Editorial

Get the ubuntu flowing when Cape runs dry

28 January 2018 - 00:00 By SUNDAY TIMES

The past week has been unedifying and deeply troubling as Capetonians anticipate the death rattle of millions of taps in 74 days or fewer. After the DA's abrupt sidelining of mayor Patricia de Lille, erstwhile leader of the drought crisis team, premier Helen Zille stepped into the breach and said she would spend "every waking moment" fighting to stave off Day Zero.
Then DA leader Mmusi Maimane announced himself as Cape Town's saviour, failed to provide any details of his master plan, coined a hashtag and handed out a few buckets for the benefit of the cameras.
The week ended with deputy mayor Ian Neilson - touted by Maimane as the man to put the city's disaster planning back on the front foot - looking bewildered when asked elementary questions about Day Zero. "I've only been in the job for four days," he protested in a video, his body language screaming: "Stop the drought, I want to get off."

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