Cape Town crisis raises spotlight on continent’s poor urban dwellers

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By Neil Jeffery, Chief Executive, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP)

In Cape Town, South Africa, residents who take a plentiful supply of water for granted are preparing for massive water shortages in the city.

At some point in May, if water consumption continues at the current rate, the taps in the city will be turned off, leaving residents to access water by visiting one of 200 collection points throughout the city. Capetonians will be then playing a waiting game: hoping for the rains to arrive as soon as possible.

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