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The City of Cape Town and Vodacom, in partnership with Fastcomm, have joined forces to help spread the water-saving message during this unprecedented drought crisis via a new channel on the Vodacom Link app. Read more below:

All Capetonians and visitors to the city are now able to download a new water channel on the Link app – powered by Vodacom. It contains the most important drought-related and water-saving content on offer. This service is available to all users on all networks but Vodacom clients will not be charged for data when using the Link channels.

This community-based mobile app has already linked users to the City to help report service delivery matters. This Cape Town drought channel is therefore building on the existing partnership to drive water-saving awareness and use technology as an active tool to help Cape Town to beat the drought with the help of its partners and water users.

‘We have so many private-sector partners who have come on board to help us during this immensely trying time. From the hospitality and health sectors; retail giants; the financial services and property sector to broadcasters such as Smile FM in particular; industry bodies; corporates; and other government departments. The communication sector, tech companies, breweries and filmmakers, and every single resident association, neighbourhood watch, civic body, social media water-saving group and 87 litre-hero in Cape Town must be thanked too. And now also Link.‘This is crunch time. We ask all of our partners to do what they have been doing but to increase their efforts tenfold. There are still some people who are not doing enough to save water and we need each and every resident on board if we are going to beat this drought.

‘As a City, we will continue to do everything in our power to make additional water available, but we need all of you to help us to get the water usage down to 500 million litres of collective usage per day immediately. If our water usage increases and the percentage of water-savers declines, as is currently the case, we will not be able to avoid Day Zero. We urgently need to reduce water use so that we can push Day Zero back and avoid the day where we will have to queue for water daily from collection sites across the city,’ said the City of Cape Town’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille.

‘We have taken up the City of Cape Town’s call for the private sector to play an active role in driving its water-saving messages. This partnership is a recognition that we are all in this together. Increasingly, using technology to connect neighbourhoods and to amplify important messages and services is a vital characteristic of any smart city,’ said Charles Murray from Link – powered by Vodacom.

Link can be downloaded for iOS and Android.

How does it work?

· Download Link from your relevant app store

· Register as a user and accept the app requests for full app functionality

· Search for the Cape Town Water Channel by clicking on ‘+’, ‘add channel’ and search ‘drought’ from the home screen

· Link to the channel called ‘City of Cape Town – Official CCT Drought Channel’

· You will receive all the latest information directly from the City to your phone and you can comment and respond

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