Agri SA has noted its concerns about the potential negative impact of load-shedding on the agricultural sector and the broader value chain. In a statement on Monday, the company highlighted that electricity is an important input cost for many farmers, especially farmers that depend on irrigation.
According to projections, South Africa will need to generate energy from coal until at least 2040, says Vuslat Bayoglu, managing director and co-founder of SA-focused mining investment business Menar Capital.
The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) has launched a new standard that addresses environmental as well as sustainability issues in gold and silver markets. To do that in a credible way, LBMA has been actively engaging with mining companies and producer nations.
South Africa’s dam levels have stabilised at a national average of 62.5%, with most dams’ water levels expected to rise with more rain and cooler weather over the next week.
IFAT Africa, a trade fair for water, sewage, refuse and recycling, will have a broader scope this year, as the event is colocated for the first time with food & drink technology Africa (fdt Africa) and analytica Lab Africa.
The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is preparing to launch its own series of mini-Phakisa’s to attempt to resolve the most pressing matters facing South Africa’s water infrastructure sector. Over the next eight weeks, the department will mobilise provincial leave Phasika’s prior to driving the outcomes into a major national level Phasika by March.
Funding agency United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) have selected University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers to establish research hubs at UK universities, to tackle some of the development challenges facing the world.
A report published on Thursday by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and UN -E-Waste Coalition found that the world is on the brink of a major health and environmental crisis, as the amount of e-waste produced looks set to grow from 50-million tonnes a year currently to 120-million tonnes a year by 2050.
The Alliance to End Plastic Waste – comprised of big energy, petrochemical and plastic manufacturing firms – said it would donate $1bn to “minimise and manage plastic waste and promote solutions for used plastics”.
Residents have been warned to stay away from Clifton First Beach due to a sewage spill.
The City of Cape Town says the spill emanated from a blocked sewer.
“Members of the public are warned that any form of full contact, recreational activity such as swimming, diving, water skiing, paddle boarding and windsurfing may increase the risk of gastrointestinal problem as well as skin, eye, ear and respiratory irritations, ” says Mayoral Committee member JP Smith.