Drought

WWF welcomes the formal launch of the National Water and Sanitation Master Plan by Human Settlements, Sanitation and Water Minister Lindiwe Sisulu in Pretoria as an important step towards more urgent action in the water sector. Christine Colvin, Senior Manager: Freshwater Programmes with WWF-SA, commented: “This plan has been waiting in the wings for the…

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Climate outlook for 2020

The variable and changing climate Climate conditions were in general unfavourable for agricultural production in the recent past seasons. Severe drought over most of South Africa and especially the central, western, south western and south eastern parts of the country already persists since about 2012. In areas where higher rainfall amounts occurred was the distribution…

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Biodiversity

At the 17th Ordinary session of the AMCEN all 54 African countries have committed to addressing the key environmental challenges of climate change, land degradation, loss of biodiversity and plastic pollution. The Ministers further committed to raise the political profile and institutionalize a circular economy, and a blue economy to support the implementation of the…

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Drought

A serious multi-year drought in parts of South Africa’s Northern and Eastern Cape provinces has seen a number of small towns threatened by total water supply failures and livestock farmers facing financial ruin. In other parts of the country, heatwave conditions and the late onset of rains have caused local supply failures. Although the dams that supply most of…

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Aquaculture

An aquaculture extension service offers technical advice on aquaculture to farmers and supplies them with the necessary inputs and services to support their agricultural production. It provides information to farmers and passes to the farmer’s new ideas developed by aquaculture research stations. The establishment and operation of effective extension services is an essential driver for…

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Aquaculture

Technology can be most broadly defined as the entities, both material and immaterial, created by the application of mental and physical effort in order to achieve some value. In this usage, technology refers to tools and machines that may be used to solve real-world problems. Technology is important because it makes you feel more secure…

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Water related challenges

Water gives life and is crucial to development all over the world. It waters the fields; nurtures the crops and stock; provides recreation; it supports mines, industry; electricity generation and it provide life for plants and animals that make up ecosystems. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), climate change would be one…

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Science can double the solar dividend

Researchers have found three new ways to double the solar dividend, making the sun work harder and deliver more to the renewable economy. A new, translucent material made of little more than silica and air can double the solar dividend, collecting solar heat and raising temperatures to 200°C, delivering new ways to heat homes or…

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Reenvalvooruitsigte

Alhoewel bo-gemiddelde reën teen die einde van die 2018/19-somerseisoen oor die sentrale tot oostelike dele van die land voorgekom het, duur die droogte intens voort oor die westelike en suidwestelike dele van die land asook gedeeltes van die Oos Kaap en selfs kolle in Limpopo. Groot gedeeltes van die Somerreënvalgebied is alreeds sedert 2012 in…

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Water smart irrigation

A requirement for sustainable agriculture in the water value-chain Water, especially in irrigated agriculture, poses one of the most vital sustainable development challenges of our time. The importance of water is as follows: Water is the key to food security: without water, crops simply cannot grow. Water is not just for primary production it plays…

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