Monthly Archives: May 2012

Attempt to curb rhino poaching

[Translate] The government has reached agreements with two countries in Asia, and is targeting a third, as it reaches out to the continent with the highest demand for rhino horns in an attempt to curb poaching. Environmental affairs deputy director … Continue reading

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Renewable energy is coming to SA

[Translate] International experience with renewable energy shows that the goal of an energy efficient country can be achieved, an industry insider has said. “[The US] has just installed 26 000MW over a period of three years which basically tells me … Continue reading

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Greenpeace against Nuclear power

[Translate] Environmental organisation Greenpeace has demanded that the government halts all discussions aimed at expanding nuclear power production in South Africa. “Greenpeace Africa activists blockaded the premises of the IDC where the conference on ‘Nuclear power’s future for Africa’ was … Continue reading

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Pollution in South African rivers

[Translate] South African rivers are in danger. This is the message from a group of five environmentalists who, over the past month, have walked 265km from the source of the uMgeni River all the way to the Blue Lagoon in … Continue reading

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Oyster Bay plans for a wind farm

[Translate] One of the world’s leading renewable energy developers, Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Southern Africa, has plans for a 62-turbine wind farm near Oyster Bay in the Eastern Cape. The project is expected to create 200 jobs. Recently authorised by … Continue reading

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South Africans to protect biodiversity

[Translate] Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has called on all South Africans to step up efforts to protect biodiversity, which supports a massive proportion of the country’s livelihood. “Our vast wealth of biodiversity – our variety of life … Continue reading

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Cost related tariff for Eskom

[Translate] Eskom called for cost-related tariff increases on Tuesday, citing Sanral’s woes as proof that the consumer-pay principle needs to apply to safeguard the credit ratings of parastatals. Finance director Paul O’Flaherty told MPs the utility needed tariffs to reach … Continue reading

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Water affairs fingered four coal mines

[Translate] Water affairs fingered four coal mines for the pollution of drinking water in the Mpumalanga town of Carolina on Tuesday. The department’s chief operating officer Trevor Balzer told Parliament’s water affairs portfolio committee the four were Northern Coal’s Mimosa … Continue reading

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Renewable energy bidders

[Translate] The announcement of 19 successful bidders for the second phase of the renewable energy independent power producers’ programme got a thumbs up from the industry on Monday. “We acknowledge the excellent work done by government in working through the … Continue reading

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Save our water

[Translate] Water resources in South Africa are under “immense pressure” and the department wants to partner with communities to increase protection for wetlands and rivers. “We realise that our water resources are under immense pressure from using water and from … Continue reading

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