberg to Clovelly Road, Clovelly has been underway since March 2008. The purpose of this Newsletter is to provide users of the road with relevant information concerning Phase 1 and Phase 2 of this project.

2.1 PHASE 1 CONSTRUCTION (Canty House to Leighton Road)


2.1.1 Completion of Sections 1 and 2

There are some items of remedial work still outstanding on Sections 1 & 2:

• Minor footway repairs
• Seating of manhole covers
• Correction to kerb at Carisbrooke entrance
• Completion of air valve chambers
• Installation of flashing pedestrian warning signs
• Corrections to asphalt surfacing
• Completion of a sewer lining repair and the fixing of internal backdrops

Once these items are substantially complete a certificate of practical completion will be issued.

2.1.2 Progress on Section 3 southbound:

Bulk Water Main

• Completion and pressure testing of the main took place on 24 March 2011.
• The installation of the cross connection between the old and new mains is planned for 31 March 2011.
• The cross connection will require an interruption to the supply to the deep south and consumers will receive the necessary notification.
• As a result of the rock and other factors, the project is a further three weeks behind schedule. Valve Chamber on 600 Water Main
• The valve chamber on the 600 water main was completed before the December holiday.
• The main valve, scour and cross-feed valves have now been installed.


• The auxiliary sewers in this section are 95% complete.
• The cross connection to the manhole in the carriageway at Leighton Road will be installed after normal working hours to minimise disruption to traffic.

Sewer Rising Main

• The 450 diameter sewer rising-main will be installed in the old 500 water main once the new 600 main is in service.
• The HDPE pipe will be butt welded and installed in four lengths varying between 160 and 200 metres.
• This operation is expected to take a week and will be followed by the connection to the Dalebrook sewer pump station.

Road Construction

• Road works are underway in the areas where the new water main is complete and unaffected by the installation of the stormwater crossings and the entry pits for the sewer rising main.
• The macadam sub-base and stone kerbs are 25% complete.
• Brick paving to the parallel parking bays has star

PHASE 2 CONSTRUCTION (Leighton Road to Kalk Bay Harbour


Section A Southbound

Section A Southbound is from Leighton Road to Holy Trinity Church.

Work started officially on 17th January 2011 and includes the following:

  • Approximately 120 metres of the 600mm diameter bulk water main.
  • Roughly 100 metres of stormwater pipes from 300mm to 600mm diameter with associated manholes and catchpits.
  • The reconstruction of the parking area opposite Holy Trinity Church, including hard and soft landscaping, irrigation and area lighting, which will accommodate 62 vehicles.
  • The construction of 400 metres of half width road including parallel parking for an additional 45 vehicles.

    •Construction is on programme and, so far, the excavation for the water main is easier than expected as only a small quantity of rock has been encountered. However the start of pipe laying has been delayed a few days due to the importation of rubber pipe seals.

    Peripheral projects

    • In addition to the reconstruction of the Kalk Bay section of Main Road, the Phase 2 contract includes the following:

  • Upgrading of the Ou Kaapse Weg and Steenberg Road intersection to provide an additional right turn lane;
  • An additional lane at the Royal Road / Axminster Road intersection in Muizenberg.
  • The work also includes changes and upgrading of the traffic signals and repositioning of the street lights at both intersections.

    • These peripheral upgrading projects are considered essential to ease the congestion resulting from the Main Road upgrading and improve the long term capacity of these intersections.


    Work on Phase 2 (Leighton Road to Kalk Bay Harbour) commenced on 17 January 2011.

    The anticipated completion programme for Phase 2 is set out below. Please be advised that this is subject to change at the discretion of the Contractor should it be deemed to be beneficial in terms of timing.

    The official contract period for the Phase 2 project including special non working days, is from January 2011 to March 2013, however the approved phasing is as follows:

    1.Section A: Southbound (400m) – January to May 2011
    2.Section C: Southbound (250m) – Jun to August 2011
    3.Section D: Northbound (250m) – August to November 2011
    4.Section B: Northbound (400m) – November 2011 to February 2012
    5.Section E: Southbound (250m) – March to May 2012
    6.Section F: Northbound (250m) – June to August 2012
    7.Section G: Southbound (200m) – September to November 2012
    8.Section H: Northbound (200m) – November 2012 to March 2013

    There is a distinct possibility, depending on resources, of starting Section B Northbound at the same time as Section C Southbound. This would have a positive impact on the completion of the whole project.


    Work on Phase 1 is currently behind schedule. The anticipated completion date for Phase 1 was initially 4 November 2010 but due to adverse physical conditions encountered with this section (difficulty breaking the hard quartzitic sandstone), completion is now scheduled for May 2011.

