The temperature in Cape Town is rising rapidly, and it's not due to the heat. Residents are boiling mad after being told this week that, from February 1, they will have a quota of 50litres of water a day, and, when the taps run dry on Day Zero (likely to be April 21), they will need to queue to collect their rations. The love affair many middle-class residents have had with the DA administration must be over. And, even with the iconic mountain and beautiful beaches, perhaps with the city itself. If Joburgers feel like taking a leaf out Capetonians' book and being smug about the poor management of the Mother City and the fact that residents are now calling for the national government to help alleviate the crisis, let's not. Now that the Cape Town water crisis has made international news, with the BBC saying this week it could be the first city in the world to run out of water, and mayor Patricia de Lille saying "we have reached the point of no return", South Africans need to sit up a...

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