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.
Women who don't get enough to eat while pregnant face a high risk of developing common mental illnesses like depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after giving birth.
Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba, leads a campaign to clean up the city streets.
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Are different ways of governing emerging from South Africa's cities governed by opposition coalitions?
Cape Town’s main storage dam, the Theewaterskloof in May 2017 with 9% of water left in storage.
Early warning signs of a pending drought are difficult to recognise but cities will have to be better prepared for prolonged changes in weather patterns, so that it can respond quickly.
Language and herbs travel thanks to the Rastafarian community around Cape Town.
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Ethical engagement in multilingual communication is about mutual respect. More importantly, it's about shaping a shared future through face-to-face communication.
Cape Town is doing an outstanding job of managing residential water use.
There is an increasing demand for water in cities like Cape Town. The current drought exacerbates this. But there are ways to use and save water sustainably.
Cape Town reggae artist, Teba Shumba.
Reggae in South Africa has lost its visibility and prominence inside the country after apartheid. But local artists have built up extensive international links.
Water levels in Cape Town fell to 20% of their capacity.
Building resilience in Cape Town's water sector will require addressing risks like climate change, drought and flooding. Stormwater and groundwater are tipped as potential solutions.
Protests in South Africa are about more than just service delivery of basic services such as water and electricity. They reflect a wider crisis about the failure to build a more equitable society.
Cape Town offers is an example of one city balancing resilience and justice.
If resilience efforts don't consider justice issues, they will end up making those who are the most in need the least resilient.
Stormwater harvesting offers an alternative water supply source. It's almost entirely untapped in South Africa and could ensure improved water security across the country.
Young African penguins are following the usual cues to feeding grounds only to find that the sources of food in these places is no longer available. This is devastating for their numbers.
Building social networks is one of the greatest benefits of urban agriculture.
Urban farming increases access to healthy foods. And building social networks is one of the greatest benefits of urban agriculture in poor areas.
South African policewomen on beach patrol.
A tone of bitter disillusionment dominates the book, which combines self-deprecating anecdotes with reflections on the unique strangeness of policing a post-apartheid South African city.
Antarctica hangs in the balance. Five cities have the chance of securing the future of this fragile continent.
South Africa’s Proteaceae family, makes up a part of fynbos, a floral region with plants unique to South Africa Cape Town’s Table Mountain National Park.
Restoring habitats have numerous benefits, they can also benefit humanity. But it is for people to be convinced that they can actually do good.