The City of Cape Town says they’ve stepped up their communicable disease interventions in recent months due to the on-going drought. Mayoral Committee Member for Safety, JP Smith, says although more Capetonians have started using alternative water sources, the water should not be used for consumption.

“In terms of disease control, the City works very closely with the provincial and national health departments to actively monitor and evaluate cases of communicable diseases notified in the country. Reports are analysed regularly, trends are interpreted and the evidence is used to make or tweak plans. Prevention is better than cure and so our officials do regular education and awareness drives across the city and these interventions have been stepped up in recent months in response to the drought crisis.”

Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town has predicted that Day Zero will now arrive on May 11 and not April the 16th as was initially thought.

Deputy Mayor, Ian Neilson says this is due to a decline in agricultural water use.