Gauteng and NW Province

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SA will face future water shortages

South Africa will face a water shortage in the future, the South African Government Association has (Salga) said. According to Salga councilor Pinky Moloi, Salga is aware that there will be a water shortage at some point in the future. However, new dams will be built to deal with this challenge. Water crises was listed […]

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Acid water problem ‘neglected by government’

by Sue Blaine, 18 November 2013 SOUTH Africa’s acid mine drainage (AMD) problem, which affects an area far wider than the public Witwatersrand issue, has been “exacerbated” by the government’s mismanagement, says Gauteng City-Region Observatory researcher Kerry Bobbins. Experts have pointed out AMD was a problem as far back as the 1950s, if not earlier. […]

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At the Very Least, Your Days of Eating Pacific Ocean Fish Are Over

Aug 18 2013 The heart-breaking news from Fukushima just keeps getting worse…a LOT worse…it is, quite simply, an out-of-control flow of death and destruction. TEPCO is finally admitting that radiation has been leaking to the Pacific Ocean all along. and it’s NOT over…. I find myself moving between the emotions of sorrow and anger. It […]

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SA’s national water week & dry reality

Date Released: Wed, 20 March 2013 As South Africa marks National Water Week, news stories and studies show that our country’s water affairs is in a deep crisis… and things won’t be getting better any time soon. Thirty-four-year-old David Makele and his neighbours had been without water for days on the weekend beginning Friday 8 […]

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R800 million set for Vaal water metering system

Saturday 16 February 2013 SABC The Emfuleni municipality says over R800 million has been set aside to install a new metering system in each household in the Vaal area. The system will also be installed for town residents who use municipality electricity. The project comes after complaints from residents that they are unfairly billed for […]

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Water ATM

Author(s): Ankur Paliwal Issue Date: Jan 15, 2013 Sarvajal makes clean drinking water accessible to people As dawn breaks, two queues start forming at the only petrol pump in Lakshmangarh, a small town in Rajasthan’s Alwar district. One, obviously, is of people waiting to get their vehicles’ fuel tanks refilled. The other is in front […]

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Municipality’s decision to appeal water ruling slammed

Friday 27 July 2012 Lawyers for Human Rights say the decision by the Gert Sibande Municipality in Mpumalanga to appeal a court ruling to provide clean water to residents of Carolina, indicates the municipality’s refusal to accept responsibility. The High Court in Pretoria has granted the municipality leave to appeal against the original ruling. Residents […]

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Is Carolina’s water the beginning of SA’s future water?

(Carte Blanche). “You may not have heard of Carolina; with only 17 000 people, it’s a small dot in the heart of the coal mining area.” In January, Carolina was warned by its municipality that it was unsafe to drink the tap water. The Boesmanspruit dam supplying the town was contaminated. Water Affairs COO Trevor […]

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Sustainable Development – North West Province

By Sharon Davies Water is considered the key limiting factor to development in the North West. The western part of the province is arid, encompassing the eastern part of the Kalahari Desert with a rainfall of less than 300mm a year. The central part is typically semi-arid receiving 500mm a year and the eastern part […]

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Metro rubbishes reports of sewage in Tshwane water

Tshifhiwa Shonisani The Tshwane Metro has dismissed as a hoax reports that striking municipal workers have pumped sewage into water reservoirs. They urged residents to ignore SMS’s doing the rounds alleging that their drinking water was unsafe. Spokesman Nomasonto Ndlovu said none of their employees were on strike. “We collect and take samples from reservoirs […]

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