Day Zero now on April 12 for Cape Town

2018-01-23 19:34

Day Zero in Cape Town has been brought forward by nine days due to a drop in dam levels, City of Cape Town Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson has said.

Cape water crisis: My cup runneth empty

2018-01-23 11:17

Surely this can’t be true? My gem of a city, my cocoon, the city that became my refuge, cannot be on its way to becoming a city of refuse.

How severe is Cape Town's drought? A detailed look at the data

2018-01-23 08:27

A researcher with UCT's Climate System Analysis Group takes a look at the most up-to-date rainfall data to assess how severe the current drought in Cape Town is.

SAB to quench Capetonians' thirst – but with a different drink

2018-01-22 18:41

South African Breweries will be helping Capetonians struggling through the drought crisis by shipping out 12 million quarts of a drink not usually associated with the company.

 

Zille asks Zuma to declare national disaster, as Day Zero looms for Cape Town

2018-01-22 16:50

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says she has written to President Jacob Zuma for a national disaster to be declared after the likelihood of Day Zero was confirmed by the City of Cape Town.

Zille to meet national disaster management on water crisis

2018-01-22 05:00

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille will meet with the National Disaster Management team and other authorities to discuss the impending water crisis.

Cape Town water crisis: WWF helps you understand the basics

2018-01-19 22:26

With only 39% of Capetonians having adhered to water restrictions in the month of January, making the water crisis even more urgent, the WWF has released an information pack detailing what residents can expect should the city's taps run dry.

City of Cape Town withdraws drought levy proposal

2018-01-19 14:20

The City of Cape Town has scrapped the proposed introduction of a drought levy, after the proposal was withdrawn at a special sitting.

Drought levy likely to be dropped after massive outcry – De Lille

2018-01-18 15:25

The controversial drought levy, or drought charge, proposed by the City of Cape Town will most likely be rejected by the council, Mayor Patricia de Lille says.

Gigaba must refuse De Lille's drought levy proposal - Western Cape ANC

2018-01-17 15:19

The ANC in the Western Cape wants Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba to refuse embattled Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille's bid to replace R1.6b in lost revenue through a drought levy, given the allegations of corruption swirling around the council.

City's water reports to DA 'irregular' and 'contradictory' – federal chair

2018-01-16 18:45

Water updates or "reports" from the office of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille to the Democratic Alliance have been "irregular" and "contradictory", the party's federal chairperson James Selfe says.

DA's internal disagreements over drought levy 'healthy' – Western Cape chairperson

2018-01-12 21:49

It is a sign of a healthy democracy when a political party debates controversial issues within itself, says the DA's Western Cape chairperson Anton Bredell.

WATCH: Latest drone footage of Theewaterskloof Dam, now 16.8% full

2018-01-11 18:10

As the City of Cape Town tries to manage a crippling drought, the latest dam levels report suggests "Day Zero" will be on April 22. This live broadcast over Theewaterskloof Dam shows the desperate state of Cape Town's largest reservoir. Watch.

WATCH LIVE: Drone footage of Western Cape's Theewaterskloof Dam, now 16.8% full

2018-01-11 11:28

As the City of Cape Town tries to manage a crippling drought, the latest dam levels report suggests "Day Zero" will be on April 22. This live broadcast over Theewaterskloof Dam shows the desperate state of Cape Town's largest reservoir. Watch.

City of Cape Town discourages residents from using borehole water to keep gardens green

2018-01-10 08:40

Capetonians with boreholes should stop using the water to keep gardens green, and rather limit their borehole water use to flushing toilets, says the city's water and sanitation director.

City of Cape Town loses R1.6bn due to reduced water consumption

2018-01-09 19:04

The City of Cape Town has lost around R1.6bn in revenue due to reduced water consumption, making a "drought charge" to fund water supply projects more urgent, says Mayor Patricia De Lille.

City of Cape Town responds to stink over beach loo

2018-01-03 17:34

The City of Cape Town has denied a claim on a neighbourhood Facebook page that it closed the toilets at Big Bay beach in Bloubergstrand on New Year's Day to save water.

News24's Special Projects for 2017

2017-12-31 20:15

Throughout the year, News24 brought you the best in up-to-date breaking news, in-depth analysis and opinions – but for the bigger news stories of 2017, we went the extra mile and created dedicated sites and special projects.

Cape Town's Level 6 water restrictions

2017-12-29 10:12

With Level 6 water restrictions due to be implemented in January, Cape Town residents are being urged to familiarise themselves with what is allowed and what isn't.

A-maize-ing initiative to bring bags of hope to struggling farmers

2017-12-27 08:36

Making the great trek to the Western Cape this festive season? An extra bag might make a big difference to drought-stricken farmers struggling to get by.

Thirsty Christmas for Eskom boss

2017-12-24 00:00

Former Eskom boss Brian Molefe’s house will be short on water this Christmas. Molefe’s family are among thousands of others who live in North West’s Madibeng Municipality, which will be affected by water throttling imposed by Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.

