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.
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Opposition leader Mmusi Maimane's takeover of responsibility for tackling the Western Cape water crisis blurs party and state lines.
Koeberg Nuclear Power Plant.
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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.
Cape Town’s drought and associated water shortage has escalated disaster level.
Cape Town promised alternative water sources with the ongoing drought being declared a disaster. Its main strategy is water rationing but climate models are also being used.
South Africa needs to review its approach to rolling out Bus Rapid Transit systems as the current model is proving to be too expensive and unsustainable.
Typical mass housing units in South Africa.
Durban one of South Africa’s third largest cities, by population has reported that the number of people living in informal dwellings has remained stubbornly high.
Low levels at Cape Town’s Theewaterskloof Dam. Smart meters could slow water loss.
Smart meters may help water saving initiatives as the drought persists in South Africa’s Western Cape. It can help those who need achieve saving targets.
Modern desalination plant on the shores of the Arabian Gulf where the most desalinated water is produced.
Desalination has been proposed as one of many strategies to deal with the water shortages. But the process is known to be expensive and harmful to the environment.