oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Des Midgley Memorial Lecture : the Water Crisis in South Africa

Volume 18, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



The backbone of any economy lies in a secure and safe water supply, and protection of essential water resources. These requirements are amplified in a largely semi-arid country with a burgeoning economy that is also the economic hub of Africa. South Africa is fast approaching water scarcity, but dares not slacken the pace of economic development when there are still so many in desperate need of economic emancipation. Increasing water scarcity creates enormous challenges in equitably allocating this precious resource to competing sectors. Provision has to be made to sustain essential economic growth both for present and future generations, while at the same time securing basic human needs, meeting international obligations and protecting the resource and the fragile environment that it supports.

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