Leadership By Example Meet the female politician who only showers every three days

The Western Cape has been experiencing severe water shortages which have worsened in the last year because of a drought in the region.

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Helen Zille

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Western Cape Premier,  Helen Zille, says she showers only every third day.

Otta Helene Maree, known as Helen Zille revealed that The Western Cape - famed for its Winelands, mountains, and beaches - has been experiencing severe water shortages which have worsened in the last year because of a drought in the region.

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Helen Zille

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Ms. Zille  made this revelation to address a recent article by TimesLive which raised questions about the provincial department's use of tax-payers' money to install a water purification system at her official residence in Cape Town.

Desperate to show that she takes the water crisis seriously, she said: "As for my husband and I‚ we try to use so little water‚ that I sometimes get worried about the hygienic and aesthetic consequences."

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Helen Zille


The 66-year-old politician added, "I shower briefly‚ once every three days‚ and for the rest wash in the hand basin. I used to wash my hair every day‚ but now only when I shower‚ with visibly negative consequences," Ms Zille wrote in a column.

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"However‚ I regard oily hair in a drought to be as much of a status symbol as a dusty car."

The average water level of dams across the Western Cape is 35%‚ a significant drop from the 61% at the same time last year, according to the province's water affairs department.

Check out some tweet on social about Ms Zille’s showering schdule.


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