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Water scarcity and smart technology solutions

There is a sense of relief following the recent downpour in Cape Town and many hope it marks the beginning of the much needed wet winter the city is known for...

By Laura Caetano 3 days ago

Ideas World Cup Cape Town aims to find societal, environmental solutions
Ideas World Cup Cape Town aims to find societal, environmental solutions

The Ideas World Cup Cape Town takes place Friday, 21 April, from 1pm to 6pm at the V&A Waterfront's Amphitheatre...

20 Apr 2017

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Why consumers need help to shift to sustainable diets

Consumers are in an unprecedented dilemma over food...

By Tim Lang 19 Apr 2017

Scientists discover a way to harvest fresh water from air
Scientists discover a way to harvest fresh water from air

This device also works in arid regions...

19 Apr 2017

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

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

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Uganda's second Slow Food Earth Market launched in Manafwa

The objectives of the Manafwa Earth Market is preserving traditional and local products and bringing together small-scale food producers and consumers...

13 Apr 2017

Solving SA's urgent challenges using cleantech
Solving SA's urgent challenges using cleantech

With the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs in SA (GCIP-SA) now open for applications, we interviewed Gerswynn McKuur, national project manager of GCIP-SA, to get some insight on how clean technologies could address some of SA's most urgent challenges...

By Sindy Peters 13 Apr 2017

2017 Green Talents competition open for entries
2017 Green Talents competition open for entries

Since its inception, the award has recognised 182 young researchers and scientists from 51 nations...

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

Alosha sells 3D Deco to pursue his eco dream
Alosha sells 3D Deco to pursue his eco dream

Alosha Lynov, previous owner of 3D Deco, has sold his event stretch décor company to pursue his dream of spreading his acquired knowledge of creating a self-sustainable lifestyle...

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#GreenMondaySA: Eat less meat, save the world
#GreenMondaySA: Eat less meat, save the world

Since watching Cowspiracy and after taking part in the 2015 Greenpop Festival of Action in Zambia, I have been a lot more conscious about what I consume, particularly meat and dairy, industries which are the number one culprits when it comes to environmental damage.

By Ruth Cooper 6 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

Why South Africa's social grants aren't eradicating malnutrition
Why South Africa's social grants aren't eradicating malnutrition

A national sigh of relief should follow the Constitutional Court ruling that ensures the uninterrupted payment of social grants in South Africa...

By Stephen Devereux 3 Apr 2017

Policy implementation failing SA citizens in guaranteeing access to food
Policy implementation failing SA citizens in guaranteeing access to food

Civil society needs to step up and fight for better access to food, says Professor Ebenezer Durojaye of the Dullah Omar Institute at the University of the Western Cape...

3 Apr 2017

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Earthworms are more important than pandas (if you want to save the planet)

Worm conservation is much more important once we factor in their provision of what we now call “ecosystem services”, which are crucial to human survival...

By Sarah Johnson 31 Mar 2017

Household water security: the real challenge and a pragmatic solution
Household water security: the real challenge and a pragmatic solution

In more than two decades of democracy, South Africa has made huge strides in water services provision...

By Dr Tally Palmer 31 Mar 2017

Hackathon hosted to generate solutions to water crisis
Hackathon hosted to generate solutions to water crisis

Rise, Barclays Africa's innovation hub in Cape Town, recently hosted a water hackathon to help harness the power of collaboration in finding solutions to the Western Cape's current water crisis...

31 Mar 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

AB InBev bets on renewables for future energy
AB InBev bets on renewables for future energy

Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), the largest beer group in the world, has committed itself to secure 100% of its purchased electricity...

29 Mar 2017

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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

Red Bull TV releases Waves for Water documentary
Red Bull TV releases Waves for Water documentary

On World Water Day 2017, Red Bull TV released a new feature-length documentary that captures the story of former pro surfer Jon Rose and his mission to bring clean water access to those in need...

By Sindy Peters 27 Mar 2017

WRC launches mine water atlas
WRC launches mine water atlas

The Water Research Commission (WRC), in partnership with consulting firm Golder Associates, has launched the South African Mine Water Atlas...

24 Mar 2017

BCC to ensure health of Benguela Current ecosystem through sustainable management
BCC to ensure health of Benguela Current ecosystem through sustainable management

Supporting fisheries, tourism, recreation, and thousands of jobs, a sustainable Benguela Current ecosystem is the lifeblood of the ocean economy on South Africa's West Coast...

24 Mar 2017

Investing in a circular water economy in SA
Investing in a circular water economy in SA

The UN World Water Development Report: Wastewater, the Untapped Resource indicates that for decades, people have been using fresh water faster than nature can replace it...

By Hermann Erdman 24 Mar 2017

GBCSA shares water-saving tips
GBCSA shares water-saving tips

South Africa is the 30th driest country in the world, and water is becoming one of our most scarce resources...

24 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

Water from Air technical director, Paul Raglan-Smith and CEO Ray de Vries with a mobile 1,500 litres per day machine designed and manufactured in South Africa.
Durban innovator presents a solution to water crisis

Durban businessman Ray de Vries believes that a solution to the Cape Town water crisis may be in the air around us...

22 Mar 2017

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