While we continue to look for innovative solutions through partnerships between universities, research institutes and companies, it is essential that public perception over water quality changes, writes Gideon Wolfaardt & Marlene de Witt.
The suspect allegedly defrauded farmers by pretended to be selling lucerne bales to those experiencing drought on their farms, but disappeared after the deposits has been paid.
Despite the rain in January, Makhanda remains in the grip of a water crisis. Schools, businesses and local residents continue to struggle to cope with water cuts.
Despite welcome rains recently, the Eastern Cape remains in the grip of a terrible drought, and taps in Graaff-Reinet, home to 40 000 people, ran dry last year.
Zimbabwe could be heading for another poor harvest after the country's biggest maize seed producer SeedCo said it had recorded a drop in sales.
Five thousand water tankers are to be supplied to drought-stricken QwaQwa in the Free State to give the town with immediate relief, according to Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu.
Food, power and currency stability continue to be significant worries for the southern African country.
The Department of Water and Sanitation has convened a two-day meeting to discuss how funding can be re-prioritised to assist areas still affected by drought in parts of the Eastern and Northern Cape.
DA interim leader John Steenhuisen says President Cyril Ramaphosa should order premiers to take urgent action to counter the drought crippling parts of the country.
The rains some regions received in the past few weeks made minimal improvement in soil moisture and improving vegetation, and his annual December drive across the country was a dreary one, says Wandile Sihlobo.
The KwaZulu-Natal government is deploying water tankers to areas which are water scarce to stamp out the possible spread of the coronavirus.
The declaration opens up the taps for emergency-relief funding, which amounted to some half a billion rand last time around.
Scarred by a water shortage that almost saw Cape Town become the first major world city to run out of water, local authorities are planning measures ranging from cutting down alien trees to establishing a "rainless day fund" to cushion its more than 4 million people from the next dry spell.
Butterworth residents have shut down parts of the Eastern Cape town to highlight their frustration over erratic water supplies during the prolonged drought.
"If I had a tap in my yard my child wouldn't have died." A grieving mother of a girl, who drowned at a dam in QwaQwa while fetching water, is blaming the embattled Maluti-A-Phofung municipality for her daughter's death..
A special joint ministerial and MEC team has agreed to escalate the war against water wastage.
Any desperate farmer on his or her knees will gratefully accept any assistance from the government, but the assistance being rolled out to the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform is far too little, far too late, says Agri-Eastern Cape.
A man from Jansenville in the Eastern Cape has been caught on camera swimming in the street outside a local store, after a recent bout of much-needed rain.
While the Karoo continues to battle a hard-hitting drought, the sight of a river flowing after morning rains on Wednesday has brought a little bit of joy and relief.
Zimbabwe's agriculture sector, hard hit by drought, is facing another significant risk as dam levels recede due to the high temperatures. Climate change has also resulted in an increase in insect growth rates, experts say.
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