Who’s the boss?

Gloria Mazwi

When Gloria Mazwi left school, she decided that the sensible thing to do was to study business management. Unfortunately, she was unable to find permanent, sustainable employment in that field.

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Threats to safe drinking water

By: Andrew (Andy) Camphausen

What threat is posed by non-compliant plumbing practices, water-borne diseases and a disregard of environmental water practices?

When preparing and investigating this topic, I was amazed at the amount of micro biological diseases that are borne out of water. As I am not a microbiologist, the terms and scientific names are not mine, but I will try and explain this to the best of my ability.

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Journey of water

By: World Wildlife Fund

The World Wildlife Fund took a journey across KwaZulu-Natal to show the country where its water-rich areas are and how to preserve them

In 2013, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) South Africa, through a partnership with Sanlam, launched the Journey of Water campaign. A highlight of this campaign is the Journey of Water walk, which sees journalists, celebrities, radio DJs and activists take a 100km walk through South Africa’s most water-rich areas.

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SA’s future water crisis linked to the current energy crisis

By: Trevor Blench (chairman of Steenkampskraal Thorium Limited)

Electricity power will soon be needed to produce clean water and it seems South Africa is in for a rocky ride

Within 35 years, South Africa will be short of fresh water, which will be linked to the energy crisis. The preferred way to address this is through desalination. However, unless the energy crisis is addressed, South Africa is destined for long-term power and water shortages, primarily because power will be need to produce clean water.

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Re-using water: again and again

By: Sue Matthews for the Water Research Commission

The Water Research Commission investigates the processes involved in reclaiming drinking water from wastewater

What do Beaufort West residents, Bill Gates and the International Space Station's astronauts have in common? It sounds like the setup of a corny joke, but in all seriousness the answer is that they have all consumed 'reclaimed' water that has been produced by removing all the impurities in treated wastewater to ensure it meets drinking water quality standards.

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Smart water meters benefits all

By: Kelly-Ann Prinsloo – writer

We take a look at smart water metering technology and how it can benefit both residents and the municipalities in which they live

In an Eastern Cape town, smart water metering technology has contributed to a reduction of water leaks and wastage, as well as ensured an increase in revenue for the municipality.

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