Desalination plans underway for SA
Plans are underway to ensure that South Africa gains the capacity to desalinate its own seawater. Speaking at the 38th Expert Group meeting of the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) on Monday, acting Director General of the Department of Energy, Tseliso Maqubela, said the City of Cape Town at... Read more
SA participates in high level climate talks
Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa is in Canada, where she will participate in the Ministerial Meeting on Climate Action. The meeting is a platform for participating countries to give their input on the political direction that should be taken on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)... Read more
Sanral monitors cape vulture colony
Recent environmental monitoring related to the construction of the Msikaba and Mtentu bridge haul roads found no evidence of disturbance to the Msikaba Cape Vulture Colony, the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) announced today. As part of the environmental requirements for the N2 Wild Coast road... Read more
Minister welcomes arrest in rhino case
Environmental Affair Minister, Dr Edna Molewa, has welcomed the arrest of a Chinese national for rhino horn smuggling and the recent sentencing of a poacher to 20 years imprisonment. “It is encouraging that security and customs and excise officials, working in collaboration with the Green Scorpions and the Hawks,... Read more
Police seize drugs, rhino horns at OR Tambo Airport
Two suspects were arrested and drugs and rhino horns worth over R6 million were intercepted in separate incidents at OR Tambo International over the weekend. The interception was conducted by a multi-disciplinary team from the South African Police Service (SAPS), South African Revenue Service (SARS), the Department of Home... Read more
South Africa’s paper recycling rate rises to 68.4%
South Africa successfully diverted 1.4 million tonnes of recyclable paper and paper packaging from landfill in 2016. This is equivalent to the weight of 280,000 adult African elephants or would cover 254 soccer fields. The Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (PRASA) confirms that the annual paper recovery rate... Read more
Dam levels continue to take a blow
As dam levels continue to decrease, the Department of Water and Sanitation has urged people to use water sparingly and always monitor water usage. According to the department’s weekly dam levels report, issued on Tuesday, a continued decrease in most of the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS) dams was... Read more
Alleged rhino horn smuggler arrested at OR Tambo airport
Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has welcomed the arrest of an alleged rhino horn smuggler at OR Tambo International Airport in Ekurhuleni. Minister Molewa on Friday congratulated members of the Environmental Management Inspectorate (“Green Scorpions”) for their assistance in the arrest of the 30-year-old Zimbabwean woman at the airport... Read more
Rhino horn bust at OR Tambo
Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has welcomed the arrest of an alleged rhino horn smuggler at the OR Tambo International Airport. “The action of alert officials at the Airport on Tuesday is to be applauded. It is a feather in the cap of all those investigators involved,” said the... Read more
Slight decrease in dam levels
The Department of Water and Sanitation has reported a slight decrease in South Africa’s dam levels, which show a drop of 1% week-on-week. “The latest dam level recordings reflect a slight decrease week-on-week, which shows a drop from 70.4% last week to 69.9% this week,” the department said. Despite... Read more