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Gqeberha's reckoning

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13 July
๐—ง๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต ๐—๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ. They were lambasted for spending millions of rands on changing the name Port Elizabeth to Gqeberha. Residents argued the municipality had bigger priorities, none more so than the metroโ€™s looming water crisis. But they were ignored. Now,โ€ฏthe dams supplying urban areas inโ€ฏNelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Capeโ€ฏhave less than 12 percent of usable water left. Taps are running dry, and itโ€™s projected the municipality will face Day Zero before the end of June. With no significant rainfall expected before September, theโ€ฏcity is scrambling to keep the water flowing. But infrastructure is crumbling, and continuous electricity blackouts are not helping. Carte Blanche investigates why Gqeberha is once again facing a water shortage.
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