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Rainwater harvesting can boost water security

[Translate] Rainwater harvesting (RWH) can boost water security in South Africa, but water-related legislation does not provide a clear legal framework for its adoption, hampering national expansion. This is according to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research catchment hydrologist … 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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$71 billion needed to meet the SA’s growing demand for water

[Translate] South Africa will look to the bond markets, banks and increasing customer revenue to finance the 700 billion rand ($71 billion) needed to meet the country’s growing demand for water, the Department of Water Affairs said. Africa’s largest economy … Continue reading

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South Africa should focus energy efforts on renewables.

[Translate] An environmental organisation has said that the production delays at the Medupi power plant are an indicator that South Africa should focus energy efforts on renewables. “The difficulties arising at Medupi present a lesson for South Africa. Large bulk … Continue reading

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Cape Town oil spill clean-up complete

[Translate] The cleaning of Bloubergstrand in Cape Town was completed on Monday after oil stopped spilling from the stranded Seli 1 vessel, the city said. “The rapid response by the city’s disaster response teams has averted serious pollution of marine … Continue reading

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South Africas 1st 5 star green building rating

[Translate] Aurecon’s office building in Century City, Cape Town, which is nearing completion, is the first building in South Africa to be awarded a 5 Star Green Star SA – Office Design v1 rating by the Green Building Council of … Continue reading

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UK – Public backlash against Green Energy agenda

[Translate] London – The British government faces a public backlash against its green energy agenda as consumers are unwilling to spend more on power and gas bills to pay for investment in low-carbon forms of energy, a parliamentary committee warned … Continue reading

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Acid water – no political will

[Translate] Johannesburg – There is no political will to deal with the acid mine water problem, chief executive of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment, Mariette Liefferink said on Thursday. “There is not inadequate information, but there is definitely a … Continue reading

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Group slams Mapungubwe mining

[Translate] Pretoria – Attempting to mitigate all negative impacts of mining coal near the Mapungubwe National Park in Limpopo, was unrealistic, a nature conservation group said on Wednesday. The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), was reacting to part of the department … Continue reading

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Biofuel for the US Air Force

[Translate] Washington – The US Air Force is ready to switch to biofuels to help power its warplanes but the price of alternative fuels remains too high, military officials said. Anxious to reduce its reliance on oil, the Air Force … Continue reading

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