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Cape Town and South African Officials Address Day Zero : January 24, February 4, and March 8, 2018
Cape Town and South African Officials Address Day Zero
Robert Howard

In early 2018, the South African government announced a dire prediction: Cape Town and its more than four million residents would soon experience what it called “Day Zero,” when taps for businesses and homes would be shut off and water rations imposed. Political, social, racial, and class tensions flared. Some, including local government leaders, predicted the biggest threat to order since World War II. The premier of the Western Cape Province, which includes Cape Town, wondered how they would “prevent anarchy.” The city and national government took drastic actions, imposing strict conservation efforts, ...

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