South Africa: Images Show Lake Cape Town Drought Continues To Rage (Photos)

Photographer Dirk Theron went to the deprived waterbed a week ago and took these startling pictures of the lake which should supply 40 percent of the water to Cape Town’s four million occupants.

As Mr Theron’s pictures show, skeletons of fish and muddy pools are much of what remains of the former 480 million cubic metre capacity site.

Last week billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg toured Theewaterskloof as part of his role as UN special Envoy for Climate Action.

He warned the reservoir and draught across the Western Cape should act as a wake-up call for the international community on climate change.

Despite the drought, which has struck the area for the past few years, government officials in South Africa have been criticised for their handling of the crisis.




A ‘Day Zero’ when municipal taps would be turned off has been pushed back from June 4 to July 9 despite chronic shortages continuing.

South African Dirk lives just 30 minutes from Theewaterskloof, but said he was stunned by what he found there.

He said: “Theewaterskloof dam is one of those places where everybody has a boat and people would go there for the weekend.



“A friend of mine used to be a member of the Theewaters sports club, we used to go there all the time water skiing and playing on the water in his boat.

“This was a massive, massive body of water. It’s been a few years since last I’ve been there but when I saw it I was shocked to my core.

“We all know about the water crisis but standing there and seeing it with your own eyes is so surreal.

“We all know about the water crisis but standing there and seeing it with your own eyes is so surreal.

“I stood on dry ground where small yachts once floated in water at least 15 metres deep. On a busy summer’s day weekend, there would be 100 plus motor boats on the water, with plenty of space for all of them.

“Today, you can’t even launch one boat.”


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