South African metropolitans are heading for a major water crisis in 2020, a former director general of the Department of Water Affairs has warned.
Mike Muller, who now serves as an adjunct professor at the University of the Witwatersrand and sits on the National Planning Commission, said at a Water and Energy Forum in Sandton this [...]
Cape Town – Despite a shocking increase in poaching of rhinos in SA, the head of The South African National Parks (SANParks) said that the population is in no danger of extinction – for now.
In a statement on Thursday, SANParks said rhino poaching continues to escalate at “an unprecedented rate” since the beginning of [...]
Cape Town – The government hopes to have cleaner fuels made available to the public as soon as 2013, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said on Tuesday.
Briefing the media at parliament on the Clean Fuels Two (CF2) draft fuel specifications and standards, she said full introduction was expected by 2017.
CF2 is the equivalent of the current [...]
Cape Town – As World Water Day approaches, the department of water affairs and host city Cape Town are determined to change perceptions about water as a scarce resource.
This year the theme of Water Day on March 22 will focus on how urbanisation puts pressure on water and sanitation services. In SA, though, the problem [...]
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 [...]
The government did the right thing by releasing a report on acid mine drainage (AMD) last week that referred to the water pollution problem in the mine voids of the Witwatersrand as a “crisis”.
Now it is the turn of gold mining firms to peer beyond self-interest and open up their own databases.
By stalling the release [...]
Cape Town – Capetonians should brace themselves for another heatwave coupled with strong south-easterly winds that pose a serious fire risk, the city council warned on Monday.
It said the weather services had forecast soaring temperatures for the rest of the week after the mercury was expected to hit 37°C on Monday.
The City’s Disaster Risk Management [...]
Three Municipalities were identified as the first that will have serious water shortages. They are the City of Johannesburg, eThekwini in Durban and the Nelson Mandela Metro in Port Elizabeth.
The former Director General of Water Affairs, Mike Muller told representatives at the Water and Energy Forum in Johannesburg that a serious water crisis is looming [...]
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 [...]
Johannesburg – The government’s handling of the national water crisis was its most serious blunder in 2010, trade union Solidarity said on Wednesday.
“In a country afflicted by a scarcity of water, a fast-growing population and ageing infrastructure, our water predicament has now become a ticking timebomb,” union spokesperson Ilze Nieuwoudt said, listing the government’s top [...]