Cape Town Day Zero! We Can Do It!

January 23, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Articles


I just read the brilliant article by Steven Underwood.

Day Zero in Cape Town 9 Points On How To Positively Face The Drought in Cape Town 2018



As holidaymakers in Cape Town we invite you to be part of this new learning. Tourism has a great impact on the economy in Cape Town while it has a small impact on resources like water. Your support during this time will make it easier for Cape Townians to face our new lean future. But if you decide not to come and have fun you’ll throw us a double whammy. Come and visit but be part of the solution.

Here’s what Steven Underwood suggested

“As Cape Town hits level 6b water restrictions, I thought I would share a few observations from my time in drought affected Gaborone, where we reached Day Zero (empty taps) many times during my 4 years there:

  • You will not die. [You’ll have and experience]
  • Yes, it will not be easy but what’s wrong with a little hard work to safe water? It builds character.
  • Businesses [restaurants, pubs] and schools will not shut down (as some suggest) but will have to adapt to using grey water for ablutions. It’s a mind-set change, don’t give up, persevere and keep adding value to the economy (not to minimise the plight of businesses that need fresh water for their product, they will really struggle).
  • Water is a renewable resource and therefore 25 litres goes a long way. Water for washing can be caught and reused for ablutions. It’s not very nice (see point 2) but once again it’s a mindset.
  • It’s not the [politicians] ANC/DA’S fault nor climate change. It’s my fault because I use too much water (i.e. more than supply), which is great because I don’t have to rely on government or scientists to fix it, I just have to use less water.
  • Help will come in some form. Businesses will spring up delivering water (in Gabs it was 2 JoJo tanks on a flatbed truck), desalination boats will flock to our harbours (if they don’t exist then then a millionaire genius will quickly invent and build one). Water may even come from the sky but somehow we will change the game for the better.
  • You will learn to appreciate water and take joy in the little things. One time, while driving to visit a friend in Phikwe, the heavens opened on road just past Palapye. The driver in front of me pulled to the side of the road and started dancing in the rain, what a beautiful feeling.
  • It could be worse. Water crisis is far better than being subjected to apartheid (like what happened to my brothers and sisters) or fighting a war (like what happened to my Grandparents), we will come through it stronger and better.
  • Stay positive. With the right mindset, the water crisis can actually be fun. You will spend more time outdoors, you will connect with your neighbours, you will receive help and help others, you will waste less time on Facebook/TV and you will have great stories to tell.

I would like to invite you to Cape Town and repeat Steven’s recommendation:

“Stay positive. With the right mindset, the water crisis can actually be fun”. 

Day Zero in Cape Town sounds final. It’s far, far away from it. We will make it. And Cape Town needs it tourists. The financial impact on Cape Town by tourists is amazing. The impact tourist have on water is relatively small. If you are willing to learn with us and support our water saving rules you’ll have a lot of fun. There may be a few surprises along the way but nothing our grandparents couldn’t cope with everyday. We became complacent. Now we learn that water is valuable.