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Posted on 08. Nov, 2012 by Cara.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has reiterated the country is facing a water crisis. The organisation on Monday conducted a panel discussion with the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry about the issues. Many who attended agreed that SA is indeed a “water stressed” country. The WWF’s Christine Colvin said trillions of rand [...]
Posted on 07. Nov, 2012 by Cara.
South Africa’s water comes from two sources, surface water (rainfall and its runoff into rivers or dams), or groundwater (water that has collected in underground stores or aquifers). The primary responsibility for the provision of safe drinking water rests with your Water Services Authority (Local or District Municipality). Water Services Authorities have a legal responsibility [...]
Posted on 06. Nov, 2012 by Cara.
Information technology (IT) giant IBM South Africa is ready to support the Department of Water Affairs (DWA) in its endeavour to improve water management and governance as stipulated by the second National Water Resources Strategy (NWRS2), says the software group’s executive architect Mweene Monze. When the improved strategy was published in late August, Water and Environmental [...]
Posted on 05. Nov, 2012 by Cara.
748 597 households have no toilet system at all. There are close to 1.3 million households in South Africa without access to piped water, the majority of them black households, according to the 2011 Census results, released on Tuesday. A breakdown by population group shows there are 1,234,087 black, 15,723 coloured, 2672 Indian or Asian, [...]
Posted on 02. Nov, 2012 by Cara.
The challenge of managing our water resources requires proactive solutions, especially with the reality of climate change on our doorstep. In addition to this grim reality, there is a need to address pressing issues of equity in an environment in which the country’s water resources are reeling under increasing pressure in terms of abstraction, habitat [...]
Posted on 11. Sep, 2012 by Cara.
The debates around World Water Week spread beyond Stockholm and into the Twittersphere. Andy Wales picks out some of the important points The World Water Week conference in Stockholm put the water-food-energy nexus front and centre in how we as a global community confront water security. More and more we are seeing not just discussion but also [...]
Posted on 07. Sep, 2012 by Cara.
By: Natalie Greve The announcement of a government-initiated, Eskom-managed solar water heating (SWH) programme in 2008 spurred the inception of a number of new local manufacturing entities that hoped to cash in on the programme’s 2014, one-million solar geyser installation target. Several local entrepreneurs and smaller- scale enterprises either established new manufacturing facilities or expanded existing [...]
Posted on 04. Sep, 2012 by Cara.
A new report warns that unless the world’s population adopts a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years, we may face a global food shortage crisis nothing short of a catastrophe. The warning comes as U.S. meat consumption declines – it’ll be down more than 12 percent from 2007 by the end of 2012. The amount comes to 165.5 [...]
Posted on 31. Aug, 2012 by Cara.
This report calls on policy makers to recognise the issues at stake in water resource management in agriculture and gives them the tools to do so, offering a wealth of information on recent trends and the outlook for water resource use in agriculture.
Posted on 28. Aug, 2012 by Cara.
Water is key to more businesses than you might think, but no international standard for measuring sustainable water policies exists. A new set of guidelines aims to change that. Water management is rising as an issue of strategic importance for businesses across many industries, from apparel and beverage to food, energy, and beyond. Companies are [...]