Monthly Archives: June 2011

Shock as electricity tariffs go up 27.7%

[Translate] Hard-pressed South Africans will have to dig deeper into their pockets as a fresh wave of municipal services tariff hikes, set to further shrivel their salaries, take effect tomorrow. Compared to residents of three other metros, City of Johannesburg … Continue reading

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New report says Jo’burg CBD safe from acid mine water

[Translate] There was no risk of acid mine water flooding the basements of high-rise buildings in the Johannesburg CBD, according to a geo-technical risk assessment study released on Monday. “The study has just been completed, and it was concluded that … Continue reading

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5 tons of coal dumped at Eskom office

[Translate] Cape Town – Eskom workers at the Johannesburg office were greeted on Monday morning by 5 tons of coal dumped there by environmental activist group Greenpeace. The coal blocked one of the entrances of the Eskom Megawatt Park office. … Continue reading

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Solar water heaters offer relief

[Translate] Port Elizabeth – For years the only hot water in Zoleka Mali’s home came out of a pot on her paraffin stove. But earlier this year, South Africa’s power company Eskom installed a solar heater on her roof, giving … Continue reading

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Serengeti Road project stopped

[Translate] Nairobi – The proposed Serengeti Road project has been cancelled in what is seen as a victory for environmentalists. The Tanzanian government has announced that it has cancelled the project that activists said would cut through a portion of … Continue reading

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Magaliesberg watchdog ‘slapped’ by miner

[Translate] A nickel-mining company is threatening to sue an environmental watchdog for R50-million in damages after the latter raised concern about water use and public participation at a prospecting site near the Cradle of Humankind. African Nickel this week launched … Continue reading

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Drilling deep mistakes in the Arctic

[Translate] KUMI NAIDOO THE INSTITUTION PRISON, NUUK, GREENLAND Nuuk is a long way from my hometown of Durban, and the Arctic is a long way for an African to come to campaign about climate change. Yet, here I sit, in … Continue reading

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100 mines don’t have water-use licences – Minister

[Translate] Public hearings are underway at Parliament on the acid mine drainage crisis. A hundred mines around the country are operating without a water-use licence, Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on Wednesday. This comes amid increasing scrutiny of the … Continue reading

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Multiple Ocean Stresses Threaten ‘Globally Significant’ Marine Extinction, Experts Warn

[Translate] An international panel of marine experts warns in a new report that the world’s ocean is at high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human history. The preliminary report arises from the first … Continue reading

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MPs pinpoint three acid drainage mines

[Translate] Parliamentarians examining the environmental Hippo dam in the Krugersdorp Game Reserve threat of rapidly-rising acid mine water on the Witwatersrand appear set to focus their attention on three mines. These are Rand Uranium, ERPM and Grootvlei.   Interrupting a … Continue reading

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