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New #ForWaterForLife podcast series launched
New #ForWaterForLife podcast series launchedArticle

A new podcast series has launched this September featuring stories about water across South Africa, and the water heroes and activists behind them...

7 Sep 2020

Vaal Dam drops to unprecedented levels
Vaal Dam drops to unprecedented levelsArticle

Vaal Dam levels have declined further this week, says the Department of Water and Sanitation...

28 Aug 2020

Hot water generation - best solutions for SA commercial sector
Hot water generation - best solutions for SA commercial sectorArticle

The national building regulations specify that at least 50% of the annual hot water generation volume be provided by means other than electrical resistance heating elements...

Dr Andries Nel 5 Aug 2020

New partnership to fight impact of climate change in vulnerable communities
New partnership to fight impact of climate change in vulnerable communitiesArticle

Accredited as an implementing partner, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will work with the Adaptation Fund on projects to help vulnerable countries fight the harmful effects of climate change...

6 Jul 2020

Africa urged to expand food reserves, keep food supply flowing
Africa urged to expand food reserves, keep food supply flowingArticle

Africa must now, more than ever, develop and implement policies to enhance capacity to compete in the agriculture sector, processing, trade and industry...

26 May 2020

Being water-smart must become the new normal for business
Being water-smart must become the new normal for businessArticle

It requires seeing and doing things differently to reduce, reuse and "create water"...

Ettienne Thiebaut 20 Mar 2020

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Partnerships, sector stability and access to markets key to unlocking full potential of SA's agri sectorArticle

It is no secret that the country's agriculture sector is in recession having contracted in the first three-quarters of 2019. But this is a sector with the potential to address unemployment on a major scale...

John Hudson 3 Mar 2020

Youth survey resets global narrative on Africa
Youth survey resets global narrative on AfricaArticle

The African Youth Survey 2020 reveals a rising Afro-optimism among the continent's youth, driven by a strong sense of individual responsibility, a post-colonial mindset, entrepreneurialism and confidence in a shared African identity...

21 Feb 2020

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Climate proofing mining operationsArticle

By nature, mining activities are resource intensive, and by coincidence they are often located in geographies particularly vulnerable to climate change...

Tycho Moncks 17 Feb 2020

Adidas and Ikea lead 2020 sustainable cotton ranking
Adidas and Ikea lead 2020 sustainable cotton rankingArticle

Adidas has surged ahead to become a global leader in sourcing sustainable cotton...

13 Feb 2020

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A look at sustainable farming trends in South AfricaArticle

According to the conservation organisation World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), South Africa will have to produce 50% more food by 2050 in order to feed an estimated population of 73 million people. The implementation of sustainable farming practices is therefore crucial to ensure food security.

Claudi Nortjé 12 Feb 2020

Bimal Kantaria
East Africa agri-industry director honoured for role in agricultural transformationArticle

Elgon Kenya's director, Bimal Kantaria has received a Honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree by the United Graduate College and Seminary International for his efforts at promoting the agriculture sector in East Africa...

16 Jan 2020

Erica Elk, founding executive director of the Craft & Design Institute
#BizTrends2020: Design thinking to rise in the public sectorArticle

In the face of increasingly tough systemic and complex challenges, there is an emerging global trend in the public sector towards using a design thinking approach to unlock new and innovative solutions...

Erica Elk 15 Jan 2020

In the future there will be more rain, but less water, in the Nile Basin
In the future there will be more rain, but less water, in the Nile BasinArticle

The Nile - the world's longest river - runs through 11 countries in Africa and has a basin that covers about 3 million sq kms, nearly 10% of the continent's landmass...

Ethan D. Coffel and Justin S. Mankin 14 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Route to water prosperity - new perspectives for 2020
#BizTrends2020: Route to water prosperity - new perspectives for 2020Article

The quickest win of all lies in reticulation efficiency. We currently lose about 25% of treated, expensive drinking quality water to leaks in our cities and towns...

Dhesigen Naidoo 6 Jan 2020

Airbnb launches Good Guest Guide for hosts to share with guests
Airbnb launches Good Guest Guide for hosts to share with guestsArticle

Wesgro and the Cape Town Central City Improvement District partner with Airbnb to provide hosts with best practice safety tips to share with their guests...

9 Dec 2019

Can Africa overcome these threats to security and stability?
Can Africa overcome these threats to security and stability?Article

Our continent is hurtling towards an uncertain future that is being shaped by the forces of the Fourth Industrial Revolution...

