Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane confirmed that South Africa is facing a severe water crisis. She says that 173 of the country’s 1 628 water supply schemes have been affected by drought.
Some of the country’s small dams have also been run dry, in a situation which may be the worst since the 1960.
This situation has affected at least 2.7 million households.
According to Environmental Affairs MEC Anton Bredell the capacity of the Western Cape dams is extremely low.
Listen to the interview below:
CapeTalk’s John Maytham spoke to Dr Kevin Winter, Lecturer – Department of Environmental & Geographical Sciences at UCT.
According to Winter a clear message is not being sent to Capetonians about the water crisis and as a result Capetonians a bit confused on what actions to take.
We don’t know whether we are on phase 1 or phase 2 of the bi-laws— Dr Kevin Winter, Lecturer – Department of Environmental & Geographical Sciences at UCT