Johannesburg – Floods affected eight provinces across the country, washed away 20 houses and damaged schools, roads, bridges, The Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs said on Friday.
Preliminary assessments indicated that 20 houses were washed away in Northern Cape by floods between December and early February, said spokesperson Vuyelwa Qhinga.
A total of [...]
Johannesburg – At least 103 people died in natural disasters since mid-December last year, the ministry for co-operative governance said on Monday evening.
Most of the fatalities were in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, said spokesperson Vuyelwa Qinga.
About 14 420 households were affected and 6 200 of them were in KwaZulu-Natal.
The province also had the highest [...]
Bloemfontein – Flood damage to agricultural infrastructure and land caused by the recent heavy rains may be worse than expected, agricultural body TAU SA said on Friday.
TAU SA president Ben Marais said a preliminary survey among farmers in the flood stricken areas indicated that the estimated cost of direct damage to infrastructure was R1.82bn.
“However, this [...]
Johannesburg – The Green Scorpions are conducting inspections around the country as part of a national environmental law compliance campaign, they said on Monday.
Officially known as the Environmental Management Inspectorate, they had already paid visits to sites in KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State and were moving to the Eastern Cape, spokesperson Roopa Singh said in [...]
Only about 7% of South Africa has a mean annual precipitation or MAP exceeding 800 mm. When the statistics are reviewed they indicate that KwaZulu-Natal is the wettest province, while the Western Cape has the highest variability of MAP within any of the provinces, and the highest individual point rainfall at an estimate of 3345 [...]
Cape Town – Eskom appears to have started building at its Safari substation without an approved environmental management plan, the environmental affairs department said on Tuesday.
This emerged after the Green Scorpions conducted environmental law compliance inspections at five sites in the Western Cape last week.
“Preliminary findings at the Eskom Safari substation are that Eskom has [...]
Johannesburg – SA Weather Service forecasters have been fielding the same question over and over again over the past days – “When is it going to rain?”
Unfortunately, for rain lovers, the forecasters are the bearers of bad news.
“A whole host of people have asked us that question… from journalists to farmers to bricklayers,” forecaster Puseletso [...]
Those responsible for contaminating South African land will pay, Environment Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said.
“We have taken the view that the cost of reducing pollution must be shared between people who are responsible for waste: the polluters,” she said.
“We are now saying that the policy of ‘the polluter pays’ will be strictly pursued without [...]
On the face of it, Earth has plenty of the stuff. We live on a water world: about three quarters of the earth’s surface is submerged. And, give or take a few H2O molecules, there’s the same amount circulating through the water cycle now as there has been for thousands of years.
So why is there [...]