Water Wednesday: Highlights from World Water Week in Stockholm so far

The South African delegation joins about 3 000 other attendees from about 100 countries at the World Water Week organised by SIWI (Stockholm International Water Institute). The conference is a meeting place for scientists, policy-makers and the private sector and offers the opportunity to network, exchange ideas and foster new thinking around the most pressing water-related challenges globally.

Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, David Mahlobo hosted a cocktail party on 25 August for the delegations from South Africa and Africa on the evening of 25 August at The Grand Hotel in Stockholm. At the cocktail party, Mahlobo wished Kiaran Chetty and Calden Gounden well ahead of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize awards ceremony that took place on 27 August. Although the two boys did not win the prize and lost to Macinley Butson from Australia, they still remain a beacon of pride for South Africa as finalists.

The Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden presented the prize at an award ceremony in Stockholm.

Dr Jackie King receives Stockholm Water Prize 2019

The South African delegation also congratulated SA aquatic ecologist Dr Jackie King for being this year’s Stockholm Water Prize laureate awarded by the Stockholm International Water Institute, for her contributions to global river management. She said she would use her prize to set up a trust to support advocacy and capacity building for sustainable basin management in Africa.

King created methods to demonstrate the ecological and social implications of damming and de-watering rivers. Through her work, she has advanced the scientific understanding of water flows, giving decision-makers the tools to assess the real costs and benefits of river system development.

King’s work also influenced South Africa’s 1998 National Water Act and is increasingly guiding governments and institutions across the globe.

Here is your weekly dam update:

  • The Vaal River System consisting of 14 dams serving mainly Gauteng, Sasol and Eskom is at 90.4%.
  • The Cape Town Dam System, consisting of six dams serving mainly the City of Cape Town, is at 65.7% this week.
  • The Eastern Cape Dam System is at 55.5% while KwaZulu-Natal sits at 59%.

Here are the latest dam percentages throughout the country:

For a more in-depth rainfall update, visit WeatherSA or click here. For more information on the water storage levels across the country, visit the DWS site. For a comprehensive drought status report from the Department of Water and Sanitation, click here.

Source: Capricorn Review