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What it’s like to live without water in a place geared for shortages

Joburger Gill Gifford visited her mom in water-scarce Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape for a week. This is how it went

Senior journalist

Cape Town may have dodged the Day Zero bullet, but some parts of the country have long been living with dry taps, their residents relying on water tanks and intermittent municipal supply.

The coastal town of Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape is one such area. The dire situation in the Ndlambe Municipality has hit Alexandria, Bathurst, Boknes, Bosmansriviersmond, Cannon Rocks and Kenton-on-Sea. Dam levels are low and the municipality blames the drought.

So how hard can it be to live without water in a place set up to handle such a crisis? For someone from Johannesburg who is used to fresh water at the turn of a tap, it is very difficult...

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