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Rainwater Harvesting systems in South Africa .

Activists angered by resumption of Mapungubwe mining

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 24 Oct 2011

Water and Environment Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has angered activists by allowing an Australian company to resume mining on the doorstep of the Mapungubwe World Heritage site.

Coal of Africa pleaded with Molewa […]

Cape fynbos to benefit from global appeal

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 16 Oct 2011

Fauna and Flora International (FFI) a longtime partner of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, launched a global appeal this week with the objective of helping protect over 50,000 hectares of the globally unique “fynbos” ecosystem […]

Shell gets green light to explore for gas

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 08 July 2011

Australian green activists expressed outrage at a government decision to allow energy giant Shell to drill for gas at a pristine reef that was listed as a World Heritage site just two weeks ago.

The proposed exploration well would be around 70km from the Ningaloo Reef

Ningaloo Reef is considered a natural wonder, sprawling some 260 kilometres (155 miles) along Australia’s west coast and teeming with hundreds of tropical fish and coral species.

The UN’s cultural body UNESCO listed the remote Ningaloo coast as a World Heritage site late last month due to its reef, sea turtles and white whales.

But environmentalists say it could be under threat after the Australian government green-lighted a proposal from Shell to explore for gas nearby.

“We are very concerned that the Australian government is even allowing the oil and gas sector to operate so close to the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef,” WWF’s Paul Gamblin told ABC Radio

“It really beggars belief that they aren’t requiring a full environmental estimate of Shell’s latest drilling proposal.”

Gamblin said the Shell operations would run along the side of the reef itself, a “new frontier” for drilling, which has previously been confined to its northern corner.

Shell issued a statement saying it was “mindful of the significant biodiversity and heritage values of the Ningaloo region and we continue to plan our operations accordingly,” noting its long safety record in the region. Continue reading Shell gets green light to explore for gas

World Heritage area saved by mine withdrawal

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

In the face of a torrent of objection from the conservation community, Richards Bay Minerals has withdrawn its prospecting application submitted with a view to mine north of its present operation.

Looking towards […]

CoAL receives order to cease illegal activity

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 11 August 2010

A criminal investigation is under way by the Department of Environmental Affairs to determine whether Coal of Africa (CoAL)is involved in any illegal activities in Limpopo in terms of violating environmental laws or not.

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