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Agribusinesses becomes more attractive investment asset class 

By: Tracy Hancock     28th January 2016 Agriculture was becoming a preferred investment destination, said financial services group Standard Bank secondary agriculture senior manager Bertie Hamman this week. “By investing in agriculture, you lay the cornerstone of all economic and social upliftment initiatives by helping to ensure that... 

Drought to impact WC agriculture production by 10% – report

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th January 2016 The ongoing drought conditions in the Western Cape will reduce animal, crop and horticultural production by as much as 10%, which will have a significant impact on the price of consumer goods, Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde warns. At a Minister and Members of Executive... 

Drought to impact WC agriculture production by 10% – report

Shell Eco-marathon winners eye London event in 2016

By: Dylan Slater     22nd January 2016 Following its win at this year’s Shell Eco-marathon, BMW Eco Team Pro from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) plans to attract more sponsors for the project to participate abroad, particularly at the 2016 Shell Eco-marathon in London.  

Shell Eco-marathon winners eye London event in 2016
BMW ECO TEAM PRO The BMW Eco Team Pro, consists of engineering students from the University of Johannesburg

City of Cape Town to procure electric buses for MyCiTi service 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th January 2016 The City of Cape Town plans to issue a tender for the procurement of electric buses for the MyCiTi service, in line with its commitment to lowering carbon emissions, mayor Patricia de Lille said in a statement published on the city’s website on Wednesday. “Since its inception in May 2010, the... 

City of Cape Town to procure electric buses for MyCiTi service

W Cape applies for drought relief as national agri losses hit billions of rands

By: Natalie Greve     20th January 2016 Reiterating that the drought is likely to cost South Africa billions in trade losses, as well as result in a 42% decrease in national agricultural production, Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde has made dealing with the impact of the drought his “foremost priority”.... 

W Cape applies for drought relief as national agri losses hit billions of rands

AfriForum launches campaign to support farmers in drought-hit provinces

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th January 2016 With South Africa experiencing the worst drought conditions in some 20 years, and the North West, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the Free State provinces already declared drought disaster zones, renewed action plans have been enforced to assist these areas. Civil rights movement AfriForum... 

AfriForum launches campaign to support farmers in drought-hit provinces

US EPA sues VW, Audi and Porsche for alleged Clean Air Act violations

By: Henry Lazenby     5th January 2016 The US Department of Justice on Monday filed a federal court civil complaint in Detroit, Michigan on behalf of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) against German automotive manufacturers Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche, collectively referred to as Volkswagen. The complaint alleged that... 

US EPA sues VW, Audi and Porsche for alleged Clean Air Act violations

Food security alert for millions in Southern Africa

By: News24Wire      23rd December 2015 The strongest El Niño weather phenomenon in 18 years is set to cause food shortages for about 6.3-million people in drought-stricken Southern Africa in 2016, a special alert warned this week. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) issued a special alert on Tuesday, warning that a... 

Food security alert for millions in Southern Africa

Zuma lauds S African contribution to COP21 treaty

By: Natalie Greve     14th December 2015 President Jacob Zuma has congratulated the delegation representing South Africa at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in France, following the adoption of the new Paris Agreement on climate change. Late on Saturday evening,... 

Zuma lauds S African contribution to COP21 treaty

African Development Bank to expand climate funding avenues

By: African News Agency      11th December 2015 The African Development Bank (AfDB) is planning to expand the Climate Development Fund for Africa into a trust in a bid to open up international investment avenues to advance the continent’s readiness for climate-resilient, low-carbon development and green growth. The announcement was made on... 

African Development Bank to expand climate funding avenues

20 years on, Working for Water still making jobs, ecological impression

By: Anine Kilian     11th December 2015 The Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA’s) Working for Water (WfW) programme, which was launched in 1995 by former Department of Water and Forestry Minister professor Kader Asmal, celebrated 20 years of existence last month. According to a statement released by the DEA on the 20th... 

20 years on, Working for Water still making jobs, ecological impression

Johannesburg air quality under research spotlight

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th December 2015 A collaboration agreement between the City of Johannesburg, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and IBM Research would see the application of advanced technologies to help the city deliver on its air-quality management plan. Through this agreement, researchers from IBM South... 

Johannesburg air quality under research spotlight

SA not part of large coalition for legally binding climate deal 

By: African News Agency      10th December 2015 As nearly 200 countries grappled with the new draft text of what’s hoped will be the world’s first universal accord to battle climate change and its effects, a coalition of nations representing more than 100 countries emerged, to push for a more ambitious deal than most other nations are seeking.... 

