Monthly Archives: August 2013

Karoo farmers riled over Shell

[Translate] Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA)’s shale gas drilling plans for South Africa’s Karoo semi-desert are pitting the government and its energy goals against farmers and conservationists like billionaire Johann Rupert who say the land will be spoiled. The government … Continue reading

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Looming water crisis

[Translate] The pollution in South African river systems is an indicator of a looming water crisis if it is not managed correctly, an environmental researcher has asserted. “A large proportion of our dams are what is known as eutrophic – … Continue reading

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Increases in electricity and water tariffs

[Translate] South African 12-month consumer price inflation jumped to 6.3 percent in July from 5.5 percent in June due to higher fuel prices, official figures showed on Wednesday. Increases in electricity and water tariffs enacted by municipalities last month also … Continue reading

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South Africa’s failing infrastructure

[Translate] Rhodes University complained last week that it was “on the brink of having to close” after a water pump broke, leaving 11 residences and about 1,000 people without water for 10 days. It is the latest victim of South … Continue reading

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Polar opposites of river health

[Translate] Over the course of a 28-day trek down South Africa’s Umgeni River, which flows from the pristine wetlands of the Umgeni Vlei Nature Reserve to the Durban coastline, Penny Rees, a coordinator for the Duzi uMngeni Conservation Trust, witnessed … Continue reading

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Sustainable Water Supply for Nelson Mandela Bay Metro

[Translate] The Department of Water Affairs together with the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro (NMBM) is intensifying efforts to improve water security in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro area amid concerns over the significant increase in water use since the drought … Continue reading

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Waste Management and Water Conservation issues

[Translate] The Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi today, 6 August 2013, led a round table discussion with mayors and municipal managers on waste management and water conservation issues at Emperor’s Palace in Kempton Park. The … Continue reading

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Acid mine water to be pumped

[Translate] South Africa will begin pumping acid water from disused mines that’s threatening to flood Johannesburg, according to the Department of Water Affairs. Equipment being installed in Germiston, east of Johannesburg, will be able to pump water from the city’s … Continue reading

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