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South Africa: Western Cape Water Shortage

The Western Cape, including Cape Town, is experiencing a serious drought. The city of Cape Town is most severely affected and it has implemented water restrictions. Effective 1 February 2018, water use is restricted to 50 litres per person per day, to reduce demand and conserve water.


We encourage all New Zealanders to be mindful of water consumption and comply with local restrictions. Visitors should take all necessary precautions as drinking water supplies may be severely restricted or may become unavailable at short notice. We recommend that New Zealanders follow the information provided for visitors on the City websites, City of Cape Town’s information and guidance for visitors and projections on the water supply. Monitor the media to stay informed of local developments.


New Zealanders requiring consular assistance may contact the responsible New Zealand High Commission in Pretoria on +27 12 435 9000 or at


New Zealanders in South Africa are advised to update their registration information or take this opportunity to register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.




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