Water crisis in Cape Town

Posted on 31 Jan 2018
By Azusa Pacific International

As a result of much lower-than-normal rainfall over the past few years, the dams supplying Cape Town’s water are at an all-time low.  The city prepared a comprehensive disaster plan for “Day Zero”, when taps to all except essential services would be cut off.  To get us through the Spring 2018 semester on our Cape Town campus at Wellwood Lodge, we installed eight 5000-liter water tanks to catch whatever rainfall might occur, and also negotiated to have some water delivered from another part of the country.  Unfortunately, the various APU short-term study trips scheduled to be in Cape Town for May, June and July had to be cancelled and we are currently in discussions regarding the possible impact of this on 2019.  Other factors have brought about the “Perfect Storm” (no pun intended) resulting in the cancellation of the Fall 2018 Cape Town semester as well.  Please pray with us as various scenarios are under consideration for next year.