    Download the full documents by clicking on the links below:

    Newsletter 17


  • Later trains to Kalk Bay & St James

    March 25, 2011

    Monday 28 March 2011 sees the introduction of an extended commuter train service between Cape Town and Simon’s Town. The existing afternoon services have been supplemented with three additional trains departing from Cape Town Station.

    South bound commuters now have the flexibility of twenty-one trains leaving the city between 16:10 and 21:10. Twenty of these afternoon trains stop at Retreat, eighteen stop at Fish Hoek and nine operate as far as Simon’s Town. The trains will stop at all stations en route.

    The pilot is one of several collaborative initiatives between public transport partners Metrorail, the Provincial Ministry of Transport & Public Works and the City of Cape Town’s Directorate for Transport, Roads & Storm Water to improve public transport provision.

    Metrorail’s Regional Manager Lindelo Matya said: ‘We are confident that the extended hours will find favour with our existing customers’. He added: ‘The convenience and affordability of the later service is aimed at attracting new markets from within the CBD.’

    The City of Cape Town will extend the operational hours of security guards at 10 park-and-rides along the Southern rail line, to coincide with Metrorail’s extended operational hours. These park & ride facilities include Simon’s Town, Fish Hoek, Muizenberg, Lakeside, Retreat, Heathfield, Diep River, Plumstead, Kenilworth and Claremont.

    “The benefits of the security guards at park-and-rides and the extended commuter train service include reducing congestion and the pollution associated with motor vehicles, reducing the public’s dependency on private vehicles, reducing time spent traveling each day, as well as a significant saving in travelling costs”, said Councillor Elizabeth Thompson, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Roads and Major Projects. “Accordingly the City of Cape Town will provide security guards at ten park-and-rides along this line until 30 minutes after the last train has left the particular station” said Cllr. Thompson.

    The MEC for Transport and Public Works, Robin Carlisle assured commuters that they have put measures in place to make it safe for commuters to use this service. “I urge all motorists to make full use of these extended services. Those who work late now have the opportunity to use safe, reliable and affordable train services that suit their unique work schedules. We have put in place strong safety and security measures to safeguard the park and ride facilities and ensure that the safety of commuters is not at risk during train tips”. “The re-introduction of the extended services for Simon’s Town is our first attempt to revive the late night train service that was once a common feature of our public transport system in the past.”

    The extended rail operational hours now provide Capetonians the option of working flexi-hours, whilst still using public transport. The City’s Sustainable Transport Section continues to encourage large employers to explore the notion of flexi-hours, an idea supported by Metrorail and the Cape Regional Chamber. The later trains provide an opportunity for some employees to vary their working hours and revise their shifts, reducing hour peak demand on public transport. Students too can remain on campus later while assured of a train home.

    This extended service is a pilot project that will run for six months. The successes and challenges of this pilot project will be monitored and evaluated, as it will inform the decision to permanently reinstate evening trains or not. The success of this pilot could see similar services introduced on other lines in the city.

    Detailed information is available from the City’s Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63, or on The rail time tables are available on

    Kalk Bay, St James Main Road Upgrade: Notification of work on Sunday, 27 March 2011

    March 25, 2011

    Please be advised that the Contractor will be working on Sunday, 27th March 2011 from 07h30 to 14h00. Works will not affect traffic flow.

    The contractor will show due consideration to residents and will as far as possible, attempt to keep machine and noise levels to a minimum.

    Red tape strangles Kalk Bay fundraiser

    March 10, 2011

    From the Cape Times, 10 March 2011 :

    One of the most recent incidents was the annual Concert in the Park, a Kalk Bay community initiative, which has been an annual event for many years to raise money to maintain the local park. The event was cancelled because of the lengthy application process. Residents will have to find an alternative to raise funds or ask the city’s parks department to take over the maintenance.

    Event organiser Judy Herbert said: “The concert is one of the highlights of our social calendar. We simply do not have the manpower to organise an event, as well as battle with a 27-page permit application.”

    Councillor Demitri Qually said the bylaw ensured that suitable arrangements and safety measures were in place for public events. However, he criticised the application process.

    “There are minimum negative impacts on the local community because of the law. However, I deeply regret the cancellation of the concert and will be working towards a change to the bylaw to better cater for small local events and those that are repeated regularly.”

    Head of the city’s Film and Events Department, Terence Isaacs, said each event was assessed individually as a number of factors had to be taken into account.

    Cape Times

    Prohibited access to driveways along Main Rd (from St James Rd to Leighton Rd)

    March 7, 2011

    Please be advised that the Contractor will be undertaking road layerworks on the southbound carriageway in the section between St James Road and Leighton Road. These works commenced on 22nd February 2011 and will be completed by mid-March 2011.

    Some residents along this section will have limited or no access to their driveways during this time. Affected residents would need to make use of parking in side roads until alternative access can be provided.

    Should you have any queries or require assistance in this regard, please contact Chris Ford of Civils2000 on 082 577 4657.