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Load-sheds leave Cape holiday town high and dry – literally

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Load-sheds leave Cape holiday town high and dry – literally

Struisbaai depends on boreholes to fill reservoir, but unexpected outages left it without water at peak tourist season

Senior reporter

A holiday town famous for stormy seas and shipwrecks is battling to avoid another disaster on land – no freshwater because of load-shedding.

Struisbaai, 4km from the southernmost tip of Africa, is largely dependent on boreholes that supply its reservoir.

However, unexpected load-shedding over the holiday left parts of the town dry because it was unable to pump enough water to cater for the huge influx of holidaymakers. Pumping from some of the boreholes is reliant upon Eskom supply...

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