Monthly Archives: February 2011

Brace yourself – the electricity price trajectory for years to come…

[Translate] Price increases much higher than inflation are expected for many years to come. It is well known that the price of electricity in South Africa has been too low for years. The generation capacity crisis in 2008 prompted a … Continue reading

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Acid mine water threatens Johannesburg

[Translate] Johannesburg – If left unchecked, the millions of litres of Acid mine water entering the Tweelopiespruit rapidly-rising acid mine water under Johannesburg will start flooding the lower levels of the Gold Reef City tourist mine early next year.   … Continue reading

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R1.2bn needed for acid mine water threat

[Translate] South Africa would need an estimated R1.2bn to clean up acidic water threatening to spill out from abandoned gold mines under Johannesburg and adjacent areas, a report said on Thursday. The dangerous cocktail of chemicals has been building up … Continue reading

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2011 Budget speech

[Translate] Delivered by Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan. Honourable Speaker It is my privilege to introduce the Second Budget of President Zuma’s administration. Mister President, you outlined our programme of action in the State of the Nation Address two weeks … Continue reading

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Gordhan sets aside R230m for acid mine water

[Translate] THE government has budgeted R225m over the next two years to design and build an acid mine water treatment facility in the Vaal water management area. In the 2011 budget tabled by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday, the … Continue reading

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Acid mine water: Don’t panic, says Manuel

[Translate] There is “no cause to panic” about the acid mine water rising up below parts of the Witwatersrand, Minister in the Presidency: National Planning Commission Trevor Manuel said on Tuesday. Briefing journalists at Parliament following last week’s Cabinet meeting, … Continue reading

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Union urges action on water pollution charges

[Translate] Cape Town – Agricultural union TAU SA is to report the SA Police Service (SAPS) to the Public Protector and the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) because of a lack of progress made with charges laid by the union. “Broken … Continue reading

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Expert warns of water crisis by 2020

[Translate] South African metropolitan areas are heading for a major water crisis by 2020, a former director general of the Department of Water Affairs has warned. Mike Muller, who now serves as an adjunct professor at the University of the … Continue reading

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Maritzburg to plug R30m leak

[Translate] A multi-million rand project to save water was unveiled by Mike Tarr, the mayor of Msunduzi Municipality, in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday. “We have set aside R22.1- million to repair all the leaking reservoirs,” said Tarr. Water users to be … Continue reading

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Municipalities: Is bigger better?

[Translate] Fewer and bigger local government municipalities might be the best way to address service delivery if Gauteng minister of local government and housing Humphrey Mmemezi’s words are anything to go by. Mmemezi’s argument is that not only are bigger … Continue reading

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