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29 September 2011

South Africa could run out of water by 2035 - MEC

Johannesburg - The demand for water in South Africa is expected to exceed supply by 2035, Gauteng Rural Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza said on Wednesday.

"The demand for water is expected to increase by about 32% over the next 25 years," she said in a speech prepared for delivery in Johannesburg.

This meant that by 2035, the demand for serviced water would exceed supply by 17%, she said.

According to the Gauteng spatial development framework, the province's population was expected to grow from 10.5 million in 2009 to 28 million by 2055.

"Will we have enough food and water to sustain such population growth?" Mayathula-Khoza asked.

While environment-friendly technology was advancing, the economic and political climate would determine whether sustainable practices would be adopted, she said.