South Africa

South Africa, situated on Africa’s southern edge borders Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Of these, South Africa completely surrounds Lesotho and almost completely surrounds Swaziland. Climatically, it is mostly semiarid and subtropical along the east coast. South Africa is very rich in natural resources and has large reserves of e.g. gold, coal, iron ore, manganese, nickel and phosphates.

Key Water Issues and Challenges

  • Prolonged droughts
  • Lack of important arterial rivers or lakes requires extensive water conservation and control measures
  • Growth in water usage outpacing supply
  • Pollution of rivers from agricultural runoff and urban discharge
  • Air pollution resulting in acid rain

Contact GWP South Africa

Ms. Ruth Beukman, Regional Coordinator r.beukman@cgiar.org

More Information

AQUASTAT -FAO's Information System on Water and Agriculture http://www.fao.org/nr/water/aquastat/main/index.stm

UN-Water Statistics http://www.unwater.org/statistics_KWIP.html


Source: www.cia.gov; http://data.worldbank.org; www.unwater.org

Posted: 2012-07-25


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