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What is Sustainability?

The concept of sustainability has been sustaining the earth for as long as it’s been around – that’s why this planet is still here. Yet there seems to be some disagreement among twenty-first century humans about the meaning of sustainability.

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Rainwater Harvesting – Why it’s so important

Severe Water Shortage Think the arid West [USA] has cornered the market on water shortages? Think again. Thirty-six states foresee water shortages by 2013, as Americans tap roughly 3.7 trillion gallons more water per year than is replenished. Worse yet, as much as 40 percent of a home’s potable water goes to yard maintenance. Think […]

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Rainwater Harvesting – Some Facts

Rainwater harvesting can (a) assure an independent water supply during water restrictions, that is though somewhat dependent on end use and maintenance, (b)usually of acceptable quality for household needs and (c) renewable at acceptable volumes despite forecast climate change (CSIRO, 2003). It produces beneficial externalities by reducing peak stormwater run off and processing costs. RH […]

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South Africa’s first hydrogen bike rolled out

South Africa’s rural communities may soon have access to a new, greener form of transport, following the recent launch of the country’s first hydrogen-powered bicycle. Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor unveiled the vehicle at a technology conference earlier in August 2010 at the Kwa-Maritane Bush Lodge in the North West province.

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New Slimline™ Rainwater Tank from JoJo Tanks

Brand new from JoJo Tanks is a JoJo Slimline™ Tank. Perfect for rainwater harvesting and water security, this streamlined compact design is ideally suited for urban areas where space is a consideration. SIZE MATTERS The most common question faced when purchasing a water tank is by far, what size of water tank is needed? The […]

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Beating hunger with the ‘Miracle Tree’

South Africa’s 2010 Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Mavis Mathabatha, heads up a community project to cultivate the Moringa or “Miracle Tree”, the leaves of which have astounding nutritional properties. The Lammangata Moringa project, based in Tooseng village in the Ga-Mphahlele region of Limpopo province, produces and packages up to 10 000 tons a year […]

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Water Scarcity – Definition & Causes

What is water scarcity? Imbalances between availability and demand, the degradation of groundwater and surface water quality, intersectoral competition, interregional and international conflicts, all contributes to water scarcity. Scarcity often has its roots in water shortage, and it is in the arid and semiarid regions affected by droughts and wide climate variability, combined with population […]

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SA: National Water Strike Imminent

Johannesburg – The SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has suspended a national strike in the water sector until Wednesday, a union official said on Monday. “Samwu has decided to suspend protest action until Wednesday pending further consultation,” said Samwu national spokesperson Tahir Sema. The strike against the employer body, the SA Association of Water Utilities […]

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Greenpeace pushes for renewable energy in SA

Johannesburg – South Africa has renewable resources that can provide solutions to the country’s energy problems and create jobs – while fighting global warming, Greenpeace officials said on Wednesday. “Greenpeace’s estimate that 78 000 green jobs could be created is conservative,” Glen Mpufane, who heads a development group, who joined a Greenpeace forum on green […]

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