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Special task team to investigate acid water drainage in SA

Water Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica has been mandated to urgently convene a special task team to investigate acid water drainage in some provinces. Briefing the media on Thursday following Cabinet’s regular Wednesday meeting, government spokesman Themba Maseko said the task team would develop a clear and co-ordinated strategy to deal with the matter. Cabinet was […]

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President Jacob Zuma Faces Water Pollution Charge

President Jacob Zuma and the Minister of Environment and Water Affairs, Buyelwa Sonjica, have been charged under Section 151 of the National Water Act in a bid to get them to answer for rampant pollution in the Hartbeespoort area. Environment and Conservation Association chairwoman Nicole Barlow filed the charges at the Hartbeespoort police station yesterday. […]

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Water Quality Testing

Do you know what’s in your drinking water? Many areas of Africa are affected by water pollution and microbial water-bound contaminants like Cholera. The increased demand on water suppliers has often lead to water that is unfit for human consumption, being inadvertently supplied to your tap. This is often the case in many smaller towns […]

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Using Fish as Bio-Indicators of Water Pollution

Tilapia now SA’s own bio-indicator of water pollution Southern African water specialists can now use a local Tilapiine species – instead of alien fish species – to test whether water sources are polluted by compounds that can cause hormonal imbalances. Such chemicals can subtly mimic the female hormone oestrogen and alter the male hormone testosterone, […]

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South Africa’s potable water use can be reduced by 25%

Consulting engineering company SRK reports that with careful planning and research, potable water use in South Africa could be 
reduced by 25%. SRK principal hydrologist and partner, based at the company’s Johannesburg office Peter Shepherd, says that it is estimated that industry uses about 27% of South Africa’s current demand for potable water. He adds […]

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