25th January 2018
Update from the CoCT regarding the elderly and the water crisis
You’ve Earned It has just received a response from the City of Cape Town’s Executive Director for Safety and Security, Richard Bosman:
Special provisions will be made to ensure that vulnerable groups are able to access water.
We are engaging with National Government, Provincial Government, businesses, communities and NGOs to support us to care for our most vulnerable residents such as the elderly and those with disabilities.
The City’s Social Development Department will engage with senior organisations next week.
24th January 2018
There are many elderly and vulnerable folk who will need assistance should Cape Town reach Day Zero in this water crisis that we are facing. Day Zero is the stark reality we face when dams are down to 13.5%, most taps will be turned off and residents will have to queue for water.
Xanthea Limberg, the Mayco member in charge of water has said “We are engaging with national and provincial government, businesses, communities and NGOs to support us to care for the elderly and those with disabilities”.
You’ve Earned It has approached the City of Cape Town to find out what measures are being put in place to assist the elderly and the disabled. This information will be widely distributed once it is received.
In addition, YEI will be exploring how we can assist South African seniors caught up in this crisis, and we ask you, the YEI members, to come up with possible solutions and ideas on how you can assist your fellow seniors. Please include your comments in the comments section below.
In the first instance, we urge you to:
- Speak to your local places of worship – churches, mosques, synagogues etc. Plans can be put in place for younger members of the community to assist seniors who need help.
- Join your local Facebook community pages (e.g. if you live in Lakeside, there is a Lakeside community page on Facebook). We have noted that younger people are already offering assistance to those elderly who may be in need. Consider posting a request for help on your local community page on Facebook.
- Speak to friends and family outside of Cape Town – we already know of a few seniors who plan to “migrate” to stay with friends and family during the crisis.
- Save water as best you can. For “water-shedding” tips, and to keep updated on the latest in the water crisis – join the Water Shedding Western Cape Group Facebook page, and or the Smile Water Warriors Facebook page