This piece was featured on BBC News on 4 July 2022

The recent rains have given Nelson Mandela Bay, inclusive of Nelson Mandela University’s campuses, a welcome reprieve from Day Zero when the taps run dry.

Plans to support basic emergency relief efforts ahead of a looming Day Zero are ongoing which will see the closure of certain ablution blocks, the addition of portable toilets and securing of fresh drinking water at key locations.

Drought-stricken Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) metro got some rain on Thursday, 23 June, but the water-supply outlook for the area remained dire.

The ablution facilities on ALL the 1st and 2nd Floors at North Campus will be locked during the Water Crisis.

Unless there is a large amount of rain in the next few days, about half-a-million people in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro will not have easy access to water as taps are running dry.

With less than a week of water left in the dams, the Nelson Mandela Bay metro has called every plumbing contractor on their books, giving them five days to fix more than 3,000 leaks in a city that will soon run out of water.

The next few days and weeks will be critical for Nelson Mandela University in navigating the initial challenges of Day Zero when the taps run dry before the institution is able to introduce alternative water supplies to its affected campuses.

The Nelson Mandea Bay Business Chamber sends an urgent appeal for businesses to save water.
This news piece was broadcast on SABC TV in October 2019.
Senior Lecturer and Geohydrolgist at Mandela University, Dr Gaathier Mahed was invited on a panel to discuss what is needed to deal wth Cape Town's bursting water infrastructure.

Nelson Mandela University is actively preparing for Day Zero with a series of plans and interventions to ensure that students are able to complete the 2022 Academic Year, starting with basic emergency water support and portable toilets through the forthcoming examination period.

All staff and students are called to urgently save water. We are days away from Day Zero, as is captured in this sobering article in the Daily Maverick.

While KwaZulu/Natal assesses the devastating impact of recent heavy downpours there, Nelson Mandela Bay finds itself spiralling towards the reality of Day Zero.

Contact information
Mrs Debbie Derry
Deputy Director: Communication
Tel: 041 504 3057
debbie.derry@mandela.ac.za