28 May 2019, 15:00 - 17:00 UTC

One year after day zero – when a city runs dry

Last year around this time, Swedish and international media were awash with reports of the approaching “day zero” in Cape Town – the day at which water supply of the city would cease completely due to the ongoing drought. A year later some questions remain; what really happened in the end? How did the wait for day zero affect different groups of people? And most important of all, what learnings can be derived from this case?

Venue: Ocean, SIWI Office
Venue address: Linnegatan 87A, 11523 Stockholm

SIWI Swedish Water House has the pleasure to screen the film “Scenes from a Dry City”, introduced by the director, Simon Wood, a Capetonian himself.

Anton Earle, Director at SIWI’s Africa Regional Centre, will provide some further background to the case and reflect on lessons learned from Cape Town and climate adaptation effects in general.

This will be complemented by a presentation on the latest developments of new frameworks to strengthen the resilience of cities in view of increasing water stress in South Africa and beyond.

Water stress is an increasingly pressing topic even in a Swedish context. The case that will be presented during the seminar can therefore serve as inspiration for Swedish stakeholders dealing with water shortages.

Following an interactive discussion, there will be opportunity to network with the speakers, audience and present experts in this field.


15:00 Welcome and introduction
Lotta Samuelson, SIWI Swedish Water House

15:10 Screening of film – “Scenes from a Dry City”
introduced by the co-director Simon Wood

15:25 One year on – What have we learnt?
Anton Earle, SIWI

15:40 The challenge of water pricing – Case of South Africa
Sofie Hellberg, University of Gothenburg, the School of Global studies

16:00 Cities acting in the new normal – Cape Town in the City Water Resilience Framework (CWRF)
Panchali Saikia, SIWI

16:15 Q&A and discussion panel with audience interaction

17:00 Closing and mingle

The programme is preliminary and is updated continously.



Water and climate
28 May 2019, 15:00 - 17:00 UTC