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Water crisis in Cape Town as Day Zero approaches

Posted By Marilynh / January 21, 2018 / 7 Comments

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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
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  • Joan Booysen
    January 25, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    This is indeed good news as, being a senior with arthritis in my legs, it has been a great concern on how I would manage to deal with the problem of water collection points. Thank you for your consideration of older citizens with health problems. It will be greatly appreciated when the need arises.

    • Marilynh
      January 25, 2018 at 3:51 pm

      Dear Joan

      Let’s see what the CoCT come up with. Hopefully, they will address all of the issues that seniors face. We will communicate their plan once we hear from them.

      Kind regards

  • Elaine Ridgway
    January 25, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    I am a member of the Smile904.FM Water Warriors FB page. It is very informative and members share lots of great, inexpensive ideas to save water in our homes.

    • Marilynh
      January 26, 2018 at 7:39 am

      Thanks for the feedback Elaine. We agree – the Water Warriors FB page is excellent with many innovative ideas on how to save water coming up all the time.

      Warm regards

  • S Potgieter
    January 31, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Are you going to deliver water to our doors for the elderly? Each municipality can serve their own elderly in their own area to deliver door to door. I am 65 years old my husband is 72 years old and not one of us can que to collect water. this can be once a week or every 2 weeks.We have been ratepayers in Parow for 41 years now. Should we not get that privilage?

  • Christa Uys
    February 3, 2018 at 7:39 am

    I am 70 years young and had complete knee replacements on both knees and cannot stand for a long period on time. I carry a card from my Specialist for the knee replacements and how will I be accomodate?

  • Sonja Smith
    February 3, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    I am not yet a Senior Citizen but battle poor health and unsuccessful back surgery. I am 52 years old and in constant pain. I am single parent to two special needs boys. I am so anxious about our situation as I too cannot carry heavy items or stand for long. What will become of us. Only family nearby is my elderly mother who lives in a community flat. She is close to 80 years old and also can’t help herself. This is SUCH a worry for me. We use very little water as we reuse water all the time.

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