The work done by the campaign before, during and after the drought remains important for the food security of Cape Town
Political and social instability in the country, as seen in frequent mass protests and xenophobia, threaten the flow of African tourists.
Petra Brigitte Holden, University of Cape Town; Alanna Rebelo, Agricultural Research Council; Joyce Kimutai, University of Cape Town; Kamoru Abiodun Lawal, University of Cape Town; Mark New, University of Cape Town; Piotr Wolski, University of Cape Town; Romaric C. Odoulami, University of Cape Town, and Tiro Nkemelang, University of Cape Town
Clearing alien trees before the drought hit could have reduced the impact of climate change on water supply during the ‘Day Zero’ drought.
Academic research can have a direct impact on people's lives. It's crucial to come together to deal with problems like climate change. If we don't, the poor and vulnerable will suffer the most.
Gauteng citizens need to know the uncomfortable truth: for the next six years, their water supplies will increasingly have to be restricted.
The agency will ensure that large water users such as municipalities, public utilities and large companies continue to fund the construction and operation of the large water systems they depend on.
Artificially dimming the sun, by injecting reflective particles into the upper atmosphere, could reduce the risk of Day Zero level droughts in Cape Town by more than 90% in the future.
Regional tourism took a huge knock from the Day Zero experience in Cape Town, South Africa. Here are the lessons learnt.
The real crisis with water supply is that South Africa doesn’t know what it doesn’t know.
South Africa’s Department of Water and Sanitation has plans in place to ensure adequate water supply until 2040 and beyond.
Once water is used in washing, cleaning or even sewerage it can be safely and reliably treated. The treated water is then safe to drink – identical to the original water.
Cities need to pay attention to how extreme weather events effect their resources.
Cape Town’s draft strategy on water supply is out for comment, but important elements are missing from it.
There are regions in South Africa where it hasn’t been established if the rainy season is in summer or winter.
Water supply systems weren’t designed to deal with altering weather patterns brought about by climate change. This needs to change.
South Africa is a water-scarce country where inequity and a lack of fairness and justice pervades water distribution.
Cape Town is testing new strategies to nudge domestic users into reducing their water use.
There are measures in place to manage Day Zero and beyond. Models show that these will not work.
If you want to live like a local when on holiday, you should defecate like one.
Day Zero will be the start of active water rationing when taps will be cut off and people will have to go to collection sites.