Cape Town | Day Zero Event

Cape Town Day Zero

Sharing perspectives on a city's water crisis


3 July 2019,

Arup, 8 Fitzroy Street

The Event

As part of London Climate Action Week, the Resilience Shift is hosting a film screening and panel discussion exploring the lessons to be learned for cities such as London, from Cape Town’s water crisis.

About this event:

In-depth filmed interviews with key Capetonians, as part of the Cape Town Drought Response Learning Initiative,  highlight how the crisis developed and how the city’s water authority, politicians, businesses and residents responded, the lessons they learnt from the crisis, and the lasting impact it has had on how the city manages and uses water. The panel discussion will explore what London and other cities can learn from Cape Town’s experience.

Jo da Silva, Acting Director Resilience Shift, and founder International Development, Arup, will introduce a panel representing the UK and South Africa.

There will also be a chance to learn more about the work of the Resilience Shift on city water resilience, resilience tools and approaches, and on industry-specific resilience practice.

See event details and registration email below.


Following three consecutive years of poor rainfall, the city of Cape Town was in the midst of a severe water crisis. The city of 4 million people was projected to run out of water on 12 April 2018 – 'Day Zero'.

A collective response from the residents of Cape Town helped avert this crisis.

The Panel

Peter Willis (Chair)
Conversations that Count / Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and co-leader of the Cape Town Drought Response Learning Initiative (CTDRLI)

Originally from the UK, Peter has spent 25 years in Cape Town teaching, facilitating and advising at executive and board level on strategic issues of sustainability. From 2002-14 he was South African Director of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. He is now a freelance facilitator of strategic conversation.

Dr Fiona Twycross
Deputy Mayor for Fire and Resilience, Member of the Economy Committe, Greater London Assembly

Dr Fiona Twycross is London’s first Deputy Mayor for Fire and Resilience and was appointed to this role, by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in April 2018. Fiona is a passionate campaigner on food poverty and universal free school meals. Fiona’s work on economic inequality includes the report A Zero Sum Game, on zero hours contracts.

Trevor Bishop
Director Water Resources South East (WRSE)

Trevor’s key responsibilities at WRSE include strategy/policy, engagement and business management. Trevor is a Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter. Previously Trevor worked at Ofwat and the Environment Agency as well as other roles in the Water Industry. He is a member of the International Water Associations Strategic Council and Programme Committee for the World Water Congress.

Martin Shouler
Project Director, City Water Resilience Approach, Resilience Shift, Associate Director and Water Business Leader, Arup

Martin leads Arup's Water Business in London and has been involved in a wide range of major projects and advisory services for public and private organisations. His recent work for WRG 2030 brought together specialists in different sectors to identify and promote demand management good practice for water globally.


The event takes place on 3 July 2019, 6-8pm
Arup, 8 Fitzroy Street, W1T 4BQ

To register for this event, please email [email protected]

Places are limited.

Arrival and refreshments from 5.30pm. Post-event networking and refreshments.