Cape Town Day Zero postponed
‘We’ve oversold Day Zero’ the Cape Town government representative said to a large gathering of tourist guides, members of the Stellenbosch Sasol Art Museum, and officials from the department of economic development and tourism at the University of Stellenbosch on 28 June 2018.
Tourists, please return to Cape Town…
‘We’ve oversold Day Zero’
‘Day Zero was oversold’, the government representative said to a large gathering of tourist guides, members of the Stellenbosch Sasol Art Museum and officials from the department of economic development and tourism at theUniversity of Stellenbosch on 28 June 2018.
Nearly 300 packed the entry hall that a Russian would have said, ‘there is no room for an apple to fall’. I noticed a balcony where some of the ‘been here’s’ stood, so I joined them for a better view. I immediately recognized my tourism trainer Scott Womack. Together we listened to questions from concerned tourist guides who needed encouragement during this slump time. Tourism general slows down during the Cape Town Winter, but this year it went into hibernation.
The event was organized by the Stellenbosch University Museum in partnership with the Department of Economic Development and Tourism of the Western Cape. I had a short conversation with Mr. Bongani Mgijima, the director of the museum. He explained that the university has a mandate to partner with the communities even though their central focus is the institution itself. Their vision is bigger than self-survival. The first gathering of this kind happened in 2017 with the aim to provide a networking platform and space where government meets guides through whose eyes tourists form their perspective of Cape Town and the larger Western Cape. The Stellenbosch University wants to open its doors to tourists since the institution has much to offer both locally and internationally.
The annual event was informal, casual and to the point. The cocktail lunch was great and the mingling in the sunlit courtyard profitable to all who grabbed the opportunity.
The Acting Director of Economic Development and Tourism responded in a relaxed manner to questions and even admitted that Day Zero was oversold. He pointed out that tourism suffered because of the water shortage in Cape Town resulting in many tour cancellations. While efforts aided the dire need for more water in the city, it was the rain that pushed water levels in 6 reservoirs to hopeful highs. An answer to prayer!
Cape Town up to date water facts…
According to Cape Town Government, the reservoir levels are at an average of 50.3% on 3 July 2018. This is the average for 6 dams that provide water to the city. Comparing to 2017 when the average was 25.1%, Cape Town is very encouraged and hopeful. I used the government spreadsheet to add the actual liters to the last column.
|Current Dam Water Levels – 3/7/2018|
|Capacity when full||3/7/2018||Litres based on B&C|
|Total Stored Ml||898221||452 110||452022|
Day Zero pushed to 2019
Day Zero was actually pushed out to 2019 but residents are still cautioned to use water sparingly. Here is a link to the day zero dashboard
This means that tourists can now come back to Cape Town.
The 300 standing in that entry hall at Stellenbosch ‘said’ Amen at the knowledge that Private and Government are aligned in the quest to re-establish tourism in Cape Town to its former glory.