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By JoJo
10 Nov 2021 0

Water is a complex topic worldwide, but particularly in a water-scarce and unequal country like South Africa. Our towns and cities are facing increasingly severe water shortages. While some of these problems relate to ageing infrastructure and municipalities that are unable to keep up with rapid urbanisation, most are due to the climate crisis, desertification and the collapse of the delicate ecological systems which make water and life possible (that we too often take for granted). Underpinning these problems and the solutions for them is our relationship with water, and understanding how our smallest interactions with this precious resource can ripple out into our collective demise or salvation.

For Water For Life – The water podcast is back for a second season, with a new episode landing every two weeks. Through conversations with scientists, hydrologists, biodiversity experts, philosophers, divers, architects and activists, hosts Gugulethu Mhlungu and Michelle Constant explore how water moves through the urban landscape. We follow the extraordinary course every single drop of water takes from the ocean to our bodies and then back again. We dive into the impact urbanisation, consumption and the climate crises have had on our fragile water systems, particularly in South Africa’s biggest cities. 

This season’s journey starts off at a sacred wetland in the Cape Flats, which has cultural and spiritual ties not just to the community that lives there today, but to ancient inhabitants of southern Africa: the Khoi. 

We revisit the water cycle and the importance of all the systems that contribute to it. We look at the future of South Africa’s water security and question the roles that groundwater and desalination could play. And we take a cosmic journey to discover the origins of water on our planet, from science to indigenous knowledge.

We travel to the cities to understand the impact of our concrete jungles on our water systems and look at the relationship between concrete and water in the urban landscape. We discuss the role of urban planning and dig into the complexities of engineering a city’s water. Wastewater, greywater, potable water – how is our dirty water processed and treated, and how does our drinking water make its way to our taps?

And if we don’t have clean, healthy water piped directly to our homes and schools, how does that impact our health and social security? We speak to those working to democratise access to water across South Africa. 

Are smart cities in our immediate future? From rainwater harvesting to smart water meters and Internet of Things devices, we discuss some of the latest innovations that could change our relationship with the water. 

And finally, we follow the journey of our water out to sea, and speak to activists and deep-sea divers fighting to defend the future of the pale blue dot and the life-giving water on it.  

You can listen to the JoJo #ForWaterForLife podcast on the JoJo website, and through most other podcast platforms. Episodes release every two weeks.

Listen now: https://www.jojo.co.za/for-water-for-life-podcast/ 

#ListenToTheWater and win! 

Have you listened to the first episode of the #ForWaterForLife podcast yet? Not only is the podcast full of inspiring stories from all corners of the country, it could also teach you a thing or two. Find us on Facebook or Instagram for competition details and to enter. You could win yourself R10 000 in cash!

You must be following JoJo on Facebook or Instagram to enter. Competition ends 31 January 2022. DM/MC

For Water For Life – The water podcast is back with a second season to tell more extraordinary stories of ordinary people who have made it their life’s mission to preserve, purify and protect South Africa’s water resources. This award-winning podcast series is made possible by JoJo – for water, for life.



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