Protesters occupy a national highway in the Western Cape.
Governing parties and officials need to take note of the frustration being expressed by ordinary South Africans.
South African opposition party leader, Mmusi Maimane, addressing the media. A viable media helps promote political accountability.
The sustainability of the news media is a precondition for good journalism in the public interest. Thus, economic questions should form part of discussions of press freedom.
A massive wildfire on the Garden Route fuelled by invasive alien trees.
Invasive alien species that costs South Africa's economy billions can be eliminated.
The value of abalone increased as it moves from traffickers and later to overseas wholesalers.
Abalone poaching in Cape Town succeeds because there is a motivated offender, a suitable target and a lack of security.
The Berg River Dam on 7 March 2018 about 48% full.
The drought in Cape Town has taught the city some valuable lessons.
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.
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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.
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.