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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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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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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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Joburg fracking talks protest plan

[Translate] Pretoria – The environmental lobby group Climate Justice Campaign (CJC) plans to protest at next week’s conference in Johannesburg on shale gas extraction, it said on Wednesday. The conference was heavily skewed in favour of the industry with little … Continue reading

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Most SA sewage works sub-standard

[Translate] Cape Town – Less than half of South Africa’s 821 sewage works are treating the billions of litres of effluent they receive each day to safe and acceptable standards, according to the latest Green Drop Report. The report – … 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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