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On World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. This year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee.
In the article, Refugee or migrant? Sometimes the line is blurred, Parvati Nair, Director of United Nations University Institute on Globalisation, Culture and Mobility, challenges us to explore the ideas surrounding refugees and forced migration.
“All people who cross international borders without papers, whether they are Central Americans riding the trains through Mexico to get to the United States or Ethiopians escaping hunger in unseaworthy dinghies, face myriad risks. They include the underworld of smugglers, inhumane treatment by authorities and the mental and physical dangers of invisibility and exploitation,” Nair writes.
At the beginning of this week, it was reported that water consumption in the City of Cape Town has increased again and is 40 million litres above the daily target of 600 million.
Water consumption and security are issues that South Africans can no longer ignore. Members of the public are advised not to relax their water-saving efforts despite the recent rains.
"Due to the severity of the drought, above-target consumption, as well as the unpredictability of climatic conditions, Level 4 water restrictions remain in place indefinitely over the long-term and could be intensified if warranted," read a statement from the City of Cape Town.
In the article, Why the world needs to get smarter about water consumption, Dragan Savic, Professor of Hydroinformatics at the University of Exeter, writes: “Water infrastructure is often overlooked when smart cities are considered or discussed. This seems strange when water services are so crucial for human health and well-being. But water is often seen as an “invisible utility” which is taken for granted.”
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