Cape Town Prays As "Day Zero" Looms; Security Forces To Guard Water-Collection Points

Cape Town's main water supply was from the Theewaterskloof dam outside Grabouw...

But amid its worst drought in more than 100 years...

Cape Town's date with destiny as the world's first major city to run dry, looms.

With the so-called "Day Zero" less than 3 months away, security forces have been drafted to guard water-collection points and Capetonians have turned to prayer sessions for hope.

Just two weeks ago, Cape Town’s mayor Patricia de Lille‏ tweeted:

“I cannot stress it enough: all residents must save water and use less than 87 liters [19 gallons] per day… We must avoid Day Zero and saving water is the only way we can do this.”

Not missing the opportunity to levy extra taxes on the populace, the city mayor has also impeded a “drought charge” in order to fund new water projects, such as constructing desalination plants.

But today, Cape Town's leaders have instructed residents to use only 50 liters of water daily from Feb. 1, down from the current 87-liter limit.

"We have reached the point of no return,” Patricia de Lille, Cape Town’s mayor, warned this month. With anger in her voice she added: “It is quite unbelievable that a majority of people do not seem to care.”

Security guards made sure people took only an allotted amount (25 liters maximum in one line and 15 liters in another 'express' line).

"There are a lot of people who have been in denial and now they suddenly realize this is for real," said Shirley Curry, who waited to fill a plastic container with spring water from one of several taps outside a South African Breweries facility in the Newlands suburb.

As The FT reports, climatologists say that another year of drought cannot be ruled out.

They add that Cape Town’s stark inequalities have exacerbated the crisis. Vast lawns and swimming pools in mainly white suburbs are draining away efforts to conserve resources, they say.

“This has not been a natural disaster,” says Gina Ziervogel, an associate professor at the University of Cape Town, who has been advising the city. “It is entirely man-made.”

This weekend, Cape Town's water and sanitation department said it was investigating reports that some retailers might be illegally selling municipal tap water after people were seen lining up with empty bottles at two malls.

Some residents are supplementing water supply by collecting from natural springs in the city.

"This crisis will demand a whole of society approach, where we all pull together to get through this," the city said in a statement that acknowledged "panic" among residents fretting over the possible difficulties ahead.

'Day Zero' is projected to arrive on April 12 but some fear it could come sooner, while others hope it won't happen if rationing works and rains eventually come.

If 'Day Zero' arrives, many people would have to go to collection points for a daily ration of 25 liters.

Comments

MK ULTRA Alpha Lost in translation Mon, 01/29/2018 - 07:13 Permalink

If Obama/Clinton were in control, this would be a major global disaster story used to sell global warming and it would be blamed on America. We would have to pay for it.

I'm still not sold on man made global climate change. And if it is getting hotter because of climate change, great, more colder regions opening up for an expanding global population is natures way of telling us, Trump was the right choice.

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Jethro MK ULTRA Alpha Mon, 01/29/2018 - 07:35 Permalink

Every organism has an impact on the environment.  But, the sun and geologic processes generally have the greatest impact on the environment.  

Almost every problem we face today is a result of too many people.  The "carrying capacity" of Capetown is obviously far less than what it is now.  The same is true for every city in the SW US.  There are just too many useless people.

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house biscuit Jethro Mon, 01/29/2018 - 07:56 Permalink

Too many people is the problem? Fuck you & remove yourself first, preferably starting with a cheese grater on your little gurly balls...

People are a resource, a blessing, a purpose for this rock we live on

The great majority of human misery is due to parasitic cabals whose control is reinforced by num-nuts like yourself, spouting their propaganda for them

Nicely done, species traitor

 

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Haus-Targaryen house biscuit Mon, 01/29/2018 - 08:57 Permalink

Like the lefties who ship trillions of dollars in food and medical aid to Africa, and then scratch their head with a population explosion to the point where the continent only produces enough food to feed 650 million people ... African population 900 million. 

I'm not a mathematician, but absent a constant stream of food imports enough to feed all of Germany France and the UK ad infinitum ... either the ability of the continent to feed itself has to go up or the population has to go down.

And chasing off your most productive farmers on the continent ... excellent idea, but I digress ... 

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Haus-Targaryen Lore Mon, 01/29/2018 - 06:50 Permalink

I'm just really looking forward to the "Gib'me" "individuals" to start starving to death, as opposed to bitching about not having the newest phone or BMW. 

It'll be like Zimbabwe, but without another SA for all the "Gib'me'dats" to run to thereafter. 

Its collapse will be excellent to watch.  I only wish Poland would take all the white SA'icans to tell the morons in Brussels that they've just taken multiple-millions of African Refugees (whites from SA) and to get off their back. 

Bet you any money the Czechs, Slovakians and Hungarians wouldn't mind helping Poland out with this.  

The "do-gooder" meltdown in Brussels after Eastern Europe pulled such a stunt would be biblical.  

