Drought to be classified as state disaster

Within the next month, the entire country will be classified as being in a state of disaster due to the continuing drought and water shortages. The Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Des van Rooyen made the announcement at a portfolio committee in Parliament Wednesday. A raft of stakeholders[…]

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City implements new tariffs to encourage 50L usage

The City of Cape Town has warned residents of increased water tariffs. Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson says the increased tariffs are “absolutely necessary” in order to ensure that the household demand is reduced. This as Level 6 drought measures is enforced. Neilson says the City does not profit[…]

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Kramat festival cancelled due to drought

Organisers of the popular Shaykh Yusuf Kramat Festival in Faure have made a “difficult” decision to cancel this year’s event due to the current drought. More than 5 000 Cape Muslims attend the religious and cultural event every year, to pay their respects to Shaykh Yusuf of Macassar and to[…]

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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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City to clamp down on illegal water retailers

As Capetonians stock up on water ahead of Day Zero, reports have surfaced of water shops selling municipal tap water at some shopping centres. The City of Cape Town says this is illegal and will be investigated. Water inspectors are visiting various shopping centres this weekend to monitor the sale[…]

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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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