A fisherman at work in the White Nile. Half the river’s flow is lost to evaporation from the Sudd swamps, a large wetland.
Arne Hoel/World Bank/Flickr
Nature based approaches to solving water problems originated in Europe and don't take into account Africa's huge infrastructure deficit.
People in the township of Khayelitsha near Cape Town have been managing water shortages for ages.
South Africa is a water-scarce country where inequity and a lack of fairness and justice pervades water distribution.
The dangerously low Threewaterskloof dam, a major supplier of water to the city.
Cape Town is testing new strategies to nudge domestic users into reducing their water use.
Lagoons and vineyards from Gydo Pass in the Western Cape. Water is crucial for such commodities.
In periods of water stress, farmers need support, research assistance and empathy from governments and competing water users.
If Cape Town reaches Day Zero, taps will be closed and people will have to go to collection points for 25 litres of water.
Day Zero will be the start of active water rationing when taps will be cut off and people will have to go to collection sites.
The poor management of South Africa's water is affecting the entire country.
Water treatment plants can’t afford not to think about electricity too.
Cities all over the world are facing growing challenges to provide clean, reliable water. And many of the fixes, such as desalination plants, have a huge carbon footprint.
Cape Town has started down the road of desalination.
Global examples show South Africa that desalination could increase water output.
Mmusi Maimane is leading efforts to combat the water crisis.
EPA/Mark Wessels (Pool)
Opposition leader Mmusi Maimane's takeover of responsibility for tackling the Western Cape water crisis blurs party and state lines.
Koeberg Nuclear Power Plant.
Paul Scott/Wikimedia Commons
For South Africa decommissioning its nuclear plant Koeberg is a reality that cannot be ignored much longer.
Cape Town water map.
City of Cape Town
Cape Town's new water map shows users who are within the water restriction limit.
Cape Town’s Muizenburg beach. Water shortages in the city hasn’t deterred tourists.
A drought levy is being proposed for water scarce Cape Town. The levy is facing wide opposition and there are claims it's punitive and punishes those trying to save water.
Interactions between sharks and humans happen in a variety of places. That means reducing conflict needs different interventions.
Six major dams make up 99.6% of the volume of water in Cape Town’s water supply.
The water crisis in South Africa's Cape Town teaches us there's more at play than just rainfall. Disasters like droughts means the issue must be seen from many different perspectives, like politics.
Citizen scientists collecting soil and fine-roots from under unhealthy plants.
Cape Citizen Science
Humans - the very "carriers" who can spread dangerous microbes unthinkingly from their equipment and shoes - can instead become the first line of defence against a possible microscopic invasion.
The All Blacks after beating the Springboks 57-0 in New Zealand on September 16, 2017.
South Africans supporting visiting New Zealand rugby teams took root in a tumultuous time as an expression of defiance against apartheid.
Informal settlements in Cape Town only use 4.7% of the city’s water.
There are a number of myths surrounding Cape Town's drought, one of them being that the city saw the crisis coming but didn't prepare for it.
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, in Cape Town.
From a heritage perspective, the transformation of Cape Town's grain elevator into an art museum delivers an innovative and creative solution to retaining and reusing industrial heritage sites.
Private security guards secure Uber offices in Parktown, a suburb of Johannesburg. Its drivers are constantly under attack.
The future of private security is beset by many challenges and what forms of regulation would be required to align it with the public interest.
Most South African police officers view their job as primarily just that -
a job and a means to survive.
Born and raised in poor circumstances, many South African police officers find themselves in the job after original aspirations slipped beyond reach.