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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.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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