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From solar panels and rainwater collection to wind power and rooftop gardens, roofs are steadily becoming more than just a shelter from the elements. Harnessing the elements and putting them to functional use, a roof is now an essential, integrated part of how homes and businesses function in the long term, and a platform for an off-grid solution.
A new water research unit at the University of Cape Town aims to help create a sustainable water future.
South Africa is ranked as the 30th driest country in the world, according to the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). Projections noted in National Treasury’s 2012 Budget Review are concerning and show that by 2030 the demand for water in the country will outstrip the ability to supply it. The reality of water shortages hit home more recently as the ongoing drought wreaks havoc across the country. It is therefore essential to find new, innovative and scalable solutions to ensure water security into the future.
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