South Africa has recently declared a national disaster due to severe drought conditions in several provinces.

The Western Cape province is a particular concern as it is experiencing its worst drought on record. The City of Cape Town disaster management plan called for Day Zero to be implemented when dam levels reach 13.5%. On Day Zero the water reticulation system to most areas in the city will be turned off and residents will need to collect their quota of 25 litres per person per day at 200 distribution points across the city.

At Media24 and other Naspers businesses in Cape Town, we have been preparing for a potential water crisis identified by the government by implementing water-saving and resilience initiatives, running awareness campaigns, and developing plans to work differently in the event of Day Zero.

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