Pedro Guerreiro 11 Nov 2019

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Invasive alien plants and their impact on water useArticle

Experts warn that in addition to the energy crisis, South Africans face another looming disaster in the form of severe water scarcity. The Department of Water and Sanitation warned that unless urgent actions are taken, South Africa will experience a water shortage of approximately 3,000 billion litres by 2030...

Louise Stafford 28 Oct 2019

Murendeni Mafumo speaking at the SingularityU South Africa Summit 2019. Image supplied.
#SingularityUSouthAfrica2019: The future of water collection, purification and distributionArticle

What is the future of cities? And what is the future of water collection, purification and distribution?...

17 Oct 2019

#WorldFoodDay: The move to veganism in South Africa
#WorldFoodDay: The move to veganism in South AfricaArticle

With World Food Day on 16 October, it's interesting to note that South Africa is one of 25 countries where veganism has seen a sharp increase, with Cape Town being most prominent...

16 Oct 2019

#Newsmaker: How Georgie Badiel-Liberty is bringing sub-Saharan Africa's water scarcity to the forefront
#Newsmaker: How Georgie Badiel-Liberty is bringing sub-Saharan Africa's water scarcity to the forefrontArticle

International model and activist, Georgie Badiel-Liberty was recently in Cape Town to participate in the Doha Debate and talks to us about the important work she is doing through her foundation to create awareness around the world water crisis...

Juanita Pienaar 12 Sep 2019

Ethiopia's future is tied to water - a vital yet threatened resource in a changing climate
Ethiopia's future is tied to water - a vital yet threatened resource in a changing climateArticle

In July Ethiopians planted 350 million trees in a single day. This was part of the country's national green legacy initiative to counter environmental degradation and climate change...

Meron Teferi Taye and Ellen Dyer 2 Sep 2019

Mpumalanga urged to intensify water-saving habits
Mpumalanga urged to intensify water-saving habitsArticle

With Mpumalanga dam levels continuing to drop, the Department of Water and Sanitation has reiterated its call on consumers in the province to intensify their water -saving habits until the next summer rains...

16 Aug 2019

What Appeal Court's fracking judgment means
What Appeal Court's fracking judgment meansArticle

Anti-fracking activists won their appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) last month. The legal victory of Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) and others means that environmental regulation of mining activities has been taken out of the hands of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR)...

Wilmien Wicomb 15 Aug 2019

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Family farmers are needed to enhance agricultural sustainability, says FAOArticle

"Family farmers are the ones who produce healthy foods. They can save us from the epidemic of obesity, and we need them for healthy diets."

18 Jul 2019

If it's all doom and gloom, why so many cranes on the skyline?
If it's all doom and gloom, why so many cranes on the skyline?Article

This year's SAPOA Convention was probably the most downbeat that I've attended in my many years in the building industry...

Patrick McInerney 4 Jul 2019

Recovery of soil health crucial for agricultural sustainability
Recovery of soil health crucial for agricultural sustainabilityArticle

The life of agricultural soil in South Africa is in a state of total imbalance after years of uninformed application of agricultural chemicals combined with practices that are, often unwittingly, detrimental to soil health.

20 Jun 2019

Source water supply diversification - investing for the future
Source water supply diversification - investing for the futureArticle

In the water context, climate change, lower rainfall, population growth, economic expansion, storage depletion (like siltation of dams), over-allocation, pollution and so forth creates volatility in the water supply portfolio...

Dr Shafick Adams 18 Jun 2019

Researchers call for flow of water research, education towards developing world
Researchers call for flow of water research, education towards developing worldArticle

According to newly released research from the United Nations University, post-secondary education and research aimed at tackling the global water crisis is concentrated in wealthy countries rather than the poorer, developing places where it is most needed...

31 May 2019

Global disaster risk reduction platform calls for drastic change of course
Global disaster risk reduction platform calls for drastic change of courseArticle

The impacts of climate change, associated sea level rise and extreme weather are amplifying as a result of record greenhouse gas levels and combining with urbanisation, environmental degradation and water stress to produce interlocking crises...

23 May 2019

Water security research expenditure not reflecting scarcity reality
Water security research expenditure not reflecting scarcity realityArticle

Researchers at the African Utility Week and PowerGen Africa conference and exhibition in Cape Town last week raised concerns over decreased expenditure on water security research...

Alicestine October 21 May 2019

With engagement and education, reusing wastewater can become the norm
With engagement and education, reusing wastewater can become the normArticle

When it comes to developing technological solutions to the world's problems, social processes matter as much as the scientific ones...

Dalia Saad 20 May 2019

Sanitation innovation - a key to Africa's development strategy
Sanitation innovation - a key to Africa's development strategyArticle

The demographic dividend, new production revolution, shifting wealth patterns, accelerated urban transition and climate change and the green economy are the megatrends that will influence this continent's future...

