During the third day of Nation in Conversation during #Nampo2019, Theo Vorster and a panel of industry experts avidly discussed the role of water in South Africa. Members of the panel asked why water should be regarded as a critical commodity.

During the conversation, Francois Strydom, group CEO of Senwes, Fred Platt, CEO of the Accéntuate Group of Companies, Benoit le Roy, CEO of Water Shortage South Africa, and Mike Sutcliffe, director at City Insight, all expressed meaningful viewpoints and gave their insights regarding the role of water as a critical economic enabler.

More water needed to meet demand

Mike explained that in 12 years’ time, South Africa would need an additional 3 500 million cubic meters of water per year to meet various water needs throughout the country. The other panelists added that the issue of payment and non-payment, poor management and a lack of incentive when it comes to sustainable water usage, are some of the main challenges currently faced in solving water shortages.

The conversation ended on a high note with panelists suggesting solutions and initiatives to encourage the recapitalisation and further industrialisation of South Africa’s agricultural sector.

For the full discussion see the video embedded into this post above. To see more about Nation in Conversation click on the hashtag (#NationInConversation) to see all Tweets during #Nampo2019. – Claudi Nortjé, AgriOrbit