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South Africa: Village near Nelson Mandela’s Qunu cries out for water

Residents in many rural areas lack basic infrastructure and water services, often relying on municipal water tankers that deliver water intermittently.  A better solution would be for the government to subsidise water tanks for rainwater harvesting to make these communities less dependent on unreliable municipal water supplies and improve their lives. “They just don’t care… […]

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Durban – eThekwini Municipality water shortages loom

A common problem in many parts of South Africa is the continued construction of urban housing projects that take little notice of the dire water situation and future water shortages are thus guaranteed.  These new developments should incorporate rainwater harvesting and rain water tanks into the building plans to ensure residents have some alternative water […]

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South Africa: R4.3bn interim water supply programme to begin

Water infrastructure in South Africa sorely needs a boost of investment from the private and public sectors.  The average household or business can still ensure that municipal water shortages do not affect them by the installation water conservation systems such as rainwater harvesting tanks and greywater recycling.  A full rain water tank is insurance against […]

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South Africa could run short of water

Everyone in South Africa should consider where they can save water and actively contribute to reducing water shortages by considering rain water tanks for rainwater harvesting as well as other water conservation systems. Depending on the area, size of roof and rainfall, rain water tanks could supply a household’s entire water needs. We could run […]

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South Africa: Johannesburg loses nearly 40% of its water annually

Water losses in Gauteng municipalities and many other towns and cities around South Africa should be spurring homeowners and businesses to invest in water conservation measures such as rainwater harvesting tanks.  Rain water tanks can collect significant amounts of rainwater that could become critical emergency water supplies when municipal water shortages arise. Gauteng municipalities collectively […]

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South Afican businesses becoming aware of water’s strategic value

Just over 70% of a group of  South African JSE-listed companies surveyed had already experienced financial loss because of water issues, according to a London-based research company that, with the National Business Initiative (NBI), looks at South African companies’ water use. South Africa is predicted to run out of water as soon as 2015, and […]

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Ghana: Water & electricity shortages belie growth

In Africa, progress does not guarantee access to the most basic necessities. This is amply demonstrated by Ghana, whose economic growth is the envy of its neighbours even while the government is failing to ensure a sufficient supply of water. This failure comes at an economic and human cost, as expensive water from private suppliers […]

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Businesses in South Africa must take water efficiency seriously

South Africa is fast running out of the fresh water needed for myriad industrial processes, from food production to mining. More than 95% of the country’s available fresh water was already allocated by 2005. In South Africa, the ability at municipal level to deal with industrial effluent was “severely compromised”, Mr Lloyd-Jones, MD of hygiene […]

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South Africa: Limpopo district seeks R1bn to curb water shortage

Limpopo’s Capricorn District Municipality, which includes Polokwane, requires at least R1 billion to eradicate water shortages. Executive mayor Lawrence Mapoulo said on Wednesday that of the total 342 838 district households, about 42 098 did not have access to water.

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