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SA WATER SYSTEM SEEN ‘CRASHING’ AS CALL TO CUT USE FAILS

October 13, 2016
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A 15% restriction on usage is drastic, but needed, minister says. South Africa’s water system may “crash” if consumers don’t heed a call to cut usage by 15% as the nation enters a third year of drought, the water affairs and sanitation minister said. Restrictions that were reintroduced in parts of the country earlier this year were …

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SOUTH AFRICAN TOXIC MINE DUMPS FAIL CITIZENS, HARVARD BODY SAYS

October 13, 2016
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Government has failed to clean up gold-mine waste. South Africa is failing to uphold citizens’ human rights by allowing toxic waste from huge mine dumps in and around Johannesburg to seep into rivers, according to Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic. The government hasn’t done enough to mitigate the impact of contaminated water from abandoned mines …

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SOUTH AFRICANS WARNED OF LOOMING WATER RESTRICTIONS AMID DROUGHT

October 12, 2016
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A recently released report revealed southern Africa is experiencing the worst drought in almost 4 decades. The Department of Water and Sanitation says South Africans can expect water restrictions this summer as dam levels in several provinces are dismal. A recently released SA Development Community report has revealed southern Africa is experiencing the worst drought in almost …

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FIRST COAL INDEPENDENT POWER FIRMS ANNOUNCED

October 12, 2016
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The preferred bidders of the first bid window for the coal baseload programme are Thabametsi and Khanyisa, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson announced on Monday. The Coal Programme which was launched in December 2014 is the first baseload programme allowing the private sector to generate energy using coal resources. Thabametsi and Khanyisa will add 863.3 MW to the …

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SOUTH AFRICA: WATER AND SANITATION ON WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANTS

September 16, 2016
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In its effort to stem the tide of pollution of rivers, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has set aside more than R300 million to upgrade 26 dysfunctional waste water treatment works in parts of Gauteng and the Free State. This comes amidst fears of untreated sewage flowing into the Vaal River posing a serious …

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WATER RESTRICTIONS INTENSIFIED AS DROUGHT CONTINUES

September 15, 2016
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The drought is far from over and water restrictions will continue to be implemented in an effort to conserve water. According to the weekly report by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), the national storage is under increasing stress and shows a steady decline week on week. As of 5 September, national dam levels were …

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SOUTH AFRICAN INDUSTRY WORKS TOWARDS ENSURING WATER SUSTAINABILITY

September 8, 2016
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The South African government has shown its commitment to ensuring future water sustainability through a number of water protection campaigns and investments. The governments’ contribution to ensure future water sustainability is a clear demonstration of its commitment to finding solutions to the country’s multifaceted water challenges. South Africa’s deteriorating water quality is a key factor in the …

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BREATHING SPACE FOR MINES AS DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND SANITATION RELAXES TAILING LINING REQUIREMENTS

August 16, 2016
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By Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Given the significant negative environmental impacts mines can cause, proper environmental management regulation is crucial. However, the past few years have seen the introduction of several stringent legislative requirements that do not necessarily ensure proper environmental management and can cripple the already fragile mining sector due to significant implementation costs. These requirements …

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DROUGHT RAVAGES LESOTHO AS WATER IS EXPORTED TO SA

August 15, 2016
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SEPHARENG — For farmer Mohlakoane Molise, the view of the enormous Katse dam from his smallholding high in the mountains of Lesotho taunts him daily. His country is suffering through its worst drought in 35 years, but the vast and vital water reserves remain out of reach, destined instead for export to neighbouring SA. "I am very …

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NOMVULA MOKONYANE’S ALLEGED INTERFERENCE IN LESOTHO WATER PROJECT CITED AS CAUSING DELAYS

August 8, 2016
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Water Affairs minister Nomvula Mokonyane has allegedly insisted on new terms of reference for a R26-billion Lesotho water project, raising concerns about political interference and a further delay in a scheme vital to Gauteng’s water security. The Polihali dam, part of the Lesotho Highlands Water Scheme, was originally scheduled for completion in 2018 but has …

