Author Topic: What is the City of Cape Town doing with the money for water development?  (Read 1860 times)

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From a friend in Germany.  Cannot verify the authenticity of the article

Hello City of Cape Town,

Could you please inform us what you are doing with the R2,6 Billion which was donated by the German Development Bank to the Western Cape Government and City of Cape Town for developing sustainable water solutions.  As you can see the water crisis news is spread across our papers in Germany as our government has made it aware to German citizens that the above monies have been given to you for the purpose of developing sustainable water supplies for your citizens.

According to the European Government news feed, a further R2 Billion was also given by France to the Western Cape Government for assistance with the water crisis. It will be interesting to see if this money is used correctly or abused by your government.

Furthermore it is shocking to see that your "democratic government" is only penalizing the "weathly" home owner and all informal settlements are exempt from restrictions and additional fees. Surely you should be educating the community with regards to water conservation?  You are making the exact same mistakes which the apartheid government made years ago - You are not educating your citizens on the same level and therefore developing a larger divide between communities. Furthermore by not penalizing the informal settlements for abuse of water, the government is politically positioning itself in a favorable position for the upcoming 2018 elections.  Your government is abusing the "non-informed" and naive citizen to win a favorable position and a majority vote.  A very politically backhanded approach - similar to the Hitler regime in Germany many years ago!


Please see attached the article which appeared in our German newspaper on Tuesday 02. January 2018.

"It has hit our newspapers today in Germany (Front Page) that Cape Town is almost without water. According to the article all wealthy home owners are required to pay an additional fee and restrict their water usage to 87 liters per day. Informal settlements may however continue to use water as required without additional tax. Surely Cape Town citizens should be "pulling together" to reduce water consumption and not just the wealthy citizen. Furthermore the German Development Bank has provided R2,6 billion to the Western Cape Government in assisting in the water crisis and developing sustainable water solutions."
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Fake news and propaganda from the land that spawned Goebbles............
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Yep, neo nazi propaganda.

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As you can see the water crisis news is spread across our papers in Germany as our government has made it aware to German citizens that the above monies have been given
That seems very unlikely. It is not the sort of thing that gets widely reported, "made it aware to German citizens..." And certainly not on front page.
Then this: "your "democratic government..."


Offline Dubya Jay Dee

Most likely this is misinformation with a political agenda from a local source.

The truth is that Cape Town is in talks with France and Germany who are offering to help find solutions. No money has been donated.

https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/western-cape/watercrisis-france-offers-western-cape-help-with-drought-12405046
« Last Edit: January 07, 2018, 03:37:32 PM by Dubya Jay Dee »

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And this report indicates that any monetary assistance will be strictly contractual and will be repaid.

http://www.capetalk.co.za/articles/284685/france-exploring-ways-to-assist-city-of-cape-town-with-water-crisis

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I was a bit suspicious, not having read about it anywhere else.  My German friend loves conspiracy stories and cannot wait to share them
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Here's another insight into the mess - exacerbated/ caused by National government inaction (of course).

https://theconversation.com/cape-towns-water-crisis-driven-by-politics-more-than-drought-88191


And the R2.6 billion mentioned is from Western Cape local govt. coffers when National govt. failed to release funds to implement improvements to the water system - see 2nd last paragraph:

https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/western-cape/watercrisis-france-offers-western-cape-help-with-drought-12405046


My conclusion is that this purported German story is in fact malicious mis-information to create trouble for the WC local govt. fostered by the ANC or their minions most probably.
« Last Edit: January 07, 2018, 07:13:31 PM by Dubya Jay Dee »

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Ahh politics, I wonder if the C.T. residents wouldn't have marched months ago for certain people at the metro to 'fall' over the water crisis if it wasn't the DA in power



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Re: What is the City of Cape Town doing with the money for water development?
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2018, 08:05:54 AM »
Yes, we all love it (well, apart from Marius Fransman when he is not trying to feel up the girls) that the DA is in power here and like to brag that the Western Cape is the best run metropole in the country.  But there are instances of dodgy dealing and irregular expenditure that surface now and then

We have a prominent councillor, J P Smith, who is doing an excellent job of safety and security, yet it is reported that he is at loggerheads with the mayor for some perceived slight

You can be absolutely sure that the ANC are at great pains, aided by their compliant mouthpiece, the Cape Times, to amplify with as much distortion as possible, any miniscule shortcoming they detect from the DA and spread it as 100mm headlines in their newspaper

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Re: What is the City of Cape Town doing with the money for water development?
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2018, 09:04:52 AM »
Politicians and their parties are by their very nature compromised when it comes to integrity. Unfortunately, we (generalising here) support our political parties the same way we support our sports teams: once we choose a side, it's downright impossible to sway us from supporting them.
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Re: What is the City of Cape Town doing with the money for water development?
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2018, 09:43:30 AM »
They are all corrupt as F and only serve their own interest thatís why I donít pick a team


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Re: What is the City of Cape Town doing with the money for water development?
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2018, 02:41:28 PM »
Politicians and their parties are by their very nature compromised when it comes to integrity. Unfortunately, we (generalising here) support our political parties the same way we support our sports teams: once we choose a side, it's downright impossible to sway us from supporting them.

This is why we're in the crap we're in in SA.

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Re: What is the City of Cape Town doing with the money for water development?
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2018, 03:32:24 PM »
They are all corrupt as F and only serve their own interest thatís why I donít pick a team
+1.  And we don't know who funds all the campaigns, the buses, the t-shirts, the red overalls and caps.  Maybe easier to guess in the case of ANC.  Estimates I've seen, it does add up to quite a lot of funding.  So we can only speculate.  And sometimes, some organisations fund more than one political group.