Councillor Limberg comments on water drill plan

Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor, Xanthea Limberg says: 

"The City has been studying the deep aquifer underlying the Cape Folded Mountain Belt (which runs essentially from Vanrhynsdorp to Mossel Bay) for more than 10 years to determine the best possible sites to be able to extract water viably and with minimal impact on the environment.


The primary purpose of this approach is to determine the sustainable yield of the Table Mountain Group Aquifer (TMGA) and to prevent over-abstraction and environmental damage.


We will be incrementally drilling wells and progressively expanding the TMGA well fields to ensure that the increasing use from the resource is sustainable. This is in line with best practice. This process should begin within the next two months.


We also have developed a detailed ecological and hydro(geo)logical monitoring programme, during which we have collected baseline information on the natural environment in the areas in which we intend to abstract. This will be used to assess whether drilling and abstraction is having any negative impact on the environment.


Sustainable water abstraction and use of the resource will also be monitored by the National Department of Water and Sanitation, who are the custodians of our country’s water resources. We look forward to engaging with stakeholders on these matters as we start to implement projects which have been planned for as part of our long-term water supply projects."



DEWALT extends the XR 18V Brushless drill and impact range with three new models

The Drill Driver, Hammer Drill and Impact Driver offer users improved performance, control and ergonomics

  • Increased power and faster speed of application
  • Shorter tool length to get into tight spaces with minimum fuss 
  • Drills with focused, angled and brighter LED light (reducing shadow), with an output of 60 lumens
  • Choose from three impact control modes, including ‘Precision Drive’ for light screwdriving applications or up to 207Nm for heavier tasks
  • Rugged design for exceptional toughness in the working environment

Research by DEWALT has shown that modern tradesmen and building contractors undertaking repetitive drilling and fastening work, require tools that offer reliable and powerful performance, a compact design, and ease of control. DEWALT has therefore expanded its XR 18V Lithium-Ion Brushless portfolio with the introduction of the premium and highly-durable DCD791 Drill Driver, DCD796 Hammer Drill Driver and DCF887 Impact Driver.

Improved power and speed of application

Professionals benefit from increased performance and productivity through the improved power delivered by the Brushless tools. This enables a faster speed of application, and the completion of high torque applications.

Enhanced ergonomics

Featuring a more compact, balanced and lightweight design, the length of the Drill Drivers and Impact Driver has been reduced by 7mm and 6mm respectively. This allows professionals to easily navigate around small and tricky spaces with minimum fuss, and be even closer to the job in hand. ‘Guaranteed Tough’, the tools have also been built to deliver exceptional reliability, and to withstand the constant rigours of the jobsite, avoiding costly downtime.

Greater work area visibility

The super bright focused LED light on the base of the DCD791 Drill Driver and DCD796 Hammer Drill Driver is angled for reduced shadow around the work area. The highest of the three switch positions provides a 60 lumen output with an impressive 20 minute delay, delivering greater visibility and productivity on site.

Variable impact control for light to high speed applications

For greater control, operators of the DEWALT DCF887 Impact Driver have access to three different control settings, including ‘Precision Drive’. A first for a DEWALT tool, this mode is suitable for delicate screwdriving applications. It gives users the optimum amount of turning force, avoiding over-driving screws, splintering, or damage to materials, bits or fasteners such as brass or machine screws.

By contrast, the high speed impact setting offers users market leading torque and speed of application to ensure that they have all of the performance they need to get even the heaviest applications completed quickly.

Mayan Desai, Trade Marketing Manager Stanley Black & Decker Southern Africa says, “A lack of power to tackle larger tasks, poor work area visibility, and drilling tools which are too large for the more intimate jobs, are common frustrations of today’s professionals. The latest range of innovative, Brushless products on DeWALT’s XR 18V Lithium-Ion platform provides an extremely tough and reliable solution which addresses all of these critical user needs. Increased performance, variable impact control, focused LED lighting, and reduced length allow maximum productivity in all drilling and fastening applications, no matter how demanding.”

Key features:

  •  Brushless motor for less servicing and downtime
  •  Optimised tool length – reduced by up to 7mm
  •  Super bright*, focused LED light with a three-position switch (Low – 2 lumens, Medium – 18 lumens, and High – 60 lumens)*
  •  Three-mode impact selector with ‘Precision Drive’ for light screwdriving, Speed I for standard impact applications, and Speed II offering up to 207Nm for high torque    applications
  •  Compatible with DeWALT XR 18V 2.0Ah, 5.0Ah and Bluetooth battery packs
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