Environment

Water Crisis in South Africa

South Africa is a country located at the Southern Tip of Africa. About twice the size of Texas it is home to 49 million people. This country has been stricken by affects from the long standing apartheid to the devastation that diseases such as HIV/AIDS and TB have caused. Now another crisis looms in the distance: Water. As more and more people migrate into cities from rural villages the pressure for the city to meet the water demands is ever increasing.

Pollution Kills More Than Aids and TB

More than 14,000 annual deaths in Kenya can be averted if the country embraces clean environment and inclusive green growth, a conference has been told.

Household pollution caused by smoke emitted from energy sources used mostly in rural and informal settlements in Kenya contributes to more deaths than AIDS and Tuberculosis combined. This is according to Green Assessment Report, 2014.

SA to Learn Water Conservation from Italy

Ancient Romans were praised for their irrigation and aqueducts. Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane is hoping modern-day Italy has the expertise to help South Africa improve its management of water resources.

She has signed a water co-operation agreement to work on joint projects that will enhance capacity building‚ technology transfer and technical assistance in the fields of water quality enhancement‚ water resource management‚ water service management and rural sanitation technology.

​R250m Donation a Boost for KNP

The South African National Parks has used the R250 million donated by American philanthropist and businessman, Howard G Buffet, to help boost measures to protect the Kruger National Park (KNP) from poachers.

Major general, Johan Jooste, head of the anti-poaching operations, points out that, “The park has upgraded their protection by upgrading ranger points by enabling them to operate helicopters, house the K9 dogs and the training of the rangers, making sure that their equipment is up to scratch.”

IPPs Have Benefits for SA: NGO

Environmental justice organisation, Earthlife Africa, says renewable Independent Power Producers (IPPs) have benefits for the country.

The organisation’s project coordinator, Dominique Doyle, says it is a poor decision for the country as a whole, as rollout of renewable energy projects were successful in bringing electricity to the grid speedily and faster than coal.

Activists Call for Protection of White Lions

The chief executive officer of the Global White Lion Protection Trust, Linda Tucker, says very few white lions are still roaming freely in South Africa.

Wildlife activists are calling on the world to preserve and protect rare white lions before they are extinct.

This comes as South Africa prepares to host 2016 Convention for the International Trade of Engendered Species, Cites in September.

​African Children to Suffer Due to El Nino

Save the Children, a non-governmental organisation, has warned that millions of children will suffer disproportionately from the failed harvests and devastated livelihoods left behind by the El Nino weather phenomenon.

The charity’s East and Southern Africa regional director, David Wright, points out that, “Children face protection risks as families and communities move in search of work, food, water and grazing land for animals.”

The organisation estimates that 26.5 million children could face malnutrition, water shortages and disease in affected African regions.

​Black Celebrities Fight Against Poaching

Efforts to save the rhino have mainly fallen inside the terrain of South Africa’s white and wealthy folk‚ but a new campaign is trying to turn that around.

Anti-poaching campaign by conservation organisation, WildAid, has called on black celebrities to join the fight in a series of television and billboard adverts.

Campaign ambassadors, Maps Maponyane‚ Stacey Holland and Masasa Mbangeni, spoke to TMG Digital this week to tell us why they care about the cause‚ and why you should too.

​Companies Push Back Against Environmentalists Business/International

Climate activists seeking to pull investors into their camp are pushing Exxon Mobil and Chevron to limit money spent on exploration in favour of higher dividends and more share buybacks.
 
Shareholders will vote on proposals that would urge the two biggest United States oil producers to cut what they spend opening up new oil fields and instead hand the money to investors.
 
Environmental critics say future climate rules will soon make it unprofitable to pump.
 

​NGOs Slam Govt Over Nuclear Deadline

Two leading environmental organisations, Earthlife Africa (ELA) and the Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institute (SAFCEI), say government must respect the rules and commit to following the timeframes, after the state once again failed to submit answering affidavits in the court case regarding its nuclear energy agreement with Russia.
 
The two organisations argue that Energy Minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, acted unconstitutionally in not submitting the government's nuclear deal with Russia to Parliament.
 

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