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The City of Cape Town has scrapped the proposed introduction of a drought levy, after the proposal was withdrawn at a special sitting.

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".

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.

Water WhatsApp is 'fake news', says City of Cape Town

2018-01-12 17:42

The City of Cape Town and foreign development funding agencies have dismissed as misinformation a message circulating on social media claiming the city misappropriated donor funds meant for the water crisis.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Day Zero moves closer after high water usage in Cape Town

2017-12-19 22:04

Day zero can be expected sooner in 2018, thanks to high water usage by Cape Town residents, the City of Cape Town says.


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.

5 diseases you risk getting if we run out of water

2018-01-19 14:00

As Day Zero rapidly approaches for Capetonians, we take a look at five diseases that might become more of a risk of during a drought.

PE, Cape and Joburg insist drinking water is safe after Listeriosis scare

2018-01-18 22:31

The cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth are insisting that drinking water in the metropolitan areas is safe for consumption, following a Listeriosis outbreak.

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.

Water flows again in Emfuleni, as repayment discussions continue

2018-01-12 15:20

Water has been restored to the municipality of Emfuleni in Vereeniging, after burst water pipes caused water supply interruptions in certain areas, the mayoral spokesperson says.

Take Cape Town water crisis to public protector - constitutional watchdog

2018-01-10 19:39

The City of Cape Town's proposed water levy should be taken to the public protector free of charge, according to NPO Accountability Now.

Disgruntled mayor barricades Rand Water gates demanding water for residents

2018-01-09 11:45

Frustrated Emfuleni mayor Jacob Khawe has barricaded the gates of Rand Water's Glenvista head office in Emfuleni, Vereeniging following the interruption of water supplies, due to debt to the water board.

Chamber bemoans comment deadline for Cape water levy

2018-01-04 06:00

The deadline for Capetonians to comment on the City of Cape Town's proposed water levy is too soon as most people are still on holiday, a business chamber says.

Drought crisis? Just turn the air into water

2017-12-24 06:04

As Cape Town’s dams run dry, a local entrepreneur has started to sell water that has been produced by turning air into the scare resource.

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.

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