Cape Town Water Crisis Coalition which consists of 60 small farmers, researchers and community organisations is planning a protest against the City of Cape Town's response to the drought crisis.
Spokesperson Ashley Fataar says the City as well as national government is mismanaging the water supply. He says national government gives water bottling companies licenses to make money out of municipal water.
Ban all the water bottling companies and all the water available should go to municipal purposes and not for making profit.— Ashley Fataar, Media officer at Cape Town Water Crisis Coalition
Faatar is also suggesting that the wine industry be closed down at the moment because it takes more than 780 litres of water to produce one bottle of wine.
Professor Anthony Turton, at the Centre for Environmental Management at Free State University, says people should not forget that the agricultural sector is what's sustaining the economy of South Africa and job creation.
The economic sector is what sustains jobs, it generates revenue and taxes for government to survive so if you are talking about closing down the industry, where will it stop? It's a ripple effect.— Professor Anthony Turton, Professor at the Centre for Environmental Management at Free State University
With Day Zero coming, out of every disaster you normally get something good coming out of it.— Professor Anthony Turton, Professor at the Centre for Environmental Management at Free State University
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