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Road accidents: Blame road designers, not drivers, says new Report

Every time an accident happens on our roads, traffic police are quick to blame over-speeding, drink driving, reckless driving or carelessness on the part of the pedestrian/cyclist. That is, blame is always placed on human error. Now, a new report says humans make mistakes anyway, and so authorities need to move away from apportioning blame to the road users, and shifting it to the road makers-city planners and road designers. It argues further that if countries make this paradigm shift, road accidents will be considerably reduced.

Full interview: Tapping storm waters to keep taps wet

Management of water for household, industry and commercial use is one of the main challenges that urban centres face. Many cities around the world increasingly face water stress because of changing climate conditions. One such city is Cape Town, South Africa. Increasingly, policy makers will have to adopt innovative approaches to maximising the use of dwindling resources like water. This will call for increased use of knowledge from scientific research.  In the case of Cape Town, one attempt at keeping the taps wet is to tap storm water.

Ugandan-born engineer to address Cape Town’s water shortages from storm water

A Ugandan-born engineer is working on a technology to tap storm-water as a source of water to supply the water-stressed South African city of Cape Town. This has never been done before in South Africa.

John Okedi, a PhD student of water engineering at the University of Cape Town told The Infrastructure Magazine in an interview that many cities around the world have hitherto tapped storm/rain water, drained it away to the lakes or sea,  yet water  for consumption in the cities is pumped back from far sources.

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