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This University Student has an Affordable Solution for Cape Town’s Water Crisis

The student was unable to register in 2017 due to lack of funds.

Cape Town is in the middle of a serious water crisis that will see the city running out of water by March 2018 if nothing changes.

Third year Univeristy of Cape Town civil engineering student Nkosinathi Nkomo, who couldn't register this year due to lack of funds, has a solution for the crisis.


He invented a device that will recycle water from the bathroom, and filters it for irrigation.

But grey water isn't a new thing, so what makes his device different?

"The main challenge with grey water devices currently is that they are very expensive to manufacture and maintain, so the main challenge was to come up with an affordable solution," Nkomo tells eNCA in an interview.

The normal price for a grey water system in South Africa usually starts at R5 000. Nkomo's prices will start at R3000 depending on the size of the household.

Nkomo is assisted by three of his friends. Sesethu Mazangazanga as project manager; Njabule Gule is responsible for operations; and Monica Masetola does branding and marketing for the company.

Watch Nkomo's interview with eNCA below.

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Photo: Mariela Alvarez.

Interview: ÌFÉ Blends Music & Religion to Honor Those Who Have Died During the Pandemic

Producer and percussionist Otura Mun talks about his latest EP, The Living Dead, and how he traces the influences of West Africa in his new work.

There are bands that open up a spiritual world through their music. ÌFÉ is one example. An electro-futurist band that fuses Afro-Cuban rhythms and Jamaican dancehall with Yoruba mystical voices. With the success of their 2017 debut album "IIII+IIII" (pronounced Eji-Ogbe), ÌFÉ has reached an audience that is looking for Caribbean and contemporary sounds.

The Puerto Rican-based band just released a new EP, The Living Dead- Ashé Bogbo Egun, that aims to heal and honor those who have died during this pandemic. Otura Mun, the band leader, is an African-American producer and percussionist, who began a personal journey about a decade ago, when he landed in San Juan, and decided to move there. He learned Spanish, dug deep into his African ancestry and started to practice the Yoruba-Caribbean religion of Santería.

ÌFÉ, which means "love and expansion" in Yoruba, ties two worlds, music and religion, artistically. This new EP modernized prayer songs to hopefully make them more accessible to a younger generation. OkayAfrica spoke with Otura Mun on his latest work.

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