Dhesigen Naidoo 15 May 2019

Farm smarter, not harder: Key to satisfying the growing demand for wine
Farm smarter, not harder: Key to satisfying the growing demand for wineArticle

Sustainability and conservation, along with technology and innovation, are among the main drivers in the development of the more efficient and productive agricultural practices that South African wine producers need...

Daneel Rossouw 14 May 2019

Mozambique water project: insights into supply and use in a peri-urban area
Mozambique water project: insights into supply and use in a peri-urban areaArticle

The United Nations reports that water scarcity affects more than 40% of the global population. Just over a third of people don't have access to safely managed drinking water. This is why the Sustainable Development Goals set out to achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030.

Ana Rita Sequeira et al. 23 Apr 2019

Port Louis remains Africa's top city in Mercer's 2019 Quality of Living Ranking
Port Louis remains Africa's top city in Mercer's 2019 Quality of Living RankingArticle

According to the Mercer 2019 Quality of Living ranking, in Africa, Port Louis in Mauritius was the city with the best quality of living and also its safest.

14 Mar 2019

How tech can conserve and improve access to water
How tech can conserve and improve access to waterArticle

As South Africa commemorates National Water Week from 17 to 23 March to highlight the scarcity of this vital resource, municipalities and utilities around the country are increasingly turning to technology...

Russell Dick 5 Mar 2019

New WWF report calls for radical overhaul of our food system
New WWF report calls for radical overhaul of our food systemArticle

A new WWF South Africa report, Agri-Food Systems: Facts and Futures, has called for a fundamental overhaul of our food system which, in its current form, it says, is a threat to the environment and human health...

19 Feb 2019

New FAO publication highlights why sustainable agriculture policies are key
New FAO publication highlights why sustainable agriculture policies are keyArticle

FAO launches a comprehensive publication that points the way to how we can improve our food systems...

6 Feb 2019

Drought survey shows severe crisis conditions in rural SA
Drought survey shows severe crisis conditions in rural SAArticle

Agri SA conducted a survey in December 2018 among its members to accurately assess the impact of the drought on farming and job creation...

29 Jan 2019

Sustainable water use crucial for the Middle East and North Africa, says FAO director general
Sustainable water use crucial for the Middle East and North Africa, says FAO director generalArticle

"In the Middle East and North Africa region, water scarcity is certainly one of the main challenges for agriculture production and development."

24 Jan 2019

Rising number of desalination plants creating a salty dilemma - UN report
Rising number of desalination plants creating a salty dilemma - UN reportArticle

Now with almost 16,000 desalination plants worldwide quenching a growing thirst for freshwater, the technology is also creating a salty dilemma...

15 Jan 2019

Karen King, senior associate, WSP, Environment & Energy, Africa
AMD still poses a threatArticle

The discovery of minerals in South Africa in the late 19th century - including the discovery of diamonds in 1867 and gold in 1886 - played a fundamentally influential role in the first wave of industrial revolution of the country.

Karen King 3 Jan 2019

The tech fix that won't secure food supplies
The tech fix that won't secure food suppliesArticle

Scientific and technological advances from crop breeding to fertilisers to a range of irrigation techniques have powered agricultural production in a bid to keep up with the food demands of a rising population, but for some years now, that growth has faced natural resource limits...

Anita Makri 20 Dec 2018

Did fear-mongering help Cape Town avert Day Zero?
Did fear-mongering help Cape Town avert Day Zero?Article

According to the findings of a study by researchers from Stellenbosch University (SU) and the University of Cape Town (UCT), threats about Day Zero when taps would run dry had a far greater impact on Capetonians' water usage than water restrictions...

5 Dec 2018

Arnold Schwarzenegger. Image by Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0
'The Governator' to headline W12, Future of Water conference in CT next yearArticle

Former governor of California, climate change activist and philanthropist, Arnold Schwarzenegger will join global leaders at the inaugural W12, Future of Water conference...

19 Nov 2018

When water is scarce we're willing to share what we really need - new research
When water is scarce we're willing to share what we really need - new researchArticle

Cape Town's recent drought brought into sharp relief how people behave and the choices that they make when resources become scarce...

Astrid Kause 1 Nov 2018

Local innovators take a dip in the "shark-tank" to pitch water-saving ideas
Local innovators take a dip in the "shark-tank" to pitch water-saving ideasArticle

Seven finalists in the Innovations for Water Resilience Competition recently pitched their water innovations to a tough 'shark tank-style' panel of judges...

15 Oct 2018

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