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South Africa’s lived experience of the famous line in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem, ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’, “Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink”, is reaching boiling point.

In the first of a series of interviews on the topic of water management, OFM Agri considers Water and Sanitation Minister, Senzo Mchunu’s recent call at the Water Service Authority summit that all citizens and industry – including farmers, should use water resources responsibly.

Prof. Anthony Turton, a water expert from the Centre for Environmental Management at the University of the Free State, says the global narrative generally centres around population growth and the enormous pressure on freshwater resources. However, the South African narrative is completely different.

“At the moment we actually don’t have a water scarcity in South Africa. The government says that there are a whole bunch of issues, but those are not necessarily valid narratives. The absolute core problem is the failure of the institutions of governance.”

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