Conscious of the water disaster currently being faced by South Africans, Procter & Gamble (P&G) South Africa has a goal to raise 500,000 days of clean water to tackle these water issues, as part of its Children's Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) Programme.
The long-term vision for the Two Rivers Urban Park (TRUP) Project in Cape Town is to free up 120 hectares of land for the creation of a mixed-use development that redresses the legacy of spatial apartheid planning, providing access to the CBD to previously disadvantaged and lower-income families.
Supporting fisheries, tourism, recreation, and thousands of jobs, a sustainable Benguela Current ecosystem is the lifeblood of the ‘ocean economy' on South Africa's West Coast. A workshop has been held in Cape Town during which scientists, government officials, business and civil society representatives considered linkages between the diverse “ecosystem services” provided by the ocean and coastal environment, and how best to measure and monitor both their economic value and environmental health.
The 2017 UN World Water Development Report: Wastewater, the Untapped Resource indicates that for decades, people have been using fresh water faster than nature can replace it, contributing in some regions to hunger, disease, conflict and migration.
Hermann Erdman 24 Mar 2017
South Africa is the 30th driest country in the world, and water is becoming one of our most scarce resources. The impacts of our uneven and irregular rainfall patterns have been sorely felt this summer, with serious water restriction measures having been put in place by most municipalities.
During World Water Day (22 March), FAO highlighted the opportunity that treated wastewater represents for agriculture, improved food security, and nutrition. Treated and reused wastewater can be a cost-effective and sustainable solution to water scarcity.
Durban businessman Ray de Vries believes that a solution to the Cape Town water crisis may be in the air around us.
Currently, more carbon is locked up in just the first metre of the planet's soils than can be found in the atmosphere and all terrestrial plant life combined said Fijian president Jioji Konousi Konrote during his keynote address at the Global Symposium on Soil Organic Carbon. Konkrote called for stronger management of this natural resource, warning of colossal negative impacts on the environment and human societies if the massive stores of carbon trapped in Earth's soils are released.
By 2025, absolute water scarcity will be a daily reality for an estimated 1.8-billion people.
Tamara Avellán 22 Mar 2017
In 2016, South Africa experienced one of the worst droughts in decades. Many towns and cities across the country were left with compromised water supply systems and limited food production. This placed pressure on an already fragile economy.
Kirsty Carden and Lloyd Fisher-Jeffes 22 Mar 2017