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 [...]
Durban – Four poachers were shot dead and one injured in the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga and the Hluhluwe-Mfolozi Park in KwaZulu-Natal, officials said on Monday.
Three were shot dead during a gunfight between five poachers and rangers in the Stolsnek section of the Kruger National Park over the weekend, SABC news quoted SANParks CEO [...]
Cape Town – The massive floods that have swept across parts of the country have raised the risk of waterborne diseases such as cholera, Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa warned on Wednesday.
The flooding had “created conditions that are conducive to the possibility of water-borne diseases like cholera”, as well as animal diseases such as Rift [...]
DURBAN, South Africa — Get paid to pee. That’s the deal on offer in the South African city of Durban, where the city is looking to buy liquid waste to encourage residents to use dry toilets.
Aiming to improve hygiene and save money, the port city has installed in home gardens about 90,000 toilets that don’t [...]
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 [...]
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Cape Town – South Africans can look forward to a wet summer this year, as there is apparently almost no chance of an El Niño phenomenon developing.
This is according to data compiled by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), which has developed a forecasting technique that is able to estimate [...]
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 [...]