Wa­ter protest ac­tions and prayers for rain in the city

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COUNT down to Day Zero:

The City of Cape Town has shifted Day Zero to April 12, say­ing res­i­dents are still not sav­ing enough wa­ter.

City of­fi­cials said dam lev­els dropped 1.4% and res­i­dents need to use 50 litres a per­son a day for 150 days at least if Day Zero is to be averted.

“Our main fo­cus at this point must be on what we can do to pre­vent our taps run­ning dry by April. By join­ing us in our wa­ter-sav­ing drive, you, your friends, neigh­bours, col­leagues and so­cial groups can help us to avoid Day Zero,” said the City.

Cape Town’s wa­ter lev­els can be mon­i­tored on the web­site http:// coct.co/wa­ter-dash­board/

The Mus­lim Ju­di­cial Coun­cil (MJC), is host­ing a spe­cial prayer for rain to­mor­row. The MJC has called Mus­lims to gather for Salah­tul-Istisqaa at Spine Road High School in Mitchells Plain at 8am.

“The rains are with­held from us be­cause Al­lah wants us to turn to him in sin­cere taw­bah (re­pent) and istigh­faar (for­give­ness) and to trans­form our lives in a mean­ing­ful way,” said the MJC.

The Cape Town Wa­ter Cri­sis Coali­tion has called lo­cals to protest at the Civic Cen­tre at the Fore­shore to­mor­row at 2.30pm.

The coali­tion has been host­ing pub­lic meet­ings to raise aware­ness about the City’s al­leged fail­ure in han­dling the cri­sis.

“If you can­not come to the Civic Cen­tre, or­gan­ise a mass protest in your area, form a hu­man chain in groups in your main roads,” said the coali­tion.

The coali­tion also plans to at­tend a coun­cil meet­ing next Wednes- day to “raise voices of the masses against the un­demo­cratic process” re­lat­ing to the wa­ter cri­sis.

Wa­ter and San­i­ta­tion Min­is­ter Nomvula Mokonyane is sched­uled to ad­dress the Cape Town Press Club on the drought cri­sis to­mor­row.

Mokonyane has been in this cab­i­net po­si­tion since 2014 and pre­vi­ously served as the Gaut­eng pre­mier. She is sched­uled to start her ad­dress at Kelvin Grove, New­lands, from 10.30am.

Cape Town Tourism chief ex­ec­u­tive En­ver Du­miny said the wa­ter cri­sis was putting off prospec­tive vis­i­tors who “are look­ing for clar­ity re­gard­ing con­tin­gency plans for Day Zero”.

“As long as there is un­cer­tainty about the wa­ter cri­sis, there will be an im­pact,” said Du­miny.

The World Travel and Tourism Coun­cil es­ti­mates that travel and tourism, di­rectly and in­di­rectly, con­trib­uted more than R400 bil­lion or about 9.3% to South Africa’s gross do­mes­tic prod­uct in 2016 and more or less the same last year.

Du­miny said Cape Town Tourism had been part of a cam­paign since the start of the wa­ter cri­sis to both re­duce wa­ter us­age in tourism busi­nesses and to con­vey the mes­sage vis­i­tors.

“This is in ad­di­tion to prac­ti­cal mea­sures the ac­com­mo­da­tion in­dus­try has taken such as re­mov­ing bath plugs and en­cour­ag­ing guests to take two-minute show­ers, and re­duc­ing laun­dry rou­tines,” he said.

“Be­sides the ho­tels, tourism busi­nesses are acutely aware of the need for wa­ter con­ser­va­tion.” – Ad­di­tional re­port­ing from African News Agency

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