For centuries, Cape Town have had abundant water supplies, fed by heavy winter rains.
In years of average rainfall, the city gets three times the water it uses.
Models suggest that, on 21 April (aka “Day Zero”), after three years of the most severe drought on record, the taps will totally run dry.
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed University of Cape Town Future Water Institute’s Dr Kevin Winter.
Winter looked into the history of the crisis in the context of South Africa and the world.
Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for quotes from it).
The anxiety levels are starting to rise in the city.— Dr Kevin Winter
We should’ve been at this level [of water restrictions] earlier.— Dr Kevin Winter
There is an improved management approach [by the city]…— Dr Kevin Winter
We will line up with our buckets… the catastrophe is incalculable…— Dr Kevin Winter
Everyone now has to pull together…— Dr Kevin Winter
We might get 20 or 30 millimetres on Monday.— Dr Kevin Winter
Enter your email address in the form below to receive a newsletter containing the most-read articles of the week from Bruce Whitfield’s The Money Show every Friday morning in your inbox.
Recommendedby NEWSROOM AI
Cape Town is dropping water restrictions from Level 5 to Level 3 as of Saturday, 1 December. Here's how it'll affect residents.
This means that Capetonians can use 105 litres a day, up from the previous 70 litres a day come 1 December.
Three UCT Biological Sciences students have published their first paper explaining how water from the Cape Town river could help.
Dr Peter Johnston says although we have received good rain this year, it is still not enough.
The City has responded to concerns whether the water management sevices will be adjusted to take into account new restrictions.
CEO at Accelerate Cape Town Ryan Ravens says desalination is an extremely expensive option for water augmentation.
The women's league says Mabe must be suspended pending the outcome of a sexual harassment complaint lodged against him.
Ray White interviews Pauli van Wyk, an investigative journalist with Scorpio at Daily Maverick.
Know someone who’d appreciate a business book for Christmas? These were the best ones of the year…
Ray White interviews Prof Jerome Loveland (Paediatric Surgery at Wits and Baragwanath) and Gareth Armstrong (Rand Merchant Bank).
In a letter seen by Eyewitness News a 26-year-old woman says Mabe wanted to have sex with her in exchange for a job as his PA.
Journalist Pauli van Wyk outlines how VBS approved Brian Shivambu’s R1. 46m home loan, with a little help from his brother.
South African legend, musician Johnny Clegg talks about the moving recording of his track The Crossing by over 50 artists.
For this week's #GoodNewsThursdays, we find out the inspiration behind the production.