Foggy story from Tshiavha

Chester Makana

Chester Makana

A net that catches fog and converts it to water has saved the community of Tshiavha in Limpopo from drinking dirty water from a nearby river.

The system apparently uses a net to catch fog that is then converted into water. Previously, villagers drew muddy water from the river. This exposed them to illness such as malaria.

Liesl Dyson, a lecturer at the University of Pretoria who helped the community to get the fog project started, believes the system can help government speed up the supply of water. Studies have shown that the Tshiavha community will benefit from this project as the area is foggy.

"The government can also consider the system to provide water. This system is not expensive to start. What is needed is money to start similar projects in other areas that we have already identified. We are ready to assist the government on capacity building with the fog system," said Dyson.

The SA Weather Service has already shown interest in the project and has provided R40000 to the Tshiavha community.

Other countries, such as Chile, have used the technology to supply water three times more than they once used to, at a very low cost.

Parts of Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal have been identified as foggy and the system may help the relevant communities.