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Gigaba cuts red tape for City of CT to deal with drought

The City of Cape Town will now be able to make budgetary changes to more effectively deal with the drought.

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba at a briefing. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town will now be able to make budgetary changes to more effectively deal with the drought.

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba has given the go-ahead for the city to deviate from regulations, essentially cutting red tape.

With dam levels dwindling, the municipality is exploring a number of measures to avert a full-blown crisis.
Mayor Patricia de Lille has welcomed Gigaba’s decision.

“This will assist us in speeding up the procurement process. The go-ahead from the minister allows me, as executive mayor, to immediately incur and approve unforeseen and unavoidable expenditure in terms of the MFMA (Municipal Finance Management Act).

The mayor has thanked Gigaba for assisting the city.

“I want to extend a big thank you to Team Cape Town because the help of residents and businesses is vital as the City of Cape Town rolls out its plan to secure more alternative water sources.”

Dam storage levels currently sit at 38,5%, with useable water at 28,5%. De Lille says consumption is at 585 million litres of collective usage per day.

“Together, we have managed to bring consumption down to 585 million litres of collective use per day from pre-restriction consumption levels of 1,1 billion litres per day.

The City recently launched plans for a new water source - the temporary desalination plant being built on East Pier Road at the V&A Waterfront.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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