SA not part of large coalition for legally binding climate deal

S African, French agencies to cooperate on nuclear development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd December 2015 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa has signed a cooperation agreement with the French Nuclear Society to foster the advancement of science and technology in the area of nuclear energy, as well as knowledge-sharing between experts from both countries. The parties stated that the... 

S African, French agencies to cooperate on nuclear development

Climate change already affecting SA, Presidency 

By: African News Agency      30th November 2015 South Africa is already feeling the negative effects of global warming, the Presidency said on Monday ahead of the Paris climate change summit. In a statement the Presidency qouted Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa as saying: “The impacts of climate change affect everyone, and will... 

Climate change already affecting SA, Presidency
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Edna Molewa

Technology seen as key to mitigating climate change impacts in agriculture

By: Zandile Mavuso     27th November 2015 In the midst of the current drought crisis facing South Africa, Global Forum for Innovation in Agriculture (GFIA) believes that there is a need for urgent long-term, sustainable, innovative solutions that will help mitigate the impact of climate change, in order to achieve food security in the... 

World Bank to represent Africa climate change plan at COP21

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th November 2015 The World Bank on Tuesday unveiled a new plan that calls for $16-billion in funding to help African people and countries adapt to climate change and build up the continent's resilience to climate shocks. The Africa climate business plan, titled ‘Accelerating Climate-Resilient and Low-Carbon... 

World Bank to represent Africa climate change plan at COP21

South Africa’s climate change goals could lead to business uncertainty – PwC

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd November 2015 South Africa’s goal to close the gap between business-as-usual carbon intensity from 4.7% a year to 1.5% a year is ambitious and is starting from a very high base – the highest of the Group of 20 (G20) countries, a PwC report has shown. PwC’s Low Carbon Economy Index outlined that the country’s... 

South Africa’s climate change goals could lead to business uncertainty – PwC

Industry body prioritises clean fuels legislation

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th November 2015 Driving the introduction of clean fuels legislation, which will facilitate the use of extra-heavy and heavy commercial vehicles emitting low-carbon emissions, and the localisation of some truck parts and components, are key areas being pursued by the Heavy Commercial Vehicle Division of the... 

Industry body prioritises  clean fuels legislation
Photo by Duane Daws
PROGRESS IMPEDIMENT The current lack of clean fuels legislation and clean fuel availability influences the introduction of new, lower carbon emission truck models and technologies

World leaders still coming to Paris for climate talks

By: News24Wire      19th November 2015 At least 80 world leaders are still expected in Paris on November 30 for the opening of global climate talks, despite the terrorist attacks on France, the head of the United Nations' (UN's) climate change programme said Wednesday. "COP21 continues as planned," Christiana Figueres told a press... 

World leaders still coming to Paris for climate talks

S Africa prepared for COP21 climate change talks

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th November 2015 The level of ambition contained in South Africa’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), which was submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCCC) Secretariat well ahead of the twenty-first Conference of the Parties (COP21), is an affirmation of the... 

S Africa prepared for COP21 climate change talks
Photo by Duane Daws
President Jacob Zuma

US, S Africa launch low-emissions development initiative 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th November 2015 To assist South Africa in reducing its greenhouse-gas emissions, while promoting economic development, a $15-million, five-year US Agency for International Development (USAID) South Africa-Low Emissions Development (SA-LED) initiative was launched on Thursday.   The programme sought to bridge the... 

US, S Africa launch low-emissions development initiative

Climate change to hit poorest countries, people hardest – World Bank  

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th November 2015 An additional 100-million people could be pushed into extreme poverty by 2030, as climate-related shocks and stresses, already a major obstacle to poverty reduction, worsen, a new World Bank report warns. The report, titled ‘Shock Waves: Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on Poverty’ found... 

Climate change to hit poorest countries, people hardest – World Bank
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World Bank president Jim Yong Kim

Outa says no to further tax hikes

By: Anine Kilian     6th November 2015 Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) chairperson Wayne Duvenage has said the organisation would oppose the proposed tax increases that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene had indicated are on the cards for 2016. “Not on our watch. Until government tackles the squandering, maladministration and... 

