Water and reconstruction in Africa: an agenda for transformation

Published on Pambazuka News, by Horace Campbell, April 26, 2012.

The unification of the water resources of Africa is one of the primary bases for African unity, with a system of canals linking rivers and lakes in the kind of infrastructure planning that ensures that all will have water … //

… Today we are now being told the truth about the abundance of water resources in Africa. In reality, the publication last week by the British on the large underground supplies of water is only news to those in the West who had built an industry out of consultancies on water shortages in Africa.  

The peoples of Africa always knew of the tremendous wealth but we will use the publication of the British Geological Survey and University College London (UCL) to reflect on the tasks of building the kind of infrastructure of canals and water systems for the unification and for the health and well-being of the peoples of Africa.

As reported on the BBC web page: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17775211,

Huge water resource exists under Africa … Scientists say the notoriously dry continent of Africa is sitting on a vast reservoir of groundwater. They argue that the total volume of water in aquifers underground is 100 times the amount found on the surface. The team have produced the most detailed map yet of the scale and potential of this hidden resource.’

This report had been drawn from Quantitative maps of groundwater resources in Africa to explain to the world that there is no shortage of water in Africa. The maps and the information also detailed the fact that,
‘Where there’s greatest ground water storage is in northern Africa, in the large sedimentary basins, in Libya, Algeria and Chad. The amount of storage in those basins is equivalent to 75m thickness of water across that area – it’s a huge amount. Due to changes in climate that have turned the Sahara into a desert over centuries many of the aquifers underneath were last filled with water over 5,000 years ago.’The scientists collated their information from existing hydro-geological maps from national governments as well as 283 aquifer studies. The researchers say their new maps indicate that many countries currently designated as “water scarce” have substantial groundwater reserves.” http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/7/2/024009/pdf/1748-9326_7_2_024009.pdf

The same quantitative map of water resources had revealed that there is an abundance of water in areas such as the region of Chad and Western Sudan as well as in the Southern Africa region. So whether above ground with the massive resources of the numerous lakes and rivers or in the Aquifers below, the challenge for reconstruction is to plan for the needs of the people.

This information is not news for Africans: … //


The idea of water and plant life as saleable commodities is guided by the ethics and values of the European Enlightenment. The period of the Enlightenment ushered in an era of human hierarchies and some of the leading luminaries of this ’enlightenment’ supported the trans-Atlantic slave trade and ideas of white supremacy. These are the ideas that emanated from the view that humans were like atoms and that the material world and the spiritual world were separate. It is one variant of dualism that separates the mind from the body, secular from the sacred and spirit from matter. The Newtonian/Cartesian view of the universe developed in the period of a mechanical understanding of the planet, before physicists interrogated the Brownian motion relating to water molecules. Albert Einstein had studied the physical properties of water and the other unknown qualities as it relates to energy and life giving qualities. In the enrichment of thermodynamics and quantum physics, Albert Einstein was able to develop a new understanding of the world by exploring how a scientist could calculate the molecules in the atom. This scientific research of Einstein breached the old conventions of mechanics and opened a wider understanding of the laws of nature and the universe. Einstein made a break with the hierarchies and divisions and it was not by accident that Albert Einstein support socialist planning and peace among humans everywhere.

The new information on the huge water resources can be seen by African progressives as part of the marshaling of the tools and resources of the vast African awakening that is now underway. One component of this awakening is to embrace audacity and be bold and break from linear concepts of development. African reconstruction is now turning from the cannibalistic and vulture ethics of western predation to the spirits of sharing and cooperation. Elevation of this sharing at the level of national and international planning now awaits the completion of the African awakening when the repressive and coercive forces are swept aside.

This will then ensure the mobilization of the scientific and technological resources to unleash the basis for a quantum change in the path of reconstruction.



Michel Emond has a plan to eliminate global debt and sue the World Bank (2012-04a-04).wmv, 24.39 min, uploaded by thatchanneltv, April 5, 2012: Michel Emond of 30th Century Solutions (30TSC.com) is on a mission to eradicate global debt and discusses his plan with Hugh Reilly and Sandra Kyrzakos on the Liquid Lunch show. Michel is also seeking to sue the World Bank for the role it plays in impoverishing third world nations and people. Michel Emond’s website.

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