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Avoiding “Day Zero” in 2018 & Beyond
February 16, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am
Facing its worst drought in a century, Cape Town is in the midst of a severe water crisis. Business and Government are now required to collaborate on short-term plans to avoid a “Day Zero” scenario, develop contingency plans in the event that “Day Zero” is reached, and work on longer-term augmentation plans to diversify the city’s water sources.
Planning for business continuity is increasingly necessary but challenging given the conflicting messages in the public domain. Over the next few weeks, Accelerate Cape Town together with partners such as Wesgro, will be hosting a series of engagements to address the topic of business continuity and sustainability within a water scarce city. The series aims to provide stakeholders with practical and implementable water saving solutions, facilitate information flow between government and business, and help design public-private solutions to diversifying Cape Town’s water sources.
The first in the series, “Avoiding Day Zero in 2018 and beyond” will provide business with a status update, as well as insight on how we can work together to avoid “Day Zero”, develop contingency plans, and partner on long-term solutions.
Join us as we hear updates from Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde and Deputy Mayor, Ian Neilson. We will also facilitate an interactive panel discussion with relevant experts working at the heart of the crisis. The panel includes WWF Programme Manager: Water Stewardship, Dr Klaudia Schachtschneider; Director of Trade & Investment in the Mayor’s Office, Lance Greyling; Chief Director of the Green Economy in the WCG’s Department of Economic Development, Helen Davies; and Tourism & Water Programme Manager at Green Cape, Claire Pengelly.