Cape Town approaching Day Zero

South Africa’s second largest city, Cape Town, might run out of water very soon. City officials predict that the day will be April 12, which the citizens of the city are referring to as “Day Zero”. People are trying to recycle water, take shorter baths, use hand sanitizer instead of water to wash their hands, and do more to conserve water. However, it is not enough. In recent years, Cape Town has suffered a terrible drought and the city’s population has been increasing, leading to water shortages. The city has asked people not to use over 50 liters per person per day starting February 1.

A famous landmark of Cape Town is Table Mountain. Its name certainly describes its shape – a wide flat top.

One of South Africa’s famous leaders is Nelson Mandela. He died in 2013.  He is remembered for his fight against apartheid and for his beliefs that all people are equal, regardless of skin color, religion, or background. One of the biggest issues that South Africa faced in the last century was apartheid, where people of different races were treated differently and led separate lives.

 

 

 

Apartheid went into effect as an official policy in the country in 1948. The schools, hospitals, restaurants, and even the beaches that people could go to depended upon their race. The majority of South Africans were black people, and the minority were white. The white people were favored over the others, and were treated in a superior manner. Apartheid came to an end in 1991, and Mandela became the country’s first black president in 1994.

Here is a video about Mandela.


 

Did you know?

Table Mountain is often covered in cloud, referred to as the “table cloth”.

Did you know?

The second highest waterfall in the world is the Tugela Falls in South Africa.

Image Credits: http://www.tablemountain.net for Table Mountain’s image, https://www.nobelprize.org for Mandela’s image, Dewet for the Apartheid era sign
Sources: http://www.capetown.gov.za, CNN, https://www.theguardian.com, https://tablemountainnationalpark.org, http://www.history.com, https://www.britannica.com, https://www.worldwaterfalldatabase.com, Biography.com