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Water Issues and General

Table Bay Hotel sets an example

By |November 22nd, 2017|

IN a bid to save water, the Table Bay Hotel at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town has introduced various interventions to recover, reuse and store water.

These methods have been employed to limit the hotel’s impact on the environment and municipal water supply.

It’s implemented two grey water collection systems.

The first collection system treats and stores water from […]

Rural towns collapsing without water

By |November 14th, 2017|

ONE by one South Africa’s rural towns have succumbed as a catastrophic drought tightens its grip, turning vast areas into ground zero. Collapsed water infrastructure, theft and corruption have brought the future into the present with a bang.

Residents of the Western Cape town of Beaufort West are all too familiar with the crisis. Already, 20% […]

California drought rules

By |November 10th, 2017|

STATE officials in Calfornia, USA, say that the drought, already in its fifth year, was not over and that Californians had to adapt to permanently more arid times because of climate change. Even as officials eased up on the regulations, the state made permanent prohibitions against washing down sidewalks and driveways, using a hose without […]

Princess Charlene’s water safety programme

By |October 29th, 2017|

THE Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation is teaming up with the city to implement community-based programmes that will help save lives. The foundation’s focus is preventing drowning incidents, and educating communities that are a high risk for drowning.

Cape Town has a special place in the ex-swimmer’s heart, she met with Mayor Patricia de Lille to […]

ANC calls Zille a “lame duck”

By |October 22nd, 2017|

WESTERN Cape Premier Helen Zille has blamed competing companies for fuelling confusion about the City of Cape Town’s alternative water plans‚ while the ANC says DA infighting is delaying implementation.

Zille was addressing the media about the Western Cape government’s water-saving measures and the green energy alternatives being used at government buildings. The province is experiencing […]

Giyani water project comes to halt

By |October 18th, 2017|

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma’s dream of bringing water to the drought-affected Limpopo is likely to remain a dream.

Three service providers, contracted to the multibillion-rand Giyani water project, ditched the project following a protracted payment tussle with Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.

In August last year, Vharanani Properties, owned by construction mogul David Mabilu, abandoned the emergency […]

Cape’s water shortage disaster plan

By |October 7th, 2017|

CAPE Town Mayor Patricia de Lille on Wednesday released the city’s critical water shortages disaster plan, which would see phased rationing and saving, before a full-out disaster response.

The city also announced that it anticipated its supply of municipal water would run out around March 2018 if consumption was not reduced to 500 million litres of […]

Israel vs Palestine: Water Wars

By |September 17th, 2017|

THE announcement in July of a water prices agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) has been hailed as a model of Israeli-Palestinian cooperation as well as a major achievement of the Trump administration’s efforts to broker a comprehensive peace deal in the Middle East. Both the agreement and the process that yielded it, […]

Cape Town’s level 5 alert

By |September 9th, 2017|

AS the province moves into the spring and summer seasons with little prospects for rain, the City of Cape Town has announced tougher water restrictions by raising the water consumption alert to level 5.

The new restrictions include a cap on individual domestic property usage and sets it at 20kl per month.

Residents who use more than […]

Day Zero looms as water runs out!

By |August 8th, 2017|

ACCORDING to media reports, Stellenbosch University’s Water Institute has predicted that the world’s next major wars will be fought over access to water. And, if things carry on the way they are, the first skirmishes could break out right here in southern Africa, as we try to preserve this precious resource while our supply shrinks, […]