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City of Cape Town Withdraws Drought Levy Proposal

19 January 2018

A top city official implicated in alleged tender irregularities was placed on precautionary suspension by the Cape Town city council on Friday.

The dried up Theewaterskloof dam near Cape Town, which supplies most of the city's potable water.

The legislative capital of South Africa (the country has three capitals, other two being Pretoria and Bloemfontein) has estimated that April 21 could be the day when "taps will be turned off".

But De Lille said those measures "will simply not be enough" and that the chance of reaching "Day Zero" was now "very likely".

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A January 17 statement noted that the majority of Capetonians (60 percent) aren't saving enough water to avoid the Day Zero occurrence, causing Mayor de Lille to express frustration and potentially impose penalties against those refusing to adhere to the restrictions.

Cape Town - The ANC was quick to remind the DA's Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela that a probe by the legislature into his conduct is yet to be completed, after he sharply criticised mayor Patricia de Lille.

In a world first, the coastal city has mandated a water ration of 50 litres of water per person or 87 litres per household per day. "We must force them", she said at a press conference.

To reduce water usage, the local government has banned residents from watering their gardens and washing their cars, shut most public swimming pools and cut the water pressure, according to Bloomberg.

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De Lille told a news conference: "We can no longer ask people to stop wasting water".

"The item before us deals with water tariffs and the deputy mayor has made a proposal in terms of the amendments but if you look at the proposed amendments‚ [they have] nothing to do with what is before us‚" said the ANC caucus leader‚ Xolani Sotashe.

After Day Zero, residents will have to go to one of 200 municipal water points throughout the city where they can collect a maximum of 25 litres. The region has experienced a serious lack of rainfall for the last three years.

Water consumption in Cape Town has almost halved since early 2016, but has remained stubbornly high at around 620 million litres per day - 120 million litres above the city's target.

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City of Cape Town Withdraws Drought Levy Proposal