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14 Apr 2021 CAPE TOWN
Poor economic growth, a water deficit, poor monitoring and data collection, increasing pollution and water stress worsened by climate change contribute.
10 Apr 2021 CAPE TOWN
Regulators and the forestry industry in a court case that may have far-reaching implications for South Africa’s water laws. The country is the 30th driest in the world.
6 Apr 2021 CAPE TOWN
New evidence of complex symbolic and technological behaviors at Ga-Mohana Hill in the Northern Cape, South Africa dating back 105,000 years challenges the idea that the origins of our species were linked to coastal environments.
12 Mar 2021 JOHANNESBURG, South Africa
A report by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on extensive, multiyear wastewater and sewage pollution of the Vaal River system identifies multiple serious failures by Emfuleni Municipality.
8 Feb 2021 DURBAN
A prominent businessman at the centre of allegations of the “capture” of Umgeni Water’s board has been shot dead in what appears to have been a targeted assassination. Sibonelo Hertzog Shinga, 51, the sole director of IT consultancy Raminet Technologies and MPS Strategic Solutions, was killed while travelling from a family funeral in Durban to the King Shaka International Airport...
3 Feb 2021 MAPUTO, Mozambique
Aid workers are scrambling to help an estimated 175,000 people affected by Cyclone Eloise which ripped through the south of Mozambique recently, causing major devastation in the city of Beira and the surrounding Buzi district. According to reports by aid agencies and local media, more than 8,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged in Sofala province, with many thousands housed in emergency accommodation centres...
21 Jan 2021 HARARE, Zimbabwe
Human rights groups have called on the Zimbabwean government to ensure access to clean water amid tightening COVID-19 lockdown restrictions across the country.The Zimbabwe Human rights NGO Forum (HR Forum) has expressed concern that the latest national lockdown, implemented 5 January, could further exacerbate “a lack of basic amenities such as water and health services”, and calls on the government to provide vulnerable communities with “food aid packages, allowances, and grants in addition to potable water”...
13 Jan 2021 NYALA, Sudan
A dispute over water access in the tribal areas of South Darfur, Sudan left 15 people dead at the end of December, just as the UN was widing up its 13 year peacekeeping mission in the country. According to media reports, a firefight erupted between members of the Masalit and Fallata tribes in Gereida city over access to the Rahad Abu Dereisa water well, leaving two Fallata tribesmen dead...
12 Jan 2021 JUBA, South Sudan
The International Rescue Committee (IRC), is calling for international financial support to prevent famine across large swathes of South Sudan in the face of economic crisis, devastating floods, mass displacement and COVID-19.With more than 60 percent of the South Sudanese population facing food insecurity, the IRC is “extremely concerned” that more than seven million people are being pushed into hunger by what it describes as “a perfect storm of crises”...
3 Jan 2021 JOHANNESBURG
A malnourished donkey that went missing for a month has been reunited with its owners after being rescued by the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) from an island on the Vaal Dam. NSRI station commander Jake Manten said a rescue craft was dispatched to investigate. “The donkey reportedly went onto the island about four weeks ago when water levels were low but was unable to get back to mainland when water levels rose,” said Manten.
17 Dec 2020 GENEVA, Switzerland
The World Meterological Organization (WMO) assesses that 2020 is on track to be the second warmest year in the most recent decade, with the warmest six years being since 2015.Preliminary information, based on data collected from January to October 2020, shows how high-impact events such as floods, extreme heat and wildfires affected millions of people...
17 Dec 2020 PRETORIA, South Africa
The North Gauteng (South Africa) High Court has set aside the environmental authorisation for the 1500 MW Thabametsi power station, thereby ending the long saga of environmental dispute brought by NGOs Earthlife Africa, GroundWork, and Friends of the Earth against Thabametsi and the state of Limpopo...