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Water minister pays out R30m in bonuses

Wastage: Mokonyane blames circumstances beyond her control for the state of her department’s finances 14 November 2017 – 06:50 By KHULEKANI MAGUBANE Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane has admitted that her department paid out R30-million in bonuses to its employees, despite the department being found wanting in the management of its financial books. […]

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Less than normal rain predicted

By Chelsea Pieterse, The Witness This year’s July was the hottest month since weather records began in 1880, and experts are “uncertain” whether to expect a drought this summer or not. Last year’s temperatures for the southern hemisphere were the highest yet recorded. However, February, March, April, May, and July this year were recorded as […]

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South Africa’s borehole crisis

By Sipho Kings Mail & Guardian Sinking a borehole and striking water requires a combination of luck and feel. Under the ground, water flows along faultlines and pools in unseen caverns. The only clues come from the surface, where the type of rock gives an inkling about what lies beneath. The process would be easier […]

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South Africa’s water resources under immense pressure

South Africa is currently facing a multi-faceted water crisis. The mismatch between water supply and water demand, the theft of water resources, a deteriorating infrastructure, the loss of essential skills, a strangling educational pipeline, management failure, and deterioration in the quality of water, are all potential threats and key concerns. Anja du Plessis, project leader […]

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Rate of environmental degradation puts life on Earth at risk, say scientists

Humans are “eating away at our own life support systems” at a rate unseen in the past 10,000 years by degrading land and freshwater systems, emitting greenhouse gases and releasing vast amounts of agricultural chemicals into the environment, new research has found. Two major new studies by an international team of researchers have pinpointed the […]

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Infrastructure upgrades must continue – Zuma

Improvements to water and energy infrastructure must continue in the new year, President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday. “[In 2014], we celebrated the milestone of 11-million connections to electricity since 1994,” he said in his new year’s statement. “This successful programme has brought into sharp focus the need to speed up the upgrading and expansion […]

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Poultry farm accused of polluting

01 December 2014 A poultry farm in Remhoogte in the Skeerpoort area is being accused of polluting the Magalies River, and subsequently the Hartbeespoort Dam. The Blue Scorpions visited the area this month and took water samples at the outlet from the Eagles Valley poultry plant’s purification dams into the Magalies River, as well as […]

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Greenland ice melt underestimated, study says

Amount of land covered by supraglacial lakes on Greenland ice sheet will double by 2060, exacerbating melting as temperatures rise Melting ice from the coast of Greenland could make a much bigger contribution to rising sea levels than has previously been thought, a new study suggests. Scientists believe a previously overlooked side-effect of global warming […]

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Serious Water Problems by 2015

Gauteng will face serious water problems by 2015 if innovative measures are not implemented to conserve water and bring more into the province. Speaking at a Mail & Guardian Critical Thinking Forum, held last week, Mike Muller, a member of the National Planning Commission, said Gauteng had actually run out of water 70 years ago. […]

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Where Will The World’s Water Conflicts Erupt? [Infographic]

A heatmap of war over water By Katie Peek Posted 06.13.2014 at 9:04 am Where will the world’s water conflicts erupt? The map displays nearly 2,000 incidents, involving conflict and collaboration alike, over shared river basins from 1990 to 2008. The circles in the sidebar compare about 2,200 events—including another 200 disputes over resources other […]

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