Title: Perspectives on 2018 'water crisis management' in Cape Town, South Africa: a systematic review

Authors: E. Mudefi

Addresses: Department of Sociology and Population Studies, Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha, 5099, South Africa

Abstract: "Day Zero" was the municipality's forecast that Cape Town's water supply would be completely shut off on 12 April, 2018, due to water scarcity. Subsequently, many scholars have offered a multiplicity of narratives that have evolved into an assortment of perspectives to explain how the Day Zero phenomenon emerged, including its framing, impacts on Capetonians, their response, and how it could be avoided in the future. Using a systematic review of literature to examine emerging perspectives on the Day Zero phenomenon, findings revealed varied perspectives that ranged from political; conspiracy; rhetorical; behavioural change; ecological; socioeconomic; to perspectives on water governance.

Keywords: Day Zero; water scarcity; water governance; perspectives; water conservation; adaptation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJW.2023.133997

International Journal of Water, 2023 Vol.15 No.3, pp.248 - 274

Received: 28 Jul 2023
Accepted: 17 Aug 2023

Published online: 09 Oct 2023 *

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