JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT
Together, we can reduce water consumption in Cape Town
30 January 2018
On 12 January 2018, the Department of Water and Sanitation issued additional water restrictions in order to reduce water consumption by all categories of water users in the Breede-Gouritz and Berg-Olifants Water Management Areas, thereby restricting water users largely in the City of Cape. This came at the backdrop of the consistent dwindling of water leves in the City of Cape Town and surrounding areas, coupled with the high use of water.
The Department is working with a number of community based organisations, NGO’s and other stakeholders, including the City of Cape Town, in an effort to improve the distribution of information to various sectors of society. It notes and greatly appreciates the patriotism shown by most South Africans in support of Cape Town.
Climate change is our reality and the Department discourages Team South Africa from stockpiling water, in a bid to transport this, to the Western Cape. Public education programmes are underway, providing practical tips to domestic users on how to re-use water safely and thereby reducing consumption.
Social activist and Operation SA’s Yusuf Abramjee, a community stakeholder to the Department, notes that the focus of our joint efforts should be on saving water, wherever we find ourselves. “Let’s not go on a water collection frenzy and cause panic. We need to work together to ensure that we use less water. Collecting and transporting water from Gauteng and other areas is not a viable option, given contamination concerns as well as the strict guidelines and standards of the SA National Bottled Water Association”, said Abramjee. “No funds will be collected for now and we will re-assess the situation over the next few weeks.”
“Operation SA is working with the Department on finding sustainable solutions and if the need arise, South Africans will be called to show their support in the spirit of Ubuntu”, comments Operation SA’s Yaseen Theba, a co-founder of Operation Hydrate.
The Department reiterates that at this stage, Cape Town and the Western Cape needs the mass participation of the people, in reducing consumption by all water users.
Issued by the Department of Water & Sanitation and Operation SA
For more information contact: Sputnik Ratau for the Department of Water and Sanitation on 082 874 2942/ 012 336 6813; Yusuf Abramjee for Operation SA on 082 441 4203