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
Read More
Child spanking outlawed as court scraps use of 'reasonable chastisement' defence

Child spanking outlawed as court scraps use of 'reasonable chastisement' defence

The defence of reasonable chastisement of children has been declared unconstitutional in the Johannesburg High Court on Thursday.

SPCA expected to probe illegal bush racing in WC after Carte Blanche expose

SPCA expected to probe illegal bush racing in WC after Carte Blanche expose

The sport, which appears to be popular in the province, forces retired racing horses to run on tar roads for gambling purposes.

Ramaphosa responds to rumors that he will pushed out of office next

Ramaphosa responds to rumors that he will pushed out of office next

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the growing rumors that he might be the next to be booted from Pres. Zuma's executive.

WATCH: Robben Island gets solar farm and goes green

WATCH: Robben Island gets solar farm and goes green

The island previously relied solely on diesel generators and has transitioned to solar energy, solar expert Dom Wills explains.

Smoke alarms reduce risk of deaths in shack fires, says researcher

Smoke alarms reduce risk of deaths in shack fires, says researcher

Researcher Patricia Zweig says smoke alarm can either catch fires and put them out or give shack dwellers enough time to escape.

Stellies 'worm whizz' wants to know what fisherfolk use on their hooks

Stellies 'worm whizz' wants to know what fisherfolk use on their hooks

A marine biologist is leading a survey which aims to gain a better understanding of the demand on worms as bait along the coast.

Popular articles
Estate agent Aida admits it’s the source of SA’s largest data hack ever

Estate agent Aida admits it’s the source of SA’s largest data hack ever

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Stuff magazine’s Toby Shapshak.

UCT engineering student creates affordable grey water system

UCT engineering student creates affordable grey water system

Nkosinathi Nkomo came up with a system that could turn grey water into usable water amidst the Cape Town water crisis.

Meet Whitey Basson (the retail guru who turned Shoprite into a R127bn behemoth)

Meet Whitey Basson (the retail guru who turned Shoprite into a R127bn behemoth)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews the former CEO of Africa’s largest retailer by far.

CT airport shooting attempted hit on gang boss allegedly linked to '28s' -expert

CT airport shooting attempted hit on gang boss allegedly linked to '28s' -expert

A policing expert explains that the airport shooting may be linked to the shooting at a Stellenbosch nightclub this past weekend.

Almost 30 million SA ID numbers compromised after site hacked

Almost 30 million SA ID numbers compromised after site hacked

Independent Marketing Consultant in the Technology Space, Andrew Fraser says this looks like a leak and not a hack.

Cape Town International Airport shooting could be gang related - ACSA

Cape Town International Airport shooting could be gang related - ACSA

The incident happened in the early hours of Wednesday morning.