Day Zero is a looming threat for Cape Town.
Three years of severe drought have nearly dried the water resources of two provinces in South Africa. Many Cape Town residents are facing the day when water will stop running in their taps. The National Disaster Management Act is a policy that focuses on preventing or reducing the risk of disasters, and facilitating rapid and effective response to disasters and post-disaster recovery.
The Act allows for the declaration of a national disaster when the implications of a disaster go beyond just that of the province; potentially impacting the whole of South Africa.
It is clear that Cape Town, and the entire Western and Eastern Cape Provinces should have been declared national disaster areas months ago.