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CoCT may reconsider the use of 'Day Zero' after the phrase receives backlash

Executive Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson says the City of Cape Town still has to meet its target of dropping Capetonians' water consumption to 450 million litres a day to #DefeatDayZero.

At the moment consumption is sitting at 560 million which is why the City introduced drastic level 6B restrictions to further reduce consumption.

Read: 'Taps won't run dry in Cape Town' Minister Des van Rooyen

The City has also introduced punitive tariffs as of 1 February because it has to get consumption below 450 million litres a day in order to have supply for the year.

We are aware that this is going to cause some discomfort for some people, but we believe that discomfort is better than what would happen if go to Day Zero.

Ian Nielsen, Deputy Executive Mayor of Cape Town

Nielsen responded to Cooperative Governance Minister Des van Rooyen criticism of the use of the phrase 'Day Zero' who claimed the term caused havoc at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

The EFF also reportedly said the concept of 'Day Zero' is being used as a scare-mongering tactic.

Nielsen agrees with the criticism, saying the use if the phrase should be reviewed.

I do believe it is damaging to our reputation generally. It has been a useful tool to get people understand the urgency of the matter.

Ian Nielsen, Deputy Executive Mayor of Cape Town

I would prefer that we rather talk about moving from level 6 to level 7.

Ian Nielsen, Deputy Executive Mayor of Cape Town

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