Water Research in South Africa

  • Richard MeissnerEmail author


Research scientists investigate water research in South Africa through a number of lenses and focusing on the water sector’s various facets. The main aim of the research endeavour is to recommend solutions to the problems faced by the country’s water sector. What creeps in, so to speak, when conducting such research are the myths we rely on. In many instances these myths can bedevil the research process and lead to a situation where researchers paint only a partial picture of reality. This partiality can be mitigated by taking a stance that science is not dogmatic insistence, but constant critique. We see this one-sidedness when looking at current issues in South Africa’s water domain: acid mine drainage, integrated water resource management and transboundary river cooperation. We can move beyond such a situation by taking a critical solidarity stance bringing into focus other perspectives but also enough distance to represent the interests and needs of practitioners.


Water resource research Myths Science Critical solidarity South Africa Water sector 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)PretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.Centre for Water Resources ResearchUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalScottsvilleSouth Africa

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