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Adopt a River project allocated R2 million

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 06 June 2011

An amount of R2 million has been allocated to the Adopt a River project to allow it to continue for another 12 months.

Adopt-a-river. Women beneficiaries clean litter out of the Buffalo River.

Launching the Buffalo Adopt a River project on Friday in King Williams Town in the Eastern Cape, Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Rejoice Mabudafhasi, reported that 595 job opportunities have been created through the project.

The initiative is currently implemented in Limpopo, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape and Free State, which were the pilot provinces.

Mabudafhasi said through the project, women have acquired skills in waste management, occupational health and safety, identification of alien weeds and herbicide application, water safety, snake handling, first aid, environmental education and life skills.

“The other direct benefit is that the health of rivers has improved drastically. The Buffalo River project employed 100 women from the rural poor communities around the 17 wards of Amathole District Municipality, including Buffalo City Municipality and Amahlathi Local Municipality, who are involved in the cleaning of solid waste and alien vegetation species along the banks of the Buffalo River. Continue reading Adopt a River project allocated R2 million

Water pollution is a global problem

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 23 February 2011

Cities of the world are under threat because of water quality issues, United Nations Habitat says.

“The fact of the matter is that our cities in the world are under threat. Johannesburg is […]

New garbage disposal rules consider recyclables

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 31 January 2011

In a bid to sort out the unpleasantries sometimes experienced in household waste removal, South Africa will finally put into effect the long-awaited National Domestic Waste Collection tomorrow.

New rules make provision for […]

2nd planet by 2030

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 13 October 2010

Carbon pollution and over-use of Earth’s natural resources have become so critical that, on current trends, we will need a second planet to meet our needs by 2030, WWF said on Wednesday.

In 2007, Earth’s 6.8 billion humans were living 50% beyond the planet’s threshold of sustainability, according to its report, issued ahead of a UN biodiversity conference.

“Even with modest UN projections for population growth, consumption and climate change, by 2030 humanity will need the capacity of two Earths to absorb CO2 waste and keep up with natural resource consumption,” it warned.

If everyone used resources at the same rate per capita as the United States or the United Arab Emirates, four and a half planets would be needed, it said, highlighting the gap in “ecological footprint” between rich and poor.

The “Living Planet” report, the eighth in the series, is based on figures for 2007, the latest year for which figures are available.

It pointed to 71 countries that were running down their sources of freshwater at a worrying, unsustainable rate.

Nearly two-thirds of these countries experience “moderate to severe” water stress.

“This has profound implications for ecosystem health, food production and human wellbeing, and is likely to be exacerbated by climate change,” WWF said. Continue reading 2nd planet by 2030

SA mining spends millions to combat water pollution

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 09 June 2010

Mining companies operating in South Africa are lagging behind countries like Australia in terms of waste management, science-based services group DuPont said on Wednesday.

Mine drainage activities

“Mining houses in Australia are taking a more proactive approach and are currently adopting best practices aimed at preventing environmental damage, rather than repairing damage already done,” Carlman Moyo, managing director for DuPont Sub-Saharan Africa said in a statement.

South African mining houses were spending millions of rands combating the growing problem of poor quality water flowing into the environment and causing pollution.

However, the reactive nature of the methods being used was having limited effect on repairing the damage caused.

“It is vital that new waste management strategies are integrated into the core activities of all South African mining organisations in order to prevent future damage,” Moyo said.

Until waste control was integrated deep into the culture of mining organisations, it would not be effective.

“Pollution can be caused by something as uncontrollable as heavy rainfall, flooding or earth tremors.

“In these cases, emergency plans are not enough. and preventative measures need to be in place before things go wrong.” Continue reading SA mining spends millions to combat water pollution