South Africa, Water Scarce and Innovation Rich

Water supply and sanitation in South Africa is characterised by both achievements and challenges. After the end of Apartheid South Africa’s newly elected government struggled with the then growing service and backlogs with respect to access to water supply and sanitation developed. The government thus made a strong commitment to high service standards and to high levels of investment subsidies to achieve those standards. Since then, the country has made some progress with regard to improving access to water supply: It reached universal access to an improved water source in urban areas, and in rural areas the share of those with access increased from 66% to 79% from 1990 to 2010.

South Africa also has a strong water industry with a track record in innovation. Two distinctive features of the South African water sector are the policy of free basic water and the existence of water boards, which are bulk water supply agencies that operate pipelines and sell water from reservoirs to municipalities.

South African Expertise in Water Management

South Africa is the 30th driest country worldwide. Water is a critical element to sustainable socio-economic development and the eradication of poverty and should be at the core of the green economy in the context of sustainable development and eradicating poverty. Water has a critical function in the South African economy where it contributes 60% towards agriculture and irrigation.
The Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS) legislative mandate seeks to ensure that the country’s water resources are protected, managed, used, developed, conserved and controlled by regulating and supporting the delivery of effective water supply and sanitation. This entails adhering to the requirements of water-related policies and legislation, including constitutional requirements, that are critical in delivering on the right of access to sufficient food and water, transforming the economy and eradicating poverty.

Western Cape, South Africa’s Premier Tourism Destination

The Western Cape’s heady mix of mountains, vineyards, and oceans appeals to millions of visitors annually. More than any other province its attractions border on iconic and, as a result, the province is the most popular for foreign visitors. Certainly Cape Town’s big 6 (now 7) attractions – Cape Point, Robben Island, Groot Constantia, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch, V&A Waterfront, and now The City Walk – have become central to any stay in the Western Cape and the Mother City.

From traditional braais to spicy curries and the famous koeksister, you are bound to have a mouth-watering experience while at the same time be exposed to a different vibe in every city or town. What’s more, you can experience South Africa and its beauty in luxury at affordable prices with enough money to indulge yourself at our array of modern, up-market shopping malls and lively flea markets.

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