Let’s defeat Day Zero in NMB!

Day Zero is looming and is set to hit 40% of the residents of Nelson Mandela Bay. This will impact about 109 suburbs.

Under the inept ANC-led coalition government it became clear that they were not equipped to deal with the water crisis. Due to a lack of planning and inability to govern, their only solution was to hastily construct communal taps at water collection points.

We will do all we can to assist residents during this unprecedented drought, drawing from the best practice that our governments have already shown in drought disaster management.

The DA will never stop fighting for you.

The municipality must pull out all the stops to expedite the repair of water leaks and residents must do all they can to reduce water consumption. Only by working together can we avoid this humanitarian crisis.

The DA will do all it can to assist residents during this unprecedented drought, drawing from the best practice that our governments have already shown in drought disaster management.  – John Steenhuisen, DA Leader

Frequently asked questions

  • Water leaks
  • Which areas are supplied by the main supply dams and what is the impact of these dams running dry?

Fighting for You

Water-saving tips

If every person plays their part in reducing their consumption, repairing leaks on their own properties, and reporting leaks and water abusers to the municipality, we can significantly reduce our water consumption. We are currently consuming 256 megalitres of water per day, 26 megalitres more than the allowed 230 megalitres. Each person should only use 50 litres per day.

The 50-litre challenge

Video excerpt from Impact Animated Videos

A timeline of DA water intervention

  • 2021: While in government
  • 2022: In Opposition


NMB water security under threat due to lack of maintenance at Darlington Dam

DA successfully fights for the lowering of tariffs for water savers in NMB

DA spurs EC Legislature to act on water crisis

DA-governed Kouga prepared for Day Zero, but requests disciplined consumption

Declare a state of disaster now to save NMB from Day Zero

DA successfully proposes emergency NMB adjustment budget to focus on water crisis

DA urges NMB Metro to accept City of Cape Town’s offer of Day Zero support

DA announces plan to force NMB’s ANC-led government to take Day Zero action

DA welcomes council’s approval of national intervention plan for NMB water crisis

Kouga has run dry due to NMB incompetence

National government heeds DA’s call to take over water crisis in NMB

Kouga budget highlights focus on avoiding Day Zero

National government must deploy a senior official to assist in avoiding NMB Day Zero

Day Zero not deemed a crisis by Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

Over extraction by Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality moves Day Zero forward

There is no plan to avoid Nelson Mandela Bay’s Day Zero

DA presents plan to assist with avoiding Day Zero in NMB

NMB Water Crisis: 40 days to Day Zero for a large portion of the Metro

Water is life, not a political bargaining chip

Eastern Cape must now be declared a drought disaster area

Premier must act now that drought declared a national disaster

Premier announces application for Eastern Cape Drought Disaster

Water Strategy Master Plan needed for Eastern Cape

DA calls on the people to give voice to drought crisis in Eastern Cape

Eastern Cape Drought - Provincial Government has no plans

DA to fight for release of Nelson Mandela Bay drought funding

Department of Water Affairs EC emergency interventions highlight seriousness of ongoing drought

DA approaches Human Rights Commission regarding Nelson Mandela Bay water crisis

NMB Metro has no answers while City runs dry

NMB water crisis worsened by lack of treatment chemicals

NMB residents hit with harsh water restrictions and tariffs, Municipality still quiet about water crisis plan

DA submits Matter of Public Importance motion to NMB Speaker to debate drought crisis

NMB “interim” Mayor must provide Day Zero Disaster Plan

Millions of litres of Nooitgedacht water going to waste during NMB water crisis

NMB must cease extracting water from Kouga Dam

DA provides immediate steps to save NMB and Kouga from Day Zero

Minister Sisulu must intervene to save NMB from Day Zero

NMB State of Disaster allowed to lapse as Day Zero approaches

DA demands urgent intervention to save NMB from Day Zero