The acute shortage of water and disease could be a deadly mix‚ especially with the food-borne listeriosis outbreak infecting SA, Western Cape premier Helen Zille said on Monday. She said she was worried about a possible disease outbreak should Cape Town reach Day Zero — now projected to be April 22. This is when the city will switch off most of its taps due to the biggest drought in the Western Cape in a century. She has asked President Jacob Zuma to declare a state of disaster to help manage Cape Town's water crisis. "It’s very unfortunate that this crisis comes at a time when we are also having listeriosis [outbreak]. And listeriosis requires a lot of washing to contain [it]‚ that is the major challenge." She said the fear of disease outbreaks was not only confined to humans as the province was also dealing with avian flu. Colin Deiner, head of disaster management in the Western Cape, said his team had conducted a risk assessment on outbreaks that were related to drought‚ and the ...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, Morningstar financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Times Select.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.



Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.