The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Water and Fire project team is now fully formulated, with the recent addition of four new postdoctoral research associates to the team – including Dr Tsitsi Mpofu-Mkweta who is based at UCT and jointly supervised by Dr Kirsty Carden and Dr Guy Lamb (Director: Safety and Violence Initiative).
The 11th annual Peninsula Paddle took place on 4 October 2020. As usual, this year the paddling journey started from Zandvlei Estuary to Milnerton Lagoon along the canals and waterways. The event took place under COVID-19 conditions which meant reducing the large number of participants as in previous, to just six paddlers this year. In the canals the paddlers found an extraordinary variety of dumped items such as solid litter, plastics, clothing, bedding, broken furniture, baby diapers, dead dogs and organic matter from households, some of which freshly dumped into the canal.
The journey was documented in a powerful documentary to showcase the event and state of the waterways: Watch video.
The Future Water research institute has been awarded a UKRI GCRF project on Water and Fire: Enhancing Capacity and Reducing Risk through 15 'Best Bets' for Transformative Adaptation with Vulnerable Residents on the Cape Flats with a consortium of local and international universities. UPDATE: A postdoctoral position related to this project is now available - click here to view the advertisement.