The National Water Forum voiced concern over the pollution effect of the recent flooding on the country’s water supply.
NWF national chairman Louis Meintjies said that in Gauteng, acid mine water levels rose quickly because of the rain and that the acid water had now affected a wider area, with the water pollution spreading.
“The downpours [...]
Reading, thinking and writing about the environment is terrifying business. Not a day goes by without another horror story – an oil spill, a disappearing species, shrinking rainforests and melting glaciers. It’s enough to make you want to throw in the towel and let someone else worry about the mess.
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Environment and Water Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica has apologised to the residents around the Hartbeespoort Dam west of Pretoria for the poor water quality.
She visited the area on Wednesday to see the problem for herself and promised swift action in curbing the pollution problem.
Sonjica said the polluted water is flowing into the dam from upstream, [...]
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 [...]
Bath linens made from organic cotton are not only comfy and soft, but they require less pesticide to produce than regular cotton towels. Manufacturers who make organic cotton also tend to use natural dyes and softeners which are less toxic and gentler on sensitive skin.
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by Willie Venter, for The Mpumalanga Mirror
An innovation in cooking and heating efficiency is set to reduce the demand for wood and charcoal significantly in rural areas.
Developed by Dr Deal Still of the Aprovecho Research Centre in the United States, and distributed by a South African company, it is envisaged that these stoves will drastically [...]
Carina van Wyk, Beeld
Johannesburg – People will be paying significantly more for new cars from Wednesday.
The new “green” tax, which applies to new passenger vehicles which release more than 120g of carbon dioxide (CO2) per kilometre, comes into effect on Wednesday.
For each extra gram of CO2/km, the car’s price increases by R85.50 (R75 plus VAT).
NELSPRUIT – The incredible power of the ocean is seen in the continuous roar and crash of the rolling waves, an inexhaustible source of renewable energy and, in theory at least, a potential provider of mass electricity in a world where pollution is threatening our very existence.
Despite many attempts in recent years to effectively harvest [...]
Cape Town – Trade union federation Fedusa on Wednesday warned South Africa was sitting on a water crisis “time bomb”.
Citing “inadequate management and monitoring” by water service authorities, Fedusa said it had filed notice with the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) of possible protest action.
“Fedusa… decided that the best way to make South [...]
If urgent steps are not taken, South Africa will run out of water for future economic growth within the next five years.
This is among several alarming expert opinions contained in the second edition of “The Environmental Handbook: A Guide to Green Business in South Africa”, launched in Cape Town this week.
In a guest foreword to [...]