“Day zero will not happen in 2018 or 2019”

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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – JANUARY 24: Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane addresses a crowd at the Joseph Stone Auditorium in Athlone on January 24, 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa. Maimane addressed the national government and the Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokoyane about not fulfilling their duties in the Western Cape. (Photo by Gallo Images / Netwerk24 / Adrian de Kock)


Capetonians have been allowed to breathe a collective sigh of relief as city officials announced that day zero would not happen either this year or next.

After months of stringent water usage and recent generous rainfall, dam levels have increased and locals have been able to look at the water crisis in a more optimistic fashion.

Will day zero hit Cape Town?

The DA-lead #DefeatDayZero team said they were “confident that there will be no prospect of reaching Day Zero in 2019”, during a media briefing on Thursday.

However, they did maintain that this is dependent on locals adhering to the water restrictions, which currently remain in place. Each person is still only permitted to use 50 litres per day.

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