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Water Issues and General

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, […]

Cape water crisis: “This is not a drill!”

By |May 16th, 2017|

THE City of Cape Town issued a “critical warning” to water users in the Mother City.

The city has warned residents to only use water for drinking, cooking and washing as dam levels drop to 21.2 percent, or an effective 11.2 percent, as the last ten percent of dam water is not useable.

“The latest consumption […]

Cape Water Fund

By |May 8th, 2017|

THE city of Cape Town and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) have formally agreed to establish a fund for the drought-stricken city in an attempt to safeguard water supplies and biodiversity, while also creating employment opportunities for local communities.

Falling into the Western Cape’s Mediterranean climate, the province is hopeful that it will receive much of its […]

Capetonians celebrate rainstorm, but crisis remains

By |April 27th, 2017|

THERE was finally some respite to the heat and drought as Cape Town got its first rain in weeks on Wednesday, 26 April.

The city experienced a few hours of intermittent and heavy rain‚ accompanied by thunder and lightning‚ after months of drought.

The downpour was rapid and unexpected and caused flooding in some suburbs.

In Blaauwberg a […]

South African Water Chart

By |April 19th, 2017|

HERE is the current countrywide water chart, as per the Department of Water and Sanitation:

 

Limpopo water warnings

By |April 12th, 2017|

THE Department of Water Affairs has asked Limpopo residents to use water sparingly, as dams levels remained low.

Dam levels rose slightly over the last few weeks, due to recent rains in parts of the province, provincial department spokesperson Malope Matlou said.

“Despite the current situation, we still encourage water users to avoid wasting this precious resource […]

President Zuma speaks on World Water Day

By |March 23rd, 2017|

THE South African Presidency has issued the speech made by President Jacob Zuma to delegates on behalf of the High Level Panel on Water on the occasion of United Nations World Water Day 2017, 22 March, held in Durban this week.

Zuma said:

It is my honour to address you today, on World Water Day, on behalf […]

Where is our water?

By |March 20th, 2017|

WATER, the lifeblood of our country, is South Africa’s biggest crisis, currently being masked by good rains in the north of the country. Our internationally acclaimed Constitution and 1998 National Water Act are not being applied .

Our rivers and streams, the arteries and veins of our country, are drying up and becoming polluted. Upstream farmers […]