Day Zero

How to secure safe drinking water

As Day Zero edges closer, people are stockpiling water from shops and springs. The idea of designated collection points is an uncomfortable thought, and so many people are looking at alternative emergency sources such as rainwater tanks, pools and boreholes. These sources make a lot of sense for toilet flushing[…]

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Day Zero for Cape Town pushed back a few days

DA leader Mmusi Maimane announced on Tuesday that Day Zero for the drought-stricken City of Cape Town has been pushed back to April 16. The original date was April 12 when dam levels are expected to be at 13.5%. Dam levels currently stand at 26.3%. Maimane‚ at a media conference‚[…]

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Water for all or the city must fall: Cape Town protesters

“Water for all or the city must fall,” dozens of protesters chanted outside the Cape Town civic centre on Sunday where concerned ratepayers gathered in protest against the drought crisis and the management of the looming and dreaded Day Zero. Locals from across the metropole showed up to the gathering[…]

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Retailers prepare for water stockpiling ahead of Day Zero

With the imminent arrival of Day Zero, Capetonians have been dashing to the stores to stockpile water for when taps run dry. Cape Town retail stores including Pick ‘n Pay, Shoprite and Woolworths have reported increases in bottled water sales. “Customers have been buying more bottled water in the region[…]

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Ramaphosa to put together team to mitigate Day Zero crisis

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will put together a team to help prepare for the possibility that Cape Town will run out of water soon, he told CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour in Davos, Switzerland, this week. “Climate change is a reality,” said Ramaphosa, in the interview on Thursday. “If people around[…]

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Maimane to brief media on Day Zero action plan

DA leader Mmusi Maimane is on Wednesday expected to brief the media in Cape Town on the party’s programme of action to prevent Day Zero, the day when taps will run dry. Day Zero is expected to happen on April 21. Residents will collect water at 200 points in and[…]

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