Monthly Archives: March 2011

Loskop dam water ‘deteriorating fast’

[Translate] Johannesburg – The water in Loskop Dam, Mpumalanga, was “deteriorating fast” with permanent bacteria visible on the surface, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) said on Wednesday. “The dam has permanent blooms of cyanobacteria visible on the … Continue reading

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Earth hour saves 350 Megawatts

[Translate] Johannesburg – During Earth Hour on Saturday South File image from Earth Hour in Sydney 2010 Africans saved 350 megawatts of electricity, enough to power Bloemfontein for a whole day, Eskom said on Tuesday.   “As part of its … Continue reading

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Billions people will lack water – study

[Translate] Washington – More than one billion urban residents will face serious water shortages by 2050 as climate change worsens effects of urbanisation, with Indian cities among the worst hit, a study said on Monday. The shortage threatens sanitation in … Continue reading

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Shell may spend R1.4bn on Karoo plans

[Translate] Cape Town – International petroleum group Shell could spend up to $200m (about R1.4bn) in the exploration phase of its plans to extract shale gas in the Karoo. Shell South Africa chairperson Bunong Mohale told I-Net Bridge/BusinessLIVE this after … Continue reading

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Toxic mining legacy for Johannesburg

[Translate] Randfontein – When it rains in the shanty town of Tudor Shaft, the streets pool with orange water that smells like vinegar. Experts say the water contains radioactive minerals and has killed all aquatic life in a nearby river. … Continue reading

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Acid mine drainage affects 4 provinces

[Translate] Johannesburg – The acid mine water problem affects small parts of the North West, the Free State and the Northern Cape in addition to Gauteng, the province’s local government MEC said on Thursday “Gauteng is the heaviest affected province … Continue reading

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WWF says pay what water costs

[Translate] Cape Town – Healthy eco-systems matter and South Africans are not paying enough for the water they get, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). “We haven’t yet shifted the public perception about how important water is … Continue reading

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Water quality a major issue – Molewa

[Translate] The national government is working with municipalities to ensure that the quality of water in the country remains acceptable. To kick off World Water Week, celebrated in Cape Town for the first time, the government has revealed the challenges … Continue reading

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Karoo residents to block fracking bid

[Translate] Johannesburg – A group of Karoo residents and farmers intend to oppose Shell SA’s bid to explore for shale gas in the Karoo, Beeld reported on Monday. Derek Light, a lawyer representing about 200 people against gas exploration in … Continue reading

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‘Hydro-diplomacy’ to avert water wars

[Translate] Oslo – The United Nations should promote “hydro-diplomacy” to defuse any tensions over water in regions like the Middle East and North Africa where scarce supplies have the potential to spark future conflicts, experts said on Sunday. They said … Continue reading

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