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After Cape Town, more African cities face water crisis

African cities need to better plan and invest in water infrastructure.

African cities need to better plan and invest in water infrastructure, global accounting firm Deloitte said on Tuesday, as Cape Town counts down to dry taps due to severe drought.

Officials predict taps in the South African city will run out of water on May 11, in a crisis that has brought to the fore the effects of climate change across the world.

“Cape Town is not going to be the only city on this continent that’s going to suffer significant water shortage,” Jean-Pierre Labuschagne, an infrastructure expert with Deloitte, said at the launch of its Africa Construction Trends report.

Cape Town authorities have imposed water restrictions that could hurt agricultural and industrial output, and have begun to affect tourism.

Labuschagne said high levels of rural to urban migration had made it hard for many cities in Africato plan well and expand infrastructure fast enough to accommodate increased numbers of people, most of whom ended up living in informal settlements.

In addition, cities like Kenya’s Nairobi and Ghana’s Accra have suffered recurrent water shortages for years as reservoirs fall to critical levels in the dry season.

Water shortages in these cities threaten the lives of million in places like Kibera in Nairobi – one ofAfrica‘s largest slums – where an outbreak of sanitary diseases such as cholera and typhoid could be catastrophic.

“Nairobi’s water system was planned for a population of about half a million people, but it now has more than 4 million people,” said John Ponsonby, Deloitte’s associate director of infrastructure.

“Part of the problem with water is you need to think many years in advance … You have to be able to cope with changes in climate.”

The Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company said last month that Kenya’s capital could face water shortages by April if the country’s main rainy season, from March to May, fails.

It started rationing domestic supplies in January as the Ndakaini Dam, the main reservoir for Nairobi, some 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of the capital, was half empty.

The Ghana Water Company announced last month that it would ration water in the capital, Accra, and other parts of the country due to insufficient rain and pollution of water bodies.

Building another dam was just half of the solution, said Labuschagne.

“Making people understand the value of water is the other half,” he said.


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“Part of the problem with water is you need to think many years in advance”…the only advance thinking that happened since 1994 was that how fast could the trained and experience can be replaced with clueless cadres.

By excluding a minority they also excluded a fundamental knowledge and expertise base, hence the failing of infrastructure.

Fact of the matter is the DA-led city of Cape Town is the first major city in the world to run out of water…

They have thus achieved what Julius or the Zuptas never could achieve, making all those living in R100Million houses down to shack-dwellers all eually waterless and using the potty system…

Cadres come in all shades…

Not run out yet pillock

Is that Wolfie? Or Chiefy? Are you now going to have a conversation with you alter-ego that you use to insult contributors to this forum?

Grow a pair and come of of the closet, coward…

City of Cape Town is responsible for distribution, not the supply. Supply is national government. That’s a real fact.

Correct, a major failing on the part of ANC.

(…plus, I don’t see any ANC Govt with an initiative to deepen empty dams with earth moving equipment, to improve future capacity, either. For the ANC to do something is unfortunately called ‘effort’) 😉

Rephrase: if CT runs dry, we can all declare…. “It’s the first major city in a country under ANC-leadership that ran dry”. Not so?

Last time I checked, all dams belong to National Dept of Water & Sanitation.

Yup, the DA can do it, only IF it’s allowed access to national funds. Otherwise WC needs to become self-governing, OR the (old) National Party better come back, as it never happened during Apartheid, right?

Examples how ANC would run WC:

In Klerksdorp, circa 2016…worst drought in the northern provinces & water-restrictions were commonplace all over Gauteng. But strangely NOT for Klerksdorp downstream. WHY? Our ANC-municipality did NOT even start to impose water-restrictions (residents saved water on their own accord). ANC never got there. Totally inept.

KZN example…drought/water scarcity still persisting. It rains on a daily basis in parts of KZN…funny…never in the dam’s catchment area! 😉 Leaks? The ANC runs wet and green KZN…yet they have chronic water shortages. Not funny anymore??

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