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The rains did not come. In earlier times we would have been blamed the gods; today we blame others — national government (they should have planned for this), provincial government (they are not doing anything), local government (they didn’t see it coming and responded too late), wealthy people (they use too much water), capitalists (they are greedy), poor people (they are too many and should leave Cape Town), tourists (they don’t save water like locals), politicians (they are corrupt/incompetent). National and local government blame each other, provincial government blames national and local, the poor and wealthy blame each other. We are reluctant to accept an uncomfortable reality. For a moment at least, I ask you to step back from this blame game and explore with me the facts and what can and should be done. The water situation in Cape Town is both uncomfortable and serious. It will require all of us to accept discomfort and to make a contribution to avoid a human and economic cat...

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