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THABANG MOHALE SHARES HER CO-MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCES SO FAR

August 5, 2016
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As a co-management support of protected areas intern, my field work experience has largely involved working with communities, which can often be a daunting task if one is not prepared to understand their context, culture and world view. During my first field trip we did just that; we met with one of the community groups …

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WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY RESEARCHERS AWARDED $229K TO STUDY LEAD PIPE CORROSION

August 1, 2016
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New funding from the National Science Foundation and the Water Research Foundation will allow Washington University faculty members to study how to best control lead pipe corrosion. The National Science Foundation, along with the Water Research Foundation, has awarded a pair of Washington University in St. Louis researchers $229,000 in grants to study ways to best …

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HOW MARKETS CAN HELP US ADAPT TO CLIMATE CHANGE

July 22, 2016
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We are on course to set another record for the hottest year, the third year in a row, and 2016 may well have the most billion dollar weather disasters. Adaptation to a changing climate looks both necessary and inevitable. Adaptation is most successful when we let markets identify the best opportunities to protect us. Markets have …

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CHANGING CLIMATE AFFECTS MINE PLANNING IN SOUTH AFRICA

July 15, 2016
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Research done in South Africa shows that change in the global climate is affecting the way local mines need to plan and build their infrastructure, particularly when it comes to water management. Studies by Lumsden and Schulze show climate change is going to make the eastern parts of SA significantly wetter, and western regions drier. In …

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CLIMATE CHANGE HEALTH IMPACTS LOOM LARGE

July 15, 2016
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The world should brace for potentially devastating impacts on human health due to climate change, top policy makers and officials from around the globe meeting in Paris said Thursday. Some of these consequences may be avoided if humanity radically curbs its use of fossil fuels in coming decades, but many are already being felt, they said …

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TANZANIA’S MAASAI FACING IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

July 15, 2016
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The air across the plain sizzles in the 95-degree heat, blurring the image of the huts in the distance. There’s a 23-year-old Maasai warrior named Lekoko beside me and a group of 35 American tourists behind me. Despite having only spent three months learning English, Lekoko gives us a seamless tour of his boma, a …

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STUDY QUANTIFIES CLIMATE-CHANGE-RELATED DEATHS

July 15, 2016
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A study in Environmental Research Letters suggests a fifth of premature deaths during a 2003 heatwave in Europe are linked to human-caused climate change. “We are now able to put a number on the deaths caused by climate change in a heat wave,” said lead author Daniel Mitchell of the University of Oxford. “This has never …

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STUDY: WATER INTAKE OVERLOOKED IN OBESE INDIVIDUALS

July 15, 2016
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There might be something in the water when it comes to the relationship between hydration and body mass index Researchers are learning whether a simple part of our diets might be linked to a healthier weight - and it has nothing to do with carbs, fat or protein. The potential secret weapon? Water. People who are obese and …

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WHY RIVER FLOODPLAINS ARE KEY TO PRESERVING NATURE AND BIODIVERSITY IN THE WESTERN US

July 7, 2016
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Although they may not commonly be viewed as hotspots for biodiversity, gravel-bed river floodplains are by far the most important feature for nature across the landscapes of western North America. This is because gravel-bed rivers disproportionately create high diversity of habitats, concentrate nutrients for growth, and provide corridors to link populations of species that would otherwise …

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CSIR CLIMATE MODELLERS TAKE ON ENORMOUS TASK OF MODELLING THE FUTURE OF CLIMATE CHANGE THROUGH AN AFRICAN LENS

July 7, 2016
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  The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is developing Africa's first Earth System Model that would make an input into the sixth Assessment Report (AR6) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). A total of 30 global climate models exist, with only the Australian model having its genesis in the Southern Hemisphere. CSIR climate …

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