Student who created solution to Cape water crisis dies


Image of Nkosinathi Nkomo with his grandmother and aunt. The potential UCT student who created the grey-water system to solve the water crisis in Cape Town has died, December 2017.

JOHANNESBURG – The Diepkloof community in Soweto is paying tribute to University of Cape Town student Nkosinathi Nkomo, who died last weekend.

The 24-year-old gained prominence after creating a grey-water system aimed at households in the drought-ravaged Cape Town.


The third-year civil engineering student allegedly fell from the fifth floor of a building in the city.

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The Soweto-born student was forced to put his studies on hold this year due to lack of funding.

At the time of his death Nkomo had raised enough money to return to UCT next year.

Western Cape police say no foul play is suspected but an inquest has been opened.