I bless the rains down in Africa …

What a week! I am a deeply proud, happy, confident South African. We have finally shrugged off nearly a decade of Zuma – corruption, mismanagement, cronyism and division. We are not so naive as to believe that Cyril is without baggage. No leader comes untainted but the joy and relaxed, smiling, optimistic confidence around town…

Thunderbolt and Lightning – very very frightening me….

The slow dance we have moved to this week continues – will it be Zexit (with apologies to those that hate the phrase) or will it be rain? And the winner is…. both! We had a rather vague and clumsy announcement from the ANC that Zuma would be recalled, but that there was no exact…

Fake news – the promise of thunder storms and “Zexit”

Last night the race between a summer thunderstorm and the thunder and lightning of Zum’s exit was too close to call. On Sunday Cyril Ramaposa pretty much guaranteed finalization on “the transition of power” by yesterday. The parallel story for Capetonians was that the extreme heat had set us up for unseasonal thundershowers. By 8pm…

Dust devil on the dam floor – Cape Town just gets drier!

Sometimes it’s hard to really understand how serious the drought is. Yes, we hear about it all the time, we read the media and see the dry earth, but the world around Cape Town is so beautiful that the reality of empty dams don’t always feel real. So, today we bundled our Scottish guests into […]…

Roadtripping past the empty dam….

Sometimes it’s hard to really understand how serious the drought is. Yes, we hear about it all the time, we read the media and see the dry earth, but the world around Cape Town is so beautiful that the reality of empty dams don’t always feel real. So, today we bundled our Scottish guests into…

Cape Town – open for business – and not just dirty weekends….

Conspiracy theorists and callers to radio stations share “in good authority” – that nothing is being mentioned about the water crisis to the thousands of inbound tourists. In the blame game, tourists are often seen as the baddies! So we fetched our Scottish friends yesterday – having briefed them well on our lack of water…

Running on (almost) empty…

So just how long does a brazillion liters of water last? Yesterday Cape Town has gratefully accepted 100 million cubic liters of water from the farmers in the Palmiet River/Overberg area. Apparently, to understand the scope we need to times the cubic number by 1000 (hence the brazillion figure – too many zeroes for me…

So near, yet so far – Cape Town still dry!

We have all been hoping/praying/dancing/chanting for rain. 3 days ago dark clouds rolled in over the Western Cape. No one had expected it, but we awoke to a deep and gentle rain. Small problem however, we weren’t sleeping at home – we were visiting friends! Our major catchment area remains parched. This life-giving refreshing rain…

Cape Town greets Level 6bWater Restrictions tomorrow…

There is a logic to naming hurricanes … alphabetically – one season boy names, the next is for the girls… and then categories by severity. So even a benign name like Mary is given menace when tagged with category 5 conditions – you know its time to run. Not so the naming of water restrictions…