Mad Max in South Africa By John Steele

     More bad news for Cape Town, which runs out of water in a mere 90 days:
  https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2018/01/18/mad-max-scenario-cape-town-run-out-water-90-days/#4ba8deaa5414

“Cape Town, South Africa is in crisis mode right out of a Mad Max movie. Given current water consumption, the city has approximately 90 days until it runs out of water. The city recently pushed forward what they call Day Zero, where the city will be forced to shut off water supplies to all but essential consumers, such as hospitals. This would mark the first major city in the world to run out of water, a result of a prolonged 3-year drought. The city has mandated that every household limit their water consumption to 23 gallons per person per day. However, only 54% of households are meeting that target.

The city has asked residents to limit their showers to a couple minutes, stop watering their lawns, no washing of cars, and flushing toilets only when necessary. As the city approaches Day Zero, four million South Africans living in the Cape Town metropolis fear for what seems inevitable. On April 22nd, apart from a major reduction in residents daily usage, the city will turn off water supplies and implement rations for residents.”

     The water crisis is due to a three year drought, that shows no sign of letting up. Wealthy South Africans are hoping to get water trucked in, but the poor people will go unbathed and thirsty. It is inevitable that violence will erupt over limited water. Again, all of this is a product of a socialist, disorganised government, who had not made adequate preparations for drought and water shortages.

 

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