Monthly Archives: April 2010

Acid Crisis Keep Flowing

[Translate] ENVIRONMENTALISTS SAY DEPARTMENT’S PLAN TO STOP TOXIC POLLUTION IS LIKE ‘CONFETTI AT A WEDDING’ by Sheree Bega Sizwe Mkhize looks visibly irritated as a group of journalists ask him about South Africa’s water crisis.  “I think that’s just hearsay”, … Continue reading

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Polluted mine water rising

[Translate] Water & environmental affairs minister Buyelwa Sonjica promised last week that a decision would be taken “shortly” to resolve the problem of rising levels of polluted mine water around the Witwatersrand basin. But Sonjica’s undertaking, and her allocation of … Continue reading

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25 Things You Might Not Know About Water

[Translate] If you’re on Facebook, you and your friends may have posted notes with 25 facts about themselves. We wanted to share with you 25 things we think are really interesting about water. 1. The world is currently in a … Continue reading

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SA looks to sea to meet growing water demand

[Translate] South Africa will increasingly use desalinated seawater to meet growing demand for drinking water in coastal towns facing the worst drought in 150 years, the country’s water minister said on Thursday. South Africa is a water-scarce country with an … Continue reading

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How green is our Constitution?

[Translate] Nature has powerful resonances for South Africans. Well-heeled, educated folk regard it as an elitist hobby. Others, who live off the land, revere it as a critical survival resource. Paradoxically, nature is routinely disrespected by South Africans. Debacles such … Continue reading

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Spill hits nature sanctuary

[Translate] Sydney – Oil from a huge Chinese ship which grounded in the Great Barrier Reef has hit a world-renowned nature sanctuary, officials said on Wednesday, raising fears for seabirds and baby turtles now hatching there. Clean-up crews and environmental … Continue reading

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Real life Avatar in the making

[Translate] Brasilia – Director James Cameron said on Monday that a real-life Avatar battle is playing out in Brazil’s Amazon rain forest, where indigenous groups are trying to halt the construction of a huge hydroelectric project. In an interview, Cameron … Continue reading

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2010 SWC stadium costs and updates

[Translate] JOHANNESBURG  –  With less than a 100 days to go to the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup and R33bn of taxpayers’ money spent on the country’s roads, transport, stadia and buildings in preparation for the event, we give you … Continue reading

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Pressure on Eskom to get green power

[Translate] Johannesburg – With the controversial $3.75bn World Bank loan for Eskom in the bag, government now needs to focus on proactively developing a sustainable energy policy to ensure sustained economic growth in South Africa, said consultancy group Frost & … Continue reading

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Aus PM targets ships in Reef

[Translate] Brisbane – Cargo ships that enter restricted waters of the Great Barrier Reef will face the full force of Australian law, the Prime Minister said, after a vessel ran aground and leaked fuel oil on the world’s largest coral … Continue reading

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