Cape Town - In the midst of Cape Town's "Day Zero" moving forward by three weeks following high water usage, the City of Cape has joined forced with a cellular network as well as a global information-sharing medium to help spread the water-saving message during what has been described as an unprecedented drought crisis for the province.
As part of its key initiatives - ‘Save like a local’ campaign - the City and Vodacom, in partnership with Fastcomm will spread the message via a new channel on the Vodacom Link app that is available on IOS and Android.
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According to the City, the new channel contains the most important drought-related and water-saving content on offer and is available to all users on all networks. Vodacom clients will not be charged for data when using the link channels, says the provider.
The City's Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille says many private-sector partners have come on board to help the city during this immensely trying time.
"This is crunch time. We ask all of our partners to do what they have been doing but to increase their efforts tenfold. There are still some people who are not doing enough to save water and we need each and every resident on board if we are going to beat this drought," says de Lille.
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Level 6 water restrictions
With level 6 water restrictions coming into effect from 1 January 2018, de Lille says the City will continue to do everything in its power to make additional water available, but also urges residents and visitors to help and reduce the water usage down to 500 million litres of collective usage per day immediately.
"If our water usage increases and the percentage of water-savers declines, as is currently the case, we will not be able to avoid Day Zero," she says, adding that the city needs to reduce water use to push back Day Zero and avoid the day of having to queue for water daily from collection sites across the city.
Charles Murray from Link – powered by Vodacom says this partnership is a recognition that everyone is all in this together.
"We have taken up the City of Cape Town’s call for the private sector to play an active role in driving its water-saving messages," says Murray. "Increasingly, using technology to connect neighbourhoods and to amplify important messages and services is a vital characteristic of any smart city."
How does it work?
Download Link from your relevant app store
Register as a user and accept the app requests for full app functionality
Search for the Cape Town Water Channel by clicking on ‘+’, ‘add channel’ and search ‘drought’ from the home screen
Link to the channel called ‘City of Cape Town – Official CCT Drought Channel’
You will receive all the latest information directly from the City to your phone and you can comment and respond
10 Litres of Kindness
From a cute poem for #WatershedWednesday to a Bloemfontein hotel offering water to guests, now a couple in Johannesburg is kindly sending litres of water down to the Western Cape.
During these difficult times, Shaun and Vikki Lee Harry who are originally from Cape Town are sending down '10 Litres of Kindness' - a water initiative that has collected over 2 500 litres of water.
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The couple, who’ve been living in Johannesburg for 15 years, says “we visit Cape Town frequently and realised instead of joining everybody to complain… we could help. Even if just a little…”
The couple pledges people in Gauteng to help those in Cape Town by donating 10 litres of water and with the help from Vukela Logistics who offered to take the water down free of charge, the bottles are currently en route to Cape Town.
“The water will be distributed to various community centres, hospices, old age homes etc,” says Vikki.
With it being festive season, the couple says 10 Litres of Kindness will be taking a break but will continue the drive in January, and are hoping to get corporate companies on board too.
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