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Squeezing Africa dry: behind every land grab is a water grab

Those who have been buying up vast stretches of farmland in recent years, whether based in Dubai or London City, understand that it’s the access to water that they get from the land deals, which they often get for free and without restriction, that may well be worth the most over the long-term.

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South Africa: water resources in danger

South Africans may have to start paying more for water if they do not manage their water resources efficiently. This is in light of a recent study which has shown that South Africa has less natural water resources than previously believed.

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Water Management: Regional prescriptions are needed

The Orange-Senqu River has a one million square kilometre basin that covers Lesotho, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. The water it provides is crucial to industry in South Africa, but is also relied on by farmers and domestic users.

In 2000, the Orange-Senqu River Commission – ORASECOM – was established to advise member states on the shared use of water resources. ORASECOM executive secretary Lenka Thamae spoke to IPS during a field trip along the length of the river to answer questions.

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