Eastern Cape attempts to avert Day Zero

Stakeholders are meeting in Graaff-Reinet today to talk about solutions to the water crisis especially in the Eastern Cape. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The race is on to prevent a Day Zero scenario in the Eastern Cape.

The provincial government has set aside R100-million to support drought-stricken municipalities.

Many residents in Karoo towns are queueing for water, with taps running dry.

READ: Karoo residents experience worst drought in more than a century

Graaff-Reinet is having its worst drought on record.

“We are struggling, it's been over a week or about a month that we have not had water.

"Now we are experiencing load-shedding. I am thirsty, but to be able to drink something I have to make sugar water,” said uMasizakhe resident, Noluthando Mbotya.

READ: Northern Cape farmers struggle with drought

A summit has been held to try and prevent a Day Zero in the Eastern Cape.

“The drought started in 2014, and over time some areas have been able to respond positively to the drought, but the Eastern Cape has not been able to respond.

"It is now beyond just the Eastern Cape. It needs some other interventions that can be able to come in, in order to assist,” said Department of Water and Sanitation spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau.