Monthly Archives: December 2010

Australians flee floods

[Translate] Australia on Friday started forced evacuations of a major town as floods which have already affected 200 000 people swamped more communities in the stricken northeast. As Prime Minister Julia Gillard consoled evacuees, police moved the elderly and those … Continue reading

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Govt’s top 10 mistakes

[Translate] Trade union Solidarity says government blundered badly in 2010, and issued a list of its most serious shortcomings. In a statement on Wednesday, it added that government’s handling of the national water crisis was regarded as the most serious … Continue reading

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Vaal dam reaches 100%, gates opened

[Translate] The Vaal Dam is at 101 percent capacity and flood gates have been opened, the Department of Water Affairs said on Monday. “Four flood gates [were] opened by 8am this morning,” said departmental spokesperson Linda Page. The Bloemhof Dam … Continue reading

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Johannesburg cleans up after rain

[Translate] Clean-up operations started in Johannesburg on Friday following heavy rainfall which displaced at least 1200 families, Johannesburg emergency services said. Spokesman Percy Morokane said: “It’s dry today but the real work begins now.” The emergency services were keeping a … Continue reading

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Weather service: Respite from rain

[Translate] Johannesburg – The rainy weather is expected to let up on Reconciliation Day and clear skies can be expected for most of the weekend, the Weather Service said on Wednesday. “The rain will stop over Gauteng from late morning … Continue reading

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Municipalities hike tariffs on the sly

[Translate] Pretoria – Municipalities are busy quietly but dramatically hiking levies and tariffs for services other than the usual water, electricity and property rates. Economist.co.za economist Mike Schüssler this week reported that municipalities’ income from consumers and businesses in the … Continue reading

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Acid mine drainage solutions offered

[Translate] With acid mine drainage (AMD) threatening some of South Africa’s major cities, waterways and industries, South African technology providers are getting on the solutions bandwagon in the hopes of providing a novel approach to cleaning up an overwhelming mass … Continue reading

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Rand Water follows in Eskom’s footsteps, wants R5bn

[Translate] Rand Water has created a R5-billion domestic medium term note (DMTN) programme as part of a strategy to access funding at competitive rates in the debt capital markets, it said on Wednesday. “The proceeds of the bonds to be … Continue reading

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Business can help define water policy

[Translate] In a country where for decades the majority was marginalised and denied access to adequate water supplies, recent political and economic advancements have brought the need for transparency and equitable water allocation to the fore. Yet South Africa’s water … Continue reading

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Six tips for cashing in on tax breaks for energy savers

[Translate] It’s official: if you’ve invested money on improving energy efficiency in your business over the past 12 months – or you’re planning to do so – you could get a tax break of up to 55% on your energy … Continue reading

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