Access to Clean Water Remains a Challenge for Rural Populations

My name is Sandra Dube*. Every morning I wake up at 5h00 to go and fetch water for my family. Sometimes my mother accompanies me to the water source, which is about four kilometres away from our home.

On my way to the water source, I usually meet my classmates who will be already heading to school. I am often late for school and on some days I miss classes as the long queues at the water source usually disappear around 9h00. At times, I cannot attend classes because I am too tired.

Informal Settlement Toilets 'Neglected'

The Social Justice Coalition says that the toilets in informal settlements are often neglected because they are seen as a temporary arrangement.

Speaking at a South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) public hearing on water and sanitation, the coalition’s policy coordinator, Gavin Silber, says that these areas are seen as illegal and therefore not in need of proper infrastructure.

UN Warns Against Shortage of Water

The United Nations (UN) has warned that water problems in many parts of the world are chronic and without a crackdown on waste will worsen as demand for food rises and climate change intensifies.

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, points out that, “Pressures on freshwater are rising, from the expanding needs of agriculture, food production and energy consumption to pollution and the weaknesses of water management"

SA Warned Over Water Management

Two civil society organisations have warned that, despite comments from Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, about the need for improved water management, government policies and practices are yet to show urgent reform.

In a report released this week, the Centre for Environmental Rights, found that pressure on the country’s constrained water resources, including mining pollution, the failure of some municipal water treatment services, and agriculture’s overuse and pollution of water resources, is becoming ‘increasingly acute’.

Lack of Water Threat to the Poor – UNDP

Prosperous countries have not lived up to their promises to help the poor, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) declares, saying poor people often go hungry because of polluted water, drought and other environmental factors that are increasing poverty.

In its annual report on the quality of life worldwide, the UNDP says that more should be done to address international environmental concerns and that sustainability must become a way of life as the world population grows above 7 billion.

Urbanisation A Challenge for Water Supply – UN

The United Nations says that rapid urbanisation in Africa over the past five decades is changing the continent's landscape and generating formidable challenges for the supply of water and sanitation services.
In its latest report, According to the Rapid Response Assessment by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN-HABITAT, urban centres in Africa are growing at a faster rate than anywhere else in the world.

Southern African Water Wire expands co-operation

The Southern African Water Wire, produced by Inter Press Service (IPS) Africa, has entered a second phase with expanded support to focus on climate change and river basin management in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

AusAID is the latest donor to support this programme, which promotes integrated water resources management in the SADC region through the production of radio and print stories for use by community and mainstream media, as well as capacity building for regional reporters.

Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust: Best Practice in Service Delivery

The Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust team will be bringing its top award-winning public service projects from around the country to the Northern Cape, Kimberley. Northern Cape representatives from government, municipalities, media and civil society are invited to attend, to learn from award-winning projects working in the following areas: Environmental Education, Housing, Sanitation and Waste Management, Municipal Debt Relief and Urban Agriculture. 

Water Affairs DG Put on 'Special Leave'

Water Affairs director-general Pam Yako has been put on 'special lea' pending the outcome of an investigation into alleged financial irregularities within the department.

"No charges have been levelled against Ms Yako or any official of the department and, until informed otherwise by the outcome of the investigation, the director-general remains innocent," Water Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said on Wednesday.


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