Monthly Archives: August 2010

Getting our greenhouse in order

[Translate] In December 2011 the world will again be watching South Africa, focused on an event that might be remembered far longer than the World Cup — the 17th meeting of the parties to the United Nation’s climate convention. The … Continue reading

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Water workers strike on hold till Wednesday

[Translate] JOHANNESBURG – The SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has suspended a national strike in the water sector until Wednesday, a union official said on Monday. “Samwu has decided to suspend protest action until Wednesday pending further consultation,” said Samwu … Continue reading

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Local power a ‘time bomb’

[Translate] Johannesburg – There is a backlog of about R28bn worth in maintenance and restoration of the country’s electricity distribution infrastructure, and this backlog is increasing by about R2.5bn every year. It’s a time bomb waiting to explode, said Phindile … Continue reading

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CO2 tax looms large on spring day

[Translate] As the deadline for introduction of the CO2 new vehicle emissions tax in South Africa approaches, government and major car manufacturers are still seeking agreement on key issues. However, following the latest meeting on August 19, attended by the … Continue reading

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New microbe eating Gulf oil spill

[Translate] Washington – A newly discovered type of oil-eating microbe suddenly is flourishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists discovered the new microbe while studying the underwater dispersion of millions of litres of oil spilled into the Gulf since the … Continue reading

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Water crisis time bomb ticking

[Translate] Cape Town – Trade union federation Fedusa on Wednesday warned South Africa was sitting on a water crisis “time bomb”. Citing “inadequate management and monitoring” by water service authorities, Fedusa said it had filed notice with the National Economic … Continue reading

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SA to pay billions in green taxes

[Translate] Johannesburg – National Treasury’s coffers will receive billions this year and next year, thanks to three so-called green taxes being levied on companies and taxpayers. The biggest of the three green taxes is the environmental levy of 2c/kWh that … Continue reading

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Jhb water needs pump station urgently

[Translate] Cape Town – The department of water affairs said it is confident a new pump station will be in place in time to stop acid mine water rising up below Johannesburg and causing an environmental disaster. But it is … Continue reading

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2 rhinos killed on Limpopo farm

[Translate] Johannesburg – A gang of about 10 men killed two rhinos on a Limpopo farm before cutting off their horns on Monday afternoon, SABC news reported. They held up two workers on the farm, between Modimolle and Vaalwater. “Between … Continue reading

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Honda plans electric cars

[Translate] Tokyo – Honda plans to roll out a plug-in hybrid and an all-electric car by 2013, a news report said on Tuesday. Japan’s number two carmaker – which already produces standard hybrid versions of its Civic and other models … Continue reading

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