Cape Town Takes Proactive Approach to Winter Preparedness

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As a severe cold front brings heavy downpours, the Road Infrastructure Management (RIM) Department in Cape Town is taking a proactive approach to winter preparedness. Over the past year, the department has been implementing a comprehensive strategy to maintain the city’s stormwater assets and mitigate potential flood risks. Despite the adverse weather conditions, their meticulous efforts have come to fruition as the annual Winter Preparation programme concludes.

Councillor Quintas Observes Clean-Up Operations

Councillor Rob Quintas, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Mobility, visited RIM Department teams in Mitchells Plain, Khayelitsha, and Philippi to observe the clean-up operations. The tasks included catch pit cleaning, pond cleaning, and cleaning pipes – all essential aspects of the Winter Preparation programme.

Effective Response to Recent Downpours

The RIM department’s effectiveness has been evident, particularly in response to the recent downpours. Roads and sidewalks in Philippi, Mitchells Plain, and Khayelitsha remained clear of water, showcasing the value of the department’s work. While localised flooding is expected to occur in certain areas, the RIM department’s efforts have undoubtedly contributed to alleviating the overall impact.

Challenges Faced by RIM Department

The RIM department’s work has not been without challenges. One significant issue they face is the illegal dumping of building rubble and the theft of manhole covers and metal step bars. These actions hinder the proper functioning of the stormwater system and can lead to flooding. Councillor Quintas appealed to the public to refrain from engaging in such activities, stating that the teams are targeting areas most affected by illegal dumping and blocked stormwater drains.

Winter Preparation Programme

The Winter Preparation programme includes various cleaning interventions, such as cleaning catch pits, wet and dry ponds, canals, and stormwater pipelines. Teams have been using specialized equipment such as duct cleaning machines to ensure optimal efficiency. Additionally, hot spot areas prone to flooding are monitored and inspected before, during, and after every major rain event.

Enhancing Hydraulic Functioning of Stormwater System

The RIM department has been working diligently over the past 12 months to enhance the hydraulic functioning of the stormwater system. Their efforts have spanned across several areas that are prone to flooding or continuous illegal dumping. The remaining clean-up work is expected to be completed within the next week.

Reporting Transport and Road-Related Issues

Cape Town residents can report transport and road-related issues through channels such as the Transport Information Centre (TIC), which operates 24/7 and is free from landlines and cell phones. Residents can also email, providing their name, contact number, and the precise location of the blocked stormwater infrastructure.

RIM Department Remains Committed to Safeguarding Infrastructure

Despite the challenges posed by illegal dumping and theft, the City of Cape Town’s RIM department remains committed to safeguarding the city’s road infrastructure and stormwater assets. Their proactive approach to winter preparedness is a testament to the city’s resilience and adaptability in the face of adverse weather conditions.

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