Day Zero 'fear-mongering' not the only factor that helped avert water crisis - City

2018-12-12 14:33

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.

Water restrictions didn’t make Capetonians save water – fear did

2018-12-05 17:01

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.

Australia warns of 'hotter than normal' summer raising fire risk

2018-11-30 06:47

Prediction comes as forest fires force evacuations in Queensland and country's farmers battle drought.

Drought impacts Kaap Agri results

2018-11-29 13:06

JSE-listed Kaap Agri has achieved modest growth during the financial year ending September 2018, mostly impacted by the drought in the Western Cape.

Treasury loses out on more than R1bn in VAT from drought-stricken farmers

2018-11-27 12:29

Farmers and the City of Cape Town are on tenterhooks waiting to hear what the new water allocations will be.

The Terminator will be back - this time to talk about Day Zero

2018-11-16 11:36

Arnold Schwarzenegger is back – and heading to Cape Town to talk about Day Zero.

Crisis proofing South Africa's water security

2018-11-11 19:00

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.

Water restrictions: Govt to announce water allocation before month end

2018-11-06 07:34

Capetonians will have to wait several weeks to hear if water restrictions are to be further relaxed.

City of Cape Town poised to ease water restrictions further

2018-10-30 06:14

The City of Cape Town believes dam levels are high enough for water restrictions to be relaxed even further – possibly to level 4 or even level 3.

Gauteng dams almost 100% full, Western Cape levels stable

2018-10-23 19:00

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.


Southern California officials OK Colorado River drought plan

2018-12-12 13:03

Southern California's largest water wholesaler has approved a drought contingency plan that it hopes will ensure the drought-stressed Colorado River will supply the Southwest for a decade.

Cape Town households to shoulder bigger share of water restrictions so economy, business can recover

2018-11-30 10:13

Cape Town households will shoulder a bigger share of the new water restrictions to make more water available for the region’s economic drivers of agriculture, industry and tourism.

Here are the City of Cape Town's guidelines for Level 3 water usage

2018-11-29 14:44

The City of Cape Town is expected to lower water restrictions from Level 5 to Level 3 from December 1. Here are the guidelines that the City has provided for Level 3 water usage.

Cape Town lowers water restrictions to Level 3

2018-11-29 10:25

The City of Cape Town will lower water restrictions from Level 5 to Level 3 from December.

New toilet can save 30% of water and 30% of consumers' water bills

2018-11-20 07:33

South Africa has developed a revolutionary new toilet that uses less than two litres of water for a full flush – saving around 700 litres of water a person every month.

City of Cape Town to harness stormwater to boost water resources

2018-11-13 05:46

Instead of rushing down gutters and into the sea, stormwater will be kept in the City and used.

Mamphela Ramphele misinformed about Cape Town water plans

2018-11-09 11:58

The key to Cape Town’s water resilience will lie in the diversification of water resources, thereby making Cape Town less dependent on rainfall as the primary source of potable water, writes Ian Neilson.

2017 the costliest year on record for natural disasters

2018-11-03 11:28

2017 has been flagged as the costliest year on record for natural disasters, according to international insurer Aon Benfield's latest Weather, Climate and Catastrophe Insight Report.

'Big dry' drags on as Australia sets up drought-proof fund

2018-10-29 06:50

Australia is setting up a billion-dollar fund to "future proof" the country against droughts, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, as farmers struggle with a "big dry" forecast to continue for months.

Western Cape set to cook as temperatures top 30 degrees

2018-10-23 10:02

The Western Cape is set to cook as the temperature peaks at 33°C this week.

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