I always tell entrepreneurs on my Idea Workshops that if you want to make R10m, then you need to find and solve a R10m problem, before taking them through all the spaces in South Africa where there are big problems looking for solutions.
One of those areas is water. Water is going to be the next electricity: a growing economy (especially in Gauteng) will need more and more water - but not a drop more will be available till August 2020 when the final phase of the Highlands Water Project comes online. Until then..? Well probably lots of opportunities for entrepreneurs in the field of water management and infrastructure.
Two opportunities to learn more about this space:
16-18 July 2013, R2,000
"The conference aims to provide a forum for young researchers and practitioners across the water sector to present and discuss their work and ideas. Participants will meet peers within water and wastewater science, governance, engineering, technology, management and other areas of the water sector. This conference also aims to further career development and young professional capacities in a multi-disciplinary environment, encouraging discourse on current and future water concerns". More here.
26-28 June 2013, R6,000
"Important issues to be discussed include: exploration and development of water resources (surface and ground water and Karst water), management and sustainable utilization of water resources, integration water resources management and promotion of close collaboration between China and Africa. Invited speakers include: Prof Eugene Cloete, Dr Harrison Pienaar, Dr Pete Ashton, Prof Eberard Braune, Prof Hao Wang, Prof Daoxian Yuan and Prof Bruce Hewitson". More here.
Update 9th May: See the above article for one indication of the water crisis SA is facing. Similar losses have been reported by most of the municipalities in SA.