As the Cape faces one of the worst droughts, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille talks to CapeTalk's John Maytham about the pushing back of the date for Day Zero to 11 May - when the taps will be turned off.
John says some people have been critical of the City releasing the new date, for fear that Cape Town residents may now relax their water vigilance.
Folks shouldn't relax. Folks should actually understand that their efforts make a difference. And people also should be encouraged to know that if they do save more, it really will save us from Day Zero.— Helen Zille, Premier Western Cape
It has now been pushed back one month, and largely due to the efforts of the farmers who have generously agreed to transfer water from their own private dams in the Palmiet River area - which has experienced a great deal of rain - to the Steenbras dam. This has been able to set Day Zero back by 20 days.
This should be an encouragement to people, mot a sense that we can get back to our previous ways - not at all.— Helen Zille, Premier Western Cape
We have to push Day Zero back to the end of June at the very least, to feel safe.— Helen Zille, Premier Western Cape
The adjudication process for the open desalination tenders is Thursday 2 February.
She is imploring the City to move quickly on the tender dates so she can move on these projects.
Zille says the national water department is bankrupt and she believes there has to be a way to sort this out.
The Treasury has turned off the taps...but we can't push costs down onto the consumer every time.— Helen Zille, Premier Western Cape
Take a listen to Helen Zille about the plans in place:
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