Red tape not insurmountable for new Western Cape water projects

Red tape not insurmountable for new Western Cape water projects

As water conservation efforts aid Cape Town in surviving the worst drought in a century, there are an encouraging number of businesses and individuals who are pursuing initiatives to boost water supply. But what often obstructs them, according to SRK Consulting senior environmental consultant Scott Masson, is the necessary red tape around water provision.

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​​​​​​​JG Afrika supports KZN Wetlands Forum in devising a solution for endangered wetlands

​​​​​​​JG Afrika supports KZN Wetlands Forum in devising a solution for endangered wetlands

This year’s World Wetlands Day (2 February) was celebrated in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, by bringing together community leaders, municipalities, state departments, scientists and industry to discuss a workable solution to the rapidly declining water levels in the area. This includes the Vazi Pans peatland wetland system.

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Hidden depths: why groundwater is our most important water source

Hidden depths: why groundwater is our most important water source

Vivid scenes of worried Cape Town residents clutching empty water vessels in long snaking queues are ricocheting around the globe. Everyone is asking, “How did this happen?” Or, more precisely, “Can it happen in my city?” The importance of effective water management has been shoved, blinking, into the limelight.

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University taps into JG Afrika’s expertise to ensure water security

University taps into JG Afrika’s expertise to ensure water security

Stellenbosch University is working to reduce its water-footprint. Not only will this provide urgent relief to the Stellenbosch municipal water supply, but it will also serve as a blueprint for many other institutions and businesses exploring ways of conserving this important resource.

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Is Cape Town's drought the new normal?

Is Cape Town's drought the new normal?

Journalists and the general public are asking many questions about the Western Cape drought. What is meant by a drought? Why is the drought happening? Where exactly is the drought occurring? Is this drought caused by climate change? Could it have been predicted? Should we not expect it given Cape Town’s climate?

More recently, however, questions tend to be about how wet the coming year is expected to be. Is it going to be as dry as this past year? Is this drought “The New Normal“?

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