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South Africa: Western Cape Water Shortage

The Western Cape, including Cape Town, is experiencing a serious drought. The city of Cape Town is most severely affected and it has implemented water restrictions. Effective 1 February 2018, water restrictions of 50 litres per person per day apply. Water restrictions are in place to reduce demand and conserve water. The City of Cape Town has cautioned that more severe restrictions may be necessary.

 

We encourage all New Zealanders to be mindful of water consumption and comply with local restrictions. Visitors should take all necessary precautions as drinking water supplies may be severely restricted or may become unavailable at short notice. We recommend that New Zealanders follow the information provided for visitors on the City websites, City of Cape Town’s information and guidance for visitors and projections on the water supply. Monitor the media to stay informed of local developments.

 

New Zealanders requiring consular assistance may contact the responsible New Zealand High Commission in Pretoria on +27 12 435 9000 or at enquiries@nzhc.co.za.

 

New Zealanders in South Africa are advised to update their registration information or take this opportunity to register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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