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“A Drop of Water” – new documentary focusing on the severe drought in Africa

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A 90-minute documentary filmed by Turkish director Suat Emuce centers on three African kids, who live an underprivileged life, struggling against a lack of healthy, drinkable water. It presents the audience with the harrowing struggle of these three small human beings in search for clear water, the essential requirement for survival. Emuce said he has chosen four countries to be …

SA Government to invest in Hippo Water Rollers and other innovative solutions as part of its drought mitigating strategies in 2016-2017

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In her 2016/2017 budget speech on 11 May 2016, Deputy Minister Pamela Tshwete of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) announced detailed plans to aid municipalities unable to cope with the current drought or to meet the service delivery requirements of their communities. The drought mitigating strategies of DWS include new campaigns such as Drop a Block (save water …

Drought-stricken Free State towns face long queues and insufficient drinking water

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Residents of Tambo informal settlement in Senekal in the Free State start queuing for water from 03:00 every morning. The town has not had running water since December 14. There are many towns in South Africa that face the same fate due to the current drought – the worst to hit the country since the 1980’s. 260 000 litres of …

South Africa’s Water Affairs Minister reveals the scale of the drought’s impact on rural communities and measures to alleviate it

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Water Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane recently revealed that the drought in South Africa currently affects 173 of the 1 628 water supply schemes nationally, serving approximately 2.7 million households. South Africa is in the fourth consecutive year of drier- than-average weather, with 2015 the most severe. Minister Mokonyane revealed the scale of the effect of the drought and the state …