News flash – conference to take place despite water shortages
Many will have seen reports of the Cape Town water shortage in the media. This note serves to update interested parties on how this might affect the conference. Our current assessment of the situation is that the conference will be able to proceed as planned – albeit with the city under severe water use restrictions, which conference attendees will be expected to follow.
The Cape Town Central Business District – where the conference centre and many hotels are located – will have an ongoing supply of water to support business and, importantly, job sustainability. This water will come from, amongst other sources, a dedicated desalination unit near the harbour.
The present crisis is due to three dry years in succession in Cape Town, which have progressively depleted the dry season storage in regional water supply system’s reservoirs. A number of interventions are being made to reduce usage and to augment supply to ensure the system is not depleted before the winter rains begin, usually in April.
We will be monitoring the situation closely and updating the conference website regularly. We aim to make a final, definite announcement by mid-March, at which stage the outlook for June should be much clearer.
Although we expect the conference to go ahead, we recommend that you keep your travel arrangements as flexible as possible. For example, make sure your bookings are refundable/changeable, by taking out travel insurance that covers event cancellation. Alternatively, hold off making travel arrangements until mid- March.
Should it ultimately become impossible to hold the conference in June, it will be postponed until later in the year.
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