SA's drought a 'harvest of dysfunction' - Oxfam

2017-03-28 15:11

The devastation caused by South Africa's current drought is not simply a consequence of poor rainfall and the strongest El Niño on record, Oxfam SA says in a report.

Drought-stricken Somalia battles hunger and cholera

2017-03-27 16:43

Somalia's drought is threatening three million lives, according to the UN In recent months. Aid agencies have been scaling up their efforts but they say more support is urgently needed to prevent the crisis from worsening.

UN: $864m appeal for Somalia only 31 percent funded

2017-03-23 10:12

The United Nations says the $864 million UN humanitarian appeal for Somalia where a worsening drought threatens millions of people with famine is only 31% funded.

EU gives extra €165m to combat East Africa drought

2017-03-20 13:32

The European Union says it’s giving an extra €165m to battle humanitarian crises in East Africa, including a famine in South Sudan and drought in Somalia.

Emergency measures in place for water crisis – Cape Town

2017-03-13 22:15

The City of Cape Town says disaster planning is underway to ensure measures are in place for the possibility of an extended drought.

Four maps that show the extent of the Cape Town water crisis

2017-03-08 11:06

Just how bad is the Cape Town water crisis? Take a look at four maps that show the extent of the problem.

Cape Town breaks through 800 million litre water saving barrier

2017-03-06 19:07

Capetonians are finally using less than 800 million litres of water per day, the city said.

SA cities lose 37% of water supply through leaks

2017-03-02 19:25

The Western Cape government say 37% of South Africa's water supply is lost through leaks in cities.

Check for water leaks, says water-wary Cape Town

2017-03-01 22:37

The City of Cape Town has urged residents to check their water bills regularly after a resident who was named and shamed for excessive water use found an underground leak on his property.

Western Cape dams now only 31% full - MEC

2017-02-27 17:40

Dams in the Western Cape are now only 31% full, says MEC Anton Bredell.


Cape Town water being treated for harmless compound

2017-03-28 11:00

The City of Cape Town is treating its dwindling water supplies for the harmless organic compound geosmin, that is affecting its smell and taste.

Protect Cape Flats aquifer, says campaigner

2017-03-23 22:59

The Cape Flats has a secret weapon against drought - an aquifer in Philippi that has been watering the city's vegetables for more than 200 years.

Fighting for water security in a time of demand

2017-03-22 12:21

Water demand in South Africa is expected to exceed supply by 17% in 2030, according to a World Wildlife Fund report.

With just 100 days of water left, Cape Town risks running dry

2017-03-17 07:00

The last 10% of the reservoir water is unusable, and the risk is mounting that taps and pipes will stop flowing before the onset of the winter rainy season in May or June.

Niger drought leaves schools closed

2017-03-11 07:17

More than half of schoolchildren have quit class in some parts of Niger due to drought which is forcing entire families of farmers to move to seek better pastures, the UN says.

Mandela Bay on brink of disaster as water crisis deepens

2017-03-07 20:24

The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality is on the brink of being declared a disaster area as the water crisis deepens, mayor Athol Trollip has said.

Cosatu to protest over Western Cape water crisis

2017-03-03 08:01

Cosatu in the Western Cape has planned to go on strike over what it calls the City of Cape Town's failure to address the water crisis.

Cape Town stands by list of top 100 water users

2017-03-02 18:00

The City of Cape Town is adamant its list of the top 100 water users is accurate after questions arose about leaks resulting excessive water use.

Cape Town water prices could jump - De Lille

2017-02-28 13:48

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has warned residents that the price of water could increase dramatically.

Water restrictions to be lifted in Gauteng

2017-02-27 12:24

The Department of Water and Sanitation says it is making arrangements for the lifting of water restrictions in Gauteng.

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