Monthly Archives: November 2013

AMD report to be made public, but probably not this year

[Translate] A report on the feasibility of the proposed long-term solution to South Africa’s acid mine drainage problem, already submitted to the Department of Water Affairs, would be made public, department spokesman Sputnik Ratau said on Wednesday. South Africa’s acid … Continue reading

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Water is life, let us conserve it.

[Translate] President Jacob Zuma urged communities on Tuesday to take care of infrastructure provided for them. Opening the Spring Grove Dam in Rosetta, near Mooi River in KwaZulu-Natal, he said infrastructure belonged to all South Africans. “We should not allow … Continue reading

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Heading for a showdown on fracking

[Translate] This week is a big one for those on either side of the fracking fence. The 30-day period for public comment on the draft regulations on fracking draws to a close this week (on November 14), with people for … Continue reading

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Obama’s green push dirty cost

[Translate] The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America’s push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertiliser into the water supply. Even the cemetery that disappeared … Continue reading

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Preparing for climate change

[Translate] In the hotter, wetter and drier South Africa of the future, many things will go wrong. Water sources will dry up. Malaria, yellow fever and dengue fever will thrive. Extreme weather and malnutrition could cripple vulnerable communities. Some species … Continue reading

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Makana’s water cuts, unpaid salaries & billings from Hell

[Translate] On 25 October – pay day – drama erupted outside the City Hall in Grahamstown when a group of unpaid workers gathered, demanding to know what had happened to their earnings. SAMWU officials attempted to placate workers, relaying the … Continue reading

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Nedbank’s “Green” outlet

[Translate] Africa has its first-ever bank that runs completely on renewable energy. Nedbank’s Lansdowne Corner branch, situated in Cape Town, makes use of an innovative hybrid power installation, which effectively makes it a 100% off-the-grid outlet. It harnesses solar and … Continue reading

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