Dr Kevin Winter of the University of Cape Townʼs (UCT) Future Water Institute in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science examines why South Africa is unlikely to achieve the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for water by 2030.
Future Water Institute recently highlighted some of their projects that explore different ways of valuing water. This is in keeping with the theme for this year’s World Water Day on 22 March: “Valuing water” – determining what water means to people, understanding its true value and learning how best to protect this vital resource.
Four of the instituteʼs emerging researchers – Jessica Fell, Emily Nicklin, Kalpana Maraj and Amber Abrams – presented at a webinar hosted by the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) on some of their research projects that intersect with this theme.
Prof Neil Armstrong is one of the international guest lecturers on the Sanitation Programme. Every year he presents three days of lectures on ‘Slum Drainage’. This year the 'slum drainage' sub module took place remotely on 27 – 29 January 2021. The sub-module covers various topics with focus on the practical rather than the theoretical.
Adeebah Rakiep joined the Future Water Institute in March 2020 as a Research Assistant after completing her MSc degree in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Cape Town (UCT).
Future Water is looking to recruit two talented and enthusiastic researchers to join the institute as Carnegie Corporation Developing Emerging Academic Leaders (DEAL) fellows – one Junior Research Fellow and one Postdoctoral Research Fellow – in the field of Water resilience and environmental health.
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.
Future Water is partnering with the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities Institute at Monash University and with Aurecon to apply the Water Sensitive Cities transition planning process to Cape Town, South Africa. Read more about these efforts here.
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.