Extreme swimmers take on polluted rivers to highlight water crisis

2014-12-17 12:05

Two extreme athletes are set to swim 200km down the polluted Wilge River in the Free State to highlight the plight of South Africa's deteriorating waterways.

Water cuts on the cards for eThekwini

2014-12-13 16:24

Water cuts are on the cards for eThekwini municipality residents in KwaZulu-Natal, according to a notice published on the city's Facebook page.

Power cuts cause water shortages

2014-12-09 14:20

The Polokwane municipality in Limpopo has appealed to residents to use water sparingly as Eskom's power cuts have caused water shortages in some areas.

Maldives capital suffers water crisis

2014-12-05 21:05

India and Sri Lanka have airlifted drinking water to the Maldives after a fire at a desalination plant led to severe shortages.

Plastic bag protest turns ugly

2014-11-25 22:22

Police in Ivory Coast's commercial capital have fired tear gas to disperse a crowd protesting a ban on plastic bags.

Your health is in your hands

2014-11-18 05:15

Good hygiene starts with correct hand washing. Yet, so many of us get it wrong – and may become seriously ill as a result.

Your health is in your hands

2014-11-17 15:21

Good hygiene starts with correct hand washing. Yet, so many of us get it wrong – and may become seriously ill as a result.


Many of us take our clean drinking water for granted. But are you sure that what's coming out of your tap is really safe? These quick tests will help you decide. Watch.

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South Africa’s looming water disaster

2014-11-03 09:12

As load shedding strikes, and we bemoan the country's power woes, an even bigger worry lurks ominously, if government doesn't spend 100 times more to secure our water supply.

Karoo fracking by winter 2016

2014-10-28 15:37

The first exploratory drill head could be biting its way down through Karoo rock in search of shale gas by as early as mid-2016.

Water disruptions in parts of Tshwane

2014-10-22 17:59

A burst pipe has caused water supply interruptions in Valhalla, south of Tshwane.

Mahikeng water safe - tests

2014-10-16 17:21

Tests have confirmed that water in Mahikeng in the North West is safe to drink, the water and sanitation department says.

LA mayor vows to cut water use by 20%

2014-10-15 09:12

The mayor of LA aims to reduce local water use by 20% over the next three years to address a record drought through a mix of voluntary measures for residents and mandatory restrictions for city departments.

Water problems need multi-faceted approach

2014-10-10 22:40

A co-ordinated approach to water management and infrastructure improvement is needed to solve Gauteng's water supply problems, says Cogta's spokesperson.

Coconut – the 'fruit of life'

2014-10-07 15:59

Coconut milk, water, flesh or oil . . . no matter how you use this tropical fruit, it’s bound to be good for you!

Mogale City water supply increasing

2014-10-04 16:09

Water supply in Mogale City in the West Rand is improving as reservoir levels increase, the local municipality says.

Maimane provoked residents - MEC

2014-10-02 18:22

DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane has provoked residents of Tsakane by campaigning on the back of water supply problems, Gauteng's co-operative governance MEC says.

Police forced to escort Maimane to safety

2014-10-01 14:52

The police have escorted DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane out of Tsakane near Brakpan in Gauteng after his water delivery campaign was interrupted.

Duarte: Water crisis shows officials must up game

2014-10-01 08:41

The water shortages in Gauteng showed how officials needed to improve their performance, says ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte.

Power failures cause East Cape water disruptions

2014-09-30 21:39

The flow of water in the Eastern Cape's Amathole district has been disrupted due to a power failure at a substation which powers the municipality's pump station.

Mokonyane: Cable theft economic sabotage

2014-09-29 17:57

Water Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says copper cable theft must be classified as an economic crime following a water shortage that hit parts of Johannesburg.

Water disruptions in Eastern Cape

2014-09-29 16:24

Butterworth and surrounding areas in the Eastern Cape were without water, the Amathole district municipality has said.

Ekurhuleni water supply stabilising

2014-09-28 14:59

The water supply in Ekurhuleni is stabilising after Bedfordview and Primrose started receiving water after a period of shortages, the municipality says.

No water crisis - committee chairperson

2014-09-27 21:20

There is no water crisis in Gauteng, chairperson of the portfolio committee on water and sanitation, Mlungisi Johnson, says.

