Gauteng urged to use water sparingly or face its own ‘Day Zero’ Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation (DWS) Water Sector Regulations Director Mangwani Mabada discussing awareness surrounding Gauteng’s precious water resource during a tour at Roodeplaat Dam, north-east of Pretoria. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

In light of government recently declaring the drought and water crisis plaguing the country a national disaster, the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation (DWS) has urged Gauteng water consumers to use resources sparingly. DWS water sector regulations director Mangwani Mabada cautioned on Thursday that widespread rain across Gauteng might give a false impression that water resources were abundantly available in South Africa’s most populated province.