Streaming issues? Report here
CapeTalk logo 2017 1500 x 1500 CapeTalk logo 2017 1500 x 1500
Weekend Early
03:00 - 06:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: Weekend Breakfast with Sara-Jayne King
See full line-up
Weekend Early
03:00 - 06:00
Home
arrow_forward
Local

Maimane: Day zero may not happen in 2018

7 March 2018 2:06 PM
Tags:
City of Cape Town
Mmusi Maimane
Cape Town water crisis
Day zero

Mmusi Maimane is addressing the media about the current water status in the City of Cape Town and progress made towards defeating Day Zero.

CAPE TOWN – After months of dire warnings and panic buying of buckets and greywater systems, the City of Cape Town authorities now say Day Zero probably won’t even happen in 2018.

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane announced on Wednesday afternoon that there will be no need to turn off the taps if current trends of water consumption within the metro prevail.

But the DA leader says all this depends on a normal rainfall season this year.

It’s been months of anxiety for residents and repeated warnings from the City that day zero is looming, that’s the day when the water runs out, and residents are forced to queue for water.

Now it seems that might not happen at all.

But deputy mayor Ian Neilson says authorities were not deliberately trying to panic people and that the critical nature of the crisis prompted officials, at the time, to implement drastic measures to pull back water consumption.

“The dam levels were very low… and that’s just a factual situation.”

Maimane emphasises that keeping Day Zero at bay will largely depend on residents’ water use.

“Whilst we celebrate, this is not a time to remain complacent.”

The metro's current dam levels are at 23.6%.

Punitive water tariffs and level 6B water restrictions remain in place.

WATCH: Mmusi Maimane: Day Zero might not happen in 2018

Maimane says he was not satisfied with the way the city had responded to the drought crisis.

”Many residents blamed the DA, and as Cape Town is a DA government, it was important that I intervened to ensure that residents received the level of service and honest government that they expect from the DA.”

He adds when this decision was taken the dam levels were sitting at 27.2%, with only 17.2% of usable water left.

"We made one thing clear: to fight this water crisis and defeat Day Zero. Residents responded magnificently, rolled up their sleeves, and got stuck in.

"I am therefore happy to announce that provided we continue consuming water at current levels, and we receive decent winter rainfall this year, Day Zero will not occur in 2018. This means the taps will stay open in 2018!," said Maimane.

Consumption now sits at between 510 and 520 million litres per day – down from almost 1.2 billion litres in February 2015. This 60% reduction in consumption is an incredible achievement and outperforms many other cities across the world which faced severe droughts – including Sao Paulo, Melbourne, and the State of California.


This article first appeared on EWN : Maimane: Day zero may not happen in 2018


7 March 2018 2:06 PM
Tags:
City of Cape Town
Mmusi Maimane
Cape Town water crisis
Day zero

More from Local

syringe needle vaccine vaccination medical gloves healthcare worker 123rf

Covid-19 can be easily tweaked to adjust to new strains, explains NICD prof

22 January 2021 6:12 PM

.John Maytham speaks to Professor Lynn Morris, principal medical scientist and head of HIV Virology at the NICD.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Typhoon hurricane cyclone tropical storm 123rf

Southern Africa braces for impact as tropical storm Eloise intensifies

22 January 2021 3:05 PM

Live in Limpopo, Mpumalanga or KZN? Brace yourself! Tropical storm Eloise, expected to make landfall near Beira, is intensifying.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Rush hour traffic cars highway 123rftraffic 123rf

10% drop in festive season road deaths, but no reduction in real terms, says AA

22 January 2021 1:25 PM

Travel restrictions in lockdown level 3 likely contributed to the fewer road deaths over the festive season says Layton Beard.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

school-feeding-scheme-nutrition-programmejpg

Suspect arrested after selling canned food used for WC school feeding scheme

22 January 2021 12:23 PM

Education MEC Debbie Schäfer says a suspected thief has been arrested for profiting from canned food that's meant for vulnerable learners.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Scientist lab laboratory biological tube virus analysis data sampling 123rf

Prof Tulio de Oliveira reveals how the new Covid-19 variant in SA was identified

22 January 2021 11:28 AM

Virus hunter Prof Tulio de Oliveira has been credited for discovering the new variant of Covid-19 driving the second wave in South Africa.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

gym-exercise-fitness-treadmill-equipment-health-club-weights-running-run-123rf

Virgin Active responds to customer complaint about gym ventilation

22 January 2021 10:50 AM

'We do allow the clubs to open windows and doors' but the ventilation systems remain key, explains Virgin Active's Derek du Preez.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

House repossession home property debt 123rf

Sarb interest rate decision will hurt economy and property market - Samuel Seeff

21 January 2021 7:52 PM

There was ample reason for a cut says the Seeff group. 'We've missed an opportunity' laments its chairperson, Samuel Seeff.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

yamama-gemmer-on-shelfjpg

Ginger shortage impacting ginger beer quality and price - SA producer

21 January 2021 7:13 PM

Yamama Gemmer prides itself on using the best-quality imported ginger. Now it's forced to source the spice from wherever it can.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

200319 Lesetja Kganyago

No further repo rate cut says Reserve Bank, increases expected in both Q2 and Q3

21 January 2021 6:44 PM

The SA Reserve Bank has announced the repo rate is unchanged at 3.5%. 'I would have cut!' declares economist Xhanti Payi.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

210120-saps-sjambok-edjpg

Police watchdog Ipid to track down victims in SAPS sjambok video for own probe

21 January 2021 3:58 PM

Police watchdog Ipid says investigators are working to identify the two men who were assaulted by Worcester police officers on camera.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward