The City of Cape Town has implemented a short-term management strategy for the Newlands Spring following complaints of congestion and conflict as residents scramble to collect water amid the City’s worst drought in history.The Newlands Spring has seen a large influx of residents attempting to access the site and collect water which has resulted in a great deal of congestion making it more difficult for people trying to access the spring.
Congestion and physical conflictAccording to JP Smith, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; And Social Services, the situation has escalated to the point of violence with a physical conflict taking place last week which saw one person being arrested by the South African Police Service. The surrounding neighbours and particularly the adjacent old age home are also being adversely affected according to Smith. “The congestion and noise from cars and persons visiting the site at all hours of the day and night is causing many complaints from the surrounding community and often Kildare Road and Springs Way, which are simply not wide enough to handle the volume of vehicles trying to access the springs, are blocked,” he explained.
Smith recently conducted a site visit with officials from the Traffic Engineering Services and the Traffic Department to ascertain how the site can be better managed.