“People are going to die, and people are going to fight over water,’ states one resident.
This is a video about Cape Town’s water crisis, featuring well known figures such as Patricia de Lille, Xanthea Limberg and Helen Zille.
Does the water issue best display the differences between the rich and the poor? Or is the more relevant fact that incompetent government, both DA an ANC, has failed us?
CAPE TOWN IS THIRSTY
“Cape Town is running out of water but the catastrophe was foreseeable – politicians ignored periods of drought and rapidly growing population for too long.
South Africa is facing its drought of the century. Cape Town’s water supply is under threat because the metropolis is quenching its thirst with surface water alone. But climate change is making the weather more unpredictable and the reservoirs emptier. Those responsible are feverishly seeking a remedy. Can the worst still be averted?
Fear of social unrest, epidemics and the region’s economic collapse is spreading. Only through the discipline of the population, who limited their water consumption to 50 liters of water per day per head for months, staved off “Day Zero” – the day when the taps are turned off and people can only draw water from public faucets.
The lack of water throws the country’s social divisions into stark relief: rich South Africans can buy water, while poorer citizens cannot afford it.
The filmmakers accompany a special police unit looking for people wasting water in the townships and meet farmers whose very existence is at stake.
It is a race against time and a fight against political sleaze. Cape Town’s predicament is a lesson to the whole world – by 2050 one in four cities in the world will be affected by water shortages.” – DW Documentary
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