A South African Information Technology company, Alto Africa, is arguing that companies should rather be providing affordable solutions to enable, among others, remote working by their employees rather than exploiting Cape Town's water shortages. To this effect, the managed IT services company based in Cape Town is itself offering to assist startups and other small businesses with technology solutions that will ensure they can work remotely.

As an added benefit, according to ALto Africa, they will be waiving all setup fees related to setting up their Cloudbox solution.

β€œIf businesses in Cape Town are going to survive 2018, they will have to implement solutions that will enable staff to work remotely as a team,” said Oliver Potgieter, CTO at Alto Africa.

Alto Africa's Cloudbox, in essence, is a simplified technology solution for startups and small businesses which includes "all essential IT services for teams to collaborate from anywhere, including hosted telephony and simple fast Internet."

"We need to do everything we can to avoid Day Zero, but at the same time responsible businesses need to prepare for the worst. Businesses and schools that don’t have an independent and proven safe supply of drinking and sanitation water will have to close their offices and will need a solution like Cloudbox to continue operating," said Potgieter.

Cape Town has become the world's first metropolitan city to face the possibility of completely running out of water. Although, generally speaking, South Africa is a water scarce country with Gauteng province receiving some of its water supply through a pipe from Lesotho, somehow Cape Town, as urban and close to the Ocean as it is managed to run out of fresh water supplies. Part of the problem, according to experts, has been the extended drought that the city has experienced for months with only a few days of rain. There have also been efforts such as the Cape Town City Water Usage Map to try and discourage citizens from going over their allocated daily water allocation.

"Cloudbox is the ideal solution for SMEs wanting to survive this catastrophe. As business owners, we know how critical IT solutions are so we've decided to waive all setup and migration fees for new Cloudbox customers based in Cape Town," concluded Potgieter.