1 November 2017

South Africa: #CapeWatergate - Business Under Strain in Cape Water Crisis

analysis

When water is scarce, the industry hardest hit is agriculture, where job losses are already projected to reach tens of thousands. As the Western Cape is discovering, however, there are other businesses that are heavily water-dependent - from the obvious (swimming pool installers) to the less obvious (abattoirs) - and taking serious strain in the water crisis. On the flip side, the amount of water dedicated for industrial use is also under scrutiny. By REBECCA DAVIS.

"Big business should be held to harsher water restrictions than individual consumers," wrote academic Nick Malherbe in a column for Business Day in February.

It's a view that's probably shared by many as the Cape water crisis intensifies. To give one example, social media is full of rumblings as to how Cape Town's water-heavy construction industry is seemingly continuing work unabated while individual consumers are asked to conserve every drop of water.

The City of Cape Town says that industrial water use makes up only a small fraction of Cape Town's total water use, however. Figures provided to Daily Maverick by Xanthea Limberg, the mayoral committee member in charge of water, suggest that industrial water use in the city amounts to only 4.2% of...

South Africa

Another South African Teacher Missing in Vietnam

A second South African teacher has been reported missing in Vietnam. Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

More From: Daily Maverick

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.