Maimane steps in, prepares Cape Town for disaster measures — Newsflash

Dry dam near Cape Town
Bare sand and dead tree trunks stand in a nearly empty dam near Cape

26 January, 2018

As said rightly by World Bank VP Ismail Serageldin in 1996- "If the wars of this century are fought over oil, the wars of the next century will be fought over water".

In a statement on the situation, South African Tourism said: "South African Tourism would like to thank the many tourists and tourism businesses that have heeded the call to reduce their water usage over the festive season - while urging them to not lose steam".

Maimane blamed the national government for not delivering bulk water in the form of dams. Failure to comply could result in the installation of a water-management device, that strictly limits consumption to 350 litres per day, with the home owner having to foot the 4,500 rand ($378; £265) installation bill.

Many desperate locals, armed with plastic containers, can also be seen collecting water from mountain streams around the city.

"Let me be very clear".

He explained that the manner in which the City purchased bulk water was similar to the way it purchased bulk electricity from Eskom.

"What we did receive was R20-million from the Department of Co-operative Governance". Instead, it is exceeding the target by approximately 86 megaliters per day, the minister said.

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Trial water collection sites have already been set up, and in a further possible sign of things to come, people have been lining up with jerry cans at AB-Inbev's Newlands brewery to get up to 25 litres of free water from a mountain stream on its property.

The Democratic Alliance, South Africa's main opposition party, runs both Cape Town and Western Cape province.

"No amount of politicking and [scapegoating] will do away with the imminent water blackout we face in the Western Cape if we fail to act responsibly".

The City of Cape Town has previously said that, when storage reaches 13.5%, it will turn off most taps, leaving only vital services with access to water.

Journalists are calling it "Day Zero" and the date which was originally predicted to be April 22 has now been moved up to April 12.

Through making other behavioural changes, like not watering the garden, limiting the use of the washing machine to two cycles per week and re-using water wherever possible, we have been able to greatly reduce our daily consumption from around 18,000 kilolitres per month previous year to the current 7,000 kilolitres per month.

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