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Street, R., Malema, S., Mahlangeni, N. and Mathee, A., 2020. Wastewater surveillance for Covid-19: An African perspective. Science of the Total Environment, 743: 140719

Johnson, R., Muller, C.J.F., Ghoor, S., Louw, J., Archer, E., Surujlal-Naicker, S., Berkowitz, N., Volschenk, M., Bröcker, L.H.L., Wolfaardt, G. and van der Walt, M., 2021. Qualitative and quantitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in untreated wastewater in Western Cape Province, South Africa. South African Medical Journal, 111 (3)

Street, R.A., Mathee, A., Johnson, R., Muller, C.J., Louw, J., Mdhluli, M., Gray, G.E. and Gelderblom, H.C., 2021. COVID-19 vaccine roll-out in South Africa: The added value of wastewater surveillance for SARS-CoV-2. South African Medical Journal, 111(6), pp.524-525.

Press Coverage



Surveillance dashboard tracking levels of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater, ChaiFM, 8 June 2021

•  New system identifies Covid-19 in wastewater. Afternoon Drive with John Maytham - Guest: Dr Glenda Gray, podcast, 20 November 2020
•  Newzroom Afrika - The Pulse interview with Prof Angela Mathee, Environment & Health Research Unit, SAMRC, video, 19 November 2020


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•  Delta now dominant variant at Western Cape wastewater treatment plants, 6 July 2021
•  Delta variant detected in Western Cape wastewater, 6 July 2021
•  COVID-19: Traces of Delta Variant ‘dominant in Cape Town wastewater’, 6 July 2021
•  Gauteng sewage has shown high rates of Covid-19 for three weeks, 24 June 2021
•  SA Tests Sewage for COVID-19 Early Warning, 15 June 2021
•  #Covid19: Wastewater surveillance could help spot third wave, 7 June 2021
•  SA Medical Research Council launches tool to track Covid-19 in wastewater, 7 June 2021
•  How waste water is helping South Africa fight COVID-19, 24 May 2021
•  SU to implement a wastewater surveillance platform to detect COVID-19 outbreaks on campus, 20 May 2021
•  Wastewater surveillance could help spot a third Covid-19 wave, 20 April 2021
•  Water testing could detect Covid-19, 6 March 2021
•  Cape Town’s sewers offer clues to next Covid-19 wave, 10 March 2021
•  How WC health authorities use sewage to identify COVID cases in communities, 8 March 2021
•  Wastewater used to track Covid-19 faster than individual testing, The Citizen, 17 Nov 2020
•  Testing sewage: The Covid canary in our wastewater, Mail & Guardian, 4 Oct 2020