Cape Town's water crisis: driven by politics more than drought

2017-12-14 08:25

Had systems in national government been running smoothly, Cape Town’s water crisis could have been mitigated, writes David Olivier.

Gift of the Givers to unveil aquifer project in drought-stricken Beaufort West

2017-12-11 05:24

Humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers is expected to unveil its Beaufort West Witperd aquifer development project in the drought-stricken town.

'Day Zero' looms: National government prepares to extract final 10% of Western Cape water

2018-01-22 12:02

The Department of Water and Sanitation has woken up to the reality of "Day Zero", and now plans to wring the last drops of water out of Western Cape dams.

#WaterCrisis: Drought or national government failure?

2018-01-20 11:37

Day Zero, when the water completely runs out in Cape Town, is now a foreseeable reality -- the City is now at a point of no return.

Eastern Cape water crisis deepens

2018-01-19 22:23

The water crisis in the Eastern Cape is deepening as dam levels across the province drop drastically, with at least one metro and numerous towns at risk of running out of water.

ANC WC to request inquiry into whether City 'deliberately ignored' drought warnings

2018-01-19 05:26

The ANC in the Western Cape says it will ask President Jacob Zuma to institute a Commission of Enquiry to establish whether the Western Cape government and the City of Cape Town "deliberately ignored the warnings of the diminishing water resources".

The day after Day Zero

2018-01-18 14:48

The fact is, post Day Zero, 'free' municipal water is going to be so inconvenient and impossible to get, that many people will be forced to buy it from private sources, writes Robert Traydon.

AS IT HAPPENED: Cape Town CBD spared from #DayZero water shutdown

2018-01-18 10:36

During an update on the ongoing water crisis in the Western Cape, Mayco member Xanthea Limberg has said the Cape Town CBD would be excluded from the 'Day Zero' water shutdown to ensure the economy keeps going.

'DA pays Tony Leon R500 000 to tell Capetonians it's not raining' – Cosatu

2018-01-16 20:55

While the ANC stole outside the legal framework, the DA "thieves" in the City of Cape Town within the legal framework, claims the the Congress of SA Trade Unions.

Firm headed by former DA heavyweights to net R650k for Cape Town drought communication

2018-01-16 06:04

A public relations firm headed by former DA leader Tony Leon and communications director Nick Clelland is set to receive over R650 000 from the City of Cape Town.

Drilling on Cape Flats Aquifer starts as Cape Town dams dry up in drought

2018-01-11 22:16

The City of Cape Town has drilled its first test borehole into the Cape Flats aquifer, hoping that the earth's natural underground reservoirs will provide an extra 80 million litres of water per day as dams dry up.

As the taps run dry, are Capetonians being done in?

2018-01-11 12:49

As a visitor to the Mother City I had the comfort of knowing that I would soon be returning to a city with water but residents of Cape Town are staring down a very dry barrel, writes Howard Feldman.

WATCH: Latest drone footage of Theewaterskloof Dam, now 16.8% full

2018-01-11 11:23

As the City of Cape Town tries to manage a crippling drought, the latest dam levels report suggests "Day Zero" will be on April 22. This live broadcast over Theewaterskloof Dam shows the desperate state of Cape Town's largest reservoir. Watch.

De Lille says investigations into her not a distraction from mayoral duties

2018-01-09 22:08

Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille is not distracted by the allegations of impropriety levelled against her, and remains focused on dealing with the severe water crisis and drought, she says.

Poisonous and running out: Pakistan's water crisis

2018-01-09 06:08

Barely 15 days old, Kinza whimpers at an Islamabad hospital where she is suffering from diarrhoea and a blood infection, a tiny victim among thousands afflicted by Pakistan's severely polluted and decreasing water supplies.

Day one of new Cape Town water restrictions

2018-01-01 13:20

As Capetonians awoke to the first day of further water restrictions, water outages in various areas continued to plague the city.

2017: News24's year in review

2017-12-31 17:09

As President Jacob Zuma described it on the last day of the year, 2017 has certainly has been "eventful" for South Africans. News24 takes stock of the year that was.

City of Cape Town drought levy 'illegal' – OUTA

2017-12-21 17:14

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse has vowed to challenge the City of Cape Town's plan to charge an additional levy for water, calling it "illegal".

Bottled water and the drought

2017-12-16 08:27

In normal times there is no good reason to buy bottled water, but these are not normal times in Cape Town. As Day Zero approaches, many people are understandably stocking up on bottled water. GroundUp asked some major suppliers about pricing, storage, and recycling.

French Development Agency in discussions with City of Cape Town over climate resilience strategy

2017-12-14 22:50

The French Development Agency is discussing the possibility of providing financial support for the City of Cape Town's climate resilience strategy as the municipality battles a devastating drought gripping the Western Cape.

Cape Town's No.1 'flusher'

2017-12-13 11:32

I have flushed for 49 years and like any well entrenched habit or pattern of behaviour, this one is harder to break than I thought, writes Howard Feldman.

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