Experts: SA will face water shortages

2014-04-04 13:25

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Cape Town - South Africa is going to face water challenges due as a result of insufficient infrastructure, according to environmental experts.

According to the SABC this information comes as government brings out its reticulation projects to address water shortages in various areas.

The main issue is a lack of catchment infrastructure in SA said experts.

With increased protests over a lack of water, experts say that these challenges can be addressed through reservoir and dam development

Government however has decided to implement water reticulation initiatives.

Julius Kleynhans, a environmentalist with Afriforum argues that these projects are not enough and that there is a large need for water provisions in South Africa.

These provisions are vital when you look at population growth and the demand for clean drinkable water especially in the future said Kleynhans.

He asked government to look at our past, when water shortages effected crop production.

The views by Afriforum have also been supported by traditional leaders of the Bahurutshe Ba Ga Moiloa in Dinokana village, a community that has battled water scarcity.

These leaders argue that reticulation projects are insufficient and call for government to invest in water catchment infrastructure.

The leaders want a reservoir to be built in their community.

The Department of Water Affairs said that from 2000 to 2006 the government of South Africa has spent R2bn on constructing dams and there is a further R8.2bn that will be used for
more water projects.
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