Outa says no to further tax hikes
Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenage

South Africa pressing ahead with four-phase carbon-capture plan

By: Anine Kilian     6th November 2015 More than 90 per cent of South Africa’s energy consumption is derived from fossil fuels – resulting in the release of more than 400-million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) a year. While there is no doubt that increased energy production is necessary to ensure economic growth and development, South... 

South Africa pressing ahead with four-phase carbon-capture plan

SA prepares for COP21 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th November 2015 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Contributing Editor Online Natalie Greve about South Africa’s views on the upcoming climate change talks at the twenty-first Conference of the Parties. 

SA prepares for COP21
SA prepares for COP21

S Africa lambasts developed countries’ stance ahead of COP21 

By: Natalie Greve     2nd November 2015 Four weeks ahead of the twenty-first Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in Paris, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has come out against what she describes as a reluctance by developed nations to agree to ambitious... 

S Africa lambasts developed countries’ stance ahead of COP21
Photo by Duane Daws
Edna Molwewa

Coal power stations to become ‘stranded assets’, UK climate rep warns 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd November 2015 The UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change, Sir David King, warned on Monday that countries building new coal-fired power stations could well be building “stranded assets”. Speaking in Johannesburg on Monday, Britain’s former Chief Scientific Adviser, who was born and... 

Coal power stations to become ‘stranded assets’, UK climate rep warns
Sir David King

Treasury publishes draft Carbon Tax Bill for public comment

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd November 2015 The National Treasury on Monday published the draft Carbon Tax Bill, which could see a basic 60% tax-free threshold during the first phase of the carbon tax from implementation date up to 2020, for public comment. The draft Bill proposed an additional 10% tax-free allowance for process emissions,... 

Treasury publishes draft Carbon Tax Bill for public comment

Smallholder farmers must adapt to survive current times

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd October 2015 Focus on improving farm management and exploring high-yield farming methods have never been more important for smallholder farmers than at present, says FNB Agriculture information and marketing head Dawie Maree. In a statement released on Thursday, he stressed that the industry was facing its... 

Smallholder farmers must adapt to survive current times

S Africa’s CCS ambitions get funding boost

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th October 2015 South Africa’s ambitions of proving the viability of carbon capture and storage (CCS) have received a boost, with Norway committing to inject millions of rands into a World Bank-managed CCS fund focused on CCS projects in South Africa and Mexico. Norway Ambassador to South Africa Trine Skymoen... 

S Africa’s CCS ambitions get funding boost

S Africa, Sweden partner on education, energy, environment

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th October 2015 South Africa and Sweden agreed to extend the Swedish-sponsored full scholarship programme, which provides the opportunity for study at a post-graduate level for South African students at Swedish tertiary institutions in a range of fields, until 2021. The agreement was signed during the ninth... 

S Africa, Sweden partner on education, energy, environment
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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Local environmental head elected to IPCC working group

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th October 2015 eThekwini municipality Department of Environmental Planning and Climate Protection head Dr Debra Roberts has been appointed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II co-chair, marking the first time a South African has been selected to a co-chair position in the IPCC... 

Local environmental head elected to IPCC working group

Eco Mobility festival kicks off in Sandton

By: African News Agency      5th October 2015 The much anticipated traffic restrictions into Sandton, Johannesburg, began Monday as the EcoMobility World Festival took off. Organisers said the festival aims to demonstrate the possibilities and benefits of urban mobility without dependency on private cars in a city. 

Eco Mobility festival kicks off in Sandton

Analyst cautions that nuclear construction in SA will not be fast 

By: Keith Campbell     2nd October 2015 Energy analyst and EE Publishers MD Chris Yelland warned recently against excessive optimism regarding timescales for the proposed construction of new nuclear power plants (NPPs) in South Africa. He was speaking at a Nuclear Roundtable in Johannesburg. “I think we need to temper our optimism with... 

GIBB to expand environmental solutions footprint through acquisition

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th September 2015 Engineering consulting firm GIBB has acquired environmental solutions consultancy Strategic Environmental Focus (SEF), more than doubling the size of its environmental team. GIBB environmental services sector GM Dr Urishanie Govender said the move enabled the company to deliver broader... 

GIBB to expand environmental solutions footprint through acquisition

Motorists warned of traffic disruptions in Sandton

By: African News Agency      29th September 2015 Motorists are urged to be ready for traffic disruptions in the Sandton area due to the dry-runs being done ahead of the EcoMobility World Festival kicking off in October, the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) said on Tuesday. “The traffic will be affected from peak time this morning. As... 

Motorists warned of traffic disruptions in Sandton

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