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    • About 50% of South Africa’s biggest dams could be dangerous to those who swim in them.
    • South African dams have high levels of cyanobacteria, a type of algae that feeds of nutrients such as fertiliser and sewage run-off. 
    • A real-time map, created using satellite data, aims to show which dams could be dangerous - but the site will go dark by the end of the month as government funding runs out.
    • The organisers of the African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit have announced the gold sponsorship of Utility Systems, an industry leader in the field of remote communicating electronic water control valves and STS prepayment devices. The opportunities and challenges in the South African property sector, from commercial to residential, will be in focus at the summit that returns to Sandton from 11-12 October. 

    • Die onlangse opvlam van belangstelling in masjiene wat water uit lug kan onttrek, klaarblyklik sonder perke, klink na presies die redding wat ‘n droogtegeteisterde Suid-Afrika vandag nodig het. 

    • The authors discovered that these aluminium oxide nano-sheets were highly porous and went on to prove they were suitable for filtering both heavy metal ions and oil contamination at unprecedented, ultra-fast rates.

    • Fresh water is the most important resource for human life on earth. People can survive far longer without food than without water, and virtually all of our food sources require fresh water to grow or create.

    • Prof. Ashok Chapagain has recently been appointed as senior professor in the department of agricultural economics in the faculty of natural and agricultural sciences at the University of the Free State (UFS).

    • This April the dam levels in the Western Cape slumped to a low of just 18% and South Africans were bracing themselves for Day Zero.

    • Water has ranked in the top five risks for seven consecutive years in the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report. And if you look at the headline threats to humanity and the planet over the next decade, as pinpointed by 1,000 experts, all but one are linked to water.

    • By 2050, the world’s population is forecast to reach 9.7 billion and agricultural production will need to rise by about 60%, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

    •  Lewe op aarde is al vir miljoene jare vir oorlewing van water afhanklik. Toe Neil Armstrong in 1969 op die maan geland het, het hy die planeet Aarde beskryf as “’n blink blou pêrel wat in die ruimte spin”

    • Fresh water is the most important resource for human life on earth. People can survive far longer without food than without water, and virtually all of our food sources require fresh water to grow or create.

    • In the Langkloof most topfruit orchards have finished flowering and growers are in the process of fruit thinning. Their dams are full and yet the new season has brought an unwelcome irony: a year ago, Langkloof dams were 30% full and the nearby Kouga Dam 12.6% full (later dropping to a mere 6%), but there were no water restrictions on Langkloof fruit producers.

    • Half a century ago concerns about climate change, environment vulnerability, population density and the sustainability of earth systems reached a broad audience. This was clear from books like the Silent Spring published in 1962, and The Limits to Growth published 10 years later.

    • South Africa is often referred to as the 30th driest country in the world, a claim that's based on its average annual rainfall of 500mm compared to the world average of 860mm. National rainfall averages have a purpose.

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