Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane says the national government was never consulted by the City of Cape Town about Cape Town’s Day Zero.

The City uses this term for the day on which most taps will be turned off, leaving only essential services with access to water.

Day Zero is currently set for May 11 after being moved back twice.

Briefing the Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation, Mokonyane says she does not know where the idea of Day Zero comes from as it was not invented by her Department.

“It’s not us who have said there is day zero… We do not understand how some people, somewhere, decided to talk of day zero. It is not us… Precisely because we have plans, and we have BEE working, and we have been implementing what the doctor has been saying. It’s predetermined – what do you do, and I think it’s part of the issues that we are dealing with, the issues as we are. It is because of the protracted processes we have had, so that to really make the province to really understand its responsibility in terms of the agricultural sector.”

 

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