USB-Ed’s Impumelelo: The Stellenbosch Academy for Social Innovations Centre, in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, are bringing project presenters in water, sanitation, recycling, and waste management from the e’Thekwini and Drakenstein Municipalities to present to a key group of public managers drawn from the Gauteng municipalities and region.
Health Economic and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) is a self-funded, applied research unit based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. HEARD conducts a range of research-from pure to applied- seeking to support all those intent on designing interventions to reduce the HIV pandemic in all sectors in the SADC and East Africa region. Its research agenda is driven by current issues and is aimed at producing knowledge and evidence critical to informed policies and actions.
Innovations in HIV Prevention in Africa
By IPS Correspondents
South Africa is Africa’s largest economy and the continent’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. The country’s emissions per capita are on par with those of the United Kingdom, and more than twice as high as China’s emissions by the same measure.
South Africa is presently responsible for about half of Africa’s emissions, with 80 percent of its estimated 400 million metric tonnes of CO2 coming from the energy sector alone.
Environmental organisations have called on the World Health Organisation (WHO) to appeal to the government to take action on the contamination of South Africa’s water resources, which they say could lead to environmental disaster and health problems for Witwatersrand residents.
The National Water Forum, the Federation for a Sustainable Environment for the Olifants River and the National Taxpayers Union have, in a letter to Mary Anne Groepe of WHO in the country, describe the growing crisis as a ‘time bomb’.
19 January 2010
From: Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (Acid Mine Drainage Working Group)
Endorsed by: Legal Resources Centre, Federation for a Sustainable Environment, The GreenHouse People's Environment Centre, Public Environmental Arbiters
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South Africa can cut its annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 200-million tonnes by 2050 without sacrificing economic growth if it uses energy more efficiently and increases wind and solar power production, according to Greenpeace.
Greenpeace’s Brad Smith points out that South Africa could find economic opportunity, becoming the continent's hub for green technologies now more commonly found in North America, Asia and Europe.
It is unrealistic for developing countries to commit to carbon emission targets because of their economic status. This is according to Environment Minister, Buyelwa Sonjica.
Sonjica says the government will not sign any deal at the upcoming climate change conference that will compromise the country’s economic development chances.
The Zimbabwe’s National Revival Initiative (ZNRI), a coalition of churches, NGOs and government has taken a bold stand in which the organisation attempts to get rid of the garbage in Harare.
ZNRI project manager, Aaron Mushoriwa, says that the project aims to keep the environment clean while improving the image of Zimbabwe prior the 2010 World in South Africa.
Director in the Ministry of Media, Information and Publicity, Sylvester Maunganidze, argues that the initiative will contribute to the attraction of visitors in Harare.
Environmental organisations have staged a mock trial, asking petrochemicals group, Sasol to answer for climate change crimes.
Earthlife Africa, which led the protest, says Sasol produces 21 percent of South Africa’s total yearly greenhouse-gas emissions. The organisation argues that Sasol alone emits 75.4 million tons of greenhouse-gases each year.
Earthlife Africa energy policy officer, Tristen Taylor, states that the organisation also wants Sasol to put plans for a new plant in the Waterberg on hold.
7 September 2009
On Thursday the 10th of Sept. 2009, a trial on Sasol's climate change crimes will be held outside of Sasol's Rosebank headquarters (1 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg). The trial will begin at 10:00am and end at 2:00pm. Spectators will be pouring in from all across Gauteng and surrounds to witness Sasol being charged and prosecuted for contributing to climate change.