Adaptation to the Western Cape drought of 2016-18 (WCD), 2019: Household and business survey

Resource Type
  • Rule, Stephen
  • Lunga, Wilfred
  • Parker, Saahier
  • Majikijela, Yamkela
  • Human Sciences Research Council
Publication Date
Embargo End Date
  • Human Sciences Research Council (Producer)
Funding Reference
  • Human Sciences Research Council
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  • Abstract

    Description: Within each of the seven selected areas, cluster samples were selected, with the intention of realising a minimum of 20 households and five businesses/institutions per area. In most cases these targets were exceeded. The data set for dissemination contains 311 cases and 78 variables.

    Abstract: The severe drought in the Western Cape during 2016-18 provided an appropriate opportunity to conduct a case study of disaster mitigation behaviour amongst affected communities. As a means of adding value to the disaster risk management, the HSRC investigated and evaluated the forms, locations and distribution of vulnerable groups’ experiences, knowledge and adaptations to the drought disaster with a view to the application thereof to disaster risk reduction policy. In particular, the research determined the methods by which households, businesses and organisations adapted their behaviour in respect of water consumption, and their views and perceptions about the way the disaster was managed by the authorities.

Temporal Coverage
  • 2018 / 2019
Geographic Coverage
  • South Africa (ZA)
Sampled Universe
The universe is the households, businesses and organisations located within each of the seven selected sampling areas.
Seven neighbourhoods were selected to represent the diverse languages, races, and socio-economic circumstances of the Western Cape population. Five of the localities are situated within the City of Cape Town (CoCT) and two are in small towns to the north of the CoCT, as shown in the information below. City of Cape Town (CoCT): SOUTH-EAST (Mitchells Plain & Beacon Valley): n=39 Business / Organisation: 17,9% Household: 82,1% CENTRAL MIDDLE-INCOME (Athlone/Bellville): n=28 Business / Organisation: 14,3% Household: 85,7% NORTH (Brooklyn) 32 40,6% 59,4% SOUTH (Fish Hoek) 23 26,1% 73,9% CENTRAL LOW-INCOME (Langa) 69 11,6% 88,4% Small towns: CLANWILLIAM 57 31,6% 68,4% PIKETBERG 63 23,8% 76,2% TOTAL: n=311 Business / Organisation: 22,8% Household: 77,2%
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
    Cross-section, In-depth interview with senior disaster management officials.
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview
  • Self-completion
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Update Metadata: 2021-01-13 | Issue Number: 72 | Registration Date: 2020-03-02