Local projects assist with Cape drought

will possibly have to deal with the consequences of “day zero” come 21 April.

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Juanita Vermeulen from Our Place, Yvette van Aardt from Sasol Secunda Shared Services Centre and Sera Turpin (Our Place Manager) with water they already collected.

Local businesses and NGO’s are requesting community members to contribute water towards various projects to bring relieve to Cape Town, who is currently facing a major water crisis and will possibly have to deal with the consequences of “day zero” come 21 April.
On this day, Cape Town will move into a full-scale stage 3 Emergency, which means that water to households and businesses will be cut off and only vital services like hospitals, clinics and distribution points will have water. Only 25L per person per day would be collectable at distribution points, but toilets will no longer flush and it is a big possibility that schools and businesses that is dependent on water, will close. It is unclear for how long “day zero” can last as new sources like wastewater treatment plants are about 50% behind schedule, according to the City’s dashboard.
The Cape Town Water Crisis Coalition asked residents to join a protest at the Civic Centre or to join a human chain on community Main Roads for their human rights on Sunday because they feel the City is punishing them with draconian bylaws and water management devices whilst they are at fault for not managing the water resources and not repairing leaks.
Some Cape Town residents are already queuing for hours on a daily basis just to collect their quota water from the natural springs and while some is going so far to gather water from their air-conditioning system, others are putting kids swimming pools in their showers to save every drop they can. Some non-permanent swimming pools are no longer sold in the Cape, according to a national retailer’s flyer, which clearly stated that portable swimming pools are not up for sale in the drought stricken province.
Capetonians blame the current crisis on drought, bad planning and high water usage levels. While some residents try to save water, others thinks that “day zero” is just a myth and a scare tactic. “It is a very serious crisis and a very big problem and communication with residents are not effective,” Erika Botha Rossouw, VF plus councilor for the City of Cape Town, said on Fokus on Sunday evening.
A Brackenfell resident, Marius Opperman, lost 30 of his Khoi fish that died because he couldn’t put medicine in the water, that needs to be back washed and can’t be done because his daily quota won’t allow it, but expensive (and dead) pet fish will soon be the least of residents problems as they might have to fight for their own survival.
The projects
Little Paws Big Hearts’s water collection will be distributed to Farm Sanctuary SA and Oscar’s Arc, both NPO animal organizations. “It really is going to come down to the wire and you can be assured that every drop will be directed towards the dogs that need it most. Oscars Arc expresses sincere gratitude for the water donation, given to aid the shelter dogs in our organization. Its hard to imagine that water would become more vital that finding homes for our dogs, but by sharing the love with the gift of water, we can ensure that these dogs continue to survive and thrive so that they are eventually able to find their forever home and family, “ Joanne Lefson, director and founder of both of Oscars Arc and Farm Sanctuary SA, said. Their drop-off points are Tinkie Tonkie Nursery School in Evander and Boxes to Go at Lake Umuzi in Secunda.
They are in need of a sponsor who is willing to transport the water. Their project is running for about two weeks.
If you can assist, please contact the Bulletin.
A message from the Cape brought on the initiative of Secunda Bikers Church, Secunda Bikers and Secunda community to collect water.
An anonymous source sponsored two trucks to transport the water to this drought-stricken province.
Drop off points are at Our Place Sports Bar in Trichardt and Secunda Bikers Church.
You can collect empty water bottles from Our Place in Trichardt, fill them up and return them to this ever growing stack.
Well doers from as far as Standerton and the East Rand already said they want to contribute. Sasol Secunda Shared Services Centre contributed around 350L in three days.
You have until 7 Feb to deliver your water.
The water goes to Bikers Church Cape Town, who will divide it amongst those in need.


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