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Socio-Political Causes of Water Scarcity

Poverty and economic policy Poverty is a major factor in water scarcity and susceptibility to drought. This can be illustrated in a number of ways. Firstly, as was seen in the drought emergency of the early 1990s in South Africa, the price of water in rural areas for basic survival can become very high. As […]

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The Physical Causes of Water Scarcity (southern Africa)

The causes of water scarcity are varied. Some are natural and others are as a result of human activity. The current debate sites the causes as largely deterministic in that scarcity is a result of identifiable cause and effect. However, if water scarcity is the point at which water stress occurs (the point at which […]

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Warning on water demand in South Africa

Johannesburg – The country’s water demand will exceed supply by 2025, Consulting Engineers SA (CESA) said on Thursday. “Of concern are the metropolitan areas such as the Witwatersrand where shortages are expected as soon as 2013,” CESA’s president Zulch Ltter said in Johannesburg. He said due to rapid urbanisation and infrastructure constraints, intervention was required […]

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