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R2.4bn programme to light up Ekurhuleni
R2.4bn programme to light up Ekurhuleni

Ekurhuleni Executive Mayor Mzwandile Masina has announced a R2.4bn programme for the electrification of informal settlements across Ekurhuleni, with over 16,000 households to be completed by the end of this financial year...

19 Apr 2017

Footage reveals flood of sewage into Swartkops River
Footage reveals flood of sewage into Swartkops River

Drone footage taken late last week has revealed massive sewage spill pollution flowing from the Kelvin Jones Waste Water Treatment Plant into the heavily polluted Swartkops River...

By Estelle Ellis 19 Apr 2017

Nelson Mandela Bay may get water relief
Nelson Mandela Bay may get water relief

In a bold initiative directed at relieving ongoing water shortages, discussions have begun around establishing the region's first large-scale, commercial desalination plant...

By Shaun Gillham 19 Apr 2017

Veolia upgrades pump station in KZN
Veolia upgrades pump station in KZN

Contracted by the Newcastle Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, Veolia Water Technologies South Africa recently upgraded the outdated Ncandu pump station...

13 Apr 2017

Phase two of Lushushwane Water Project kicks off
Phase two of Lushushwane Water Project kicks off

Water and Sanitation minister Nomvula Mokonyane has performed a sod turning to mark the commencement of phase two of the Lushushwane Bulk Water Supply Project at Bettysgoed Village, in Mpumalanga...

10 Apr 2017

Record amount of renewables capacity added in 2016: UN
Record amount of renewables capacity added in 2016: UN

The world added a record 138.5-gigawatts of renewable power capacity in 2016 despite a 23% drop in investment, reflecting the falling cost of clean energy, the UN announced on Thursday, 6 April...

10 Apr 2017

CER challenges IRP after cabinet reshuffle
CER challenges IRP after cabinet reshuffle

The battle lines are even clearer between vested interest in coal and nuclear and the renewable energy supporters in South Africa after the cabinet reshuffle...

4 Apr 2017

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LVDC Conference on Sustainable Electricity Access set for Nairobi

The inaugural LVDC Conference on Sustainable Electricity Access will take place at the Hotel InterContinental Nairobi on 22 and 23 May 2017, in partnership with the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS)...

31 Mar 2017

CT water remains safe for drinking, says city
CT water remains safe for drinking, says city

According to the City of Cape Town, its water remains safe to drink...

30 Mar 2017

Source: Renewable Power SA
Khobab's first wind turbine is up

The first of Khobab Wind Farm's 61 wind turbine generators has been lifted, ahead of schedule, on 22 March 2017.

28 Mar 2017

Plan to stave off water war in SA
Plan to stave off water war in SA

Former World Bank vice-president Ismail Serageldin famously predicted that "the wars of the 21st century will be fought over water"...

By Dave Chambers 23 Mar 2017

How recycled water could revolutionise sustainable development
How recycled water could revolutionise sustainable development

By 2025, absolute water scarcity will be a daily reality for an estimated 1.8-billion people...

By Tamara Avellán 22 Mar 2017

Stormwater harvesting could help South Africa manage its water shortages
Stormwater harvesting could help South Africa manage its water shortages

In 2016, South Africa experienced one of the worst droughts in decades...

By Kirsty Carden and Lloyd Fisher-Jeffes 22 Mar 2017

Eskom completes Majuba repair
Eskom completes Majuba repair

In 2014, in the midst of loadshedding, poor leadership and serious delays in the construction of two of its new-build power stations, a coal silo collapse at the Majuba power station simply added to Eskom's woes...

22 Mar 2017

Groundwater can help alleviate CT's water shortage
Groundwater can help alleviate CT's water shortage

The aquifers in the greater Cape Town area could offer some relief if the current drought conditions endure...

20 Mar 2017

Siyabonga Mbanjwa, MD of Sener Southern Africa
Making the case for CSP in SA's energy mix

In the past few months, the role of renewable energy has become a subject of intense debate...

By Siyabonga Mbanjwa 16 Mar 2017

Eskom, Coega sign agreement on nuclear
Eskom, Coega sign agreement on nuclear

Eskom and the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) have signed a collaborative agreement on South Africa's nuclear new build programme...

16 Mar 2017

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Gauteng increases mental health spending after Esidimeni crisis

Gauteng finance MEC Barbara Creecy tabled a R108bn budget for the province, which included R10bn added to the baseline of departments to meet increased demand...

By Genevieve Quintal 8 Mar 2017

City of Cape Town declares drought local disaster
City of Cape Town declares drought local disaster

As at Monday, 6 March 2017, dam levels dropped to 31.5%, down 1.6% from last week. Effectively, dam levels are at 21.5% as the last 10% of a dam's water is mostly not useable...

8 Mar 2017

Judgement reserved in Thabametsi climate case
Judgement reserved in Thabametsi climate case

Judgment in South Africa's first climate change case around the impact of proposed Thabametsi coal-fired power station in Limpopo was reserved last week...

6 Mar 2017

Water millions wasted
Water millions wasted

While thousands of residents in rural northern KwaZulu-Natal struggle daily to get water, the Umkhanyakude municipality has squandered nearly R1bn, some of it earmarked for water projects...

By Bongani Mthethwa 6 Mar 2017

South Africans cannot afford to ignore the water crisis
South Africans cannot afford to ignore the water crisis

While the maintenance and development of infrastructure is an important element of addressing South Africa's water scarcity issues, changing peoples' attitude to water usage and effectively managing the demand for water are equally critical...

By Sean Molloy 3 Mar 2017

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Desalination could be the answer to Western Cape drought

The Western Cape government could be the first to build a water desalination plant...

3 Mar 2017

De Lille calls for drought-hit Cape Town to be declared disaster area
De Lille calls for drought-hit Cape Town to be declared disaster area

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille wants the city to be declared a disaster area because of the drought...

By Aphiwe Deklerk 1 Mar 2017

Bay's water crisis worsens
Bay's water crisis worsens

Nelson Mandela Bay is on the brink of being declared a disaster area, with the city's overall dam levels sitting at a combined capacity of 49%, despite strict water restrictions being in place...

By Avuyile Mngxitama-Diko 28 Feb 2017

Gauteng lifts water restrictions
Gauteng lifts water restrictions

Water restrictions will be lifted in Gauteng on Monday, 27 February, as the Vaal Dam fills up...

By Katharine Child 27 Feb 2017

Future Energy to address Africa's power potential
Future Energy to address Africa's power potential

Regional power events in Africa, including EAPIC and WAPIC, have been renamed to Future Energy, in order to reflect the optimism and potential of the energy and power sectors on the continent...

24 Feb 2017

Nersa approves 2.2% Eskom tariff increase
Nersa approves 2.2% Eskom tariff increase

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has allowed Eskom to raise tariffs by 2.2% in the 2017/18 financial year...

24 Feb 2017

Why Gordhan's silence on South Africa's nuclear option is a good sign
Why Gordhan's silence on South Africa's nuclear option is a good sign

South Africa's Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan said very little about the energy sector in his recent budget speech...

By Hartmut Winkler 24 Feb 2017

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