The Eastern Cape city of Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) is suffering one of the worst droughts in its history. At current rates, its main dams will fall below the 10% level in about two to three months. But though this spells disaster for farmers and those who have no other water sources, the city is adamant it is not facing a Day Zero, when taps will run dry.

According to the Gqeberha office of the SA Weather Service, if total dam levels in the Algoa system continue to drop at a rate of 0.6 percentage points a week, as they did between February 22 and March 1, they will fall collectively below the 10% level as early as May 17...

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