African Utility Week: How South Africa could manage its water scarcity problems

Paul Yillia has over the years become a regular speaker at African Utility Week on issues of sustainable development.

He is Programme Manager at Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) in Austria and an acclaimed water-energy-food nexus expert.

Yillia spoke to CapeTalk’s John Maytham about challenges on water resource management which will be the focus of his address at the African Utility Week water conference.

The 2016 African Utility Week is due to take place from 17-19 May at the CTICC in Cape Town.

The challenge is not at the global level, water problems are usually local problems just like drought and floods. The solution has to be provided at a local level but it could be very challenging

Paul Yillia, Programme Manager at Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), Austria

Listen to the full conversation below:

Speaking to John Maytham, Yillia pointed specifically at the drought problem that has hit South Africa. He says it needs managers at country level to assess the situation, and come up with problem solving strategies locally.

You could have drought in California, but the solution and the way they address issues in California would be different in terms of means of implementation and resources available that South Africa would need to solve its own drought problems.

Paul Yillia, Programme Manager at Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), Austria

This is an issue that could be discussed at African Utility Week because we have representatives from South African Water Research Commission who will be there. They have been working quite a lot with research and development issues in the water sector

Paul Yillia, Programme Manager at Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), Austria

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