Democratic Alliance leader, Mmusi Maimane, says Day Zero in Cape Town has been moved back by four days from 12 to 16 April.
Maimane has told a media briefing in Cape Town that this comes as a result of citizens’ efforts to save water.
He says the current consumption in the city has been reduced to 540 million litres per day. He says the people of the city have demonstrated that it’s possible to defeat Day Zero.
Day Zero is when the city’s water supply will be turned off.
Maimane says to finally defeat Day Zero; consumption has to be cut further to 450 million litres per day.
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The DA says Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane, has been summoned to Parliament to brief members as well as all South Africans on her department’s interventions to resolve the drought crisis in the country.
The opposition party says a top-level joint meeting on the water crisis has also been called at Parliament for next week Tuesday.
Together with Mokonyane, the DA says it will be attended by the Ministers of Finance, Agriculture and Co-operative Governance, the Western Cape MEC in the same portfolio and the Mayor of Cape Town, among other stakeholders.
The party says the aim is to align the respective initiatives and find sustainable solutions to the water crisis being experienced by the Western Cape and other parts of the country, including the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and the Free State.