Sadtu expresses concerns over WCED's readiness for day zero

Sadtu expresses concerns over WCED's readiness for day zero

This means that most people in Cape Town - which is one of the largest cities in South Africa - would have to source water for washing, drinking, and other daily activities from one of the 200 communal points around the city that have water.

Hospitals, key economic and industrial areas and densely populated areas with a higher risk of disease would be exempt from a water cut-off, said municipal authorities, who plan to open a disaster operations center on Monday to prepare for a possible closure of taps in a city known internationally for its natural beauty and tourist attractions. These would be guarded by national soldiers and police in case the drought leads to violence.

The letter follows the Minister's visit to Cape Town on the weekend, during which it was revealed that bulk water supply funding would not be forthcoming from national government, and that the Berg-River Voëlvlei scheme to augment Cape Town's water supply would only come online by 2021.

"I think a lot of cities are going to go through challenges like this", said Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro, which is an agency that promotes tourism and trade in Western Cape Province.

Last week, DA shadow minister of water and sanitation Leon Basson said that Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane needed to step up and "show decisive leadership" with the day when taps run dry - dubbed "Day Zero" - fast approaching.

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Cape Town is a popular holiday destination, attracting around 1.5 million visitors from overseas every year.

With a population of about six million, Cape Town is about to run out of water due to the most severe drought that has gripped the city in history.

The local African government is blaming the central government for not providing enough budgets over two decades, and are also accusing the residents of Cape Town for extra consumption of water. The overall picture for South Africa is worrying, with Cape Town the most urgent.

But the city's tourism board has already reported cancellations of previously scheduled trips as hotels drain swimming pools and remove bath plugs from guest rooms. The water delivered will be distributed to Cape Town's residents soon.

Many tourists have canceled reservations because of the situation in the city.

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