The Water Games 2018: Capetonians stockpile bottled water ahead of day zero


Cape Water Crisis: SAB to provide a million cases of water in the event of “day zero”

Some much needed help.

The Water Games 2018: Capetonians stockpile bottled water ahead of day zero


South African Breweries have offered the Western Cape provincial government a million cases of water bottles – or 9 million litres – in the event of Day Zero.

The much dreaded Day Zero has been pushed forward to 12 April and the offer will provide a bit of needed relief.

Speaking in an interview on Cape Talk Radio, SAB Newlands plant manager John Strensland gave details of the offer.

“…should it (Day Zero) come, we want to be in a position to help out and provide water to those who desperately need it,” he said.

Strensland added that the SAB plant in Newlands will work to produce water on a weekly basis in the period starting from March to July and, depending on the extent on the crisis, beer could be produced and brought in from other provinces.

“We need to liaise with the City (of Cape Town) and the disaster management teams…the thinking at the moment is that they would liaise with us on a daily basis to let us know where we would need to divert trucks of the water to get it to places where they would desperately need it,” Strensland added.

He further stressed that they would work hand-in-hand with the provincial government in order to figure out a system to avoid cases where there would be some who hog the supply preventing it from reaching where it’s needed most.

The national department of water and sanitation has also stepped in and will provide assistance with extracting the last 10% of water in the provinces dams which, in its current form, is not usable.

The department’s Trevor Blazer made the announcement on the weekend, saying that they will deploy construction teams to the Voëlvlei and Theewaterskloof dams from the end of January in order to extract as much water as possible.