South Africa: Taps Run Dry in Africa's Richest City

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Residents of Africa's richest city, Johannesburg, are experiencing a severe water shortage in the middle of a summer heat wave.

Johannesburg — Residents of Africa's richest city, Johannesburg, are experiencing a severe water shortage in the middle of a summer heat wave.

Mlimandlela Ndamase, a spokesperson for Johannesburg's mayor, explained that an initial problem at a key pump station occurred on March 3 after a power outage from a lightning strike. On Wednesday, Nombuso Shabalala, a spokesperson for Johannesburg Water, acknowledged that there had been human error, too.


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