Gauteng to remain dry for now

2014-09-27 14:52

Water should be restored to all parts of Gauteng within two weeks - as long as there were no power outages.


Too much water could be dangerous

2014-12-14 09:05

Sports scientist Tim Noakes’s research has turned all previous beliefs about water intake for runners on its head. How much water should one really drink when exercising?

Mystery of where Earth's water came from deepens

2014-12-11 11:29

Where did Earth's water come from? Rosetta space probe fails to solve the mystery.

A quarter of China's drinking water is 'substandard'

2014-12-08 14:58

Almost a quarter of purified drinking water tested by China's safety watchdog is substandard, with many products found to contain excessive levels of bacteria, the official Shanghai Daily newspaper say.

Qunu's week-long dry spell comes to an end

2014-12-03 21:09

Water in Qunu has been restored after the Eastern Cape town was without water for over a week when there was a breakdown of water services.

Staying hydrated could be the key to surviving Ebola

2014-11-18 11:27

Ebola kills up to 90% of those who contract the disease. It turns out that the way to be part of the remaining 10% might be to stay hydrated.

WHO highlights shocking global impact of drowning

2014-11-17 16:29

Every hour, every day, more than 40 people lose their lives to drowning.

Sickness stalks India village with toxic water

2014-11-11 12:56

People both young and old in a small village in India have always drunk the ground water drawn from communal handpumps that experts now say is highly toxic.


A study conducted between 2007 and 2011 has found that nearly 40% of SA’s drinkable water goes down the drain. See how much your province is wasting here.

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SA a water-scarce country - Zuma

2014-11-01 06:45

South Africa is a water-scarce country with it being a problem in many communities, President Jacob Zuma says.

Stones block Bloemhof main sewer

2014-10-22 20:11

A blocked pipeline resulted in sewage flowing into the Bloemhof Vaal River, the DR Ruth Segomotsi District Municipality has said.

Science meets voodoo at festival of water

2014-10-20 13:05

Perhaps no other city in the United States is as well-suited as New Orleans to wed a scientific discussion of environment with a celebration of the occult.

Drought-hit US town learns to live without water

2014-10-16 14:00

Residents and business people in the small town of Porterville, in California's normally verdant Central Valley, who have no running water and are having to re-think how they live.

Drip, drip: Water start-ups tap a glacial industry

2014-10-13 14:04

Innovation in water hasn't been entirely glacial. But when start-ups try to sell their technology to utilities focused on ensuring a regular and clean supply of water, new ideas take a back seat to safety and reliability.

Over 100 mines have no water-use licences

2014-10-09 21:00

A total of 103 mines are breaking the law by operating without water-use licences, according to Water Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.

DA queries later water board reports

2014-10-02 20:56

The DA has called on Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane to explain why 14 national water boards have not submitted their annual reports on time.

Maimane booed during water campaign

2014-10-01 14:10

DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane has been booed when he tried to address Tsakane, East Rand, residents during a water delivery campaign.

Gauteng on high water alert - MEC

2014-10-01 05:00

Gauteng's provincial leaders are on high alert and ready to respond to water-related problems that may re-surface in the near future, Co-operative Governance MEC Jacob Mamabolo says.

Water maintenance in Mpuma municipality put on hold

2014-09-29 19:59

The DA says major maintenance work on the uSuthu water supply network in Mpumalanga has been put on hold.

Water shortage a technical glitch - Mokonyane

2014-09-29 16:46

Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane has described the three-week water shortage in Gauteng as a “technical glitch”.

Rand Water: Water restoration gradual

2014-09-28 21:39

The restoration of water in Gauteng will be gradual and people should use water sparingly, Rand Water has said.

Tsakane community grinds to halt without water

2014-09-27 22:55

Residents of Tsakane in Brakpan, Ekurhuleni, say that their lives have ground to a halt after being without water for two weeks.

Water shortage is our concern - Maimane

2014-09-27 16:44

DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane has visited residents of Tsakane in Brakpan, Ekurhuleni, to show solidarity with those who have been without water for two weeks.

Worst water crisis in 110 years

2014-09-27 06:00

The water shortage "crisis" is under control for now, the parliamentary portfolio committee on water and sanitation has heard.

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