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westerncape thumb medium80 80City Press reports that labour federation Cosatu has warned of war and deaths as the Western Cape suffers its worst drought in more than 100 years.  

Premier Helen Zille declared the province a disaster zone last week as dam levels dropped to an effective 10.5%.  The City of Cape Town is considering implementing Level 4 water restrictions from Thursday and is urging residents to use only 100 litres of water each a day.  Experts say restrictions will see Cape Town through the winter, but next summer could be extraordinarily dire.  The tourism industry has not suffered yet.  Should taps run dry, the consequences for the spread of infectious diseases could be catastrophic.  In an open letter to President Jacob Zuma last week, Cosatu provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich said the “water crisis will lead to war and deaths in the Western Cape unless urgent steps are taken soon to ensure that water does not run out.  The rich have money and resources to buy bottled water, while the poor will be the first to die of thirst because there is no supply or disaster plan for when the taps run dry by the end of July.”

  • Read this report by Steve Kretzmann in full at City Press

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