Cape Town is experiencing the worst drought in over a century. Dam levels have dropped to 11% (in reality 21% as the final 10% has been deemed as unusable) and level 4 water restrictions have been put into place.

Dam levels have dropped to 11% (in reality 21% as the final 10% has been deemed as unusable) and level 4 water restrictions have been put into place. Levels are estimated to dwindle to 10% after weekly measurements are taken today.

The signs are showing right throughout the province. In late May, one can usually spot a patchwork of brilliant green pastures on the outlying farms beyond the northern suburbs, but now we’re faced with a dull, brown landscape. Once you begin to descend the other side of Sir Lowry’s Pass a healthy Steenbras river greets you every winter – sadly in 2017 this is not the case.

Where to from here? Derek Van Dam weighs in on the crisis.

Photography Adam Spires / Joshua Roode

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Justin

Justin Williams is a born-and-bred Capetonian with a flair for writing. His icons include the late South African authors Lawrence Green, Eric Rosenthal and T.V. Bulpin, literary figures who continuously inspire him to cover the avenues of lifestyle, travel and nature in a local context. When he's not covering a story, Justin can be found in the mountains - he's a renowned wild food forager and herbalism student.