With the intense media coverage surrounding Day Zero, the City of Cape Town seems to be a bit behind schedule with a plan of action for the world’s first water shortage in a major city.
Recently, Mayor Patricia de Lille announced that the City would effectively run out of water from conventional dams on the 21st of April, sparking a province-wide debate on how best to begin preparing.
And while Capetonians have shown both resilience and ingenuity in dealing with the current issue, an uproar has been felt by city officials as a plan for the collection of water has yet to be shared with the public.
The only information available thus far is that the city will have to control the distribution of 25 litres per individual daily from sanctioned pick-up points. However, how this control will be implemented and to what degree residents will be able to collect water for their older or infirm community members is, at this point, still unknown.
Speaking on the provincial drought relief budget, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, announced that that she would sit with city officials on Monday to begin drawing-up a plan for the April deadline.
Many residents have taken to social media to voice their discontent with the management of the crisis thus far stating that political mismanagement is to blame above all else.
According to sources within the DA, Mayor de Lille has been struck off the crisis management team with immediate effect with the same sources stating she is belligerently ignoring orders from the executive and other party leaders.
Currently, analysts have begun hypothesising that the DA may lose their overwhelming majority in the Western Cape based solely on their handling of the drought. A far reach, but not completely implausible scenario.
The first of the emergency water retaining strategies, such as desalination plants and groundwater retrieval, are set to be implemented by the end of February.