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 [...]
South Africa – South Africa’s plan to build what could become the world’s biggest solar project has drawn keen interest from investors even though it is still in its infancy.
An official said today that more than 400 investors and solar industry insiders from around the world converged on the arid town of Upington, Northern Cape [...]
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 [...]
The inter-ministerial committee (IMC) dealing with Gauteng’s acid mine water crisis has called on some of South Africa’s top experts to help find a solution to the problem.
Briefing the media in Cape Town, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said that at the IMC’s first meeting last week, it was agreed to appoint [...]
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 [...]