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Zimbabwe unveils three climate change policies 

With increasingly extreme weather taking a toll on farming and income, Zimbabwe has released a trio of climate change policies designed to make the country more resistant to climate pressures. 

The new climate smart agriculture policy focuses on ensuring that farmers and agricultural advisers adopt climate-hardy farming practices by adapting to using less water. Approximately 80% of Zimbabwe’s rural people depend on rain-fed agriculture for a living, making them highly vulnerable to more extreme weather associated with climate change, said Environment, Water and Climate Minister Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri. 

Business Day, 26 June 2018

No Day Zero for 2019 – City of Cape Town

The City of Cape Town has announced that the dreaded Day Zero – the day when most of the taps will be turned off – will not happen in 2018 or 2019.

The City of Cape Town said on Thursday that provided that adequate water restrictions are maintained, "the City is confident that there will be no prospect of reaching Day Zero in 2019".

The City also announced that its stringent water restrictions are to be maintained. This means that the level 6B water restrictions, which have been in effect since January, will remain in place.

Under the 6B restrictions, water consumption was limited to 50 litres per person per day, in the hope that Day Zero – the day the taps will be closed – can be avoided. 

Engineering News, 28 June 2018

South Africa, Japan team up on water resource management

South Africa and Japan have signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) focused on infrastructure development and technical cooperation in water resource management.

The MoC included integrated water resource management; water-related disaster management; wastewater treatment; the development, operations, maintenance and management of infrastructure; and technical standards and new technologies.

Engineering News, 29 June 2018 

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