RAIN!!!!   OMG. So Much Rain. The official government measures have us at 77.7% water levels in the reservoirs as of August 7th. It looks like everyone is still using less than their allotment of water per day, which is certainly helping the overall situation.  The amazing news is that we expected to get more rain this week. Historical trends indicate that August and September are usually wetter months. So I’m going to take a not so bold stance and declare the water crisis over. I’m sure the government will eventually join me and remove the water restirctions all together.  (We’ve been at level 3 since December) Amazingly this isn’t big news in Cape Town. The latest drama is around the SADF (think national guard) being deployed to assist the police in combating the rampant crime in the Cape Flats area. This area has been plagued by gangs and turf wars for awhile and the murder rate is increasing. As in the states Gangs in SA are a multi-faceted problem that usually involves poverty, illegal drugs, and corruption. The other big news is that the official unemployment numbers are in and they have risen from ~25% to ~30% or 15.5 million people. The load shedding issues also seem to have magically abated. Hopefully the Water crisis ending, the power utility getting its act together and cleaning up the most violent crime will lead to more tourism, which will eventually lead to more jobs. Speaking of which after finally living here for over a year we will finally have our first visitors in a few weeks.  We’ve got some great things planned so stay tuned for a flurry of posts documenting all the fun and adventure that awaits. -See ya next time  
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