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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...

10 hours ago

CTICC uses millions of litres less water per year than five years ago
CTICC uses millions of litres less water per year than five years ago

CTICC, in an effort to reduce water consumption, has implemented a number of initiatives to further curtails its use of potable and irrigation water...

10 hours ago

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 13 hours ago

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 13 hours ago

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Collaboration will make life saving water bottles available at WTM Africa

In an effort to help raise awareness around the importance of having access to safe water and sanitation, WTM Africa has collaborated with international water development charity, Just a Drop...

2 days ago

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Biomass project creates opportunity for mining community

A renewable energy project on degraded land is aimed at creating economic opportunities for communities after the life of a mine...

2 days ago

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Urban farming project to deliver Harvest of Hope

UCook will contribute a portion of its gross profits to Abalimi Bezekhaya, its preferred supplier of organic produce, to support the organisations upskilling urban farming project, Harvest of Hope...

2 days ago

Premier Hotels & Resorts to educate guests during Earth Hour
Premier Hotels & Resorts to educate guests during Earth Hour

With 75% of hotels' environmental impact being directly related to excessive consumption, we have committed to transforming ourselves and, in turn, the environment, by adopting a more eco-friendly approach...

2 days ago

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...

2 days ago

Table Mountain Cableway
Table Mountain Cableway making every drop of water count

In light of National Water Week - 20 to 26 March 2017 - Table Mountain Cableway shares its water reducing measures to aid other businesses looking for ways to save water in drought-stricken Cape Town...

16 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

Kelps in southern Africa are thriving, but some key inhabitants of kelp forests are not
Kelps in southern Africa are thriving, but some key inhabitants of kelp forests are not

There's a forest in the extreme west of South Africa which very few people know much about. It's 1,000km long but only around 100m wide. This forest is a kelp forest...

By John Bolton and Laura Blamey 15 Mar 2017

New aquaponics facilities to feed primary schools
New aquaponics facilities to feed primary schools

Mondelez International Foundation and INMED is building two aquaponics facilities, one in PE and the other in Soweto, to provide primary schools with access to fresh, nutritious produce...

15 Mar 2017

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Volvo Trucks, Boere In Nood project delivers feed to drought-stricken farmers

Through Boere In Nood, a non-profit organisation that aims to assist farmers, Volvo Trucks delivered feed to 1,232 farmers throughout South Africa...

14 Mar 2017

PPC partners DRC stakeholders to empower local communities
PPC partners DRC stakeholders to empower local communities

PPC Barnet has initiated a new technical training centre and a local farming project in the DRC with the aim of boosting employment and community economies in nearby villages surrounding the cement plant...

10 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

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

WWF urges Eskom to back renewables
WWF urges Eskom to back renewables

In a petition, WWF South Africa is calling on Eskom to expedite the use of renewable energy in the country...

1 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

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We've calculated the environmental cost of a loaf of bread – and what to do about it

What does a staple food such as bread have to do with global warming?

By Peter Horton 28 Feb 2017

Ceres Fruit Growers environmental practices bearing fruit
Ceres Fruit Growers environmental practices bearing fruit

The sustainability efforts of Ceres Fruit Growers is bearing fruit - saving the environment and the bottom line in the process...

28 Feb 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

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Indian Ocean Dipole: The obscure climate phenomenon driving drought

An obscure climate phenomenon in the Indian Ocean is contributing to an East Africa drought that is threatening the lives of millions of people, as famine looms...

By Jared Ferrie 24 Feb 2017

Students harness the sun to purify water
Students harness the sun to purify water

This device could aid households that only have access to contaminated water...

By Emile Uys 24 Feb 2017

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Global future food security in jeopardy warns FAO report

Intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and climate change has put mankind's ability to feed itself in jeopardy a new report by FAO warns...

22 Feb 2017

Could using stainless steel save SA millions in water losses?
Could using stainless steel save SA millions in water losses?

With South Africa experiencing stage two and three water restrictions following its worst drought in decades, the spotlight falls on how to reduce leakages and maintenance costs and preserve our already strained water resources into the long-term future...

22 Feb 2017

Oxfam East Africa via
Man-made famine declared in South Sudan, thousands face starvation

4.9 million people - more than 40 percent of South Sudan's population - are in need of urgent food, agriculture and nutrition assistance...

21 Feb 2017

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