Water scarcity means opportunity for entrepreneurs

Written by Yazeed Kamaldien

Water scarcity means business for some as local entrepreneurs who are selling water and even a delivery service for those who want to avoid queues.

Bergvliet resident Charles Morgan is selling 25-litre water containers for R100 – at least R40 more than some retailers.

City officials have limited water collection to 25-litres per person and these containers would come in handy when Day Zero arrives. That’s when locals would need to queue at water collection points daily.

Morgan is taking things a step further though and selling 5-litre bottled water too, which he says he collects from a natural spring.

“Avoid long queues and quantity restrictions. You pay and the water is delivered no hassles,” he says in his advert.

Woodstock-based business Get Stuff Done is meanwhile advertising to collect water at a cost of R50 per 5-litre bottle. It says it can collect a minimum of two and maximum of five bottles per delivery in the city centre.

This would be spring water as presently these are the only options available to locals as other water sources are not yet available.

The Cape’s water crisis has elicited response from sympathetic Joburg residents too. A video on Facebook has shown hundreds of bottles filled with water ready to be delivered to Cape Town.

Delivery company Time Link Cargo has also offered to drop off water donations from Gauteng.

Its advertisement states: “If you have family and friends in Gauteng please ask them to drop off water for you… Time Link Cargo then transport it for free” to their head office in Montague Park.

The City of Cape Town referred queries about the delivery and sale of spring water to the national water and sanitation department, which has called for an end to these initiatives.

The department said the “collection and transportation of bottled water” should not be “encouraged”.


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