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css1971 giovanni_f Mon, 01/29/2018 - 05:38 Permalink

Well. All resources are finite, and the only question is how one allocates finite resources.

Bearing in mind that people tend to consume more of things that they perceive as having a low cost and less of things they perceive as having a high cost.... Whether it's privatized or not, is probably irrelevant. It should probably at least be metered and charged by usage.

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giovanni_f css1971 Mon, 01/29/2018 - 06:42 Permalink

To start with "all resources are finite" could be from a Nestle-sponsored Al Gore speech. First of all, it is false in many cases, secondly I hate assholes who hijack discussions with truisms in order to gain credits. Sunlight as energy is not "finite" in the sense that its consumption does not decrease it.

As to water, it is locally abundant, like, e.g. in Japan and most parts in Germany. It makes no sense to privatize water there bc water is not scarse and the public water management works better than ANY private agent could do it. To claim that privatizing water in Germany bc it is scarse in Southern California is a good way of responsible resource management is  a prime example of fuzzy pseudo-capitalistic thinking.

In shithole countries like the US it might be the best to privatize public goods bc the country has no tradition of competent public servants.

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SoDamnMad house biscuit Mon, 01/29/2018 - 08:58 Permalink

Hey , don't come down on Nestle. They were smart enough to keep their mouths shut since 1988 while pumping 36 million gallons of water out of the ground in the San Bernardino County mountains while only paying a $524. year permit fee for their water bottling business before someone woke up in government and screamed, "You haven't paid a dime for that water."  This while the state water conservationists were fighting usage during the last drought.

Maybe someone in SA is pumping water out of a deep aquifier and selling it off.

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Daddio7 SoDamnMad Mon, 01/29/2018 - 11:08 Permalink

Wow, 36 million gallons in 30 years. The five wells on my 300 acre farm pump one million gals a day for two months during the growing season. There are over 30,000 acres of farm land in my area. The Florida aquifer does not store water, water not used simply flows into the Atlantic via rivers and offshore springs.

Water, like money is fungible, the people that drink Nestles water would have drank that much water anyway, no water was sent to Mars.

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Parrotile Panic Mode Mon, 01/29/2018 - 04:41 Permalink

Friends in Paris tell me they are flooded - they live in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, however the floods this year are not as bad as in 2016 when they had to evacuate.

There's a painted line on one of the local Government buildings - showing how high the water reached in the Great Flood of 1910. Much worse than this years "feeble effort"  - their words, not mine!

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kellys_eye Panic Mode Mon, 01/29/2018 - 04:56 Permalink

The UK is still operating a policy of water restriction - refusing to implement policies to create the infrastructure (not just water, energy too) to support future demands.

As we know, this is a NWO policy - to create shortage therefore a means of control - and nothing whatsoever to do with weather, climate or cost.

The 'shortage' in Cape Town is the start of a trend.  If you control the essentials of life, you control the people that rely on them.

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William Dorritt kellys_eye Mon, 01/29/2018 - 07:37 Permalink

Watch the 4th industrial revolution video out of Davos.

 

The goal is income and resource use leveling globally ( for the little people ) and basic income. Translation; rationing and extermination to increase resource rations per surviving person. Wild guess, they only need about 1 million serfs to provide baby sitting, hookers and organ transplants for the globalist elite while they fly around on private jets and lecture the rest of use on carbon footprint.

 

The trillions of govt money going into AI and Robotics are to replace the peasants with obedient servants that don't consume their resources.

 

Who can forget global civilization collapse from the copper shortage?

Fiber optics came along, then it was the global copper industry collapse, turns out sand is a substitute for copper.

Water is a substitute for oil for fuels.

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Gravatomic Mon, 01/29/2018 - 04:31 Permalink

You gotta be a lucky ducky to have the Great Lakes near you, when I turn on the faucet in Toronto, 1C fresh, tooth numbing cold water comes out. Nestle wants a piece of this action.

Troy Ounce . . . _ _ _ . . . Mon, 01/29/2018 - 06:32 Permalink

"Cape Town’s mayor Patricia de Lille, added: “It is quite unbelievable that a majority of people do not seem to care.”"

Duh. They also do not care that dumbo's are in charge. Or that money is fiat. Or that the banking system is rigged. Or that the City of Cape town is busy financialising water through a water fund partnership with The Nature Conservancy or "Nature.org" aka "Wall Street." 

Of course the set-up is sold to the same people "who do not seem to care" as favourable for nature, diversity, unemployment, puppies, kittens and whatever you chose is trendy at the moment.

From http://waternews.co.za/city-nature-conservancy-establish-sas-first-wate…

"Water funds have been found to be proven platforms for building the financial and institutional mechanisms needed to unlock the benefits of natural infrastructure and provide significant returns to both public and private investors."

Selling your water resources to Wall Street is a bad, bad idea.

Fuck you, de Lille.

On the other hand, never leave a serious crisis go to waste.

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