Cape Town (Mat Joubert) is based on Deon Meyer's bestselling novel, Dead Before Dying.

Shot in Cape Town, the series follows police Detective Mat Joubert who has lost everything after his wife's death.

Cape Town - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2016-07-04

Cape Town - Cape Town water crisis - Netflix

A drought in the Western Cape province of South Africa began in 2015 and is resulting in a severe water shortage in the region, most notably affecting the city of Cape Town. With dam levels predicted to decline to critically low levels, the city announced plans for “Day Zero”, when if a particular lower limit of water storage was reached, the municipal water supply would largely be shut off, potentially making Cape Town the first major city to run out of water. In June 2018, following good rains that refilled dam levels to 43% of capacity, the City of Cape Town announced that Day Zero was not a possibility for 2019. Through water saving measures and water supply augmentation, by March 2018 the City had reduced its daily water consumption by more than half to around 500 million litres (110,000,000 imp gal; 130,000,000 US gal) per day.

Cape Town - 2017 - Netflix

Water restrictions were increased to Level 3B on 1 February 2017. By the end of the dry season in May 2017, the drought was declared the city's worst in a century, with dams having less than 10 percent of their usable capacity. Level 4 water restrictions were imposed, limiting the consumption of water to 100 litres per person per day. In June 2017 a significant storm hit the area, dropping up to 50 mm of rain, but not enough to break the drought. Overall rainfall in 2017 was the lowest since 1933.

With the dry summer season approaching, the city increased its existing water restrictions to Level 4B on 1 July 2017, and to Level 5 on 3 September 2017, banning most outdoor and non-essential use of water, encouraging the use of greywater for toilet flushing, and aiming to limit the per capita water consumption to 87 litres per day, for a total of 500 million litres per day. By early October 2017, following a low rainfall winter, Cape Town had an estimated five months before water levels would be depleted. In the same month, the City of Cape Town issued an emergency water plan to be rolled-out in multiple phases depending on the severity of the water shortage. Phase 1 was “water rationing through extreme pressure reduction” which involved temporary water cuts and rationing. Phase 1 was implemented immediately with unannounced water cuts to a number of outlying neighbourhoods. In Phase 2 water will be shut off to most of the system except to places of key water access. Phase 3 is the point at which the city can no longer draw water from surface dams in the Western Cape Water Supply System and there is a limited period of time before the water supply system fails. In mid-October 2017 the City was criticised by water desalination companies for the slow pace of contract negotiations, high level of bureaucracy, lack of urgency, and the inadequate scale of the proposed water supply projects. On 26 October 2017 it was announced that the Cape Town city manager would be given special powers to take drought-related actions that would not have to follow the city's normal decision making and approval process. This announcement came after a review of the city's decision making processes that found “certain aspects of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, the Municipal Finance Management Act and Supply Chain Management regulations, as well as the council's own Supply Chain Management Policy, failed to adequately provide for the City of Cape Town to 'deal effectively and timeously' with the disaster.”

Cape Town - References - Netflix