Thursday, February 26, 2009

South Africa The good news?

Well, you've got to love the ANC spin doctors.

Here is a press release about our water being almost OK, while we are in the midst of a cholera outbreak with no plan of action to actually address the cause.

Let’s just say everything is fine, have an indaba, mix our Scotch with Perrier ice cubes and hope no one keeps score of the body count.

Not always up to scratch, but it‘s safe to drink. Source

Johannesburg – South Africa‘s water might not always be up to standard, but it is safe to drink, the department of water affairs and forestry said yesterday.

“The department acknowledges that the water might at times not meet the required technical standard, according to our management systems (electronic water quality management and drinking water quality regulation),” it said.

“However, we must clarify that this in no way means the water in these towns is not safe for human consumption.” Sometimes, only one of 14 samples from a water source failed to meet the standards, said the department‘s drinking water quality regulation manager Leonardo Manus.

This did not mean the entire town was affected, he said. Where a sample failed and the determinant for this did not have a health impact, the water would also not be rendered unsafe.

Cholera in South Africa spreads Source

Five of South Africa's nine provinces have now reported cases of cholera.

The country's department of health announced on Friday that there have been 64 deaths and nearly 18,000 infections since the outbreak began last August.

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research suspends researcher Source

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has suspended a leading water researcher over a presentation he was to deliver about South Africa's water crisis this week.

The council executive of the CSIR on Friday suspended Dr Anthony Turton, an acclaimed political scientist, with immediate effect, charging him with insubordination and bringing the CSIR into disrepute.

In his presentation, Turton was to have said that South Africa had run out of surplus water, with 98 percent of it already allocated. And because most rivers and dams were highly polluted, they had lost the ability to dilute effluents.

Poor water quality was threatening economic growth, he added.

The pollution ranges from acidic mine pollution from coal and gold mining, levels of eutrophication [characterised by an abundant accumulation of nutrients that support a dense growth of algae and other organisms, the decay of which depletes the shallow waters of oxygen in summer] "unprecedented globally" in rivers and dams, and radio-nuclide and heavy-metal contamination from a century of largely unregulated gold mining that had left residents of Soweto, Ekurhuleni and the West Rand living on "contaminated land".

Impending Water Quality Crisis in South Africa? CSIR Suspends Whistleblower Dr. Tony Turton Source

I just learned from colleague Aaron Wolf that Dr. Anthony “Tony” Turton, one of the world’s top experts on hydropolitics and transboundary water resources and one of the movers in the Universities Partnership for Transboundary Waters, has been suspended by the Council on Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) after he sounded the alarm on an impending water crisis in South Africa.

CSIR has no real equivalent agency in the USA but this situation is analogous to the EPA or USGS suspending a top water researcher for whistleblowing. Turton is a Dir
ector of AWRA’s “sister” organization the International Water Resources Organization (IWRA). He also co-edits its journal, Water International.

A leading South African scientist has warned that gross underinvestment in water management has left it at risk of a cholera outbreak. Source

His report said:

• Investment in South Africa's water quality has fallen sharply since the 1980s
• Decades of mining for gold and other minerals has left much of the water supply heavily polluted with heavy metals and other pollutants
• Many municipalities across South Africa have no qualified engineers

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Left to their own ability the boons would sort out their excessive numbers within 20 years max.

Anonymous said...

Man that Apartheid Government was hell bent on providing all the Nations of SA with good, clean, healthy water, but even if they doubled the supply between 1950 and 1960, and again between 1960 and 1970, and again from 1970 to 1980, they couldn't keep up with the influx of Bantu from neighbouring countries!
The Bantu population doubles every 20 years... now that they have the whole of Africa, it's only a matter of time before they flood the other Western Countries (coz the Indians and Chinese sure ain't gonna take them)!
If only the Apartheid Gov. had been more like a European Colonial (read "Imperial") Gov. and allowed the Bantu to keep wiping each other out to the North-East... we may still have our own country in Southern Africa!
Remember it was also the Apartheid Gov. who wiped out the Nangana (Tetse fly) in the areas where the Bantu could not previously settle, such as north of St Lucia, giving the Zulus an extra 20 000 square kilometers of land... if they hadn't done that we could've had that Land!
What a shame!

Anonymous said...

Remember when you used to see bumper stickers, "Thank god for Aids?" Not any more. Aids is way too slow. Too much collateral damage with white women getting gang raped by Aids infested black scum.

Now cholera is cheap and fast. Way to go!