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Using Water Hyacinth (seaweed) to create everyday household products

Achenyo Idachaba, C.E.O, Mitimeth, is working with rural communities in using water hyacinth (seaweed) to create everyday household products. Achenyo very recently (Jan, 2016) spoke at a TED Women gathering about the process and the incredible environmental and social implications of this meaningful work. Rainharvest.co.za adds: Water hyacinth is a free floating, or mud rooted plant, […]

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Bushfires and water tanks

Bushfires are very common in African Savannas, especially during the dry season between May and October. Private water sources in bushfire-affected areas could become contaminated from bushfire ash, fire retardant, debris or dead animals. If the water looks, smells or tastes unusual, do not use it for drinking or food preparation and do not give it […]

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4 Educational Environment Seminars You Don’t Want to Miss in 2014

Although the seminars outlined below are not in South Africa, these days, many seminars can be watched live, online. South Africa has many environmental issues that need urgent attention, one of them being water. Rainwater harvesting tanks and other water conservation  measures are tools that will help alleviate the country’s water crisis. Whether you’re a […]

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Earth Day: U.S. Air Force officials emphasize water conservation

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — Every April 22, the Air Force recognizes Earth Day, a time to show support for the environment. This year, the Air Force is focusing on water reduction and reuse. Water projects may not attract many news headlines, but the money and critical resources they save, deserve attention. “An emerging part […]

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South Africa: Durban beach water ‘unsafe’

With only weeks to go before thousands of holiday-makers travel to KwaZulu-Natal, experts have warned that the water off many Durban beaches contains toxic chemicals. South Durban Community Environmental Alliance activist Priya Pillay described Durban’s beaches as unsafe and unfit for holiday-makers.

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Water: The next challenge for China’s new leadership?

Now that the 18th Communist Party Congress is over, China’s new leadership team turns its attention to tackling the problem of the country’s slowing economy. China faces a number of challenges, including dependence on exports and weak domestic consumption, but one of the most pressing issues is a risk of severe water shortages.

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Environmental sustainability initiative launched in South Africa

To encourage environmental sustainability and as a response to climate change, the Eskom Development Foundation has funded 9 000 trees that will be planted across five different municipalities in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

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Zimbabwe: Harare releasing raw sewage into rivers, city water sources

HARARE City Council is releasing raw sewerage into rivers that feed the capital’s water sources, a report recently presented to Parliament has claimed. The report also painted a picture of lawlessness in the capital and Chitungwiza where structures were being built on wetlands, marshlands, and water-ways as well as below electricity pylons. “Sewage pump stations […]

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South Africa: 9 million kilolitres of water wasted

South Africa’s dwindling supplies of clean water are steadily going down the drain because of poor policing, theft, pollution, neglect and wasteful use.

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