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Facing a dry future: water scarcity in South Africa
Date: 31 March 2016
Time: 10h30 - 12h30
Venue: Conference room, ISS Pretoria, Block C, Brooklyn Court, map

South Africa is currently facing its worst drought in 23 years. As of November 2015, five provinces have been declared disaster areas and water challenges throughout the country have got worse. 

Water withdrawals currently exceed reliable supply and the problem will only increase over the next 20 years. How can South Africa balance its water sector and reconcile future use with future supply?

This seminar launches the latest African Futures paper Parched prospects II: A revised long-term water supply and demand forecast for South Africa.

Using the International Futures forecasting system, this research predicts future water supply and demand scenarios and looks at possible interventions.

Chair: Dr Julia Schünemann, Senior Researcher and Project Leader, ISS


  • Zachary Donnenfeld, Researcher, ISS
  • Dhesigen Naidoo, CEO, Water Research Commission
This event is made possible with support from the Water Research Commission. The ISS is also grateful for support from the following members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
Conference room
ISS Pretoria
Block C
Brooklyn Court
Anu Klaassens
Phone: +27 12 346 9500
Julia Sch√ľnemann
Phone: +27 12 346 9500
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