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Samantha Yates on Cape Talk

Jun 24, 2018

John Maytham, the Cape Talk presenter who has been instrumental in warning Capetonians about the need to save water, interviewed Samantha Yates, who is our keynote speaker on Tuesday morning.

You can listen to what was discussed here

Here are some extracts from the discussion:

The Water Institute of South Africa’s biennial conference starts on Sunday.

The Global Water Leaders Group is set to present on 26 June, the preliminary results of a study evaluating the view of households about the way Cape Town’s water crisis was managed and should be managed in the future.Speaking to John Matham, Secretary General of the Global Water Leaders Group Samatha Yates says it probably important to start off by saying that normally at the Global Water Leaders Group, they operated at the CEO or ministerial level.

This is sort of stepping outside of the bounds for us. We thought because it was such a special moment for Cape Town and households have been so important in really creating that defence against Day Zero to 2019 as it currently being reported.

— Samantha Yates, Secretary General of the Global Water Leaders Group

That we should really dip our toe into understanding a bit more about what the water users, the households themselves are thinking and what their opinions are, and solutions going forward.

— Samantha Yates, Secretary General of the Global Water Leaders Group

She says they found some research by the Global Water Forum who cited eight reasons that they thought were reasons why the drought had been happening. Everything from climate change, limited government resources, and capacity.

We applied these categories to our survey and we asked the households, which of these if they were to choose one, was the main source of the recent drought.

— Samantha Yates, Secretary General of the Global Water Leaders Group

She adds that there were two main categories that came up very strongly even in the preliminary results and they were climate change at 36% of the respondents and 34% respondents choosing late investment in drought-resistant water sources.

If you combine that, its 70% of the preliminary respondents said those two categories.

— Samantha Yates, Secretary General of the Global Water Leaders Group

She says when the households were asked about what solutions to the Cape Town drought would be, 58% of the respondents said more investment in drought-resistant water resources.