Dr Kevin Winter from UCT’s Future Water Institute paints a stark picture of what continued water shortages could bring, and what we can do to avoid it.
Great things are happening in the rural village of Zithulele in the Eastern Cape, thanks in no small part to the efforts of UCT chemical engineering graduate of ’98, Craig Paxton.
Craig is the co-founder and executive director of Axium Education Services which aims to transform rural communities in the developing world through education. They use a three-tiered strategy working with students, teachers and school leaders to raise student achievement and create a pathway for talented students to pursue tertiary study.
One of the consequences of the student protests in 2016 is that four weeks of teaching were lost at the University of Cape Town. For the EBE faculty, this could not be made up by online offerings, as the faculty is heavily dependent on its labs, workshops, studios and advanced computer facilities. The solution was to offer a mini-semester to all EBE students in January 2017.
Professor Neil Armitage, head of the Department of Civil Engineering and a member of the Future Water Institute was interviewed on Cape Talk Radio on water desalination and why we are not doing it?