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Scarred by a water shortage that almost saw Cape Town become the first major world city to run out of water, local authorities are planning measures ranging from cutting down alien trees to establishing a "rainless day fund" to cushion its more than 4 million people from the next dry spell.
Cape Town dams are 80.6% full, but the Karoo and southern Cape are still struggling to fill dams.
What can investors learn from the weather? If the Western Cape's recent drought is anything to go by - quite a bit.
A new study says it was the imminent threat of ‘Day Zero’ - the day that Cape Town’s taps would run dry – that got Capetonians saving water, not draconian restrictions and tariffs.
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The decision by the City of Cape Town to halt the roll-out of water desalination plants because our dams are more than 70% full is most astonishing, writes Mamphela Ramphele.
Cape Town's dam levels have risen to 50.3% as streams and rivers swollen with rain from the weekend's intense cold front, flowed into the storage dams.
The City of Cape Town has announced that the dreaded Day Zero - the day when most of the taps will be turned off – will not happen in 2018 or 2019.
Day Zero is not off the cards – and it is not such a bizarre idea to harvest fresh water from an iceberg to solve Cape Town's water demands, says an expert in marine salvage.
If any good has come out of the Western Cape drought, it is that it has focused our minds on the true value of water in a way that little else could have done as effectively.
Gauteng is the next potential Day Zero region in South Africa, Wits adjunct professor Mike Muller warned at the Agri SA Water Symposium.
Although three years of low rainfall led to very low dam levels, there were breakdowns in the interaction between national, provincial and municipal government that exacerbated the problem.
The City of Cape Town has expressed sceptism about a study which suggests that the fear associated with Day Zero was the single most successful intervention in its campaign to get residents to slash water consumption.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is back – and heading to Cape Town to talk about Day Zero.
South Africa can’t change the climate systems that influence weather variability and conditions. But it can do a lot to adapt to changing conditions, writes Kevin Winter.
Gauteng dam levels are at a whopping 98%, while dam levels in the Western Cape are at stable at 73.4%, according to a weekly Department of Water and Sanitation report.
The threat of Day Zero has been hanging over Cape Town after years of below average rainfall, but the City has some good news to share with its citizens. Watch.
The Cape Town water crisis has highlighted the challenges of the marginalised in a way more acute than perhaps anything else, writes Lucretia Arendse.
In three weeks’ time experts will be able to say with some certainty whether Cape Town is likely to get enough rain this year to avoid a Day Zero scenario in 2019.
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