President Jacob Zuma said he doesn’t see Cape Town water crisis as something that needs National attention during a media briefing.
The president said Western Cape isolated itself from the rest of the country by voting an incompetent party that only carters for the minority.
“There was no water crisis or severe drought like this in Western Cape during the ANC years, this would teach them to use their heads when they vote”
Zuma went on to say he had a lot on his plate to be paying attention to a non-ANC province. “The god’s of the ANC are against them, my only problem is 8 big obedient provinces”
Meanwhile in Cape Town
Following the city’s most recent oversight discussions, Zille outlined the current plans for when the big day arrives.
- One week before the six dams providing water to the Western Cape Water Supply System (WCWSS) are collectively expected to drop to 13.5%, the City will announce the date on which almost all the taps in Cape Town’s residential suburbs will be cut off.
- Surrounding towns which are heavily reliant on these dams (such as Drakenstein, parts of Stellenbosch and towns on the West Coast) will likely also be turned off.
- Municipal water may only be available at 200 Points of Distribution (PoDs) across the City.
- The maximum allocation will be 25 litres per person per day, distributed on the assumption that an average family comprises four persons.
- If every family sends one person to fetch their water allocation, about 5,000 people will congregate at each PoD every day.
- Discussions are underway with SAB and the South African Bureau of Standards to sell water for R1 a quart (similar to a 750ml beer bottle)
Zille suggested that local residents who can afford it might well book into hotel rooms that have water security and spare bed capacity, for the duration of the crisis, where their water needs would be met independently of municipal water